Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on October 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, October 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 October 20. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

The Pout-Pout Fish - New Victory Theater
Through October 20, 2019 - Midtown

Oh my blub, it's THE POUT-POUT FISH! Put your fins together for this brand new musical based on the best-selling children's book series. After everyone's favorite frowny fishie tries to glimpse his reflection in Ms. Clam's mystical pearl, both Pout-Pout and the pearl are suddenly swept out to sea! Can our fish of little faith summon the self-confidence to shepherd the gem homeward through the Big, Big Dark? Be shore to find out! For, after all, not everything in the big blue sea is as blue as it seems.

Skating School Open House - Wollman Rink in Central Park
October 20, 2019 - New York City

This fall carry on the New York City family tradition of outdoor ice skating in Central Park! Don't miss Open House on Sunday, October 20th from 10am to 1pm. Free admission and introductory lessons for the whole family, just mention Open House!

La MaMa Kids: Tomte - La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Through October 20, 2019 - New York

Halloween Howl & Healthy Hound Fair - Carl Schurz Park
October 20, 2019 - Upper East Side

Not to be missed! The HOWL is the Conservancy's annual dog costume event. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges! 

Pumpkins & Potions with The Creative Kitchen - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through October 20, 2019 - Upper West Side

Pumpkins & Potions with The Creative Kitchen
The Creative Kitchen takes over the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a weekend of tricks, treating and tastings with cooking demonstrations, food-inspired storytimes, sing-alongs, and more!

Pumpkin Potions and Play-stations
The Creative Kitchen hosts Halloween and pumpkin-inspired storytimes, sing-alongs, art projects, and freaky fun food tasting stations. The Creative Kitchen hosts hands-on children cooking classes in schools, as well as large events including their annual Kids Food Festival.
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20 | 10:30 – 4:45 pm | All ages | Drop-in 

Hocus Pocus Hands-on Cooking with Chef Cricket Azima
Join the big cheese of The Creative Kitchen, Chef Cricket Azima, as she helps you discover creative ways to make simple, healthy and delicious dishes and snacks with pumpkins.
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20 | 2 & 3 pm | Ages 6 & older | Sign-up**

Trick, Treat & Taste Trail
Sample spooky snacks and diabolical desserts as you trick or treat your way through a variety of fun and healthy snacks.
Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20 | 10:00 – 4:45 pm | All ages | Drop-in 

Funding for this program provided by Morgan Stanley Foundation.

CMS Kids: Creative Creatures - Daniel And Joanna S. Rose Studio
October 20, 2019 - New York

Relaxed Performances in the Rose Studio, curated for ages 3-6. Please Note: All children must be ticketed in order to attend this event. Featuring host Rami Vamos and CMS Artists, each CMS Kids program is an inclusive concert experience adapted for neurodiverse audiences, including children with autism or other special needs. These performances are presented in a judgment-free environment, and are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement, and learning needs. An exploration of fascinating creatures - not anteaters, pelicans, and caribou, but visual artists, poets, and composers! Learn how these artists express their creativity through their craft, and how great composers can make music that paints a picture and flows like poetry.

Sukkah Decorating Party - 92nd Street Y
October 20, 2019 - Upper East Side

Learn about the joyous festival of Sukkot, as you help to bring the 92nd Street Y’s rooftop sukkah to life!

Create unique craft projects (geared towards all ages), sing, and celebrate with family and friends. Pizza lunch included! Led by Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa.

Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza - The Jewish Museum
October 20, 2019 - New York

Newlyweds Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza will perform Zanes' greatest hits along with folk and blues classics - music where sea shanties, English Music hall, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-n-roll, soul, North American, and West Indian folk music collide. Ages: 2 and older.

Thalia Kids’ Book Club: R.J. Palacio: White Bird - Symphony Space
October 20, 2019 - New York

The New York Times bestselling author of Wonder makes her graphic novel debut in October with White Bird, an unforgettable tale of kindness and courage. White Bird follows a young Jewish girl hidden in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, brought to life by Palacio's gorgeous illustrations. Symphony Space's Education Director, Madeline Cohen will discuss the new book with Ms. Palacio at this exclusive Manhattan event, appropriate for ages 8 to 12. Run Time:75 minutes

Lucy Sparrow's 'Delicatessen on 6th' - Rockefeller Center
Through October 20, 2019 - Midtown

Contemporary British artist Lucy Sparrow, known for her covetable felt art pieces and shops, will return to New York City with Lucy Sparrow's Delicatessen on 6th, an interactive public art project and retail experience at Rockefeller Center. Opening on the corner of 49th Street and 6th Avenue on October 1, this sixth installation in her felt shop series will resemble a New York City upscale deli, with every single one of the items, from cheese to fish, chocolate to fruit handmade out of felt. All items in the fine food shop will be available for purchase. Each of her installations has unveiled a site-specific, interactive, parallel universe, envisioned and then faithfully reproduced in felt. Lucy Sparrow's Delicatessen on 6th will pay homage to the gourmet treasure trove of temptation for which New York is famous: the upscale deli.

At Rockefeller Center, Lucy's on 6th will be a fine food emporium with every counter, from patisserie to confectionary, fancy French fromages to fresh fish and seafood, overflowing with a cornucopia of unique full-felted, hand-stitched, bejeweled artworks. New for this installation, the artwork is adorned with tiny eyes and smiles, encouraging the viewer to examine their relationship with the food they purchase and to consider their own thoughts about consumerism. This installation is part of the Art in Focus, a public art program at Rockefeller Center presented in partnership with the nonprofit Art Production Fund. For news and updates about Art in Focus follow @RockCenterNYC on Twitter and Instagram and Like Rockefeller Center on Facebook. Join the conversation by using #RockCenter

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.

Wonderland Children's Literary Festival - Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, New York University
Through October 20, 2019 - New York

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.

Renowned NYC musicians present a recital - Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
October 20, 2019 - New York

The Big One- Oh! - Linda Gross Theater
Through October 20, 2019 - New York

Family Concert: Dan + Claudia Zanes - The Jewish Museum
October 20, 2019 - New York

Various locations, see website for details - Tribeca Screening Room
Through October 25, 2019 - New York

Discovery Walks for Families: Turtle Pond - Belvedere Castle
Through October 26, 2019 - Uptown

Bring your family and discover Turtle Pond - home to five species of turtles who live here year-round. Learn why they love basking in the sun on flat logs or rocks, which makes the base of Vista Rock the perfect spot for their sunbathing activities. Explore the Pond's history and design, and hear about what it takes to maintain a healthy and beautiful waterbody through hands-on exploration and guided activities in your complementary Discovery Journal. Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways.

Meet: Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street)

Terrain: A few inclines, some stairs; may not be suitable for strollers.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Free. Space is limited, registration required.

Families with children ages 5+ only; no groups, please. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the Discovery Walk to allow time for check in. Please note Google Maps does not recognize this location. Map of start location

Halloween Murder Mystery - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 26, 2019 - New York

All new for 2019! In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, collect clues, and tackle challenges to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Appropriate for adults and families with children 10 and up. Reservations required. Tickets sell out every year.

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

Audition Prep for Performing Arts High Schools - LessonFace, Inc
Through October 26, 2019 - New York

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park
Through October 26, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt for kids and adults! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter's nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.

Night of 1,000 Jack O'Lanterns - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

The RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns invites you to Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, a truly unique jack o’lantern jaunt on Governors Island!

Upon arrival on the island, it’s a short walk to the jack o’lantern trail. Along the way, you’ll take in breathtaking nighttime views of the Manhattan skyline and then pass by the spooky Castle Williams, a former military fort and prison built in the early 1800’s. Once on trail, you’ll see our LED lit jack o’lanterns staged along a festive, paved, illuminated tree-lined pathway among the backdrop of centuries old buildings. It’s Halloween in the Harbor, like you’ve never seen it before!

THE REAL JACK O’LANTERN EXPERIENCE
Come experience over 1,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns all hand-carved by paid artists using REAL pumpkins! It’s the only event of its kind within New York City and accessible by the subway! Accept no imitations and get immersed in the real pumpkin experience!

INTRICATELY PAINTED & CARVED GIANTS **25% More!**
You know those intricately carved 100+ pound pumpkins we’re famous for? Expect 25% more on-trail this year! These ephemeral works of art are meticulously hand-painted and hand-carved by dozens of talented artists who put upwards of 20 hours of work into each pumpkin to make them perfect for your enjoyment!

LIGHT THE NIGHT **New!**
If you were at Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns in 2017, you may remember that we lit up a few trees. This year, we’re lighting the path in a whole new way! Step away from New York’s big buildings and come walk through a forest of light unlike anything else you’ve ever seen before!

3D SCULPTED PUMPKINS **More Added!**
We’re bringing in some of the top pumpkin sculptors in the country to carve a dozen of the most jaw-dropping externally-carved pumpkin sculptures you’ll ever see! You’ll find them along the trail submerged in a super-secret-solution so they’ll be preserved for the entire month of October!

THE CLASSICS, ELEVATED **New!**
 You’ll feel truly immersed in a corridor of jack o’lanterns that seem to RISE up out of the ground! And, yes, they’ll be close enough to touch, and please do! Just don’t scratch or poke them - any abrasions cause them to rot quicker and we need them to stay alive!

MUSIC REIMAGINED **New!**
We get quite a lot of compliments on the music you hear at The RISE each year. This year we’re taking the sounds of the RISE to a new level. Expect to hear more songs you’re familiar with but with a new Halloween twist to get you in the spirit of the season.

LIVE CARVING DEMONSTRATIONS
Want to see some of our carvers in action? Check out our live carving demonstrations. We’ll have a few of our top jack o’lantern artists carving live and answering your carving questions so you can take that knowledge home and make your doorstep jack o’lanterns the envy of the neighborhood!

FAMILY FRIENDLY, SAFE, FUN FOR VISITORS OF ALL AGES
Our jack o’lantern trails are well lit and well staffed to ensure that the experience is always safe and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. Come visit us and enjoy a unique, family-friendly experience that will last a lifetime!

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.

Puss in Boots - Galli Theater
Through October 27, 2019 - Tribeca

A miller’s son inherits a cat and soon comes to find out he has a true friend by his side. The Puss in Boots has a plan to turn the ordinary miller’s son into an extraordinary prince!

FunikiJam's BABY LIKES TO ROCK! family musical - Actors Temple Theatre
Through October 27, 2019 - Times Square

Throw your mittens around your kittens and get ready to rock around the world with the new off-Broadway musical, FunikiJam's Baby Likes to Rock! This globe-spanning musical adventure is the latest addition to the ongoing series of Jam-Magical Family Musicals playing at the historic Actors Temple Theatre.

When the United Nations asks Captain Jam to create a brand new kids' TV Show to promote global community, he invites the coolest, hippest, grooviest Agents of Jam from around the world to join him at the World Music Fair where they explore Mexico, Africa, Germany, Ireland, Arabia, and more. It's a unique experience that will captivate little ones with original tunes and high-energy dancing that feels like a favorite Saturday morning cartoon come to life.

WARNING: May cause dancing, laughing, and singing in a variety of different languages. SIDE EFFECTS may include relaxed parents, happy kids, and the chance to go onstage and jam along with your favorite Agents of Jam!

 

Creative Play - Japan Society
Through October 27, 2019 - Midtown

Play, sing, dance and create! Explore Japanese culture and customs with a master storyteller and artist in interactive classes with seasonal themes.
 

September 15: Autumn Moon Viewing (Tsukimi)
Hop right in to the classic story Tsuki no Usagi. Families will transform into rabbits (usagi) with a fun craft as we set our sights towards a collaboratively created night sky.
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October 27: Yokai (Creepy Creature) Masks
Children will meet some of Japan’s favorite spirits (yokai) like tengu and kappa, and create their own hybrid creature masks in the spirit of Halloween.
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Recommended for children ages 3-5 and accompanying adults. This event will be photographed. 

Tickets: $12/$8 members; children ages 2 or under free. Free for Cool Culture members. Space is limited: advance registration encouraged.

Family Workshops - Japan Society
Through October 27, 2019 - Midtown

FAMILY PROGRAM

Select Sundays, 2:30–4 PM 

Immerse yourself in the many aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through uniquely themed visual art and performance workshops led by teaching artists. Each month will explore a different topic. 

September 15: Japanese Four-Hole Bookbinding (Watoji)
How are books made? There are countless ways to bind a book and in this workshop participants will learn the Japanese four-hole method. Families will get to construct and decorate a beautifully bound project that can be used for any sketching, writing, or creating purposes!
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October 27: Kowai/Kawaii (Spooky/Cute) Clay Bento
Children will make kawaii Halloween-themed clay bento that can be enjoyed and played with again and again. Charaben is a style of elaborately arranged bento (Japanese boxed lunch) which features food decorated to look like people, characters, animals and plants.
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Programs developed specifically for kids ages 6-10 and accompanying adults. Siblings are welcome to attend but must have a ticket. This event will be photographed. 

Tickets: $15/$8 members; children ages 2 or under free. Free for Cool Culture members. Space is limited: advance registration encouraged.
 

CHALK (a silent comedy.) - The Kraine Theater
Through October 27, 2019 - New York

Diwali Delights - Rubin Museum of Art
Through October 27, 2019 - Flatiron

Drop-in Art-making Workshop

Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults

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.

 

October Family Sundays: Diwali Delights

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Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil as depicted in the Hindu epic Ramayana. 

NEW YORK VIRTUAL VOLCANO OBSERVATORY - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor

New York Virtual Volcano Observatory brings the experience of exploring a volcano to Governors Island. Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers and kid-friendly activities.

Hands-on Geology
Touch volcanic rock (lava from New Jersey!) and examine rock crystals under a microscope.

Sonic Experience
Listen to the sound of the volcano, through recordings of actual eruptions and the music it inspired.

Virtual Reality
Explore volcanoes from across the world and close to home through virtual reality interactions.

Stargazing - The High Line
Through October 29, 2019 - Meatpacking District

Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights.

Stargazing at the High Line takes place every Tuesday, beginning at dusk, between Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, October 29.

Wetherby-Pembridge School Open House - Wetherby-Pembridge School
Through October 30, 2019 - Upper East Side

Join us on Tuesday 8 October at 9am for an Open House and learn more about Wetherby-Pembridge. Meet Miss Kate Bailey, Head of School, and other members of the team to gain more information about the school's vision, ethos and curriculum. We look forward to meeting you!

GirlStories - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through November 01, 2019 - Manhattan

GirlStories is a free after school program for girls and non-binary artists ages 12-15 that empowers them to become makers and individuals, and encourages them to bring their unique perspectives into fields that are lacking a female voice.

In practice, students will explore various forms of art making to develop an artistic identity and personal voice to share their unique experiences. GirlStories will expose the participants to the work of other women artists in disciplines that include: filmmaking, performance art, writing, illustration, and sculpture. The program will include visits from guest artists and hands-on experience with techniques, processes, equipment and technologies used in making art.

Learn more about GirlStories and apply here!

 

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2019 - Bronx

The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus the Dinosaur Safari exhibit. Taking place weekends throughout October.

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

MathPlay - National Museum of Mathematics
Through November 14, 2019 - New York

MoMath is delighted to announce that preschool specialist Ms. Lisa will be hosting the new MathPlay program for children together with their caregivers. Recent studies have shown that a child's math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades. Math learning promotes working memory, improves attention, and increases other basic cognitive skills. MathPlay offers the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them. Engage your toddlers and preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math. Children will participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week. Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more - MathPlay is a great way to enrich your child's day with mathematical inspiration. Adult registration is not required, but a caregiver must be present during each session. Program registration includes free Museum admission. MathPlay runs on Thursdays, from September 12 through November 14. Sessions are 30 minutes long.

Alice in Wonderland the Musical - The Players Theatre
Through November 17, 2019 - New York

This Alice dazzles the eye and the ear. The New York Times Nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award Description: Tumble down the rabbit hole with the wonderfully, wild, wacky and whimsical cast of characters in the new musical and world premiere of Alice in Wonderland by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell. Frolic with Alice as she dances her way through Lewis Carroll's legendary tale. Meet the White rabbit - if you can catch him! Don't forget to bow to the Queen of Hearts or she'll chop off your head - oh my! 60 minutes of marvelous mayhem set to music played by a live percussion ensemble. It is sure to be a mad tea party and you're the guest of honor!

The Sound of Color Series: Musical Gallery Tour + Art Workshop - The Jewish Museum
Through November 20, 2019 - New York

Isadora Duncan Dance Classes for Children - McBurney YMCA
Through November 20, 2019 - New York

Isadora Duncan Dance Class - McBurney YMCA
Through November 20, 2019 - New York

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

SEE KEHINDE WILEY’S FIRST MONUMENTAL PUBLIC SCULPTURE RUMORS OF WAR IN TIMES SQUARE - Broadway Plaza
Through December 01, 2019 - New York

Inclusive Sundays for Children with a Physical Disability - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 01, 2019 - Manhattan

This weekly drop-off course encourages young people to collaborate and get creative in both Fine Arts and Media Arts. Students are given the space to be independent from their parents, and activities are adapted to accommodate the specific abilities of each child. Students will explore the practice of combining various distinct visual art media, such as paper, paint, textiles and sculpture, with new technology in our media lab such as animation, sound art, and photography. The class will also discover and discuss the work and techniques of notable mixed media artists. Students host exhibitions and visit other NYC cultural spaces on field trips.

CMA’s Inclusive Sunday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with physical disabilities and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are supported by Evaluators licensed in Occupational Therapy. This program is based on a class-like model in which the Teaching Artists and specialists work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants. At the heart of all of our inclusive programs is socialization, benefiting all participants.

Bring Ya Mamma Stand up Comedy Show - Village Lantern Comedy Club
Through December 01, 2019 - New York

Bring Ya Mamma - Hosted by super comic Eugene Barnes. This is a fun show featuring comics telling jokes and that's about it. Just a club comedy show experience for all ages. Comedian material is G to PG rated. The first Sunday of each month at 2pm at the Village Lantern Comedy Club in Greenwich Village. A new lineup of comics each month so come again!

Studio Sundays - Museum of Arts and Design
Through December 01, 2019 - Midtown

Stripes stART for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 07, 2019 - Manhattan

Led by our renowned stART Studio Teaching Artists, this engaging and fun bimonthly class encourages children to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with their siblings and caregivers.

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism. Registration required.

Petits potes - French Institute: Alliance Française
Through December 12, 2019 - Midtown

Lenfest Kids: H2O - Lenfest Center for the Arts
Through December 14, 2019 - New York

Stripes Media Lab for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 14, 2019 - Manhattan

This free monthly class uses art and technology to build peer-to-peer relationships and digital storytelling skills. Families will look closely at an artwork for inspiration for their collaborative film clips. Students will experiment with animation and sound techniques while exploring different art mediums. Registration required.

CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place
Through December 14, 2019 - Financial District

Sundays: Dig-Drop In - The Jewish Museum
Through December 15, 2019 - New York

Discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum's simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month through December 15th.

Kids 'N Comedy - Gotham Comedy Club
Through December 15, 2019 - Chelsea

Every month Kids ‘n Comedy presents a showcase of our best and brightest teenage stand-up grads at Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. We won’t ask you to wear a tie. In fact, we hate ties. Nobody wearing a tie is allowed in. Come see the funniest young comedians in New York, and even get the chance to tell a joke yourself, live on stage.

Also, if it’s your birthday, we’ll give you a shout out on stage, and do our best to make all of your friends really jealous. KIDS ‘N COMEDY is a great place to bring a birthday party (just make sure you give us 3 weeks notice.)

Appropriate for ages:
9yrs – really, really old.

$15 Cover + 1 item minimum per person
Lunch menu is available and served during the show.
All shows are on Sunday and start at 1pm

BeBox Kids Art - JCC Harlem
Through December 18, 2019 - New York

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 20, 2019 - Upper West Side

On Friday mornings during the school year, children 2–5 years of age are invited to join us for storytime. Visit each week to learn about a highlighted topic in natural science or culture. There is a period of free play followed by a story, song and visit to a related Museum hall.

Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated single-file line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:05 on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions take place at 10:10 and 11:00, most Friday mornings during the school year.

The line forms on the east side of the plaza and is indicated by a sign in the doorway. If the line gets long, please curve up the sidewalk towards Central Park West. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself. All visitors must also have general admission tickets to enter the building.

Shalom Sing-A-Long - Congregation Or Zarua
Through December 23, 2019 - New York

Start your little one's day the happy & healthy way with song, dance, stories, bubbles, puppets, instruments, & more! Parents, grandparents and caregivers join us as we learn simple Hebrew, Jewish values, and favorite tunes!

Toddler Storytime in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 24, 2019 - Upper East Side

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 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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.

Sundays: Studio Art Sessions - The Jewish Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - New York

Explore new themes every Sunday until December 29th in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.

Intrepid Adventures - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Hell's Kitchen

Intrepid Adventures are enrichment programs designed to provide children ages 5–12, their siblings and parents/caregivers an opportunity to have fun and learn together. Each Adventure is inspired by a Museum exhibition. Programs are one hour and free with Museum admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the hangar deck.

Space is limited. Register in advance.

'The Wizard of Oz': A Jazz Musical for All Ages - Harlem Rep/Tato Laviera Theatre
Through January 11, 2020 - Harlem

"The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages," with its timeless score and eternal allegories, is a magical experience for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. Based on MGM?s classic motion picture, the stage version mounted here follows John Kane's adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is based on the book by L. Frank Baum, with brilliant songs by lyricist E.Y. ("Yip") Harburg and composer Harold Arlen.

The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical For All Ages - Harlem Repertory Theater
Through January 11, 2020 - New York

Junior Keepers - Central Park Zoo
Through January 12, 2020 - Upper East Side

Roll up your sleeves and get messy! Jr. Keepers will get up close to animals and see what it takes to be a keeper at the Central Park Zoo. Each session focuses on a different animal and includes creating some early morning enrichment for them.
 

Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through February 02, 2020 - Upper West Side

BIG APPLE CIRCUS is thrilled to announce their 42nd season, celebrating the heartbeat, everyday delights, and spirit of New York City with astounding talent from around the world, led by Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero.

World-renowned for its intimate and artistic style, BIG APPLE CIRCUS is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats from performers with incredible real-life stories. The circus continues a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, highlighting the finest talent from around the globe for an equally diverse audience.

Featuring a magical set design touching every corner of the tent, Season 42 is ready to transport audience members upon entering, in addition to incorporating them into the theatrics of the pre-show experience. This year’s brand-new cast of performers were chosen as much for their astonishing talent as they were for their unique backstories and ability to define BIG APPLE as a circus of the 21st century. Led by the trailblazing, body-positive, Afro-Latina ringmaster Storm Marrero, the inspiring, super-hero acts - including multiple extraordinary New Yorkers - are:

  • A hand balancing duo of superhero level strength and agility Rafael Ferreira with partner Alan Pagnota in DUPLA MAO NA RODA in an unforgettable strongman routine highlighting the indomitable nature of the human spirit
  • The New York premiere of “America’s Got Talent” finalists SAVITSKY CATS, which consist of Svitlana, Marina, and Misha – and their ten adorable and wildly talented housecats

  • New York comedian AMY GORDON, who has travelled the world hilariously slaying audiences in 6 different languages

  • THE EXPLOSION DUO – the wildly fun act that defies gravity with an exacting precision most Broadway belters would kill for - finds Cuban natives Abel Driggs and Daniel Bridon Benitz swinging from a freestanding vertical pole with speed, grace, and a bit of Spidey-sense.

  • THE ALIEV TROUPE, composed of internationally acclaimed acrobats specializing in the spectacular art of aerial acrobatics and the Russian Barre

  • The TRICK RIDERS Caleb Carinci & Renny Spencer, and their horses – ready to take NYC commuting to new heights

  • The fastest feet north of FiDi, 79-year old comedic acrobat, NYU and Julliard Professor Hovey Burgess

  • More wired than the tour guides in Times Square, LOPEZ TROUPE on the hire wire

  • The DUO STRAP act featuring Maryna Tkachenko & Tetiana Yudina

  • Jayson Dominguez dominates his WHEEL OF DEATH

  • New Yorker and International Juggling Association Gold Medalist KYLE DRIGGS who invented umbrella juggling

  • And a mother/son directorial team – Cecil MacKinnon & Jack Marsh who directly reflect the circus’ core foundation of family, legacy, and creativity.

  • Circus of the Senses (December 5th and 6th) offers special enhanced inclusive experiences for audiences who are deaf, blind, low vision and more. The performances feature ASL interpretation, Live Audio description through infrared headsets, pre and post show tactile experiences and both braille and large print programs.

  • For one night only (December 5 at 5:30PM) there will be a completely empathetic and immersive experience where audiences will enjoy a 3-course dinner and the show – all while wearing a blindfold. The performance is full guided, audio described, and will provide the audience with the incredible perspectives afforded only to the blind.

  • Sensory-friendly Autism performances (October 26 and November 1st at 11 am ) feature lowered light and sound levels, a complete social story available for download with a descriptive picturebook showing the different areas and acts involved with the circus, a professionally staffed “calming center” and additional support that can be accessed at any point during the show.

  • As part of the Circus for All initiative, eighteen performances throughout the fifteen-week run will offer $10 tickets for every seat in the house to underserved schools and community groups. In addition to the tickets, BIG APPLE CIRCUS offers a complete study guide highlighting both CORE and STEAM curriculums for the students to learn about science, history, geography, and more first- hand as they experience the BIG APPLE CIRCUS.

Tales from the Shed - Founders’ Hall The Wetherby-Pembridge School
Through May 09, 2020 - Upper East Side

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

Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share at Highbridge Bike Park - Highbridge Park
Through September 10, 2022 - Washington Heights/Bronx

Dig, then ride with us on NYCMTB's monthly welcome days at Highbridge Park in Manhattan!

Bring your friends and family for a day of fun in the woods and learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America! There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All participants, NYCMTB members, or anyone with logged volunteer hours, receive a free 20-minute clinic and a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m. Bikes and helmets provided!

Highbridge Park is the home of NYC's first Mountain Biking Course. The 3-mile course offers trails of varying difficulty from intermediate to expert and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a dirt jump park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels. The course has been featured in national media and is stewarded by volunteers just like you!

Make this day your introduction to the park, or to the sport of off-road cycling. Interested volunteers are encouraged to participate regardless of age, ability or gender. There is something for everyone at Highbridge - It's NYC's bike park!

Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellant, and sturdy shoes or boots.