Parent Activities

While children are in class, FIT invites parents to wait on campus in one of our lobby lounges, volunteer as a chaperone, take a summer non-credit course, or simply explore our neighborhood. Parents do not need to wait for children, but if you’d like to, here’s what we recommend.

On-Campus Opportunities

FIT Lobby Lounges

The Dubinsky lobby lounge is adjacent to our FIT Dining Hall and Starbucks. Parents are invited to relax in any of these spaces and can use our FIT guests Wi-Fi. Contact Precollege Programs for username and password access.  The Feldman lounge is adjacent to the Office of Admissions and centrally located. The Precollege Conference Center lounge is adjacent to our Precollege Office located in SR10. Take a virtual tour here.

Visit The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT opens at noon most days. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it is one of a select group of specialized fashion museums, including the Muse de la Mode, the Mode Museum, and the Museo de la Moda.  It creates exhibitions, programs, and publications that are both entertaining and educational. The mission of the Museum is to advance knowledge of fashion through exhibitions, programs and publications. 

Take a Course

FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers noncredit courses for Precollege parents. Learn computer skills, fashion history and trends, take a walking tour, and more! Learn more about non-credit courses for adults.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Chaperone a Class Trip

If you are a parent interested in chaperoning a class trip, we would love to hear from you. Please note that parents will be assigned to a class their child is not in. Please complete the Chaperone Volunteer form if you are interested. 


FIT is located near wonderful shopping and galleries. Visit the Meatpacking District, Herald Square, 42nd Street, and Chelsea Art Galleries, all a short walk or subway ride from FIT.