Free Activities for Teens at the Metropolitan Museum this Friday Night

NYC teens have it good when it comes to cool cultural events. There are so many amazing opportunities open to them, and many are totally FREE. Earlier this week, we told you how teenagers can snag no-cost classical concert tickets through the New York Philharmonic's new Free Fridays program. And today we've got the scoop on this Friday's Teens Take the Met, a brand-new initiative at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that comes with FREE admission and a slew of special interactive activities. It almost makes me wish I were an adolescent again (just without the acne and drama).

This Friday, October 17 from 5 to 8pm, the Met joins forces with more than 40 other cultural institutions for the inaugural Teens Take the Met. Teens ages 13 to 18 can enjoy a wide variety of fun throughout the museum, like a dance party with DJ Kakez, playwriting with the Roundabout Theatre Company, a dance workshop with the Ailey Extension, metalworking with Historic Richmond Town and 3D printing activities, to name just a handful. You can find the full jam-packed schedule on the Met's website.

No RSVP is required and all activities are drop in (though some may have limited space so arriving early is advised). Teens should enter the museum at 81st Street and Fifth Avenue and show their middle or high school IDs to collect wristbands, which will give them access to everything. Parents tagging along? There are separate activities for adults so you don't cramp your teen's style. Seriously, the teen events aren't open to grown-ups. If you're dying to see what they're up to, you can always do a search on the event's official hashtag #metteens on social media.

Your teen already booked this Friday evening? The Met plans to host Teens Take the Met events twice a year. When the next one is announced, you can bet it will be listed in our Event Calendar.

For more information about this Friday's Teens Take the Met, see our event listing.

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Photo credit: Don Pollard