For 50 years, Time Out has been the inside scoop to your city's hidden gems, can't-miss events and latest news. In honor of this special anniversary, Time Out New York Kids has partnered with local and national vendors to help our readers enjoy more of NYC, rounding up 50amazingfreebies, deals and special offers (including some of our most helpful guides, too).
Favorite attractions such Luna Park in Coney Island, Ample Hills, Books of Wonder and other awesome stores, museums and venues are among the NYC hotspots participating in Time Out's special. Take a good look through our 50-item roundup of epic offerings and enjoy!
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Thanks to the New-York Historical Society, one lucky family of four will score free tickets to the highly-anticipated "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," which opens Oct 5. The museum is also throwing in a free Harry Potter tote, too! Enter for your chance to win the tickets for a date of your choosing by clicking here. A winner will be selected at the end of the month.
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1. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Looking to practice your moves on the ice? You're in luck! Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (61 Chelsea Piers) will offer free general skating on Sept 23 (from 1–3:50pm). Please be mindful that this promotion does not include skate rental fees.
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2. The Muse
Now's the time to try your hand at circus art! The Muse is offering 10 percent off its 10 or 20 class aerial or ground packages and its Dare to Try Challenge at The Muse Bushwick (350 Moffat St, Brooklyn) from Sept 1–30. If you find yourself in Gowanus, the Muse's newly-opened second location (303 3rd Ave) is offering 10 percent off its fall sessions, also from the first to 30th. Visit the site and enter the code TIMEOUT to activate your discount.
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3. NFL Experience Times Square
Ready? Set? Hike! NYC's NFL Experience (20 Times Square) has an offering that's extra enticing for budding QBs. Click here to receive $10 off standard admission for children ages 5–12 with the code TONYKids in the month of September. Children 5 and under are admitted for free. Sounds like a touchdown to us!
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4. Children's Museum of Manhattan
If your kids have been bitten by the art bug, take them to a venue that's specifically dedicated to young'uns. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 W 83rd St) will offer a buy-one-get-one-free admission deal from Sept 20–22 for those who mention "Time Out New York Kids" when purchasing tickets. This deal cannot be combined with any other offers.
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5. Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn Children's Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn) is a go-to attraction for NYC's littlest residents. Now you can score a deal on your visits between Sept 15–30. Get 50 percent off general admission tickets for up to six people during this timeframe when purchasing tickets on-site. Make sure you provide the code: Time Out 50. *This offer is not available online.
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6. Children's Museum of the Arts
There's a lot to explore at CMA (103 Charlton St). Now, you and your family will have a reason to get there ASAP! In the month of September, the first 50 families to say "Time Out 50th Birthday" when purchasing tickets in person will receive 50 percent discounted general admission for up to five people per family. We know where we're spending the weekend!
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7. National Museum of the American Indian
If you're stopping by the National Museum of the American Indian (1 Bowling Green) this September, you might want to wrap up your visit with a trip to the gift shop. The Museum Store will provide 10 percent off purchases up to $200 for the entire month. Just make sure you mention "Time Out" when you hit the register.
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8. National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Explore the wonders of the Pacific Ocean—humpback whales, coral reef, jellyfish—without leaving the East Coast! It's all possible at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (226 W 44th St). Barring select blackout dates, you can take advantage of child admission (ages 3—12) for $16.25 with every adult, senior or military full-price ticket purchased. To book your tickets, click here and use code TONY50, mention this code at the box office or call 646-308-1337.
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9. Staten Island Children's Museum Family Emergency Preparedness Festival
It's a win-win at the Staten Island Children's Museum (1000 Richmond Terrace Building M, Staten Island) on Sept 29. Not only does the Family Emergency Preparedness Festival allow kiddies to have one-on-one time with emergency responders, check out their vehicles, meet Ready Girl and take home a collector’s edition comic book, but museum admission is free! The event, which runs from noon to 5pm and is sponsored by the NYC Department of Emergency Management, offers a lot to learn and enjoy.
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10. Books Are Magic
Author Emma Straub's literary oasis in the heart of Cobble Hill is a go-to for bibliophiles big and small. Books Are Magic (225 Smith St, Brooklyn) is just as enchanting as its name suggests, and readers are going to swoon over this special offer. For all those who sign up for a picture book or YA subscription box (for either six or 12 months) this September will score a free tote. Use the code TimeOut50 when checking out online or with a bookseller. Learn more about purchasing your boxes here. Happy reading!
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11. Books of Wonder
Nothing's better than getting lost in a good story. Books of Wonder, NYC's beloved bookshop dedicated to kiddos—located at 18 W 18 St and 217 W 84th St—is helping us celebrate our 50-year anniversary with a bookish deal from Sept 4–30. If you spend $30 at either of the stores and mention "Time Out," you'll get your choice of a free hardcover book from a hand-picked selection of outstanding children’s books for all age ranges. You can also take advantage of this deal online. Click here to learn more.
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12. Ample Hills
If you're feeling hungry, Ample Hills (305 Nevins St, Brooklyn) is serving up some creamy goodness that'll make your cones and shakes all the more irresistible. Use the code TIMEOUT15 for 15 percent off your entire online order, which is valid from Sept 1 until Oct 1. There's only one use per customer. Click here to learn more.
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13. Sherry B. Dessert Studio
If you have a sweet tooth, this one's for you. Sherry B Dessert Studio (643 Hudson St) will make back-to-school week a bit easier on hungry kids. From Sept 10–14, guests can use the code TimeOut50 upon check-out to receive 10 percent off their SB cookie bar order. This offer is available in-store only.
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There's dough-licious news in store for little ones. On Sept 7, head to DŌ (550 LaGuardia Pl) and mention the Time Out anniversary offer for a free scoop of the seasonal flavor, PB&J, for those 12 and under. For tykes with allergies, they'll be entitled to receive a free scoop of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. We look forward to chowing down!
This chill spot is a frozen treat lover’s paradise. By mentioning Time Out New York Kids Mondays–Thursdays when you visit the store, you'll be entitled to 10 percent off your ice cream-making experience!
When dining at the Sugar Factory (835 Washington St) on Mondays and Tuesdays this September, you can get a free ice cream sundae (with the exception of the King Kong Sundae) with the purchase of an entreé. Here's what you need to do: Bring in a copy of this story to redeem this one-time offer.
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Wowfulls (309 E Houston St) takes ordinary breakfast waffles and spices them up to delicious and drool-worthy levels. From Sept 17–23, mention "TimeOut50" in store for one free topping or one free add-in. Yum!
Time to whip up something delicious at Taste Buds Kitchen. The venue is offering free cupcake decorating for anyone who books a children’s cooking birthday party in the month of September and mentions "TONY Kids." Please note, parents: The party must be scheduled to occur in September in order to redeem the offer. Learn more here.
There's nothing better than the thrills and excitement of Coney Island. Until Oct 28, you can email Luna Park (1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn) at email@example.com for a 20 percent discount off any birthday package for the 2018 season. This must be redeemed between Sept 1 and Oct 28. What rides will your kids hit first?
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20. Staten Island FunPark
Road racers, we have some exciting news! Cash in on $5 Go Kart Tuesdays at Staten Island FunPark (215 Schmidts Ln, Staten Island) in September. Race ya there!
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21. Medieval Times
Heading to Medieval Times (149 Polito Ave, New Jersey)? With authentic sword fights, jousting and awesome food, your brood is going to want in on the action. No sweat! Kiddos can tag along for free. Score a free child admission ticket in September with a purchase of one full-priced adult ticket. Make sure to use the code KFTONYC when checking out. This offer is not valid for special shows, holidays or prior purchases. The offer is valid at the Lyndhurst location through Sept 30. Get your tickets here.
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22. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store
Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store (232 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn) is a neighborhood staple for Park Slope parents that's filled with housewares, novelties, toys and other items. When visitors make their way in during the month of September and mention Time Out's offer, the store will provide a kid-friendly goodie bag while supplies last. What little tot can say no to that?!
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If you're sending the kids back to school, you're no doubt purchasing some super-chic accessories from Yoobi. From Aug 31–Oct 1, use the code YoobiLovesTimeOut online for 15 percent off your purchase. Click here to start shopping!
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24. Jane's Exchange
Doing some shopping? You'll have to make a pitstop at Jane's Exchange (191 E 3rd St ). The consignment shop will offer Time Out readers a 10 percent discount by using the code "Jane" in-store this September.
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25. Wave Hill
Sometimes we need a little r&r from the hustle and bustle of NYC. Make an escape to Wave Hill (675 West 252nd St, Bronx) for a day of rest and relaxtion on the bucolic grounds. Click here to download the offer that will grant you free access to the grounds on Saturday, Sept 1. You'll need to print or download a copy of this deal to present upon your arrival to the attraction.
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26. New York Botanical Garden
Come see what's blooming at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx). The venue is offering 20 percent off All-Garden Pass tickets with the code 9433 online at nybg.org. The offer begins Sept 1 and expires on Oct 28, and orders are limited to six tickets. This offer is not valid for Special Event tickets, Aloha Nights or group tours. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.
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27. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester
Time to get building! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester (39 Fitzgerald St, Yonkers) is offering 50 percent off admission in September for up to five people. Click here and punch in the promo code TimeOut50. This offer is good for online tickets only and can be purchased here.
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28. Wonderspark Puppets
If you're looking for a show, we have good news. Together with Bed Bath & Beyond, Wonderspark Puppets will offer free admission to its upcoming September series in Sunset Park (850 3rd Ave, Brooklyn). Guests can contact Jessica.Reid@bedbath.com to RSVP. Check out the offerings:
The Lion & The Mouse
Sat, Sept 1 at 11am
A combination of The Lion and the Mouse and The Tortoise and the Hare, this interactive show is a must for kiddos!
The Little Red Hen
Sat, Sept 15 at 11am
This little hen needs YOU to help him make some bread. This is an interactive show perfect for little ones ages 0–3.
Princess Petunia & The Dragon
Sat, Sept 29 at 11am
In this 40-minute-long play, Princess Petunia is the ultimate superhero who saves the Kingdom of Lockheart!
29. Private Picassos
Let creativity soar at Private Picassos (237 5th Ave, Brooklyn). The artistic hotspot will offer 10 percent off all Drop-In Art Projects (including Day Passes) as a one-time promotion. Mention the code "PPLOVESTIMEOUT" upon booking in person or online here.
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30. Opry Stage
NYC is getting a taste of Nashville—a delicious one at that. Opry City Stage (1604 Broadway) will provide a complimentary order of its popular and kid-approved mac ‘n’ cheese dish, with the purchase of any entrée on the menu from Sept 1–30. All you have to do is say you're participating in Time Out New York Kids' 50th anniversary special when you head to the venue.
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31. Twig Terrariums
Time to go green! Twig Terrariums (642 Coney Island Ave) will offer 15 percent off kids classes and a free succulent for parents! Head online and plug in the code TIMEOUT50, and it offers the discount for the whole month of September. Click here for more.
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32. The New York Sewing Center
Let's get fashionable, NYC. The New York Sewing Center (246 W 38th St) will offer 25 percent off any class purchased online by plugging in the code TIMEOUTNY. The discount code will be good until end of September, but it does not expire, so customers will need to finalize their purchases by the end of September to reedeem the discount. Purchase your class here.
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33. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park
If you have some jumping beans on your hands, head to Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. The venue's offering $5 off its Ultimate Pass: All-Access to All Attractions for two-and-a-half hours in September. All you have to do is mention "Time Out New York" when you stop by. Visit Urban Air Trampoline & Adventure Park at either 69 Wesley St, South Hackensack or 396 Ryders Lane, Milltown.
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34. Fferins of Brooklyn
Park Slope's sweetest new spot, Fferins of Brooklyn (438 7th Ave, Brooklyn) will delight candy fans a 10 percent discount in September when they mention the Time Out offer in-store.
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35. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
Ice cream for breakfast? It's a reality at Milk & Cream Cereal Bar (159 Mott St). The delicious shop is offering a buy-one-get-one deal from Sept 1–14. Click here to sign up and you will receive a voucher via email to claim the promotion (which will only be accepted at the Nolita location).
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36. Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group (434 Lafayette St) takes you out of this world without leaving Gotham. From Sept 1–Oct 30, showgoers can save 30 percent on front orchestra seats. Click here to redeem the deal on this epic, silly and colorful experience.
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37. Treasure Trunk Theatre
Treasure Trunk Theatre (141 Atlantic Ave) just found a permanent home, so all neighborhood kiddos can get a taste of the performing arts. The space will offer 10 percent off bookings of birthday parties, classes or camps in September with the code TONYKIDS50. This is a one-time offer for interested customers and must be redeemed online.
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Caboodles is making sure students go back to school with the tools they need to succeed. Go to Caboodles.com and use the code BTS2018 to take 20 percent off purchases through Sept 4.
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39. The Playroom NYC
If the kids need to release some pent-up energy, head to The Playroom NYC (1439 First Ave) for some fun and games. From Sept 4–30, use the code PLAYTIME for $5 off a play session. This is a one-time offer. Visit the venue's site to cash in on the deals.
Looking for ways to keep your brood active? NYC's best free programs for kids examine different fields in a fun, relaxing enviornment where youngsters can conquer unchartered territory and meet other little New Yorkers in the process. Added bonus? Parents won't have to shell out the big bucks for an epic experience. No matter the area of interest—art, sports, tech, the environment—these free classes for kids cover a ride array of subjects that will spice up any day of the week.
Give kids the chance to try something new (without hurting mom or dad’s wallet) in one of these NYC classes that cost less than $50. At these kids' classes in NYC, pint-sized Picassos can unleash their creativity in art classes for kids, while master chefs in training can learn their way around the kitchen in cooking classes for kids. Kiddos with energy to spare might want to have some fun in fitness classes for sporty kids, too. Not only will toddlers, tykes and teens of all ages will have a blast in these kids’ classes, but their parents will be pretty happy with the great deal they scored, too.
There's nothing better than a family day at the museum, but let's face it: Costs can add up quickly. Fortunately for NYC parents, there is a new program in town that allows free access to the best attractions across the five boroughs—and you already have what it takes to redeem the deal. Culture Pass is a new service that allows library cardholders (with the New York Public Library, Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library) to make a trip to their favorite venue at no cost. Parents, this includes: the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Children's Museum of the Arts, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Sugar Hill Children's Museum and so much more. Visit culturepass.nyc, select your local library, provide the barcode and pin from your card and then NYC is your oyster!
After a busy day of quizzes and studying, the final bell rings. Now what? If your youngster isn't ready to call it quits at 3pm, check out our guide to the best free after school programs for kids. NYC provides plenty of opportunities for students to explore their interests at no cost to moms and dads. What could be better?
Visiting New York, but only have so much dough to spend? Go to the best free attractions and NYC landmarks—including some of the best NYC parks and museums in Gotham—and you’ll still have plenty of money leftover to treat yourself to a wonderful meal at one of the city’s best restaurants. Even the most seasoned Gothamite should revisit these essential New York attractions
There's no shortage of things to do with kids in NYC. Fortunately for families, not all excursions require hefty price tags—but a little research is required. The best free museum days for kids in NYC are opportunities for visitors big and small to take advantage of the greatest venues, learn about countless fields and have a ball in the process. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best of the best to make your planning even easier.
Who doesn't love the NYC dining scene? Between out-of-this-world dishes and beautiful atmospheres, foodies have nothing to lose...but price tags aren't always cheap. Fortunately, kids eat free at a number of NYC locations and national chains, so your next adventure out with the family will be sweeter than ever.
They say nothing in life is free, but we beg to differ. NYC actually has plenty of free activities for kids, you just have to know where to look! The 50 sweet kids' activities on our list will make sure your squad has plenty to do, rain or shine. After all, there's no doubt NYC is the best place to raise a family—why not take advantage of all this amazing city has to offer?
How are you supposed to celebrate each season accordingly without attending NYC's best kids' festivals? You simply can't! Head to these recurring fairs throughout the boroughs. With great food, fun activities and unique entertainment, there's no excuse to miss out. Even better? Most of the events are free of charge. Mark your calendars for the upcoming can't-miss happenings.
Kids are reaping the benefits of living in the five boroughs. NYC residents as young as 10 years old are now eligible for municipal IDNYC identification card, The Daily News reports. Previously, residents as young as 14 years old were able to obtain the card. Now that this change has gone into effect, up to 300,000 more youngsters can apply for the i.d., which provides discounts to attractions, movies and free one-year-memberships to various NYC hotspots.