Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and making memories and traditions that will last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a list of Thanksgiving activities for kids in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens that the whol...

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The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

This year’s Bloomingdales “Out of This World” holiday campaign is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and will feature holiday windows, themed gift shops, in-store experiences, and a performance from John Legend, who will gift shop...

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Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Empire Outlets in Staten Island, when fully complete, will contain 340,000 square feet of shopping paradise that includes designer outlet stores, restaurants and cafes, and relaxation spaces–and it will be the city’s first outlet destination. Empir...

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Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

The Broadway League announced that kids will be able to see Broadway shows for free during a Kids’ Night on Broadway on February 25, 2020. The event is open to kids 18 and younger accompanied by a full-paying adult. Scoring a Kids’ Night on Broadwa...

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, home to holiday shops, an ice rink, a bar and food hall, and so much more winter fun for the whole family, opens at 12pm Thursday, Oct. 31 for the 2019/2020 season. This NYC holiday favorite is home to...

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One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence launched on Oct. 23 and will recognize and celebrate one extraordinary Manhattan public school teacher with a $100,000 prize–and $20,000 for his or her school. Four finalists will also receive $10,000 each and...

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Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans, the grocery store with a fan club, is slated to open on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn on Oct. 27. This location will be the first Wegmans in NYC, and what New York family doesn't love trying a new grocery store? The 74,000-square foot superm...

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Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

More than a dozen New York organizations committed to preserving the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, a Medicaid program that allows individuals with special needs receive care from family members, on the morning of October 23. Right ...

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NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

Right now 1.2 million New Yorkers are struggling with food insecurity, and this will continue through the holiday season, when people are supposed to be sharing the love through family and plentiful food. To combat this issue, City Harvest has laun...

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Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

The Zaha Hadid Building at 520 W. 28th St. in Chelsea unveiled Sandbox Playground, a “STEAM-focused innovation lab” for community kids to explore, on October 3. Kids who live in the building also have access to a residential makerspace that allows ...

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3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

Shortly after Hindi Kanarfogel passed away from complications of Crohn’s disease last year, her husband Dovid Kanarfogel and Leslie Gang teamed up to create Hindi’s Libraries and carry on Hindi’s book-loving, child-focused legacy. The nonprofit col...

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You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual Big Apple Awards are now open, says New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza–and you can nominate your kids’ favorite teachers and counselors through December 2. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognit...

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Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

At the new American Girl Doll Hospitals in New York City and Chicago, kids can bring their dolls in for checkups, dental care, surgery, repairs, and more. This interactive play experience is designed to broaden the scope of how kids can play with t...

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NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and THE CITY investigating learning differences, special education and other education challenges in city schools.

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Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

On October 31, Midtown East’s Halloween celebration for families returns for its fifth year, complete with trick-or-treating, face painting, a spooky photo booth, costume contests, and more. More than 90 local businesses are expected to participate...

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WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

HuffPost reports that WeGrow, WeWork’s private Manhattan school for kids ages 3-9 that opened in 2018, will close after this school year. WeWork has faced tumult recently in the aftermath of a failed IPO, an investor exodus, and a takeover announce...

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Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

There’s no Disney musical more important to today’s little ones than Frozen. The film’s much anticipated sequel Frozen II premieres on November 22, and Disney is teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue to host an Enchanted Forest Experience that will del...

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Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

The Bronx Zoo just announced its newest furry friends, a pack of three male dhole, a species of Asiatic wild dog. The fox-like, endangered animal will reside adjacent to the Himalayan Highlands at the zoo. The three dholes are siblings and were bor...

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The Academy of Thought and Industry Opens in East Village

The Academy of Thought and Industry Opens in East Village

The Academy of Thought and Industry opened in the East Village on Sept. 3. The school is operating as a middle school, serving sixth graders through eighth graders, with plans to open a high school program next year for seventh grade-10th grade, ac...

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The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

This year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza simplified the high school admissions process by eliminating the second round of applications students used to be responsible for each cycle. This year’s cycle wi...

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The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 12

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Opens Oct. 12

It's hard to believe that time of year is around the corner again! The world's most famous ice skating rink, The Rink at Rockefeller Center, opens for the 83rd winter season on Saturday, Oct. 12. The opening of the rink marks the beginning of winte...

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Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

This fall, Sylvan In-Home teamed up with Books of Wonder to donate 100 books to Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an organization that provides books to children in pediatric care. Sylvan’s in-home tutoring service purchased 100 books selecte...

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Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Build 20 New 'Imagine' High Schools in NYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced plans for the Imagine Schools NYC Challenge, a plan to use a public-private partnership to create 40 new city schools, on October 3. The challenge encompasses the ...

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Astor Place Theatre Unveils STEAM-Focused Blue Man Group Program for Kids

Astor Place Theatre Unveils STEAM-Focused Blue Man Group Program for Kids

The Blue Man Group put on its first performance for kids at Astor Place Theatre on October 4. These performances will be available on an ongoing basis for school groups, scout troops, and any group of kids who express interest. The performances aim...

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Popular Board Game Cafe Opens on Upper East Side

Popular Board Game Cafe Opens on Upper East Side

Hex & Company opened a third board game cafe, and this time its on the Upper East Side. The popular hot spot opened on Sept. 9 and offers after-school programs in addition to coffee and food services. More than Manhattan’s largest board game cafe, ...

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PJ Library Now Providing One Free Book Per Jewish Child in the New York City Area

PJ Library Now Providing One Free Book Per Jewish Child in the New York City Area

Since May, PJ Library has expanded its reach to now offer free Jewish books to families in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester–and will provide one book per child, rather than one book per family. PJ has partnered with more local funders to...

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Steps on Broadway Diversifies Youth Pre-Professional Program

Steps on Broadway Diversifies Youth Pre-Professional Program

The youth program at Steps on Broadway dance studio on the Upper West Side expanded this month with the addition of contemporary and modern dance classes. The program, which was renamed Steps Youth Program this summer, offers programming to kids wh...

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The CAMP Store Is Now a ToyLab Workshop for the Holidays

The CAMP Store Is Now a ToyLab Workshop for the Holidays

The CAMP flagship experience in the Flatiron district provides families with rotating themed experiences that bring kids on adventures that disrupt the traditional idea of what it means to play. On September 14, the flagship transformed into Travel...

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New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

There is no shortage of holiday lights festivals–or just holiday lights–in New York City. You can visit a Christmas tree or menorah, take a bus tour of all the lights winking throughout the city, or simply walk down Fifth Avenue and be amazed by th...

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Thousands of NYC Kids Ditch School for Climate Strike September 20

Thousands of NYC Kids Ditch School for Climate Strike September 20

Thousands of New York City kids left school on Friday, September 20–excused by the DOE–and headed down to Foley Square, marching through the streets to advocate for action in the wake of destructive climate change as part of a global climate strike...

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The Central Park Conservancy Unveils Design for Restoration and Reunification of North End on Upper West Side

The Central Park Conservancy Unveils Design for Restoration and Reunification of North End on Upper West Side

The Central Park Conservatory unveiled its plan to reunify the northern part of the park with the Harlem Meer on September 18 at a media briefing at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. For years, the Lasker Pool (and seasonal ice rink) has stood ...

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The Sloomoo Slime Institute Opens in Soho on October 25

The Sloomoo Slime Institute Opens in Soho on October 25

Soho is full of interactive, sometimes-gooey, always-fun spaces for kids to play. After you check out the Museum of Ice Cream that’s opening this fall, take the kids over to the Sloomoo Institute at 475 Broadway for a day full of slime. The 8,000 s...

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Head to the Oculus for a Star Wars™ Virtual Reality Experience

Head to the Oculus for a Star Wars™ Virtual Reality Experience

Step onto the main floor of the Oculus with your family and you’ll find the VOID, a virtual reality pop-up now offering a Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire mission experience that adults and kids will all love. Labeled as “The most immersive virtual...

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The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

The NYC DOE Will Allow Students to Walk Out for Climate Strike on September 20

September is full of holidays students will be excused from school for–but a climate strike march is not usually one of them. However, the New York City Department of Education will be allowing students to leave school, as long as parents give cons...

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NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

NYC's School Bus Tracking System Doesn't Work as Planned–and Parents are Angry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced a Department of Education partnership with Via that would allow New York City parents to track school bus routes through “Via for Schools”, a GPS system and app, in August. All 9,000 buses were supposed to be...

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The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

The “3-K for All” Preschool Program Now Available in All 5 Boroughs

3-K for All, the nation’s “most ambitious effort to provide universal free, full-day, high-quality early childhood education for every three-year-old,” is now available borough-wide in Staten Island and available in all of the city’s five boroughs ...

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New Minecraft and Circuitry Summer Camp Teaches Kids about Electricity at Robofun

New Minecraft and Circuitry Summer Camp Teaches Kids about Electricity at Robofun

On June 17, Robofun launched Minecraft and Circuitry, a brand new summer camp program that allows kids to design electric circuits, light up buildings, and discover the various exciting properties of electricity using the popular software Minecraft...

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Pixinity Pop-Up Exhibit Will Run in Soho Until November 8

Pixinity Pop-Up Exhibit Will Run in Soho Until November 8

Pixinity, New York City’s newest interactive, digital art experience, opened on August 16 at Soho’s 1 York Street and will run until November 8. Tianyu Qiu, director of the World World exhibition, created “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” to transport guest...

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NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

NYC Parents Can Track Their Kids' School Bus Routes This Year

Every day, the New York City Department of Education transports 150,000 students on 9,000 bus routes to and from school. This school year, for the first time, parents can track all 9,000 bus routes on a mobile app and receive information on bus loc...

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The Museum of Ice Cream Flagship Is Coming to NYC This Fall

The Museum of Ice Cream Flagship Is Coming to NYC This Fall

Your family can be one of the first to visit the Museum of Ice Cream in NYC this fall if you join the early access waitlist that’s live now on the MOIC site! The flagship is coming to Soho soon and will span nearly 25,000 square feet, cover three f...

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Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

Announcing the 2019 Cover Kids Grand-Prize Winners!

It’s official: You, dear readers, have cute kids! We knew picking finalists wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, it wasn’t easy times 1,000—that’s how many children were entered. Well, 1,006 to be exact. Once our editors were done exclaiming, “I love ...

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The Empire State Building Has Debuted 9 Second-Floor Exhibits for Families

The Empire State Building Has Debuted 9 Second-Floor Exhibits for Families

On July 29, nine exhibit rooms opened to the public in the Empire State Building so families can experience the miraculous views of the city without having to wait on line to go up to the 86th floor. The exhibits are part of the $165 million Observ...

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CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

CareerReady NYC Program Offers City Students More Paths to Success

In July, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, and several other education officials announced the launch of CareerReady NYC, a program that will help New York City students prepare for the workplace beginning this school ye...

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The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

The NYC High School Application Process is Getting Simpler and More Transparent

For years, students applying to middle and high schools in New York City had to go through a second round of applications if they didn’t get into their preferred schools. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza have simp...

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Celebrate National Soft Serve Day with the New Carvel at Macy’s Herald Square

Celebrate National Soft Serve Day with the New Carvel at Macy’s Herald Square

There might not be a soft serve ice cream more iconic than Carvel! Celebrate National Soft Serve Day at the new Carvel Shoppe opening in Macy’s Herald Square on Monday, August 19. If you make a minimum $2 donation to the American Red Cross, you can...

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NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

NYC Public Libraries Have Added 17 Institutions to the Free Culture Pass Roster

If you have a library card, you now have access to 50 cultural organizations across New York City. In its first year, the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL), and Queens Public Library (QPL) Culture Pass initiative iss...

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Chelsea Chew 2019 Kicks Off This September with a Delicious Way to Support Local Restaurants

Chelsea Chew 2019 Kicks Off This September with a Delicious Way to Support Local Restaurants

If you and the kids are craving a way to give back and eat well this fall, you might want to check out Chelsea Chew. The initiative is headed by Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce (GVCCC) along with various Chelsea businesses and restaur...

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Kent Prep Now Offering SSAT and ISEE Prep in Small Group Sessions

Kent Prep Now Offering SSAT and ISEE Prep in Small Group Sessions

Well known for its one-on-one tutoring services, Kent Prep launched small group sessions to help students in both its Queens and Manhattan locations prepare for the Secondary School Admission Test and the Independent School Entrance Exam. Each grou...

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The International Academy of New York Moves Back to Carnegie Hill, Expands Pre-Nursery Program

The International Academy of New York Moves Back to Carnegie Hill, Expands Pre-Nursery Program

After a year of renovations, the International Academy of New York officially moved back to its permanent location in Carnegie Hill on July 1. Housed in a beautiful landmark designated building just a stone’s throw from Central Park, the Academy’s ...

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16-Year-Old Will Swim 28 Miles Around Manhattan to Raise Awareness of Children International

16-Year-Old Will Swim 28 Miles Around Manhattan to Raise Awareness of Children International

Around this time of the year, most 16-year-olds are just getting themselves ready for the upcoming school year. Angel More, however, is gearing up for what many would consider a feat on a whole new level—the 20 Bridges swim—and she’s not just doin...

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