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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on June 11

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

DHL Brings Beethoven Exhibit to NYC! - Steinway & Sons
Through June 11, 2019 - New York

Museum Mile Festival - Fifth Avenue
June 11, 2019 - Upper East Side

Now celebrating its 41st year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm. Walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street while visiting some of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries, with live music and art-making workshops on Fifth Avenue at selected museums.

In the Cooper Hewitt galleries, explore Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial and Nature by Design: Selections from the Permanent Collection. In our Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, designers of all ages are invited to participate in widly popular hands-on activity Imagination Playground (pictured above).


Opening ceremony:
5:45 pm at El Museo del Barrio

Participating museums:
The Africa Center, Fifth Ave at 110th St
El Museo del Barrio, Fifth Ave at 104th St
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Ave at 103rd St
The Jewish Museum, Fifth Ave at 92nd St
Cooper Hewitt, 91st St at Fifth Ave
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Ave at 89th St
Neue Galerie New York, Fifth Ave at 86th St
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fifth Ave at 82nd St

Additional outdoor activities hosted by:
New York Academy of Medicine Library, Fifth Ave at 102nd St
Church of The Heavenly Rest, Fifth Ave at 90th St
Asia Society New York, Fifth Ave at 84th St


American Tap Dance Center Open House – Come Tap Dance with Us! - American Tap Dance Center
Through June 13, 2019 - West Village

Tap Classes for Kids (as young as 4 1/2), Teens, and Adults! Check out our studio space, meet our faculty and staff, and take a sample tap class! Saturday, June 1, 4:30-5:30pm Sunday, June 2, 10-11am Monday, June 10, 5-6pm Wednesday, June 12, 4-5pm Thursday, June 13, 5:15-6:15pm For more information visit RSVP ENCOURAGED: Please email or call us at (646) 230 9564 to reserve your space! American Tap Dance Center - 154 Christopher St #2B (Between Greenwich St and Washington St)

Cerebral Palsy Soccer - West End Secondary School
Through June 15, 2019 - Upper West Side

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Soccer training for kids with cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury who can walk and run independently. This is a great way to meet and play a team sport with your peers on a level playing field! CP Soccer is building a national soccer league for kids with cerebral palsy who are ambulatory and active. This special training program also paves the way for some players to feed into the US National Paralympic Team! We train every Sunday. Ages 8 to 18, girls and boys, and players of all levels welcome. Open to qualifying kids from all five boroughs. Contact us for details:

EPIC Players, New York’s Leading Neuro-Diverse Theatre Company, Presents Little Shop of Horrors June 5-16 at Sheen Center for Thought and Culture - The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
Through June 16, 2019 - NEW YORK

Neuro-Diverse Theatre Group, EPIC Players Presents Little Shop of Horrors - The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
Through June 16, 2019 - NoHo

'Rumpelstiltskin' - Galli Theater
Through June 16, 2019 - Tribeca

A miller’s daughter promises her first born child to a creature by the name of Rumpelstiltskin in return for a favor. Years later the miller’s daughter is now the Queen and the creature is holding her to her promise, unless she can guess his name.

Family Camping - Inwood Hill Park
Through June 22, 2019 - Inwood

Camp overnight in Inwood Hill Park, home to Manhattan's last remaining natural forest.

We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. 

Please note: Family Camping programs take place in all five boroughs, but space is limited and families are chosen by lottery. To enter your family in the lottery, visit Registration opens on Wednesday, May 29.

Track & Field - Thomas Jefferson Park
Through June 23, 2019 - Harlem

City Parks Foundation is kicking off its 2019 Spring sports programs for young people, which is offered in four boroughs. CityParks Track & Field, presented in partnership with New York Road Runners and supported by the Randall's Island Park Alliance, gives New York City kids, ages eight to 14, the chance to learn the basics of the sport. From hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw, this program runs from April 20 through June 8 in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, with sessions once per week. The Jesse Owens Track and Field program introduces novice runners to cross country distance running through runs from East Harlem to Randall's Island Park. This program runs from April 7 - June 23 in Manhattan, and is held once per week. Online registration is now open for all spring programs at Participants are encouraged to register online in advance, though walk-up participants may register on-site if space permits. For more information and a full list of City Parks Foundation's 2019 sports programs, please visit You can contact or call (718) 760-6999 for more information.

Summer Garden Concerts - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
Through June 25, 2019 - Midtown East

Enjoy music, our garden, the evening sky and our 200 year old house as you visit for one of our garden concerts.   

June 4, 6 pm.
Join us for an evening of the PACC Recorder consort who will perform music from the colonial period,  works which would have been performed at the Mount Vernon Hotel in its heyday!

June 18, 6 pm.
Award winning Cellist Christopher James and violinist Jon Block  perform classical solos and duets  from the Baroque to romantic periods.

June 25, 6pm.
Museum favorites Frank Hendricks and Bob Conroy of STOUT will perform and evening of tavern tunes, combining hearty vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.

Banksy Art Class - Playday
Through June 25, 2019 - Kips Bay

Join this stencil class inspired by the works of street artist Banksy. This drop-off class is designed for children ages 4 to 10. 

Lego Leisure Hour - Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library
Through June 26, 2019 - Manhattan

Good Stuff - Good Stuff
Through June 28, 2019 - New York City

Frieze at Rockefeller Center - Rockefeller Center
Through June 28, 2019 - Midtown

More than 20 sculptures will transform Rockefeller Center into a free public art park for the first-ever Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center. Curator Brett Littman, Director of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, selected and placed new and significant works by 14 international and local artists for the installation, all presented by world-leading galleries. Littman designed Frieze Sculpture to work in context with the art and architecture already at Rockefeller Center, creating a massive indoor-outdoor free gallery. The public art park gives visitors the opportunity to experience, enjoy, and interact with renowned artwork free of charge, without tickets or time constraints, with the option of learning more about the works from a free audio tour that accompanies guests as they make their way through all of the sculptures on display around the Center.

Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center will include works from Nick Cave, Aaron Curry, Jose D vila, Walter De Maria, Rochelle Goldberg, Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Joan Mir, Paulo Nazareth, Jaume Plensa, Pedro Reyes, Kiki Smith, Sarah Sze, and Hank Willis Thomas. In addition, throughout Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, up-and-coming restaurants and retailers will offer al fresco dining and dynamic visitor activations throughout the duration of the installation. For a map identifying where all the sculptures are located and for a full schedule of events, visit and follow Rockefeller Center on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

125th & FREEdom - Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

Family Sundays: Celebratory Cups - Rubin Museum of Art
Through June 30, 2019 - Flatiron

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2:00 PM family exhibition tour. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

June Family Sundays: Celebratory Cups

Let’s celebrate everyday victories! Join for a refreshing project inspired by the intricate drinking cups from 8th-century Tibet on view in the exhibition Faith and Empire. Explore how to repurpose household objects into your own drinking goblets filled with meaning, joy, and success.

Backyard Wilderness - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

Watson Adventures: Whodunit at the Met Family Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through July 06, 2019 - Upper East Side

In this mischievous mystery, kids and adults team up to search great works of art to expose a killer. The villain has created a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if you can solve it, you’ll reveal his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body.

You’ll get images of suspects, weapons, and possible crime scenes that are all on display in the museum. By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll get closer and closer to solving this deadly puzzle, helping the police—and earning bragging rights for your team.

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary: just bring your love of mystery and your teamwork skills. This hunt is for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six participants per team.

Le Carrousel Puppet Shows - Bryant Park Carousel
Through July 06, 2019 - Midtown

Puppets, puppets, and more puppets bring whimsy and fun to this line-up. WonderSpark Puppets perform Fox Fables, Goldilocks & The Three Bears, The Lion & The Mouse, Princess Petunia and the Dragon, to name but a few.

Lise Soskolne: The Work - Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College (CUNY)
Through July 12, 2019 - New York

35 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Paley Center for Media
Through July 14, 2019 - Midtown

The Paley Center for Media will take visitors on a journey through the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtleverse when it unveils the multimedia exhibit 35 Years of TMNT on Saturday, May 18, at its New York location. This exclusive exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will run until July 14. Upon entry to 35 Years of TMNT, visitors can enjoy a dynamic art piece showcasing the comic-book origins of our half-shell heroes, take a "shellfie" with a Turtles standee, enjoy screenings of Turtles animated episodes, and then sewer surf through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles from the very first comics to the current series, Nickelodeon's Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Watson Adventures: Grand Central Scramble Scavenger Hunt for Families - Grand Central Terminal
Through July 27, 2019 - Midtown

Kids and adults work together to learn the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and more.

Suitable for ages 7 and older. Each team must be accompanied by at least one adult.

The Forgotten East - Pop-Up Exhibit
Through July 28, 2019 - Chinatown

A new adventurous and interactive pop-up exhibit The Forgotten East will debut in NYC on May 4, 2019, on 310 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013, and end on July 28, 2019. Featuring four immersive rooms, this exhibit was inspired by the Silk Road, the mother road of ancient China. The artists rebuild this mystery adventure and combine with their own thoughts to produce this exhibition. In The Forgotten East, the artists use silk as the key element in each room, and all the installation are handmade by themselves, including a Chinese landscape painting, caves on the wall, and pieces of jewelry in the case, etc.

Art Force 5 - Governors Island
Through August 04, 2019 - New York Harbor

The Art Force 5 welcomes young and old superheroes-in-training to make their own superhero action figure and customized cape. A huge comic book exhibit depicting the history of comic books alongside equal rights will delight both comic novices and enthusiasts. Visitors will be invited to paint a tile that, when joining forces with hundreds of others, will make some beautiful public art celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. All free, all fun, and open to all ages.

STEM Kids NYC - Governors Island
Through August 04, 2019 - New York Harbor

Let off some STEAM with STEM Kids NYC! Through fun, engaging, student-centered sessions, engineers (this means YOU) from age 5 to 105 will learn the fun physics of making kites and flying them, harness changing states of matter to make polymers (street name: SLIME), code an app and more. STEM Kids NYC invites you to tap into your natural abilities for success in the wonderful world of STEM.

Le Carrousel Magique - Bryant Park Carousel
Through August 04, 2019 - Midtown

Voila! The world's best magicians perform fun-filled tricks for kids of all ages at Bryant Park's Le Carrousel!


June 9: Lee Barrett

June 16: Jeff Moche

June 23: Chris Capehart

June 30: Silly Billy

July 7: Loonie Louie

July 14: Silly Billy

July 21: Chris Capehart

July 28: Ben Nemzer

August 4: Ben Nemzer

Science Saturday at Pier 84 - Hudson River Park: Pier 84
Through August 10, 2019 - Hell's Kitchen

Dive into science with your family this summer for catch and release fishing, microscopic investigations, River-inspired crafts and more. 
Registration recommended here.

CHALK (a silent comedy.) - The Kraine Theater
Through August 10, 2019 - New York

Morgan Explorers: Family Drop-in Museum Experience - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 11, 2019 - Midtown

On the second Sunday of each month, families can enjoy a drop-in experience in J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.  Discover art activities, handle touch objects, and get your questions answered by a Morgan educator. Learn more about the myths and stories on the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and get up close and personal with medieval bookmaking materials!

Free with museum admission, no registration required.

Ocean Cube - 60 Grand St.
Through August 18, 2019 - Soho

Shuttle between land and sea by coral traffic tunnel. Use whales and jellyfish as "vehicles" to transfer to other rooms. And don't forget to do some shopping in the "pearls and bubbles" mall. Everything is bioluminescent as beautiful creatures emit the soft light. Ocean Cube is an immersive pop-up exhibit coming to NYC in June 2019 that offers participants a futuristic, undersea world. 

Family Yoga - Inwood Hill Park
Through August 30, 2019 - Inwood

Come together in a lighthearted environment for family yoga fun on Pats Lawn!

Age- and developmentally-appropriate yoga poses, animated breathing exercises, and soothing relaxation techniques awaken the inner-child of all age participants. Laughter and love fill each class and is sure to inspire the entire family.

Parents and kids of all ages are welcome.

Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing - Pier I, Riverside Park South
Through September 07, 2019 - Upper West Side

A summer evening in Manhattan is made complete when the Amateur Astronomers Association's expert stargazers help us peer heavenward to see stars and planets. 

South Street Seaport Museum: Sail New York Harbor Aboard the Pioneer - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 08, 2019 - Lower Manhattan

Sail the New York Harbor aboard the historic 1885 schooner, Pioneer. Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's historic ships and exhibitions on the day of your sail. Just bring the ticket to the Museum before or after your sail!

Check the website for sailing times, which vary widely!  Special three-hour faily ecology sails are offered every other Sunday through September 10th. ($45 for adults; $40 for kids).

Hudson RiverKids - Hudson River Park - Pier 25 and Pier 62
Through September 19, 2019 - Tribeca

Hudson RiverKids brings together hands-on learning and entertainment with a multitude of interactive programs and performances all made with kids especially in mind. Come join the fun – we take play seriously! Recommended for ages up to 6 years old.


Yoga in the Park - Randall's Island Park
Through September 19, 2019 - Randall's Island

Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat. Tuesdays, April 30 -Sept 17, 6:30-7:30pm, Sunken Meadow Picnic Area Thursdays, May 2-Sept 19, 6:30-7:30pm, East River Picnic Area (south of 103rd St. Footbridge) (no program July 4)

Storytime in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 20, 2019 - Upper East Side

Hudson River Nature Walk - Hudson River Park- Pier 45
Through September 22, 2019 - Greenwich Village

Location: Meet at the Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45
Approximately 1 hour
Distance: 1 1/2 miles to 2 miles

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer 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 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.

City Parks Foundation Presents 'Puss In Boots' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through September 22, 2019 - Upper West Side

City Parks Foundation presents the all-ages show Puss in Boots at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, March 19 - September 22, 2019. A classic story with a twist, Puss in Boots is the tale of two friends – Fergus Mundingle and his sly cat Puss – who are tired of their dull and penniless lifestyle. Looking for a change, Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend willing to help at any cost. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

SummerStage 2019 - Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield
Through September 24, 2019 - Central Park

Fairy and Folk Tales From Around The World! - Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 28, 2019 - Central Park

Since 1957, on Saturdays during the summer, New York City's children have clustered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue near Conservatory Water in Central Park to hear his and others' fairytales, folk stories, and stories, told by a dedicated group of professional storytellers. Children are asked to sit with parents or guardians. Storytellling is held rain or shine.

Parent and Me Yoga - Fort Tryon Park: Abby's Lawn
Through September 28, 2019 - Upper Manhattan

Join us for free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor. All children are welcome with a parent or caregiver. 

Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat.

Please note: The ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. In case of rain or wet ground, this event will be canceled.

Register on Eventbrite

Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze - Pier I, Riverside Park South
Through September 29, 2019 - Upper West Side

The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot - Various Locations
Through October 01, 2019 -

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Island Park
Through October 19, 2019 - Randall's Island

Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, rice paddies, and fragrant herbs, and meet the chickens, too! All ages welcome.

Art on the Farm - Randall's Island Park
Through October 20, 2019 - Randall's Island

Join for unique family art projects inspired by the farm.

Hester Street Fair - Hester Street
Through October 26, 2019 - Chinatown

The Hester Street Fair an outdoor community market located on the Lower East Side, specializing in handmade goods, creative products, and artisanal food.

HSF is a launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists. Hundreds of vendors rotate over 60 spots every Saturday and Sunday to create one of the most dynamic outdoor events in New York City. Located at the intersection of Hester and Essex Streets, the Fair is open from 11am to 6pm every Saturday and some Sundays through October of 2019.

Special days include: 

April 13        Opening Day (with Stretch Armstrong)
May 5          Baby Food Fest
May 11         Pet Day
June 1          Vintage Day (with Housing Works)
July 6           Independence Day BBQ
July 20         Ice Cream Social
August 10     Back to School Day
Sept 14        Vintage Day (with Housing Works)
Oct 26          Closing Day

Free Arts Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

Play N Go™ Friday - PS 87
Through November 29, 2019 - New York

Saturday Sketching - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 28, 2019 - Upper East Side

Feeling inspired? Art materials are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk for exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural shapes and spaces.

Open Studio - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through December 29, 2019 - Chelsea

Get creative in the Whitney's Hearst Artspace! Make your own art inspired by works on view in current exhibitions. Each week the museum offers a different project. Floor 3, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. For families with kids of all ages.

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Upper East Side

For families with children ages 3 and older. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at this drop-in studio art-making program.

Through January 11, 2020 - New York City

"The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages," presented by Harlem Repertory Theater (HRT) and Yip Harburg Foundation, has been extended through June 8, 2019 due to continuing and steady audience interest. As of this writing, upcoming performances are Saturdays at 3pm: December 15, 2018; January 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, June 8, 2019. The classic musical is being mounted with a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation. Director/choreographer is Keith Lee Grant, Artistic Director of Harlem Rep, who is in the midst of a four-year project of presenting classic musicals that have lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator - The American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2020 - Upper West Side

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