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Sunday, May 24
Employees from the Upper West Side outpost of 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.
Play Ping Pong, Skeeball, a 9-hole mini golf course featuring iconic Brooklyn landmarks such as the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn Bridge and other arcade style games in a colorful vintage-style room next to a New England-inspired seafood-focused restaurant with lobster rolls, poke tacos and fabulous harbor views.
Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact in a simulated archaeological dig highlighting replicas from ancient to modern times.
Explore new themes each week in drop-in art workshops in a friendly studio. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.
Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at a drop-in studio art-making program. Led by great teachers and friendly teen volunteers, fun for all ages (including grown ups). Stick around for more art-making in drop-in Open Studios.
Stream an unforgettable benefit reading of award-winning family musical, Bunnicula – available for one day only on TheaterWorksUSA’s YouTube channel.
Written by Charles Busch, Sam Davis, and Mark Waldrop, this weekend’s reading stars Ashley Campana, John Garry, Abe Goldfarb, Robert Anthony Jones, Erin Maguire, and Prescott Seymour. The musical, Bunnicula, is a spine-tingling show about a floppy-eared bunny with mysterious habits based on the book by James and Deborah Howe – and appropriate for all ages.
Learn Broadway songs and dances from the very stars who brought them to life via Zoom. Presented by Broadway Babysitters.
Recommended age 5 years old and above. Space is limited.
Monday, May 25
Get 20% off and free shipping on well-designed art and craft supplies at Kid Made Modern. Order a complete Arts and Crafts Supply Library for only $32 – over 1,000 colorful pipe cleaners, rhinestones, googly eyes and more packaged in a reusable box for easy storage – and discounted kits for making comic books, a Paper Mache T-Rex a Butterfly Bungalow and more.
Save 50% on durable basics for boys & girls sizes baby through 12 in bright colors, fun stars and rainbow stripes at Primary.com. Get ready for summer, wherever it may be, with bight $9 rash guards, $10 swim trunks and $5 swim diapers.
Join a New York Aquarium educator on Instagram live to talk about baby sea creatures. Sing along to animal songs and learn about water through an experiment with items found at home. Designed for children 5 and under, but open to animal lovers of all ages.
The musicians from local kindie rockers Rolie Polie Guacamole host Facebook live sing alongs Monday through Thursday. $10 suggested donation.
Get photogenic soft serve with gold flakes and edible flowers in a sweet, small Nolita shop plus matcha, tea and organic candy. Limited flavors available, currently its sea salt mascarpone and lychee rose which look very pretty swirled together but might be too exotic for some young palates.
Acclaimed children’s singer and puppeteer Flor Bromley presents free Spanish musical adventure programs for preschool and kindergarten age children.
Each week, children meet a different puppet character and learn new songs, while participating with Flor (a native of Lima, Perú) in finger play, stories, music making, and dancing.
Read stories and learn age-appropriate yoga poses at these free action-packed storytimes for yogis up to six years old. My kids always loved the guided handstands against the wall.
Michelle Obama reads aloud from beloved children’s books (one book every Monday through May 11), livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and available for viewing on demand after. A collaboration with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS today
Join live virtual art-making classes for students in grades 2-8. Explore images of the museum’s architecture, artwork from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and special exhibitions from home. Included guided dialogue around a selection of artworks and art making prompts centered around a specific theme. 45 minute Zoom sessions at 3 & 4 pm.
Hear stories en español in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore. Spanish newbies welcome.
Try fun and educational science projects for pre-K through 5th grade with a free live streaming science class with a local provider. More (paid classes) available throughout the week.
Tuesday, May 26
Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Mnahattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minutes long trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour).
Elevators climb 102 stories in 47 seconds to the 102nd floor of the Freedom Tower, the tallest building in America at a symbolic 1,776 feet. Incredible views plus lots of interactive and digital features including immersive audiovisual experiences, a 14-foot wide circular glass disc with high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below and friendly city experts with info about NYC landmarks, neighborhoods, history, and culture.
Explore cool areas of mathematics not covered in school and stoke the flames for a lifelong appreciation of mathematics. Daily sessions are available for grades pre-K through 12 on topics such as Shape Shifters and Crazy Dice.
Some sessions are free for families in need, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents in a technologically advanced, interactive museum of miniatures. Explore the work of over 200 master craftsmen and artists from around the world including a functioning airport, naval locks and a lit-up New York City.
See over 115 marine species, including 18 different kinds of sharks and rays, in an immersive exhibition with hands-on educational features (the sharks are safely behind glass).
Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.
Play in kid-sized shops based on the real ones you find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Be a shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder in diverse communities. We really liked serving Italian pizza and assembling African style chairs.
This playspace of your dreams integrates the best of Scandinavian design while emphasizing early childhood sensory perception. Learn about the culture of Scandinavia through books, toys, art workshops, and interactive programs in two small, distinct areas – an activity room and a sensory room. Includes a reading theater, sensory tunnel, custom Lego corner, landscaped BRIO train table, indoor climbing corner, mushroom house, a “please touch” wall, light landscape, and imported Scandinavian educational elements.
For ages 1 through 5. Kids must be walking on their own to be admitted. Only Saturdays are open to non-members, purchase a day pass in advance to secure a spot.
Tuesday-Friday 10 am–5 pm (members only, $500/year)
Saturday 12–5 pm
A Chelsea kids yoga studio shares playful classes live streamed on instagram (recorded classes available on YouTube) for free plus an extensive schedule on Zoom ($10). Classes offered a range of ages from babies to teens.
Learn about history in real-time with New-York Historical Society educators on Zoom. Lessons are content-based and inquiry-driven, featuring images and historical documents from the museum’s collections using shared PowerPoint presentations.
Grade levels vary by day with grades K-5 at 10 am and grades 5-12 at 2 pm. Themes include Families and Communities, The History of New York and Academy for American Democracy. Great lesson plans also avaialble online.