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Events This Week
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See a show (or get half-off tix for a September Broadway outing), fly a kite or take a cool class. Fun fests provide excuses to trek to Long Island City, Governors Island, or Coney Island (we’ve actually never been to the last one…maybe this weekend). Take a break from late summer heat at family-friendly exhibits like Studio Job MAD HOUSE at MAD. See our museum guide for tips on cultural adventures, including nearby treats (frozen ones are currently popular in our family).

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

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Summer MADreads: The Day the Crayons Quit

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

Read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Darwalt and explore innovative uses of color in the Eye for Design gallery.

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.


Summer String Fest Showcase

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)

Kaufman Music Center’s annual week-long Summer String Fest brings together some of the most talented young violinists, violists and cellists each August for an intensive week of music-making leading up to this free performance featuring student ensembles, conductor Rob Kapilow and the Harlem Quartet. For polite listeners of all ages.

Harlem Creates Music Festival Sunset Concert

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Riverbank State Park (679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street)

Hear musical selections ranging from R&B stylings to indie brass music and original collaborative compositions in a lovely outdoor setting.


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.

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Flushing Meadows Corona Park (11101 Corona Ave)

At this annual US Open’s kids’ event, watch the pros practice, see a free concert, play interactive games and enjoy family activities including face painting, a juggling workshop, 10 and under tennis, hair beading and braiding, storytelling and appearances by SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora and Diego.

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.

Make It Grow!

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Create, listen, build, and learn as a family, through stories, art, nature, and design. Explore how plants grow on the High Line, get hands dirty in a mobile garden, create a large-scale art installation with an artist, hear stories from a librarian, design custom-made structures with the Children’s Workyard Kit or Legos, and watch a variety show with the performers of Whoop Dee Doo. Part of a monthly series.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marcus Garvey Park (120th Street & Fifth Avenue)

NYC’s annual salute to legendary saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker features his contemporaries as well as young jazz musicians including Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn and Charles Turner III plus a Lindy Hop workshop with Samuel Coleman.

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.


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: Ira McIntosh

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

Ira Macintosh explores the wonderful wet world of water with stories and songs. Take a musical journey from the mountains to the seas, with Central Park and Hudson River in between.

Rubin Family Sundays: Anatomy Collage

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)

Explore the medicine thangkas in the Art Lounge, and stop by the art studio to connect the mind and body in an anatomy collage.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tompkins Square (East 9th Street between Avenue A and B)

NYC’s annual salute to legendary saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker features his contemporaries as well as young jazz musicians including Allan Harris, Donny McCaslin and Grace Kelly.

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.

SummerStage: GoldLink, Brasstracks, Backyard Band & DJ Spicoli

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

Enjoy music al fresco by GoldLink, Brasstracks, Backyard Band and DJ Spicily.


Summer Sandbox Series

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.

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.


Accordions Around the World

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Hear accordions, harmoniums, button-boxes, bandoneons and similar instruments playing French Musette, Balkan, Bluegrass, Dominican and more.

What We’re Reading

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.

Featured Deals

$10 Admission at New-York Historical Society

Don’t throw away your shot – trade a Hamilton (i.e. a $10 bill) to explore the Summer of Hamilton at the New-York Historical Society. Make sure to also check out the fun The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems

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