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Looking for kids activities and events near you in the New York area this weekend? NYMetroParents produces the largest family event calendar in the city for parents just like you who are looking for kids events today and this weekend. Use the filters below to sort for kids events near you, by age range, and more. If you’re looking for recommendations, our editors round up their picks for the best kids events in BrooklynManhattanQueensLong IslandWestchester and Rockland.

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ONLINE Facebook Live Stream: Outrageous Pets

  • May. 30, 2020, 10-11am
  • Westfield Garden State Plaza
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Join Westfield Garden State Plaza on Facebook Live as they stream story time with the Sleeping Princess! Livestream events are powered by bergenPAC...

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ONLINE The Social Lives of Dinosaurs

  • Jun. 03, 2020, 3pm
  • The Center for Science Teaching & Learning
  • 1450 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre
  • All Ages
  • $10

Were dinosaurs good parents? Did "raptors" really hunt in packs? What were those frills on the horned dinosaurs really for? Join CST...

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Full Moon Hike

  • Jun. 05, 2020, 7-9pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • Adult
  • $10; $5 members

Experience a guided 1 1/2-2 hour walk (approximately 1 mile) along the trails, on a night near the occurrence of a full moon. Participants will sto...

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Senses, Nature Appreciation & Sustainable Foraging!

  • Jun. 06, 2020, 1-3pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • All Ages
  • $8; $5 members

A program and nature walk about using your senses to find delicious edible wild plants and appreciate the natural world of the Tenafly Nature Cente...

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Animal Ambassador of the Month

  • Jun. 06, 2020, 10-10:30am
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • All Ages
  • $5; $2 members; free for children younger than 2

Celebrate the animal abassador of the month and the important job that they do!

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Ecology Club for Families with Special Needs

  • Jun. 13, 2020, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Rye Nature Center
  • 873 Boston Post Road, Rye
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Children with special needs are invited to bring a family member or caregiver with them to the Nature Center to enjoy animal programs, hikes, and other fun science and sensory adventures. Pre-registration required. 

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Daddy & Me Animal Show

  • Jun. 13, 2020, 9:15-10:15am
  • Rye Nature Center
  • 873 Boston Post Road, Rye
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $15 per family; $10 per members family

Fathers (or other caregiver) and children can join Rye Nature Center for this fun-filled animal adventure.

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Nature Day!

  • Jun. 14, 2020, 10am-4pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • All Ages
  • $5; $3 members; free for children younger than 2

Join TNC for their Nature Day celebration where guests can enjoy workshops, scavenger hunts, and more. 

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Nature Story Time

  • Jun. 20, 2020, 10-10:30am
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $5 per child; free for members and children younger than 2

Families with children ages 3-7 will enjoy a nature-themed story and a visit from one of Tenafly Nature Center’s Animal Ambassadors.

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Adventures in Reading: Outdoor StoryWalk® Exhibit

  • Jun. 20, 2020, 9am-8pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Hikers can read a nature-themed story while they walk in the woods.

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Father’s Day Walk

  • Jun. 21, 2020, 1-3pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • All Ages
  • $6; $3 members; free for Fathers and children younger than 2

A family walk is the perfect activity to celebrate this special family day.

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Forest Bathing – (Shinrin-yoku)

  • Jun. 28, 2020, 10am-1pm
  • Tenafly Nature Center
  • 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
  • Adult
  • $25; $30 members

“Forest Bathing,” known in Japan as “Shinrin-yoku,” is a short, leisurely, calming walk through the natural environment of ...

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Family Campout

  • May. 30, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , Saturday 5pm–Sunday 9am
  • Rye Nature Center
  • 873 Boston Post Road, Rye
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $40

Stargazing, campfire stories, roasting marshmallows, and falling asleep to the sounds of nature are on the agenda. This is the perfect way to intro...

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ONLINE Billion Oyster Project Virtual Symposium Week

  • Jun. 05, 2020 - Jun. 12, 2020 , 3pm
  • Billion Oyster Project
  • , New York
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult, All Ages
  • FREE

The BOP Virtual Symposium Week is a celebration of unique & creative student work about the New York Harbor! About this Event This year BOP is ...

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Nature Art Activities at Home

  • May. 19, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , Anytime
  • Strawtown Studio
  • 640 North Midland Ave. , Nyack
  • All Ages
  • FREE

With these free activities (shared via PDF and video) experience close-up nature observation, art and handwork with simple materials from your home...

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APEC Focus on Nature Photo Contest for Children

  • May. 04, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , Anytime
  • Alley Pond Environmental Center
  • 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Calling all junior photographers! Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, NY, is hosting a photo contest for children ages 12 & under. Submi...

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ONLINE Animal Live Cams

  • May. 13, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2020 , See description for details
  • Bronx Zoo
  • 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the parks while you stay safe at home. Check out a few favorite hotspots at the zoo, the sea lions on Asto...

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Mommy & Me

  • Apr. 13, 2020 - Jun. 01, 2020 , Mondays, 9:45-10:45am
  • Rye Nature Center
  • 873 Boston Post Road, Rye
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger
  • $15 per family; $10 per family, members

Make crafts, meet animals, and learn about the natural world on a short hike. Ages 18 months-4 years.

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Nature Strollers

  • Apr. 27, 2020 - Jun. 15, 2020 , Mondays, 9:30am **NO SESSION 5/25**
  • Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center
  • Muser Drive, Cornwall
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Adult
  • $5; free for members

Follow gentle stroller-friendly trails and explore the fields, ponds, and forest as you enjoy a fun nature lesson.

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ONLINE Virtual Guided Nature Hike

  • Apr. 25, 2020 - Jun. 28, 2020 , Sundays, 1-2pm
  • Whitesbog Preservation Trust and Pinelands Institute at Whitesbog Village
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • Donations accepted

Join Jess, the Education Coodinator, on Facebook for a virtual guided nature walk through the New Jersey Pine Barrens! Things you might see - ...

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ONLINE Animal Web Cam

  • Apr. 17, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2020 , 8:30am-6pm, daily
  • Beardsley Zoo
  • 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport
  • All Ages
  • FREE

See what the red pandas and spider monkeys are up to! Please note that the animals are constantly on the move and may not always be visib...

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CANCELED River Explorers - Hudson River Family Seining

  • Jun. 06, 2020 - Sep. 19, 2020 , Saturdays, 12-3pm **NO SESSION 7/4 and 9/5**
  • Center for the Urban River at Beczak
  • 35 Alexander St, Yonkers
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • FREE

Wade into the river to catch and release critters! Registration required. 

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Riverside Green Club

  • Apr. 30, 2020 - Aug. 26, 2020 , 4/30, 5/27, 6/25, 7/29, 8/26, 3:30pm
  • New York Public Library - Riverside
  • 127 Amsterdam Avenue, Lincoln Square
  • Tween, Teen
  • FREE

Learn about the environment, green/renewable energy, and gardening with some hands-on activities.

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Wild Kratts: Creature Power!

  • Feb. 01, 2020 - May. 31, 2020 , Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am- 5:30pm
  • Liberty Science Center
  • 222 Jersey City Boulevard, 3rd flr., Jersey City
  • All Ages
  • $24.99-$34.99; $19.99-$27.99 children ages 2-12

Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and collaboration, guests will help the team solve problems and rescue animals.

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KIDS GET COSMIC

  • May. 09, 2020 - Sep. 18, 2020 , 10am–5:30pm, daily; Guided Activities: Weekdays, 1:30–5:30pm and Saturdays-Sundays, 10am–5:30pm
  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
  • All Ages
  • Weekdays: $23; $20 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $10 children 2–12; free for members and children younger than 2; Weekends: $28; $25 seniors 65 and older and students with valid ID; $12 children 2–12

Kids and thair families embark on an adventure to observe the natural environment while learning about the life and work of Yayoi Kusama.

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Activity Table

  • Apr. 04, 2020 - Oct. 25, 2020 , Weekends, 2:00-4:00pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • 43-50 Main St., Flushing
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • Free with garden admission ($6 adults; $2 children ages 4 to 12; free for children younger than 4)

Drop-in for family-friendly botanical-themed arts and crafts at the weekend Activity Table. Recommended for age 10 and under (accompanied by an adult).

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Cortelyou Greenmarket

  • Dec. 01, 2019 - Dec. 27, 2020 , Sundays, 8am-3pm
  • Greenmarket
  • Cortelyou Road and Rugby Road, Ditmas Park
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop at the market, recycle old clothes, and drop off your food scap compost. 

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Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

  • Nov. 29, 2019 - Dec. 26, 2020 , Saturdays, 8am-4pm
  • Greenmarket
  • Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave, West Brooklyn
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

Shop fresh produce, flowers, and more. Drop off your food scrap compost and bring clothing to be recycled. 

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