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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on July 18

July 18, 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, July 18, 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 July 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Pinnochio - Joria Stages
Through July 18, 2015 - Midtown

A modern take on the classic fairy tale for kids. A fun filled hour long musical.

MOCACREATE: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and Skyscapes - Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
July 18, 2015 - Little Italy

An afternoon of painting and calligraphy as you learn about Chinese Song dynasty painting and Tyrus Wong’s artistic styles. Paint the land, city, or sky; either way, you'll walk away with a watercolor masterpiece. In conjunction with the current exhibition, Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. All ages.

Summer Nostalgia Rides: Beach Bound Coney Island - New York Transit Museum
July 18, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

This popular day trip aboard a vintage subway trains is perfect for the train lovers in your family. Ride the 1930s R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt. Then visit Coney Island's beach-side amusement park, take a dip in the ocean, or stay on the train for additional rides. For all ages (although due to the length of the trip is better suited to older children.

I Can! Kid-Abilities Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
July 18, 2015 - Crown Heights

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. A day of fun programs for children with special learning needs and cognitive abilities. The whole family can enjoy the day together, exploring the rainbow of possibilities found at BCM.

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance presents The City of Water Day Festival - Governors Island
July 18, 2015 - Governors Island

A day of entertainment, education and adventure celebrating the famous New York and New Jersey waterfronts. Enjoy free boat tours, children's activities, fishing, the Waterfront Activity Fair, and more.

Come Out & Play Field Day and Family Day - Governors Island at The Parade Ground
July 18, 2015 - Governors Island

A free festival for players of all ages designed to make NYC a more playful place. There are two events on Governors Island on July 18. Family Day is a mini-festival of games for the whole family, organized by ESI Design, one of the world’s foremost experience design firms. All of the games will connect together in a single fun storyline about Time Travel, complete with an official Time Travel Agency, games throughout time, chronological paradoxes, and imminent threats to the space-time continuum. You’ll be able to play just one or two games as you like, or all of them for an epic Time Travel adventure. Sound intriguing? Don't miss it! For ages 6-11 but suitable for all. Guardians must co-sign waivers for any player under 18 years of age. All games will run multiple times, so you’ll be able to play no matter whether you come early or late, or travel from the past or the future. 11am-4pm. Field Day is all about showcasing games for adults to play and includes innovative and unusual sounding sports such as Hoot Pootooter, Full Contact-Catan, and Octopus Wars.

Your Attention Ladies and Gentlemen! - New York Transit Museum
July 18, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Learn the history of the subway’s public address announcements, then become a conductor, by creating announcements of your own in our Technology Lab. For age 5 and older.

Hot Summer Nights! Sammy Miller and the Congregation - On Stage at Kingsborough
July 18, 2015 - Manhattan Beach

Sammy Miller leads the hottest, most joyful dance party in town. Sammy's 17-piece jazz orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the "swingingest" bands in the land. They guarantee to bring audiences up on their feet and dancin'. Sammy's Motto: Jazz is joyful. Life should be too. Part of the Hot Summer Nights! outdoor concert series.

Youth Basketball Clinics - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2
July 18, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Learn the basics of basketball like dribbling, shooting, and passing with Dodge YMCA. For kids ages 5-13. RSVP required. Due to program capacity, there is a limit of one reservation per child for the summer season. Please RSVP to Please RSVP with parent/guardian name, your child’s name and age, and date of clinic.

Flaubert Frog & Friends - Le Carrousel in Bryant Park
July 18, 2015 - Midtown

Hop on over to our pad for "un-frog-getable fun" with Flaubert Frog and all his carousel pals. Flaubert and Cali Co Cat present stories, songs, and poems from the celebrated book Free to Be… You and Me. In case of rain, Flaubert Frog and Friends will be canceled.

Learn to Ride for Kids - Seward Park
July 18, 2015 - Lower East Side

In these free classes learn the fundamentals of bicycling to help kids become safe and confident riders. This class teaches a safe, easy, effective way to learn to ride. Using this "balance first" method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike. Most people learn to ride their bike while taking the class, but even if they don't, they will leave with an easy, hands-free, crash-free, and low-stress way to learn to ride. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet. To register, please visit the Bike New York webpage.

Summer on the Hudson and GRO Girls Skate Days - Riverside Park
July 18, 2015 - Upper West Side

A monthly informal jam session organized by GRO (Girls Riders Organization). Girl riders are invited to come hold space in the park on these days and enjoy a quiet and scenic outdoor venue to practice.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village: Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park
July 18, 2015 - Washington Square

A ghostly scavenger hunt for kids and adults! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, and a gorilla in a window. For 7 and older. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Kids - Word for Word: Comic Juggler Ned Gelfars - Bryant Park Reading Room
July 18, 2015 - Midtown

Story time with juggling! Rain information: In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location.

Country Two Step Family Dance with North of Amarillo - Esplanade Plaza
July 18, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

As summer kicks into gear and New York City begins to resemble the heat of the South, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents a Country Western Two Step Family Dance, featuring the modern honky-tonk sounds of North of Amarillo.

ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers - Solar One
July 18, 2015 - Stuyvesant Town

An eco-friendly evening of dance celebrating female choreographers. The evening will include works from more than 10 female choreographers, at various stages in their careers, from across the United States and abroad. The festival is the culmination of all of ChEckiT!Dance’s efforts to increase performance opportunities for female dance makers. This annual outdoor festival, now in its fifth year, is curated and produced by ChEckiT! Dance each July.

Sensory Friendly Screenings: Minions - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
July 18, 2015 - Harlem

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Sensory Friendly Screening: Minions - AMC Loews 84th Street
July 18, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing.

Children's Potions and Planting Tea Party - Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel
Through July 18, 2015 - Chelsea

Children, as well as their favorite stuffed animal or teddy bear, are invited to the Gallow Garden for planting and potion-making with the garden’s residents. Children are encouraged to bring a recyclable bottle to make their own potions (with special powers) that they will be able to bring home. They will learn about planting as well as mini flower pressing and seeds. While all adults and young guests must have a paid reservation, dolls and teddy bears may enter free of charge and will get their own miniature seat and personalized bib. Admission includes a traditional English high tea platter and lemonade. For ages 6-11.

Family Performance—Stories and Songs of the American West - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
July 18, 2015 - Upper East Side

Listen to 19th century folk tales and tunes with storyteller Tom Lee and musician Seth Ginsberg. A special event in celebration of the exhibit Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River. For families with children ages 3–11.

Children's Screening: ELMO’S WORLD: SUMMER VACATION - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
July 18, 2015 - Midtown

Join Elmo and his pet goldfish Dorothy as he explores beaches, skin and cameras. Running time: 51 mins. RSVPs open for this event beginning July 4.

Tech for Tots: Opposites Attract - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
July 18, 2015 - Midtown

Do you have a magnetic personality? Come explore the principles of magnetism and create your very own magnets to take home. Reservations for children at a pre-k to kindergarten learning level can be made, starting July 4. You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date an event is scheduled. By phone or via e-mail at

Dia de Reyes: Afro Cuban Dance Workshop and Performance - Madison Square Park
July 18, 2015 - Madison Square

An afternoon of colorful dance and music activities that coincides with the annual July celebration of Carnaval de Santiago de Cuba, one of the largest carnivals in Cuba. The afternoon will begin with a series of 15-30 minute family music and dance workshops and culminate in an energetic group procession, led by Yesenia Selier and Global Rhythms artists. The parade will travel around Madison Square Park's central pathways and under Teresita Fernández's Fata Morgana exhibit, currently on show in the park. The event is organized by Cuban-American artist Teresita Fernández, Cuban-born performer and scholar Yesenia Selier, and Global Rhythms, a cultural enterprise devoted to Cuban dance, music, and cultural education.

Muslim Arts Festivals: Eid al-Fitr: Family Feast - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through July 19, 2015 - Upper West Side

CMoM's Muslim Arts Festival continues with July workshops and events: CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience: July 18-19, 10am, all ages, drop-in. Storytelling: Nabeel’s New Pants: July 18-19, 12:30pm, all ages, drop-in. Kinding Sindaw Dance Theater Ensemble: July 18, 2pm and 2:30pm, all ages, tickets required. Tut Tut! Marzipan Candy Making with Persian Food Blogger Azita Houshiar: July 19, 2pm and 3pm, 5 and older, sign up.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour - Pier 26/25
Through July 19, 2015 - New York

The best and brightest stars of beach volleyball are coming to the Hudson River! Featuring 16 top men’s and 16 top women’s duos competing in three days of main draw play preceded by a one-day open qualifying tournament. The AVP New York City Open is a true celebration of beach volleyball, with fun for all ages including music, food, interactive games, beach volleyball clinics and more.

Brooklyn Cyclones Vs. Vermont Lake Monsters - MCU Park
Through July 20, 2015 - Coney Island

Vermont Lake Monsters at Brooklyn Cyclones.

Staten Island Yankees vs. Lowell Spinners - Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Through July 20, 2015 - Staten Island

Staten Island Yankees vs. Lowell Spinners followed by fireworks.

Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s - St. Paul's Chapel
Through July 24, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free too! Most films are rated PG13. Schedule subject to change, check website for details. June 26: Back to the Future (PG) July 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

Drop-in Family Tours: America Is Hard To See - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through July 25, 2015 - Meatpacking District

Join Whitney Educators for family friendly, drop-in tours of America Is Hard to See. Explore the galleries together and participate in interactive activities and discussion. For ages 4-10. All tours meet in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center, Floor Three. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Character Visit - Strand Book Store
Through July 26, 2015 - Union Square

Each weekend, a book character visits the Strand for story time. June 6-7: Clifford the Big Red Dog. June 13-14: The Cat in the Hat. June 20-21: Elmo. June 27-28: Madeline. July 4-5: The Cat in the Hat. July 11-12: Llama Llama. July 18-19: Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. July 25-26: Eeyore.

The Tempest - Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
Through July 26, 2015 - Harlem

What better place to watch Shakespeare's The Tempest than a NYC park at sunset? Complete with all of its very own sounds and sweet airs and the twangling instruments of the city. This year's annual free summer production from the Classical Theatre Company of Harlem is the popular tale of Prospero's magical island, directed by Carl Cofield. Full of comedy, magic and music, it's one of the Bards most popular and accessible plays.

Family Sundays - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 26, 2015 - Chelsea

During this colorful Family Sunday, families will discover animals in the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art and use them as inspiration to create sandalwood powder-based paintings. 3 and older.

Galli Theater's The Little Mermaid - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through July 26, 2015 - Chelsea

The Little Mermaid transports its audiences to a ocean paradise where a young Mermaid embarks on a life changing journey. She longs to live in the world above the sea, despite the fact she's a mermaid. Like all Galli theater performances the show is filled with music and song and is interactive. For ages 5-10.

Whitney Kids: Open studio for families with kids of all ages - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through July 26, 2015 - Meatpacking District

Get creative in the Whitney's new Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view in the exhibition America Is Hard to See. Each week is a different art making project.

New York Musical Theatre Festival 2015 - New York City Theater District
Through July 27, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

Every year the New York Musical Theater Festival showcases the best new musicals and musical theater talent in this three week event. This year there are nine family friendly shows. They range from the story of a very special buffalo (Calico Buffalo) and a modern retelling of Peter Pan (Wendy's Shadow), to a story about naughty musical pets (Windywoo and Her Naughty, Naughty Pets), and a tale of a disillusioned teen idol (Acappella). Book early to avoid disappointment. See website for showtimes.

Art in July: Drop-in Art Workshops - The Jewish Museum
Through July 27, 2015 - Upper East Side

A hands-on, drop–in workshop creating art inspired by works on view in special exhibitions. For age 3 and older. July 6: Repetition and Printmaking. Kids will experiment with printmaking and create multiple copies of the same image using various colors and papers. This project draws on the works on view in the exhibition Repetition and Difference. July 13: Portrait Book. Participants will draw friends and family members within a booklet, creating portrait collections inspired by the various paintings adorning the walls in the exhibitions, Masterpieces & Curiosities: Nicole Eisenman's Seder and Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Chantal Joffe. July 20: Collaged TV Scene. After visiting the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, kids will use collage techniques to recreate scenes from favorite TV shows or from imagination. July 27: Folded Paper Shape Drawing. Drawing on the contemporary artwork in Repetition and Difference, children will explore shapes and materials in the art studio and make colorful works on folded paper.

The Art Farm presents Animal Exploration! - New York Public Library, St. Agnes branch
Through July 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Uncover the secrets of the animal kingdom by having up-close encounters with some amazing live animals such as rabbits, lizards, turtles, parrots, frogs and bugs. In each weekly session you will explore the wonders of nature by using scientific tools to investigate skulls, feathers, eggs and x-rays. These unique hands-on experiences will help to formulate questions and sharpen science classifications skills in all junior naturalists. Ages 6-9

Tuesday Crafternoons - New York Public Library, Epiphany branch
Through July 28, 2015 - Kips Bay

Fun and simple craft projects for children ages 3 and older. This program will take place in the 2nd floor children's room

Summer on the Hudson Picture Show - Pier I, Riverside Park South
Through July 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

Free movies every Wednesday night in Riverside Park. The movies in this series are best suited to 13 and older. July 1, Jurassic Park (PG13); July 8, Edward Scissorhands (PG13); July 15, The Natural (PG); July 22, The Great Gatsby (Baz Lurhmann's, PG13); July 29, Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG13), Aug. 12, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (PG).

Heroes in the Greek Mythology - New York Public Library Countee Cullen branch
Through July 29, 2015 - Harlem

Odysseus and his journey, Theseus and the Minotaur, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Perseus and Medusa are among the famous tales kids will experience in this interactive class. Teach kids important life lessons through the adventures of mythological heroes. Ages 6-12.

Toddler Story Time - New York Public Library - Battery Park City Branch
Through July 29, 2015 - Battery Park City

Story time and finger plays for toddlers. For ages 1-3. If weather is nice group meets on the steps behind the library in Tear Drop Park South.

Bitty Book Buddies - New York Public Library, Epiphany branch
Through July 29, 2015 - Grammercy Park

A fun and interactive program for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 years with songs, action rhymes and stories. First come, first served.

Taste of the Terminal - Grand Central Terminal
Through July 29, 2015 - Midtown

At this month long festival, select vendors from around Grand Central Terminal will offer tastings and special offers. There will also be music performances as you enjoy treats like drinks, coffee and ice-cream. See website for full schedule.

Mad. Sq. Kids Concert Series - Madison Square Park
Through July 30, 2015 - Flatiron District

A series of interactive concerts on the Farragut Lawn. Children can learn simple skills and the appreciation of music from an eclectic mix of today's top children's performing artists. Concerts are rain or shine. Rain location for concerts is held on the southern gravel. Adult supervision is required. May 28- Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. June 4- Suz Slezak. June 11- Audra Rox. June 18- Alastair Moock and Friends, celebrating the release "All Kinds of You and Me," a collection of songs inspired by Marlo Thomas' landmark "Free To Be You and Me." June 25- Recess Monkey, with the NYC debut of their June release "Hot Air." July 2- TBD. July 9- Danny Weinkauf & His Red Pants Band. July 16 - Songs For Seeds brought to you by Apple Seeds. July 23 - The Suzi Shelton Band. July 30 - Jazzreach presents Yes Indeed!

CMA Fine Arts Studio Reproduction - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through July 30, 2015 - Soho

Join artist Yung Oh Le Page for a large-scale collaborative project during the months of July and August. Young artists will look at the brilliance of Joe Fig's mini-studios for inspiration, as they try their skills every week at new challenges and techniques during this intensive experience. Artists who participate will have their art displayed in the CMA window and can see how the collaboration develops with every passing week. Inspired by Joe Fig's artist's studio reproductions on view in the CMA Gallery.

Sensory Story-Time at CMA - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through July 30, 2015 - Soho

Explore books connected to the CMA's new exhibit about small worlds and the far off places of our imagination. This interactive and sensory story-time is designed for children ages 3-7. Children with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Rocket Park Recess - NY Hall of Science
Through July 31, 2015 - Corona

Enjoy scavenger hunts (with prizes!), demos, information and workshops about making health and fitness easy, fun and delicious. Learn helpful tips for a more healthy life, gain important skills for improving your fitness level, and join us in destroying the damaging myths surrounding food and exercise. Each week will feature a special workshop related to healthy eating or movement.

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through July 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories at this daily workshop for ages 4 and younger.

New York City Kids! present Music for Aardvarks - New York Public Library - Mulberry Street
Through July 31, 2015 - SoHo

Music for Aardvarks perform their popular interactive music class for all ages.

Yellowstone: Battle for Life - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
Through July 31, 2015 - Midtown

Join the charismatic cast of Yellowstone’s wildlife as they brave the extreme challenges of the seasons in the BBC/Discovery Channel series, “Yellowstone: Battle for Life,” shot entirely in high definition. In this excerpt, a fox must use its keen sense of hearing to survive the winter by listening for mice hidden beneath the park’s deep crust of snow. It is followed by a fascinating 10-minute behind-the-scenes feature on Yellowstone’s "Snowman,” Jeff Henry, who is tasked with clearing the blanket of snow that accumulates on top of Yellowstone’s buildings each winter. Running time: 14 mins.

Princess Phooey - TADA! Youth Theater
Through August 01, 2015 - NoMad

Before Elsa and Anna and Sofia the 1st there was Princess Ermangarde! The talented kids at TADA! present a musical fairy tale about a rebellious princess, a gaggle of kooky chambermaids and stable boys, and of course a handsome prince.

Breastfeeding support group - 92nd Street Y
Through August 03, 2015 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92Y Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement. Come when you can.

Beat the Heat: Drop-In Play - 92 St Y
Through August 03, 2015 - Upper East Side

Retreat to the cool of the AC for free play, art, snack and circle time. Space is limited. For ages 1-3.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hudson RiverFlicks: Big Hit Wedensdays - 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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through August 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

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

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.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through August 30, 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.

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).

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 30, 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.

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.

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.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through August 31, 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.

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.

CMOM'S New York Treasures Scavenger Hunt - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through August 31, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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