Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids

Circle of Dance

Tuesday, April 1–Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian – New York (One Bowling Green)

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

Art in the Park: Model to Monument 2016-2017

Thursday, June 9–Wednesday, May 31, All Day
Riverside Park, Locomotive Lawn (Riverside Boulevard & West 61st Street)

Tour the Riverside Park open air gallery to see seven sculptures by accomplished artists in the 6th year of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project.

Rutgers Community Programs Children's Classes

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Rutgers Church ( 236 West 73rd Street)

Try demo classes of art and soccer for ages 1 to 7 in a welcoming church community. Email Jennifer at or call 212-877-8227, x212 to sign up.

Moosiki Kids Music Class

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–11:15 am
16 Candles UES (1161 1st Avenue between 63rd & 64th Street)

Interactive “grownup-and-me” style music classes for adults and children ages 4 months to 3 years blend traditional musical learning with a more relaxed, rock-and-roll style. Features parachute, puppets, and other various props.

A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD

Thursday, March 9–Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Olympic Tower Atrium (645 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street)

Get all the feels at this exhibit featuring more than 130 ancient Greek masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world that explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted, revealing how some are strikingly familiar to us and some shockingly alien. Presented by the Onassis Cultural Center New York.

Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)

Tuesday, March 14–Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

See four distinct phases in the oeuvre of canonical art brut figure Carlo Zinelli through a selection of fifty-five paintings (many displayed double-sided), audio recordings of Zinelli, a film, and images by Life magazine photographer John Phillips.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Thursday, April 6–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation.
Beautiful discovery boxes contains creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World

Tuesday, April 25–Friday, September 1, 10:30 am–6:00 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

A theatrical exhibition of performing arts work by Hilary Knight, the illustrator of the children’s classic Eloise, includes vibrant original artwork for posters, illustrations for Vanity Fair magazine, Knight’s most recent work — three-dimensional portraits in stage-like settings — and costume and set designs for performances and revues.

Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible

Monday, May 1–Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

This first in-depth exhibition of Eugen Gabritschevsky’s relatively unknown artistic contribution is composed of more than eighty artworks, a film, publications, and archival documents. A scientist before he was admitted into a psychiatric hospital, Gabritschevsky produced gouaches, drawings, and watercolors on paper imbued with his early scientific interests, observation skills, and a propensity for experimentation.

Anish Kapoor: Descension

Wednesday, May 3–Sunday, September 10, 9:00 am–9:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park (John Street & Jay Street)

Peer into the watery vortex of world renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s creation, a negative space alive with energy blurring the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art.

Fleet Week Ship Tours

Friday, May 26, 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

Friday, May 26, 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.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, May 26, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.

DanceAfrica Bazaar 2017

Friday, May 26, 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

Friday, May 26, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Columbus Library (742 10th Avenue at 51st Street)

Create flowers using bottles and buttons.

Book Culture Storytime

Friday, May 26, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore.

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare + Friday Picnics

Friday, May 26, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Spread out on a free picnic blankets and nosh on food from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair including Thaibird’s curry fried chicken, Pokee NYC’s pokee donut, Parantha Alley’s spicy stuffed rotis, John’s Juice, Moon Man and Taiyaki’s signature waffle fish soft serve ice cream. Also enjoy lawn games, photo ops and a performance of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (7 pm) by the irreverent The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays.

Also on June 3.

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

Friday, May 26–Saturday, May 27, 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.

Marine Day

Saturday, May 27, 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

Saturday, May 27, 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.

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