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Things to Do with Kids in NYC this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids in NYC this Weekend

Plan your kids' best weekend yet in Manhattan!


Enjoy these fun things to do with your kids in New York City this weekend. Start planning your weekend now with our editorially curated list of happenings for kids and families.


Editor's Picks for This Weekend

Gazillion Bubble Show

WHEN: Nov. 5 - 27, Fridays 7pm; Saturdays 11am, 2pm, 4:30pm; Sundays, 12pm, 3pm; Check website for Added Thursdays & Holiday Times
WHERE: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, Stage 2, Hell's Kitchen, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. WANT TO GO? $59-$99.50. 212-239-6200.
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Wake up, Daisy!

WHEN: Feb. 18 - Dec. 23, Fridays-Sundays, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, W. 79th Street and West Drive, Enter Central Park at w 81st St. and Central Park West , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This original take on "Sleeping Beauty" is set on New York City’s Upper West Side and is perfect for today’s modern age. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 child. 212-879-0794.
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National Dominican Day Parade FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 14, 12-4pm
WHERE: 6th Avenue, 6th Ave between 37th Street and 52nd Street, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Dominican Day Parade is a joyful celebration of all things Dominican. Gather to honor heritage and culture and to recognize the many accomplishments Dominicans have made in United States, and around the world. With music, dancing, and over 10,000 marchers, there is plenty of fun to go around.

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Even More Weekend Fun

Peter Kuper's INterSECTS: Where Arthropods and Homo Sapiens Meet FREE

WHEN: Jan. 14 - Aug. 13, Mondays, 10am-6pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-8 pm; Thursdays-Saturdays, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 476 Fifth Avenue, Clinton, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

This exhibition presents excerpts from artist Peter Kuper's forthcoming graphic novel, which he developed during his tenure as the Jean Strouse Fellow at The New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2020-21. Kuper was inspired by his experiences exploring the Library while conducting research on the history of insects. He began his fellowship during the COVID-19 pandemic and was thus able to access the building during a time when it was closed to the general public. Finding himself virtually alone in the vast Beaux-Arts rooms and hallways of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, he began imagining arthropods occupying this unexpectedly and unprecedentedly vacant environment. INterSECTS is an homage to the tiny, underappreciated creatures that touch everything people do and on which our very survival depends. The exhibition traces the evolution of insects over 400 million years and narrates their intersection with Homo sapiens right up to the present day- a story that will be expanded when the graphic novel is completed. Kuper also investigates the contributions of entomologists and other naturalists represented in the Library's vast collection of treasures- including Maria Sibylla Merian, Charles Henry Turner, and Vladimir Nabokov- who dedicated themselves to illuminating the value of insects in all their beauty and mystery.

WANT TO GO? 917-275-6975.
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Urban Farm Volunteers FREE

WHEN: Mar. 27 - Oct. 16, Sundays, 10am-1pm **NO SESSIONS May 1, May 22, and June 19**
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 10 Central Road, East Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Volunteer to help manage this one-acre Urban Farm. WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899.
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Farm Exploration Days FREE

WHEN: Apr. 2 - Oct. 8, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm **NO SESSION 9/10**
WHERE: Randall's Island Park Alliance, 10 Central Road, Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, rice paddies, and fragrant herbs! WANT TO GO? 212-8601-899.
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Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace

WHEN: Apr. 15 - Oct. 16, Mondays-Wednesdays, 10am-10pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 10am-12am; Saturdays, 8am-12am; Sundays, 8am-10pm
WHERE: The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 600 5th Avenue, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Roller skate all summer long in NYC at Flipper’s at iconic Rockefeller Center. WANT TO GO? $12-$40.
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Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace

WHEN: Apr. 15 - Oct. 16, Mondays-Wednesdays, 10am-10pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 10am-12am; Saturdays, 8am-12am; Sundays, 8am-10pm
WHERE: The Rink at Rockefeller Center, 600 5th Avenue, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Roller skate all summer long in NYC at Flipper’s at iconic Rockefeller Center. WANT TO GO? $12-$40.
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Roller Rink at The Standard, High Line

WHEN: Apr. 22 - Aug. 31, Mondays-Fridays, 12-11pm; Saturdays, 10am-12am; Sundays, 10am-11pm
WHERE: The Standard Plaza at The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington at 13th Street, Meatpacking District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a visually immersive trip into a 1960's Mod-inspired rink and restaurant, with black & white checkered turf and playful seating surrounding the stark white, 136 person skating rink. WANT TO GO? $12 to 'Drop In'; $3 to rent skates. 212-645-4646.
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Candytopia

WHEN: Apr. 29 - Sep. 5, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10am-7pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Candytopia New York, 111 West 32nd Street, Corner of 32nd and 6th, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionary wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience and welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. WANT TO GO? $36; $29 ages 4-12; free for children 3 and younger.
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The Museum of Modern Art Presents “Matisse: The Red Studio” May 1 - September 10

WHEN: May. 1 - Sep. 10, 10:30am-5pm
WHERE: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St. , Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The exhibition focuses on the genesis and history of Matisse's The Red Studio (1911), a painting that has remained among MoMA's most important works since it was acquired in 1949. WANT TO GO? $14-25. 212-708-9400.
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Children's Read Aloud FREE

WHEN: May. 7 - Sep. 17, 11am-12pm; first and third Saturdays of the month
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 10 Central Rd. , Randall's Island, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Boogie Down Storytime is a family-friendly experience that cultivates early literacy awareness through joyful reading experiences. First and third Saturdays of the month, May-October WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899.
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Fun on the Farm FREE

WHEN: May. 7 - Oct. 8, 2-4pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 10 Central Rd. , Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy family fun inspired by the farm, rivers, green spaces and natural areas. Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 8. (not July 30, Sept. 10, 17, Oct. 1)  WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899.
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THE BEAST

WHEN: May. 10 - Sep. 25, Tuesdays-Sundays, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Pier 83, West 42nd St. and 12th Ave. , Hell's Kitchen, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Rocketthrough the water at a heart-pounding 40 knots for this adventure on the water! WANT TO GO? $30; $25 child over 40 inches. 212-563-3200.
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Title IX: Activism On and Off the Field

WHEN: May. 13 - Sep. 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5:45pm
WHERE: The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A new exhibition immerses visitors in the spaces shaped by the groundbreaking 1972 legislation and reveals the crucial work of activists in demanding that their institutions live up to the law's promises. WANT TO GO? $22; $17 seniors; $13 students with ID; $6 ages 5-13; free for children 4 and younger. 212-873-3400.
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Mickey & Friends x CAMP: An Extra Big Adventure

WHEN: May. 28 - Sep. 5, Mondays-Thurdays, 10am-4pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-8pm; Sundays, 10am-7pm
WHERE: CAMP, 110 5th Avenue, Chelsea, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join Disney's Mickey & Friends on an interactive, immersive, fantastical adventure that's literally larger than life. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $24 on weekdays and $38 on weekends. 917-997-0439.
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Dior + Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies FREE

WHEN: Jun. 1 - Nov. 6, Wednesday-Friday, 12-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: The Museum at FIT , 227 W 27th St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Museum at FIT (MFIT) presents Dior + Balenciaga: The Kings of Couture and Their Legacies, an exhibition featuring fashions by the two most important couturiers of the mid-20th century, Christian Dior (1905-1957) and Crist bal Balenciaga (1895-1972). Featuring approximately 65 garments and ensembles drawn solely from The Museum at FIT's permanent collection, it is the first exhibition to juxtapose the work of these legendary designers, side by side. 

WANT TO GO? 212-217-4558.
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BATMAN x SPYSCAPE

WHEN: Jun. 8 - 8, Wednesdays-Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm; Mondays, 11am-8pm
WHERE: SPYSCAPE, 928 8th Ave. , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT:

BATMAN x SPYSCAPE is an all-new interactive experience that will drop fans into the heart of a Gotham City mystery. This experience will take fans on a top-secret mission to infiltrate an underworld organization, Leviathan, whose goal is to disrupt the Super Hero and Super-Villain communities.  Fans become recruits and the eyes and ears for the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman, and are enlisted by the mysterious Oracle, an alternate identity of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), to help solve some mysterious kidnappings. The adventure plays out in an immersive physical world of rich media and interactivity enhanced by a real time / real world mobile app. This approach allows fans to participate in the physical experience, while gathering intel and communicating with some of Gotham City’s most compelling characters through the app, for a unique and elevated experience.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $29 for adults and start at $22 for children 6-12 (recommended for ages 13 and older).
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Jeppe Hein’s Changing Spaces FREE

WHEN: Jun. 21 - Sep. 9, Anytime
WHERE: Rockefeller Center’s Center Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Renowned visual artist Jeppe Hein presents "Changing Spaces," an interactive public art installation on Rockefeller Center's Center Plaza. This water-based sculpture- which Hein describes as a form of social sculpture and "liquid architecture"- inspires visitors to interact playfully with the artwork and their surroundings and offer a peaceful respite within this iconic city center. 

WANT TO GO? 212-588-8601.
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Summer Sundays at Rockefeller Center FREE

WHEN: Jun. 26 - Sep. 4, Sundays, 11am
WHERE: Rockefeller Center’s Center Plaza, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Every Sunday, families can sing, learn, play and create with musical performers, artists, and other special guests. WANT TO GO? 212-588-8601.
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Derrick Adams’ Funtime Unicorns FREE

WHEN: Jun. 29 - Sep. 9, Anytime
WHERE: Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens, 5th Avenue between W 49th St & W 50th St, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

A beloved playground attraction has touched down in Rockefeller Center's Channel Gardens! Presented in Partnership with Art Production Fund, Funtime Unicorns by Derrick Adams is an imaginative take on the iconic and mythical unicorn. A whimsical and playful display modeled after the classic spring rider toys, it invokes the idea of Blackness as magical, colorful, mystical, free-spirited, and deserving of protection. This limited-time installation is sure to entice and enchant visitors of all ages. Free and open to the public!

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Dawn Chorus and Speculations at Top of the Rock

WHEN: Jul. 15 - Sep. 12, 9am-11pm, daily
WHERE: Top of the Rock Observation Deck, 30 Rockefeller Center, 67th Floor, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Experience Dawn Chorus and Speculations by artist Sarah Meyohas in an immersive and interactive art installation at Top of the Rock. Dawn Chorus is an immersive and interactive, multi-sensory, augmented-reality experience that delights viewers with holographic birds fluttering around a physical Yamaha Disklavier player piano. The birds and colorful visuals land on the piano, triggering a series of musical notes only visible through an augmented reality headset. Also on view at Top of the Rock, Meyohas will display eight large-scale photographs titled Speculations as vinyl installations on the glass panels overlooking the New York City skyline. These works, created through the manipulation of physical reflective surfaces and water, portray tunnels extending into infinity.

WANT TO GO? Included with ticket to Top of the Rock starting at $34-$40. 212-698-2000.
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Virtual Reality Experiences at Harry Potter New York

WHEN: Jul. 15 - Sep. 12, 9am-9pm, daily
WHERE: Harry Potter New York, 935 Broadway, Stuyvesant Park, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT:

The interactive Harry Potter virtual reality experiences- "Chaos at Hogwarts" and "Wizards Take Flight" can be experienced exclusively at the Harry Potter New York flagship store. The ground-breaking experiences give fans of the Wizarding World and thrill seekers the chance to explore the magical world as never before. Guests must be at least be 10+ years old for each experience, 54 inches tall for "Wizards Take Flight", and 48 inches tall for "Chaos at Hogwarts.: Guests between 10 and 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. Only guests who are 13+ are able to ride without an accompanied adult. It is advised not to participate in this activity if pregnant. Wheelchair options are available upon request. Please be advised that they are only able to accommodate one guest requiring a wheelchair per scheduled time slot.

WANT TO GO? $37. 844-762-4769.
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Camp Kids FREE

WHEN: Jul. 16 - Aug. 28, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Fun filled afternoons with music, magic, puppet shows, and science projects. Arts and crafts to follow.  WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242.
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Harlem Meer Performance Festival FREE

WHEN: Jul. 17 - Aug. 21, Sundays, 2-4pm
WHERE: Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, Central Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music, dance, and family-friendly entertainment while admiring the Meer-side views. WANT TO GO?
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Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle FREE

WHEN: Jul. 20 - Oct. 2, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11am-5pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

The South Street Seaport Museum announces that admission is free for the rest of the summer to a new discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 and their adults. Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle's book A House for Hermit Crab and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities, like meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant play-table, and learning about cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck- all while exploring Carle's use of color and pattern. After visiting the discovery room, families can explore the rest of the Seaport Museum's galleries for free and find out how the fleet of historic ships connect to Carle's art. Guided tours of lightship Ambrose, and self-guided tours of tall ship Wavertree, are also free for adults and kids, and tickets for sailing excursions on schooner Pioneer and harbor cruises on tugboat W.O. Decker from May to October are available for purchase. 

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Summer Safari at CMOM

WHEN: Aug. 1 - 31, 10am-5pm, daily
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

This August, join CMOM in an expedition across earth, water, fire, air, and outer space, learning about different life forms from our past, present, and wildest dreams. From submerging your imagination into magical oceanscapes, to bringing the heat with a lava dance obstacle course, to getting carried away with birds, balloons, and bubbles, your next summer adventure awaits at CMOM!

Creatures of the Earth | Monday – Sunday, August 1 – 7: Explore animals who live on and deep within the earth, from our past to those we see today!

Under Water Worlds | Monday – Sunday, August 8 – 14: Use your imagination to go under the sea and create an underwater world filled with magical living creatures.

Bring the Heat | Monday – Sunday, August 15 – 21: You can get warm and cozy or powerful and dramatic as CMOM brings in the heat with a lava dance obstacle course, stories by an imaginary campfire, and (not so real) fire-breathing dragons.

Up, Up in the Sky | Monday – Sunday, August 22 – 28: Learn about birds, air balloons, and bubbles during a week of fun where everything goes up, up, and away!

Beyond Time & Space | Monday – Wednesday, August 29 – 31: Make a dwarf planet of the dwarf planet, Pluto; allow your mind to travel into the future; imagine what life may be like on other planets; and design your very own UFO!
 

WANT TO GO? $16; free for members. 212-721-1223.
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Mo' Flow Play Classes at Hudson Yards

WHEN: Aug. 4 - Sep. 1, Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays, 9:30am, 10:45am, 12pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm
WHERE: Backyard at Hudson Yards, Public Square & Gardens, 20 Hudson Yards , Chelsea, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

Union Square Play in partnership with ByHear! will host children's (ages 0-5) play classes on the Public Square & Gardens. Immerse your child in a sensory play experience designed by Jennie Monness that will transport them to another world and activate all of their senses. It will also focus on supporting caregivers by giving them the confidence and knowledge to help encourage children to open up during play. Each class will start with a structured introduction and lead into light touch guidance to help foster creativity and get children into the flow.

WANT TO GO? $39.75. 646-954-3155.
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Children's Story Hour FREE

WHEN: Aug. 7 - 28, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., Soho, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Children's Story Hour Meet the Authors. Every Sunday in August 11:30am-12:30pm. WANT TO GO? 212-334-3324.
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South Street Seaport Museum August Chantey Events In-Person Aboard Tall Ship Wavertree FREE

WHEN: Aug. 7 - 14, Aug. 7, 2pm; Aug. 14, 12, 1 and 3pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport, 12 Fulton St., Lower Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: South Street Seaport Museum's monthly sea-music events continue in August. WANT TO GO? 212-732-8257.
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IT’SUGAR Two-Story opening of 20,335 Square Foot Candy Department in Times Square FREE

WHEN: Aug. 11 - 14, Sunday-Thursday, 10am-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-12am
WHERE: IT'SUGAR, 234 W 42nd Street, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

IT'SUGAR, the largest specialty and experiential candy retailer in the U.S. opens a NEW two-story, 20,335 square foot candy department store in Times Square with a replica of the New York City skyline made entirely of jellybeans. The Times Square location is the second largest IT'SUGAR candy department store in North America and will feature thousands of varieties of over-the-top sweets and humorous products, immersive candy experiences, and extravagant in-store displays.

WANT TO GO? 818-357-3696.
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Arte pa’ mi Gente Arts for All Festival FREE

WHEN: Aug. 12 - 14, Friday, 7:15-9pm; Saturday, 2-9pm; Sunday, 1-6pm
WHERE: The Clemente Soto Veléz Cultural & Educational Center (Parking Lot space), 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrating Latin American culture and identity, this festival includes a series of outdoor performances, workshops, films, and concerts, designed for families. WANT TO GO? 212-529-1545 .
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Movie Night and Picnic & Play FREE

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 12, 6pm, movie starts at 8 pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 10 Central Rd. , Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring a picnic and take your family out for a movie and a night of outdoor fun. Enjoy art project kits and games as you enjoy an evening outside and watch the movie alongside a beautiful sunset. WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899.
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Harlem Week FREE

WHEN: Aug. 12 - 21, See website for schedule
WHERE: Harlem Week, W 136 St., Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Inspiration, Impact, Legacy. Come out to this hybrid festival featuring live & virtual events. HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic, and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment, and sports. HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one-day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers and beyond. Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community's rich economic, political, and cultural history. 

WANT TO GO? 212-862-8477.
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Youth in Action: Indigenizing Hip-Hop FREE

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 12, 1pm
WHERE: National Museum of the American Indian, Online, NYC, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: How are Indigenous youth asserting their sovereignty and dismantling stereotypes through hip-hop? Register now to engage in a free online conversation with Native youth who meld hip-hop and Indigenous beats and rhymes to construct their own narratives and create social change. WANT TO GO? 202-633-1000.
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New York City Opera presents La traviata at Bryant Park Picnic Performances FREE

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 12, 7pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: New York City Opera will present an abridged version of Verdi's classic La traviata. WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242.
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Battery Dance 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival FREE

WHEN: Aug. 13 - 20, 7pm
WHERE: Rockefeller Park, 75 Battery Pl., New York, NY 10280, Downtown , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Battery Dance celebrates the 41st anniversary of its free summer festival, which promotes the organization's mission of connecting the world through dance. WANT TO GO? 646-765-4773.
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Ronald McDonald House New York to Host Free “Heroes on the Ave” Block Party FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 9am-2pm
WHERE: 68th Street between Madison & Park Avenue, 68th Street between Madison & Park Avenue, Upper East Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

New York families and visitors are invited to spend a day of free, family centered fun at Ronald McDonald House New York's "Heroes on the Ave" Block Party. The outdoor event will include activities for participants of all ages, including an obstacle course, carnival games, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, delicious food from restaurants such as Tony's DiNapoli, Dallas BBQ and TAO, and so much more. RMH-NY supports families from NYC, across the U.S. and around the world in the fight against pediatric cancer and other serious illnesses through its House on East 73rd Street in Manhattan as well as in partnering NYC hospitals.

WANT TO GO? 212-402-3524.
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AFRIBEMBÉ FESTIVAL: SANKOFA! FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 11:30am-7pm
WHERE: Harlem Art Park, E 120th St & Sylvan Pl, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute's 4th annual AFRIBEMB FESTIVAL is set to take the community on a Diasporic journey through space and time! In the spirit of Sankofa, this Pan-African festival will highlight a shared heritage through powerful musical performances that are rooted in ancestral African rhythms and traditions yet that represent the rich diversity of the Diasporic cultures of Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Motherland by way of Guinea. Powered by the Black genius of both emerging and renowned African descendant creatives, AFRIBEMB is an opportunity to rejoice in artistry, intellectuality, and musicality. Experience CCCADI's 4th annual AFRIBEMB FESTIVAL: Bemb Stage Live music & DJ sets Family Village Activities for creatives of all ages SoulFull Food Plaza Comfort food from across the Diaspora Ujamaa Market Merchandise, arts and crafts Sankofa Tribute Honoring the late Hiram Maristany, legendary community photo documentarian of El Barrio. This event is in partnership with Friends of Art Park Alliance (FAPA).

WANT TO GO? 212-307-7420.
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Summer Skies FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl. , Downtown, NY
AGES: 3-17
WHAT: After viewing a collection of panoramic photographs by Richard Berenholtz from his book Skylines of New York, young learners will create their own sparkling summer skylines with glow-in-the-dark paper.   WANT TO GO? 212-945-6324.
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Rennie Harris: LIFTED

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 2pm
WHERE: The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. , Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Inspired by Oliver Twist, this story of a young Black man's healing and redemption through community is told through live gospel music, hip-hop dance theater, and the rich movement history of house dance. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $10. 212-691-9740.
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American Ballet Theatre: ABTKids Story Ballet Workshop FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 5pm
WHERE: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT:

Join American Ballet Theatre for an intimate dance workshop that will introduce your child to the most popular story ballets in the Company's repertoire. Children 4-12 years old, will participate in activities directed by ABT Teaching Artists. As an introduction to the movement of ballet, the children are guided through a ballet warm-up and taught a short piece of choreography based on ballets that ABT regularly performs at Lincoln Center. Children will transform into the elegant swans of Swan Lake, attend the Masquerade Ball from Romeo and Juliet, and bound through the energetic dances of Don Quixote! There is no need for any prior dance background, as all our welcome to experience the joy of dancing. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite dance clothes. General Admission only, first-come first-served. Advance reservations are not available for this event; just show up! If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Services at 212-875-5456 or [email protected] Health & Safety At this time, face coverings and proof of COVID-19 vaccination will not be required; however, face coverings are welcome and we encourage everyone to complete their primary vaccination series and get boosted before attending. These protocols are subject to change in accordance with any updates to city and state guidelines, rules and regulations, and other health and safety recommendations from our medical and public health advisors. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend. Please stay home if you do not feel well. If you have come in contact recently with someone who has tested positive or you have recently tested positive, please refer to the latest CDC guidelines for isolation, quarantine and masking recommendations.

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Pokémon GO Community Day in New York City FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 11am-2pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St., Lower Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Pokémon GO Community Day is coming to New York City, South Seaport District. Thousands of players will be in town along with Niantic representatives for three hours of catching Pokémon and an opportunity to score free merch.

WANT TO GO? 603-322-3264.
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Pikmin Bloom Community Day in New York City FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, 11am-2pm
WHERE: South Seaport District, 19 Fulton St., New York, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Pikimin Bloom Community Day is coming to New York City, South Seaport District. Thousands of players will participate in walking challenges to explore the community and achieve their flower planting goals. Along with Niantic representatives, players will embark on a three hour collaborative step-based challenge with an opportunity to score free merch.

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Barbie Tea Party

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 14, 1:30-3pm
WHERE: Let's Dress Up, 345 East 85th St. , Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Have some summer doll fun at this Barbie-themed princess play. There will be dress up and a tea party. Feel free to bring your doll along. Ideal for kids ages 3-7. WANT TO GO? $40. 212-879-0956.
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Free Screening of Great Wolf Entertainment's First Animated Film FREE

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 14, 2pm and 5pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues , Midtown, NY
AGES: All
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An afternoon free screening at Bryant Park of Great Wolf Entertainment's first-ever animated film called "The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure" (TRT: 44 minutes). The film follows five unlikely woodland friends- Wiley Wolf, Violet Wolf, Oliver Raccoon, Sammy Squirrel and Brinley Bear- who are chosen by the Great Wolf Spirit to journey on adventures and help others in need. Along the way, they form an unbreakable bond and become the Great Wolf Pack. The fun and heartwarming film will be accompanied by free giveaways and live entertainment elements, offering an incredible afternoon of family entertainment. "The Great Wolf Pack: A Call to Adventure" is the first project developed by Great Wolf Entertainment, and is part of a robust content strategy designed to expand storytelling opportunities for the Great Wolf characters. Families are encouraged to arrive early as there will be character meet-and-greets and kid-friendly entertainment available 45-minutes before the scheduled showtime. The event will be open to the public of all ages. Seating on the lawn is first come, first served. Complimentary popcorn will be provided to the first 5,000 attendees.

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There’s a lot to do this weekend with your family, whether you're planning a day trip that's close to New York City or are looking for the best things to do with kids in Manhattan this weekend. After all, weekends are the best because you get to spend time with your kids, so make the most of your time together and check out our picks for the best kid-friendly activities in Manhattan! From storytimes and concerts to museum exhibits, crafts activities, seasonal events, and more, you're sure to find something to do that keeps everyone happy and having fun. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in New York City with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly (virtual and in-person) events happening in and around your neighborhood, including family fun in Central Park, the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, Harlem, Midtown, the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Battery Park, Bryant Park, Tribeca, the Bronx, and Lower Manhattan. You can also find weekend fun in ourBrooklynQueensLong IslandWestchester, and Rockland—and check out our Manhattan calendar for hundreds of things to do each month!

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