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Park Avenue/Lafayette is the place to be Saturdays in August at car-free Summer Streets. Whatever neighborhood you end up in, explore cool pop-ups, see some free music and dance around town, or cool off in an air-conditioned family-friendly museum exhibit followed by a splash in the playground

To minimize time on sweaty subways and sidewalks, these neighborhood agendas feature full days of fun within a few blocks. Plus necessary ice cream stops. Click on the '**All Upper West Side... etc' links for handy maps.

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Big Apple Circus

Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It’s a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule…

PS 452 Fall-O-Ween Festival

Celebrate the season and support PS 452 at an annual fair featuring bouncies, carnival games, crafts, a grilling station with tasty lunch options, and more. All proceeds benefit PS 452’s PTA.

CMS Kids: Creative Creatures

Explore fascinating creatures—not anteaters, pelicans, and caribou, but visual artists, poets, and composers – with fabulous host Rami Vamos and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians Learn how these artists express their creativity through their craft, and how great composers can make music that paints a picture and flows like poetry. A relaxed, inclusive…

Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble

Explore how the Ramble, a carefully planned woodland, provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home  through hands-on exploration using kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses, and a complementary Discovery Journal. Space is limited; advance online registration required.

PS 199 Fall Festival

Enjoy bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, silent disco, local vendors, local food, El Dia de los Muertos activities, STEM activites and more at a fundraisier for PS 199. Kindergarteners and first graders are invited to come early at 11 am. Inside the gym in case of rain.

Beyond Chocolate: Colonial Coffee, Cacao, and Tea

Drink it all in with a bevy of colonial beverages in this multisensory Living History program exploring global trade and colonial silversmithing in Paul Revere’s time. Discover recipes, smell spices, and handle hot chocolate preparation tools. Afterwards, visit the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere.

Pumpkins & Potions with The Creative Kitchen

The Creative Kitchen takes over the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a weekend of tricks, treating and tastings with cooking demonstrations, Halloween and pumpkin-inspired storytimes, sing-alongs, art projects, pumpkin cooking workshops, and freaky fun food tasting stations.

Just Kidding: The Remarkable Renaldo

World-class clown and one-man circus Renaldo returns to Symphony Space with Little Lou for a hilarious show featuring juggling and balancing, lots of comedy, and plenty of audience participation. Part of the Just Kidding family performances series.

West Side Montessori School Fall Festival

Enjoy a fun-filled day of games, live music, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a junior ferris wheel, Robofun and food and drinks for sale at a fundraiser for West Side Montessori School Financial Aid Program. The event is rain or shine with both indoor and outdoor activities.

Pip’s Island: The Lighthouse Rescue

In this immersive theatrical adventure, kids and their families to become part of an empowering journey to save a mystical Island and its inhabitants from darkness. Actors guide young explorers through extravagantly designed spaces featuring live performers, puppets, interactive set pieces and animated characters, where they face fun interactive challenges and help the story unfold.…

The Pout-Pout Fish at New Victory Theater

See a silly and bubbly new musical with puppetry based on the best-selling children’s book series. When Ms. Clam’s precious pearl gets swept out to sea, everyone’s favorite frowny fishie blankets the reef with his biggest dreary-weary yet. Can our fish of little faith find the gem and save the day? By the always excellent…

Intrepid Adventures: Star Stories

Take a trip inside the Intrepid Museum’s planetarium to learn myths from around the world that explain the patterns of stars in the sky. Then create your own constellation and myth in a storytelling activity. Register online in advance.

Billy Johnson Playground

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.

LOS Kids: Mozart – The Magic Flute

Meet Mozart and learn what makes him and his fascinating operas. Hosted by the hilarious Professor Treblemaker with dancers, young musicians, video and short pieces of music performed by the excellent Little Orchestra Society. Includes audience participation during the show and pre-concert activities in the lobby. A favorite of our family. Program also includes Marriage…

Vija Celmins

Soak in the peaceful magic on over 114 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by American artist Vija Celmins. Paintings that look like photographs of Pacific Ocean, star-studded night skies, the surface of  moon’s surface, a spider’s web, the craters inside a seashell and more natural wonders invite closer looks and lots of questions.

The Met Roof Garden: Alicja Kwade’s ParaPivot

Walk through a miniature solar system by Berlin-based artist by Alicja Kwade, this year’s installation in the gorgeous Met Roof Garden, one of our favorite spots in the city. The view of Central Park is stunning and snacks are allowed (and available for purchase).

Griffins, Goblets, and Gold: A Wizarding/Halloween Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Have you seen the bust of the Voldemort look-alike at the Met? Discover connections like this in an interactive ‘wizarding’ tour in the magical Metropolitan Museum inspired by the Harry Potter books. See spaces, places and objects similar to those in the books, from part of an actual castle to depictions of mythical creatures like…

Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair

Dogs get to dress up too. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges.

Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Explore nature-inspired experimental prototypes, consumer products, immersive installations and architectural constructions by sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations by scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers engage with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and…

Design Fest

Cooper Hewitt concludes National Design Week with a day of hands-on activities led by National Design Award winners and guest designers. Audiences of all ages are invited to play designer and tackle design challenges in workshops, learn new design skills, and explore the museum. Join ongoing workshops in product design, architecture, fashion, landscape and create…

Super Sabado: Día de los Muertos

Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition commemorating friends and relatives who have passed away with a procession led by Danza Azteca Chichimeca x Las Calaveras Callejeras and Trio Jarocho Canto Veracruz, a community altar by multidisciplinary artist Cievel Xicohtencatl in collaboration with LSA Family Health Service, an art-making workshop, face painting and a special concert…

Picture This! Gallery Tour, Art Workshop & Concert: Dan + Claudia Zanes

Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio to create original art and enjoy a snack. The program ends with an 11:30 am…

Sukkah Decorating Party

Learn about the joyous festival of Sukkot and help to bring the 92nd Street Y’s rooftop sukkah to life. Create unique craft projects (geared towards all ages), sing, and celebrate with family and friends. Pizza lunch is included. Led by Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa.

Machine Hallucination

Enter a mixed reality experiment deploying machine learning algorithms on architectural images of New York City, revealing the hidden connections between unique moments in the city’s iconic architectural culture and history. BY Turkish artist Refik Anadol. The inaugural installation of ARTECHOUSE, a space featuring immersive art exhibitions at the crossroads of art, science and technology.…

Atlantic for Kids: The Big One-Oh!

See a triumphant new musical for the whole family based on the book of the same name.  Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties—that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning ten—the big one-oh—he decides to throw a…

Caramel Apple Pie Cupcake at Citycakes Bakery

Try  Salted Caramel cupcakes with mini fresh apple pie filling topped with housemade salted caramel, pie crust topper f cream cheese frosting. ⁣If you think that’s a mouthful, it’s just like this cupcake. ⁣⁣Also get some of city’s best cookies, which can be ordered in their signature half pound size,  covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved…

En Plein Air

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting.

The Haas Brothers: Madonna

Meet quirky beaded sculptures, small and big, as well as two large-scale sculptures made with Portuguese Pele de Tigre marble. Find fantastical animals and odd hybrids among seemingly rare tropical plants, connected into a cohesive environment through undulating platforms.

Holiday x House of SHOWFIELDS

Experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS’ immersive experience gets a holiday update. Find a hidden slide, then touch smell, eat, and test products and artwork led by actots with a story. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.

Pixinity NYC

Explore a a Pop-Futuristic art exhibition & playground inspired by the aesthetic of gaming, pop cultural imageries and visual languages and pixel.  This fairyland of pixels has 10 imaginative rooms with than 100 individual pieces of sculptures, pixel art, emoji-like characters, digital and gaming icons, computer-inspired imagery and the requisite ball pit. Designed by artist…

Dolby Soho Experience: Island Records 60th Anniversary

Experience the cultural, cool, and independent ethos of Island Records through the lens of iconic music, milestone albums, and game-changing artists. This immersive installation features engaging newly-remastered music and videos, artist appearances and a gallery of Island’s most celebrated album art. Hear music in Dolby Atmos from Island artists like Bob Marley, Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato,…

Brookfield Place Saturday Morning Show: Vered & Jester Jim

Dance to the upbeat melodies and playful harmonies are reminiscent of a doo-wop band with Vered at 10 am, then see wild juggling with Jester Jim at 11 am. Part of a weekly series in Hudson Eats (with lots of yummy options) in Brookfield Place. Head to the waterfront plaza to see a concours of…

imagiNATIONS Activity Center

Explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world in a family-friendly, interactive space. Solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations.

Bentley’s Centenary Concours

Celebrate Bentley’s Centenary with an extraordinary line-up of historic Bentleys displayed concours-style along the Brookfield Place waterfront plaza in Lower Manhattan. See both the EXP 100 GT – which debuted as part of our Centenary Celebrations in the UK – and the new Flying Spur, the definitive four-door grand tourer. Head to Hudson Eats for…

Imagination Playground

This magical interactive, transformable playground lets kids create their own play space with sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips. Great view of the East River and bathrooms.

10 Corso Como

Find striking modern design among historic cobblestones at former editor and publisher Carla Sozanni’s visionary concept store. Atriking interiors designed by American artist Kris Ruhs, host a quirky store, gallery, bar and Italian restaurant.

Taste of the Seaport 2019

This annual fall festival celebrates the vibrant food & beverage scene of Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities, storytimes and treats from more than 40 food & beverage purveyors. Proceeds benefit arts and enrichment programs at two local elementary schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School and PS 397…

The Art of the Brick

See more than 100 pieces made by artist Nathan Sawaya with more than one million LEGO bricks. The collection features original pieces, a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton (comprised of over 80,000 LEGO bricks) and re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces. Includes an interactive section called “The Science of the Brick”…

Connected Worlds

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…

Science for Nanos: An Imagine Science Film Festival Screening

Watch science-inspired films for the whole family. This year’s program, Taking Flight, features films that aspire to soar – via wings, planes or rockets – for those yet to leave the nest and those already well into the air.

Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend

Hooray for decay! Get your hands dirty—literally—as you explore the process of decomposition at Wave Hill. Investigate the forest floor, handle real-life scavengers and decomposers, learn about osteology, the study of bones and skeletal elements, try to reassemble a skeleton, get composting info and make wearable art inspired by decomposers.  Join a parade of walking snags…

Spooky Pumpkin Garden

Explore more than 100 pumpkin-headed scarecrows set among giant and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Put on a festive fall puppet show and have a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities on afternoons and weekends include potting up a ghostly dusty miller plant. Take a tropical break…

Boo at the Zoo

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a haunted pirate hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.