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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.

With so many family-friendly events and activities on offer, why would you save all the fun for the weekend? Aside from the countless great family attractions in NYC, you and your brood can hit up bookstore readings, workshops and even some awesome, kid-friendly classes at fitness centers in NYC during the week. Plus, don't forget to reference our NYC festival and fair guide for families to track down the Big Apple's best seasonal bashes. Peruse our top 15 picks below to plan some weekday fun!

Things to do with kids, September 15–19


Honey Bees: Home Is Where the Hive Is

  • Price band: 1/4

See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Feb 28
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"Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street"

Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library's Sesame Street exhibit. Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children's area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. All ages.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Jan 31
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Autumn Leaves Storytime

At this seasonal event, little ones will usher in fall by hearing stories about the changing seasons and searching for flowers and leaves in and outside the museum. Kids will leave with their very own leaf rubbing. Ages 6 and under.

  1. Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden 421 E 61st St, between First and York Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Madeline's Tea Party

  • Price band: 2/4

The NYHS's Madeline in New York exhibit gets even more delightful on select days when young visitors can enjoy a spot of tea and Parisian nibbles during special tea parties at the museum's own Caffe Storico. Listen to readings of favorite books from Ludwig Bemelman's beloved series, then wander through the galleries (admission is included in the ticket price) to see his artwork and other memorabilia. All ages.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Wed Oct 8
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Mad. Sq. Kids: Reading Rangers

On Wednesdays, listen to a storytime and join in on an activity at the Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground. See the website for details on which books will be read. Ages 2 to 6.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Wed Oct 15
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Creative Dance Open House

  • Free

Tiny dancers looking for a fall class can try out this new ballet workshop for free. With the guidance of instructor Rachael Kosch, tykes will practice their moves to live music played by classical composer Michael Kosch, while parents observe the trial class. Reserve a space for your child by phone or to racahel.kosch@gmail.com. Ages 4 to 9.

  1. Westbeth Center for the Arts Community Room 463 West St, between Bank and Bethune Sts
  2. Until Wed Sep 10
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Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

  • Price band: 2/4

Superheroes-in-training are granted special S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the offical Avenger's S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) headquarters. Visitors can examine top-secret intelligence files and classified studies and experiments that delve into the origins of the powerful Avengers. View Captain America's Birth Pod, Loki's Scepter and other sacred artifacts, then get behind the controls of Iron Man's suit and see how you measure up against Captain America's physical abilities at this immersive exhibition. All ages.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Jan 4
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Dances Patrelle's Romeo & Juliet

  • Price band: 3/4

Fall in love with a ballet version of a Shakespeare classic. Dances Patrelle celebrates its 25th anniversary with four performances of Romeo & Juliet at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse. Young ballerinas will be inspired by the cast, which includes aspiring dance students alongside seasoned pros. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave, at 68th St
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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"Spiders Alive!"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Get up close and personal with more than 20 species of one of the world's most essential predators. "Spiders Alive!" lets you and your kids come face-to-face with live spiders from the museum's research collection (the largest in the world), learn about spiders' behavior and anatomies, and take a picture atop a giant arachnid model. Visitors are able to watch, learn and even touch these creepy creatures for up to three months! Be sure to check out 15-minute presentations in which the museum's resident spider experts handle live tarantulas and other species of spiders. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Nov 2
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Mad. Sq. Eats

  • Price band: 2/4

Bring the whole family- and your appetites- to Mad. Sq. Eats. This daily pop-up for foodies in Madison Square Park features a wide selection of kid-friendly cuisines, including pretzels from Sigmund's and ice cream cookie sandwiches from Melt Bakery. All ages.

  1. Madison Square Park 23rd St to 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Until Fri Oct 3
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Science Playground

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Wed Dec 31
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. On Feb 15 at 4:30pm, the show celebrates its seventh anniversary by offering free tickets to seven-year-olds. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Wed Dec 31
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"Behind the Screen"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

At the museum’s core exhibit (which was completely updated during renovations), you can put sound effects into film scenes, insert your voice into a part of The Wizard of Oz, or even make a short animated film and e-mail it to yourself. Learn about live video editing in the TV control room, where 14 different camera feeds from a Mets game help illustrate how a director splices the pieces together.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Wed Dec 31
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Harvesting Our History at the QBG

Learn the story of how Queens Botanical Garden came to be and about how it was influenced by the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. The exhibit consists mainly of images in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
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