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Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in New York City

Fun Things To Do This Weekend with Kids in New York City

Plan your kids' best weekend yet in Manhattan!

There’s a lot to do this weekend with your family, whether you're planning a day trip that's close to New York City or are looking for the best things to do with kids in Manhattan this weekend. After all, weekends are the best because you get to spend time with your kids, so make the most of your time together and check out our picks for the best kid-friendly activities in Manhattan! From concerts and performances to museum exhibits, shows, crafts activities, seasonal events, and parades, you're sure to find something to do that keeps everyone happy and having fun. Look no further for ideas and plan your weekend in New York City with our guide that highlights the best family-friendly events happening in and around your neighborhood, including family fun in Central Park, the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, Harlem, Midtown, the Upper East Side, Greenwich Village, Battery Park, Bryant Park, Sugar Hill, Tribeca, the Bronx, and Lower Manhattan.

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FREE Early Literacy: Baby Storytime 
WHEN: March 8-22, March 8, 15, and 22 from 11:30am-12pm
WHERE: New York Public Library - 115th Street branch, 203 W. 115th St., Upper West Side 
AGES: 
WHAT: Enjoy books, songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies. 
WANT TO GO? 212-666-9393. nypl.org/locations/115th-street. 

'The Wizard of Oz'   
WHEN: March 9-23, 3pm
WHERE: Harlem Rep/Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St., Harlem 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This updated and progressive rendition features a racially diverse cast. 
WANT TO GO? $10 general admission; $20 premium seating. 212-868-4444. wizardofozjazzmusical.com. 

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
WHEN: March 19-23, Various
WHERE: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Upper West Side
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: More than 100 dancers from around the world will perform before judges.
WANT TO GO? Costs vary for different events. 212-864-5400. symphonyspace.org.

Identification Day
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 12-4pm
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Bring in your own specimens to be identified.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This year, the focus is on predatory species in honor of the new exhibition T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator.
WANT TO GO? $23; $18 seniors and students; $13 children ages 2-12. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.

Butterfly Yoga!
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2-3pm
WHERE: Karma Kids Yoga, 25 W. 23rd St., 3rd floor, Nomad
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Kids will learn about butterflies, make a set of wings, and explore yoga poses.
WANT TO GO? $40. 646-638-1444. karmakidsyoga.com.

Extend the Moment with Pinhole Cameras
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 11am-1pm
WHERE: The Morgan Library & Museum , 225 Madison Ave., Murray Hill
AGES: 5-17
WHAT: During this hands-on workshop, participants will create their own camera obscura.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 for members. 212-590-0356. themorgan.org.

FREE Many Voices: Songs from Around the World
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 3pm
WHERE: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave., Midtown
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Join Mr. Patrick and his puppet friends to celebrate songs from cultures throughout the world.
WANT TO GO? 212-621-0208. nypl.org.

Family Concert: Who is Miles Davis?
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 1pm and 3pm
WHERE: Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, 5th Floor, Columbus Circle
AGES: All
WHAT: This narrated concert will teach the audience all about Miles Davis.
WANT TO GO? $10 and up. 212-721-6500. jazz.org.

Just Kidding: Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 11am
WHERE: Symphony Space — Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre , 2537 Broadway, Upper West Side
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Hear songs with traditional African instruments and harmonies in English, Swahili, Lingala, and Kikongo.
WANT TO GO? $14 members; $17 nonmembers . 212-864-5400. symphonyspace.org.

The Magic School Bus: Lost In The Solar System
WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 11am
WHERE: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Tribeca
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space!
WANT TO GO? $30. 212-220-1460. tribecapac.org.

FREE Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans: Metropolitan Museum of Art
WHEN: Saturday March 23, 10:30am–12:30pm
WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side
AGES: 10 and older
WHAT: Young wizards can search for art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter series, such as serpents and Dumbledore look-alikes.
WANT TO GO? 877-946-4868. https://www.watsonadventures.com/location/new-york-city/metr.

Premiere of: Galli's 'Puss in Boots'
WHEN: March 16-24, Saturdays-Sundays, 2pm
WHERE: Galli Theater, 74 Warren St., Tribeca
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: A miller’s son inherits a cat named Puss in Boots who plans to turn him into an extraordinary prince!
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 children. 212-731-0668. gallitheaternyc.com.

Okwui Okpokwasili 'Adaku's Revolt' 
WHEN: March 14-24, Various Times 
WHERE: Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., Lower East Side 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: A young black girl revolts against imposed beauty standards and wears her hair naturally. 
WANT TO GO? $15-20 . 212-598-0400. tiltkidsfestival.org. 

Amore Opera Will Present English Version of Mozart’s Classic: 'Così Fan Tutte'
WHEN: March 15-24, Fridays and select Thursdays and Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2:30pm
WHERE: Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., Morningside Heights
AGES: All
WHAT: Adapted into English and abridged, this will be a perfect introduction to opera.
WANT TO GO? $45; $35 seniors/students/children younger than 12; $35-$25 partial view; $35-$45 wheelchair space. 347-948-4588. trcnyc.org/theatre.

Wendy Faraone’s Sitcom Workshops
WHEN: March 23-24, 10:30am-1:30pm, 2-5:30pm
WHERE: 520 8th Avenue, Midtown
AGES: 7-11 (earlier workshop), 11 and older
WHAT: Kids can learn the art of comedic on-camera acting with the help of Wendy Faraone, who has directed shows like “Raven’s Home” and “Coop and Cami Ask the World” for Disney and Nickelodeon.
WANT TO GO? 212-315-3010. aclassactny.com.

FREE NYC Craft Pop-up: Grand Bazaar NYC
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 10am–5:30pm
WHERE: 100 West 77th St, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate National Craft Month by viewing the designs of talented independent and emerging craft-makers and sampling artisanal food.
WANT TO GO? 212-239-3025. https://grandbazaarnyc.org/events/962/.

The 16th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 8am
WHERE: Randall's Island, 20 Randall’s Island Park, Randall's Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Raise public awareness and contribute to the fight against this disease.
WANT TO GO? $15-$45. 914-305-6674. coloncancerfoundation.org.

Broadway Playhouse: Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 11am
WHERE: Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W. 67th St., Upper West Side
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Your child may be picked to join the cast on stage to play games!
WANT TO GO? $20. 212-501-3330. kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Women of the Revolutionary War 
WHEN: March 2-30, 1pm 
WHERE: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St., Financial District 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Celebrate Women's History Month with this tour of women who played key roles in the Revolutionary War. 
WANT TO GO? $7; $4 seniors, students, and children; free for children younger than 5. 212-425-1778. frauncestavernmuseum.org. 

Open Play 
WHEN: Feb. 6- March 31, 10am-5pm
WHERE: City Treehouse, 129A W. 20th St., Chelsea 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: This two-story treehouse includes a secret star cave, special crawl spaces, and a see-through floor. 
WANT TO GO? $30; $20 children younger than 1. 212-255-2050. citytreehouse.com. 

Family Art Workshops: Color Mixing 
WHEN: March 2-31, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am and 2pm
WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Midtown 
AGES: 5-8 
WHAT: Discover what happens when colors mix together on their palette. 
WANT TO GO? $25; $18 seniors; $14 students; free for children ages 16 and younger. 212-708-9805. moma.org/family. 

FREE Family Sundays: Handmade Hues 
WHEN: March 3-31, Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea 
AGES: 3 and older 
WHAT: Construct handmade paper using the bright and vibrant hues of Holi. 
WANT TO GO? $19; $14 seniors; $14 students; $14 visitors with disabilities; free for children 12 and younger and members. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org. 

Sunday Story Time 
WHEN: March 3-31, select Sundays, 11:30am
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Hear stories and poems, sing songs, and make a craft. 
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 seniors/educators/active military; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org. 

Guillaume Pige & Theatre Re: 'The Nature of Forgetting'
WHEN: March 23-31, Saturdays, 2pm and 7pm; Sundays, 12pm and 5pm
WHERE: The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., Midtown
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Childhood moments collide with momentous adult milestones in tangled threads of memory for Tom, a father experiencing early onset dementia.
WANT TO GO? $17-42. 646-223-3010. tiltkidsfestival.org.

'Addy & Uno' 
WHEN: Nov. 18 - March 31, Sundays, 12pm
WHERE: Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., Midtown 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: This musical comedy with puppets tells the story of a boy with autism who competes in his school’s math competition. 
WANT TO GO? $40. 212-239-6200. addyanduno.com. 

'Johannes Dokchtor Faust'
WHEN: March 21- April 7, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., East Village
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: The staging incorporates age-old technical tricks of Czech puppetry.
WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors and students. 212-254-1109. theaterforthenewcity.net.

FREE Macy's Flower Show
WHEN: March 24- April 7, Various Times
WHERE: Macy's, 100-104 W. 35th St., Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Journey to Paradisios gives visitors a glimpse of the cosmos reimagined through flowers and garden landscapes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Special in-store events include floral, food, and fashion demonstrations, and celebrity appearances.
WANT TO GO? 212-695-4400. macys.com.

'Last Stop on Market Street'
WHEN: March 23- April 13, 10:30am
WHERE: Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St., Chelsea
AGES: All
WHAT: A musical joy ride about finding beauty in everyday city life based on the picture book of the same name.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 children. 866-811-4111. atlantictheater.org.

'Tales from the Shed' 
WHEN: March 2- April 13, 10:15am and 11:30am
WHERE: Wetherby-Pembridge School, 7 E. 96th St., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3-5 
WHAT: Enjoy interactive theater, puppetry, music, and theatrical magic. 
WANT TO GO? $15; $50 for 4. 614-270-9991. talesfromtheshed.brownpapertickets.com. 

'Beauty and the Beast'- The Musical
WHEN: Feb. 23- April 28, Saturday, 3pm; Sunday, 11am (March 19 and March 25 additional 2pm)
WHERE: The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., Greenwich Village
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: This adaptation is filled with musical numbers, dancing, endearing characters, and magic.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families are invited to participate in a pre-show arts workshop where they make a Beauty or Beast mask.
WANT TO GO? $32-$52. 866-811-4111. literallyalive.com.

Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis 
WHEN: Sept. 23- April 28, Daily, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: Kids can explore the story of germs in New York, complete with interactive art and historical artifacts. 
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for those 19 and younger. 347-441-9181. mcny.org. 

FREE Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977 
WHEN: March 13- May 9, Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm; Thursday: 11am-7pm. Opening Reception on Wed 3/13/19 5-7pm.
WHERE: Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College (CUNY), 135 E 22nd Street, New York 
AGES: All 
WHAT: The Mishkin Gallery presents "Pedagogy of the Streets: Porto 1977," an historic exhibition that revisits the creative and civic-minded projects conceived and implemented by artist Elvira Leite in Porto, Portugal in 1977. 
WANT TO GO? FREE. 646-660-6653. https://themishkingallery.org/. 

Second Sunday Family Tours 
WHEN: Jan. 13- May 12, 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Explore the museum with an interactive tour that includes hands-on gallery activities.  
WANT TO GO? $25 per family. 212-423-3500. guggenheim.org. 

'Pinkalicious' the Musical
WHEN: Through May 18: selected Saturdays, 11am
WHERE: St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., Midtown
AGES: All
WHAT: Pinkalicious The Musical is one-hour musical based on the best-selling children's book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.
WANT TO GO? $49.50. 212-239-6200. vitaltheatre.org.

FREE Monthly Youth Stamp Club 
WHEN: Sept. 15- May 18, select Saturdays, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Collectors Club of New York, 22 E. 35th St., Murray Hill 
AGES: 9-17 
WHAT: Stamp collecting is a hobby that provides learning opportunities about myriad topics. 
WANT TO GO? 212-683-0559. collectorsclub.org. 

'Angelina Ballerina' The Musical
WHEN: Through May 19: Select Saturdays and Sundays, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: Theater at Blessed Sacrament, 152 W. 71st St., Upper West Side
AGES: 2-7
WHAT: Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for?
WANT TO GO? $49.50. 212-579-0528. theateratblessedsacrament.com.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter
WHEN: Through May 27: daily, 10am-5:45pm
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity.
WANT TO GO? $28; $22.50 students and seniors; $16.50 children ages 2–12. 212-769-5800. amnh.org.

DreamWorks Trolls The Experience
WHEN: Through May 31: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-8pm
WHERE: 218 W. 57th St., Midtown
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: DreamWorks Trolls The Experience transports guests into the glittery world of DreamWorks Trolls through a visually-stunning, interactive journey to Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration. Guided by a rainbow path, visitors will sing, dance, hug, and celebrate alongside DreamWorks Trolls before meeting Poppy while creating unforgettable family memories and sharable social media moments.
WANT TO GO? $40. 800-844-3545. trollstheexperience.com.

'The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages  
WHEN: March 9- June 8, 3pm
WHERE: Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street , New York City 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "The Wizard of Oz: a Jazz Musical for All Ages," co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. 
WANT TO GO? $10 general admission; $20 premium seating. (212) 868-4444. http://wizardofozjazzmusical.com/. 

FREE Cerebral Palsy Soccer 
WHEN: Jan. 12- June 15, 1-3pm
WHERE: West End Secondary School, 277 W. 61st St., Upper West Side 
AGES: 5-17 
WHAT: Enjoy soccer training for kids with cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic brain injury who can walk and run independently. 
WANT TO GO? 347-328-3390. cpsoccer.us. 

Art Class - Banksy (book via GoBambino)  
WHEN: Feb. 12- June 25, 3pm-4pm
WHERE: Playday, 122 E. 25th Street, New York 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Join this stencil class inspired by the works of street artist Banksy in this drop-off class designed for children ages 4 to 10.  
WANT TO GO? $35. 646-410-5743. https://gobambino.com/activity/banksy-4-2553.html. 

Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady
WHEN: Through July 28: Check schedule for details
WHERE: Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: "My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
WANT TO GO? $87 and up. 212-875-5788. chambermusicsociety.org/.

Choco-Story NYC

WHEN: Through Oct. 16: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Jacques Torres Chocolate, 350 Hudson St., Hudson Square
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors will discover in the 5,000-square-foot museum the story of chocolate and its journey from tree to bar through a self-guided tour of original artifacts, eight premium tastings including original Mayan hot chocolate freshly ground by hand, and a bon-bon making demonstration, offering an educational–and delicious—experience for families, children, and chocolate lovers.
WANT TO GO? $10-$15. 917-261-4252. mrchocolate.com.

Play N Go™ Friday
WHEN: Through Nov. 29: Fridays, 6-8:30pm
WHERE: P.S. 87, 160 W. 78th St., Upper West Side
AGES: 8 and older
WHAT: League Play (drop in players permitted) (3) Rounds, Players are paired in "Quads" starting with the (4) highest USCF rated players based on their current rating and continuing down to new and unrated players. *Unrated players will be matched by age, eldest to youngest, and receive a USCF provisional rating immediately following the play. Once the matches are complete, players have a 5-minute grace period to begin their next game. Players leave upon the completion of their (3) scheduled matches. Participants will earn points, (2) per win, (1.5) per draw and (1) for each game played. The Top 20 Point Earners (beginners and advanced) qualify for the Ca$h Prize Challenge at the end of each season. **Same school students will be separated by request at check in whenever possible**
WANT TO GO? $36. chessnyc.com/fridays-play-go-events.

Sam Eaton's The Quantum Eye - Mentalism and Magic Show 
WHEN: Aug. 13- Dec. 26, 5pm
WHERE: Theatre 80, 80 Saint Marks Place, East Village 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: An exploration of mentalism and magic where ability and humor blend with audience participation. 
WANT TO GO? $49-$79. 347-294-0092. thequantumeye.com. 
  

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