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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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IN PERSON Doll Hair & Nails Spectacular

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 10-11am
  • American Girl Doll Store
  • 75 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $33

Join the American Girl store for a fun hair-styling & nail session in the Doll Hair Salon! Spend some time with expert doll stylists as th...

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IN PERSON or ONLINE Quack Medical Secret Speakeasy

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 7-9:30pm
  • The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy
  • 177 Prince Street, New York
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $10

The Museum of Interesting Things takes over a Soho Loft for a special History of Quack Medical themed party for the Museum. 16mm short Movie Fest M...

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ONLINE Virtual Block Party

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 12pm
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • 150 W. 17th St., Flatiron
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Celebrate curiosity, wonder, and community as the Rubin Museum’s Block Party goes virtual this year! Inspired by the Rubin’s yearl...

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ONLINE Yoga for Back To School

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 4-4:30pm
  • Karma Kids Yoga
  • 16 Madison Square West, NY
  • Young elementary
  • $15 per child

Join Karma Kids Yoga for a special class to support kids first day back to school! Learn strategies for calming the nerves and easing any...

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ONLINE 'Pajama Party' LIVE Virtual Family Concert

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 12pm
  • Laurie Berkner
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $20

Join Laurie Berkner for an 80 min LIVE interactive, solo, virtual performance for the whole family! Sing, dance, & play games through your devi...

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IN PERSON It's My Park at Inwood Hill Park

  • Sep. 20, 2020, 3-6pm
  • Inwood Hill Park
  • Isham Street and Seaman Avenue in Inwood Hill Park, Inwood
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join the Shorakapok Sprucers in Showing your Love for Inwood Hill Park! Help beautify the park and improve its ecology by removing debris...

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ONLINE “Log-On for Car Seat Safety” Livestream

  • Sep. 21, 2020, 12:30-1:10pm
  • Chicco
  • ,
  • Adult
  • FREE

Join certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians from Chicco and The Car Seat Blog LIVE at they Kick-off Child Passenger Safety Week and share ess...

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ONLINE Virtual Story Reading Discussion

  • Sep. 23, 2020, 3-4pm
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • , New York
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Now more than ever, kids need to hear stories of positive role models, hope and leadership. The Travis Manion Foundation, a national veterans servi...

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ONLINE Exhausted Millennial Parents

  • Sep. 23, 2020, 8pm
  • 92nd Street Y
  • 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
  • Adult
  • $15

Do you feel like your life is an endless to-do list? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram because you’re too exhausted...

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IN PERSON ABNY HOSTS LIVE FLASH MOB DANCE AND CENSUS-TAKING EVENT IN TIMES SQUARE

  • Sep. 23, 2020, 12-2pm
  • Duffy Square
  • 7th Ave & W 47th St, New York
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Association for a Better New York (ABNY), community organizers, census advocates and professional dancers will come together to host a free, li...

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IN PERSON Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Sep. 26, 2020, 1pm
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
  • 421 East 61 Street, New York
  • All Ages
  • $10; free for memebers

Explore the neighborhood around the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, and hear about the people and places that were there in the 19th century when the ar...

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ONLINE TADA! Free Musical Theater Open House

  • Sep. 26, 2020, 9am-5:30pm
  • TADA! YOUTH THEATER
  • 15 W 28th Street, New York
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen
  • FREE

This fall, TADA! is excited to offer a variety of interactive, fun online musical theater classes for all ages and abilities - from toddler to teen...

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ONLINE Yom Kippur Family Service

  • Sep. 28, 2020, 10:30am
  • 92nd Street Y
  • 1395 Lexington Ave., Upper East Side
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $50

Join Rebecca Schoffer — 92Y Director of Jewish Family Engagement — and her puppets for joyful, interactive and live online High Holiday...

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ONLINE After COVID-19: What's Next for East Harlem'

  • Sep. 29, 2020, 6-7pm
  • Little Sisters Family
  • , New York
  • Adult
  • FREE

"After COVID-19: What's Next for East Harlem?" will bring together a panel of experts to give insights on the impact that COVID-19 ha...

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QVC + CREATE AND CULTIVATE: INCLUSIVELY YOU VIRTUAL SUMMIT

  • Sep. 29, 2020, 5-8:30pm
  • CREATE AND CULTIVATE
  • ,
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • FREE

QVC, a long-time leader in size-inclusive fashion announced its first-ever size inclusivity and body positivity summit, “QVC Presents: I...

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ONLINE Virtual Character Conversation

  • Sep. 30, 2020, 3-4pm
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • , New York
  • Tween, Teen
  • FREE

Now more than ever, kids need to hear stories of positive role models, hope and leadership. The Travis Manion Foundation, a national veterans ...

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ONLINE Unicorn Yoga Rainbow Adventure

  • Oct. 04, 2020, 10-10:45am
  • Karma Kids Yoga
  • 16 Madison Square West, NY
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • $15 per child

It's time to soar across the rainbow to a land of sunshine and sparkles where the mythical and magical unicorns run free! Take a magnificent ad...

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ONLINE Virtual Story Reading Discussion

  • Oct. 07, 2020, 3-4pm
  • Travis Manion Foundation
  • , New York
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Now more than ever, kids need to hear stories of positive role models, hope and leadership. The Travis Manion Foundation, a national veterans servi...

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IN PERSON Doll Hair & Nails Spectacular

  • Oct. 10, 2020, 10-11am
  • American Girl Doll Store
  • 75 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown
  • Young elementary, Tween
  • $33

Join the American Girl store for a fun hair-styling & nail session in the Doll Hair Salon! Spend some time with expert doll stylists as th...

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ONLINE Virtual Character Conversation

  • Oct. 14, 2020, 3-4pm
  • Travis Mansion Foundation
  • , New York
  • Teen
  • FREE

Parents! We know that this school year is going to look very different. Now more than ever, kids need to hear stories of positive role models, hope...

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ONLINE Samaritan Daytop Foundation Virtual Gala

  • Oct. 14, 2020, 6-7pm
  • Samaritan Daytop Foundation
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • Donation

Samaritan Daytop Foundation is hosting its first Virtual Gala benefiting Samaritan Daytop Village on its 60th Anniversary. The Honorees for this ye...

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ONLINE Kukuza Fest: A Virtual Music Fest to Amplify Black Voices in Family Music

  • Sep. 19, 2020 - Sep. 20, 2020 , Saturday, 3pm-Sunday, 5pm
  • WEE Nation Radio
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Gather the family for "Kukuza Fest" featuring a truly epic lineup of Black and Black-led family music acts! The event will be broadc...

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ONLINE The Jewish High Holy Days with JCP Downtown — Yom Kippur

  • Sep. 27, 2020 - Sep. 28, 2020 , Sunday Evening - Monday Evening
  • JCP Downtown
  • 146 Duane Street, TriBeCa
  • All Ages
  • FREE, donations appreciated

Observe Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Antonement, with JCP Downtown. JCP Downtown is hosting free and virtual experiences for toddlers, youth, and ...

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ONLINE The Jewish High Holy Days with JCP Downtown — Rosh Hashanah

  • Sep. 18, 2020 - Sep. 20, 2020 , Friday Evening - Sunday Evening
  • JCP Downtown
  • 146 Duane Street, TriBeCa
  • All Ages
  • FREE, donations appreciated

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with JCP Downtown! All weekend long, they're hosting free and virtual festivities for toddlers, y...

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ONLINE What's Next Fest

  • Sep. 22, 2020 - Sep. 24, 2020 , 6am-1pm
  • Female Founder Collective
  • ,
  • Adult
  • $8-$45.99

There’s no denying 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in history for female entrepreneurs. That’s why, in the spirit of br...

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ONLINE Lab/Jr. at the Lab/Shul 5781 Days of Awe

  • Sep. 18, 2020 - Sep. 28, 2020 , 9/18, 5:30-6pm; 9/19, 9am-12pm; 9/27, 5:30-6pm; 9/28, 9am-12:30pm
  • Lab/Shul
  • , New York City
  • Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween
  • FREE

Join the Everybody Friendly, God-optional Days of Awe with Lab/Shul! Jewish? Jew-ish? Not at all? Lab/Jr. brings dynamic, meaningful learning and a...

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ONLINE Making Art At Home: Creative Development in Children Online Workshop

  • Sep. 09, 2020 - Sep. 23, 2020 , Wednesdays, 6:30pm
  • Children's Museum of the Arts
  • 103 Charlton St, New York City
  • Adult
  • This event is free, with a suggested donation of $13.

Join CMA for free virtual interactive workshops with Texas-based educational psychologist Charlotte Sammons. Together, participants will inves...

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ONLINE Traveling Kitchen for Kids

  • Sep. 15, 2020 - Sep. 29, 2020 , Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance
  • 4881 Broadway, New York
  • Tween, Teen, Adult
  • FREE

Learn how to make an East African Chapati, a seasoned corn flatbread, and a no-egg wrap while learning about African and Lenape cultivated plants a...

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IN PERSON FREE Entry to 1885 Tall Ship Wavertree

  • Sep. 05, 2020 - Sep. 26, 2020 , September 5, 6, 12, 19 and 26 at 11a-5p
  • South Street Seaport Museum
  • 12 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038, New York
  • All Ages
  • FREE

South Street Seaport Museum will open the 1885 tall ship Wavertree to the public on with timed entry at Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Entry i...

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IN PERSON Juggling

  • Aug. 29, 2020 - Sep. 22, 2020 , Tuesdays, 6pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12pm
  • Bryant Park
  • 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Bryant Park Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole tim...

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ONLINE Hans Christian Andersen Virtual Storytelling

  • May. 30, 2020 - Sep. 26, 2020 , Saturdays, 11am
  • Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • Donations accepted

For over sixty years New York families have come together to listen  to stories in Central Park before the Hans Christian Andersen Statue, rai...

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ONLINE Storytime

  • Sep. 02, 2020 - Sep. 30, 2020 , Mondays-Fridays, 4pm
  • New York Public Library
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger
  • FREE

Hear a story every weekday! For children, infants to age 18 months, ages 18 to 36 months, ages 3 to 5 years, children

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ONLINE Storytime with the Met

  • May. 07, 2020 - Dec. 17, 2020 , Thursdays, 12-12:15pm
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Each week, look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months – 6 years.

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ONLINE Improv Workshop

  • Sep. 17, 2020 - Nov. 19, 2020 , Thuersdays, 4-5pm
  • Two Bridges Arts
  • 275 Cherry St, New York
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Explore the joy of improvisation with anything from regular household items to using your body as an instrument to instruments you have at home. Advanced registration required. 

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POST-PAUSE Flying Trapeze Class

  • Aug. 12, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2020 , Classes offered Monday-Sunday; see website for exact times
  • Trapeze School New York
  • Pier 40, New York
  • Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
  • $70

Safely experience the exhilaration of this extraordinary circus art, regardless of fitness level or athletic background. Ages 6 and older. Advanced registration suggested. 

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ONLINE Sing with Suzi Online Show

  • Sep. 09, 2020 - Dec. 09, 2020 , Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm
  • Suzi Shelton
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Join Suzi, her lovable friend Cinnamon Bear, and their special guests for family- friendly performances from her living room to yours.

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IN PERSON Re-opening

  • Sep. 24, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020 , Fridays-Mondays, 11am-4pm and Thursdays, 11am-8 pm
  • The Jewish Museum
  • 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
  • All Ages
  • FREE

The Jewish Museum is re-opening and all visitors will enjoy free admission through December 31 with advanced reservations. 

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ONLINE Laurie Berkner's Birthday Party Shows

  • Aug. 21, 2020 - Dec. 18, 2020 , See schedule below
  • Laurie Berkner
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Laurie encourages families who are watching to decorate, just like she will, wear party clothes, and bake a special birthday treat to bring to the party.

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ONLINE LIVE 'BERKNER BREAK' CONCERTS

  • Aug. 03, 2020 - Dec. 14, 2020 , Most Mondays and Fridays, 11am
  • Laurie Berkner
  • ,
  • Baby, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
  • FREE

Families can join Laurie, direct from her house, for LIVE "Berkner Break" concerts on her Facebook page. Laurie offers an abundance ...

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IN PERSON Opening of 'Presidential Dogs' exhibit.

  • Sep. 08, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021 , Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm
  • American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
  • 101 Park Ave., Murray Hill
  • All Ages
  • $15; $10 seniors, military, youth ages 13-24; $5 children younger than 12

The “Presidential Dogs” exhibition will look back on the different breeds of dogs that have lived at the White House. It will explore t...

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IN PERSON 92nd Street Greenmarket

  • Jun. 21, 2020 - Nov. 22, 2020 , Sundays, 9am-4pm
  • GrowNYC
  • 1st Avenue btw. 92nd and 93rd Streets, Upper East Side
  • All Ages
  • Admission is free, prices vary for goods

This seasonal Sunday market on the Upper East Side offers neighborhood residents a convenient location to shop for a selection of vegetables, fruit...

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WAKE UP, DAISY!

  • Mar. 24, 2020 - Sep. 20, 2020 , See website for days and times
  • Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
  • W. 81st Street and Central Park West, Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • $8-12

This original marionette production new to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is a modern retelling of the classic tale “Sleeping Beauty.”

 

 

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ONLINE Learn to Juggle

  • Mar. 27, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020 , Anytime
  • Big Apple Circus
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • FREE

As long as you have a plastic bag, socks (or even a baby toy!) Big Apple Circus producer, Jack Marsh can teach you how to juggle. Learn how to jugg...

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ONLINE Story Time with Miss Margie

  • May. 13, 2020 - Apr. 15, 2021 , Thursdays, 7:30pm
  • Miss Margie
  • ,
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Join Miss Margie for a free, fun and animated reading of some children's classics via Zoom! Parents and kids of all ages are welcome! NO ONE is...

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IN PERSON Bagpipe Tribute

  • Sep. 09, 2020 - Sep. 08, 2021 , WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-2pm
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • The 9/11 Memorial Glade located on Memorial Plaza, Lower Manhattan
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, fro...

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POST-PAUSE Cruises

  • Aug. 11, 2020 - Aug. 11, 2021 , 8:30am-5pm, daily
  • Castle Clinton
  • Battery Park, New York
  • All Ages
  • $19.25; $14 seniors 62 and older; $9 children 4-12 years; free for children three years and younger

A trip on Statue Cruises to Liberty Island allows individuals to enjoy Liberty Island with plenty of outdoor space to safely explore the island and the spectacular views of New York Harbor.

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ONLINE Feathers of Fire--The Movie

  • Jun. 04, 2020 - Jun. 04, 2022 , Anytime
  • Vimeo
  • 155 First Ave., New York
  • All Ages
  • $4.95

"Feathers of Fire--The Movie" is an ingenious production of theater-on-film, conceived and directed by Hamid Rahmanian. It is intended fo...

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Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share at Highbridge Bike Park

  • Sep. 14, 2019 - Sep. 10, 2022 , Second Saturday of each month, 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Highbridge Park
  • West 174th Street and Amsterdam Ave., Washington Heights/Bronx
  • All Ages
  • FREE

Learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America.

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