There are so many great things to do with kids in NYC this week! You'll find great arts & crafts, museum workshops, fun kids museum exhibits and more to explore while you're out and about. Compete with friends and family to see how many of our favorite 101 things to do with kids in New York you've accomplished so far, or check out our favorite family attractions. Don't miss our favorite free activities for kids either!
Best things to do with kids in NYC Jan 16–20
Little scientists will learn about the body’s largest organ through experiments that explore their sense of touch. Texture challenges and building an edible model of human skin will give them an adventurous course in anatomy. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, students will also learn about melanin in our skin creates all the different colors in the human spectrum. Ages 5-11.
If your family is super into dinosaurs and all things prehistoric, Metrograph’s dino movie series can’t be missed. The indie film venue will be showing a collection of favorites, including Jurassic Park (Jan 7 12pm, 7:15pm; Jan 8 12pm), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Jan 14 12pm; Jan 15 12pm; Jan 17 4pm, 9:30pm), Jurassic Park III (Jan 21 12pm; Jan 22 12pm), and King Kong (Jan 28 12pm; Jan 29 12pm). The Land Before Time and The Good Dinosaur will also be added to the roaring roster. All ages.
Get kids off on the right foot this new year by cultivating in them a joy of reading. Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore is lining up a series of story time events for kids in its Prospect Lefferts Gardens (632 Flatbush Ave) and Fort Greene (686 Fulton St) locations. Saturday Story Time - with titles such as The Case for Loving and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - will have authors appearing in both stores during the day (for kids ages 3-8). The Young Readers Book Group (for kids ages 9-12) will meet in Fort Greene on Tuesdays and Prospect Lefferts Garden on Wednesdays - kids will get lost in the worlds found in contemporary and classic chapter books while noshing on free pizza. Don’t miss out on the celebration of Greenlight’s newest location at Prospect Lefferts Garden. On January 7 at 1:30pm, there will be a story time for families as well as treats, activities, and giveaways.
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.
You and your littlest tot can spend a relaxing Friday morning celebrating Shabbat through songs and stories while enjoying challah and snacks. Ages newborn to 3 years.
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.
Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.