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Events July 29-Aug 5
Isaac Mizrahi An Unruly HIstory Jewish Museum
Rain and shine, plenty of family fun to be had. Explore some great kid-friendly exhibits about to close including the fabulous fashions (including a dress made from Coke cans) in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History at the Jewish Museum, which also has a engaging Archaeology Zone for kids. Plus music, shows, waterfights, poetry and more family fun all over town.

Rainy summer days are a fabulous time to read together – shop our favorite books for the whole family and tunes for dance parties (plus check out some great online & NYC deals).

All events are free unless noted otherwise. See our Instagram and Pinterest for visuals.


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Sunday

Big City Fishing

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

City dwellers five and older can learn how to fish and about the Hudson River environment. Rods, reels, bait and instruction provided. Also learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the river.


Family Performance Festival: Billy B, the Science and Dance Man

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Hill in Central Park (Central Park at 103rd Street)

Learn about biodiversity in Central Park through song, dance, audience participation, and a changing backdrop. Part of a weekly series.


Lincoln Center Out Of Doors: La Casita

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Artist-activist wordsmiths share the stage with musicians to explore the social, political, and expressive powers of oral tradition.


Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $15/seniors & educators, $12/students, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under)

The Hudson River Ramblers introduce the Founding Father without a father through an interactive telling of how Hamilton went “From Cannon to Colonel” in the Revolutionary War, bounced “In & Out of Debt,” and met his tragic end with “Death Dirge.”  Cheaper than the Broadway show, but no rap battles. Performances at 1, 2, & 3 pm.


Rubin Family Sundays: Landscapes Through the Seasons

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under)

Celebrate the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual through an exploration of rain, wind, clouds, sun, and more in Nepalese art. In the art studio, experiment with watercolors and paint autumn, winter, spring, and summer landscapes.


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


Pop-Up Maker Space on Pier 84

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.


Monday

Hudson Riverkids: Story Pirates

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

Using stories submitted by children (and the audience), the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals.


Tuesday

Mad. Sq. Pk. Art in the Park Making

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Kids can explore Martin Puryear’s sculpture, Big Bling, and find inspiration to create their own art project at these weekly workshops led by Studio in a School artist instructors.

Also 1 – 3 pm.


Sessions at the Circle

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

This free weekly live concert series produced in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Cente presents acclaimed musicians styled by select retailers. In-store discounts and lite bites offered during and after each show.


Wednesday

Coquí Club: Los Cinco Senses

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. Dress for a mess.

Also at 11 am.


Uptown Bounce

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for a festival taking place four consecutive Wednesday evenings featuring music, gallery talks, art workshops, breakdancing, summer drinks, and local food.


Thursday

Summer in the Square: Story Pirates

9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

The Story Pirates’ performs musical skits inspired by children’s ideas at 11 am. Part of a weekly series featuring different acts plus lots of activities: meet animals friends from Art Farm in the City at 9:30 am, “play” yoga with Karma Kids at 10:30 am, hear stories from PJ Library at 2 pm, work out with Pop Fit Kids at 3 pm and enjoy books, crafts, games, and other activities in a shady tent all day.


Summer On The Hudson Children's Performance Series: Alastair Moock

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Pier 1 is the scenic setting for Grammy-nominated family style folk music from Alastair Moock. The pier is breezy but unshaded, so bring sunscreen.


Summer MADreads: Drum Dream Girl

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)
Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Explore and learn about a current exhibition, then read Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López, an inspirational book for young dreamers everywhere, in the galleries.


Broadway In Bryant Park

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy excerpts from current Broadway and Off-Broadway shows performed by cast members.


Pop-Up Maker Space on Pier 25

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore 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.


MoMA Summer Thursdays

6:30 pm - 8:30 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 musical acts ranging from indie rock to neo-psych to pop punk to experimental electronic music, all embodying the unconventional spirit of exhibit BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE, in genres. Louder kids can linger in the back by the gelato stand.


Friday

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.


Summer on the Hudson: Totally Public Karaoke

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Rock the mic in Riverside Park. Song books available.


Saturday

Hudson River Nature Walk

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. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Nature guides will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40.


Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance

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.


The Izzy & Ooli Show

10:00 am - 11:00 am
All Souls Church (1157 Lexington Avenue at East 80th Street)
$15

Enjoy a high energy, immersive, and interactive puppet show, hailed as “The Blue Man Group For Kids,” where kids become puppeteers, singers, and dancers.

Also at City Treehouse (129A West 20th Street) at 10:30 am.


Green My Neighborhood

10:30 am - 11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)
$5

Do you ever wish that New York City had more trees? After making a memory sketch of their own neighborhood, young landscape architects will discuss how to make it more green with innovative designs and ideas inspired by the Museum’s current exhibit GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY. RSVP required; email education@skyscraper.org or call 212.945.6324.


Word for Word Kids: Comic Con Kids

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Penguin Random House Archie Comics and DC Comics present an afternoon filled with superheroes, action-adventurers, graphic novels, and a surprise visit from a special guest who happens to be flitting around town that day.


Lincoln Center Out Of Doors: Roots of American Music

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Hear original songs running the gamut from heartbreaking country ballads to lively rockabilly tunes in performances by Those Pretty Wrongs, Mary Gauthier and Kelly Jones & Teddy Thompson.


Bargemusic Family Concert

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.


Riverside Clay Tennis Association Concerts

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.


Sunday

Family Yoga: Kirtan and Storytelling

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Integral Yoga (227 West 13th Street)
$15/one adult & one child, $5/each additional person

Practice Yoga, experience community, and share in fun activities including Yoga poses, songs, and art.


Big City Fishing

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

City dwellers five and older can learn how to fish and about the Hudson River environment. Rods, reels, bait and instruction provided. Also learn about river ecology and the many fish species that can be found in the river.


Family Performance Festival: Leaf Arrow

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Hill in Central Park (Central Park at 103rd Street)

Through contemporary and historical storytelling, songs, and traditional dance, learn about the special relationship the Native American people have with the Earth. This interactive show features coyote tales, creation stories and historic folklore. Part of weekly series.


Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

This annual three-week-long multicultural music, spoken-word and dance festival is entertaining for all ages. Plenty of room to dance and run around by the Hill Country Barbecue and gelato stands in the back.

Tuesday-Sunday, Times vary

Rubin Family Sundays: Landscapes Through the Seasons

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under)

Celebrate the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual through an exploration of rain, wind, clouds, sun, and more in Nepalese art. In the art studio, experiment with watercolors and paint autumn, winter, spring, and summer landscapes.


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


Pop-Up Maker Space on Pier 84

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.



What We’re Reading


Maps
Travel the world without leaving your living room with this visual feast for readers of all ages featuring lavishly drawn illustrations by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Learn about borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet. Makes a great gift for curious kids of all ages.
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ABC Do-Re-ME! Early Bird Fall Promotion

Get drop-in music classes for as low as $12 each ($120 for 10 classe) or unlimited fall classes passes, valid Sept 6 – Dec 22, for $240 (usually $600). Kids up to five-years-old sing, play instruments, dance with scarves and do other sometimes-silly activities with guitar-playing teachers. Choose from multiple times and locations including Symphony Space and West 72nd Street.


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Free Shakespeare In The Park Tickets: Troilus and Cressida

Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan helms one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida, a surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks. You could have a long picnic with your kids to wait in line for free tix, or easily enter the virtual ticket lottery via the TodayTix App. Chances are slim, but we’ve won in the past and enjoyed great theater al fresco.

Tuesday-Sunday through August 14.



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