Your ultimate guide to New York for kids

Your guide to New York's best events & things to do with kids, family-friendly restaurants, kids' shows, kids' shops, birthday planning & classes for kids

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Memorial Day for kids in NYC

Celebrate those who have served our country by making Memorial Day for kids a special opportunity for family time.

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Vote for the winner of our photo contest!

You entered your amazing pictures, and we've picked our top ten contenders to win a Brooklyn Botanic Garden Family/Dual Membership!

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Free things to do with kids in New York

New York life is expensive—here's how to have fun for free!

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Best indoor water parks near NYC

The kids will be thrilled with all the water slides, pools, obstacle courses and more, and you'll just be glad to be in your bathing suit.

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New and upcoming exhibits at NYC museums for kids

Think you and the kids have seen all the cool exhibits that NYC museums have to offer? Think again! 

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Upcoming NYC events and festivals

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Puppetry Arts Festival

Set in some of Brooklyn’s coolest playgrounds, this popular community festival celebrates all things puppet! Spin art, games and arts and crafts for $2–4, $5 tote bag decorating and $4 bounce-house access are just a few of the cool activities on offer. There’ll even be a few costumed Star Wars characters in attendance, plus Tuffy Tiger, a bright orange puppet that helps pre-K–through–second-grade students discover the world around them through song and dance. All ages.  

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Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Celebrate Fleet week on the flight deck of this retired World War II ship. Start the week off right and view Naval and Coast Guard ships sailing up the Hudson River where they’ll travel past the Intrepid’s Pier 86 before docking. Throughout the rest of the week, the museum hosts tons of events for families like a free screening of Top Gun at (May 27 at 7:30pm), a vintage fashion show, swing dance demos and performances by big bands: James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band, George Gee Swing Orchestra and Gordon Webster Big Band (May 28 & 29). Don’t miss a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony featuring veterans and their families on May 30 at 11:30am. At the ceremony, guests can watch an unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and check out the playing of the Taps and a ceremonial wreath laying. All ages.  

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World Science Festival

Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five-day educational celebration. Prominent minds from around the world will unite to discuss the brain, time, the origins of the universe and more. Visit www.worldsciencefestival.com for a full list of events. Hurry, tickets sell out quickly! All ages.

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SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival

Young explorers can delve into the world of marine science at this family-friendly festival promising "a splash of science in the city." Hudson River Park and The New York Hall of Science will bring awareness to NYC's coastal waterways with a day of free, hands-on activities and presentations. See what noted scientists are up to, get in on citizen science activities and go kayaking. Live music and catch-and-release fishing will be on offer throughout the day. Ages 5 and up.  

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