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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

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Sunday, May 24

BAMkids Movie Matinees

  • Price band: 1/4

Sundays this season mean catching up on kid-friendly classics (and some more recent films, too) at BAM. Start with the tale of an impoverished circus clown in the 1920s silent flick, The Circus (2/22), a lesson in dealing with emotions from superhero series The Adventures of Napkin Man (3/15) and the only feature-film written by Dr. Seuss, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (3/29). Next up: a musical about accepting others' differences in The King and I (5/10), and a heartwarming must-see for all city kids, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (4/12). Expand your knowledge of African culture with the famous folk tale Kirikou and the Sorceress (5/24), then close out the series with the Best of BAMkids Film Festival shorts (6/7). Ages 7 and up.

  1. BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, 11217
  2. Sun May 24 - Sun Jun 7
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Governors Island Opening Day Family Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Escape to Governor’s Island for their annual free Family Festival season kickoff on May 24 from noon­ to 4pm, one day after the park opens. This year along Barry Rd., kids can get in on puppet making with Lisa Abbatomarco, create Trout Crowns with the New York Aquarium, make stories with the Story Pirates and more. Did we mention there will be ice cream, live music and face painting, too? All ages.

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sun May 24
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Hill Country Brooklyn Fam Jam

  • Free

Hit up the new Brooklyn outpost of Hill Counry Barbecue Market for some finger-licking good food and Sunday festivities. Brooklyn-based musicians will provide family-friendly tunes to enjoy while the kids play games like indoor corn hole and wander to stations offering face painting, balloon animals and crafts. Chow down on the Fam Jam Kids' Special ($8.50) including 1/8 lb brisket, longhorn cheddar mac and cheese and a chocolate chunk cookie. Happy hour specials will be on the menu for moms and dads. All ages.

  1. Hill Country Brooklyn 345 Adams St, between Pearl and Court Sts, 11201
  2. Sun May 24 - Sun May 31
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Macy's Sunday Story Time 2015

Each Sunday, young history buffs learn about the city's past by reading a book cherrypicked for the DiMenna's late-morning storytime. In May, hear about epic museum adventures, starting with Susan Verde's The Museum (5/3). Learn about the jobs of curators and archivists in Meet Me at the Art Museum (5/10), and count masterpieces in Art 123 (5/17). Next up is Maisy Goes to the Museum (5/24) and Library Mouse (5/31). Ages 4 to 7.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts, 10024
  2. Sun May 24 - Sun May 31
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Little Makers

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can learn about various subject through these hands-on projects with a new theme each week. Curious little ones get to weave together textiles to make wearable art (5/10), learn about creature characteristics and make an animal-inspired invention (5/17), build and launch their own rockets (5/24) and experiment with light and color by creating a sun catcher to take home (5/31). Ages 2 to 6.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sun May 24 - Sun May 31
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