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Events This Week
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Summer for city kids means more time to explore family-friendly exhibits – our current favorite is the balloon room and other bizarre magic at Martin Creed: The Back Door at the lovely Park Avenue Armory. And of course splashing around at playgrounds and the fountains outside the Natural History Museum. And dancing along to outdoor live music wherever we can find it (which is all over in the summer). And checking out NYC’s awesome awesome public art. Plus eating lots of ice cream and gelato (Dear Amarino, we love you).

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


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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.


Chocolate 101

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th Street)

$5

Sample several kinds of fine chocolate (and other handmade treats), learn how cocoa pods from trees near the Equator get turned into delicious confections, discover what makes dark chocolate different from milk chocolate and “white chocolate,” examine a real cocoa pod and taste natural cacao nibs.


Wednesday

Exhibit Tangents at MoMath

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) (11 East 26th Street)

Enjoy free admission all day to the Museum of Mathematics, plus take a deep dive into an exhibit or two as MoMath pilots its new tour system. Pre-registration is required for all tours; visit tour.momath.org for more information and to register.


Collage It! Youth Art Club

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Riverside Library (127 Amsterdam Avenue)

Children and teens of all ages can make a fun collage to take home. The library will provide the art supplies.


Thursday

DaVinci Dome at MoMath

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) (11 East 26th Street)

Enjoy free admission all day to the Museum of Mathematics, plus join the MoMath crew at 1 pm to build an impressive spanning structure using an ingenious and elegant system of specially notched wooden beams based on the work of the great Renaissance architect and mathematician, Leonardo DaVinci.


Locomotive Lawn Live

10:30 am - 11:15 am
Riverside Park, Locomotive Lawn (Riverside Boulevard & West 61st Street)

Summer on the Hudson hosts Raga Kids, a trio of teaching artists specializing in Indian classical music on Indian instruments. This event is held on a comfy, danceable turf lawn right by the big locomotive.


Mad. Sq. Kids Concerts: Father Goose

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

The king of the dance party, Father Goose, comes back to Madison Square Park, where he and his band will share his eclectic blend of multi-generational interactive songs that cross many genres and cultures.


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.


Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance

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

Three modern dance companies – one emerging, one established, and one veteran – perform on four consecutive Fridays.


Saturday

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.


Living History: The Revolutionary War

11:00 am - 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)

Line up for battle with Helms’ Company of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, an American Revolutionary War reenacting troop. Join them in wartime drills from the 1778 Battle of Monmouth, NJ, where Alexander Hamilton helped save the day.


Word for Word Kids

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

The diverse line up for this weekly program includes visits from costume characters, author storytimes, and kiddie rock bands. Be sure to catch a spin on the charming Le Carrousel ($3).


Le Carrousel Puppet Show

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

See whimsical productions of classic tales by WonderSpark Puppets. Pre-show carousel spin optional.


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.


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.


Living History: Meet George Washington

11:00 am - 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)

Meet Commander-in-Chief George Washington at his field desk on the eve of the Battle of Brooklyn 240 years ago. Examine maps of 18th century New York and listen to a special reading of the Declaration of Independence with living historians portraying George and Martha Washington and their special security, a Life Guard.


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

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

This summer Sunday series combines eco-education and multicultural family fun with interactive dance, music, art, storytelling, wildlife and puppetry performances.


Rubin Family Sundays: Miniature Shrines

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)

Enjoy family-friendly activities in a lovely, intimate space devoted to the art, culture and ideas of Himalayan Asia. Drop into the Education Center for art making, enjoy a 2 pm family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. In June, explore the Museum’s Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room and Sacred Spaces exhibition then drop by the art studio to create a miniature shrine out of clay and collage materials.


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.


DIY Magic with Mario The Magician

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W 72nd St. #3F)

$35

The much-loved Mario the Magician teaches children the art of magic through making, creating, inventing, imagining. Class includes live performance time by Mario followed by his guidance in a DIY magic project.


Monday

Celebrate Fourth of July with Alexander Hamilton!

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

$20, free/ages 17 & under

Kick off New-York Historical Society’s Summer of Hamilton and celebrate the Fourth of July with a Founding Father. The historically dressed 3rd New Jersey Regiment will guard Alexander Hamilton, soon-to-be the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, as he presides over activities including patriotic crafts and performances by the Hudson River Ramblers.


Hudson Riverkids

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

Enjoy New York City family performers by the river.


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.



What We’re Reading

Thank You, Octopus

Ahoy! It’s bedtime, and Octopus is here to help his buddy get ready. First up is a bath (Thank you, Octopus) . . . in egg salad (No, thank you, Octopus). Then it’s time to brush teeth…with paint brushes. This hip, nautical-themed take on bedtime and friendship will have the whole family laughing. Lots of fun details in the awesome illustrations make each of the many readings there will be rewarding.

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Save 40% on tickets to Radio City’s new show, New York Spectacular, a dazzling musical celebration of NYC featuring the fiercely talented Rockettes and choreography from Emmy-award winner Mia Michaels. Visit landmarks from Statue of Liberty to Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and gorgeous costume and sets. Tickets available for $39-$79 (usually $65-$110) for afternoon & evening performances.



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