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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

Alan Alabastro
Seattle Children's Theatre production of Robin Hood.

It's the first cool day of the season—you can either cram in the rest of the things on your last-minute summer bucket list, OR you can look forward to the best things to do with kids in the fall. Either way, this week is action-packed...so get planning! When you have some downtime, be sure to cruise our lists of the best kids shows on TV and our ranked list of the 73 best kids books.

Things to do with kids Sept 28–Oct 2


Robin Hood

The Seattle Children's Theatre offers a madcap take on the Prince of Thieves with plenty of swashbuckling and swordply. Our hero and his merry men—all played by just four actors—fight for justice with swords and their just-as-sharp wit. On October 11, your fam can get in on the action with a fight-choreography workshop (2:30pm, $17 per kid), led by New Vic teaching artists. Ages 7 and up.

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New Victory Theater , Midtown West Until Sunday October 11 2015

Hands-On Nano Demos

Explore the itty-bitty world of nanoscience and nanotechnology through hands-on activities covering topics including properties, structure, materials and scale. No reservation required. Participation granted on first-come, first-served basis. Ages 7 and up.

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Until Thu Oct 1

The Art of John Lennon: Imagination Nation

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday, the AFA Gallery will be showcasing illustration artwork created by the famous Beatle. John Lennon’s 20th century art focused on themes of human love and communication. This exhibit features limited edition prints reproducing his rare archival sketches. All ages.

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Animazing Gallery , Soho Until Saturday October 31 2015

Celebrate Fashion Week at CMA

Fashion-forward tots can have their own New York Fashion Week celebration at this workshop where they’ll design trendy fabric bracelets or bow-ties in fun patterns and colors. They’ll also get to work on mood boards and sketches of ideas for their very own fashion line. All ages.

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Until Mon Sep 28

"Swedish Wooden Toys"

The durable, plastic toys on most toy store shelves today are great and all, but we still adore the detail and craftsmanship that went into making wooden toys back in the day. Luckily, Sweden still upholds the tradition of making these special playthings, and the Bard Graduate Center is putting many of them on display this fall. Check out handmade rattles, rocking horses, dollhouses, building blocks and more, plus learn about the educational value of the toys. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 11am–4pm and Thursdays until 7pm. Tour reservations required. Ages 4 and up.

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Bard Graduate Center Gallery , Upper West Side Until Sunday January 17 2016

Cooking with Frida

Stop by the Edible Academy's Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden to experience the colors, textures, smells and tastes of Frida Kahlo's Mexican kitchen. Families will watch as educators whip up delicious recipes using fresh ingredients from the garden. Kids will learn about Mexican staple foods like beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles and herbs. All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Until Sunday November 1 2015

Fashion Academy the Musical

In this musical, Mackenzie “Mickey” Williams is a new student at FAB middle school, a school for future fashion designers. Mackenzie is out of place at school with her wacky, colorful style, and all she wants is to fit in. She undertakes a fashion makeover to blend in with the other fashionistas but soon learns that she may have lost her true self. Ages 7 and up.

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Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater , Upper West Side Until Saturday October 31 2015

"NYC and Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple"

This new interactive gallery for kids captures the sounds, sights, flavors and soul of New York! Little ones can take over the Big Apple's sidewalks, streets, parks, public transportation and more by driving taxis and police cars, building mini skyscrapers, running an international food cart and even imagining they're the mayor.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , Downtown Until Thursday December 31 2015

Sleepy Hollow the Musical

Tweens will venture into the woods of 18th-century New York to meet Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman in this creepy musical based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Ages 10 and up.

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Players Theatre , Greenwich Village Until Saturday November 7 2015

"If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home"

Printed maps have provided the information we needed to understand our surroundings since long before Google was giving us directions on our iPhones. The artists featured in the Children's Museum of the Arts' fall exhibit incorprates elements of cartography and mapping into detailed multimedia works, including collages, prints, paintings and drawings. Many used their imaginations as the first cartographers did, to wonder what lies beyond certain physical boundaries, and kids can now take a crack at interpreting the meaning behind the unique diagrams. The artistic expressions of personal identity, political ideas and culture will serve as great inspiration for visitors, who get to add their personal touch to a large-scale world map on the museum wall. Ages 5 and up.

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Children's Museum of the Arts , Downtown Until Friday January 1 2016
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