Activities and Opportunities for Students 2019-2020

Below is a listing of low or no-cost programs, events and opportunities for middle school students around the city. They are neither endorsed nor recommended by ESMS, but rather listed for reference only. Suggestions and updates can be emailed to

Free Fridays at the NY Philharmonic

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Philharmonic Free Fridays
(Ages 13+)

For the 2019–20 season, the New York Philharmonic again invites young people to hear the Orchestra free of charge.  The Philharmonic is giving away free tickets to select Friday subscription concerts to people ages 13–26.

Here’s how reservation works:
The online reservation portal will open at noon on the Monday before each Philharmonic Free Fridays concert. The link to the portal will be available on this page.   You’ll be able to reserve a ticket on a first-come, first-served basis — one ticket per person.

For more information, visit - 



A great opportunity for students to expand upon their Geospatial Skills!  Upon completing and attending each of the workshops, students will receive a stipend. The workshops occur every Saturday beginning October 12th to December 21st, 2019. For middle school students the workshops are from 9AM - 12PM, as for high school students the workshops are from 1PM-4PM.  


Columbia University/Earth Institute Presents


 Enjoy • Explore • Learn

Open House 2019 is set for Saturday, October 5! Register for free below.


Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy Lamont-Doherty’s Open House.
Tour a lab, participate in hands-on earth science demonstrations, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.

Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.

Sign-up at

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Programs @ The Met

The Met is the place to be for Middle School Students.  Check out classes, workshops, and special events designed especially for teens to develop their skills, and connect with art, ideas, and other young people. 
More information is HERE

The Met - Free Admission

 Free Admission @ The Met with your Teen Pass

Check your backpack at the door, and travel around the world and across time at the Met! All you need for unlimited free admission is this Teen Pass and a valid middle or high school ID. Use this pass and keep it in your wallet for access to some of the world’s greatest art, anytime the mood strikes you.  Get your Teen Pass  HERE


New-York Historical Society

At the New-York Historical Society, discover dynamic education programs and curriculum resources about the history of our city, state, and nation.  More information is HERE

Guggenheim New York

The Guggenheim’s programs for families, kids, and teens are taught by artists and museum educators who use a wide range of media to foster creativity. More information is HERE

American Museum of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History offers a variety of experiences and opportunities for teens. From internships and research opportunities to courses, workshops and special events, there are offerings to suit a range of interests.  More information is HERE


Museum of the City of New York

At the Museum of the City of New York, discover weekend and after school programs for middle and high-school students who want to dig deeper into NYC and its history while building their skills and resumes. More Information is HERE

The Whitney Museum of American Art


Programs at The Whitney give New York City students the opportunity to discuss art critically, think creatively, and make art with contemporary artists, educators, and their peers.  More information is HERE

(check events for details - some are limited to HS Students)

Cooper Hewitt, A Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt's mission is to educate, inspire and empower people through design.  They offer an array of programs and opportunities geared towards tweens and teens.  More Information is HERE

And be sure to check out their family programs HERE

Museum of Arts and Design


 Special Events and Programs @ MAD

With the understanding that a great deal of learning occurs informally outside of school, MAD offers free admission to students with a school ID.   MAD also offers a number of programs just for teens including teen nights, artist and teen workshops, peer-to-peer tours, and work-study opportunities.

More Information is HERE

Wednesday Atelier at The Frick

Wednesday Atelier at The Frick
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Artists of all skill levels are welcome to sketch in the tranquil, historic galleries of the Frick among the Old Masters.  Free online registration includes museum admission and after-hours access to selected galleries; participants are welcome to arrive anytime after 5:30 p.m.   Paper, graphite pencils, erasers, drawing boards, and gallery stools are provided.

Registration is available HERE

Children's Museum of The Arts

Children Museum of the Arts

CMA’s Teen program offers art lovers in 6th-9th grade a variety of free opportunities to create, develop, and explore art-making under the guidance and mentorship of their teaching artists.  More information is HERE

Museum of The Moving Image


MOMI offers a wide variety of learning activities--from drop-in workshops to multi-week courses--for young people and teens. For more information about the Museum’s tween and teen programs, click on the descriptions HERE, visit their education program Tumblr, or sign up for the teen programs newsletter.



Our city’s children have big dreams. As they get older, and more curious, they want to do and explore more. Now, as they turn 10 years old, you can help them get their very own New York City government issued ID card to explore the city together.

IDNYC is now accepting applications for New Yorkers 10 and up. With free one-year memberships at museums, plus discounts on movie tickets and amusement parks, the whole family can do more, together. Even better: Your child’s IDNYC card works as a city-wide library card

Be sure to check out their Teen and Young Adults Page

Click Here To See Additional IDNYC Benefits

NYC Culture Pass

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city!   Reserve your pass HERE

Inside Schools

New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities--from paid museum internships to free science research programs. The free and low cost programs listed here are a great way to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day.   More information is HERE

Discount Tickets for Students at Carnegie Hall


Student Insiders have the benefit of purchasing $10 tickets online or over the phone. They are also eligible to purchase Hope and Robert F. Smith Chairman Student Seats (Parquet Level) at the Box Office.  With the pass, students are allowed to purchase up to 2 tickets per concert with the discount.itting your ID, you will receive a confirmation email in 3 to 5 business days. The 2019-2020 Student Insider Pass will be available beginning September 9, 2019.  Carnegie Hall also offers other student opportunities.    More information is HERE 

NYC Parks Department Programs

 Youth Sports Programs & Instructional Clinics

NYC Parks offers plenty of sports for children ages eight and up. All programs are free, but participants must be registered members of a recreation center. Check with your local recreation center for more details.

YMCA - Teens Take the City

 New York City's YMCA
Teens Take the City Program

Teens Take the City is a civic engagement program focused specifically on NYC government and fostering community organizing skills to build thoughtful, leaders of tomorrow.  By working alongside local political leaders, teens have the chance to see how political decisions are made, and learn how to become effective agents of change. Writing legal memoranda, resolutions, and press releases gives teens hands on experience, and exposure to how the democratic process impacts NYC communities.

The program provides opportunities for students to:

Understand the New York City legislative system
Read and debate current bills before the New York City Council
Meet and work alongside local politicians, professionals and managers of NYC agencies
Hold a legislative session in New York City Council Chambers
Pursue internship opportunities within City government
Make change in their community

Contact your local branch to learn more about Teens Take the City opportunities near you!


New offerings will be listed as they become available

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