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Parent & Me Yoga

Saturday, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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.


Gazillion Bubble Show

Saturday, August 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
New World Stages (340 West 50th Street )

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Warning, front rows might get wet.

Thursday 11 am & 2 pm, Friday 7 pm, Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm & 3 pm.

Pinkalicious The Musical

Saturday, August 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) (2162 Broadway at 76th Street)
$20-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.


Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Storytime at the Strand

Saturday, August 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Summer Streets

Saturday, August 19, 7:00 am–1:00 pm
Lafayette & Park Avenue (Brooklyn Bridge to 72nd Street)

For three Saturdays, nearly seven miles of NYC streets are car-free so all ages can play, run, walk and bike. Lots of cool activities at the rest stops along the way including free bike helmets and rentals, yoga and fitness classes for all ages, live interactive music, parkour demonstrations, crafts, face painting and free treats. At the new-this-year Central Park Rest Stop (71st Street & Park Avenue), splash in the a giant inflatable water park long modeled after an LG QuadWash™ dishwasher featuring obstacle courses continuously soaked by powerful jet streams, massive slides in the shape of cutlery, and hanging glide rails for kids of all ages to zoom down into pools of water.


That Chemistry Show

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Bryant Park Reading Room Kids: Storytime Quartet

Saturday, August 19, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy storytelling with live music provided by a string quartet. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3).


Family Workshop: Medieval Gardens

Saturday, August 19, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Discover plants in the gardens and galleries of The Met Cloisters and learn how they were used in the Middle Ages.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Honey Weekend

Saturday, August 19, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
$10, $6/students & seniors, $4/ages 6–18, free/ages 5 & under

This signature weekend offers a buzz-worthy range of activities among gorgeous gardens, from candle-making and honey-extraction demonstrations to a fun “Be a Bee” Family Art Project and parade. Meet local beekeepers in The Shop, where you can expect a delectable selection of local, artisanal honeys.

Also on Sunday.

Muppets from Space

Saturday, August 19, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

In this wacky 1999 film, Gonzo receives strange signals from his breakfast cereal and determines that he is an alien. Before long, he is captured by an overzealous secret government agency determined to prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. It’s up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo. In conjunction with exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Centennial Saturdays: Go on Expedition with the AEF

Saturday, August 19, 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)

Meet U.S. soldiers from the American Expeditionary Forces, also known as the AEF. Portrayed by Living Historians, the troops will share stories about early 20th-century life on and off the battlefield. Try on an army helmet, or ‘tin hat,’ on your own head, dig into military tools and equipment, and inspect the soldiers’ uniforms from the top of their hooked wool collars all the way down to their special leggings for time in the trenches. Part of a weekly series in conjunction with exhibition World War One: Beyond the Trenches.


Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest

Saturday, August 19, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue)

Turn sand into a towering masterpiece in a family-friendly event open to amateurs and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages competing for cash prizes and bragging rights.


That Physics Show

Saturday, August 19, 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 Storytime

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, August 19, 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.


Shell-ebrate Oysters

Saturday, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 19, 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, August 20, 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.

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Gazillion Bubble Show

Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
New World Stages (340 West 50th Street )

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Warning, front rows might get wet.

Thursday 11 am & 2 pm, Friday 7 pm, Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm & 3 pm.

Pinkalicious The Musical

Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) (2162 Broadway at 76th Street)
$20-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.


Storytime at the Strand

Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, August 20, 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, August 20, 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.


Ayazamana Dance Group

Sunday, August 20, 2:00 pm–2:30 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)

The Ayazamana Cultural Center and Dance Group, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture, performs traditional dances from different regions of Ecuador. Also check out the interactive Let’s Dance exhibition.


Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Rubin Family Sundays: Bonds of Protection

Sunday, August 20, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

In honor of the Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi), create wearable symbols of protection that represent bonds with friends inspired by traditional rakhi styles, friendship bracelets, and gau (amulet boxes) from the Museum’s collection.


That Physics Show

Sunday, August 20, 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, August 20, 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.


New York Liberty Family Funday Sundays

Sunday, August 20, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza)
$15 - $114 (25% off with code FAMILY)

Sunday afternoon WNBA NY Liberty basketball games at Madison Square Garden this summer include a free Family Fun Zone on the concourse. One hour prior to 3:00 pm tip–off, enjoy activities like face painters, temporary tattoos, photo booth, a Liberty Prize wheel and more.


PLAYDATE! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill

Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Enjoy a free fun-filled family day of art exhibitions, art-making workshops, live illustrations, singing, dancing and more.


The Paper House: Who What Where When Why and How!

Friday, July 28–Sunday, August 20, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

In this interactive art installation, all ages can engage with inquisitive works by New York artists and write, draw, and craft own questions and answers in an ever-evolving dialogue on the very walls of the house itself.

Saturday & Sunday 12–5 pm

Pop-Up Maker Space on Pier 84

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)

Tuesday, March 14–Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

See four distinct phases in the oeuvre of canonical art brut figure Carlo Zinelli through a selection of fifty-five paintings (many displayed double-sided), audio recordings of Zinelli, a film, and images by Life magazine photographer John Phillips. Bright, colorful multiples of crazy characters make this small exhibit interesting for all. And the museum’s gift shop is a gem.


Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

Thursday, March 2–Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)
Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Celebrate the handmade fashion and style of the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. See garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved through sewing, embroidering, quilting and patch-working. Lots of kid-friendly rainbows and tie-dye.


Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible

Monday, May 1–Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

This first in-depth exhibition of Eugen Gabritschevsky’s relatively unknown artistic contribution is composed of more than eighty artworks, a film, publications, and archival documents. A scientist before he was admitted into a psychiatric hospital, Gabritschevsky produced gouaches, drawings, and watercolors on paper imbued with his early scientific interests, observation skills, and a propensity for experimentation.


The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

Friday, April 7–Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)
Free with museum admission ($16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes)

Explore the the diverse and dynamic 1920s in a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Classy, gltizy, plus check out jazz recordings and rare video footage provided by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (and the always there and always awesome design-your-own wallpaper Immersion Room).


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Women in Jazz: Free Music at Jefferson Market Garden

Sunday, August 20, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Jefferson Market Garden (Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and 10th Street)

Relax in the gorgeous greenery of Jefferson Market Garden and enjoy free jazz performances. Musicians througout the weekly series include Bogna Kicinska Quintet, Greenwich House Faculty and Friends String Quartet, Arcoiris Sandoval Sonic Asylum Quartet, and Miki Yamanaka featuring. Melissa Aldana.


SummerStage

Sunday, August 20, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, August 21, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts Family Walking Tours

Monday, August 21, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

While CMA is closed for general admission during lobby renovation, they are offering a water life drawing tour inspired by the Hudson River. Join Museum Teaching Artists and study the natural horizon line of western Manhattan and life, real and imagined, of the Hudson. Capture the landscape and create drawings inspired by life underwater.


Chocolate Story Time

Monday, August 21, 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, August 21, 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, August 21, 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, August 21, 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.


Solar Eclipse Craft

Monday, August 21, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Riverside Library (127 Amsterdam Avenue)

The library provides eclipse info sheets and supplies to make a “pinhole camera” solar viewing device out of paper, cardboard and glue. Check out the Sun’s “shadow” safely with this craft.


Hayden Special Event: Total Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

On the afternoon of August 21, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking out the Sun for about 3 minutes in a swath of North America stretching from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. While New York is not in this “path of totality,” we will be able to see the Moon cover about 75% of the Sun. Watch NASA’s live broadcast of the Total Solar Eclipse at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and learn more about this rare celestial event.


Children’s Basketball

Monday, August 21, 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.


Hudson Riverkids: Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band

Monday, August 21, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (Hudson River Greenway/enter at 23rd Street and West Side Highway)

Enjoy an outdoor interactive concert by local musician/educator Ramblin’ Dan and the Freewheelin’ Band.


Midtown Recess

Monday, August 21, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, August 22, 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.


The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

Tuesday, August 22, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, the latest production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage retells Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — with new marionettes and hand painted scenery.

Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am & 12 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm
Through Sep 17

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, August 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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.


Summer on the Hudson: Game Days

Tuesday, August 22, 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 22, 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.


Grand Central Summer Send-Off

Tuesday, August 22, 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Grand Central hosts fun and entertainment for the whole family including face painting, Grand Central scavenger hunts, raffles, free gifts with purchases, food samples and performances by the Big Apple Circus and the Broadway casts of School of Rock the Musical, Cats Broadway Musical, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Kinky Boots.

Also on Wednesday & Thursday

Storytime Theater Class with Bitty City Players

Tuesday, August 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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]


Summer Sandbox Series

Tuesday, August 22, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Carl Schurz Park (East End and East 86th Street)

Enjoy story time and outdoor sing-alongs hosted by local music programs.


Soccer in Rockefeller Park

Tuesday, August 22, 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 22, 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.


Yoga for Kids

Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.


Lunchtime Concerts at Richard Tucker Park

Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 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.


Summer on the Hudson: Game Days

Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.


That Physics Show

Wednesday, August 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.


SummerStage

Wednesday, August 23, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, August 24, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts Family Walking Tours

Thursday, August 24, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

While CMA is closed for general admission during lobby renovation, they are offering family walking tours of the surrounding areas including an architecture sketch tour of SoHo’s famous cast iron buildings, a site-specific sculpture exploration and a water life drawing tour inspired by the Hudson River


Tots Soccer & Pee Wee Basketball

Thursday, August 24, 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 24, 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.


Gazillion Bubble Show

Thursday, August 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
New World Stages (340 West 50th Street )

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Warning, front rows might get wet.

Thursday 11 am & 2 pm, Friday 7 pm, Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm & 3 pm.

Summer Art in the Park

Thursday, August 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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.


Eloise Storytime

Thursday, August 24, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, August 24, 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)

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Split into two age groups; 3-6 and 7-11. The first Thursday of every month features live music in a gallery.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, August 24, 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.


FIGMENT Mini Golf on Governor’s Island

Saturday, June 3–Thursday, August 24, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)

Play mini golf (for free) on nine unique holes created by emerging and established artists. This year’s theme “NYC Has the Beat” features designs inspired by the rhythm of the city and its music scene.


Sing Along with East Side West Side Music Together

Thursday, August 24, 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.


Art + Games

Thursday, August 24, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Kids ages 5 & up are invited to participate in creative art activities including painting, collage, clay, group art projects, and partipcate in lawn games such as tag, hula hoop races, running games, and tug-of-war or kids can make up their own games using everything from parachutes to asteroid-balls.


Hudson Riverkids: Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band

Thursday, August 24, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (Hudson River Greenway/enter at 23rd Street and West Side Highway)

Enjoy an outdoor interactive concert by local musician/educator Ramblin’ Dan and the Freewheelin’ Band.


Midtown Recess

Thursday, August 24, 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.


Strings on Hudson

Thursday, August 24, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Battery Park (Battery Place between State Street & Whitehall St)

Watch – and try – different ballroom dance styles accompanied by live music in Battery Park City’s new al fresco classical music series on the Hudson Waterfront.


MoMA Summer Thursdays

Thursday, August 24, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

The lovely MoMA Sculpture Garden hosts weekly multicultural musical acts from around the world. Louder kids can dance in the back by the gelato. In case of rain, music takes place in Theater 1. These concerts are not free, but we consider MoMA membership ($85) a great investment for any city family for the MoMA Art Lab alone.


Seaport Summer Music

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)

Catch cool sounds from emerging local artists at the Seaport District’s Summer Stage, located on the corner of Fulton and Front Street.


SummerStage

Thursday, August 24, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, August 25, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts Family Walking Tours

Friday, August 25, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

While CMA is closed for general admission during lobby renovation, they are offering family walking tours of the surrounding areas including an architecture sketch tour of SoHo’s famous cast iron buildings, a site-specific sculpture exploration and a water life drawing tour inspired by the Hudson River


Discovery Walk for Families

Friday, August 25, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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, August 25, 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.


Greeley Square Improv

Friday, August 25, 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, August 25, 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.


Sunset Jam on the Hudson

Friday, August 25, 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.


Bryant Park Friday Picnic

Friday, August 25, 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.


SummerStage

Friday, August 25, 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.


The Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival

Friday, August 25, 8:00 pm–11:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

See opera on the big screen in the Lincoln Center Plaza. Put out a blanket in the back and catch as much as you can before bedtime. Schedule will be announced later this summer.


Parent & Me Yoga

Saturday, August 26, 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, August 26, 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, August 26, 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, August 26, 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, August 26, 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.


Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, August 26, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train in the “Kissing Room,” see where a missile pierced the ceiling, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, August 26, 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, August 26, 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.


Gazillion Bubble Show

Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
New World Stages (340 West 50th Street )

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Warning, front rows might get wet.

Thursday 11 am & 2 pm, Friday 7 pm, Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 4:30 pm, Sunday 12 pm & 3 pm.

Pinkalicious The Musical

Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
McGinn/Cazale Theatre (WP Theater) (2162 Broadway at 76th Street)
$20-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.


Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling

Saturday, August 26, 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.


Storytime at the Strand

Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


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