Activities and Opportunities for Students

Below is a list 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 

Art History Club at The Frick


Middle School Art History Club

Old Masters, New Eyes!

One Saturday a Month
11:00am at The Frick Collection
Classes are free for East Side Middle School students
but registration is required 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. 

Registration is available HERE.

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.

Program times and topics vary.

More Information is HERE.

The Whitney Museum of American Art


Programs at The Whitney Museum

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.

Find the latest offerings HERE.

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


Cooper Hewitt, A Smithsonian Design Museum

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Cooper Hewitt Programs

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.

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.

American Museum of Natural History

Life sized blue whale model suspended from the ceiling in Museum's Hall of Ocean Life

Programs @ AMNH

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.



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

We’re also adding new benefit partners for you and your family to get the most out of your city this fall!


New offerings will be listed as they become available

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