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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, June 10, 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 June 10. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

'The Ugly Duckling' - Galli Theater
Through June 10, 2018 - Midtown

A little duckling experiences itself as ugly. On his long journey to himself it meets many animals and finally realizes that it is not ugly at all, only different. In the end, the ugly duckling becomes a beautiful swan.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party - Madison Square Park
Through June 10, 2018 - Madison Square Park

The biggest food festival dedicated to all things BBQ returns to Madison Square Park. Founded in 2002 by Danny Meyer, Chef Kenny Callaghan, and Mark Maynard-Parisi, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party exists to bring America’s most destination-worthy barbecue to the heart of New York City. Featuring the best of U.S. pitmasters and chefs. As well as food there will be free music to enjoy. As well as chowing down you can feel good about the event's charitable mission, with proceeds benefitting the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Since inception, over $1 million has been donated to MSPC to support its beautiful gardens, amenities, and world-class art and civic programming.

Bach To Rock NY 2018 Battle of the Bands - City Winery
June 10, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Student bands from B2R Port Washington and B2R Mamaroneck go head-to-head in this year's Battle of the Bands. City Winery offers a full menu, so enjoy delicious food and beverages while you listen to the kids rock the house!

Ballet Tech Kids Dance - The Joyce Theater
Through June 10, 2018 - Chelsea

Eliot Feld's KIDS DANCE returns to the Joyce for two performances of works by Eliot Feld, including two premieres, and a repeat of last season's "It's the Effort That Counts," with choreography by Stephanie Terasaki, Conner Bormann, and Riley O'Flynn, all past or current graduates of Juilliard.

Pride Cultural Festival - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 10, 2018 - Greenwich Village

The museum will host special workshops and performances celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in recognition of Pride month. Ten-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles, “Desmond is Amazing,” will host this year’s festivities as CMA’s Pride Mayor.

Children’s Museum of the Arts aims to educate young New Yorkers about the diverse artistic community in which we live. Through a series of hands-on art workshops and educational programs, CMA’s Cultural Festivals explore artistic traditions from various communities in New York City in conjunction with the ways in which contemporary artists interpret their identities. CMA hopes young artists will find inspiration from the cultures presented, as well as, discover how their own family and cultural practices can inspire their own artwork and creative expressions of their self-identity. CMA's Cultural Festival is an opportunity to honor the many ways families come together in community. LGBTQ+ artists and culture have influenced the progress of art and society throughout history.

Rennie Harris: 'Funkedified' - The New Victory Theater
Through June 10, 2018 - Midtown

Watch as umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own, and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in a modern circus spectacle. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the globetrotting Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, animate airflow, goad gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe.

Family Afternoon - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 10, 2018 - Upper East Side

Come ready to look, imagine, and create! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun. This afternoon’s theme is Travel Through Time. Families with children of all ages and abilities are welcome. Materials are provided.

Learning Through Art Presents A Year With Children 2018 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 13, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Originally conceived as Learning to Read Through the Arts, the program was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. LTA has encouraged curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative investigation at the museum, in the classroom, and beyond, serving nearly 150,000 children. In the 2017-18 school year, thirteen teaching artists facilitated sixteen residencies in eleven New York City public schools, working closely with classroom teachers to develop projects that promote visual literacy while exploring and making connections with ideas and themes related to the school’s curriculum.

The participating schools are: in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights); in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights); in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 and PS 375/Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Rego Park), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere).

'Panda's Home' - New 42nd Street Studios
Through June 17, 2018 - Midtown

Watch as umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own, and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in a modern circus spectacle. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the globetrotting Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, animate airflow, goad gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe.

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room - The American Museum of Natural History
Through June 18, 2018 - Upper West Side

Swing by the museum on a Monday morning for an engaging story time with plenty of interactive learning. Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated single-file line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45am and 10:15am on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself.

Family Sundays: Spectacular Starscapes - The Rubin Museum
Through June 24, 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.

'Neverland: Peter Returns' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Through June 24, 2018 - Central Park

This Halloween adventure featuring favorite characters Hansel and Gretel dives into the children's lifelike dreams full of music and dancing with Central Park and the Belvedere Castle as the beautiful backdrop. This time, the brother and sister pair encounter lovable characters such as amazing mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires, and a fabulous witch.

Vital Theatre Company's 'Pinkalicious: The Musical' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through June 24, 2018 - Upper West Side

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.

Vital Theatre Company's 'The Wizard of Oz' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through June 24, 2018 - Upper West Side

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this zippy one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, starring your favorite Scarecrow and Tinman with, of course, those iconic sparkling red shoes. The little ones will definitely enjoy this speedy, charming rendition that features adorable munchkin puppets, a magical kingdom, and special songs like "Over the Rainbow."

'Cindy' - IRT Theater
Through June 24, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Cindy does not want to be a princess. She wants to be a pilot. Her best buddy, a friendly rat, understands her longing to fly, but the ghost of her dead mother and the charming fairytale prince have other plans to keep her grounded. In this kid-friendly modern re-imagining of Cinderella, Cindy struggles to define her own "happily ever after." A new play for kids and families by Amina Henry.

Sing for Hope Pianos - 28 Liberty Plaza
Through June 24, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

This year's 50 Sing For Hope Pianos will make their debut, accompanied by special guests on June 4 at 28 Liberty Plaza. After the pianos are unveiled, they will head out to the streets of NYC for their three-week stay in high traffic locations for anyone and everyone to play.

Little Guggs - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 27, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Originally conceived as Learning to Read Through the Arts, the program was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. LTA has encouraged curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative investigation at the museum, in the classroom, and beyond, serving nearly 150,000 children. In the 2017-18 school year, thirteen teaching artists facilitated sixteen residencies in eleven New York City public schools, working closely with classroom teachers to develop projects that promote visual literacy while exploring and making connections with ideas and themes related to the school’s curriculum.

The participating schools are: in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights); in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights); in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 and PS 375/Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Rego Park), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere).

MOCAKIDS Storytime - Museum of Chinese in America
Through June 28, 2018 - Chinatown

Come to the Museum of Chinese in America for stories, finger-plays, songs, and more in English and Mandarin. Interactive songs, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts will accompany this bilingual storytime. A lively 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration will enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary, both of which are important for a strong, growing reader. Appropriate for ages 3-6, but younger and older siblings are welcomed.

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live - Riverside Park South
Through June 28, 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.

Saturday Sketching - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 30, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Originally conceived as Learning to Read Through the Arts, the program was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. LTA has encouraged curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative investigation at the museum, in the classroom, and beyond, serving nearly 150,000 children. In the 2017-18 school year, thirteen teaching artists facilitated sixteen residencies in eleven New York City public schools, working closely with classroom teachers to develop projects that promote visual literacy while exploring and making connections with ideas and themes related to the school’s curriculum.

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The participating schools are: in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights); in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights); in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 and PS 375/Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Rego Park), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere).

'Show Up, Kids!' - The Kraine Theater
Through July 01, 2018 - East Village

The main attraction didn't show up, but the kids still want to see a comedy show! So, improvisor Peter Michael Marino is gonna make one up on the spot and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? From the creator of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy "Show Up" comes a fresh, fun, interactive twist on the traditional kids show.

Le Carrousel's Puppet Shows - Bryant Park's Le Carrousel
Through July 07, 2018 - Midtown

Presto! Change-o! Fantastic illusions, sleight of hand, levitation beyond belief…it’s fun for the whole family when the world’s best magicians perform fun-filled tricks for kids of all ages.

CIRCUS with The Muse Brooklyn, home of ABCirque - Broadway Plaza
Through July 25, 2018 - Times Square

This Brooklyn-based contemporary circus company brings their non-traditional circus shows to Times Square in the form of small-scale street performances that will delight audiences at the Crossroads of the World.     

 

Le Carrousel's Magique - Bryant Park's Le Carrousel
Through August 05, 2018 - Midtown

Presto! Change-o! Fantastic illusions, sleight of hand, levitation beyond belief…it’s fun for the whole family when the world’s best magicians perform fun-filled tricks for kids of all ages.

2018 Summer Movie Series - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through August 10, 2018 - Midtown

The Intrepid Summer Movie Series returns this summer with a selection of six feature films. People are invited to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets to the Intrepid Museum to view the films outdoors on a huge inflatable screen on the Flight Deck of the historic aircraft carrier. The movie series will open with the annual screening of Top Gun to kick off Memorial Day weekend. The lineup for the 2018 Intrepid Summer Movie Series is:

Friday, May 25: Top Gun
Friday, June 29: Wonder Woman (2017)
Friday, July 13: Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday, July 27: Dunkirk Friday
Friday, August 10: Ghostbusters (1984)
Friday, August 24 will feature a community choice pick between Blade Runner (1982), Airplane! (1980), Disney Pixar’s Planes (2013), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and The Breakfast Club (1985).

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Food and beverages are available for purchase onsite. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and beverages.

'Chalk' - Kraine Theater
Through August 11, 2018 - East Village

A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians, Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.

Molasses in January - Theater Center
Through August 31, 2018 - Midtown

"Molasses in January" is a charming historical fiction musical that is fun for the whole family, ages 8 and up. It tells of struggling Italian immigrants who are literally swept up in the Boston Molasses disaster of 1919. The play is similar to "Fiddler on the Roof" and performed in a traditional Broadway musical songbook style. 

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 01, 2018 - Upper West Side

Families with members on the autism spectrum can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the museum opens to the public.

Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Children ages 10–14 will take a trip through the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Access+Ability - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through September 03, 2018 - Upper East Side

This powerful new exhibit displays products, projects, and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive, and sensory—that expand their ability to lead independent lives and engage more fully in the world. The Access+Ability exhibition features more than 70 works, from adaptive clothing and eating implements that assist with daily routines to apps and “smart” technologies that aid in social interactions and navigating the environment. A variety of interactive elements will be installed throughout the exhibition to engage visitors, underscoring the importance of prioritizing users throughout the design process.

Camp Cookie Do - Chefs Club Counter
Through September 03, 2018 - SoHo

The next Chefs Club Counter pop-up partner in the annex space is edible cookie dough sensation D?!, who will be running a Camp Cookie D? themed shop all summer. This summer's camp themed pop-up will offer delicious takes on classic childhood camp desserts, fun summer-camp themed activities, and more. 

The soft serve ice cream flavors are in collaboration with Blue Marble Ice Cream. Guests can also purchase specialty t-shirts, candy, tattoos and camp notepads from the “Canteen”.

Camp Cookie D? is decorated to remind guests of their favorite camp memories with a canoe, swing, mural wall, and plenty of photo opportunities. Guests can lounge with their desserts on the outdoor Adirondack chairs and wood stumps located on Lafayette Street outside the shop. 

#TheSweatSessions - Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park
Through September 04, 2018 - Meatpacking District

Grab your fit friends and join the Meatpacking District for free fitness classes at this summer’s Sweat Sessions! The popular wellness series returns to New York City offering free workout classes nearly every Tuesday night. The al fresco series has been a local favorite over the past several years and consists of three 45-minute classes.

The Meatpacking Business Improvement District is proud to host the annual series again in partnership with The Wellth Collective to offer participants a robust wellness program throughout the summer. Each class is completely free and open to the public. Mats will be provided.

Hudson RiverKids - Pier 62 and Pier 25 - Hudson River Park
Through September 13, 2018 - Chelsea; Tribeca

This popular program of kids entertainment has been extended to run at both Pier 62 and Pier 25 this year. The performances feature the best of kids entertainment on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the summer (excluding some dates). May 22 and 25: Kid Ace June 1 and 5: Story Pirates June 12 and 15: Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band June 19 and 22: Alastair Moock June 26 and 29: City Stomp July 6: Mil's Trills July 10 and 13: Mike Messer July 17 and 20: Tim Kubart July 24 and 27: Rolie Polie Guacamole July 31 and August 3: Bilingual Birdies Band August 7 and 10: Suzi Shelton August 14 and 17: Penny Jones Puppets August 21 and 24:Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band August 28 and 31: Mister G Sep. 7: Mil's Trills Sep. 11 and 14: The Pop-Ups

Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze Sundays - Pier I in 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disney 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.