NEIGHBORHOOD AGENDAS

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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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project

Ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds in danger of extinction roost on the UWS Broadway malls. Brookyln-based artist Nicolas Holiber painted but did not weatherproof reclaimed lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it, highlighting the environmental challenges faced by each species.

The World of Anna Sui

See approximately one-hundred looks from the Anna Sui’s archive, featuring the twelve quirky archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. Wide-ranging materials and inspirations include papier-mâché mannequin heads; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies qipao dresses and Minnie Mouse. A self-taught historian of culture, art, and fashion, Sui samples music, books, exhibitions, movies, time periods,…

L’Arte Del Gelato Stands

Artisanal Sicilian/Chelsea Market gelato shop sets up carts in the summer in front of cultural destinations across NYC including Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and the Guggenheim. Gelato and sorbet flavors vary; if you’re lucky they’ll have Nocciola delle Langhe (hazelnut).

Dance Safari

Join a guided walk in search for site-specific dances choreographed for Riverside Park South by local dance groups. Wear comfortable shoes. A family favorite of ours.

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

Learn about entire tyrannosaur superfamily and the amazing story of the iconic dinosaur through stunning life-sized models, fossils and casts, and engaging interactives. Visitors ages 12 and up can enjoy an immersive multiplayer virtual reality experience developed exclusively for this exhibition.

American Museum of Natural History Discovery Room

Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles, build a dinosaur fossil and conduct scientific experiments in an enclosed hands-on space. Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance (first floor by West 77th Street).  During the school year Discovery Room hours are: Monday – Thursday 1:30 p.m. –…

Puss in Boots

See a classic story with a twist at historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looking for a change, sly cat Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend to his owner Fergus Mundingle. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers –…

Orwashers UWS

Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.

Dynamic H2O

Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and…

The Brownstone School Annual Fall Fun Fair

Enjoy bounce houses, rides & games, live music, food from local vendors, arts & crafts and much more at a community-based event open to all families. Join a scooter/bike parade at 12:30 pm. Ribbons and garland available for children to decorate their rides.

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.…

Bryant Park Moves with Limón Dance

All levels and ages are invited to experience the joy of movement and dance in weekly free classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company Limón Dance accompanied by live drumming.

That Chemistry Show

A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won’t burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 80 minutes of exploration led by long-time “mad scientist” Borislaw Bilash combining the worlds of chemistry and show business.…

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.

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee

Try to guess the titles of giant, colorful abstracted fiber forms, ceramic and bronze by Indian artist Mrinalini Mukherjees – kings, queens, squirels, peacocks and more. A stunning exhibition by a sculptor inspired by nature as well as Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions.

Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north around the charming Ugly Duckling/Hans Christian Andersen statue. A beloved summer tradition since 1956.

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll

See approximately 130 instruments of rock legends (including Prince, Lady Gaga and Jimi Hendrix) alongside posters and costumes in a ground-breaking exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Prep by rocking out with the online audio-video guide.

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 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…

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…

SUPER SÁBADO: Pa’ Puerto Rico de Corazon

Celebrate the resilience and valuable contributions of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican artists, activists and educators with a day of art-making, storytelling, and guided tours. Features an installation by multidisciplinary visual artist Adrián “Viajero” Román, a movement workshop with Milteri Tucker Concepción and the Bombazo Dance Company, and an interactive workshop with Valor y Cambio, a…

Tales from the Shed

Children take the lead in this vibrant, interactive theatre shows. Performers and audience share the same space – children are always encouraged to participate and their imaginations help the story unfold. Sing, dance and laugh with colorful puppets and live music. Reserve tickets for 3 shows in advance and get a $5 discount for the…

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.…

Snowy Village

Choose from an array of premium Asai shaved ice desserts with snow flake toppings based on all 100% natural ingredients such as red beans, berries, and an assortment of fruits

The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel

Interact with digital art and see select examples of traditional and contemporary art illuminating the relationship between intentions, commitments, and actions. All ages can touch a disc crafted to feel like real skin to activate elements of air, water, earth, and fire (careful, it’s loud and freaked my son out), breathe into a sensor to…

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.

No Pool at the Standard Hotel

Chill at a pop colored urban take on the classic American pool club complete with chaise lounges, killer whale pool floats, a cabana and a Pétanque court. Play a game of cards on pop colored lounge chairs while enjoying lobster rolls, sliders, ceviche or fruit popsicles and sip on ‘poolside’ cocktails like the Sneaky Tiki…

Feast of San Gennaro

Celebrate Italian-American culture at the 92nd annual Feast of San Gennaro. Watch colorful parades, hear live music, try carnival style rides, cheer at meatball and cannoli eating contests and sample molto gustoso food including fried dough, torrone (a honey nougat candy usually flecked with almonds) and sausage-and-pepper sandwiches.

Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded

Explore a colorful, multi-level labyrinth is full of surprises and interactive elements – neon tunnels, a bedroom with a married couple, a hallway lined with illuminated TVs, secret doors, a mini salon with makeup artists and manicures and more. A reconstruction of Argentinian artist Marta Minujín’s 1965 immersive installation La Menesunda perfect for our instagrammable pop-up era. A unique experience that is fun for all ages.

House of SHOWFIELDS

Go an an immersive theatre experience that bridges art and retail. Participate in experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS’ magic realism by touching, smelling, eating, and testing all products and artwork onsite. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.

Color Factory

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially…

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…

Summer of Love

Arlo Soho’s courtyard is groovy for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with colorful flower power decor, a vintage beetle, love shack themed greenhouses a themed food & cocktail menu, and flower power themed events and activations happenin’ all summer long.

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.

Portal: Governors Island

See a giant colorful dog and play with larger-than-life bells at this free, large-scale, independent art fair. Explore over 80 full solo exhibits, side-by-side throughout the historic buildings and green spaces of Colonels Row. Presented by 4heads.

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.

Unisphere & Fountain of the Fairs

Splash beneath the iconic Unisphere from the 1939 World’s Fair in recently renovated sprinklers showers and mist rising from the reflecting pool .

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…

Dinosaur Safari

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…

Family Art Project: To Be a River

The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens overlooking the Hudson River hosts storytime and crafts inspired by the surroundings. Try to think like a river in an experiential workshop with exhibiting [email protected] artist Bahar Behbahani. Create a series of water monoprints, reflect on memories and write a flow of poetries to…

Artes Brasileiras: Silva Dance Company

Watch Bahia-based Silva Dance Company weave capoeira and Afro-Brazilian traditions with contemporary and modern techniques into a soulful style all its own. Presented 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…

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