Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Upcoming Events

Free Trial of Handprints Art Class for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Thursday, September 21, 9:15 am
Rutgers Church ( 236 West 73rd Street)

Ages 16 months to 5 years are invited to a free trial of Rutger’s art class. Children are free to create and explore in our warm and friendly open studio space. Enjoy homemade playdough, easel painting, and a special project at the big table. Dress for a mess.

Also at 10:15 am.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Thursday, September 21, 10:00 am–11:30 am
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Sing, dance and welcome the new year in this meaningful and joyful service, filled with music, dancing and creative prayer. A soulful, energetic, and creative High Holiday experience with a live band, led by Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa. For families with children 0-7.

High Holiday Candy Land Children's Experience

Thursday, September 21, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Chabad Sutton (1076 First Avenue between East 58th & 59th Streets )
$25, $50/family

Celebrate the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah with Candy Land themed games, activities and characters.

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.


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.

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, September 22, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Whole Foods Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)

Sing along with Hopalong Andrew, an award-winning musician and former NYC Urban Park Ranger who adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect life as an urban cowpoke. His 1-man band (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit) performances encourages participation and interaction, creating a fun and positive space for play, music and rhythm training, and vibrant social interaction.

Family Day: Personalized Prints

Friday, September 22, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

To celebrate New York Textile Month, explore stamping on various textiles. Also enjoy design activities and gallery bingo (and make you you check out the wallpaper immersion room).

Dream Big, Princess: Mulan Screening

Friday, September 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
AMC Empire 25 ( 234 West 42nd Street)
$16.99, $13.99/ages 2–12

As part of the Dream Big, Princess ad campaign, Disney is screening favorite animated princess movies throughout the fall. This week, see Mulan from 1998, the tale of a Chinese princess warrior in disguise. Also at AMC Loews Kipps Bay and other theaters.

Daily at 2 pm & 6 pm through Sept 28.

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.

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.

Elmer the Duck

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Tank (312 West 36th Street 1st Floor )
$10/adults, $15/kids

Follow the adventures of a little duck on a crooked, little creek called Mallet’s Creek who has a bit of a quacking problem. Whenever Elmer tried to quack it always came out “ack, ack, ack.” In this puppet show featuring original music, puppetry and video Elmer proves to his silly duck sister Ellen that with a bit of help from the right teacher and practice, practice, practice he can learn anything. This interactive puppet show includes chance to test out shadow puppet skills with a post-show demonstration.

Also at 2 pm & Sunday 10 am.

Family Music Day: From Celtic to Classical

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street)

In a special interactive family concert presented in partnership with Irish Arts Center, kids and adults can try orchestral and traditional Irish instruments, create art at the coloring station, make instruments to take home, and enjoy performances from members of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, students of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Darrah Carr Dance, and Irish Arts Center musicians.

Gallery Explorations

Saturday, September 23, 10:45 am–11:30 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Explore and learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities in short, interactive family explorations kid-friendly works on view. Tickets given out first come, first served at the desk outside the Hearst Artspace on Floor Three. Also stop by the Open Studio (10:30 am–3 pm) for art-making inspired by works on view.

Also at 11:45 am & 12:45 pm.

Harry Potter Storytime with Curated Care

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Join Curated Care for a Harry Potter-themed storytime. Hermione Granger will lead mini muggles through an enchanting storytime featuring J.K. Rowling’s “The Wizard & the Hopping Pot” and “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. Enjoy interactive games, activities & spell-casting.

Also on Sunday.

LC Kids At The Atrium Season Launch

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

A season of free programming at the Lincoln Center Atrium kicks off with a story-and-music double feature. Listen to the rhythmic, say-along stories of beloved children’s book author Todd Tarpley then take a bilingual musical journey through Latin boogaloo, the 1960s musical and dance craze indigenous to the streets of Spanish Harlem with NYC band Spanglish Fly.

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.

Independent Visions Workshop: Color Me Happy—Scratch art painting

Saturday, September 23, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Inspired by Scandinavia House’s exhibition Independent Visions, which showcases the remarkable work of four Finnish women who worked and lived as artists at the turn of the 20th century, explore color combinations and create intense, bright scratch art works.

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