Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
Events May 26–June 2
Fleet Week and Memorial Day overlap with navy ship tours and performances and parties by the Intrepid. Lots of varied free outdoor fests including arts on the Lower East Side, a packed day of family fun on Governors Island and rocking mamas in Riverside Park.

The food (culinary fests in Bryant Park, Hester Street and at the medieval Cloisters) and dance (family shows at New York City Ballet, DanceAfrica in Brooklyn and ballerina sculptures) themes continue. Some fun family-friendly exhibits closing soon so add a museum visit to your three-day weekend plans.


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


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Friday

Fleet Week Ship Tours

8:00 am–5:00 pm
Pier 92 & 94 (711 12th Avenue, 55th Street & the West Side Highway)

Tour US Navy ships docked in NYC for Fleet Week. Tours held on Piers 88 and 92 in Manhattan, Pier 86 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Cruise Terminala and Homeport Pier in Staten Island.

Daily through Monday.

U.S. Navy Dive Tank

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Times Square (Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

U.S. Navy divers will hold demonstrations in a dive tank on the plaza in Times Square. Part of Fleet Week.

Also Friday & Saturday.

DanceAfrica Bazaar 2017

12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)

More than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American sell food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace. Part of DanceAfrica Festival 2017.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Crafty Afternoons: Botttle Print and Button Flowers

3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Columbus Library (742 10th Avenue at 51st Street)

Create flowers using bottles and buttons.


The 22nd Annual Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts Street Fair & Youth Program

6:00 pm–11:30 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

Theater for the New City presents its 22nd annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in and around the theater. The three-day downtown arts festival, whose theme this year is Art V Tyranny, seeks to show a lively, diverse downtown arts scene. The festival includes hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and art exhibit. Performance artists Phoebe Legere and Reno, cabaret singer K.T. Sullivan and playwright Mario Fratti are among those slated to present work his year.

Also Saturday 12 - 5 pm (outside) and Saturday & Sunday 6 pm - 1 am.

Project Playdate Pajama Party UWS

6:30 pm–9:30 pm
Kidville Upper West Side (205 W 88th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
$60/kid, $40/siblings

Enjoy a grown-ups-only evening out on the UWS after you drop the kids off at an educational playdate that includes a healthy dinner, story time, arts & crafts, games, music, a featured film and more. Proceeds donated to families in need. Donations of lightly used family items are welcome.


Thelonious Monk 100

7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$40, $1/ages 17 & under

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest composers America has ever produced, MetLiveArts’ Quartet in Residence, PUBLIQuartet, arranges and improvises some of Thelonious Monk’s seminal works, celebrating his voice, his influences, and his legacy. With special guest, powerhouse saxophonist James Carter.


Saturday

Marine Day

8:00 am–4:00 pm
Prospect Park Bandshell (62 West Drive)

Join the U.S. Marines for a formation run followed by military static displays, demos, and a performance by the USMC Battle Color Detachment. Part of Fleet Week.


Fleet Week at the Intrepid

10:00 am–9:00 pm
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (Pier 86, West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue)

A special lineup of performances, events and interactive displays honors service men and women. Includes appearances by Intrepid former crew members, Broadway show cast memebrs, American Red Cross, South Street Seaport Museum, CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation’s, FDNY Fire Safety Experience, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Divison, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more.


Ramadan Festival

10:00 am–4:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Families can learn about the joyful and holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world dedicate time to self-reflections, family, friends and personal growth. Activities throughout the weekend include painting clay fanous, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets around the world during Ramadan, a reading of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi,
and a navigation workshop about reading the stars. Limited spaces; sign-up in the lobby one hour before each event.

Also on Sunday.


Victorian Gardens Opening Weekend

10:00 am–9:00 pm
Central Park, Wollman Rink (West 63rd Street & Sixth Avenue,)
$9 + cost of rides and games, $17/unlimited rides, free/kids under 36" inches tall

Celebrate the opening season of Victorian Gardens, the carnival rides that take over Wollman Rink in the summer.


Centennial Saturdays: Go on Expedition with the AEF!

11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

The New-York Historical Society commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s official entry into the First World War by bringing New York in 1917 to life on Saturdays through September. Meet different personalities from the home- and war-fronts of the United States a century ago. Each week is different—you might discover the uniforms of army doughboys, run into a famous leader, or march with suffragists. Kick off Centennial Saturdays and deepen your immersion into the exhibition World War One: Beyond the Trenches by meeting US soldiers in the American Expeditionary Forces. Portrayed by Living Historians, the troops will share stories about early 20th-century life on and off the battlefield. Try on the army’s helmet or ‘tin hat’ on your own head, dig into military tools and equipment, and inspect their uniforms from the top of their hooked wool collars all the way down to their special leggings for time in the trenches.

Also on June 10 & June 17.

Cirque-tacular Presents Spring-A-Ding-DING!

11:00 am–12:15 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
$28, $100/family of 4

Spring bursts to life through the adventures of Brianne and woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance and specialty acts.

Saturday and Sunday 11 am & 2 pm.
Through June 3.

Hester Street Fair’s Lobster & Beer

11:00 am–6:00 pm
Hester Street Fair (Corner of Hester & Essex Streets)
Free admission, $4/beer, $8/taco

Chill in the park with live music, beer and some of the best lobster the city has to offer (plus all the usual Hester Street Fair treats).


New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Magical Midsummer,

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$22

Explore George Balanchine’s beloved ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring feuding fairy kingdoms, quarreling couples, and a troupe of bumbling actors. Watch excerpts and hear insights from the artists who perform it. Includes short works, excerpts, interactive discussions and a mini dance workshop. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.


Songs for Extraordinary People

11:00 am–12:00 pm
National Sawdust (80 North Street)
$20, $5/kids

Author and composer Michael Hearst and his five-piece band present Songs For Extraordinary People, a highly-geeky A/V presentation of some of the most fascinating individuals in the world (and in the book Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World’s Most Fascinating Individuals. Subjects include Larry Walters, who used 45 helium balloons to carry himself into the sky; and Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and whose notebooks to this day are still too radioactive to handle.


Target Design Kids: Architecture 101

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Explore architectural elements and design a building facade. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.


Queens Book Festival - Children & Youth Day

11:30 am–7:00 pm
LIC Landing (52-10 Center Boulevard)
Free; seating areas $10+

Children & young adults have their own special day at the Queens Book Festival. Meet children’s and YA authors and illustrators, participate in STEAM activities and more.


Family Festival at The Cloisters: A Taste of the Middle Ages

12:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Savor a taste of the Middle Ages as you learn about the herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables and other foods used in medieval cooking. Explore ingredients from near and far as well as the feasts enjoyed at different seasons and for special occasions. Also look for details of artworks throughout the galleries of The Met Cloisters and decorate a medieval spice box or drinking goblet to take home.

Also on Sunday.

Toons at Noon: Mother, May I

12:15 pm–2:00 pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52 Street )

See classic mom-themed TV shows on a big screen. Program includes Pingu, Where the Wild Things Are and Ramona.


The Muppets at Walt Disney World

1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
$15, $11/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-17 (includes museum admission)

See a screening of a rarely seen 1990 TV special, an episode of the series The Magical World of Disney, where the Muppets storm the gate at the Walt Disney World Resort and security guard Charles Grodin is hot on the chase. Slso includes an appearance by a very young Raven-Symoné and the big cheese himself, Mickey Mouse. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin will share memories and snapshots from the set, as well as outtakes from the show. The Muppet Show episode featuring Jim’s fellow Disney Legend Wally Boag will round out the program.


The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, the latest production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage retells Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — with new marionettes and hand painted scenery.

Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am & 12 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm
Through Sep 17

Navy Band Concert

6:00 pm–7:15 pm
Times Square (Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound” perform a concert at Military Island in Times Square. Part of Fleet Week,

Also Sunday 4 pm.

Sunday

Film Forum Jr.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$8

Orphaned, lightning bolt-scarred orphan Daniel Radcliffe lives with neglectful relatives and sleeps under the stairs, until a mysterious stranger arrives on his 11th birthday to whisk him away to the enchanting Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The first of eight films, with a supporting cast full of Britain’s greatest actors, including Richard Harris, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Zoe Wanamaker, and Julie Walters.


Governors Island Family Fun Day

11:00 am–4:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)
Ferries from Manhattan are free before noon, $2 round trip between noon and closing. Always free for ages 12 & under.

Celebrate the opening of Governors Island for the season with live theater, music, games, arts & crafts and other creative activities. Hone improvisation skills with Story Pirates, be amazed by Mario the Magician and his inventions, show off dance moves to Grammy Award-winning Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets ,goof around with Loony Toony the Clown, make puppets with Lisa Abbatomarco, learn about historic forts from National Park Service rangers, become a compost pro with Earth Matter, paint birdhouses for Governors Island’s hatchlings, and much more.


Loisaida Street Festival

12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C between 6th & 12th Streets)

Celebrate the Lower East Side’s many cultures (especially Puerto Rican and Latino) through music, cuisine and arts. Kid-friendly activities include a carnival procession, an outdoor theatrical presentations from The Loisaida Festival Theater Lab, arts & crafts and multi-lingual music. 2017’s theme is Im/migration, recognizing and celebrating the Immigrant and migrant spirit of the Lower East Side and celebrating the Latin American Immigrant and their contributions to this community, city and country.


Mamapalooza

12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Celebrate mothers at this annual music and art-filled extravaganza featuring rocking mom bands, family-focused vendors, wellness activities, art & activism. This year’s theme is “SING OUT SISTER,” inspiring all to find their voice and bring a message of peace, tolerance, and equality.


Summer on the Hudson: SunGaze

12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Pier I (Riverside & 70th Street)

Gaze at the central star of our solar system using special safe scopes with the Amateur Astronomers Association.


Musicals on Television: George M! & Meet Me in St. Louis

12:15 pm–4:30 pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52 Street )

See television adaptations of Broadway musicals including George M!, a 1968 Broadway musical about the life and songs of George M. Cohan, and a 1959 adaptation of the classic 1944 film musical Meet Me in St. Louis featuring Jane Powell and Patty Duke.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Sessions

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create works of art together in a studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.


Rubin Family Sundays: Mottled and Marbled

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

Create unique sheets of marbled paper inspired by the topographical works featured in the Sacred Spaces: Himalayan Wind Sacred Spaces exhibition.


Monday

DanceAfrica Family Workshop

10:00 am–11:00 am
Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Avenue)

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music. Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.


Memorial Day at Children's Museum of Manhattan

10:00 am–2:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Create patriotically by making a star-spangled wind chime and red, white and blue fruit salad.


Memorial Day Commemoration

10:00 am–12:00 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (West 89th Street and Riverside Drive)

Commemorate the holiday by watching a processional led by the New York Scottish Pipes and Drums, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in period uniforms, and the Veteran Corps of Artillery followed by the presentation of memorial wreaths. In conjunction with New York Fleet Week, active duty Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will also participate including the United States Navy Band,


New York Philharmonic Annual Free Memorial Day Concert

8:00 pm–9:30 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)

Enjoy a free concert of Mahler’s 4th Symphony by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic.


Tuesday

La Fête de Jeanne d’Arc

5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Joan of Arc Island (Riverside Drive & West 93rd Street)

Enjoy free music, macarons and merriment at an event organized by the Joan of Arc Statue Committee in cooperation with the Riverside Park Conservancy.


Uptown Arts Stroll Kickoff

6:30 pm–8:30 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

Enjoy music, readings, food and performances by the Harambee Dance Company, musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and singer-songwriter Victor Rosso at the launch of an annual showcase of arts in West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.


Manhattanhenge

7:00 pm–8:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
$15, $12/members

As the Sun sets on May 30, it will be perfectly aligned with Manhattan’s east-west numbered streets, offering the opportunity to capture cinema-worthy photos of Manhattan’s brick-and-steel canyons. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty explains the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomenon in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.


Wednesday

Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Disco

6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy live music and dance instruction in Bryant Park. This week features disco with Deverne and The Vintagesoul featuring Carol Williams. All ages welcome.


Thursday

StoryDance Playgroup

9:30 am–10:15 am
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Enjoy story time, craft, dance games and activities and free play time in a nurturing, supportive, creative and professional environment. RSVP by email (info@downtowndancefactory.com). Part of a monthly series.


Locomotive Lawn Live

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

Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories on a comfy turf lawn.


All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

12:00 pm–9:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)
$20/in advance, $25/on-site

Try ice cream and sorbet from the nation’s leading companies and craft creameries with toppings provided by Breads Bakery and UnReal Candy at the first stop on the Scooper Bowl® World Tour. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and pediatric care at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a provider of rehabilitative medicine for catastrophic injury and illness, clinical care, medical education, and advanced research.

Also Friday & Saturday.

Hudson Riverkids: Story Pirates

4:00 pm–5:30 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.

Also on Monday at 6:30 pm.

Friday

Thalia Kids' Book Club: Rachel Renée Russell Dork Diaries

6:00 pm–7:15 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$16

The author of Dork Diaries stops by to discuss her New York Times bestselling series with Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street’s Maria). The series follows Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles her life through hilarious stories and art in her illustrated diaries.



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Hiromi's Hands
Sushi lovers (or unsure children of sushi lovers) can be inspired by this picture-book biography of famous female sushi chef Hiromi Suzuki illustrated in lovely ink-and-watercolor art (including a detailed spread of sushi options). An inspiring contemporary immigration story and a tribute to hard work and family.
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