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Things to do with kids in NYC this Sunday

Discover the best family-friendly events for making the most of your Sunday with the kids

Credit: Courtesy of Hudson River Park

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Sunday, July 31

Jazz-Themed Community Family Day

Pay tribute to jazz at this edition of the City Park Foundation's Community Family Day series, which features live music, storytelling and dance. Kids can shimmy along with an open-invite jam session led by pianist and composer Marc Cary, watch the dynamic tap dancing of Joseph Webb and the Dancing Buddhas and more at this free event. All ages.

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Queensbridge Park , Long Island City Sunday July 31 2016

I <3 SI Day

Show your love of Staten Island with a double-header: a Staten Island Yankees game and a visit to the Staten Island Museum in St. George, which is offering half-price admission for ticket holders the day of the game. Be sure to check out the museum's Home Games exhibit, which traces the evolution of American athletics via an extensive collection of sports objects, documents and memorabilia. Tip: get to the game early and nab a free t-shirt proclaiming your love of SI, which will be given out to the first 1,000 attendees. All ages.

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Richmond County Bank Ballpark , Staten Island Sunday July 31 2016

Sail Pioneer!

Get a taste of the life aquatic aboard the Pioneer, which sets sail from Pier 16 through October. Built in 1885, the ship was originally used to haul sand from the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Pennsylvania, but these days its cargo consists mainly of maritime enthusiasts. We recommend packing a lunch and enjoying a picnic during the ship's two-hour trip around New York Harbor. Visit the South Street Seaport Museum's website to view the full schedule and purchase tickets. All ages.

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South Street Seaport, Pier 16 , Financial District Saturday July 30 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

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Fill your summer Sundays with jazz, world and Latin jams at this lakeside performance series featuring world-class acts like Iroko La Banda (June 19), Orlando Marin (July 24), Joaquin Pozo (July 31) and Garifuna International (Aug 14). We recommend bringing a blanket and picnic lunch for the family to enjoy—when you're not busy dancing, that is. Visit centralparknyc.org the see the full schedule. All ages.

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Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center , Lenox Hill Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Pier Kids

Catch family concerts, storytelling, art activities and more on Sundays at Pier 6 throughout the summer. Each week features performances from kid-friendly bands, dance troupes and puppet companies, plus an outdoor pop-up reading room from the Uni Project and art projects from Private Picassos. Pier Kids kicks off in June with Suzi Shelton (6/19) and Wildlife Theater (6/26). July features A Royal Shindig and Brooklyn Beanstalk (7/3), Arm-of-the-Sea Theater (7/10), Hot Peas ‘N Butter (7/17), You Must Be This Tall (7/24) and Meet the Animals (7/31). The series closes with Shira & Friends (8/7). All ages.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 , Brooklyn Heights Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday August 7 2016

Family Performance Festival

Throughout the summer, the Central Park Conservancy presents eco-friendly performances for families every Sunday at noon. Attend a Father's Day dance party with Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground (June 19), bop along with the musical storytelling of Diane Edgecomb (July 10) and Catskill Puppet Theater (Aug 14) and participate in scientific experiments with Mad Science (Sep 4). Visit centralparknyc.org for the full list of activities and performances. All ages.

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Central Park, Great Hill , Central Park Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 4 2016

Big City Fishing

Critics' pick

For this aptly named program, Hudson River Park runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids can learn the rod-and-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local water—the program has an emphasis on river ecology and education. Ages 5 and up.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 25 , Tribeca Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 18 2016

Community Family Days

Hosted by City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids fest, this family-friendly summer series presents super fun and interactive music and dance performances in parks around the city—for free! Boogie to the tunes of DJ Rich Medina (June 19, Red Hook Park, Brooklyn, Clinton St between Bay St, 4–7pm), sing with the Christian Cultural Center's C3 Choir (June 26, Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn, Dumont Ave and Strauss St, 4–7pm), bop along to Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (July 10, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, E 69th St and East Dr, 6–9pm) and wiggle with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Aug 7, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, Clove Rd and Beverly Ave, 4–7pm), plus many more top-notch acts. Visit cityparksfoundation.org to see the full schedule. All ages.

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Various locations Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday August 14 2016

Hudson River Nature Walk

Embrace the summer sun and head to the park’s esplanade to embark on a guided nature walk where naturalists will educate guests on wildlife. Meet at the Christopher St. fountain. All ages.

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Hudson River Park , Downtown Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016

Shell-Ebrate Oysters!

Did you know that oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat and keep shorelines stable? Learn about how oysters benefit the health of the Hudson River as you work with the park staff to restore them. Ages 5 and up.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 25 , Tribeca Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday August 21 2016
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