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    Have an indoor picnic with the family at Grand Central through Friday

    Thu Aug 21

    Celebrate Mother's Day at Grand Central

    Celebrate Mother's Day at Grand Central staycay.net

    Hightail it over to the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall for the Life’s a Picnic event, offering yummy nibbles, prizes and free, live entertainment through August 22. Grand Central Terminal is drawing more than just daily commuters this week during a special “Life’s a Picnic” event in Vanderbilt Hall. Families can escape the heat and relax in an indoor picnic space—complete with an Astroturf floor and picnic tables topped with gingham tablecloths—during daylong chill sessions that are free and open to the public.   RECOMMENDED: Labor Day weekend family events in NYC   Though the event began on Monday, families still have a chance to catch some fantastic kid-friendly performances today and Friday, August 22 between 7am and 7pm. Stake out a picnic table, take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment with the kids. On Thursday from 12:30–2pm, catch the America’s Got Talent dance crew, iLuminate when they put on a dazzling performance in their light-up...

    Stroll back in time at Madison Square Park's free bicentennial celebration

    Wed Aug 20

    Spring Kids Fest at Madison Square Park

    Spring Kids Fest at Madison Square Park Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Fete the family-friendly park's 200th anniversary with a day of period entertainment, old school games and historic artifacts on September 6 Madison Square Park, one of the 13 best NYC parks for families, is throwing a massive bash to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its naming. Since the locale was dubbed Madison Square in 1814 (in honor of the fourth U.S. president, James Madison) it's become a popular spot for kid-friendly events or a midday lounge for passersby. The Madison Square Park Conservancy, with help from New York Life, invites families to a free event on Saturday, September 6 from 3–9pm to celebrate its bicentennial with live performances, period-themed games, art and refreshments. MAD. SQ. 200 Historic Daytime Fair, 3–6pm Little ones can channel past eras and try their hand at old school, interactive games from the early 1800s and 1900s like badminton, croquet (for adults and kids), hopscotch, marbles, jump rope and a 1914-inspired dice game of Hearts. Explore...

    The International Contemporary Circus Festival comes to Harlem

    Tue Aug 19

    THROW2CATCH

    THROW2CATCH Photograph: Gabriel Desbiens

    For the next three days, the circus steps outside the big top to present a free outdoor extravaganza of juggling, trapeze artistry and more. The unique International Contemporary Circus Festival, presented by SummerStage Kids in collaboration with Disney, will mount a variety of modern circus acts for children ages 10 and up (and kids at heart) in Marcus Garvey Park this week, beginning at 7pm each evening. On August 19 and 20, the festival will premiere SummerStage Kids' specially commissioned performance, "Circles," inspired by the poet Rumi and performed by Loki Circus Theater and hip-hop artist Akim Funk Buddha. This mixture of circus, innovative movement and dance will astound kids and parents alike as it celebrates the infinite potential of the human body. And—it just gets better—THROW2CATCH, a renowed Canadian circus troupe, will also perform an array of acrobatics and juggling onstage. T2C curated their show specifically for outdoor venues, so expect serious,...

    Don't miss the battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at Green-Wood Cemetery

    Tue Aug 19

    Photograph: Lisa Alpert

    Kids can learn about the Revolutionary War through a parade, reenactment demonstrations and trolley tour in Brooklyn on August 24 Your kids are about to get a healthy dose of NYC history! Non-profit Green-Wood Cemetery is best known as the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, the first battle of the American Revolution to occur after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In honor of our fallen soldiers, Green-Wood Cemetery will host an all-day commemorative event on Sunday, August 24 with plenty of activities for you and the kids (we'd recommend this event for your older kids, as the noise may be a bit much for very little ones). RECOMMENDED: Labor Day weekend family events in NYC Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration day offerings will include the following: Take an up-close look at different historic flags from the Revolutionary era and learn to decode their meanings from 10am–3pm. (Free) Meet uniformed reenactment soldiers, historical figures from the war and their horses at...
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