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Friday, November 1

Joe’s Pizza

Joes Pizza
10:00 am–11:30 am

Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Storyline Online

Online

Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative footage of the illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.  

Suggested Ages: Babies to 11
FREE
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Wow in the World

Online

Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.  

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Circle Round

Online

Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite at bedtime.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 10
FREE
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Here Wee Read

Online

Find great books recommendations for all ages in all sorts of diverse & inclusive categories, from Harlem Renaissance picture books to graphic novels talking about race. Includes themed collections like Halloween, Weddings,, Kids with Disabilities and RBG. Find links to buy at bookshop.org, an alternative to amazon that supports independent bookstores.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
8:00 am–8:00 pm

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Gotham West Market

Gotham West Market
8:00 am–5:00 pm

Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company's Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Bella Abzug Park

Bella Abzug Park
8:00 am–6:00 pm

Climb on rope webs in a colorful structure surrounded by undulating soft surfaces. Communicate through underground pipes, relax on tables and chairs, splash int he fountain and admire the Hudson River view.

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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New York at Its Core

Museum of the City of New York
8:00 am–5:00 pm

Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Free with museum admission
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DiMenna Children’s History Museum

New-York Historical Society
10:00 am–6:00 pm

Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game  and explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table…

Suggested Ages: All
Free with museum admission
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Time Out Market New York

Empire Stores
11:00 am–10:00 pm

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Garden Court Café at Asia Society

Asia Society
11:30 am–3:00 pm

Lunch on brunch on seasonal dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia in the modern, glass-enclosed space filled with light, flowering vines, trees, and art. Gorgeous bento boxes. Tuesday—Sunday, 11:30 am—3 pm

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Kefi

Kefi
12:00 pm–11:00 pm

Dine on reasonably priced tradtional Greek cuisine including tasty mezes, fried meatballs, slouvaki, house-made Greek yogurt and more among cheerful, rustic decor in chef Michael Psilakis' friendly cafe.

Suggested Ages:
FREE
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Sebastian Brecht’s Obsessive Chocolate Disorder

Sebastian Brecht’s Obsessive Chocolate Disorder
1:00 pm–8:00 pm

Try unique, small batch, handmade chocolates and pastries, made fresh every week in a small, quirky East Village shop with rotating art on the wall. The constantly evolving menu featuring unusual and delicious combinations of flavors and textures with fun names like bob’s dark passion, the pucker and looky cookie snookie was created by the…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Thursday, January 2

BRAINPOP

Online

Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+
FREE
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Wednesday, April 1

Treehouse Shakers

Online

This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers its charming shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 13
FREE
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Art For Kids Hub

Online

Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Children’s Museum of the Arts

Online

Children's Museum of the Arts' blog features how-to videos and detailed instructions for art projects like Paper Chains of Kindness and Collaborative Drawing Games. Projects can be adapted for different ages and made with materials around the house.

Suggested Ages: Babies to 12
FREE
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Tuesday, April 28

EduHam at Home

Online

Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron…

Suggested Ages: 11 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Friday, May 1

Audible Kids

Online

Find hundreds of free audio books handpicked by Audible editors. Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available.  

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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BUSY TODDLER

Online

Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 12
FREE
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DAYS WITH GREY

Online

An educator and mom to 3 shares daily 'Breakfast Invitations,' easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
FREE
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NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN’S THEATER

Online

Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 9
FREE
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VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

Online

Take virtual journeys to over 1,200 museums around the world via Google Arts & Culture. See collections and gallery views of  Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, Mexico City's Museum of Anthropology, Paris's Musée d'Orsay and more (plus NYC faves like the Whitney, Guggenheim and MoMA).

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Mission US 

Online

Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, a Cheyenne teen in 1866, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression and more young people. Explore rich, historical settings, make choices…

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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MoMA Families At Home

Online

MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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Ailey All Access

Online

The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the  great Resource Guide for Educators. Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…

Suggested Ages: 4 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Online

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world - African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more - with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Online

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational programs and learn about it's roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

Suggested Ages: Babies to 14+
FREE
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Black Art Picture Books

Online

Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe,  Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…

Suggested Ages: All
FREE
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Starfall

Online

Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 6
FREE
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FLOCABULARY

Online

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

Suggested Ages: 5 to 14+
FREE
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ArtsPower Theatre On Demand

Online

Watch ArtsPower’s acclaimed, full-length literature-based musicals and dramas online. Includes fun activities that families can complete together. School Editions with a multiple-lesson, academic course also available. Currently showing Chicken Dance, Anne of Green Gables, The Monster Who Ate My Peas and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 13
$15
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KHAN ACADEMY

Online

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college. The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters. Also…

Suggested Ages: 2 to 14+, Adult Friendly
FREE
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SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME

Online

Find online courses for pre-K to sixth grade+ with four separate learning experiences, each built around a  meaningful story or video. Subjects include social studies; English language arts; STEM; science; and social-emotional learning.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 13
$5.99/month
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MYSTERY SCIENCE

Online

Science mysteries like 'What is the most dangerous animal in the world?' and the topical 'How does hand sanitizer kill germs?' are explored with images, entertaining videos and opportunities for discussion. Ends with simple hands-on activities designed with easy-to-find supplies.

Suggested Ages: 4 to 12
FREE
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Black-Owned Chocolate

Online

Treat yourself while supporting local black-owned business buy ordering  delicious chocolate treats from Sol Cacao (Bronx artisan “bean to bar” chocolate manufacturer), Dalloway Chocolate (vegan, gluten-free, bars & truffles with no refined sugar made in Brooklyn),  and Harlem Chocolate Factory (bars, bon-bons, bark, cookies & more inspired by Harlem). We suggest eating…

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
FREE
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The Paper Bag Players At Home

Online

Watch short sketches from The Paper Bag Players, an acclaimed NYC troupe that makes stories out of cardboard and paper, paired with questions and/or activities that will help children think more about what they’ve watched and provide opportunities for them to create and imagine on their own. Play games and make cars, crazy faces, and…

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 9
FREE
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS

Online

Learn about animals, science, geography and more with videos, games, quizzes and great photos. We love the 'Weird but True' facts about everything from Star Wars to eyebrows. Bright and simple enough for toddlers but interesting enough for tweens & teens (and a parents).

Suggested Ages: Toddlers to 14+
FREE
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TANG MATH

Online

The author of The Grapes Of Math and Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving Greg Tang brings his innovative approach to math online with highly visual games, animated books and downloadable materials that encourage creative problem solving. Difficulty levels can be adjusted for just about every age.

Suggested Ages: 3 to 14+
FREE
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