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 



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!

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!

The Met - Free Admission


 Free Admission at 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 !


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.

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.

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.

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.

Children's Museum of The Arts

Young Artist Kollective – YAK


CMA’s Young Artist Kollective (YAK), is a free program that provides emerging young artists in 6th-9th grade with exclusive studio space and materials, artistic and technical guidance, opportunities to meet with guest artists, monthly art parties, and a chance to learn about professional opportunities across the art world.

In YAK Open Studio Hours, members get to pick a collaborative group topic, choosing from a list of available art mediums including screen printing, animation, fashion design, sound recording, and more. For those with their own project in mind, our teaching artists are here to provide professional materials, equipment, and mentorship.

More Information is HERE.

Children's Museum of The Arts



GirlStories is a free after school program for girls ages 12-15 that empowers them to become makers and individuals, and encourages them to bring their unique perspectives into fields that are lacking a female voice. The program will focus on the experience of being: an artist, a girl, and a woman, and will reflect upon the personal and universal situations women fac

In practice, students will explore various forms of art making to develop an artistic identity and personal voice to share their unique experiences. GirlStories will expose the participants to the work of other women artists in disciplines that include: filmmaking, performance art, writing, illustration, and sculpture. The program will include visits from guest artists and hands-on experience with techniques, processes, equipment and technologies used in making art.

More information HERE.



New offerings will be listed as they become available

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