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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

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AMNH Family Party

AMNH Family Party Photograph: Roderick MIckens

With so many family-friendly events and activities on offer (and a long weekend off from school), it's important to make the most of time with the family. You and the little ones can hit up all kinds of Halloween events for kids, see the best exhibits for kids right now in NYC museums and even check out the Big Apple Circus.


 


Things to do with kids, October 20–24

1

AMNH Family Party

  • Price band: 4/4

Curious kids get to live out their Night at the Museum dreams and get a behind-the-glass peek at some of the coolest museum exhibits around. Hang with live animals, play with artifacts and examine skulls, ivory tusks and other specimens with microscopes. Little ones can also get clued in on Museum scientists' ongoing research through hands-on activities, then take a break from their bookish pursuits to play dress-up, get their hair styled, or take in live music and dance performances. Ages 2 to 12.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Tue Oct 21
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2

Superhero Yoga

  • Price band: 2/4

Like Batman and Wonder Woman, your little superhero needs to be in tip top shape to be ready to defend the innocent! Let the kids don their favorite crime-fighting costume and join in on this action-packed yoga class to get the superhero training that they need. While strengthening thier bodies, they'll explore their super powers through fun games and activites and even learn to fly! Reservations required. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. Karma Kids Yoga 104 W 14th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, second floor
  2. Tue Oct 21
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3

Scandinavia House Exhibition Workshops

  • Price band: 1/4

From March through April 12, this Saturday series introduces children to the works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer by comparing them to contemporary photographs focused on darkness and light; then, they'll create their own masterpiece using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, printmaking and collage. From April 26 through June 14, the workshops are inspired by the exhibition "Sami Stories," which explores the culture of the Sami peoples of northern Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. Kids will use textiles and natural materials to create Sami-inspired projects. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 17
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4

"Somebody Come and Play" Family Programs

Celebrate the 45th season of Sesame Street, airing this fall, with free, kid-friendly programming throughout the run of the NYPL's new exhit. Stop in for Family Day (Oct 13), complete with storytelling, giveaways, games and a visit from one of Sesame Street's beloved characters. Arrive early—the first 50 children (under age 10) will snag complimentary goodie bags. Return for screenings of special films, including "Follow That Bird" starring Big Bird himself (Oct 22), and "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" in which the furry monster sets out in search of his blue blanket (Nov 19). Ages 1–10.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Nov 19
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5

Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

New York’s most high-tech haunted house also has an educational element: Every year, students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program produce the attraction from the ground up, with skeleton pirates, talking paintings and a grisly bathroom. Tough tweens can trigger the hotel’s spooky surprises (think jumping skeletons and pirate ghosts) with a series of hidden sensors that respond to their movements. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Building 186 Jay St, between High and Nassau Sts
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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6

The Mystery Museum Train Party

  • Price band: 1/4

Head down to the tracks of the New York Transit Museum for an underground Halloween train party for families. Kids can don their creepy costumes, then solve an interactive 100-year-old mystery during the Spooky Subway Investivation, make subway crafts, play games and enjoy refreshments. Prior registration recommended. All ages.

  1. New York Transit Museum Boerum Pl, at Schermerhorn St, 11201
  2. Thu Oct 23
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7

Dance on a Shoestring

  • Price band: 2/4

This intimate dance revue combines scenes from classic ballets, new pieces and popular New York Theater of Ballet productions into an hour-long showcase that's perfect for kiddie attention spans. Young ballerinas will be inspired by dancers from NYTB's Ballet School NY. Bring your little trick-or-treaters to a special early show at 3:30pm on October 25th and participate in a Halloween Party, which will include games, snacks, dancing and a costume parade ($30 for children and $20 for adults; includes show and party). Reservations are strongly recommended. All ages.

  1. The Dance Gallery 30 E 31st St, between Madison and Park Aves, fifth floor
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Feb 28
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8

Halloween Murder Mystery

  • Price band: 2/4

Get the gang together for this Halloween-themed mystery: A (fictional) skeleton has been discovered under the floorboards in the Mount Vernon Mansion, and it's up to you and your family to figure out who's to blame! Explore the museum by candlelight as you solve puzzles and collect clues to crack the case. Reservations recommended. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden 421 E 61st St, between First and York Aves
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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9

Marmalade!

  • Price band: 2/4

Little audiences will be delighted by this quirky performance from Swedish troupe Claire Parsons Co. Join performers Mira and Viktor as they explore "meeting, mixing and blending" through dance, music and circus acts. Ages 2–6.

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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10

Queens County Farm Museum Haunted House

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Even you will have a hard time containing your squeals at this creepy, but kid-friendly haunted house. Keep an eye out for lurking ghosts, goblins and more, then, once the family's had their share of chills and thrills, hop aboard a hayride, sip on mulled cider and pick farm-grown pumpkins and apples. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Oct 26
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11

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical

  • Price band: 3/4

Young New Yorkers will learn about their city's history in this new musical directed by Evan Pappas. Fourteen-year-old Abigail Shapiro (of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Madison Square Garden) stars as the titular Liberty, a young and determined French immigrant who arrives alone in the New York Harbor in 1884 and is forced to find her way in her new home.

  1. Theatre 80 80 St. Marks Pl, between First and Second Aves
  2. Until Tue Nov 25
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12

More Than Meets The "I"

  • Price band: 1/4

Budding scientists can indulge their curiosities at "More Than Meets The I" at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. The hands-on exhibition exposes kids to STEM (that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields with cool exhibits on moleculary biology, nanotechnology, robotics and 3D printing. There's also a science-themed reading area curated by the Brooklyn Public Library. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 18
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13

Dinosaurs After Dark

  • Price band: 2/4

As if the giant animatronic reptiles at Field Station: Dinosaurs weren’t scary enough, now your dino lovers can view these prehistoric predators in the dark of night, armed with only a flashlight and a rope to guide them along the path. When you’re not trekking through the shadowy park, kids can break it down at a Dinosaur Dance Party or settle in for some ghost stories, a sing-along and 'smores around the campfire. Ages 3 to 11.

  1. Field Station: Dinosaurs Laurel Hill Park, One Dinosaur Way, at New County Rd, 07094
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Oct 25
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14

Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis

  • Price band: 3/4

Gotham's favorite circus troupe kicks off an all-new sawdust spectacular for its 37th season, astounding families and young circusgoers with quick-chance transformation acts and enchanting illusions under the direction of Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane. You can duck under the Big Top to witness fearless trapeze flyers, gravity-defying acrobats, a mind-bending contortionist and a diabolo and foot-juggling team from no more than 50 feet from the action. Francesco the Clown and talented creatures including camels, horses and pups will also enter the ring, performing to tunes from the Big Apple Band. Kids get in free on Wednesdays (two-for-one offer, with purchase of adult ticket) for a two-hour show with intermission. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Jan 11
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15

"Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World"

  • Price band: 1/4

Come discover the evolution of this rockin' instrument through the centuries at this traveling exhibit from the National Guitar Museum. Kids can design their own guitar in a multimedia activity, play riffs on a virtual fret board and experiment with sound using different materials. Also, get a closer look at awesome items on display, including the world's largest playable guitar, the world's oldest electric guitar and a guitar inlaid with over 230 pieces of gold. Music fans will especially enjoy free, live performances by rock, jazz, blues, classical and kindie bands throughout the exhibition. See website for full schedule. All ages.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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