Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events This Week
Other states are back in school, but New Yorkers can rock out the end of summer with opportunities for awesome live music, theater, dance and classic car shows (though still check out back to school sales). Fewer tourists = smaller crowds at family-friendly museum exhibits – some of our faves are closing soon.

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Human Chess

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (West 89th Street and Riverside Drive)

Every Thursday afternoon in September, watch or participate in life-size team sport chess.

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Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.

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First Saturdays for Families: Weaving Stories

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)

Work with craft traditions to create collaborative sculptures that reflect the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood as seen through the windows of the Sky Room in a family workshop offered in conjunction with the exhibition Leonor Antunes: I Stand Like A Mirror Before You. Part of a monthly series.

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The Pop Ups

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)

Free with admission ($19.95/adult, $12.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under)

Join the kindie band The Pop Ups for an educational romp filled with puppets, dance routines, collages, and more.

Also on Sunday.

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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chinatown (Intersection of Division Street, East Broadway &Forsyth Street)

Celebrating love in Chinatown with cultural performances, live music, arts and crafts, food vendors and more festivities.

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Brazilian Day

11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Little Brazil (46th Street between Fifth & Sixth Avenue)

Go to Rio via Avenue of the Americas (between 43rd to 56th Streets) and 46th Street (between Madison and Seventh Avenues) as Brazilian vendors, chefs, musicians and dancers take over 25 city blocks.

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Family Performance Festival: Park Discovery!

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Central Park, Peter J Sharp Children’s Glade (West 107th Street & Central Park West)

Explore Central Park’s diverse plant and animal life through hands-on nature activities led by Central Park Conservancy environmental educators. Last of a weekly summer series.

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West Side County Fair

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

City kids can enjoy a country fair and celebrate the change of seasons with with carnival rides and games, four live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptile shows, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more.

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival

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 Latin and jazz. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to listen on a lawn.

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What We’re Reading

Baby Beluga

Escape the heat by reading about adorable arctic creatures in this so-cool board book companion to Raffi’s beloved song.


Featured Deals

Broadway Week

Get two-for-one tickets to select Broadway shows September 7-20. Kid-friendly options include The Lion King, Wicked, The King and I, Aladdin and Matilda. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 am; some shows sell out quickly. Buy at the theater box office if you can to avoid high service charges.

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