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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

Photograph: Courtesy York Theatre Company

Wow! There are plenty of epic ways to enjoy the warmer temps this week. Check out your favorite NYC playgrounds, visit Governors Island NY and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at one of these kid-friendly bars on Friday.

For more things to do, check out our favorite 101 things to do with kids in New York City and our favorite free activities for kids too.

Things to do with kids June 20–24


Night at the Museums

For one night only, New York families will have four hours to explore 15 lower-Manhattan museums for free! You could participate in events held by venues like The South Street Seaport (live printing press demos!) or the China Institute (ice cream and calligraphy demos)! Maybe you'll even discover an old relative at the National Archives. Make sure to pick up your museum passport at any one of the participating institutions before roaming. All ages.

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Until Tue Jun 21

Make Music New York

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Musicians flood NYC's public spaces during this daylong, citywide, entirely free festival. Little ones can join free song and movement sessions and big kids can pick up harmonicas, recorders and more to join in on group jam sessions alongside the pros. Visit makemusicny.org for the full lineup of events and happenings spanning the five boroughs. All ages.

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Until Tue Jun 21

State Fair Meadowlands

The giant fair offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, including master hypnotist Steve Bayner, racing pigs, an open-air circus, a petting zoo, live bands and a brand new high dive act! In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the fair is kicking off with a "Throwback Thursday" night on June 23 (6pm), offering admission plus ride handstamp for $19.86 (hint: that's the fair's inaugural year). Be sure to mark your calendar for June 29, when kids under 12 get free admission. Check the website for the full schedule. All ages.

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Meadowlands Fairgrounds Until Monday July 11 2016


Climb up to the tippy–top of the JCC in Manhattan for some rooftop rock n' roll. Families will be treated to snacks and pizza while kids frolic to the musical stylings of Mike Messer and the Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Ages 6 and under.

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22 Jun 2016

NYC Audubon Sunset EcoCruise

Hands down the best thing to do as a family on a summer Sunday night, Water Taxi's Audubon naturalist–led, 90-minute eco-cruise takes seafarers to one of three locales this summer: the Brother Islands, at the mouth of Long Island Sound (June 22, July 20, Aug 3 and Aug 17); Hoffman and Swinburne islands, off the coast of Staten Island (June 15, June 29, July 13 and July 27); and Jamaica Bay (June 8, July 6 and Aug 10). You'll learn amazing things about the NYC ecosystem and see with your own eyes the kind of wildlife sanctuary a city can be. All ages.

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South Street Seaport, Pier 16 , Financial District Wednesday June 29 2016 - Wednesday August 17 2016

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical

A young, determined French immigrant arrives alone in the New York Harbor in 1884 (and as it turns out, she's none other than Lady Liberty herself)! This exciting 80-minute theatrical experience details Liberty's journey in a time of recession and national immigration debate; While she faces much adversity in America, her strong resolve and mighty spirit soon earns her a spot as one of our country's most iconic symbols. SPECIAL PROMOTION: $63 (one adult ticket and one free children's ticket for children ages 4–12); $72 premium (one adult ticket and one free children's ticket for children ages 4–12). All ages.

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42West , Hell's Kitchen Monday June 27 2016 - Friday September 2 2016

Summer in the Square

Union Square Park is the place to be on Thursdays thanks to this popular free series offering a stellar lineup of children’s entertainment. Every week, little yogis can practice their sun salutations with Karma Kids yoga (10:30am), followed by lively shows from top-notch performers like local faves Rolie Polie Guacamole (June 16), award-winning multicultural music group Hot Peas ’N Butter (July 7) and the Gazillion Bubble Show (August 11), which enchants kids both small and big (we’re looking at you, parents) with interactive bubble wizardry. Kick back after the show with Storytime at 2pm, but be ready to get up and move again when PopFit Kids’ FUNctional Fitness program kicks off at 3pm. Don’t forget to bring a blanket—and snacks! Union Square Park. All ages.

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Union Square , Union Square Thursday June 30 2016 - Thursday August 11 2016

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Your favorite show has been extended due to popular demand! This stunning 60-minute performance adapts four of Eric Carle's most timeless tales: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Between its collection of 75 lovable puppets manned by skilled puppeteers and its brightly-painted sets featuring beautiful scenes from the classic stories, this show will undoubtedly delight audiences of all ages. READER BONUS: TICKETS $29.75 with code TRHCTK at TelechargeOffers.com. All ages.

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Theatre Row , Hell's Kitchen Until Thursday June 30 2016

Game On!

Children's Museum of the Arts presents a new exhibit featuring pieces from contemporary artists (specifically Louisa Armbrust, Zoe Buckman, Dario Escobar, Michelle Grabner, Norm Paris, David Rathman, Christin Rose, Jean Shin and Hank Willis Thomas) examining the ties between sports and issues of identity, power, heroism, nostalgia, popular culture and gender. All ages.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , Downtown Until Sunday September 4 2016

"The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation"

Love to make music and art? This exciting pick is for you! "The Swings" installation is exactly what it sounds like—an interactive art exhibition that lets you swing around on a real swingset. The best part is that each swing incorporates four instrument sounds, so participants can work together to make cool tunes. All ages.

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Brookfield Place Plaza , Battery Park City Until Thursday July 7 2016

Live at the Archway

The Manhattan Bridge Archway is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer, when this free 18-week performance series serves up swing dancing, world roots music, DJs and more. Kids can shimmy along with lively latin music ensemble Los Hacheros on June 2 and marvel at the ensaring puppet productions of Great Small Works July 28 and Sep 22. Visit dumbo.is to see the full schedule. All ages.

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The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge , DUMBO Thursday June 30 2016 - Thursday September 29 2016
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