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This Weekend's Kids & Family Activities in Manhattan 9/19 - 9/22/18

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The choices for finding fun kids and family activities in New York City are never ending. Whether your family prefers concerts, museums, theater or gardening, check out this weekend's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Spy Week - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through September 22, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

A week-long celebration of America's Revolutionary War spies! Learn the secrets of America's first spy ring, hear stories of famed spies such as Benjamin Tallmadge and Nathan Hale, and discover the truth about some of the War's unsung heroes who were instrumental in the efforts of Revolutionary espionage. Check out the full schedule of specialized guided walking tours, spy-themed activities, and more.

Nathan Hale Commemoration - Fraunces Tavern Museum
September 21, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

Join the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. as they commemorate martyred spy Nathan Hale at the foot of the Nathan Hale statue which stands at City Hall Park. The ceremony features the SRNY Color Guard, wreath laying, and more. Nathan Hale was commissioned by George Washington to infiltrate the British ranks to gather intelligence. He was discovered on September 22, 1776, and hanged for treason, without trial, the next morning.

Autumn Leaves Storytime - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
September 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with a monthly storytime. Listen to stories about the changing seasons and hunt for flowers and leaves inside and outside of the museum. Afterward, make a leaf rubbing to take home. An optional brief tour of the period rooms will follow.

Square Dance - Bryant Park
September 21, 2018 - Midtown

Do-si-do and promenade at a dance party like no other, with a whole lot of country food, music, and fun. Dave Harvey of NYC Barn Dance is coming back to serve as the featured caller, backed by live boot-stomping bands. There will be a free bag check, so you can keep your hands free to swing your partner. But no partner or experience is necessary, and you'll learn the steps at the event. Get excited for countrified lawn activities (including cornhole and trick-roping lessons), plus beer and wine and tasty grub curated by Hester Street Fair for purchase. Festive country attire encouraged!

Movies Under the Stars: Toy Story - Courtney Callender Playground
September 21, 2018 - Harlem

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film. A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Design Kids - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
September 22, 2018 - Upper East Side

Educators at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum lead workshops geared toward children ages 5-12.

Morning at the Museum - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
September 22, 2018 - Upper East Side

Morning at the Museum is a Smithsonian program that provides access to a museum for individuals with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities by providing pre-visit materials, early entrance for registered families, gallery scavenger hunt, design activities, and a “Take a Break” space.

Pre-registration is required. To register, email or call 917.809.6732.

An Afternoon with Katherine Marsh - Symphony Space
September 22, 2018 - Upper West Side

Spend an afternoon with the acclaimed author of The Night Tourist; Jepp, Who Defied the Stars; and The Door by the Staircase for the release of her latest middle-grade novel. Nowhere Boy touches on the timely topic of refugees and immigration through the story of two boys whose worlds collide, changing everything they thought they knew about heroism, hope, and love. This event will include a conversation and writing activities with the author, games, a book signing, and more.

This event is limited to 30 children, and advance registration is required. A copy of the book will be mailed to participants in advance.

SUBMERGE NYC Marine Science Festival - Pier 84
September 22, 2018 - Midtown

Hudson River Park's SUBMERGE festival celebrates NYC's coastal waters while bringing marine science to life. Enjoy hands-on activities, kid-approved science entertainment, kayaking, fishing, and more.

Chinese Playtime in the Park - Washington Market Park
September 22, 2018 - Tribeca

Get ready to learn Chinese while dancing and singing.

16th Annual Autumn Moon Cultural Festival - Better Chinatown USA
September 22, 2018 - Chinatown

People from across the city gather in Chinatown to celebrate the Autumn Moon Cultural Festival each fall. Enjoy various stage performances, cultural arts & crafts, calligraphy, moon cake tastings, gifts booths, and more. The lantern parade will take place in Brooklyn in October.

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival - Museum of Chinese in America
September 22, 2018 - Chinatown

Explore the exciting customs and traditions behind this annual harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, moon-themed arts and crafts, a stellar story time, and more family fun. Space is limited and advanced purchases are highly recommended.

Museum Day Live! - Smithsonian Magazine
September 22, 2018 - New York

Get free admission for two to a city museum on Museum Day Live, hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Simply download tickets from and then check out the museum of your choosing from a list of participating venues across the country. Manhattan families can pick from Fraunces Tavern Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City Fire Museum, the Museum at FIT, and more.

Kite Flight for Peace - Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
September 22, 2018 - Roosevelt Island

In recognition of the United Nations General Assembly and International Peace Day, visitors are invited to design and fly kites selecting stripes, colors, and symbols that represent personal ideas about peace and freedom. Visitors of all ages will discover the fun of constructing and flying their very own kite, guaranteed to soar in the lightest of winds. Kite-making workshops are free and suitable for all ages.

A special kite-flying demonstration featuring kites of all shapes and sizes by American kiteflier and educator Archie Stewart will be held from 12-4pm. Archie will fly a variety of different sport kites with multiple control lines and will be available to assist and educate visitors on how to safely fly kites. Registration for kite-making workshops recommended. Kites will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sundays - Pier 1, Riverside Park South
Through September 23, 2018 - Upper West Side

Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories and sing-along encouragement on our comfy and danceable turf lawn by the big locomotive.

Family Sundays: Future Figures - The Rubin Museum
Through September 23, 2018 - Chelsea

Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, a family exhibition tour, and a thematic gallery search. The activity involves tucking your worries away in an envelope and sealing it with a blossoming, folded lotus to symbolize a fresh start.

Latinx Arts Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 23, 2018 - Upper West Side

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the museum with New Forms, New Figures: The Art of Belkis Ayón. Construct stamps from textures, patterns, and objects. Use your new stamps to create rubbings and prints of life-sized figures and forms inspired by the work of Cuban artist and printmaker Belkis Ayón.

The 92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro - Little Italy
Through September 23, 2018 - Little Italy

Celebrate Italian heritage in NYC at the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro. This 11-day festival takes place in the streets of historic Little Italy, home to so many immigrant families at the turn of the century. The celebration includes colorful parades, live musical performances, ethnic food, and even a cannoli-eating contest.

Topsy Turvy Thursdays - Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
Through September 27, 2018 - Sugar Hill

The intimate storytelling presentation features a solo performer with roots in the community delighting our 'little audience' with a participatory and lively program. Performers have included Laura Bowman, Flor Bromley, Daniel Carlton, Alison Cox, Kelley Kelley, and Carletta Joy Walker.

Discovery Walk for Families: Woodland Wonderland - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through September 29, 2018 - Central Park

Explore how this carefully planned woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Meer shoreline, and the treetops their home. Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses and complementary Discovery Journal.

Space is limited, registration required.

Storytelling in the Park - Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 29, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual Summer tradition, now in its 61st season. Gather at the famous statue for stories from a different story teller (or two, or more…). With folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine. For listings see website. .

MoMA Art Lab: Nature - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 30, 2018 - Midtown

Discover connections between art, design, and the natural world in an interactive space, Art Lab: Nature. Explore natural materials, find organic shapes and patterns, or design objects inspired by the sea and sky.

MoMA: Art in 3D - The Museum of Modern Art
Through September 30, 2018 - Midtown

Delve into dimensions during this month’s A Closer Look for Kids! Engage with 3-D objects through lively discussions and fun activities. Kids and adults participate.

Story Time and Craft - Strand Book Store
Through September 30, 2018 - Union Square

Participate in storytime and craft with a different favorite character each weekend, including Eeyore, The Gruffalo, Peppa Pig, Elmo, and Doc McStuffins.

Hudson River Nature Walk - Hudson River Park
Through September 30, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade.

Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Park Naturalists will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Art on the Farm - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through October 13, 2018 - Randall's Island

Use the farm for inspiration for creating seasonal projects like nature printing, watercolor painting, nature journals, and more.

The Venom Experience - Sony Square NYC
Through October 14, 2018 - Flatiron District

In honor of the upcoming release of Marvel Comic's Venom, Sony Square NYC showroom is hosting a Venom-themed exhibit open to the public. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to get a first-hand look behind the scenes, including original movie props and a chance to snap your pic on the Ducati Scrambler.

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through October 14, 2018 - Randall's Island

Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and chickens too. Also, join for fun farm art projects on Saturdays from 2-4pm. Each month, the farm also hosts a free, drop-in workshop on topics ranging from gardening skills to cooking to crafts.

Uni Project - FDR Four Freedoms Park
Through October 21, 2018 - Roosevelt Island

A fun-filled weekend with offerings like a pop-up reading room, story hour, and a curated collection of books and hands-on materials.

The Uni Project will visit the Park on: July 21-22, August 18-19, September 15-16, and October 20-21 

The Uni Project is a nonprofit that brings learning opportunities to public space in New York City. Using custom-designed installations, the Uni Project pop ups in parks, plazas, and other public spaces to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on activities that let New Yorkers embrace the act of learning. The Uni Project partners with community organizations and city agencies, and prioritizes underserved locations. The Uni Project is generously supported by NYC Council Members Ben Kallos & Mark Levine.

P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

Returning to The Met for the 11th consecutive year, the exhibition "P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids" features works of art in a variety of media created by public school students in New York City. "P.S. Art" highlights the talent and creativity of young artists and champions art making as a way to appreciate the cultures, life experiences, and traditions across the city. The 121 works in this year’s exhibition represent 123 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools throughout the five boroughs. The works were chosen from over 1,200 submissions, and the final decisions were made by a jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of The Met staff. "P.S. Art 2018: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids" is a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc.

Hester Street Fair 2018 - Hester Street Fair
Through October 27, 2018 - Lower East Side

In its seventh year, the Hester Street Fair is part food court, part flea market, with rotating vendors in more than 60 spots almost every warm-weather weekend. Peruse handmade goods, creative products, and artisanal food, or participate in one of many workshops taking place. Weekly themes include Ice Cream Social, Tech, Vintage, and Harvest.

Winged Jewels of the Forest: Images of Birds in the Surrounding Hudson Valley - New York Hall of Science
Through October 28, 2018 - Corona

This exhibition features photographs of birds from Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, N.Y., 30 miles north of New York City. The Preserve provides habitat for thousands of birds and this exhibition highlights the diversity of the birds found there.

Stargazing - The High Line
Through October 30, 2018 - Chelsea

Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights.

Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through October 31, 2018 - New York Harbor

Beginning May 1, New Yorkers are invited to enjoy the Island’s open and expansive park spaces with unforgettable views of New York Harbor, car-free recreation and a robust calendar of free public programming just a short ferry ride away from Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.  Ferries will be free for all visitors during the first week of the season, from May 1-6.

Neighborhood Movie Nights - St. Paul's Chapel
Through November 09, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

Whether you’re a sports fan or just enjoy a good movie, you're invited to cheer along groundbreaking and underdog athletes at St. Paul’s Chapel neighborhood movie nights. Spring movies feature groundbreaking athletes and May 11 will screen Cool Runnings (PG), starring John Candy, Leon, and Doug E. Doug. Admission and snacks are free. Films are suitable for general audiences.

FunikiJam's 'Baby Likes To Rock!' - Actors Temple Theatre
Through November 12, 2018 - Midtown

This globe-spanning musical adventure is the latest addition to the ongoing series of Jam-Magical Family Musicals playing at the historic Actors Temple Theatre. When the United Nations asks Captain Jam to create a brand new Kids TV Show to promote global community, he invites the coolest, hippest, grooviest Agents of Jam from around the world to join him at the World Music Fair where they explore Mexico, Africa, Germany, Ireland, Arabia, and more. It’s a unique experience that will captivate little ones with original tunes and high energy dancing that feels like a favorite Saturday morning cartoon come to life. There is even a special area for kids to dance and play along with instruments and special props.

Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages
Through November 18, 2018 - Midtown

Allow yourself to be washed away in a bubble tide or perhaps even find yourself inside a giant bubble. Experience mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces that will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. 

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep, Tato Laviera Theatre
Through November 24, 2018 - Harlem

The classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" is being performed by a multi-racial cast with a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.

Story Pirates - Arthur Seleen Theatre at The Drama Book Shop
Through December 15, 2018 - Midtown

Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals. Whether it's following the adventures of a superhero baby, or reminiscing about disposable rain ponchos at a baseball game, the songs and stories explode with the creative energy that only a child could possess.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place
Through December 15, 2018 - Battery Park City

Stop by Hudson Eats on Saturday mornings this fall for weekly family-friendly performances?. The fun includes interactive singalongs with Yellow Sneaker Puppets, magic demonstrations by Gary the Great, children's book readings and crafts, and more.


'Frankenstein' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 17, 2018 - Midtown

A two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is in its bicentennial year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end human mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, Victor grants none to his creation.

Showtime Saturdays - Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
Through December 29, 2018 - Sugar Hill

Move your body, make music, and be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor, and in-house talent Alexander Elisa. 

The intimate storytelling presentation features a solo performer with roots in the community delighting the audience with a participatory and lively program. Performers have included Laura Bowman, Flor Bromley, Daniel Carlton, Alison Cox, Kelley Kelley, and Carletta Joy Walker.

Ripley's Relic - Ripley's Believe It Or Not Times Square
Through December 31, 2018 - Midtown

This 15-minute interactive experience will transform visitors into explorers, working together to unlock a series of puzzles and decipher a strange assortment of scientific symbols. Featuring the latest in high-tech components and top-tier movie-quality set design along with a guide to assist explorers on their quest, Ripley’s Relic will challenge adventurers to crack the code and unlock its powers in the heart of Times Square.

Disney's 'Frozen: The Broadway Musical' - St. James Theatre
Through March 10, 2019 - Midtown

The spectacular Disney film that captivated audiences around the world has finally made it to Broadway! Following the success of the 2013 animated movie, Frozen the Musical expands on the story of two sisters, giving more time to the characters we’ve come to love. With a book by Jennifer Lee, and music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the show has kept many members of the creative team from the film, ensuring everything on stage is faithful to the original story. Instead of being a direct copy of the film, what Frozen the Musical does is transform these animated characters into something real and tangible. It really takes the time to dig deep into the characters’ motivations, allowing their relationships to develop further.

Studio Art Sessions - The Jewish Museum
Through May 12, 2019 - Upper East Side

Families explore new themes each week in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.

Monthly Youth Stamp Club - Collectors Club of New York
Through May 18, 2019 - Murray Hill

Stamp collecting is a hobby that provides fun while offering learning opportunities about almost every imaginable topic. No previous knowledge or experience with stamps is necessary; beginners are welcome.

'Flight of the Butterflies 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2019 - Corona

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies in 3D.