The dog days of summer are here. (Remember yearning for days like these during the polar vortex?) Now, it’s hot and sticky outside, and you and the kids need to beat the heat. Escape to one of the city’s amazing (air-conditioned) museums and galleries. Not only will you and the kids cool off, but, best of all, these exhibits – from Marvel superheroes to Play-doh sculptures to indoor waterfalls – will ignite your kids’ imaginations.

Make a Sugar Cube Skyscraper and More

The Art: Building permits, a rolling gate fence, and men in sweaty T-shirts and dusty dungarees: all signs that Sugar Hill apartments are still under construction. True, but thanks to the No Longer Empty organization, this Harlem building has also been transformed into a temporary pop-up art exhibit called “If You Build It.” At the same time that workers put the finishing touches on the structure, the public is welcomed inside to a warren of art spaces featuring works by more than 20 artists.

Fun for Kids: On the first floor, kids will dig Sugar Metropolis, a fantasy mini-city made with 250,000 sugar cubes. Kids (and everyone else) is invited to build their own structure and contribute to the artwork. On the 9th floor, kids will love strolling around the terrace and seeing their city from a bird’s eye view and checking out some of the wild sculpture like the tower of gold inner tubes.

Insider Tip: See the website for kid-friendly events like “No Longer Bored Family Days” in July and August.

Go: Sugar Hill Building
155th St. & Nicholas Ave., Entrance on SE corner, Harlem
Email: for more information
Exhibition Dates: Now to Aug. 10
Hours: Thurs. & Fri., 3-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 12-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

What art exhibit have you taken your kids to this summer? Share your favorite in a Comment.

-Alice Perry

All photos by Alice Perry