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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids this week including festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and more.

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Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

Make the most of summer vacation with awesome summer activities for kids! Our lists of the best NYC beachesswimming poolsoutdoor activities for kids and more should help keep little ones happy (and cooled off) throughout this hot week in the city. Don't forget to visit our favorite local splash parks and water parks, too!

Things to do with kids August 24–28


Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

When Grover's friend Chamki travels all the way from India to visit Sesame Street for a day, the furry blue guys has an exciting agenda prepared to show her a great time. But with so many cool things to do on the block, like baking with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby and doing the "Elmo Slide," Chamki gets distracted from Grover's plans. Super Grover may be the only one who can keep Chamki's attention. Never a franchise to leave parents hanging, Sesame Street Live offers clever writing and Big Bird–ified versions of "I Want Candy" and "Moves Like Jagger" that even Mom and Dad will enjoy Ages 2 to 5.

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Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Big City Fishing

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For this aptly named program, the Hudson River Park Trust 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 waters, with an emphasis on river ecology and education. Equipment for up to 25 participants is provided on a first-come, first-served basis at the drop-in sessions. Ages 5 and up.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 25, Tribeca Sunday August 30 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

CMA Hudson River Outpost

Every Tuesday, the Children's Museum of the Arts invites families to contribute to their Collaborative Diorama Project, Water Habitat Layers Collaborative! Artists of all ages get to explore the aquatic environment of the Hudson through art workshops while helping the project grow. Workshop themes include Underwater Sea Creatures Mobile (7/21), Healthy vs. Unhealthy Water Scenes in Bottles (7/28), River Plants & Water Fowl (8/11) and more! All ages.

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25 Aug 2015

Zoo Quest

Animal lovers adventure through the zoo with their parents, friends and family on this exciting scavenger hunt. Grab a map guide and compete in trivia games along the way and win some prizes! All ages.

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Central Park Zoo, Upper West Side Until Sunday November 1 2015

Little New-Yorkers

The youngest NYC residents explore their city through storytelling, singing, and activites like playing with old-timey toys. In August, learn about one woman's amazing travels in Nellie Bly Story and craft a suitcase (Aug 18, 21), then explore old-time fashion in When Everyone Wore Hats before designing a cameo necklace or pocket watch (Aug 25, 28). Ages 3 to 5.

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Friday August 28 2015

Cooking with Frida

Stop by the Edible Academy's Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden to experience the colors, textures, smells and tastes of Frida Kahlo's Mexican kitchen. Families will watch as educators whip up delicious recipes using fresh ingredients from the garden. Kids will learn about Mexican staple foods like beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles and herbs. All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx Until Sunday November 1 2015

The Great New York State Fair

Journey upstate for a weekend full of not-so-urban activities. The annual festival on Syracuse’s sprawling fairgrounds is best known for countrified entertainment like pig racing, cow birthing and displays of intricate butter sculpturesÑyes, reallyÑall fueled by every fried food item you can imagine. Parents will love sampling cheese and wine from local producers (especially the beloved wine slushies) while the kids tackle carnival rides. Wander the grounds, play ring toss and dart games and grab tickets to one of many concerts, including Eric Church (August 27), Patti Labelle (September 3) and upstate kid Sawyer Fredericks (September 5) from The Voice. Visit on Student’s Day (September 4), when everyone 18 and under gets in free, or wait until closing day (September 7), when admission and rides will only run you $1 apiece. Fireworks will light up the sky following the Nick Jonas concert (6pm) to cap the whole shebang. All ages.

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New York State Fairgrounds Until Monday September 7 2015

Wild Wednesdays on the High Line

Wednesdays this summer will be wildly fun and educational at the High Line. Your little nature-lovers can learn all about the animals and plants that make High Line Park. Whether it's to find out how plants live way up on the High Line (July 1), investigate the creatures making holes in the leaves (July 22) or get to know some friendly ladybugs (8/22), a trip to the High Line this summer will include snacks, facts, and community fun. Wild Wednesdays take place rain or shine, so caregivers and their kids and drop by the 14th Street Passage anytime. Ages 4 and up.

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26 Aug 2015

Front Row Cinema

Head to the water's edge for free outdoor film screenings every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend. In addition to a kid-friendly show, families can hit up South Street Seaport's Smorgasburg vendors before finding a spot on the lawn. See Ratatouille (5/24), The Princess Bride (5/28), Jaws (5/31), Wall-E (6/4), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (6/7),The Muppets Take Manhattan (6/11), The Breakfast Club (6/14), Rango (6/18), Brave (6/25), Karate Kid (7/2), The Avengers (7/5), Wreck-it Ralph (7/9), Fantastic Mr. Fox (7/16), E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (7/23), Men In Black III (7/26), Goonies (7/30), The Croods (8/6), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (8/13), Pitch Perfect (8/16), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (8/20) and finally, Frozen (8/27). Ages 5 and up.

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Until Thu Aug 27

"Connected Worlds"

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. All ages.

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New York Hall of Science, Queens Until Monday August 31 2015

Safety City

This summer, pull into Safety City, a mini road course complete with traffic lights, pedestrian crosswalks and attractions. At the Jewish Children's Museum's annual event youngsters can practice street safety as drivers on pedal go-carts and as pedetrians. Other fun activities include a yellow bus photo booth and meet-and-greets with community heroes like policemen, fire fighters, paramedics military servicemen and other real safety personnel (Sundays only). At the end of the program, the streetwise tykes will get a their Safety City license. Ages 2 and up.

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Jewish Children's Museum, Crown Heights Sunday August 30 2015 - Wednesday September 2 2015

FiDi Families at the Seaport

Bring your tiny tykes to The South Street Seaport for fun-filled events featuring storytellers, music, arts and crafts and more. Take the little artists to Cannon's Walk for art-making with Crayola chalk (8/6, registration required), an Engineering with LEGO workshop (8/14) and a session with artist Joe Vena, where kids will craft dinosaurs our of modeling clay (8/28). In September, head to Peck Slip and learn how to safely use hammers and nails with ConstructionKids before making a wooden project to take home (9/19). Prior registration recommended. Ages 4–8.

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South Street Seaport, Financial District Sunday September 6 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

Life's a Picnic

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Ditch your blanket in Central Park for an indoor picnic at Grand Central! This event transforms Vanderbilt Hall into a checkered tablecloth-filled dining area with live entertainment and free wifi—you're welcome to bring food of your own or purchase your meal from any of Grand Central's vendors.

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Until Fri Aug 28

FringeJR: Ideas, Not Theories

Bicycles, water, bodies, and marimbas- these are just a few of the musical instruments used during this theatrical percussion show that parents and kids alike will love! Ages 6-12.

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14th Street Y, East Village Saturday August 29 2015

Wildlife Challenge

Liberty Science Center's outdoor obstacle course lets kids channel the skills of various animals to accomplish various tasks. The Wildlife Challenge is made up of balance beams, a field of bamboo, a burrow of giant balls, winding pipes, covered passageways and a suspended rope bridge. Participants must be 48 inches tall and weigh no more than 250 pounds. Ages 6 and up.

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Liberty Science Center Until Sunday September 27 2015