In addition to the many exhibitions currently on view at the Met, here are some suggested activities for families visiting the Museum during the upcoming Spring Break week (April 12-20):

Start with Art at the Met

Sketch, explore, listen to stories, and discover the meaning of art! For families with children ages 3–7. Free with Museum admission. 

Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m.-noon; Thursday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m.-noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Carson Family Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Art Trek

Be an art explorer! Take a new voyage around the globe every time you visit the Met. For families with children ages 5–12. Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, April 12, 11:00 a.m.-noon and Saturday, April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

How Did They Do That? Italian Tempera Painting 

Peek at technique and learn—through handling tools and materials—how works of art were created.  For visitors of all ages. Free with Museum admission. 

Saturday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Galleries 600–644 (European Paintings)

Storytime in Nolen Library 

Start with a book, then learn to look! After hearing stories in the library's special corner for kids, explore the Museum on a self-guided gallery hunt. For families with children ages 3–7. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Free; Museum admission not required for the library portion of this program. Space is limited; first come, first served.Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20, 3:00-3:30 daily. 

Children's Reading Room in Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

Charles H. Tally Holiday Monday Family Programs

Start your Spring Break with a day of family fun! Join Museum educators on an adventure through the Museum to discover amazing works of art while you talk, play, learn, and sketch. This month, groups will explore the theme of “Color and Paint” throughout the Museum’s galleries. Free with Museum admission. 

Monday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.-noon; noon-1:00 p.m.; 1:15-2:15 p.m.; 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Carson Family Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

Guided Tours

Discover the Museum's encyclopedic collection on these tours, which focus on a selection of works of art representing different cultures and time periods and encourages visitors to explore the Museum on their own. Free with Museum admission.

Tours are offered at various times each day. Please refer to the Museum's website for details. 

Also on View in April: 

Rare Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts on View during Passover

In time for the observance of Passover this year, two medieval Hebrew manuscriptsare on view in the Metropolitan Museum's Medieval Treasury (Gallery 306). One manuscript, on loan from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), New York, for two years, is a newly conserved Haggadah by Joel ben Simeon, one of the best-known illuminators of medieval Hebrew manuscripts. Its presentation at the Museum marks the first time it is being displayed publicly in more than a decade. The other, a richly ornamented 15th-century Hebrew Bible, is on loan from the Hispanic Society of America through May 1.  

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt

New York City is playing host to the world’s biggest egg hunt. Over 200 egg sculptures, each created by leading artists and designers from around the world, are being displayed across the city for three weeks, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting three of them. Artists Pat Steir, Enoc Perez, and Chris Carbanuci are featured in the Museum's Great Hall until April 17. Egg Hunt participants can check in when they locate the sculptures via a free downloadable smartphone app and enter the contest for a grand prize from Fabergé. 

While at the Met, Egg Hunt participants can visit Fabergé from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, a spectacular exhibition showcasing a selection of works by Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, including three magnificent Imperial Easter Eggs.