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50 things to do in the summer with the kids in New York City 2013

From MoMA PS1's Party Wall to City of Water Day festivities, we've rounded up the best things to do this summer with the kids in the New York City.

  • Photograph: Jennifer Pottheiser

    14. Meet tennis legends at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • Photograph: Paul Bruinooge

    12. Be amazed by "The Art of the Brick," one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • 13. Celebrate the fifth moon at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • Photographer: Grace Chu

    15. Learn new movies at Midsummer Night Swing Kids' Dance, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust

    16. See a free movie with River Flicks for Kids, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    17. Lie on the grass and listen to the New York Philharmonic, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • 18. Participate in aquatic-themed activities on City of Water Day, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    19. Welcome back the Enterprise at the Intrepid, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

     

     

  • 20. Design (and fly!) a kite at FlyNYC, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

  • 20. Join in inventive games at the Come Out and Play Festival, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

Photograph: Jennifer Pottheiser

14. Meet tennis legends at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, one of the best things to do in the summer with the kids.

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Meet tennis legends at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

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While we're still waiting on news of the big headliner (past years have featured megastars like Carly Rae Jepson, The Wanted and Justin Bieber), this annual family fest always involves free outdoor tennis workshops, autograph signings with pros competing in the U.S. Open, plus fun for those less tennis-inclined like hair braiding, face painting, an obstacle course and storytelling. All ages.

  1. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Kennedy Cir, at New York Ave
  2. Until Sat Aug 24
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Be amazed by "The Art of the Brick"

  • Price band: 2/4

This awesome exhibi at Discovery Times Square showcases the work of artist Nathan Sawaya, whose intricate sculptures are made entirely of Lego bricks. From swimmers in the water to detailed skulls, the works are imaginative, curious and sometimes funny, and are bound to appeal to kids on multiple levels. We especially love the penultimate gallery, called City of Dreams, which features none other than Lady Liberty opening her chest like the figure in Sawaya's most well-known work, Yellow, in front of a wraparound backdrop of the NYC skyline. Instead of the emptiness, though, the chest cavity contains a big red heart. All ages.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Through Sun Jan 5
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Celebrate the fifth moon at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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  • Free

This annual sporting event celebrates the fifth moon (or fifth month) of the lunar calendar. Wee ones will get a kick out of the colorful, dragon-shaped vessels racing across Meadow Lake, their oarsmen rowing to the beat of Chinese drums. In addition to watching the 165 or so teams that have come from across the U.S. to take part in this year's race, families can listen to live music, catch martial arts demonstrations and munch on multicultural grub. All ages.

  1. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park 111th St to Van Wyck Expwy, between Flushing Bay and Grand Central Pkwy
  2. Until Sun Aug 11
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Welcome back the Enterprise

  • Price band: 2/4

One of the casualties of Hurricane Sandy was the pavilion housing the Enterprise. But it’s being rebuilt—allowing visitors to once again wander under the shuttle’s wings and ascend to an elevated platform at the nose. New additions include audio of astronauts and NASA mission control, piped into the pavilion’s entrance, and a charred Russian Soyuz space capsule that returned a space tourist, an astronaut and a cosmonaut to earth. Time your family's visit to coincide with the Second Annual SpaceFest (July 25–28) or one of the museum’s free Friday films, screened on the deck of the Intrepid at 7:30pm. The programming includes the 1979 Star Trek movie (July 26), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Aug 2) and the original Karate Kid (Aug 23).

  1. Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, (at 46th St), 10036
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Design (and fly!) a kite

  • Free

Kids can let their imagination take off as they make, and then fly, their own airborne contraptions at FlyNYC 2013, part of Summer on the Hudson. Live entertainment by Batala NYC and Renaissance EMS and other activities are in the mix as well. All ages.

  1. Riverside Park, Pier I W 70th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Until Sat Aug 17
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