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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 1–5

1

Wicked

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

Based on novelist Gregory Maguire's 1995 adult variation on L. Frank Baum's Oz mythology, Wicked provides a prequel to the children's book and movie. The musical addresses complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, opposition to fascism. Thanks to a witty book by Winnie Holzman (creator of ’90s cult angstfest My So-Called Life) and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz's robust score, Wicked soars.

  1. Gershwin Theatre 222 W 51st St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Dec 31
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2

Mulan the Musical

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 3/4

China's all-female percussion group, The Red Poppy Ladies, returns stateside to perform the classic children's tale. The group will reinterpret Mulan, the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the Emperor's army. All ages.

  1. Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa E.T.C. 66 E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
  2. Wed Sep 3 - Sat Sep 13
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3

"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 Sep 3 - Sun Jan 18
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4

Preschool Play

  • Free

Toddlers can play with one another on the park’s grassy lawn. Toys, books and game equipment provided. Ages 2 to 4.

  1. Robert F. Wagner Park Battery Pl, between West St and 1st Pl
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Oct 29
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5

"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. Wed Sep 3 - Wed Dec 31
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6

Wednesday Night Tours

Take a scholarly stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park and learn about history, photography, and architecture. This month, travel back in time to WWII and find out how Brooklyn's waterfront was involved in the war with guide Andrew Gustafson (June 4); Become introduced to basic elements of photography such as lighting, composition, and depth of field with Brooklyn Bridge Park Photographer, Alexa Hoyer (June 11); join guide Kyle Johnson, AIA Architect, in viewing Manhattan's skyline of significant skyscrapers (June 18); follow Ulrich Lorimer as he leads a tour of the park's native plants (June 25). All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Wed Sep 3 - Wed Oct 8
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7

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 3 - Wed Oct 15
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8

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. Until Sat Feb 28
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9

"Compounding Visions"

  • Price band: 1/4

This exhibit, featuring the artwork of Ryan and Trevor Oakes, combines art and math in perceptual drawings, mathematical sculptures constructed with pipe cleaners and algorithmic watercolor paintings. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Until Sun Sep 14
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10

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. Tue Sep 2 - Wed Dec 31
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11

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. Until Sat Feb 28
More info
12

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. Until Sun Jan 4
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13

Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the iconic children’s tale Madeline, the NYHS will display more than 90 works of art by the talented author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Visitors can marvel at original drawings from his beloved picture book collection—portraying a young Parisian girl and her adventures at boarding school—plus photographs, memorabilia and murals evoking beautiful French scenes and landscapes. Delve into Bemelmans’s history as a New York City transplant who frequented city landmarks like the Carlyle Hotel. All ages.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Oct 12
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