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

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.

The Met Roof Garden: The Theater of Disappearance

Friday, April 14–Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Life-size models of human figures and their parts along with replicas of valued objects from the Museum’s varied collection take over the Met’s Roof Garden in Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas’s site-specific installation. Sculptures and objects lounge, revel and kiss across crowded banquet tables with a stunning view of Central Park.


Saturday, April 22–Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Free with admission ($28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2)

The New York Botnical Garden’s landmark landscape and buildings showcase world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. In a reimagination of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, three new works will enliven the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.

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.

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.

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.

Victorian Gardens Opening Weekend

Saturday, May 27, 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.

Hester Street Fair’s Lobster & Beer

Saturday, May 27, 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).

Navy Band Concert

Saturday, May 27, 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.

Governors Island Family Fun Day

Sunday, May 28, 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

Sunday, May 28, 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.


Sunday, May 28, 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

Sunday, May 28, 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.

Memorial Day Commemoration

Monday, May 29, 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,

La Fête de Jeanne d’Arc

Tuesday, May 30, 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.

Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Disco

Wednesday, May 31, 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.

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