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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 Wave Hill

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 June 27–July 1


State Fair Meadowlands

The giant fair offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, including master hypnotist Steve Bayner, racing pigs, an open-air circus, a petting zoo, live bands and a brand new high dive act! In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the fair is kicking off with a "Throwback Thursday" night on June 23 (6pm), offering admission plus ride handstamp for $19.86 (hint: that's the fair's inaugural year). Be sure to mark your calendar for June 29, when kids under 12 get free admission. Check the website for the full schedule. All ages.

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Meadowlands Fairgrounds Until Monday July 11 2016

Eloise Summer Events at The Plaza Hotel

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. Enjoy tasty snacks and write a letter to Eloise at the Rawther Fancy Tea (June 9), decorate a picture frame for Dad at the store's Father's Day event (June 14), or channel your inner culinary artist to make pizza alongside the chefs of Todd English (June 29). Kids will receive an Eloise favor and a $10 gift card to the store at all events. All ages.

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The Plaza , Midtown West Wednesday June 29 2016

BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera

Head to East Flatbush for a showcase performance of music-theater and opera company Ardea Arts' brand-new project, BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera. Performed on a basketball court, BOUNCE combines operatic singing, hip hop and electronic dance music to tell a modern version of the Greek myth "The Flight of Icarus." The production examines the pain of gun violence and the resilience of the human spirit and features high school students performing alongside professionals, making it an inspiration for little ones and big ones alike. All ages.

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Until Mon Jun 27

Astronomy Live: Opposition of Mars

What are dark matter and dark energy? Are we really alone in the cosmos? Dive into the many secrets of the universe with astrophysicists Jackie Faherty and Jana Grcevich and learn about the most important unsolved mysteries of cosmology and astronomy (and the scientists seeking to solve them). Ages 10 and up.

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Tuesday June 28 2016

Bryant Park Reading Room Summer Events

Head to Midtown's urban oasis for a variety of fun, free events every week this summer. Tuesdays feature StoryTime with Cali Co the Cat and Saturdays boast a slew of stellar guests, including Justin the Magician (June 25), Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band (July 9), Clifford the Big Red Dog (July 23), photographer Jane Goodrich (July 30), Comic Con Kids with Penguin Random House, Archie Comic and DC Comics (Aug 6) and more. All ages.

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Bryant Park Reading Room , Midtown West Tuesday July 5 2016 - Saturday August 20 2016

Live at the Archway

The Manhattan Bridge Archway is the place to be on Thursday evenings this summer, when this free 18-week performance series serves up swing dancing, world roots music, DJs and more. Kids can shimmy along with lively latin music ensemble Los Hacheros on June 2 and marvel at the ensaring puppet productions of Great Small Works July 28 and Sep 22. Visit dumbo.is to see the full schedule. All ages.

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The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge , DUMBO Thursday June 30 2016 - Thursday September 29 2016

Fuerza Bruta

This Union Square spectacle is a visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating. Kids will be wowed by the performers doing aerial and acrobatic stunts on the technicolor ceiling, but make sure to bring youngsters who can handle standing for the entire show. The music is very loud, but add to the ambience, and you can expect smoke and confetti to surround you during the performance. Ages 7 and up.

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Daryl Roth Theatre , Gramercy Until Friday December 30 2016

Stories in the Garden

Bring little ones to Wave Hill's spectacular public garden where they can listen to stories, join in sing-alongs and watch fun puppets. Each week boasts a different nature-related theme, including Trees Through the Seasons (June 29), Flowers and Falling Leaves (July 13) and Creepy Crawlies and Wiggly Wormies (Aug 10). Ages 3 to 6.

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Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center , The Bronx Until Wednesday August 10 2016
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