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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.

Explore fun, free pop-ups, see interactive shows and much more. Drink lots of water and remind yourself why you love this city.

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Sunday, August 25

Dinosaur Safari

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until December 2, 2019

The Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd Bronx

Visit the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America. Travel back in time in a wagon on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and animals of the present. Spot the connections between animals at the zoo and ancient dinosaurs. Spend some time at the dig site uncovering fossils, meeting a walking, roaring dino, and taking photos.Members can walk trough the prehistoric land weekends 9-10 am.

$39.95/ages 13 & over, $34.95/ages 65 & over, $29.95/ages 3-12, free/ ages 2 & under
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Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 29, 2019

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard+ Google Map

Immerse yourself in lush gardens and vibrant art of Brazilian legend Roberto Burle Marx, whose powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. Feel his artistic energy and love of plants during a Garden-wide exhibition of bold gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.

Free with admission
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Family Art Project: Root Among the Stars

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Wave Hill
West 249th Street & Independence Avenue Bronx

The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens overlooking the Hudson River hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings. Using cardboard, wood and light, create a constellation, celebrating a favorite nature scene.

FREE
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Bicycle Sundays

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, repeating until September 29, 2019

During Bicycle Sundays (May-September), the Bronx River Parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of parkway. A fun tradition for all ages.  Parking available at at the County Center lot in White Plains ($8).

FREE
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New York Renaissance Faire

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Saturday & Sunday through Oct 6

Enter a recreated 16th century village filled with performers, crafts, games and food. Kids can join Robin Hood’s Band, experience the magic of the Fairies in the Enchanted Forest and participate in the Maypole Dances. Check website for exact performance dates and times. Costumes welcome. Rain or shine.

$23.50/adults, free/ages 12 & under
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Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp: Casper

August 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:30 am, repeating until August 25, 2019

Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
2548 Central Park Avenue

An eerie old mansion may not seem like a fun place to play, but when you have Casper the Friendly Ghost around, you'll only be screaming with laughter! In this 1995 comedy, paranormal expert Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his teenage daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) move into Whipstaff Manor where they soon encounter Casper, who is eager to welcome them. His uncles, however, are not so thrilled with sharing the house with human tenants. 100% of ticket sales donated…

$1-$5
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Cultural Heritage Celebrations at Kensico Dam

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 25, 2019

Experience a variety of cultures from around the world at Kensico Dam Plaza. Enjoy live music, food, family activities, and a wide array of vendors.

FREE
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Summer Matinees: Spirited Away

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wednesday-Sunday through August 25
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street Queens

See Hayao Miyazaki's wondrous fantasy adventure, winner of the 2001 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, on the big screen. Chihiro's family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba.  Recommended for ages 9+ Before or after the screening, visit interactive Jim Henson’s World, see Star Wars memorabilia…

Free with museum admission
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Magic Treehouse: Space Mission Planetarium Show

August 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until September 29, 2019

Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue+ Google Map

In a new Planetarium show, ravel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M."

$12/adults, $7/ages 3-18, free/ages 2 & under
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My Neighbor Totoro

August 25 @ 12:55 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until August 27, 2019

See Hayao Miyazaki's enchanting fairy tale with adventurous sisters and beautifully drawn spirits including soot sprites, a giant Cat Bus, and a large rabbit-like creature called Totoro. A great non-scary introduction to Miyazaki's acclaimed oeuvre. Also at Ridge Hill, AMC Port Chester and White Plains City Center.

$12.50
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Children & Families at Storm King

August 25 @ 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 10, 2019

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road

Participate in weekly programs for children and families created by artists, conservators, and art and environmental educators at a stunning indoor/outdoor contemporary art museum.

Free with museum admission
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Artes Brasileiras: Samba New York!

August 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard+ Google Map

See performances by NYC’s largest team of samba musicians, dancers, and capoeira artists in conjunction with garden-wide exhibition Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx. In the Children’s Adventure Garden, learn about the native plants of Brazil and become inspired plant lovers and designer-artists.

Free with admission
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Pop-up Roller Skating Rink

August 25 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 2, 2019

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until September 1, 2019

Ages 5 and up can skate in the courtyard of a mall with music, theme nights and other fun events. Skates are provided with admission or bring your own.

$10/one hour session + skates
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Monday, August 26

Operation: Colonial Survivor

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating indefinitely

Philipsburg Manor
381 North Broadway+ Google Map

Bored with the 21st-century? Try a week of time travel. Test wits and skills and learn what life was like in the 18th century. See whether you have what it takes to survive and prepare for winter in colonial America. Working with a team of new friends, participants encounter a series of hands-on, minds-on (screen free!) adventures, based on the needs of everyday survival for New York colonists as they prepare for the change of season. For grades 3-6 (or…

$250/week
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Wednesday, August 28

Budding Buddha’s Yoga for Tots

August 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019

The Westchester
125 Westchester Ave+ Google Map

Join Budding Buddha's Yoga for Tots every Wednesday morning. Stay active with your little and have fun doing yoga exercises. No registration required.

FREE
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Colonial Games Day

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 28, 2019

Experience what it was like to be a kid in the 1700's at historic Philipse Manor Hall. Try on reproductions of colonial clothing and play some popular games of the century.

FREE
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Thursday, August 29

Sunset Jazz

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until August 29, 2019

Lyndhurst
635 South Broadway

Listen to jazz overlooking the Hudson River on the great lawn of Gothic Revival mansion Lyndhurst. Bring blankets or low-profile lawn chairs. Food and drink available for purchase from Elias NY Pizza Truck, Jimmy’s Soft Serve, Broken Bow Brewery and Destination Wine or bring your own picnic.

Free, $5/person parking fee
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Friday, August 30

Play Day at John Jay

August 30 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Fridays through October
John Jay Homestead
400 Jay Street (Route 22)

Head to the historic John Jay Homestead on Fridays to visit six Discovery Centers, participate in a hands-on activity and picnic on the gracious lawn.

FREE
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Yonkers Waterfront Live: Motown 60th Birthday Extravaganza featuring Roz Brown

August 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Motown 60th Birthday Extravaganza featuring Roz Brown is part of this weekly series of great music featuring the Hudson River as a backdrop.

FREE
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Saturday, August 31

River Explorers

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until September 21, 2019

Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak hosts nature-themed arts & crafts (11 am -12 pm) and Hudson River Family Seining (1–2 pm).Catch and release aquatic life as you wade into the Hudson River. Registration required at [email protected]

FREE
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