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Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall? The fun dilemmas of city families looking for cultural events for all ages. Or head downtown for fests celebrating art, dance, food, ladybugs and more. Or escape way north for Cinderella and enchanted Impressionist Gardens. And visit family-friendly exhibits at world class museums all over town. And be careful quoting Sir Mix-A-Lot.

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


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Thursday

Locomotive Lawn Live

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

Summer on the Hudson brings 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.


Friday

Military Band Concerts

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Times Square (Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets)

As part of Fleet Week, the U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team and Navy Band will perform in Times Square.

Also Friday 5-6:30, Saturday & Sunday 10 am and 4 pm.


Saturday

Military Day at Battery Park

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Battery Park (Battery Place between State Street & Whitehall St)

This all-day Fleet Week event includes military band performances, boot camp-style exercise sessions, military static displays, demonstrations, and more.


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. Exploring 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 an variety show with the performers of Whoop Dee Doo. Part of a monthly series Each month features a different theme for the Make It! series.


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.


Whitney Family Programs

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

$5/person + museum admission ($22/adult, $18/senior, free/kid under 18)

Discover the fabulous new Whitney with weekly interactive family programs for ages 4 to 10 years old. Explore pictures of people in various media in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, and learn about portraits, posing, and profiles. Also drop in to the Open Studios (11:30 am – 3 pm) for art making projects. Advance online ticket purchase required.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Book Culture Junior Paleontologists

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

Celebrate Dinosaur Month at Book Culture. Kids (ages 6-12) passionate about dinosaurs are invited to sign up to give a short presentation about what they love about dinosaurs. Picture books about dinosaurs will be read to younger (ages 6 and younger) dinosaur enthusiasts. Snacks will be served.


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, march along with Shinbone Alley Stilt Band, unleash your inner artist with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, 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.


Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts Street Fair And Youth Program

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

Free in every sense of the word, this annual eclectic indoor/outdoor festival features theater, music, dance, poetry, comedy, performance art, film, video, painting, and sculpture. See performances by a juggler/plate-spinner, a dance troupe known for its combination of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming with rhythmic tap dancing and others. Explore a petting zoo, make paper cranes at a crafts booth, and enjoy other artistic activities.


Young Artists’ Workshops: Collage

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Children ages 2-5 and parents/caregivers help celebrate neighboring river and parks with big group collage murals – plus a piece to take home. A brief story and a look at collage inspired by nature will get things started.


Family Festival at The Cloisters: Animal Friends

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)

Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Search for faithful dogs, trained falcons and helpful horses in the collection of medieval art. Explore how animals were both partners and companions in the Middle Ages through workshops and other activities.

Also on Sunday.


Rigoletto "Opera-In Brief"

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street)

$25

Enjoy a special re-imagined presentation of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” geared towards children and family, featuring both narration and a fully-staged, 90-minute version of the opera with piano accompaniment.


Sunday

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults. Make sure you stop by the Moma Art Lab: Process and other family-friendly exhibits.


Loisaida Street Festival

11:00 am - 5:00 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, bomba street jam, arts & crafts and multi-lingual music.


Rubin Family Sundays: Movement Sculpture

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 May, explore movement and gestures in Himalayan paintings and sculptures, then experiment with movement and balance by making your own mobile.


Monday

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.


Tuesday

BodyBond Fitness Event

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lolë Atelier New York (112 Mercer Street between Prince & Spring)

Women planning a pregnancy, in any stage of pregnancy or up to a year postpartum are invited to try a free 45 minute workout designed especially for the pre/postnatal woman by one of our favorite fitness instructors. Also hear from guest experts, shop the newest Lole collection with a special 20% discount and socialize with peers.


Wednesday

Coquí Club: Me and My Feelings

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.


Little Guggs

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)

$30 (includes museum admission, materials and snacks)

Children ages 2-4 years old and their parent/guardian hear a short story, explore one or two works of art in the galleries, and then make a work of art in the studio.


Bryant Park Presents Dance Party

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

Enjoy live music and dance instruction in Bryant Park. All ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including swing, tango, salsa, bachata and more.


Thursday

Locomotive Lawn Live

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

Summer on the Hudson brings 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.



What We’re Reading

Beautiful Oops!

This entrancing interactive book reminds kids and parents alike that every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing — not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. An accidental tear can become the mouth of an alligator. Pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope” demonstrate the magical transformation from blunder to wonder.

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