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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

  • 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: Wave Hill

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

    Family Art Project: Fishy Fun

  • Photograph: Mitch Waxman

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

    Great North Tugboat Race & Competition

  • Photograph:Eduardo Patino

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

    Harlem Meer Performance Festival

     

     

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

    Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre

  • 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

Sunday, September 1

NYC Unicycle Festival

  • Critics choice
  • 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

  • Critics choice

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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Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Board a Circle Line spectator boat ($25, children $12) or grab a spot on the pier as you witness the tug parade, race and bow-to-bow pushing contest. Landlubbers will then channel Popeye in a spinach-eating contest and test their might in a line-toss competition. All ages.

  1. Hudson River Park at Pier 84 W 44th St, at the Hudson River
  2. Sun Aug 31
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Harlem Meer Performance Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Fill the dog days of summer with jazz, blues and Latin jams at this weekly lakeside performance series. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy while you watch Ballet Hispanico’s BHdos Company (Sept 1). All ages.

  1. Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center enter at E 110th St and Fifth Ave
  2. Sun Jul 13 - Sun Aug 31
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Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre

  • Free

At this interactive puppet show, the audience chooses the story! Tots pick which classic fairy tale the puppeteers will perform, and help with the ending's comedic twist. Ages 2 to 8.

  1. Bank Street Bookstore 610 W 112th St, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Feb 23
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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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