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The best family vacations from NYC
Looking for a great getaway with the little ones? We have no doubt that NYC is the best place to raise a family, but sometimes it's great to escape for a breath of fresh air away from the pavement, sirens and ever-illuminated sky. Our extensive list of the best family vacations will get your city kids to the coolest family resorts and summer weekend getaways, plus they'll help make amazing memories that'll last a lifetime. Who knows, you might even find swimming pools, splash parks and other amazing outdoor activities for kids.
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Upcoming NYC events and festivals
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.
It's back! The City Parks Foundation returns with its annual feast of free outdoor performances. This year features over 100 events (!), taking place in 16 different parks throughout the five boroughs. Little ones will especially enjoy the musical stylings of DJ Rich Medina (June 19, 4pm, Red Hook Park), Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players (July 10, 3pm, Central Park), Legacy Women (July 17, 4pm, St. Mary's Park), Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (Aug 7, 4pm, Clove Lakes Park) and DJ Spinna (Aug 14, 4pm, East River Park). Visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage to see the full schedule. All ages.
38th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow
Each summer, more than 40 Native American nations converge in the apple orchards of the Queens County Farm Museum for an intertribal dance competition. Hosted by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, this massive event is New York City’s largest and longest-running annual powwow. When kids aren’t marveling at the elaborate traditional dress, booming drums and dynamic performances, they can snack on Native American foods and grab a souvenir from one of the many art, craft and jewelry vendors. Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs or blankets, and be sure to stick around until sunset for the huge bonfire. All ages.
Family Performance Festival
Throughout the summer, the Central Park Conservancy presents eco-friendly performances for families every Sunday at noon. Attend a Father's Day dance party with Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground (June 19), bop along with the musical storytelling of Diane Edgecomb (July 10) and Catskill Puppet Theater (Aug 14) and participate in scientific experiments with Mad Science (Sep 4). Visit centralparknyc.org for the full list of activities and performances. All ages.