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Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Discovery Walk for Families

Friday, July 28, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Central Park, Various Locations (Central Park)

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Upcoming walks include Belvedere’s Kingdom, Conservatory Garden, Living Laboratory, PARKitecture, Shakespeare Garden, Time Travelers, Towering Trees and Woodland Wonderlands.


Pete the Cat Musical

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, July 28, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Art

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into age-appropriate projects planned by and art educator/artist.


Summer Art in the Park

Friday, July 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


Eloise Storytime

Friday, July 28, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.


Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, July 28, 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga (163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets)
$25/family

Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, Brooklyn-based duo The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, July 28, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Friday, July 28, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Virtuous Journeys

Friday, July 28, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


MetFridays—English Renaissance Consort Songs

Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Soprano Ruth Cunningham and cellist James Waldo perform English Renaissance consort songs by Dowland and others in a magical medieval hall.


Greeley Square Improv

Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Greeley Square Park (Broadway between 32nd Street & 33rd St)

Explore scenework and improvisation techniques in a free, 90 minute beginner-level improv workshop in Greely Square Park with instruction by The Peoples Improv Theater. Each class covers beginner-level material through games and group exercises. For all ages.


Midtown Recess

Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Heidi Latsky: ON DISPLAY

Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Whitney and the High Line celebrate access and inclusion for all with a performance of ON DISPLAY by Heidi Latsky Dance, which incorporates dancers with and without disabilities. Walk through a human sculpture court on the Museum’s outdoor galleries and across the way on the High Line.


Loiza Fest

Friday, July 28, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Loiza Street Festival (East 109th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Festival Santiago Apóstol De Loiza En El Barrio celebrates the African influence of Loiza, Puerto Rico in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. The community pay homage to the traditions of the homeland left behind with traditional food and craft vendors, live performances of Bomba, Plena + Salsa, a host of kids activities and other surprises. Create child-friendly arts and crafts and listen and dance to live beats with an alcapurria or a bacalaito in hand.

Also on Sunday.

Sunset Jam on the Hudson

Friday, July 28, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Join a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring your own.


Amplified Sundays

Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Listen to danceable live music accompanied by sunsets over the Hudson River.


MetFridays: Beyond Boundaries

Friday, July 28, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

The Met hosts art making, artist talks, and discussions that explore symbolism, language, and other ways to build understanding between artists and appreciators. Explore the overlaps between the drawn image and the written word in the Ancient Near Eastern Art galleries during drop-in drawing. Follow your nose and discover works of art in new ways. Choose a favorite fragrance and use it to guide your search through the galleries.


Bryant Park Friday Picnic

Friday, July 28, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Spread out on a free picnic blankets and nosh on food from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair including Thaibird’s curry fried chicken, Pokee NYC’s pokee donut, Parantha Alley’s spicy stuffed rotis, John’s Juice, Moon Man and Taiyaki’s signature waffle fish soft serve ice cream. Also enjoy lawn games, photo ops, live performances and more.


Parent & Me Yoga

Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am–9:45 am
Fort Tryon Park (Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street)

Children of all ages and their parents/caregivers are invited to practice outdoor yoga with a certified children’s instructor. Meet on Abby’s Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Bring a towel or yoga mat.


Hudson River Nature Walk

Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Pier 40 (353 West Street at Houston)

Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about Hudson River Park flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds. Peek into gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge.


Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

All levels and ages are invited to experience the joy of movement and dance in weekly free classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company Limon Dance accompanied by live drumming.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Discovery Walk for Families

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Central Park, Various Locations (Central Park)

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Upcoming walks include Belvedere’s Kingdom, Conservatory Garden, Living Laboratory, PARKitecture, Shakespeare Garden, Time Travelers, Towering Trees and Woodland Wonderlands.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Madeline: Storytime and Crafts

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Enjoy a storytime and craft with beloved Parisian orphan Madeline.

Also on Sunday.

Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue (East 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue )

Gather around Hans Christian Andersen’s statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales and other fairy and folk tales from around the world recounted by rotating storytellers.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


Kids Rock! Family Day at Rockefeller Plaza

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Enjoy a variety of activities including face painting, giant foosball and Connect 4® games, a popsicle stand, mini LEGO® build stations, a photo booth, and live music throughout the iconic Rockefeller Plaza.


Make It Rooted!

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Explore different traditions and ecosystems, the roots of local communities, through dance, art, music, and storytelling. Presented by the High Line in collaboration with Abya Yala Arte y Cultura; portions of this program will be in English and Spanish. Part of a monthly series.


That Chemistry Show

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$29 at this link

A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won’t burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 80 minutes of exploration led by long-time “mad scientist” Borislaw Bilash combining the worlds of chemistry and show business. A spin-off of the popular That Physics SHow.


The Great Pie Robbery ... Or, We Really Knead the Dough

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm
The Elektra Theatre (300 West 43rd Street off 8th Avenue)
$31.50-$61.50

Crusted Custard! The pies are missin’! In Skunk Valley, Ma and Pa Baker’s livelihood is threatened when the evil Vincent Von Villenueva plots to take over the town starting with their pie shop. This spoof of turn-of-the-century melodramas—complete with a dashing hero, a mustache-twirling villain and a slew of wacky characters-encourages audience members to get involved in the action by cheering or booing the characters during entrances and exits, while a live piano emphasizes all the dramatic moments.

Also at 3 pm.

Bryant Park Reading Room Kids: Happy Hooping with Amy Rogers

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Try Happy Hooping with Amy Rogers, Hula Hoop Mover & Shaker, followed by a 1 pm storytime with Cali Co Cat and her carousel pals. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3).


Colonial Ice Cream Family Day

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace)
Free with museum admission ($5, Free/ages 12 and under)

Learn about the history of ice cream during the 1700’s, and the many different unusual flavors colonists enjoyed. Then make a colonial flavored ice cream, such as lavender, or a classic flavor, like vanilla. Advanced registration recommended. Register by emailing [email protected]


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, July 29, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


Nature Center Adventures with The Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Inwood Hill Park (218th Street and Indian Road)

Join the awesome Urban Park Rangers for free nature-related programs at NYC Park Nature Centers. Programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with nature center animals.


Other locations throughout NYC include Pelham Bay Nature Center (Bronx), Van Cortlandt Nature Center (Bronx), Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park (Brooklyn), Fort Totten Visitor’s Center (Queens).

Also on Sunday.

Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.


That Physics Show

Saturday, July 29, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


The Dark Crystal

Saturday, July 29, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy film on a big screen. On a remote planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, to restore order to his world. Using a mix of puppetry, animatronics, modern special effects, and more, The Dark Crystal creates a sense of visual astonishment rarely equaled in fantasy filmmaking. In conjunction with exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also Sunday 4:30 pm.

Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Enjoy themed storytimes in German at the charming children’s room of this independent bookstore.


Ragtag Theatre's Cinderella

Saturday, July 29, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) (2162 Broadway at 76th Street)
$18-$40

Follow a poor troupe of “Italian” actors as they present a hilarious musical romp through the well-known fairy tale Cinderella, with daffy llamas, roller skating fairy godmothers, selfie taking step sisters, Carol Channing, and furry kicks standing in for the traditional glass slippers. Performed in the interactive street theater style known as Commedia dell’arte with larger-than-life characters, colorful song and dance numbers, tons of pop culture references and a great message on self-worth. Fun for all ages.

Sundays through August 27

39th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Queens County Farm Museum (73-50 Little Neck Parkway)
$10, $5/ages 12 & under

New York City’s oldest and largest powwow features intertribal Native American dance competitions and a large selection of unique Native American art, crafts, jewelry, and food. A spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds.

Also on Sunday.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, July 29, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Graffiti Workshops

Saturday, July 29, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pen + Brush (29 East 22nd Street)

Artist Michela Martello teaches a workshop for age 5 & up on the graffiti alphabet. Artist Josephine Barreiro leads a workshop for ages 9 & up on creating street art through the quiet magic of sticker art; handmade slaps and postals. Both artists currently have murals on view in a space dedicated to showcasing the work of female artists and writers.


Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Family Weekend: Double Dutch

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Celebrate double dutch and the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of NYC through this competitive sport turned art form. Features demonstrations, jump-ins, panel discussions, a film screening and exhibition.


NYC Children's Poetry Festival

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

As part of the New York City Poetry Festival, little poets can share their own original poetry on the kids-only stage, listen to book readings, play writing games, explore a Poetree Forest (a land of balloons that children can write poems on and add illustrations to) and walk through a handmade teepee village.

Also on Sunday.

Shell-ebrate Oysters

Saturday, July 29, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

Work alongside Hudson River Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River by filtering water, engineering reef habitat, and stabilizing shorelines


Riverside Clay Tennis Association Concerts

Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Riverside Clay Tennis Association Courts (Riverside Park & West 96th Street)

Enjoy the sunset over the Hudson while listening to a diverse line-up including bluegrass, jazz, samba and a Middle-Eastern band with a belly dancer. Bring a picnic blanket (and a picnic dinner if you wish). If the weather is iffy, call 212-978-0277 to see whether a concert has been postponed.


Warm Up 2017

Saturday, July 29, 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)
$18/in advance, $22/at door

MoMA PS1’s pioneering outdoor music series celebrates its 20th season with ten Saturdays presenting the best in live and electronic music—both local and global—across a range of genres. Experience an outdoor dance party among the immersive and interactive installation Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio for the Young Architects Program.


SummerStage

Saturday, July 29, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

The schedule varies each week for these outdoor music and dance concerts featuring artists from New York and all over the world, but there is always at least one weekend afternoon option for grooving in the park. Bring a blanket in case the seats are full. Refreshments from local vendors including Blue Marble ice cream available for purchase. Family Day on August 12 features our fave They Might Be Giants.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, July 30, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Pete the Cat Musical

Sunday, July 30, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Madeline: Storytime and Crafts

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Enjoy a storytime and craft with beloved Parisian orphan Madeline.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, July 30, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.


That Chemistry Show

Sunday, July 30, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$29 at this link

A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won’t burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 80 minutes of exploration led by long-time “mad scientist” Borislaw Bilash combining the worlds of chemistry and show business. A spin-off of the popular That Physics SHow.


Le Carrousel Magique

Sunday, July 30, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

See feats and tricks performed by favorite magicians by the charming Le Carrousel.


Family Ecology Sail

Sunday, July 30, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)
$45/adult, $40/ages 12 & under

See the sights of New York Harbor from the decks of the historic 130-year-old schooner PIONEER. Explore what lives under the surface of the harbor and sail past the Statue of Liberty. Drag a trawl net and bring up fascinating organisms to meet (before they are let go). Bring your own food and drink.

Every other Sunday through Sept 10

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, July 30, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.


Family Dance Programs with TAYLOR 2

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Acclaimed modern dance company TAYLOR 2 visits CMOM for interactive programs. At 11 am, ages 5 & under can take a unique “mommy/daddy and me” class the uses rhythm games, songs and creative movement to teach the fundamentals of dance. At 12 pm, join the dancers of TAYLOR 2 as they stretch, dance and prepare for an upcoming dance performance at CMOM. Dance with them, talk with them and learn what it takes to be a dancer for a Modern Dance company. At 2 & 3 pm, learn about Modern Dance and Paul Taylor’s choreography with bicycle wheels through an interactive performance. Also check out the interactive Let’s Dance exhibition.


Harlem Meer Performance Festival: R&B/Soul with The Chris Black Experience

Sunday, July 30, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Central Park, Dana Discovery Center at the Harlem Meer (110th Street between Fifth & Lenox Avenue)

This summer lakeside concerts series features international and local musicians playing in a variety of easy-to-dance-to styles including jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music and dance. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn.


Labyrinth

Sunday, July 30, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy film on a big screen. Featuring Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, elaborate set pieces, including a castle inspired by M.C. Escher, and a witty and fantastical script by Monty Python member Terry Jones. In conjunction with exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also at 6:30 pm.

Living History: Meet President George and First Lady Martha Washington

Sunday, July 30, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

George and Martha Washington, portrayed by Living Historians Michael and Maria Grillo, share their accomplishments in the Revolutionary War. Discover the general’s sword and field desk, examine maps of New York in the 18th century, and take a close look at their historical clothing.


Rubin Family Sundays: Instruments of Our Own

Sunday, July 30, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

In conjunction with the exhibition The World Is Sound, create a musical instrument and build upon the timeless tradition of making and playing musical instruments.


Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze

Sunday, July 30, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.


That Physics Show

Sunday, July 30, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Ragtag Theatre's Cinderella

Sunday, July 30, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) (2162 Broadway at 76th Street)
$18-$40

Follow a poor troupe of “Italian” actors as they present a hilarious musical romp through the well-known fairy tale Cinderella, with daffy llamas, roller skating fairy godmothers, selfie taking step sisters, Carol Channing, and furry kicks standing in for the traditional glass slippers. Performed in the interactive street theater style known as Commedia dell’arte with larger-than-life characters, colorful song and dance numbers, tons of pop culture references and a great message on self-worth. Fun for all ages.


Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Family Weekend: Double Dutch

Sunday, July 30, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Josie Robertson Plaza
Teams from across the country showcase their speed, skill, and artistry as they vie for the championship in Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition, the official competition organized by the National Double Dutch League


The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Saturday, April 8–Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Jacques Torres Chocolate (350 Hudson Street)
$15, $10/ages 4-12, $12/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.

Wednesday–Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Pop-Up Maker Space on Pier 84

Sunday, July 30, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 84 (Hudson River & 44th Street)

Join in weekly workshops challenging participants to design and construct solutions to real-world problems at an outdoor Maker Space. Tinker, test and learn in Hudson River Park.


Saving Washington

Wednesday, March 8–Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Learn about First Lady Dolley Madison, the most influential woman in America during the nation’s formative years in immersive installations featuring more than 150 objects such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewelry, and housewares. Join one of her famed ‘Wednesday Squeezes’ with table-top digital games and life-sized cut-outs in period costumes.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, July 30, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.


SummerStage: Rock Steady Crew 40th Anniversary

Sunday, July 30, 2:00 pm–7:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

Celebrate four decades of the Bronx-conceived b-boy crew with this annual who’s who of classic hip-hop performers featuring Brooklyn’s Grammy-nominated female rap visionary MC Lyte. Bring a blanket in case the seats are full. Refreshments from local vendors including Blue Marble ice cream available for purchase.


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Wednesday, July 5–Monday, July 31, 12:00 am

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Hippo Ballerina

Tuesday, February 7–Monday, July 31, All Day
Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd Street)

Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s 15-ft tall, 2½ tons, bronze and copper tutu Hippo Ballerina inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen poses across from Lincoln Center. Instagrammers marking photos with the hippo with the hashtag #Dancewithhippoballerina will have the chance to win two tickets to a ballet performance at Lincoln Center.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, July 31, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Pete the Cat Musical

Monday, July 31, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Chocolate Story Time

Monday, July 31, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th Street)
$24

Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role in growing cacao and producing chocolate, then kids one unique chocolate lollipop.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Monday, July 31, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Monday, July 31, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Summer Art in the Park

Monday, July 31, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


Imagination Playground at Cooper Hewitt

Monday, July 31, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Build in the engaging, moveable Imagination Playground in the terrace and garden of the Cooper Hewitt (which is fun for all ages on the inside as well). Enter via the garden entrance on 90th street. Cancelled in case of inclement weather.


Museum of the City of New York Family Programs: Salsa Soundmakers

Monday, July 31, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Discover how the up-tempo performance of percussive Latin music and Afro-Caribbean-infused salsa dance grew in Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York. Create a salsa soundmaker to join the beat.


Stettheimer Summer Mondays

Monday, July 31, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create art projects inspired by the brilliant paintings and theater designs of Florine Stettheimer. Explore a new project each week on Mondays in July.


Children’s Basketball

Monday, July 31, 3:30 am–5:15 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Perfect your jump shot, develop you on-court vision, and play. Adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun and challenging drills to improve skills. Closed-toe shoes required. Ages 5–6 at 3:30pm, 7 & older at 4:15 pm.


Midtown Recess

Monday, July 31, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Hudson Riverkids: Bilingual Birdies Band

Monday, July 31, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (Hudson River Greenway/enter at 23rd Street and West Side Highway)

Enjoy an outdoor interactive concert by bilingual musicians and teachers.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Pete the Cat Musical

Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


StoryTime with Cali Co Cat

Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Join park resident Cali Co Cat for meowsic, stories, and joke time. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3).


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Tuesday, August 1, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Mad. Sq. Pk. Art in the Park

Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

In a series of workshops led by artist instructors from across several disciplines, including art, music, and poetry, children can express their creativity while exploring the current Mad. Sq. Art exhibition Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park.


Preschool Play

Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Summer Art in the Park

Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


The Crafty Kids: The Crafting Hour

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Crafty Kids (165 William Street, 8th Floor)
$15

Children 18 months to 5 years (with parents or caregivers) learn art techniques through fun and simple craft projects. Advanced registration required; register online, call 212.732.5182, or email [email protected]


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, August 1, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


Museum in the Park: Graffiti Mural

Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Cherry Tree Playground (99th to 100th Streets, Third Avenue)

The Museum of the City of New York hosts free family programs geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old. See examples of how artists in Graffiti movement in New York City in the 1970s and ’80, called “writers,” used public spaces—such as subway trains and buildings—as a canvas for their art. Create a nickname or “tag” for yourself and add your signature design to a graffiti mural.


Summer on the Hudson: Game Days

Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
West Harlem Piers Park (Marginal & West 125th Street)

Kids 12 and under can play outdoor games such as giant tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch and jump rope.


Eloise Storytime

Tuesday, August 1, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.


Storytime Theater Class with Bitty City Players

Tuesday, August 1, 3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)
$10, online registration required

Create and explore stories through theater games, songs, and tactile crafts. Learn the basic skills of improvisation, and build confidence and group-work skills through playful and imagination-rich activities. Taught by Bitty City Players, an organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and enriching NYC kids.


Young Sprouts Gardening

Tuesday, August 1, 3:15 pm–3:45 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Children 3-5 years old (with accompanying adults) learn to plant and do nature projects in this weekly introduction to organic gardening. Space is limited; arrive early.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Tuesday, August 1, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Shakespeare & Co. Storytelling

Tuesday, August 1, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Avenue between 68th & 69th Streets)

Kids can discover or rediscover the wonderful world of children’s literature at a cozy indie bookstore. Register at [email protected]


Soccer in Rockefeller Park

Tuesday, August 1, 2:45 pm–5:30 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Learn the pass, dribble and shoot. Close-toed shoes required. Ages 3-4 at 2:45 pm, 5–7 at 3:30 pm, 8-11 at 4:30 pm.


Midtown Recess

Tuesday, August 1, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: ECCO

Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell (Central Park, West 72nd Street)

Enjoy free, outdoor classical music during the 112th season of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series. 1,000 seats are provided on a first come, first served basis.


Coquí Club: Imagine That!

Wednesday, August 2, 9:30 am–10:30 am
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

On the first Wednesday of each month, learn, play, explore, and grow at El Museo’s bilingual program for ages 1-4. Discover new ways of interacting with art and each other with play time, storytelling, museum walks, and art making. No reservations required, first come first served.

Also a 11 am.

Yoga for Kids

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am–10:45 am
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and enjoy more yoga fun with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are. Bring your own mat.


Mad. Sq. Park Story Time

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Rotating professional storytellers theatrically present nature-themed stories on Cherry Lawn.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, August 2, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Pete the Cat Musical

Wednesday, August 2, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, August 2, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Summer Art in the Park

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, August 2, 11:30 am–12:00 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (25 West 23rd Street)

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday, August 2, 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play with manipulatives and toys accompanied by a live guitarist.


Imagination Playground at Cooper Hewitt

Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Build in the engaging, moveable Imagination Playground in the terrace and garden of the Cooper Hewitt (which is fun for all ages on the inside as well). Enter via the garden entrance on 90th street. Cancelled in case of inclement weather.


Lunchtime Concerts at Richard Tucker Park

Wednesday, August 2, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Richard Tucker Park (Broadway & 66th Street)

Hear local musicians perform a range of styles including jazz, opera and swing in a shady plaza. This concert series, presented by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District in partnership with the MTA Arts for Transit’s Music Under New York Program celebrate New York City’s diversity of music and cultures and the great opera star, tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975). At intermission sip on light refreshments from Hubert’s Lemonade and stretch with yoga instructors from the West Side Y.


Midday Jazz

Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Saint Peter’s Church, in partnership with the Midtown Arts Common, hosts a weekly jazz concert for the community. A nominal donation to cover presentation costs is requested at the door. Held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, these popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists.


Museum of the City of New York Family Programs: Create an Activist Badge

Wednesday, August 2, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Discover key social movements, leading activists, and how ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city’s and the nation’s future in the exhibition Activist New York. Create a badge championing a cause you care about. Snack included.


Summer on the Hudson: Game Days

Wednesday, August 2, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
West Harlem Piers Park (Marginal & West 125th Street)

Kids 12 and under can play outdoor games such as giant tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch and jump rope.


Eloise Storytime

Wednesday, August 2, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, August 2, 1:45 pm–3:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the museum after for $6 more.


Hippo Playground Music Series: Amelia Robinson of Mils Trills

Wednesday, August 2, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Follow up a free concert by splashing among the fun hippo statues. Music happens rain (inside the Hippo Playground Park House) or shine.


That Physics Show

Wednesday, August 2, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Wednesday, August 2, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


Midtown Recess

Wednesday, August 2, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Uptown Bounce: Icons of the '80s & Palo

Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Join El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York for free summer block parties. A tribute to late great musical legends Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and George Michael features Misbehaviour of Mobile Mondays! and Boogie Blind of X-Ecutioners spinning a mashup of favorite ’80s classics and all-levels dance lesson of the moves that defined the era. At El Museo, create a “palo,” a stick from Africa’s Congo region and later brought to the Caribbean embedded with the energy to bring positive change in unity. DJ Bembona will spin Latinx & Afro-Diasporadical sounds. Part of a weekly series.


SummerStage

Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

The schedule varies each week for these outdoor music and dance concerts featuring artists from New York and all over the world, but there is always at least one weekend afternoon option for grooving in the park. Bring a blanket in case the seats are full. Refreshments from local vendors including Blue Marble ice cream available for purchase. Family Day on August 12 features our fave They Might Be Giants.


StoryDance Playgroup

Thursday, August 3, 9:30 am–10:15 am
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Enjoy story time, craft, dance games and activities and free play time in a nurturing, supportive, creative and professional environment. RSVP by email ([email protected]). Part of a monthly series.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, August 3, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Pete the Cat Musical

Thursday, August 3, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Tots Soccer & Pee Wee Basketball

Thursday, August 3, 9:30 am–11:30 am
Riverside Park 71st Street Soccer Field & Basketball Courts (Riverside & West 71st Street)

Ages 5 and under can get a free introduction to soccer (9:30 am) and basketball (10:30 am).


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, August 3, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Summer Art in the Park

Thursday, August 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, August 3, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


Light Play

Thursday, August 3, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)
$10/child (suggested)

Explore light, get creative and play in the HoloCenter on Governors Island. This kids program encourages creativity and scientific investigation. Take the 10 am or 11 am Governors Island Ferry from 10 South Street, Manhattan.


Museum in the Park: Design a Park for the City

Thursday, August 3, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Poor Richards Playground (East 109th Steet between Second & Third Avenues)

The Museum of the City of New York hosts free family programs geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old. Investigate Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s plan from the 1850s for a grand public space called Central Park, then put on an urban planner hat and design a version of Central Park


Throwback Thursdays

Thursday, August 3, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Flatiron Plaza (West 23rd Street & Broadway)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District hosts giant games, board games, and cornhole sets. Local businesses and organizations provide free cultural education and entertainment.


Eloise Storytime

Thursday, August 3, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.


Dancing together with Dionne Kamara

Thursday, August 3, 2:00 pm–2:45 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Dance teaching artist Dionne Kamara introduces a variety of dances from folk to the BrainDance with music by African diasporan percussionist Hasan Bakr. Also check out the interactive Let’s Dance exhibition.

Also at 3 pm.

Summer in the Square: Suzi Shelton

Thursday, August 3, 9:00 am–3:30 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

Award winning singer and songwriter Suzi Shelton performs her catchy tunes for families and friends at 11 am. At 9 am, meet animals friends from Art Farm in the City, at 10 am, a surprise princess leads singing, dancing and games, at 10:30 am, “play” yoga with Karma Kids, at 2:30 pm, hear stories from PJ Library and at 3 pm, work out with Pop Fit Kids. All day, enjoy books, crafts, games, and other activities in a shady tent.


Broadway In Bryant Park & Sing-A-Long

Thursday, August 3, 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy excerpts from current Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performed by cast members. From 2–4 pm, sing along to favorite standards with supplied songbooks at the piano by the terrace.


Start with Art and Music

Thursday, August 3, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Look, move, and sing while exploring art and music together in the galleries. This. Guest artists play live music related to this month’s theme, The Great Outdoors, in the galleries; a magical experience for all.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, August 3, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


Sing Along with East Side West Side Music Together

Thursday, August 3, 4:30 pm–5:15 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Sing and make music with instructors from research based, educationally minded music and movement program Eastside Westside Music Together.


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