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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Our favorite things to do in NYC with kids from July 28th to August 1st

Summer Stories in the Garden

Summer Stories in the Garden Photograph: courtesy Wave Hill

Events this week


Stories in the Garden

Bring little ones to Wave Hill's spectacular public garden where they can listen to stories of a different nature-related theme each week. On Thursday, July 31st, the week is bug-themed. Children can hear two enchanted tales about a quiet cricket and a snail's spell. Be aware that sessions are held outside and are weather dependent. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Enchanting aerials, juggling, Russian swings and clown acts will wow parents and kids alike as they journey into the mysterious world of Varekai, a magical forest at the summit of a volcano filled with some peculiar creatures. This reboot of a 2002 Cirque production follows a young man as he wanders a new and strange land, meeting Icarus, the Skywatcher and other colorful and quirky characters along the way. Ages 7 and up.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 3
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Bronx Terminal Market's Free Summer Film Series

  • Free

Rooftop Films teams up with the massive Bronx shopping center to bring family-friendly flicks to the Level 6 garage. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, beach towels and snacks to see Frozen (July 8), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (July 15) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (July 29). Pre-film community activities start at 7pm, movies screen at sunset (around 8). All ages.

  1. Bronx Terminal Market 610 Gateway Center Boulevard, at 150th St, 10451
  2. Until Tue Jul 29
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The Lightning Thief

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Every summer (this year marks the 26th anniversary), Theatreworks USA presents one free Off Broadway show. The catch? Tickets go quickly and can only be obtained onsite one hour before curtain time. This year's production adds original songs to Rick Riordian's uber-popular The Lightning Thief, in which Percy Jackson, the 12-year-old son of the god Poseidon, must find out who stole Zeus' lightning bolt, all while dealing with his ADHD and dyslexia. Ages 8 to 12.

  1. Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher St, between Bleecker and Hudson Sts
  2. Until Fri Aug 22
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Little Makers: Ice Cream, You Scream...

  • Price band: 1/4

Parents and kids can create their very own ice cream flavor and eat it up at this yummy workshop. Registration is recommended. Ages 2 to 6.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sun Aug 3
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Unsung & Heroes

  • Price band: 1/4

This new off-Broadway combination of two productions performed by kids, for kids will inspire and entertain. Unsung is a dance-theater performance tackling the kids' theme of growing up and Heroes is a family musical about bravery. All ages.

  1. TADA! Theater 15 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, second floor
  2. Until Fri Aug 1
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My Superhero Roberto Clemente

  • Price band: 1/4

The story of the legendary Latin baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente comes to life in a kid-friendly bilingual musical Young Bobby and his friends discover a secret—they have super powers! Little theatergoers will witness Clemente's leadership and courage in the face of adversity, all set to great music and complete with dance numbers, animations and puppetry. All ages.

  1. Teatro SEA Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St, at Rivington St, 10002
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Syfy Movies with a View: Beetlejuice

  • Free

Set against a spectacular view of lower Manhattan, this outdoor movie mainstay at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1 seems to garner a larger following with each passing year. That being the case, be sure to arrive early to beat the massive crowds—you'll stay entertained with pre-movie sets by local DJs as well as a short film. While this is not a strictly family-friendly series (many flicks are rated R), this year's more kid-friendly picks include Duck Soup (July 10), Fantastic Mr. Fox (July 24), and Beetlejuice (July 31). Music starts at 6pm, movies begin at sundown. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Victory Dance at The New Victory Theater

  • Price band: 1/4

The New Victory Theater is excited to present Victory Dance, a performance series specifically created for a younger crowd. The goal of the three night series (including programs A, B and C,) is to expose kids to the different varieties of dance in New York City. Every evening includes a feature of up to four dance companies, including Gallim Dance, Michelle Dorrance, Doug Elkins Choreography and Ballet Tech’s Kids Dance. Program C (July 31st) includes an excerpt from I Can See Myself in Your Pupil by Andrea Miller, along with an excerpt from Scott, Queen of Marys by Doug Elkins. Ages 8 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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"What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones"

  • Price band: 1/4

Chances are, the iconic cartoon characters of your childhood were brought to life by animation director and artist, Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones. Discover the origins of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and more—all brought to life by the creative genius during a successful career that spawned over 300 animated films. A new Smithsonian traveling exhibit exploring Jones' process, inspiration and more will debut at NYC's own Museum of the Moving Image, before moving on to thirteen more cities. Re-visit the Looney Tunes in 23 of his animated films, view a documentary and peek into his animation process via original sketches, storyboards, photographs, an interactive experience and more. All ages.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Jan 18
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