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Can you believe it's already August? Use your final weeks of summer wisely by wrangling the kids and hitting up this month's highlights including family festivals, new shows and more.

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

The next school year isn't too far away—make the most of your kids' time off by soaking up every last drop of summer fun! Don't miss the last of this season's outdoor performances like a SummerStage Kids juggling spectacle and venture to the beach for a Sand Sculpting Contest. Check out the new and upcoming exhibits at NYC's most kid-friendly museums, spend a balmy evening watching a movie at one of many outdoor screenings, and make sure to check the finals items off our list of 50 things to do this summer

1 Get swept up in Cirque du Soleil’s magical forest of Varekai at Barclays Center. 

2 Stroll seven miles of car-free thoroughfares at this year’s first of three Summer Streets!

3 Make masks inspired by the TV show Peppa Pig, then meet the star herself at the Bronx Zoo.

4 Teach kids to wax on, then wax off, at a screening of The Karate Kid in Bryant Park.

5 Jam to folksy tunes like “Can You Canoe?” with the Okee Dokee Brothers at Madison Square Park.

6 Tour Mario Batali’s Italian-food wonderland, Eataly, on this kids-only culinary adventure.

7 Spend Union Square’s final Summer in the Square bopping to Suzi Shelton’s girl-power pop.

8 See the origins of Bugs Bunny and more Looney Tunes faves at the Museum of the Moving Image’s new exhibit on legendary illustrator Chuck Jones.

9 Find a spot in Central Park and enjoy live music, dancing and food trucks at Great Jazz on the Great Hill.

10 Cheer for on-water racers and watch martial arts, music and dance performances at the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.

11 Snap a photo of the Olaf Breuning installation Clouds in Central Park before it closes on Aug 24.

12 Giggle along to My Monster Friend, a Frankenstein-esque musical at Fringe JR. 

13 Geek out at Marvel Universe LIVE!, where kids can spot Spider-Man, Captain America and 23 more comics characters onstage at Barclays.

14 Hear your favorite songs from Matilda, Motown—The Musical and more at this summer’s last Broadway in Bryant Park.

15 Take future actors to see King Lear at one of the summer's final Shakespeare in the Park performances.

16 See professional builders make masterpieces at the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest, or design one yourself!

17 Head to Harlem Week for step shows, Double Dutch, live music and face painting.

18 YA dystopias might be having a moment, but the original remains a classic: Catch The Giver in theaters now.

19 Expose little ones to diverse music and dance at the annual Downtown Dance Festival in Robert F. Wagner Park.

20 Marvel at the talents of a tap-dance professional at CMOM’s All Jazzed Up performance series.

21 Run away and join the circus at an acrobatic and juggling show at SummerStage.

22 Chill out with local bands and a picturesque view at Sunset on the Hudson.

23 Watch tennis pros practice, or snag tickets to the Hunter Hayes–headlined stadium show at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day.

24 Hang with other Brooklyn families at a back-to-school–themed Hip Tot Family Day.

25 Take a last dip in one of NYC’s public pools before they close come Labor Day.

26 Visit two great exhibitions—“Art Inspires Art” and “Brooklyn Block Lab” at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum before they’re gone Sept 1.

27 Enter a Frozen land with a screening of the wintry hit at the South Street Seaport.

28 Teach kids old-school games from yesteryear, like hopscotch and pick-up sticks at Alley Pond’s retro back-to-school party.

29 Dress up in cool costumes while pro musicians lead a sing-along at Fridays with FiDi Families.

30 Balance on one wheel (or just watch others try!) at the Unicycle Fest on Governors Island.

31 Play games, hear stories, and dance to the music of Hot Peas 'n Butter at the South Street Seaport.

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