Instead of sitting in the pub or watching yet another movie at the cinema, do something different with your partner or with friends on that rare night off you get when you’re able to score a baby sitter.
If you live in London or New York there are dozens of museums and galleries that have at least one late night opening. Have you ever gone out with your partner, and found that you end up talking about the kids? By indulging in something different you can take your mind off the family for a couple of hours, stimulate some fresh conversation, and even save money if you manage to bag a free show.
You don’t have to spend hours traipsing around exhibitions, just enjoy the silently buzzing atmosphere and the peace and quiet a museum and gallery offers. Take some time out to reflect on something different for a an hour or two, and then maybe grab a quick bite or a glass of wine afterwards.
Another benefit of visiting during the evening is that the crowds will have disappeared, so places like the Tate or the MOMA won’t be packed with tourists and enjoy the evening exhibition with a glass of wine or lemon twist cocktail (Yes, there are bars & restaurants inside the museum. Bonus! ). It will give you a chance to rediscover another corner of the city with your friends or partner. It could also be an opportunity to decide how ‘family friendly’ it is by checking it out first, and maybe return with the kids at a later date.
Here are some top late nights on offer in London And New York
Tate Britain and Tate Modern, open until 10pm on Friday
V&A Open until 10pm on the last Friday of each month
National Portrait Gallery Thursday and Friday until 10pm
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) 8pm Friday
Enlighten yourself at the Museum of Sex (MoSEX) which is open until 9pm every night
Museum of Arts and Design is open until 9pm on Thursday and is FREE
With a New York pass you can visit almost every museum for free