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.
Mon Jun 29 2015
Photograph: Courtesy The Hunger Games Exhibition
Though the forecast is a bit gloomy this week, there's no reason you and the kiddos can't have plenty of fun. Check out our favorite indoor activities for kids, the best NYC play spaces and 10 things to do with kids when it's raining in NYC. When it's nice on Wendesday, be sure to check out our favorite summer activities for kids!
Things to do with kids June 29–July 3
Get out and get active at the NYC Parks Summer Sports Experience. No matter what kind of exercise you prefer, this summer camp provides an array of different sports and takes place at various parks throughout the city. Looking to ease that competitive itch? Come out and play lacrosse, basketball, soccer and other active games through the end of August! Recommended for ages 8-14.
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Little ones can seek solace from the muggy weather with Monday drop-in activities at 92Y this summer. Stop by for indoor playtime, art projects, snacks and circle time. Ages 1–3.
Take the crew to sit waterside in Hoboken's Shipyard Park, where they'll have the chance to check out a slew of outdoor kid-friendly performances. Featured performers include YOSI (June 9), a special Sesame Street Tribute (June 16), Erin Lee & The Up Past Bedtime Band (June 23), Chuck E. Cheese (June 30), Preschool of Rock (July 7), Polka Dot (July 14), The Hey Ya Brothers (July 21), The Fuzzy Lemons (July 28), Guitar Bar Jr. All Stars (Aug 4), Garden Street of the Performing Arts (Aug 11) and Music Together (Aug 18). All ages.
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The odds are definitely in your favor at this super–interactive, totally immersive exhibit insipired by The Hunger Games. Kids will learn about science, technology and problem–solving as they follow Katniss Everdeen's inspiring and action–packed journey through seven different galleries, including Tribute Train, District 12 and The Capitol. Super fans will flip for the authentic costumes and artifacts from the films on display, as well as the interactive map of Panem and stunt choreography feature. Tickets go on sale April 21; preregistration is recommended.
Madison Square Park hosts some of the best names in children music for a special series of free outdoor entertainment for kids and their families. Kicking off the series is Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could (5/28), who will be followed every Thursday by other kid faves like lullaby-loving fiddler Suz Slezak (6/4), girl-rocker Audra Rox (6/11), the Woody Guthrie-esque Alastair Moock and Friends (6/18), high-energy kindie band Recess Monkey (6/25), quirky crooners Danny Weinkauf & his Red Pants Band (7/9), tot-friendly sing-a-long group Songs for Seeds (7/16), joyful songstress Suzi Shelton (7/23) and finally, an interactive JazzReach program, Yes Indeed!, introducing youngsters to American blues (7/30). All ages.
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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.
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.
This morningtime children's series isn't music only—check out family-friendly performances by bilingual group Moona Luna (July 2), a show by Arm of the Sea Theatre (July 9), music with Robbi K & Friends (July 16), a concert from Josh & The Jamtones (July 23), and a performance by the puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater (July 30). Ages 7 and under.
Kids can discover the music within at this hands-on exhibit at the Jewish Children's Museum. Little music-makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of instruments, including a finger chime and a giant xylophone. They'll particularly enjoy making all the noise they want (without fear of disturbing the neighbors) in the percussion center. Visit the Music Room on Sundays for an educational music workshop. All ages.
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After a century and a half, the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland manuscript has made its way from the British Library in London to NYC, where it sits surrounded by original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs and other mementos from the story’s early days. Fans will adore seeing Sir John Tenniel’s colorful pen-and-ink illustrations, Carroll’s personal puppet theater and the desk used by Alice Liddell (the story’s namesake), which holds a letter she wrote to her father when she was 10. In the gallery, catch screenings of the first Alice film adaptation (from 1903) and hang out in reading areas to page through copies of the manuscript. Ages 4 and up.
Rock along to musical performances by kid's favorites this summer. Catch drum band JahPan on July 17, break out the dance moves with Shira & Friends on August 6, and join Mil's Trills in an interactive instrumental show on September 2. Ages 0 to 10.
Pack a cozy blanket and a picnic for a family movie under the stars at Pier I. This year’s theme is “Lawns, Parks, Estates and Forests,” featuring cult classics like Jurassic Park (July 1) and Edward Scissorhands (July 8), plus new kid-friendly favorites like Beasts of the Southern Wild (July 29) and Moonrise Kingdom (Aug 5). Movies start just after dusk (usually around 8:30pm), so get there at least an hour beforehand to claim a good spot. All ages.
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Tickets for this musical from Theatreworks USA are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so show up an hour prior to the performance to ensure that you and the kids can enjoy the tale of a Siamese cat who imagines he is El Skippito Friskito, a Mexican Chihuahua. In this funny twist on the classic Snow White fairytale, Skippyjon enlists help from his friends, the Seven Chimichangos to rescue the princess, Nieve Qué (Snow What). Ages 4 and up.
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While this four-day festival started as a small community fundraiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. Expect lots of family-friendly and kids programming throughout each day. Catch African dance performances, a fashion show, a chess tournament, a parade on Saturday (July 4), and musical and theatrical performances. All ages.
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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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