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Beat the heat with lots of indoor, air-conditioned activities including must-see exhibits plus perhaps late in the day visits to playgrounds with water features.

To minimize time on sweaty subways and sidewalks, see our location based neighborhood agendas with necessary ice cream stops.

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Sunday, August 18

Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

August 18 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

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Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until December 15, 2019

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron+ Google Map

Pretend to be a giant and explore a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama. The over 100 feet long richly textured surface invites visitor engagement. Varied materials undulate across the lawn and crescendo into rising towers growing in and around a patterned surface made of colored sand that mimics Persian carpet designs. Note the Oval Lawn is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday but the work can be viewed anytime.

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National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating indefinitely

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us - and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

$18, $15/students, seniors, ages 2-12, free/kids under 2
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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

August 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.

FREE
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Cooking Camp

August 18 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00 am, repeating until August 31, 2019

Camp
110 5th Ave Gramercy/Flatiron+ Google Map

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an immersive retail experience that explores the evolution of food; from farms to the kitchen table. Play in a giant freezer, jump on a mini trampoline silo, dig in dirt, sit in the drivers seat of a delivery truck and more, plus try out an awesome selection of toys. Hosts daily free activities plus singalongs, performances, classes and art workshops ($23-$30). S'mores ice cream cone and other treats…

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Books Of Wonder Storytime

August 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 28, 2019

Books Of Wonder
18 West 18th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

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.

FREE
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Ocean Dreams at Sony Square

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 1, 2019

Sony Square NYC
25 Madison Avenue at 25th Street Gramercy/Flatiron+ Google Map

In a ocean-themed immersive digital experience, explore the New Caledonian barrier reef, create an animated sea creature and become a virtual dolphin. Also play with responsive robot dogs. listen to music and play PS4 games.

FREE
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Monday, August 19

City Bakery

August 19 @ 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

City Bakery
3 West 18th Street Gramercy/Flatiron+ Google Map

Part bakery, coffee bar, cafeteria-style lunch and a chocolate shop, this neighborhood bakery with a worldwide reputation has organic, locavore salads and sandwiches plus decadent hot chocolate and famous specialty baked goods like pretzel croissants and vegan chocolate chip cookies. Slightly overpriced ($7 for a hot chocolate with a giant marshmallow and beware the by-weight salad bar) but totally worth. Bright, retro yet modern design with seating available.

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