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Culture For City Kids
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Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, July 28, 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.


Discovery Walk for Families

Friday, July 28, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Central Park, Various Locations (Central Park)

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Upcoming walks include Belvedere’s Kingdom, Conservatory Garden, Living Laboratory, PARKitecture, Shakespeare Garden, Time Travelers, Towering Trees and Woodland Wonderlands.


Pete the Cat Musical

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.


Preschool Art

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (River Terrace & Warren Street)

Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into age-appropriate projects planned by and art educator/artist.


Summer Art in the Park

Friday, July 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Hippo Playground, Riverside Park (Riverside & 91st Street)

Participate in a free art program right outside the beloved Hippo Playground. Try a different project each day, plus play at a free form table and a paint mural. In the event of rain, the program is held in the park house.


Eloise Storytime

Friday, July 28, 2:00 pm–2:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, July 28, 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.


Greeley Square Improv

Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Greeley Square Park (Broadway between 32nd Street & 33rd St)

Explore scenework and improvisation techniques in a free, 90 minute beginner-level improv workshop in Greely Square Park with instruction by The Peoples Improv Theater. Each class covers beginner-level material through games and group exercises. For all ages.


Midtown Recess

Friday, July 28, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Heidi Latsky: ON DISPLAY

Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Whitney and the High Line celebrate access and inclusion for all with a performance of ON DISPLAY by Heidi Latsky Dance, which incorporates dancers with and without disabilities. Walk through a human sculpture court on the Museum’s outdoor galleries and across the way on the High Line.


Loiza Fest

Friday, July 28, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Loiza Street Festival (East 109th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Festival Santiago Apóstol De Loiza En El Barrio celebrates the African influence of Loiza, Puerto Rico in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. The community pay homage to the traditions of the homeland left behind with traditional food and craft vendors, live performances of Bomba, Plena + Salsa, a host of kids activities and other surprises. Create child-friendly arts and crafts and listen and dance to live beats with an alcapurria or a bacalaito in hand.

Also on Sunday.

Sunset Jam on the Hudson

Friday, July 28, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Join a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring your own.


Bryant Park Friday Picnic

Friday, July 28, 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, live performances and more.


Parent & Me Yoga

Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am–9:45 am
Fort Tryon Park (Margaret Corbin Drive & West 196th Street)

Children of all ages and their parents/caregivers are invited to practice outdoor yoga with a certified children’s instructor. Meet on Abby’s Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Bring a towel or yoga mat.


Hudson River Nature Walk

Saturday, July 29, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Pier 40 (353 West Street at Houston)

Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about Hudson River Park flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds. Peek into gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge.


Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance

Saturday, July 29, 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.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Discovery Walk for Families

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am–11:30 am
Central Park, Various Locations (Central Park)

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Upcoming walks include Belvedere’s Kingdom, Conservatory Garden, Living Laboratory, PARKitecture, Shakespeare Garden, Time Travelers, Towering Trees and Woodland Wonderlands.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


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