There are a ton of great activities for families with kids in New York City, but only a few can be described as magical. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is one most definitely magical experience. The Times Square exhibit takes muggles and wannabe-wizards through the props and design behind all eight Harry Potter movies. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close with favorite props and sets, including everything from Harry and Ron’s dormitory, to a life-size Buckbeak the hippogriff, to seeing the details etched on all of Voldemort’s horcruxes. While you can’t touch many of the more delicate props, there are a lot of fun, interactive moments that kids (and their parents) will love, like throwing a quaffle and pulling out a mandrake. The optional audio guide is not to be missed, as it provides lots of interesting facts and details about the props and design of the films that you won’t get elsewhere. They’re easily sharable, so one or two per family will work out fine. And just so you can’t say we didn’t warn you: there is a great gift shop full of t-shirts, wands, toys, and more at the end.
See our favorite moments from the exhibition below! –Alexandra Martell and Andrea Roxas
For advance tickets ($27 for adults, $19.50 for kids) and more information, visit discoverytsx.com.
All photos by Andrea Roxas and Alexandra Martell.