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Things to do with kids in NYC this Sunday

Discover the family-friendly events where you can while away your Sunday with the little ones.

Medieval Festival in Fort Tyron Park

Medieval Festival in Fort Tyron Park Photograph: Yvette I. Turner

Sunday, September 28

Apples and Honey in the Big Apple with the Mama Doni Band

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with a reggae-rock performance by the Mama Doni Band (2pm), bookended by holiday-themed crafts (1–4pm). Arrive early and join in a family-friendly tour of the museum's galleries (1:30pm). All ages.

Atlantic Antic

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  • Free

Atlantic Ave between Fourth Ave and Hicks St.The busy Brooklyn artery closes down for the 40th anniversary of New York City’s largest street fair, featuring over 500 vendors and ten stages. But there’s more to see here than stands hawking Pashminas and Mozzarepas (although there are plenty of those, too): Visitors can expect a lineup of activities about as long as the avenue itself, including an entire block dedicated to kids (Atlantic Ave between Boerum and Smith Sts) and live performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole, Hopalong Andrew and Friends, and Nickolai Moderbacher, pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, tattoos, puppet and magic shows, a singalong and small carnival rides. Plus, turn down Boerum Place to see (and climb into!) the New York Transit Museum's fleet of vintage buses, and score $1 entry into the museum 'til 4:30pm. All ages.

Fall Family Fun on the Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge

  • Price band: 1/4

The historic floating museum hosts live, old-time family entertainment as part of it's 100th birthday celebration, featuring one-man perormances by a vaudeville comedian and a Pirate. "DeadPan Alley," stars Will Shaw who will have the audience giggling as he juggles and performs tricks and gags (Sept 28). Billy Bones the Good Pirate puts on his comedy act "PIRATE SCHOOL!" complete with clown theater, magic and music (Oct 5). Purchase advance tickets at smarttix.com or by phone at 877-238-5596. All ages.

  1. Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge 290 Conover St, at Pier 44
  2. Sun Sep 28 - Sun Oct 5
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Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

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  • Free

Time-travel back to the Middle Ages and enjoy its ancient forms of fun. Wandering Fort Tryon Park's lush grounds, families can rub shoulders with performers and festivalgoers dressed in clothing typical of the era, listen to authentic period music, and watch the antics of jugglers and jesters. All ages.

  1. Fort Tryon Park Margaret Corbin Circle, Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd
  2. Sun Sep 28
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Morningside Lights

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  • Free

The third annual event organized by Columbia University’s Miller Theatre delivers a week’s worth of all-ages creative workshops in which families can design and craft their own lanterns, then showcase their work in a twilight procession through Morningside Park (Sept 27, 8pm). The result? A glowing, somewhat eerie (but nonetheless beautiful) mass of handmade art. This year’s theme, “Odysseus on the A Train” calls for vibrant lanterns inspired by Homer's epic tale. Expect urban twists on ancient icons like gods, monsters, heroes and nemeses as a tribute to Harlem artist Romare Bearden. Be sure to sign up for workshops and the parade online. A special craft table for families can also be found at the Common Ground Festival (Sept 27) on the day of the big parade in Morningside Park. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Morningside Park Morningside Drive, from 110th to 123rd Sts
  2. Until Sat Sep 27
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