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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
Watson Adventures: The Wizard School at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through July 13, 2019 - Upper East Side
Follow in the Footsteps of Young Wizards…on a magical trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. On teams, you’ll collaborate to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor.
Both wizards and muggles (i.e., people who aren’t Potter experts) can play and enjoy this game. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures; instead, references to the books will provide a bridge to many surprising and spectacular works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, but all-adult teams will be allowed to compete separately. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
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
Citi Summer in the Square - Union Square Park
Through August 08, 2019 - Union Square
Enjoy fun, kid-friendly activities, music performances, fitness for kids, and more from morning to late afternoon on the South and North Plazas.
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.
Movie Nights - Bryant Park
Through August 12, 2019 - Midtown
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.
2019 PERFORMANCE LINE UP:
- June 3 & 6 - Bilingual Birdies
- June 10 & 13 - Mike Messer and the Afterschool Special
- June 17 & 20 - Drag Queen Story Hour
- June 24 & 27 - Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
- July 1 - Sweetbeatz
- July 8 & 11 - Ramblin Dan and the Free Wheelin’ Band
- July 15 & 18 - Mister G
- July 29 & August 1 - City Stomp
- August 5 & 8 - The Pop Ups
- August 12 & 15 - Suzi Shelton
- August 26 & August 29 - Children’s Museum of the Arts
- September 5 - Sweetbeatz
- September 16 & 19 - Story Time in HRPK Elisha Cooper reads River
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)
Kids Yoga with Sacred Sounds Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through September 19, 2019 - Greenwich Village
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 cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre
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.
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.
Pop Up Library - Four Freedoms Park
Through October 20, 2019 - Roosevelt Island
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
Travel to historic Governors Island for free hands-on art-making workshops and art-viewing experiences! On weekends from 11-5 PM, the open outdoor space of Free Arts Island Outpost beckons families to become inspired to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform relationships to art and the art-making process. The 2019 season runs from June 1—October 27, 2019.
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.
'THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES,' PRESENTED BY HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE AND YIP HARBURG FOUNDATION - Tato Laviera Theatre
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