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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Manhattan-Aug 18

The options for finding fun family activities in New York City are limitless. Below we've compiled the best of today's events. Whether your family prefers music and museums or theater and libraries, check out today's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

FlyNY Kite Festival - Riverside Park South
August 18, 2019 - Upper West Side

Join NYC Parks and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the third annual FlyNY Kite Festival!

Featuring activities:

  • Kite flying demonstrations by the American Kiteflyers Association
  • Kite making workshops with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
  • Origami instruction
  • Live music

Bring your own handmade kite or store-bought kite to fly on the pier!

Light Painting - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through August 18, 2019 - Manhattan

Artist Rashad Alakbrov makes sculptures that hang from the ceiling and creates images with shadows and light on the walls behind them. Today in the studio we will use transparent film to make our own hanging sculptures, and watch what happens when light reflects off our sculptures. Join us in testing out this technique!

No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites - Jackie Robinson Park
August 18, 2019 - New York

Outdoor Movie Night - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through August 18, 2019 - New York

Watch a free movie under the stars at Randall's Island Park. Fun activities before the movie! Free popcorn while supplies last. August 11 features Crazy Rich Asians (PG-13) and August 18 features Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG).

The Perfect Fit, the Musical - LaTea Theater
Through August 23, 2019 - New York

Written by 12-year-old professional actor, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Turchin, directed by Broadway veteran Garth Kravits and choreography by Broadway's Anna Noble, THE PERFECT FIT tells the story of Alexandra, a driven child actor with a powerful voice, concerned that she is growing too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. After being cast in a musical, she is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. It is through heartbreak and defeat that Alexandra seeks to find her real perfect fit. A story of triumph and a celebration of individuality.

Rave Theater Festival: Sweet Lorraine - Teatro Latea
Through August 24, 2019 - New York

Sweet Lorraine is a dramatic interpretation of the final conversation had between best friends, Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin in Lorraine's New York City Hospital Room in January 1965. The play is set one week prior to Lorraine's passing from pancreatic cancer and explores the complex, dynamic and often heated relationship between these two prolific, creative giants and American Artists and Activists.

Harlem Week - Various Locations
Through August 24, 2019 -

Don't let the name fool you — Harlem Week lasts for a full month! This year's event includes a Youth STEAM Hackathon on August 1, a Children's Festival on August 17 and 18, and the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival from August 24 to  31. 

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HUDSON RIVER PARK'S OPEN FIELD LAB - Hudson River Park: Pier 84
Through August 24, 2019 - Hell's Kitchen

Explore HRPK Estuary Lab's current scientific research and monitoring efforts at these weekly participatory field labs. Take a closer look at plastic pollution in the River with microscopic exploration and learn more about our Park Over Plastic initiative. Assist in the ongoing biological survey of the Park's aquatic environment through oyster monitoring and collection of environmental DNA.

Topics will rotate from week to week, and will include microplastics, oyster restoration and environmental DNA. See dates below:

Oyster Restoration: July 7, July 28, August 18

Environmental DNA: July 14, August 4, August 25

Microplastics: July 21, August 11

ROVING RIVER - Hudson River Park - Pier 40 to Pier 25
Through August 25, 2019 - Greenwich Village

Keep an eye out for the Roving River tricycle – an exhibit of live Hudson River wildlife on wheels. Observe river animals up close and interact with smaller critters in a touch tank.

Check estuarylab.org for full schedule
Travels between Pier 40 at W. Houston St. & Pier 25 at N. Moore St.

Super Soccer Stars - Riverside Park
Through August 29, 2019 - Upper West Side

Children 5 years old and younger learn soccer skills with Super Soccer Stars in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment to build self-confidence and to develop teamwork.

Penchant for Paper: Original Collage Illustrations by Colleen Kong-Savage - St. Agnes NYPL
Through August 30, 2019 - New York

Rockefeller Center Offers Free Outdoor Family-Friendly Wellness and Dance Classes on Select Saturdays in August - Rockefeller Plaza
Through August 31, 2019 - Manhattan

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2019 - New York

Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You'll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. This hunt references the books to provide a bridge to many wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase required.

BARD IN THE PARK - Hudson River Park - Clinton Cove
Through September 13, 2019 -

Celebrate the solstice with free BARD IN THE PARK! Bringing Shakespeare to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night’s Song.