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Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

Wave so-long to summer with a final dip in a city pool, a trip to a local fair or a visit to one of our other seasonal favorites during Labor Day weekend 2013.

  • Photograph: Michael Skigen

    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    NYC Unicycle Festival

  • Photograph: Wave Hill

    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Family Art Project: Fishy Fun

  • Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Richmond County Fair

     

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the New York Baroque Dance Company

    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Commedia Dell' Arte for Children

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Party Wall by CODA at MoMA PS1 closes

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    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Junior Carnival Parade & Competition

  • Photographer: Jennifer Broski

    Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

    Last chance: Potted Potter

Photograph: Michael Skigen

Labor Day weekend 2013: Things to do in New York City with kids

NYC Unicycle Festival


Temperatures still may be well above sweater levels, but the arrival of Labor Day weekend 2013 (and a super early one, at that) can mean only one thing for New Yorkers: Summer days filled with trips to the local swimming pool, outdoor movies and seasonal exhibits are about to be replaced with shopping for classroom supplies and attending back-to-school events. Make it an easy transition with these Labor Day weekend 2013 happenings, from free concerts in the parks and colorful parades to a special Monday opening of Governors Island. Have great three-day weekend!

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Saturday, August 31

NYC Unicycle Festival

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  • Free

This wacky one-wheeled weekend rolls into town with a 13-mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island, where a party at Deno’s Wonder Wheel and fireworks honor Brooklyn Unicycle Day (yep, that exists) with a bang. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus also invites those more comfortable standing on two legs to Governors Island for two full days of races, competitions and exhibitions, a chance to test your skills in a workshop or cheer for teams competing in one-wheeled basketball, hockey and even sumo wrestling. All ages.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sun Aug 31
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Richmond County Fair

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Grab the fam and head to Historic Richmond Town, a preserved museum-village dating from the late 17th century, for its 34th annual county fair. Three stages of live music, puppetry, dance performances and rides are sure to keep the little ones occupied all day. Plus, check out the Ultimate Air Dogs: These athletic pups perform tricks while jumping off a dock into water, catching mad air (20 feet!) in the process. All ages.

  1. Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave, at St. Patricks Pl
  2. Until Mon Sep 1
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Commedia Dell' Arte for Children

  • Price band: 1/4

The New York Baroque Dance company leads culture-hungry kiddos on a tour through Renaissance Italy with silly performances in traditional commedia dell' arte style (think musical comedy). Then, little ones get to learn the popular branle dance. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
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Family Art Project: Fishy Fun

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids focus on their finned friends this weekend, specifically the goldfish swimming in Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden. After observing these slippery swimmers, youngsters will turn paper bags into 3-D marine animals that can float home with them. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Until Sun Sep 1
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Party Wall closes

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The winning project from MoMA's prestigious Young Architects Program must provide three things for visitors to P.S. 1's outdoor courtyard: shade, seating and water. For its 14th year, the museum has selected an installation by CODA (Caroline O'Donnell of Ithaca, New York) as its temporary urban landscape on view throughout the summer. The enormous steel frame, balanced with recycled wood from old skateboards and fabric containers full of water (which projects into a fountain below and produces a luminous effect at night) will serve as a backdrop for the outpost's summer events like the Warm Up concert series and other lectures, performances and film screenings. All ages.

  1. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave
  2. Sat Aug 31
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Last chance: Potted Potter

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Visiting Brits Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner invite parents and kids in for a spell as the condense the Harry Potter saga into a speedy, wacky, family-friendly jaunt that's 70 minutes long. Ages 4 and up. Discounted tickets available through Time Out Offers.

  1. Little Shubert Theatre 422 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Until Sun Sep 1
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