Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids

Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park

Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Prospect Park Boathouse & Audubon Center (101 East Drive)

Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Rosh Hashanah holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Enjoy nature education programs, Bird Nerds Game Hour, a nature walk and science project, carousel rides ($2/ride), potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.

Human Chess

Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (West 89th Street and Riverside Drive)

Every Thursday afternoon in September, watch or participate in life-size team sport chess.

Midtown Recess

Thursday, September 21, 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.


Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park (John Street & Jay Street)

Explore an immersive photography village populated by 55+ shipping containers repurposed into galleries underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Programming includes numerous hands-on workshops, tents with family-friendly photo activities, photo publishers, gear demonstrations, a community photo book store run by Red Hook Editions, tintype portraits by the Penumbra Foundation, a comic water balloon gladiator show and a beer garden with a range of food vendors from Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery beers. Exhibitions explore immigration, American identity, climate change and other important themes.

Daily through Sunday.

Seaport Summer Music

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)

Catch cool sounds from emerging local artists at the Seaport District’s Summer Stage, located on the corner of Fulton and Front Street.

Sibyl Kempson: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens

Friday, September 22, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

Celebrate the autumnal equinox with free workshops and performances at the Whitney, part of a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson marks each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018. This Shout will begin with an artist-led workshop in the Lobby. Conjuring the aid of unidentifiable ancient visitors, participants will create doll beings that personify the cosmological forces of nature. The audience will then traverse the outdoor areas in front of the Museum, and venture to the High Line—a higher, golden land—over the course of the afternoon. Elaborating on last year’s autumnal themes of sacrifice, death, and reaping, this Shout further delves into animist narratives of the project’s ritual practice. Audience is invited to arrive at anytime; there will be three looped sojourns to another world on the hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Midtown Recess

Friday, September 22, 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.

Autumn Equinox Celebration

Friday, September 22, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn (Flatbush Ave)

Mama Donna Henes, New York’s unofficial commissioner of public spirit, hosts a sunset celebration of the first day of fall. Bring kids, dogs, drums, percussions and plenty of spirit. Rain or shine.

Bryant Park Square Dance

Friday, September 22, 5:00 pm–8:00 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, dancing, countrified lawn activities including cornhole and trick-roping lesson), plus beer and wine and tasty grub curated by Hester Street Fair for purchase. Try the mechanical bull or the “bouncy horse corral” for little cowboys and cowgirls. Free cowboy hats for all.

Hudson River Nature Walk

Saturday, September 23, 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.

Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue (East 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue )

Gather around Hans Christian Andersen’s statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales and other fairy and folk tales from around the world recounted by rotating storytellers.

Family Art Project: Wave Hill Ecology & Gallery Tour

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)

From 10 am–1 pm, be inspired by the local hilly landscape that makes up the waves of Wave Hill. Use small items found on the grounds and sculpt with air-dry clay, rocks, sticks and moss, plus other up-cycled materials. Add water to create mini pools and invent your own mini ecological landscape system. At 12 pm, explore artwork on view in Glyndor Gallery on a family-friendly tour with a Curatorial Fellow.

Also on Sunday.

Make It Rusty!

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

Discover how New York’s West Side has changed over time as you design and construct an industrial-inspired mix media garden sculptures that also changes. Also enjoy stories about the past and live performances by musical improv troupe the Story Pirates.

Fall For Arts & Kite Flight for Peace

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park ( Roosevelt Island)

In recognition of the United Nations General Assembly and International Peace Day, design and fly kites selecting stripes, colors, and symbols that represent personal ideas about peace and freedom. Also enjoy a kite-flying demonstration featuring kites of all shapes and sizes by American kiteflier and educator Archie Stewart, storytime with the Roosevelt Island branch Library and author Marie Letourneau will be joining us and hosting a story time session at 12pm of her book Argyle Fox and a talk about human rights by Venerable Chanda Ly, Khmer Krom monk and UN refugee and Bounthone Chanthalavong, President of Alliance for Democracy in Laos. Paint murals, participate in art workshops, try an African dance class, jump in a bounce house and listen to live music.

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists

Saturday, September 23, 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)
$20, 15% discount for 3+ tickets with code FAMILY

Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore Governors Island’s breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers in an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families.

One hour tours at 11:30 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm & 3 pm.

Shell-ebrate Oysters

Saturday, September 23, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 25 (225 North Moore Street)

Work alongside Hudson River Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River by filtering water, engineering reef habitat, and stabilizing shorelines

Danza Highbridge Festival

Saturday, September 23, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Drained Swimming Pool in Highbridge Park (Amsterdam & West 175th Street)

The United Palace of Cultural Arts’s annual dance festival in the drained swimming pool at Highbridge Park celebrates traditional and cultural dance styles. Featuring works by Arielle Rosales of House of Duende, Katie Drablos, Karla Puno Garcia, Milteri Tucker and Bombazo Dance Company, R.Evolución Latina and other local troupes.

World Maker Faire New York

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
$25/students & youth, $35/adult, free/ages 2 & under

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.

Dance Safari

Saturday, September 23, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Riverside Park (West 72nd Street & Riverside Drive)

Join a guided walk in search for site-specific dances choreographed for Riverside Park South by local dance groups. Wear comfortable shoes. A family favorite of ours.

Also on Sunday.

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Enjoy abroad line-up of original and traditional country, folk, roots, blues, old time and bluegrass artists in a scenic setting.

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