Family Fun in Manhattan this August

Family Fun in Manhattan this August

Before back-to-school and basketball practice, take advantage of these four fun things to do with your family in NYC this month.

Summer is coming to a close but is still too much fun to be had in NYC this August. Before you get started on school supply shopping and plan out your carpool route, take a trip into Manhattan to enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your kids. You can visit a new spectacle about maintaining our oceans at OceanCube NYC, a futuristic, undersea popup in Soho. An older favorite, Belvedere Castle, reopened in June with a variety of upgrades and is a must-see in Central Park. Read on for the four events and venues we consider can't-miss in Manhattan this August.

The Last Few Days of Ocean Cube NYC

August is your last chance to explore the futuristic, undersea world that is Ocean Cube NYC. The immersive pop-up invites all ages into an oceanic, futuristic world complete with beautiful, bio-luminescent creatures. The exhibit aims to remind visitors of the beauty of our oceans through vibrant colors and light effects while teaching us how to maintain them.

Visit it: Through Aug. 18: daily, 10am-8pm. Ages: All. 60 Grand St., Soho; oceancubenyc.com.

Hester Street Fair Kids Day

The Hester Street Fair brings fun to the Lower East side all summer long. On Aug. 10, the fair will hold Hester Street Fair Kids Day to thank neighborhood kids and their families for supporting the fair and to celebrate a successful summer. Enjoy artisanal fashion, art, design, music, food vendors, and more at this unique and family-friendly festival that will connect you to all the culture the Lower East Side has to offer.

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Visit it: Saturday, Aug. 10, 11am-6pm. Ages: All. Free to attend; Hester and Essex streets; hesterstreetfair.com.

The New and Improved Belvedere Castle

Complete with structural and decorative upgrades along with the familiar features New Yorkers have grown to love, the Belvedere Castle in Central Park reopened in June. The historic landmark is atop the park’s second-highest point, offering views of the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, the Delacorte Theater, and more. Be sure to take The Belvedere: Beautiful View Tour when you visit to get the full experience.

Visit it: Middle of the park at 79th Street; 212-628-2345

National Museum of Mathematics

What better way to help prevent the summer slide than by incorporating math in your family’s summer fun? The National Museum of Mathematics highlights the role math plays in everyday life through the patterns and structures that surround us. Right around the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the museum will be holding Solar Eclipses: Math, Science, and Spectacle on Aug. 6 at 6:30pm.

Visit it: 11 E. 26th St., Nomad; momath.org