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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on August 5

August 5, 2015   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, August 5, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening August 5. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Field Station: Dinosaurs Meet the Super Stars of Science - Field Station: Dinosaurs
Through August 29, 2015 - Secaucus

Every Saturday in August meet science superstars and take part in free activities. Aug. 1: Owl Pellet Dissection with Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, author of Science – Not Just for Scientists! Aug. 8: Dr. Scott, from Dinosaur Train, will be in the GOYA Amphitheater at 2pm. His presentation will be followed by a signing event of his new book How to Raise a Wild Child. Season Pass Holders and visitors with Commander's Passes are invited to an exclusive Meet and Greet with Dr. Scott in the Commander's Tent at 5:30pm. Aug. 15: Children will learn about physics and chemistry through hands-on experimenting and exploring. Aug. 22: Renowned Geologist "Doc Rock" Dr. Louis Detofsky will be at the Field Station presenting on the geological history of the location of the park. Aug. 29: NJ State Museum Paleontologist Jason Schein will share the discover paleo-dig "Dinosaur Hunting in the Rocky Mountains." Paleontologist and former Field Station Expedition Manager Brook Rowzee will give a first-hand account of her adventure. Field Station: Dinosaurs features 32 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, including the 90 foot long Argentinosaurus, in a family friendly park. You can also sing and dance with the Dinosaur Troubadour, meet the Mighty T-rex up close, see Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet in 3D, and dig for real fossils in the Paleontologists' Laboratory.

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through August 05, 2015 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group is a great way for new parents to share experiences, learn from one another and make friends. Against the familiar backdrop of gurgles and squeals, parents can compare notes on topics from scheduling to strollers. Half the fun is watching the newborns relate to each other. June topics include:Going back to work, choosing childcare, and traveling with baby. For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

Concert Series- FDR Drive - Cross County Shopping Center
August 05, 2015 - Yonkers

Get ready for the summer's best outdoor concerts at Cross County Shopping Center. With a range of music genres, a series of live performance throughout the summer. Shoppers can bring their beach chairs and blankets to The Green, in the center of the mall , to enjoy these free performances.

SummerStage: RATKING / Bishop Nehru - East River Park
August 05, 2015 - Lower East Side

Hip Hop from Harlem crew Ratking, an exciting new act signed to XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity. They perform along with a talented teen Bishop Nehru, who has toured with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan and collaborated with UK super group Disclosure.

A Treasure Trove - The Museum of The City of New York
August 05, 2015 - Upper East Side

Discover the jewelry and clothing worn by New York’s rich and famous in the late 19th century as part of the exhibit Gilded New York. Then be inspired and create your own accessory. Ages 6-12.

Be a City Hero! - New York Public Library - 115th Street branch
August 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

A hands-on science workshop designed to teach children about the ways that people change their city's environment. Through exploring water, waste, and energy pollution, kids will discover their own impact on the city as well as ways they can lessen their impact. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the library or via telephone. Best for ages 6-10

SummerStage Kids: Edge School of the Arts - Seward Park
August 05, 2015 - Lower East Side

At this performance ESOTA will perform traditional and classical Chinese dances that were taught to their students during their 3rd annual visit to the Beijing Dance Academy in Beijing, China.

Uptown Bounce - Museum of the City of New York and Museo El Barrio
August 05, 2015 - East Harlem

A kick-off event for the Uptown Bounce summer series, a collaboration between the Museum of the City of New York and Museo El Barrio. There will be music, food, art making, break-dancing and gallery talks. At the City Museum Operator Emz and DJ Misbehaviour will be spinning hip-hop, funk and soul on classic vinyl 45s. At 6:30pm, learn some of the latest hip-hop moves with renowned NYC dance teacher ‘Sala.’ Enjoy chalk art by Kady Perry. At El Museo, Rodriguez Calero is in the house, in conversation with guest curator Alejandro Anreus. There will be a Young Lords screening of El Pueblo Se Levanta (1971), in collaboration with Third World Films and video performance by Lionel Cruet.

Summer Movie Series 2015 - Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
Through August 06, 2015 - Chelsea

Free movies on the flight deck! Bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets. Doors open at 7:30pm and this one gets very busy so arrive early to collect your ticket from 6:15pm. First come, first served. July 19: October Sky (PG) July 23: Close Encounters of a Third Kind (PG13) July 30: Apollo 13 (PG13) Aug. 6: Wall-E (G)

Free Summer Theatre - Theatreworks: Lucille Lortel Theatre
Through August 07, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Every year Theatreworks partners with 150 local social service agencies and summer school programs, to provide a high-quality, professional educational theatre experience for some of our city's underserved youth. This year's show is Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas), adapted from the children's book by Judy Schachner. Although most tickets go to non-profit organizations there are a limited number of free tickets made available to individuals each show day at the theatre on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for each day's performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Public distribution tickets are limited for the daytime performances during the week. Availability is better for Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. For ages 3-9. You can also donate to the cause to secure a reserved seat, helping a disadvantaged child in the process. See website for details.

Garden Camp - Morris-Jumel Mansion
Through August 07, 2015 - Harlem

MJM Gardner Karen Waltuch will lead a week-long, hands-on tutorial on all things gardening, from planting to cultivation to basic botanical science. Parent or chaperone must accompany child the entire duration of program. Advanced registration is required. Call 212-923-8008 or email

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events. The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History. Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.

Summer Sunday Family Tour - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper East Side

A special tour for families to discuss and interact with exhibits at the museum. For ages 5 and older. A different theme every week. See website for details. Registration required: call or visit

Transit Time Capsules - New York Transit Museum
Through August 09, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

MTA employees recently unearthed a 1950 time capsule buried just a couple of blocks away from the Transit Museum. Record your 2015 story of New York City travels for safekeeping in a time capsule of your design.

Heroes on Camera: International Center of Photography Introductory Workshop - New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through August 12, 2015 - Midtown

Learn the basics of digital photography at this four week course for ages 6-11. The resulting artwork will be displayed at neighborhood libraries at the end of the summer. You must be able to attend all four sessions. Pre-registration required and starts on July 1.

106.7 LITE FM’S BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK 2015 - Bryant Park
Through August 13, 2015 - Midtown

The six-week series of events showcases New York City's most popular Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, all totally free to watch while you eat your lunch in the park! This year’s lineup includes current 2015 and past Tony Award-winning musicals such as The King and I and Something Rotten. The event is hosted by 106.7 LITE FM’s on-air personalities and co-hosted by Broadway stars. July 9 shows: Shoulda Been You, and FUERZA BRUTA. July 16 shows: Finding Neverland, CHICAGO, SISTAS: The Musical, MAMMA MIA! July 23 shows: Kinky Boots, BEAUTIFUL, Phantom Of The Opera, SAYONARA July 30 shows: Matilda, On The Town, Les Misérables, The Fantasticks. August 6 shows: AMAZING GRACE, Something Rotten, Ruthless!, Allegiance: A New Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Thursday, August 13 shows: Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-Tacular!, Once Upon the Mattress, The King and I, Dames at Sea. Schedule subject to change.

Family Programs at Cherry Tree Park - The Museum of The City of New York
Through August 13, 2015 - East Harlem

Free family activities in the park.

Summer in the Square: Creative Dream Entertainment - Union Square
Through August 13, 2015 - Union Square

Arts and crafts activities for kids, as well as a visit from a singing star! Part of Summer in the Square. Singing characters playing a visit this summer will be Batman (July 30), Little Mermaid (Aug. 6) and Elsa (Aug. 13). Activities take place in the Children's Activities Pavilion, which is near the big yellow tent.

Summer Streets 2015 - Between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting Streets (as far as East 72nd Street)
Through August 15, 2015 - Manhattan

For the first three Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC's streets will be closed to traffic for people to play, run, walk and bike. In 2014, more than 300,000 people took part in the event which is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party. New to Summer Streets this year is Slide the City, a 270-foot water slide based at the Foley Square Rest Stop where participants can slide down and cool off during the hot summer mornings. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to slide through the streets of New York City on a tube. Participants must register in advance online at Other activities include soccer, dance, performances, yoga, a dog park, art installations, arts and crafts, entertainment, food and drink. Not forgetting the famous 165-foot-long, 30-foot-high zip line!

Shababa in Central Park - 92nd Street Y
Through August 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

Sing, dance and celebrate Shabbat in beautiful Central Park. Bring a blanket, spread out on the grass and enjoy a morning of singing, sunshine, nature and play. We will meet outside the 5th Avenue and 96th Street playground, under the shade of the trees! In the case of rain this event will not take place. Families with babies, toddlers and older children are all welcome. No prior experience celebrating Shabbat necessary.

Penn and Teller on Broadway - Marquis Theatre
Through August 16, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

The evil geniuses are back on Broadway. For the first time in almost 25 years, the duo comes home, where they will bring astonishing tricks from their record-breaking Vegas act, along with their most outrageous classics, to the Marquis Theatre. Famous for their shocking shows, this isn't suitable for very young kids! Ages 8 and older.

Living History Weekends - New York Historical Society
Through August 16, 2015 - Upper West Side

On July and August weekends (excluding July 4/5) brigades from the American Revolution will be stationed throughout the Museum in full uniform ready to answer your questions and share their stories about life on and off the battlefield. And if you're a revolutionary history buff, don't miss the special installation: Lafayette's Return: The "Boy General," the American Revolution, and the Hermione. Although a member of the French aristocracy, the Marquis de Lafayette devoted his youth to the American Revolution. He went on to play a major role in George Washington's defeat of the British army, aiding the patriots through both diplomatic and military action. All ages.

Hudson RiverFlicks: Big Hit Wednesdays - Pier 63, Hudson River Park
Through August 18, 2015 - Chelsea

Watch some of last year's blockbuster movies in the open air, with free popcorn! Although this isn't specifically a family movie event, many of the films are PG13 so suitable for teens. July 8, The Imitation Game (PG13); July 22, Selma (PG13); July 29, St Vincent (PG13); Aug. 5, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1(PG13); Aug. 19, Interstellar (PG13)

Get Up And Go! - Columbus Park, Seward Park and Tomkins Square Park
Through August 20, 2015 - Downtown Manhattan

This program has been created to encourage kids to get active in their local parks over the summer. Instructors will help youngsters increase their core skills such as running and throwing, as well as motivate them through contests, races and obstacle courses. Attendees will also learn about health and nutrition. Registration required via website. For ages 6-10.

Wildflower Meadow Tour - Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Through August 20, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come take a tour of our Wildflower Meadow which stretches along the East River near the iconic Hell Gate Bridge. It's home to an array of native and ornamental plants that provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Join an experienced member of the Alliance’s Horticulture Department for a walk and talk about our favorite subject… flowers! Meet at the Randall's Island side of the 103rd St. footbridge.

Kids Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through August 21, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Bring your little one to yoga class for kids with Sacred Sounds Yoga. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Mats will be provided for kids. Suitable for drop-ins. Ages 2-7. Class will be held in the seating nook area opposite the big kids' playground, on the east side of Washington Square Park.

Summer Reading - New York Public Library
Through August 21, 2015 -

This summer, libraries citywide are taking part in a program created to encourage reading during the school break and prevent the "summer slide". Sign up for reading lists, events and craft activities at your local branch and get reading! There are programs for all ages and this year's event has a superhero theme.

Police Athletic League: 2015 Manhattan Summer Playstreets Program - Various venues citywide
Through August 21, 2015 - Manhattan

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will again close off streets and use playgrounds and parks throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities. Kids can take part in sports, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Featured activities include Double Dutch jump rope, Hopscotch, Nok Hockey and basketball. Manhattan locations: East 109th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. 129th Street, between Lenox and Seventh (Adam Clayton Powell Jr.) Avenues. 151st Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway Avenues. 159th Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway Avenues. Academy Street, between Broadway and Vermilyea Avenues. Jennie Clarke Residence, 183-A East 100th Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues. Wagner Houses, 2396 First Avenue. Grant Houses, Rear 1315 Amsterdam Avenue, Basketball Court near Day Care Center.

Natural Areas Exploration Days - Randall's Island
Through August 22, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come explore Randall's Island wetlands and other natural areas, guided by experts. Explore the Island's diverse plant and animal communities. For more information:

Mad Square Kids: Art Yard - Madison Square Park, Northern Plaza
Through August 22, 2015 - Flatiron District

Kids can learn a new skill or spark their creativity at this Mad. Sq. Kids' workshop series, featuring some of the best visual and performing artists. Designed for kids ages 1-12. Adult supervision is required and promptness is encouraged. June 20: Fata Morgana family art workshop. June 27: Weaving workshop with Jessi Highet. July 4: Textile workshop with Caroline Kaufman. July 11: Cartooning workshop with Tom Motley. July 18: Fata Morgana family art workshop. July 25: Story Pirates junior puppeteer workshop. August 1: tbd. August 8: Community dance workshop with Pat Cannon. August 15: Rhyme-writing workshop with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. August 22: Fata Morgana family art workshop.

Waterfront Walking Tour - Pier 66 Maritime in Hudson River Park
Through August 22, 2015 - Chelsea

A nautically themed interactive walking tour through Chelsea’s dynamic waterfront and the historic lightship Frying Pan.

Pop Up Maker Space at 14th Street - 14th Street Park
Through August 23, 2015 - Meatpacking District

This series of guided workshops will challenge you and your family to make projects inspired by science and nautical themes.

Big City Fishing - Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
Through August 24, 2015 - Tribeca

Try your hand at fishing, learn all about Hudson River Park’s unique ecological system, and enjoy the sunset view of the waterfront. All participants will be provided with rods, reels, bait, and instruction. Ages 5 and older. Participants older than 16 need to register beforehand. See website for details.

River Rangers - Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
Through August 24, 2015 - Tribeca

Come explore the wonders of the Hudson River eco-system through fun science experiments and nature-inspired crafts. Ages 4-9.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through August 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

A popular daily storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 0-6. Reservations now required for Tuesday story hour via phone the day before.

CMA's Hudson River Outpost - Hudson River Park - Pier 25
Through August 25, 2015 - Tribeca

This free workshop series combines both art and S.T.E.M. subjects so has something for all. Every week young artists will have a chance to explore the aquatic environment of the Hudson through thematic art workshops. They'll also contribute to a collaborative community project: Collaborative Diorama Project: Water Habitat Layers Collaborative, that will evolve throughout the summer. All ages, no registration required. Children with disabilities are welcome. This program happens outdoors so please wear appropriate sun protection. Materials are limited to first come, first served.

Wetland Tour - Randall's Island
Through August 25, 2015 - Randall's Island

A guided exploration of the restored wetlands on Randall’s Island. Participants can enjoy viewing beautiful wildflowers, birds and other native wildlife while learning about some of the fascinating history that has shaped the natural areas on the island. Individuals and families are welcome. Meet at the northeast corner of the Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh, near the south end of Icahn Stadium. A Randall's Island Park Alliance staff member will be on site approximately 10 minutes prior to the tour to greet you. Directions: Location: Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh For more information:

Staten Island Yankees vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds - Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Through August 26, 2015 - Staten Island

Staten Island Yankees vs. Aberdeen Ironbirds. Fireworks follow July 31 and Aug. 1 matches.

Family Capoeira - Inwood Hill Park: Indian Road Lawn
Through August 26, 2015 - Inwood

Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that has evolved over centuries into an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, music, and acrobatics. Some of capoeira’s benefits include strength, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and confidence. Come to this free weekly class for all and try it out for yourself. All ages.

Double Dutch - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
Through August 26, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Learn to double dutch jump rope in a block party environment with experienced Brooklyn based Double Dutch Empire instructors.

Summer on the Hudson: Game Days - West Harlem Piers Park
Through August 26, 2015 - West Harlem

Come down to West Harlem Piers for some old school fun and games in the sun! Play games such as giant tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope, and more. For ages 12 and younger. There is a limited amount of supplies available at one time. If you are planning on bringing a large group please contact the organizer in advance.

Lincoln Square BID’s Free Lunchtime Summer Concert Series and Yoga Sessions - Richard Tucker Park
Through August 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

No matter what your taste in music – jazz, cumbia, funk, blues – you can hear it for free this summer at these popular concerts. Bring your lunch and grab a seat. There will also be free refreshments and yoga.

Frida Al Fresco - NY Botancial Gardens
Through August 27, 2015 - Bronx

Parents, go ahead and enjoy a night out. Begin your festive evening at the Garden by experiencing artist Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, After Hours. Stroll through Kahlo's house reimagined in the Conservatory and transport yourself to Mexico with live music, and performance art. Enjoy a complimentary Model Especial draft beer or a traditional margarita. Must be 21 or older. The other dates for this event are July 11, 16, 23, 30, and August 6, and 27.

Children's Coloring Club - New York Public Library - Epiphany branch
Through August 27, 2015 - Grammercy Park

Escape the heat and get creative with color. 3 and older.

Big City Fishing - Pier 84 in Hudson River Park
Through August 27, 2015 - Midtown West

Come and learn about fishing and Hudson River Park’s unique ecological system at this twice weekly class. All participants will be provided with rods, reels, bait, and instruction. For ages 5 and older.

Pop Up Maker Space - Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
Through August 27, 2015 - Tribeca

This series of guided workshops will challenge you and your family to make projects inspired by science and nautical themes.

Sunset Jam on the Hudson: Friday Evening Drumming Circles - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
Through August 28, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms at this drumming circle. The gatherings are led by master drummers Maguette Camara, Mary Knysh, and Adam Issadore. After beginning with the teaching of traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, participants are then asked to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of call and response chanting and drumming. Instruments are provided by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, or bring your own.

Create Your Own Superhero! - New York Public Library - Ottendorfer Branch, St. Agnes Branch, and Columbus Branch
Through August 28, 2015 -

In this 8 week workshop Community-Word Project Professional Artists will take kids on a journey through the world of Superheroes. Kids will explore the stories and images of Superheroes from cultures across the globe and identify the characteristics of their favorite ones. Kids will then create their own Superheroes, each with a unique backstory, logos/insignias designed, and personal capes constructed. In these workshops students will engage with literacy, visual arts and creativity all while playing in the land of Superheroes. Created for children ages 8-12 years old. Part of the Summer Reading program.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through August 29, 2015 - Midtown

This Off-Broadway performance is an adventure-packed, imaginative, family-friendly hit. C.S. Lewis' beloved classic leaps off the page, complete with magical creatures, an evil witch and a majestic lion. Just two actors give tour-de-force performances to conjure the world of Narnia, with simple props and costumes. This inventive production invites the audience to travel through the mysterious wardrobe and take a journey of the imagination. No wonder then that it's received both award nominations and great reviews since it opened in 2011. For children ages 6 and older.

Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Dock
Through August 29, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children younger than 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Parent and Me Yoga - Fort Tryon Park: Abby's Lawn
Through August 29, 2015 - Upper Manhattan

Yoga for children of all ages and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor. Meet on Abby's Lawn in Fort Tyron Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat. Note that the ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. Will be canceled due to rain or wet ground.

Train Operators School - New York Transit Museum
Through August 29, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track in an incredibly realistic game!

Pinkalicious, The Musical - Vital Children's Company at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre
Through August 30, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This popular musical returns to Bleecker Street. The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. For ages 2-7.

Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through August 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole. For ages 3-9

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure - Hudson River Museum
Through August 30, 2015 - Yonkers

On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo discover that planets are different from one another. Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Bejing Planetarium, and others. Ideal for ages 5 and older.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2015 - Crown Heights

The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through August 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this popular show is great for pre-schoolers. Kids will fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

Family Sundays - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 30, 2015 - Chelsea

Weekly drop-in art making program. During August's Family Sundays, families will explore printed artworks and designs in the Museum and are invited to drop by the art studio to create their own woodblock printed fabrics. Ages 3 and older.

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown

Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.

Summer Scavenger Hunts - New York Historical Society
Through August 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Escape the heat this summer and go on an adventure in the great indoors. Have you ever stood next to an authentic 18th-century carriage, seen a pair of glasses worn by President Abraham Lincoln, himself, or gotten up close and personal with the wooden leg of one of America's Founding Fathers? Here's your chance to do that, and more, with a scavenger hunt at the NYHS.

GALAPAGOS - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown

Explore the beauty and biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands in this stunning visual display of the islands’ flora and fauna. Produced by the National Geographic Channel. Running time: 7 mins.

Art Trek - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Upper East Side

Travel through time and around the world on a Museum adventure. Discover favorite works of art as you look and learn together. For ages 7-11.

Start with Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Upper East Side

Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life at this regular workshop. For ages 3-6.

Summer of Treasures Program Series - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through August 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

In August enjoy workshops and activities with a treasure theme. Trash to Treasure: Recycled Fashion Design: Aug. 1-2, 19-23; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Design accessories made out of re-purposed materials! Explore famous fashions from NYC designers and use recycled materials to create accessories like belts using VHS tape and necklaces using old bottle caps. 6 and older. Sign up required. CMOM's 3D Mosque Architecture Experience: Aug. 4, 10-11, 17-18; 2pm, 3pm and 5pm; 5 and older; sign up required. Embark on a 3D journey to explore the art and architecture of mosques from around the world. Doodling Doubloons: Aug. 5-9; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 5 and older; sign up required Design your own unique pirate coins using clay and melted crayons. Treasure Map Making: Aug. 12-13; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 6 and older; sign up required. Fact or fiction? Find inspiration in the facts and folktales of pirate lore as you create your own treasure map. Use painting and drawing techniques to make your map look like an antique pirate's map. X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop: Aug. 26-30; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 6 and older; sign up required. Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.

Summer Reading 2015 Weekly Drop-In Craft Programs - New York Public Library, Epiphany branch
Through August 31, 2015 - Grammercy Park

Summer reading themed craft sessions for ages 4 and older. Limited to the first 20 participants, no pre-registration required.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through September 01, 2015 - Garrison

Don't miss the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performances include Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, and The Tempest. Celebrating its 29th season, the dramatic views of the Hudson combine theater and nature in a beautiful setting. Get the details at

Summer Sports Experience - Chelsea Field in Chelsea Park
Through September 04, 2015 - Chelsea

Pitch, shoot and score with this free program focused on developing sports skills. Kids will play a variety of sports each day, and can come to every session, or just once. To get started, please register by email. See website for details.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

Fulton Stall Market - South Street Seaport
Through September 06, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Local farmers and food producers bring their seasonal best of fresh, processed, and ready-to-eat food products.

One World Observatory - One World Trade
Through September 07, 2015 - Financial District

If you have a head for heights you won't want to miss this! Whizz to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then take in the view. There's also dining options and multimedia entertainment to enjoy.

City Splash! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 07, 2015 - Upper West Side

When the weather turns warm CMOM head to this fun water exhibit. It encourages children of all ages to explore and learn more about our environment and the unique properties of water. Launch boats down a winding stream, investigate tubs filled with water to learn which objects float and which ones sink, learn about evaporation and experiment with sand to create rivers and lakes. In July and August, CMOM educators will be teaming up with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for some pop-up water experiments and story times. Learn about where your water comes from and where it goes as we explore NYC way down underground.

MOCA Free Admission Thursdays - Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Through September 07, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Summer is a great time to explore the galleries of NYC and get out of the heat. This summer check out MOCA for free every Thursday until Labor Day. It's a great chance to visit the beautiful exhibition: Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong.

Scattered Light - NY Hall of Science
Through September 13, 2015 - Corona

Scattered_Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit. Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.

Breastfeeding Support Circle with Andrea Syms-Brown - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through September 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, leads this breastfeeding circle which is popular for its a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today. Brown bag your lunch, come by, nurse and snuggle with your baby. An opportunity to meet other new moms and guided by Andrea Syms-Brown, explore the joy, and unravel the mysteries of breastfeeding and mothering in modern times.

Fidi Families - South Street Seaport
Through September 19, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Kid oriented events are running at the Seaport throughout the summer. Activities are designed for children 4 – 8 years old. Registration not required, but encouraged via All events include complimentary snacks! July 31, 11am-2pm: Mini-Preneur Kids Biz Launch. Aug. 6, 5-7pm: PlayDate with Crayola. Aug. 14, 10am-12pm: Play+Well Lego Workshop. Aug. 28, 10am-12pm: Sculpt-a-saurus Dino-rama. Sep. 19, 10am-12pm: ConstructionKids Building Workshop.

Big City Fishing - Pier 46 in Hudson River Park
Through September 23, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Learn how to fish right here in NYC! Try a hand at fishing, learn all about Hudson River Park’s unique ecological system and enjoy the view of the Hudson River. All participants will be provided with rods, reels, bait, and instruction. For 5 and older. Al those over 16 need to pre-register, see website for details.

Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through September 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture.

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Park Alliance
Through September 26, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come discover the Randall’s Island Urban Farm with these discovery days. Meet the chickens and explore the farm, an expert will be on site to answer questions.

Storytelling in the Park - Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 26, 2015 - Central Park

An annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season. Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine. For listings see website.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through September 27, 2015 - Upper West Side

An improvisational, audience-participation, puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and sometimes features special guests. For ages 3-8.

Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Governors Island

Visitors to Governors Island this year will enjoy more arts, cultural, recreational and educational programs than ever before. Governors Island opens to the public on Saturday, May 23 and will be open every day through September 27 apart from July 4.

NY Renaissance Faire - Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park
Through September 27, 2015 - Tuxedo Park

The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England, complete with 16th century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, dance--set within the majestic groves of Tuxedo, New York. You'll want to make this an annual event. Contact Ticketfly by email at, or call 877-435-9849.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through September 27, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this story time session. Ages 3-7. In honor of the special installation Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution and the Hermione, July's story time features the Marquis de Lafayette and other heroes of the American Revolution. August story time features books about the Manhattan skyline, buildings, taxis and black outs. September story time features books about animals.

Character Visit - Strand Book Store
Through September 27, 2015 - Union Square

Each weekend, a book character visits the Strand for story time. Aug. 1-2: The Gruffalo Aug. 8-9: Madeline Aug. 15-16: Clifford the Big Red Dog Aug. 22-23: Elmo Aug. 29-30: Llama, Llama Sept 5-6: Eeyore Sept 12-13: Cat in the Hat Sept 19-20: Madeline Sept 26-27: Curious George

CMA's Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Ferries leave from Manhattan and Brooklyn

Spend the summer getting creative with free hands-on art making workshops on Governors Island. All workshops are led by CMA teaching artists and a feature immersive art experiences in the outdoors. Families will make artwork inspired by Governors Island and nature, and our place in between those two. Activities will be influenced by the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Nils-Udo, and Richard Shilling. They will include scavenging for materials, showcasing interactions with the sun, trees, water, and rocks and exploiting creative potential of everyday trash. For ages 1-15.

Big City Fishing - Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
Through September 27, 2015 - Tribeca

Try your hand at fishing, learn all about Hudson River Park’s unique ecological system, and enjoy the sunset view of the waterfront. All participants will be provided with rods, reels, bait, and instruction. Ages 5 and older. Participants older than 16 need to register beforehand. See website for details.

The New York Historical Society: Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Governors Island

A pop-up exhibition curated by teens who have taken part in a student historian program at the New York Historical Society. It features reproductions of historic documents, artifacts, and works of art. The teens have curated a nuanced installation that sheds light on the lives of both soldier and civilian New Yorkers during the Revolutionary War. Utilized by both American patriots and the British alike during the war, Governors Island sets the perfect stage for the exhibition.

Mad. Sq. Kids: Reads - Madison Square Park: Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground
Through September 29, 2015 - Flatiron District

Reading Rangers series will introduce children of all ages to literature through storytelling presented by one of our dedicated partners. Adult supervision is required.

CMOM'S New York Treasures Scavenger Hunt - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Search for hidden New York treasures throughout CMOM’s five floors of interactive exhibitions in this daily scavenger hunt. Learn fun facts about NYC’s most famous attractions and cultural institutions along the way. Each hidden New York treasure will give you clues to solve a secret message and win a small prize.

Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through September 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Singing and bonding with your baby is fun! In this class music and massage complement each other to stimulate your baby’s brain and relax his muscles and organs. Best for babies 0-6 months. Sign up for series or drop-in.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture - Brooklyn Museum
Through October 04, 2015 - Prospect Heights

If you have a sneaker obsessed tween or teen, or a child who loves fashion then this new exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum will be right up your street (style). It explores the evolution of the sneaker, from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. As well as learning about the history of sneakers you'll also be able to see iconic sneakers like the first Nike Air Trainer 1, the first cross-trainer, and the iconic Air Jordan III and XI. Also on show will be rare cult classics such as Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Don (2009), Nike Stewie Griffin LeBron VI (2009), Nike Dunk Supremes (2003), and Adidas x Jeremy Scott Totems (2013).

Film: Living in the Ages of Airplanes - NY Hall of Science
Through October 06, 2015 - Corona

This immersive film experience, narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission.

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Murray Hill

This exhibition uncover the curious history of Alice In Wonderland, presenting an engaging account of the genesis, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. For the first time in three decades, the original manuscript will travel from the British Library in London to New York, where it will be joined by original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects; many never before exhibited. Find out why the universe of Wonderland took hold of our imagination, and—150 years later—we are still following her down the rabbit hole.

Sunday Story Time in Mr. Morgan's Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Murray Hill

Follow Alice through Wonderland and hear about her amazing tale. Afterwards, make a brief visit to the exhibition Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland and discover the very book that Lewis Carroll wrote by hand for his friend Alice.

Tuesdays at The Pavillion - Union Square Pavillion
Through October 13, 2015 - Union Square

Regular arts and crafts workshop in Union Square.

Children's Basketball (ages 7-10) - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 26, 2015 - Battery Park City

A basketball program just for kids. Adjustable hoops are used to accommodate all ages and fun is emphasized over competition. Led by Parks Programming leaders, children do drills and play games to improve their skills. Closed toed shoes required. 7 and older.

Children's Basketball (ages 5-6) - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 26, 2015 - Battery Park City

A basketball program just for kids. Adjustable hoops are used to accommodate all ages and fun is emphasized over competition. Led by Parks Programming leaders, children do drills and play games to improve their skills. Closed toed shoes required. Ages 5-6.

Preschool Play - Wagner Park
Through October 26, 2015 - Battery Park City

Interactive play on the grass for toddlers, with imaginative toys. Led by Parks Programming Play Leaders, caregivers are coached on providing children with imaginative play opportunities. Come and play with puppets, toy animals, blocks, wooden vehicles, dress up costumes, and more. A story is read aloud to the group at the end of the program. Ages 0-5

Soccer for Elementary Schoolers (ages 5-11) - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 27, 2015 - Battery Park City

Come and learn the fundamentals of soccer. With an emphasis on fun, coaches implement drills focused on passing, shooting, and footwork and getting to know the basics of the game. Each session ends with a scrimmage, allowing the kids to practice what they have learned, get some exercise, and have some fun in the fresh air. All the equipment is provided. Closed toed shoes are required. 3:30pm for ages 5-7, 4:30pm for ages 8-11.

Soccer for Preschoolers - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 27, 2015 - Battery Park City

Have fun kicking, running, and learning the basics of soccer. Coaches will focus on introducing the rules of soccer to your little ones, as well as such basic concepts as following directions, basic motor skills, and being part of a team. At the end of the session, participants will be split up and placed on teams for an organized game. A great opportunity to begin social interactions for your child, fun is emphasized over competition. Closed toed shoes required. For children ages 3-4.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
Through October 28, 2015 - Battery Park City

Come down to Teardrop park for fun-filled afternoons of art projects and games for ages 5 and older. Each week children can enjoy a different art project; drawing, sculpting, and creating group projects such as murals. The art portion of the afternoon will be led by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's Artist/Educators. BPCPC's Parks Programming Leaders (specially trained Play Leaders) plan games based on their understanding of the various stages of child development, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are always welcomed to suggest games. Parks Programming Leaders are prepared to help get games started with perennial favorites such as red light green light, Mr. Fox, asteroids, Wiffle Ball and four square. All art materials and play supplies are provided.

YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: Children's Garden
Through October 29, 2015 - Battery Park City

A gardening program for children ages 3-5 years and an accompanying adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown. Children will see a variety of plants, butterflies, insects, worms, and birds – all part of the natural cycle of the garden. Feel cool water on a hot day and the different textures of leaves and plants in the garden. They will smell herbs (lemon verbena, dill, mint, and basil) and flowers (lavender, marigold, and scented geraniums). Each week there is a new, garden-themed lesson, including learning about pollinators, worms, seeds, weather, flowers, birds, and more. Young children will have fun in the garden doing plant scavenger hunts, and reading nature books related to the day's theme.

Youth Basketball Clinics - North Meadow Recreation Center
Through October 31, 2015 - Central Park

Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities. Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm

Seasonal Farmstand - Queens County Farm Museum
Through October 31, 2015 - Floral Park

Find out what's growing at the Farm, and see what's in season each week. Shop from over 50 varieties of vegetables, and get tips on how to make easy, nutritious meals for the family. EBT and food stamp benefits are accepted.

175th Street Greenmarket - 175th Street
Through November 19, 2015 - Washington Heights

Part market, part neighborhood meeting point, this bustling market mixes produce with Mexican specialty products, bread, pies and scones made with local flour.

94th Street Greenmarket (formerly 92nd Street) - 94th Street
Through November 22, 2015 - Upper East Side

This Upper East Side favorite is the place to find vegetables, fruits, baked goods, eggs and locally caught seafood.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through November 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand this exhibit is a comprehensive look at the fascinating and complex world of arachnids. Among the exhibition’s live animals are 16 species of spiders, two species of scorpion, a chemical-spewing vinegaroon, and several long-legged tailless whip spiders—which aren’t spiders at all. The Museum, which has the world’s largest research collection of spiders, has been at the forefront of studying spider diversity for over 75 years. In Spiders Alive!, visitors will explore spider anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and encounter little known behaviors such as mimicry and noisemaking. In addition to live spiders, the exhibition features videos, fossils, and larger-than-life models, including a huge, climbable trapdoor spider. Museum staff will handle live arachnids for visitors to see up close, and the exhibition will focus on debunking spider myths like their needing gravity to build webs, that they all neglect their offspring, and that all spiders are dangerous to humans.

Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2015 - Upper East Side

Gather around to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt (requiring admission fee) in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3

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