Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on June 20

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

Native Sounds Downtown! Featuring Inkarayku - National Museum of the American Indian
June 20, 2019 - New York

MoMath’s Solstice Sundial - Flatiron Plaza
June 20, 2019 - New York

Story Time (drop-in) - Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
June 20, 2019 - New York

Guinness World Record Attempt — World's Longest Feather Boa - Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Times Square and Madame Tussauds New York
June 20, 2019 - New York

Family Midsummer Celebration - Scandinavia House
June 20, 2019 - Murray Hill

Celebrate the longest day of the year Scandinavian style! Fashion flower wreathes, learn traditional midsummer songs, and decorate the maypole. All ages are welcome!

Advance registration for the craft activities is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-midsummer-celebration-tickets-59797672448

Flatiron Summer Solstice Celebration - Flatiron Public Plaza
June 20, 2019 - Manhattan

Rooftop-a-Palooza With Joanie Leeds - JCC Manhattan
June 20, 2019 - Upper West Side

Join us on the Meyerson Family Roof Terrace as we sing and dance with everyone's favorite, Joanie Leeds! Share a relaxing and entertaining summer afternoon as a community with music and fun.

Thu, Jun 20, 4:30-5:30 pm, $15/$18 per person in advance; $20 day of concert; children under 12 months free

 

Summer in the Square: Hot Peas 'N Butter - Union Square Park
June 20, 2019 - Union Square

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 nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register. Registration opens on Wednesday, May 29.

NYC Dance Week - Various Dance Studios
Through June 22, 2019 - Midtown

Dance enthusiasts are invited to participate in 10 days of free dance, fitness, and wellness classes at noted studios in the boroughs of New York City. 

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 CityParksFoundation.org/play. 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 www.CityParksFoundation.org. You can contact [email protected] 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 rockefellercenter.com 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.

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!

Schedule:

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. 

ANIMALS WITH ART FARM

[Every Thu, 9:00 am in the Children's Pavilion]

Art Farm in the City brings an array of animal friends, including guinea pigs, bunnies, and turtles, for kids to make observations, ask questions, and touch some amazing little creatures.  

YOGA STORYTIME

[Ever Thu, 10:30 AM on George Washington Lawn]

Children of all ages and their caregivers are encouraged to come “play” yoga with Karma Kids Yoga and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way.
 

CHESS AT THREE

[Every Thu - 11:00 AM on South Plaza]

Kids of all experience levels and ages can learn to play and love chess through storytelling with Chess at Three. They can engage with the creative stories that bring the game to life and explain why the pieces move the way they do.

BUBBLE GARDEN

[Every Thu - 12:30 PM on South Plaza]

There's a different kind of garden coming to Union Square Park this summer! Kids can make magical bubbles that are sure to put a smile on their face with the Gazillion Bubble Show's Bubble Garden.
 

STORY TIME

[Every Thu - 2:30 PM in Children's Pavilion]

 

Join the 14th Street Y and PJ Library for an interactive story time every week. Whether accompanied by puppets, singers, or more fun interactions, learn something new every week with the incredible educators.
 

POPFIT KIDS

[Every Thu - 3 PM on South Plaza]

Kids engage with PopFit Kids in fun-plus-fitness with these high-energy circuit activities, agility drills, partner games, dynamic movements, and more while learning the benefit of the Fit Five: Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Endurance, and Balance. 

SOCCER SHOTS

[Every Thu - 4 PM on North Plaza]

Get ready for an active summer! Kids ages 2-10 will learn how to play soccer through a series of drills with esteemed and excited coaches from Soccer Shots. Their curricula encourages growth with an emphasis on skill building and fun.

 

 

Splash 'n' Play - 92nd Street Y
Through August 08, 2019 - Upper East Side

Summer playgrounds can be hot and crowded, especially in the afternoon.

Join Parenting Center staff on the Nursery School Playground for an hour of summer fun, with water activities, spray bottles and much more. Register to guarantee admission, since spots are limited. You may also pay by credit card at the door, but we admit on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pricing: $20 for the first child; $15 for each additional child.

Throwback Thursday - Flatiron Plaza
Through August 08, 2019 - Flatiron

Join us on the Flatiron North Public Plaza all day from Thursday, June 20th - Thursday, August 8th for nostalgic games and fun. There will be games all day long including cornhole, giant Jenga, Connect 4, and classic board games. Come up and snap a picture under the Flatiron Building with one of Wonder Photo Shop's Instax cameras for an instant photo to take home.

On select Thursdays from noon to 2 pm, Wonder Photo ShopCenter for Book ArtsPLAYDAY, and The Home Depot will be hosting fun and educational kids' activities. 

In the evening, join us for performances from various groups across the Flatiron District including The People's Improv TheaterHill Country Barbecue Market/Hill Country LiveThe Jazz GalleryTADA! Youth Theater & North Coast. Stay a while and enjoy the talent this neighborhood has to offer. And on select Thursdays, cool down with a refreshing treat from Eataly or Shake Shack. Summer Scoops means free gelato or frozen custard out on the plaza.

Full schedule below:

Thursday, June 20 - Games, Wonder Photo ShopHill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Market and Eataly Summer Scoops 

Thursday, June 27 - Games, The Home Depot and The People's Improv Theater

Thursday, July 4 - No events, Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, July 11 - Games, The Home DepotThe Jazz Gallery and Shake Shack Summer Scoops

Thursday, July 18 - Games, PLAYDAY and TADA! Youth Theater

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Thursday, July 25 - Games, The Home DepotThe People's Improv Theater and Shake Shack Summer Scoops

Thursday, August 1 - Games, The Center for Book Arts, and North Coast as seen at the PIT

Thursday, August 8 - Games, The Home DepotNorth Coast as seen at the PIT and Eataly Summer Scoops

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. 

3D Doodling! - Tompkins Square Library
Through August 26, 2019 - East Village

3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Come and join us as we create physical structures from 3Doodler pens! 

Summer Dates: 

June 3rd / 4PM 

June 17th / 4PM

July 1st / 4PM 

July 15th / 4PM 

July 29th / 4PM 

August 12th / 4PM 

August 26th / 4PM 

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All supplies will be provided. 

SPACE IS LIMITED. 

Ages:  8  and up

 

 

 

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.

Kids Music or Family Sign Language - Inwood Hill Park
Through August 30, 2019 - Inwood

Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents, educators, and/or children close to your child’s age. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child!

Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your child discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy.

Baby Fingers programs incorporate the research supporting the benefits of sign language at all ages and stages, for children with and without special needs.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival - Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through September 01, 2019 - Central Park

The Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent to Central Park! Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views.

June 16, 2019 
Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet Company 
World Music & Dance

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June 23, 2019 
Son Del Monte 
Charanga/ Conjunto sound y Algo Mas

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June 30, 2019 
The Ray Blue Ensemble 
Jazz & Blues

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July 7, 2019 
Jones Family Gospel Ensemble 
Gospel

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July 14, 2019 
Uptown Dance Academy 
Harlem Dance Company and Youth

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July 21, 2019 
Litvakus featuring Zisl Slepovitch 
Klezmer/Yiddish

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July 28, 2019 
Takuya Kuroda 
Afro Jazz

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August 4, 2019 
Mandingo Ambassadors 
African

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August 11, 2019 
Kaisokah USA Moko Jumbie featuring Bloodline 
Afro-Caribbean Dance Theater

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August 18, 2019 
Despers USA Steel Orchestra 
Caribbean / Hip Hop

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August 25, 2019 
Lost Soul Found 
R&B/Funk/Soul

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September 1, 2019 
Johnny Rodriguez "Dream Team" 
New York Salsa

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:

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

Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are! 

Please bring your own yoga mat.

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

The Met Fifth Avenue - Children's Reading Room in Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education

Free; Museum admission not required for the library portion of this program.

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. For families with children ages 3–6. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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

City Parks Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2019 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 100 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival will showcase 200 renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to local neighborhood parks, presenting distinctly New York genres -- salsa, jazz, and hip-hop -- alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, contemporary dance, and much more.

Capital One is the festival’s new multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and its official bank and credit card. A presenting sponsor since 2015, Capital One has helped SummerStage bring more than 500 artists to 800,000 audience members in parks all around New York City. The Family Day concert will be held in Central Park on July 14 at 3:30pm. 

Photo by Mark Doyle

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 -

CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City. 

Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

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

In cooperation with Uni Project, join us for a fun-filled weekend with this family friendly event! Come sit outside, read, draw, enjoy the view, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials.

Story Time will take place at 12:30pm and again at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Jennifer Minehardt from the Roosevelt Island Public Library will be onsite to read books, play, and give away free goodies!

Free; registration recommended.

The Pop-Up Library will visit the Park on:
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19; Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16; Saturday July 20 & Sunday, July 21; Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18; Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22; Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20.

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.

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