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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, August 18–22

1

Downtown Dance Festival

  • Free

Twirl, two-step or tap your way to Lower Manhattan for the 33rd year in a row. The five-day, completely outdoor fest will include performances by both local and international dance groups ranging from contemporary ballet to Indian and traditional folk. For a full, updated schedule, visit batterydance.org. All ages.

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Thu Aug 21
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2

NYC Parks Summer Sports Experience

  • Free

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! All ages.

  1. NYC Parks Experience Summer Day Camp Various locations,
  2. Thu Aug 21 - Fri Aug 29
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3

"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. Thu Aug 21 - Sun Nov 2
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4

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. Thu Aug 21 - Wed Dec 31
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5

Rocket Park Mini Golf

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Beneath the shadow of two retired NASA rockets, kids can tee off at this real outdoor course that mimics the path of a complete space flight. As they play the nine holes, little ones must take careful aim to avoid gravity wells, wormholes, warped space and asteroids; they'll also learn about the laws of motion that move spaceships through the air. The final hole, called "Splash Down," has players putt at a target on a rotating model Earth. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Thu Aug 21 - Sun Dec 28
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6

"Alice's Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure"

Curious kids can journey into Lewis Carroll's whimsical world and get acquainted with the quirky characters within at this 1,500-square-foot interactive summer exhibit teaching science and math skills. Little ones will begin their quest by crawling after the White Rabbit and "falling" to earth before encountering the Hall of Doors, filled with optical illusions and scientific puzzles to test their smarts. Dive into hands-on experiments at a Mad Tea Party, learn about geography in Digging to China, challenge the Queen of Hearts to a game of Crazy Croquet, and more. All ages.

  1. Long Island Children's Museum Charles Lindbergh Blvd, at West Rd, Garden City
  2. Thu Aug 21 - Sun Aug 31
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7

FringeJR: Vagabond$

  • Price band: 1/4

ExtraTeatro presents a musical show directed by Arianna De Giorgi. Join an Amerian and Italian vagabond as they entertain the crowd with a musical and comedic performance. They may not speak the same language, but they can definitely amuse the kiddos! All ages.

  1. 14th Street Y 344 E 14th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Sun Aug 24
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8

Front Row Cinema

  • Free

Head to the water's edge for free outdoor film screenings every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend. In addition to a kid-friendly show, families can hit up vendors from SmorgasBar before finding a spot on the lawn. See Ratatouille (5/24), Breakfast at Tiffany's (5/25), The Princess Bride (5/28), Jaws (5/31), Wall-E (6/4), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (6/7),The Muppets Take Manhattan (6/11), The Breakfast Club (6/14), Rango (6/18), The Perks of Being A Wallflower (6/21), Brave (6/25), Karate Kid (7/2), The Avengers (7/5), Wreck-it Ralph (7/9), I Am Legend (7/12), Fantastic Mr. Fox (7/16), True Grit (7/19), E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (7/23), Men In Black III (7/26), Goonies (7/30), When Harry Met Sally (8/2), The Croods (8/6), Four Weddings And A Funeral (8/9), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (8/13), Pitch Perfect (8/16), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (8/20), The Aviator (8/23) and finally, Frozen (8/27). Ages 5 and up.

  1. South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St, at Front St
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sat Aug 30
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9

All Jazzed Up Performance Series

  • Price band: 1/4

Supplementing its music-centric exhibit, "Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street," CMOM has wrangled a star-studded lineup of performers to bring the legacy of jazz in America front-and-center for NYC kids. A varied roster of singer-songwriters, composers, musicians and dancers—many of whom have graced the stages at some of NYC most iconic institutions—will sing, scat, tap and swing for young audiences through October. Kids can channel the Harlem Renaissance through 30s-style swing music, jazz tinged with international influence and other performances from the likes of Chad Lefkowitz Brown, Omar Edwards and Oran Etkin. Check the website for a full lineup. Space is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are distributed one hour before each event at the Visitor Information Desk on the 1st floor. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sat Oct 25
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10

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 Aug 22 - Wed Dec 31
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11

Eloise Summer Series at The Plaza Hotel

  • Price band: 1/4

Join the staff of The Plaza Hotel and take part in a unique line-up of activities inspired by the much-adored storybook character—and the hotel's favorite resident—Eloise. Dance to the music, win prizes and play games with Plaza staff members at the Dancing Divas event (Aug 6, 13 and 20) or channel your inner baker at a cooking event with the chefs of Todd English: Make your own pizza (Aug 7), pasta (Aug 14), crepes (Aug 28); or satisfy your sweet-tooth and join the Billy’s Bakery team for a workshop on how to decorate the perfect cupcake (Aug 21). The kids will receive an Eloise favor to take home at all events. All ages.

  1. The Plaza 768 Fifth Ave, at Central Park South, 10019
  2. Thu Aug 21 - Thu Aug 28
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12

SummerStage Kids: Acrobatic Conundrum

  • Free

Join SummerStage at the Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater for a show you will never forget! Complete with jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and other world-class performers, Acrobatic Conundrum is sure to deliver that wow-factor your family has been looking for. Check out a ton of performances by an array of contemporary circus companies as they showcase all of their unique talents at this event. All ages.

  1. Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater Enter the park at Madison Ave at 124th St
  2. Thu Aug 21
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13

Fridays with FiDi Families

Bring your tiny tykes to The South Street Seaport for fun-filled events featuring storytellers, music, arts and crafts and more. Take the little musicians to Creative Play For Kids where they'll attend a music class with singing, instruments and puppets (7/25, Ages 0 to 3). Parents can attend a class wth Sabree Education Services where they'll learn about social, emotional and cognitive skills for infants and toddlers while the little ones enjoy activities like music, art and story time (8/1, Ages 0 to 3). At Jam with Jamie, a children's music performer will entertain guests with a musical show (8/8, Ages 0 to 7). Two Chinese Fairies will perform a Chinese Ribbon Dance and tell stories at the Language Beans event. Also on this day, moms and kids ages 2 and up can get a mani from CityMANI (8/15, Ages 3 and up). Children can make their own summer reading bookmark, (8/22, Ages 2 and up) and join in on a musical sing-along party with professional musicians that will include games and activities (8/29, Ages 3 and up). All events will take place on the FRONT/ROW lawn located at Fulton and Front St. Ages 0 to 6.

  1. South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St, at Front St
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Fri Aug 29
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14

Coney Island Fireworks

  • Free

Get ready to tilt your head back. The famed Cyclone roller coaster and Deno's Wonder Wheel sponsor a stunning fireworks display every Friday night, and the Brooklyn Cyclones shoot off their own after select Saturday games. Plus, expect an Independence Day fireworks display to rival that of Macy's at MCU Park's FourthFest. See the website for an updated schedule. All ages.

  1. Coney Island Boardwalk Boardwalk, at 10th St
  2. Fri Aug 22 - Fri Aug 29
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15

RiverFlicks for Kids

  • Free

Not only does this annual series feature a gorgeous view of the Hudson River, but kids can also fill their bellies with free popcorn as they settle in for a Friday night family flick. On the lineup this year are recent hits as well as classics: Despicable Me 2 (July 11), Ghostbusters (July 18), Ghostbusters 2 (July 25), Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (Aug 1), Groundhog Day (Aug 8), Smurfs 2 (Aug 15) and The Wizard of Oz (Aug 22). Movies begin at dusk, usually around 8:30pm. Visit riverflicks.com for a complete schedule. All ages.

  1. Hudson River Park at Pier 46 West St, at Charles St
  2. Fri Aug 22
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