Before babies you whiled away wintry afternoons in the American Wing at the Met. (Or sometimes it was more like the shoe wing at Bergdorf Goodman.)
The city’s museums are still the perfect place to take refuge from the cold — even with young’uns in tow.
Rubin Museum of Art
Participants in Yak Packers enjoy games, story time, and a themed art project related to the museum’s collection of Himalayan art every Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 150 West 17th Street, at Seventh Avenue (212-620-5000). Adult and first child, $10; additional children, $5; babies under 1 year, free.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
Wee Arts allows budding artists to try their hand at a variety of materials and mediums. Sessions run Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:45 a.m.-noon, and end with music and a romp in the ball pit. 103 Charlton Street, between Greenwich and Hudson Streets (212-274-0986). $22 per family (up to three people).
American Folk Art Museum
Every Saturday, 1-2 p.m., the Families and Folk Art program provides a kid-friendly tour of the exhibits followed by art-making activities inspired by the collection. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue, at 66th Street (212-595-9533). Admission is free.
The Jewish Museum
Art workshops take place Sunday, 1-4 p.m., in the activity center. The space is equipped for whatever project strikes their fancy — be it painting, sculpting, or drawing. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street (212-423-3200). Free with museum admission.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Even if your bub is too itsy to get artsy, he can still tag along for the Whitney’s weekly stroller tours. Crying babies are welcome (the museum is closed to the public), but check the calendar before you go, the tours are only select Fridays, noon-1 p.m. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street (212-570-3600). Adult admission is $25.
Off-Broadway Week: Two-for-One Tickets
What: Take Junior to a show, you go for free.
Why: Participating productions include Freckleface Strawberry, Gazillion Bubble Show, Stomp, and more.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Tickets online at nycgo.com.
What: The Spellbound Theatre hosts a story hour for babies and toddlers, featuring classic fables and nursery rhymes.
Why: Includes music and puppets.
When: Wed., 4 p.m.
Where: Birth Day Presence Studio, 182 Eighth Ave., b/t Garfield Pl. & 1st St., Park Slope (917- 751-6579). Admission is $5.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s Golden Heart Symphony
What: The little creature from the sun is back in NYC with his combo of catchy tunes and quirky animation.
Why: This special performance includes musical accompaniment by The Chelsea Symphony.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. (212-864-5400). Tickets online at symphonyspace.org. Adults, $25; children, $15.
Photo: Evi Abeler / Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art