Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events Sep 19-26
We are continually astounded (and grateful) that so many of NYC’s world-class cultural organizations are so kid-friendly. Play at Carnegie Hall, take your stroller to the Whitney or Guggenheim, square dance in Bryant Park, be a maker at New York Hall of Science, and enjoy more enriching entertainment all over the city. Plus two beloved TV shows (Sesame Street & Friends) come to life and free trial classes continue. All events are free unless noted otherwise.

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Friday, September 19

Colors and Emotion

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Central Park, Billy Johnson Playground (East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue)

Join research-based, interdisciplinary network NYC How Babies Learn for a morning snack and interactive discussion about children and colors. Bring a blanket and a red snack and/or toy and learn the science behind your kid’s favorite color. RSVP online.

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Stroller Tour: Jeff Koons

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue at East 75th Street)


Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, lead a tour of Jeff Koons: A Retrospective for new moms and dads when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies are welcome.

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Smorgasburg at SummerStage

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park (Fifth Avenue & 69th Street)

30 favorite food vendors will gather for an evening in the park with DJ music.

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Bryant Park Square Dance

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Do-si-do and promenade at a country dance party in the city with live music, a professional caller, and comfort food for purchase.

Also on Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

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Saturday, September 20

“Meet The Africa Center” Festival

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The Africa Cente (1280 Fifth Avenue, between East 109th and 110th Streets)

See The Africa Center’s new home and celebrate African culture with an art installation by Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh, performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem, and screenings of the inspirational film, The Power of Protest Music. Also learn about and sample African cuisine, partake in educational craft workshops, listen to African musicians and storytellers, and listen to the sounds of contemporary African music.

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TADA! Youth Theater Trial Classes

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
TADA! Youth Theater (15 West 28th Street)

Try a free sample musical theater class with TADA!’s professional Teaching Artists and a Q&A with the Education Department Staff. Ages 2-14. RSVP online.

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World Maker Faire New York

10:00 am - 7:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)

$17.50/ages 2-17, $32.50/adults, free/kids under 2. Sunday Family Pass gets you 5 tickets for $100 if you enter on Sunday from 10am-1pm (you can stay the whole day after).

This huge annual family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely unique. Explore more than 750 projects and demonstrations including rockets, robots, arts & crafts, electronics, artisanal foods, woodworking, live music and more.

Also on Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.

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Morningside Lights

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway (at West 116th Street))

Join neighbors in creating a fleet of handmade lanterns at free workshops for all ages. Daily workshops culminate in a procession of illuminated mobile sculptures in Morningside Park on September 27. Online sign-up required.

Through Friday, September 26.

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Super Sabado: Celebrate Fall

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)

Join El Museo Del Barrio in welcoming the changing seasons with dance workshops, art-making, and storytelling.

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Gymnastics Open House

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Ages 3 and up can learn gymnastics in the 92Y’s new studio, meet coaches and instructors, crawl through tunnels, flop in ball pits and climb rope swings. Online RSVP required.

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National Dance Institute Center Open House

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts (217 West 147th Street)

Children and adults are invited to take a free dance class, observe a rehearsal or watch a performance by the children of National Dance Institute Cente.

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Pirates, Princes, and Princesses…Oh My!

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Scholastic Store (557 Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets)

Can a princess set sail for treasure? Can a pirate sit down for tea? Everything is possible when The Scholastic Store celebrates all things royal and swashbuckling. Kids can make their own treasure box, tiara, shield, or all three.

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Dance Safari

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Riverside Park (West 72nd Street & Riverside Drive)

See five site-specific modern dance pieces choreographed for Riverside Park by local dance groups.

Also on Sunday.

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Sunday, September 21

Family Day at Carnegie Hall

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)

Carnegie Hall celebrates families by offering free interactive and fun musical activities in its brand new Judith and Burton Resnick Education Wing. Visitors can compose songs, try their hands at conducting, explore a “sound playground,” and take in a performance. Reserve free eTickets online or by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800.

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Bryant Park Square Dance

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Do-si-do and promenade at a country dance party in the city with live music, a professional caller, and comfort food for purchase.

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Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

1:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Construct a paper lantern, inscribe it with a personal message of peace, then set the lanterns afloat in Lincoln Center’s Reflecting Pool. Lanterns will be provided throughout the day on a first-come, first-serve basis. At sunset, one of the highest-ranking woman Buddhist leaders in the world will preside over a special closing illuminated lantern gloating ceremony.

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Public Art Tour with Art Making Workshop

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Battery City Park ( 6 River Terrace)

Learn about Rector Gate with a contemporary art historian and create your own a fanciful tower or archway.

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Monday, September 22

Music for Aardvarks Trial Classes

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Try a free music class with witty original NYC-centric songs including the beloved ‘Taxi!.’ Multiple locations and dates available through October 1.

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Rutgers Free Trial Classes

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Rutgers Church ( 236 West 73rd Street)

Try demo classes of art (ages 1-4 Monday Tuesday, and Wednesday), Movin’ & Groovin’ movement (18-24 months Tuesday at 10 am) and pre-nursery parent/grandparent only 90-minute playgroups Toddlerplay (ages 18-30 months Wednesday at 9:30 am) and Babyplay (ages 12-24 months Thursday at 9:30 am). Email Jennifer at or call 212-877-8227, x212 to sign up.

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Lunch Break Concerts

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
High Line 10th Avenue Square (On the High Line at West 17th Street)

A diverse lineup of musical groups will perform hour-long sets of music from around the world on the High Line.

Daily through Friday.

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Kids Construction Zone

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Kids can build life-size structures with the nuts, bolts, wheels, and pulleys of the Children’s Workyard Kit.

Also on Friday.

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Tuesday, September 23

Guggenheim Stroller Tour

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)

$20 (includes museum admission), free for Family and Kids Club Members

Stroll around the ramps with your baby in tow as museum educators lead an engaging one-hour tour for caregivers and their babies. Expect songs, touchable objects, and great adult conversation. Single strollers and front baby carriers only.

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Wednesday, September 24

Baby Play @ the J

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

Every Wednesday (2-3 pm) and Friday (1-2 pm), 6-12 month old babies can enjoy drop-in open play in a fully padded space with apparatus to climb, balance, and jump on.

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Play With Your Food

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
High Line 23rd Street Lawn (West 23rd Street & Tenth Avenue)

Every Wednesday in September, join chefs from High Line Food to create your own tasty snack. The planks, nuts, bolts and nature-inspired blocks of the Children’s Workyard Kits are also available for creative play.

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Book of The Week

Tap the Magic Tree

Celebrate fall – and all the seasons – with this delightful ‘interactive’ book. The first page tells you “there’s magic in this bare brown tree. Tap it once. Turn the page to see.” Tapping, rubbing and touching starts the fun of watching a bare tree sprout one leaf, then many, then buds, flowers, and finally apples. Jiggling, wiggling, and swishing the pages brings winter and then spring once again.


Featured Deals

40% Off Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Did you see the Radio City Rockettes work it with Pitbull on America’s Got Talent this week? See more of these talented ladies with discount tickets to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of our favorite Christmas in NYC traditions. It’s a truly spectacular show for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause. Buy tickets early for the best seats and to save up to 44% on select performances, bringing the ticket price to $45 – $129 (usually $80 – $150).

$17 SocRoc Soccer Classes

Get four Soc Roc soccer classes for $69 (usually $140). Multiple day and time options for ages 18 months-8 years old at three locations (inside Central Park at East 76th Street, 29th Street & Lexington, and East 80th Street & First Avenue). Taught by former professional player James Christie with emphasis on strength, flexibility, endurance, good posture and confidence. New customers only. Expires 90 days after purchase.

$10 Admission to the New-York Historical Society Museum

Get admission for two adults at the fascinating New-York Historical Society Museum for $19.99 (usually $36). Kids 4 and under are free. The newly renovated Children’s Museum hosts great weekly storytimes and other activities and current exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans is a must-see for families. The museum is on Central Park West at 77th Street.

$9 Tickets to Princess and the Pea at the Galli Fairytale Theater

Get two tickets (one adult, one child) for an interactive performance of Princess and the Pea at Galli Fairytale Theater (West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Aves) for $17. Choose from 2 pm performances on Sep 14, 21 or 27.

Off Broadway Shows For $20

Twenty different Off-Broadway shows (including kid-friendly Gazillion Bubble Show on West 50th Street, The Butterfly Girl at Broadway & 76th Street, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at West 46th Street and The Berenstain Bears Live on West 60th Street) are offering $20 tickets. Discount is available at theaters’ box offices 20 minutes before showtime with code “20at20.” We’re planning on a grown-ups night in the Village to sing along with Zach and Kelly in Bayside! The Musical!.

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