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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 Grand Central Terminal

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 August 22–26


Summer activities for kids in NYC

These awesome summer activities for kids will keep your family active and engaged throughout the city's sunniest season. You and the little ones can visit NYC parks and even explore delicious eats at our favorite family restaurants, plus you can see our top family attractions (think epic amusement parks, institutions like Discovery Times Square and more)!

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By: Allie Early

Grand Central's Summer Send-Off


Get in on a cool indoor hangout at Grand Central! This event transforms Vanderbilt Hall into a fun–filled dining area with live, family-friendly entertainment. Kiddos can make arts & crafts and get their faces painted courtesy of Kidding Around Toys, dance and sing along in the event's Jam to the Music perfomance courtesy of Brooklyn Children's Museum, watch performances from Grammy Award–winner Tim Kubart (Aug 24) and cast members of Wicked (Aug 25) and Something Rotten (Aug 26), too. There's also great food from the likes of Shake Shack and Zaro's Family Bakery available for purchase! Event located in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. All ages.

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26 Aug 2016

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival


This outdoor movie series celebrates movies filmed right here in NYC. First, see School of Rock (Aug 22, Marcus Garvey Park), followed by The Last Dragon (Aug 23, Marcus Garvey Park), I Am Legend (Aug 24, Central Park), Tootsie (Aug 25, Central Park), Desperately Seeking Susan (Aug 26, Central Park) and Stuart Little (Aug 27, Central Park). Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, enter on Fifth Avenue at 124th St. Central Park, between Sheep Meadow and 72nd St Cross Drive. All ages.

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Until Sat Aug 27

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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Acorn Theatre (at Theatre Row) , Hell's Kitchen Thursday September 1 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Little New-Yorkers

This New York Historical Society program offers time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, fun story readings from your kids' favorite books and an exciting craft project related to that book. Ages 3–5.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Tuesday August 30 2016 - Friday December 29 2017

The Great New York State Fair

Journey upstate for a weekend full of not-so-urban activities. The annual festival on Syracuse’s sprawling fairgrounds is best known for countrified entertainment like pig racing, cow birthing and displays of intricate butter sculptures, really all fueled by every fried food item you can imagine. Parents will love sampling cheese and wine from local producers while the kids tackle carnival rides. Wander the grounds, play ring toss and dart games and grab tickets to one of many concerts. All ages.

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New York State Fairgrounds Until Monday September 5 2016

National Park Service's 100th Birthday

Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service at this free outdoor bonanza featuring music performances from Ramblin' Dan, DJ Questlove and a surprise guest, plus a super cool interactive event hosted by Bill Nye (you know, the Science Guy) where you can control the color of One World Trade Center's spire using a giant digital circuit board. Additional festivities include an ice cream social, educational stations where kiddos can learn about conservation and waste reduction and fun family activites like sand art and corn hole. All ages.

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Until Mon Aug 22

River Rangers Club

During these club session, kids learn about the Hudson River Park ecosystem through interactive lessons and live animal demonstrations. Kids will discover the significance of the park’s wildlife like crabs and seahorses through discovery-based science experiments and nature-inspired crafts. Ages 5 to 9.

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Hudson River Park, Pier 25 , Tribeca Monday August 29 2016
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