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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

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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Sesame Street The Musical

WHEN: Sep. 8 - Nov. 27, See website for schedule
WHERE: Theater Row, 410 W 42nd St., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: For the very first time, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the rest of your Sesame Street favorites appear in their very own musical featuring Sesame Street’s classic standards and new smash-hit songs by Broadway’s brightest song writers. WANT TO GO? $31.50-135.50. 212-714-2442.
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Summer on the Hudson: Little Red Lighthouse Festival FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 12-4pm
WHERE: Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park, 172nd Beach in Fort Washington Park, Upper Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with readings of the eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, Urban Park Ranger presentations, and activities for all ages! WANT TO GO? 212-870-3070.
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MasterChef Junior Live!

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 7pm
WHERE: Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Flatbush, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Watch Season 8’s winner, finalist, and fan favorites as they take to the stage in head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with an overall immersive audience experience fun for all ages. WANT TO GO? $25-$75. 718-856-5464.
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Even More Weekend Fun

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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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. 22, 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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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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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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Open Squash: Junior Open House FREE

WHEN: Aug. 19 - Dec. 16, Fridays, 4pm
WHERE: Open Squash, 25 West 39th St, 5th Floor, Clinton, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT:

Squash is for everyone ! Come and give this exhilarating, fitness-accelerating, strategy-sharpening racket game a try. Get on court with the super-friendly, talented coaches and discover what is often referred to "the chess of athletics". Financial aid available to support tuition costs.

WANT TO GO? 914-315-4070.
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Authentic Flamenco

WHEN: Sep. 9 - Oct. 8, Fridays, 6:30pm and 9pm; Saturdays, 6:30pm and 9pm; Sundays, 5pm and 7:30pm
WHERE: Harlem Parish - St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 258 W 118th St., Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Flamenco is an expression of passion and emotion; with it, the feelings that make us human are honored and celebrated. Originating in Spain, this special show, in partnership with the Royal Opera of Madrid and produced by SO-LA-NA, brings together award-winning professionals for an unforgettable performance with stunning vocals, instruments, and dances. Whether you're an avid flamenco lover or just seeing it for the first time, there's no better, more authentic way to witness firsthand the raw power of this captivating Spanish art form.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $45.90.
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Jesse Owens Track & Field Youth Program FREE

WHEN: Sep. 10 - Nov. 12, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 10 Central Rd. , Randall's Island, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: RIPA's Jesse Owens Track and Field Program, offered in partnership with City Parks Foundation, enables kids to learn the fundamentals of the sport and stay active. Saturdays. (Not Sept. 17, Oct. 1) WANT TO GO? 212-860-1899.
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Sweet & Spooky Halloween Harvest

WHEN: Oct. 1 - 31, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Cricket's Candy Creations, 200 Hudson Street, Tribeca, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT:

Children and families can choose their own pumpkins from the Pumpkin Patch, paint their pumpkins, and enjoy apple cider and apple cider donuts before or after participating in the Cricket's Candy Creations signature experience featuring Halloween-themed edible candy crafts. Halloween-themed candy crafts may include Candy Corn Slime, Boo-licious Bling, Marshmallow Ghosts, Crazy Candy Apples, Chocolate Broomstick Painting and more!

WANT TO GO? $65-$80.
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Simon and His Shoes

WHEN: Oct. 1 - 30, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

What do you do when your shoes walk out on you? Simon and His Shoes is an original shoes-ical about a pair of shoes, Bud & Beedle, who walk out on their owner, Simon, because he doesn't wear them, and he never even leaves the house. Simon chases after his shoes with the help of his younger sister Izzy. Follow these characters on an adventure of a lifetime taking them from their ordinary lives into a world of larger-than-life characters and increasingly bizarre and surreal situations. Simon could never have guessed, but his runaway shoes might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

WANT TO GO? $35. 212-563-6269 .
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Glitter Girls Sweet Shop Cafe at CAMP

WHEN: Oct. 1 - 31, Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: CAMP Hudson Yards , 20 Hudson Yards , Chelsea, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

The Glitter Girls, four best friends bursting with color and creativity, are coming to CAMP Hudson Yards for the whole month of October! The Cafe's been transformed into a sweet shop for the month with bright pastels, a Donut Delivery Scooter and decoratable donuts. If you go on opening day, be sure to grab a free donut while supplies last.

WANT TO GO? FREE Donuts on 10/1.
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Atlantic for Kids presents HEART STRINGS

WHEN: Oct. 1 - 23, Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30am
WHERE: Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street, Chelsea, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

Atlantic Theater Company is happy to bring their Atlantic for Kids program back to audiences in person this season with Native Hawaiian writer Lee Cataluna's New York debut with director Kat Yen! On a little island in the middle of the Pacific, two girls face a big storm, a clash of cultures, and the knots of sibling rivalry. Following the treasured Hawaiian tradition of adoption, the hanai children untangle what it means to be family and learn the commitments and responsibilities that come with loving someone. Set in a Hawaii before statehood, the story is told using the simple and beautiful hei, Hawaiian string figures which are like Cat's Cradle, and teaches that family is defined by how people take care of one another. Recommended for ages 6 and up!

WANT TO GO? $25; $15 kids. 212-691-5919.
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Bruno Munari: The Child Within

WHEN: Oct. 6 - Jan. 14, Friday and Saturday, by appointment
WHERE: Center for Italian Modern Art, 421 Broome Street, 4th floor, Lafayette & Crosby, Tribeca, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) presents Bruno Munari: The Child Within. The show will focus on Munari’s children’s books and will demonstrate how his experimental and commercially produced publications expressed his wide-ranging ideas about the possibilities art offered to communicate visually. Play is at the heart of even Munari’s most serious production, and his work across genres, formats, and disciplines is all of a piece. Bruno Munari was an artist, inventor, graphic designer, and a designer of objects. The totality of his work can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the children’s books he wrote, designed, and illustrated. These books bring together his ideas regarding art, design, and pedagogy in an accessible form. It was Munari’s goal to develop a purely visual language that fostered new modes of communication, often without needing words. In the 1940s he started to create his series of “unreadable books,” completely devoid of text, but full of tactile and visual expression. From these, he removed the elements readers traditionally identify with books: title, author name, copyright pages, table of contents, running text, etc. His goal was to emphasize the grammar of the book as object, through its form, color, proportions, and rhythm. The “unreadable books” featured a wide variety of colored pages, paper stocks, textures, formats, and shapes. They might be pierced by threads and marked with spots or lines or create a kinetic illusion through transparent or overlapping pages. These books were not designed just to be seen, but as objects with which to interact playfully and imaginatively. Between 1945 and 1968 Munari produced a remarkable array of books that exemplify the ideas and achievements of his broader career: an unerring graphic sensibility, elements of surprise and humor, and a fluency with the mechanics of book-flaps and holes within pages, which contribute to the narrative qualities of these publications as much as their words or images. Munari’s books for children weave together all the threads of his theoretical and creative practice, thus, the show at CIMA will underscore the artist’s various areas of activity through these works. For a contextual framework, the exhibition will also feature artist books from other cultures, including Russian revolutionary children’s books that played a role in Munari’s own formation and approach to the genre. Furthermore, the presentation will include artworks and design objects by Munari that share themes — as well as visual and formal connections — with his children’s books.

WANT TO GO? $15. 646-370-3596.
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Red Riding Hood: The Musical

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30am and 12:30pm
WHERE: Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th St. , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: An all-new version of the beloved classic Little Red Riding Hood comes to life in dance and song. WANT TO GO? $20-25. 212-415-5500.
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Next Stop, New York City! Subway by Christoph Niemann FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: Skyscraper Museum , 39 Battery Pl. , Downtown, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: How do you get around your neighborhood? Explore forms of transportation and New York City's subway system through a read-aloud of Christoph Niemann's picture book Subway. Then kids will create their own subway routes on a template of the five boroughs. Take on the role of a transportation planner and design new paths for trains. Ages 4-8.   WANT TO GO? 212-945-6324.
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The Adventures of Honey & Leon: The Musical

WHEN: Oct. 8 - 23, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Theatre Row, 410 West 42 St. , Midtown West, NY
AGES: 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Honey and Leon are loyal dogs who love their two dads very much, but their dads often travel for work, which worries the siblings. When their dads go off on a work trip, Honey and Leon decide this time they won't sit around and worry. Instead, they go on their own European adventure with a mission: protect their dads. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $42.50. 646-250-1178.
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New Amsterdam School Open House FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 10am-12:30pm
WHERE: New Amsterdam School, 62 Avenue B, East Village, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: New Amsterdam School open house event.  WANT TO GO? 212-533-1820.
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F.A.O Schwarz Celebration of 160 Years of Toys FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 11am-4pm
WHERE: F.A.O Schwarz, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Together with Rockefeller Plaza, F.A.O Schwarz will host a free, family-friendly event to celebrate its’ 160th years of toys and inspiring awe and discovery. The celebration will include live performances from magicians, Broadway Cares, American Ballet Theatre Students, and balloonist’s; with sweet treats from Magnolia Bakery and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and others, a variety of craft activities, skating with our Toy Soldiers at Flippers​, the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile​ and more!

 

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Little Red Riding Hood

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2pm
WHERE: Galli Theater NY, 74 Warren Street, Tribeca, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT:

Little Red Riding Hood sets out through the forest to bring food to her grandmother. But who is in grandmother's bed when she gets there? Can a little girl in a red cape outfox a big bad wolf?

WANT TO GO? $25; $20 kids. 917-855-1095.
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Zoo Peeps 1 Day: Hear

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Central Park Zoo, 64th Street & 5th Avenue, Central Park , NY
AGES: 3-5, Adult
WHAT: This toddler program is perfect for our youngest zoo-per heroes ages 2-3 years old, with caregiver. During Zoo Peeps caregiver and me classes, you and your toddler will play, create, move and learn together as we meet animals at the zoo. Each session includes a unique theme, an animal encounter, and admission to enjoy the zoo following the program. Price includes one child and one caregiver. Ages: 2 - 3 years old with a caregiver. WANT TO GO? $28 . 800-433-4149.
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Keeper-in-Training: Tropics

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Central Park Zoo, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: Roll up your sleeves and get messy. Keepers-in-Training will get up close to animals, meet zookeepers and see what it takes to care for the animals at the Central Park Zoo. Grades: 4th - 8th WANT TO GO? $56 . 800-433-4149.
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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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