Family-Friendly Amusement Parks, Play Spaces, Museums, & Planetariums in Manhattan

Family-Friendly Amusement Parks, Play Spaces, Museums, & Planetariums in Manhattan

UPDATED December 2019: Looking for something to do with the family in Manhattan can be overwhelming. If you need something everybody will agree on, something affordable, and something local, we’ve got the answer for you! These family-friendly busin...

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Enjoy a Fair or Festival in NYC in December

Enjoy a Fair or Festival in NYC in December

Whether you go for the whole day or just a few hours, any of these fairs or festivals in NYC will keep the whole family entertained.

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Where To Volunteer With Kids in NYC in December

Where To Volunteer With Kids in NYC in December

Showing your children how to give back to the community helps them grow into thoughtful adults. So clean out those closets for clothing drives or walk to raise awareness with these volunteer opportunities for families in NYC in December.

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Cooking Classes for Manhattan Children in December

Cooking Classes for Manhattan Children in December

Your aspiring little foodies can learn to cook at one of these cooking or baking classes for kids in Manhattan in December.

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Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in December

Activities for NYC Families with Children with Special Needs in December

We've gathered the best family-friendly events for children with special needs in New York City in December.

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Dance Performances for Kids in NYC in December

Dance Performances for Kids in NYC in December

Whether you want to see professionals perform or you want cheer on young dancers, we've gathered the best dance performances in NYC in December.

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Fitness Activities for Kids in NYC in December

Fitness Activities for Kids in NYC in December

These events are perfect for active kids who love to move and shake. Keep active in Manhattan this December, and find the best things to do with your family, with these sports and fitness activities and classes.

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Story Times and Book Events for Kids in NYC in December

Story Times and Book Events for Kids in NYC in December

Take your little readers to one, or all, of these story times for children in NYC this December, including story times across the borough and character visits at Strand Book Store in Union Square.

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Fun and Educational Things to Do in NYC in December

Fun and Educational Things to Do in NYC in December

Want your kids to learn something new while having a good time? Visit one of these fun and educational activities that are family-friendly in Manhattan in December for a fun learning experience for all!

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Kid-Friendly Theater Performances in NYC in December

Kid-Friendly Theater Performances in NYC in December

We've picked the best kid-friendly theater performances to entertain your theater-loving brood in Manhattan in December.

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Kid-Friendly Concerts in New York City in December

Kid-Friendly Concerts in New York City in December

We've gathered the best kid-friendly concerts to take your family to in December. Perfect for mini-musicians and music enthusiasts alike!

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Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids in New York City in December

Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids in New York City in December

New York City kids can get creative at these arts and crafts events for children in December. Let's get crafty!

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Things to Do Outside in NYC in December

Things to Do Outside in NYC in December

Celebrate the great outdoors with these hand-picked family-friendly events for nature-lovers in NYC in December.

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Film Screenings for Families in NYC in December

Film Screenings for Families in NYC in December

Do you have young film buffs on your hands? Here are the best kid-friendly film screenings in NYC in December for your movie-loving clan.

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Family Events in Manhattan for Animal Lovers in December

Family Events in Manhattan for Animal Lovers in December

Get your animal-loving clan out of the apartment this month! Here are the top family-friendly events in New York City in December at which you can see and learn about animals.

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Free Things to Do with Kids in NYC in December

Free Things to Do with Kids in NYC in December

Don't let the price tag of these family-friendly events in New York City fool you! Here are our picks for the best free things to do in December with kids that will be fun for the whole family.

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Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in December

Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in December

We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family in New York City in December. Family fun is all over Manhattan, across neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and beyond.

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Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City

It's finally the most wonderful time of the year and there's no better way to kick off the holiday season than to attend a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with your family. Take a break from your holiday shopping and posing your Elf on the Shelf f...

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New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium to Open at American Dream Spring 2020

New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium to Open at American Dream Spring 2020

SEA LIFE, the world’s largest network of aquariums, recently announced its newest location: East Rutherford, NJ—at American Dream to be exact. The 25,000-square-foot New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium has been dubbed City Under the Sea, in a nod to the b...

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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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Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in the New York Metro Area

Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in the New York Metro Area

Lend a little hand in your community, and make it a family affair! We've put together a guide to some places around the New York Metro Area that need your help, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Fairfield C...

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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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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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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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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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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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Family Fun in Manhattan this August

Family Fun in Manhattan this August

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. Y...

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Chelsea Unveils a New Park For The First Time in 40 Years

Chelsea Unveils a New Park For The First Time in 40 Years

After a decade of hard work, Chelsea Green is the first community park to be built in Chelsea in 40 years, giving parents a new spot for a summer afternoon with the little ones. The newly constructed quarter-acre space on West 20th Street between S...

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75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

75 New York Museums Will Offer Free Admission on Smithsonian’s Museum Day

Smithsonian Institutions in Washington, D.C. offer guests free admission year-round, and the Smithsonian invites other museums, zoos and cultural centers around the country to embody that same spirit every year on Museum Day. This year, Museum Day ...

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Ocean Cube Exhibit Educates Families on How Everyone Can Help Save Our Oceans

Ocean Cube Exhibit Educates Families on How Everyone Can Help Save Our Oceans

Ocean Cube, an interactive pop-up exhibit in Soho that brings readers into a futuristic undersea world, is now open through August 18. The exhibit encourages visitors to do their part in repurposing plastic to help save our oceans and their animals...

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26 Ways to Have the Most Fun This Summer

26 Ways to Have the Most Fun This Summer

With school coming to a close, you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do to keep your kids entertained if they’re not going to summer camp this year (or they’re going for a week or two). We’ve got you covered! From boat rides and visits...

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Family Fun in Manhattan This June

Family Fun in Manhattan This June

There's no shortage of fun things to do this summer in Manhattan! Here are our top picks for what to do and where to visit while you're in the city this June!

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The Cutest Mini Jurassic Land to Craft With Your Little Ones

The Cutest Mini Jurassic Land to Craft With Your Little Ones

Summer is full of great opportunities to go outside, explore nature, and revel in the warm weather. Help foster that desire to engage with the natural world with a craft that puts your little one’s rock collection and outdoor souvenirs to a good us...

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14th Street Y Teams Up With Educational Alliance to Provide Family Pride Events

14th Street Y Teams Up With Educational Alliance to Provide Family Pride Events

June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a monumental fight for LGBTQ rights in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. In honor of this event and the change it brought about, WorldPride, a six-weeklong celebration of the LGBTQ community, is b...

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Will Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary at the Paley Center for Media

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a kid favorite for more than three decades, and die-hard fans can interact with the Turtles in a whole new way this summer at the Paley Center for Media, which will be hosting a 35th anniversary exclusive ...

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CC Sabathia to Host Charity Softball Game at Yankee Stadium

CC Sabathia to Host Charity Softball Game at Yankee Stadium

CC Sabathia, a veteran pitcher for the New York Yankees, is hosting his second celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium, and NYMetroParents is giving away five family 4-packs of tickets. The charity softball game will be held Thursday, May 16 at 6...

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West 63rd Street Renamed Sesame Street in Honor of Series’ 50th Anniversary

West 63rd Street Renamed Sesame Street in Honor of Series’ 50th Anniversary

For New York City residents, Sesame Street is now just a short subway ride, walk, or Uber away! That’s right—there’s a real Sesame Street in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and other stars of the hit series Sesame Stree...

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Family Fun in Manhattan This May

Family Fun in Manhattan This May

There's always something going on in Manhattan, from exciting festivals to eccentric exhibits. However, amidst all the commotion, it can be hard finding the perfect events and venues for your family. Lucky for you we've hand-picked four of the best...

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Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Tickets for Jurassic World Live Tour are Now On Sale

Jurassic World Live Tour, a thrilling, live experience that will excite all generations of Jurassic World fans, is coming to New York and New Jersey and tickets are now on sale. Jurassic World will come to life at the Barclays Center, the Prudentia...

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The Catskills’ Newest Indoor Park Will Open on April 19 for Summer Fun All Year Round

The Catskills’ Newest Indoor Park Will Open on April 19 for Summer Fun All Year Round

The Catskills’ biggest water park will splash into action on Friday, April 19, in Monticello. Kartrite will feature 80,000 square feet of waterpark space perfect for the whole family, all housed under an energy-efficient, Texlon transparent roofing...

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New York Philharmonic Plays Two Concerts With Local Students

New York Philharmonic Plays Two Concerts With Local Students

This year the New York Philharmonic resumed partnerships with three organizations that help local elementary through high school students in underserved communities. As a result of the partnerships, kids will get to play side-by-side with New York ...

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40 Dinosaurs Will Come Roaring Back to Life at the Bronx Zoo in April

40 Dinosaurs Will Come Roaring Back to Life at the Bronx Zoo in April

The Bronx Zoo has featured dinosaur exhibits before, but the zoo’s newest Dinosaur Safari is the biggest and most realistic dinosaur ride in the country, according to the zoo. The experience will take riders through 2 acres of woods, in which they ...

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Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

Macy’s 2019 Flower Show Opens March 24 in Herald Square

On Sunday, March 24 at 10am Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square is slated to unveil its 2019 flower show, arguably one of the most ‘grammable ways to welcome spring in New York City. This year’s exhibition is aptly titled Journey to Paradisios, ...

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Family Fun in Manhattan This March

Family Fun in Manhattan This March

With the winter months finally coming to a close, your family can hang up those ice skates and put away the gloves and look for some fun ways to appreciate the outdoors of NYC. However, because it's still cold, you and the kids can start your Earth...

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DIY for Kids: Make Your Own Superhero Cape

DIY for Kids: Make Your Own Superhero Cape

Is your little one obsessed with Superman? Are you raising the next Wonder Woman? We’ve got just the craft for you! Kids can design their ideal costumes, perfect for a day of dramatic play. Can’t decide on just one design? Well, like any good hero ...

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Family Fun in Manhattan This February

Family Fun in Manhattan This February

Did the late-January polar vortex give you and the kids a serious case of cabin-fever? We're here to get you and your family out of the house and back out into NYC for fun shows like Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic and Cinderella and visits to ...

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FrostFest Kicks off at Bryant Park with Bumper Cars on Ice and More

FrostFest Kicks off at Bryant Park with Bumper Cars on Ice and More

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park kicked off FrostFest 2019 last Friday with a variety of fun winter activities for the family, including bumper cars on ice at The Rink, the FrostFest Igloo Experience, live ice carving, a silent disco, ...

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National School Choice Week Informs Families About Schools Available in New York

National School Choice Week Informs Families About Schools Available in New York

National School Choice Week, which began Sunday and continues through Jan. 26, raises awareness about the different educational opportunities available to families and children in the New York metro area. Over the course of the week, the events thr...

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