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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on September 15

September 15, 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, September 15, 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 September 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

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.

Rosh Hashanah - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Two workshops to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. make a mobile of colorful apple cut outs, taste honey and make art inspired by honeycomb. Check website for details. All ages.

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.

Theater for the New City Street Theatre Tour: TEACH IT RIGHT, OR, RIGHT TO TEACH - NYC playgrounds and parks
Through September 20, 2015 -

The Theater for the New City goes on a summer tour of parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs, taking a brand new production to the streets. The show tackles the issues facing the New York City education system, telling the story of a student and a teacher as they navigate numerous challenges and strike up an enduring friendship. This award-winning company uses trap doors, giant puppets, smoke machines, masks, original choreography and music. The music varies in style from Bossa Nova to Hip Hop to Musical Comedy to Gilbert & Sullivan. Great for kids and adults and coming to a park near you: Aug. 8: TNC, East 10th Street at First Avenue. Aug.15: Jackie Robinson Park, West 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue. Aug 22: Wise Towers at W. 90th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues Aug. 23: Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk. Sep. 13: Washington Square Park Sep. 19: Tompkins Square Park at East 7th Street and Avenue A Sep. 20 St. Marks Church, East 10th Street at Second Avenue.

Feast of San Gennaro - Little Italy
Through September 20, 2015 - Little Italy

An 11 day festival on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century. It attracts more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the event is known the world over for its festive atmosphere. It features religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition. The main event takes place on Sep. 19, the official Saint Day. A celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

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.

Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess - Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Through September 24, 2015 - Upper West Side

Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board, turning chess into a team sport. All levels welcome.

Summer on the Hudson: Bingo! - West Harlem Piers Park
Through September 25, 2015 - West Harlem

Free to enter bingo party for all ages. Bring your own food and drink.

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.

Bargemusic - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Through September 26, 2015 - DUMBO

Walk across the gang plank of a renovated coffee barge for a one hour, family friendly, concert.

Movement Invention Lab with Gallim Dance - Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3
Through September 26, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Dance and explore the connection between imagination and movement with the world-renowned Gallim Dance Company. This family-friendly class will lead you through exercises that stimulate your creative mind while improving mobility, flexibility, and stamina.

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. 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.

Rubin Museum Family Sundays! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through September 27, 2015 - Chelsea

Weekly drop-in art making program. During September’s Family Sundays, families will explore artworks in the Masterworks exhibition and learn how mountains have influenced them. they will then drop by the art studio to create their own mountain range. 3 and older.

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.

Frida's Flora and Fauna - NY Botanical Gardens
Through September 30, 2015 - Bronx

Visit the Adventure Garden to experience the inspiration that Frida Kahlo found in the natural world that can be seen in her artwork. Investigate plants and animals growing in New York City. Enjoy Frida's puppet theater, kitchen fun, and self-portrait activities.

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.

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.

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

Learn the fundamentals of soccer at this free class including passing, shooting, and footwork. Young children will have fun kicking and running. All equipment provided; closed-toe shoes required.

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

The Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place Winter Garden: Hudson Eats
Through November 21, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Every Saturday through the fall there will be fun, free shows for families at Hudson Eats in Brookfield Place. Highlights include puppet shows, story telling and live music. Sep. 12: Lesley and the Flying Foxes and Wonderspark Puppets. Sep. 19: Music and Yoga from Yo Re Mi. Sep. 26: Mister Marc and DJ Mikey Palms. Oct. 3: Rolie Polie Guacamole and Play Me A Story "Stone Soup". Oct. 10: Karen K and the Jitterbugs and puppeteer Nicola McEndowney. Oct. 17. Mister G and Gary the Great. Oct. 24: The Pop Ups and storyteller Anni Bluhm Robertson. Nov. 7: Vered and Rock n Roll Mother Goose. Nov. 14: JahPan and Seth Dale. Nov. 21: Mills Trills and Mario the Musician.

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.

Open Play Community Day - ATLAS Foundation for Autism
Through December 26, 2015 - Chelsea

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children (in multiple communities) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*. However despite these numbers, families living with autism find it more difficult to get out and about. Every other Saturday ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300 sq. ft. facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather & connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm. This event is free but donations of any amount are appreciated will help provide refreshments and materials for Open Play Community Days. Sep. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24. *Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2010.

Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 31, 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 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through December 31, 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.

Yak Packers - The Rubin Museum
Through December 31, 2015 - Chelsea

The Yak Packers look at, touch, and explore Himalayan art inspired by the Museum's collection. Classes include play, storytelling, trips to the galleries, and art making activities. Each week's class runs on the same schedule with rotating themes throughout the year. Some themes include: lines, patterns, colors, flowers, and shapes. For ages 2-4. Tickets for this class tend to sell out, to ensure your space we recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through January 03, 2016 - Midtown

Thrill your mini Katniss fans with a visit to this brand new exhibit, celebrating all things Hunger Games. Here they can explore the world of Panem and get up close to hundreds of movie costumes, props and detailed set recreations. Follow Katniss’ journey from District 12 to becoming the Mockingjay, see The Tribute Train, visit Cinna’s studio and see the Girl on Fire Dress, sit down for a TV interview with Caesar Flickerman and try your hands at stunt and knot skills.

Tummy Time- Birth to Crawling - JCC Manhattan
Through January 13, 2016 - Upper West Side

A class designed to make tummy time fun for you and your baby. It uses songs, nursery rhymes, and specific exercises designed to strengthen baby's muscles while providing mental stimulation. Help your baby reach important milestones in a playful and relaxed atmosphere. A perfect first movement class for your new baby. Drop-in but registration required.

If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home - Childrens Museum of the Arts
Through January 17, 2016 - Greenwich Village

This exhibition takes cartography and mapping as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work references maps and mapping. Maps help us glean spatial information about physical areas, but also have a history of capturing the imagination. The artists included take these ideas to the next level and recall those first fantastical cartographers, using maps to blend the transitional with the experimental. As a medium, maps provide these artists with the freedom to interpret the meaning of the world around them. Featured Artists: Matthew Cusick, Joyce Kozloff, Barbara Macfarlane, Loren Munk/Nikki Rosato, Nike Schro?eder, Susan Stockwell, Robert Walden. As always, the exhibition will be accompanied by a wide variety of hands-on art making workshops during the museum's general hours.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 30, 2016 - Upper West Side

The annual treat returns to the AMNH. One of the museum's most popular, annual events this exhibit features up to 500 live, iridescent, tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their lush, natural habitat. See them flutter around live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, thanks to controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

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