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Hudson RiverKids
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Hudson RiverKids

(SPONSOR CONTENT) Hudson River Park will keep little New Yorkers entertained all summer long with a series of free performances and interactive activities. Visit the park on Monday and Thursday afternoons from June to September to take advantage of a wide variety of outdoor fun. Your little ones will love a jam session with Ramblin Dan and the Free Wheelin’ Band (July 8 and 11), they'll get creative with projects from the Children's Museum of the Arts (Aug 26 and 29) and they'll sit for story time with picture book author Elisha Cooper (Sept 16 and 19), among other happenings. Visit the Hudson River Park website for the complete lineup. Meet at Pier 25 on Mondays and Pier 62 on Thursdays. Ages 1–6. 

Big Bounce America
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Big Bounce America

The Big Bounce America—which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest bounce house in the world—will delight urbanites with a summer experience like no other. We guarantee 2019's bouncing activities will have you jumping for joy...literally. The Bouncer is a massive, multi-colored castle complete with inflatable basketball hoops, slides, a ball pit and more exciting features. Though it's certainly a big draw, we'd be remiss not to swoon over The Giant, a 900-foot inflatable obstacle course, and airSPACE, an interactive, intergalactic jumping adventure fit for an alien thanks to spaceships, moon craters and other-worldly features. All ages. 

Slime Expo NYC
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Slime Expo NYC

Love that green goo? Well, we have the ultimate Slime fest for you! Meet your favorite Slime brands this summer at the Brooklyn Expo Center. You just might get lost in the sauce because there is so much to do at this slick event! There will be a Play to Play Slime Area and a Samples and Trade Area where your young scientists can go wild with the sickest slime out there. But, there are also VIP Slime Workshops (so your cutie can get all the attention he or she deserves). Surprise slime stars will interact with the little ones throughout the duration of the class. Ecstatic yet? We’re not done. Live Slime demos and recipes will be on display as well as wide range of slime vendors. And if you think your goo is the greatest, enter it in one of the contests to see if you really are the best chemist. Round out the day will an hour in one of the bouncy houses and you’ve got yourself an action-packed, fun-filled day! All ages. 

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
Things to do QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

This feast for the eyes (and Instagram feeds) will feature 100 hot air balloons from around the globe that take flight twice each day—a scene the whole family will certainly appreciate. You and the family can make your way nearby to the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ (July 26–28) for the jaw-dropping display. (And yes, there's an option to ride the balloons, too.) But the balloons are but one part of this exciting festival. What better way to ring in the summer with a performance from none other than The Beach Boys? This is the perfect way to celebrate the season! Additionally, ABBA the Concert tribute band (performing July 26 at 8pm) and kids' musicians Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza (performing July 26 at 7:30pm) will take the stage. Families can also look forward to a lot of other exciting entertainment such as amusement park rides, food vendors, crafters and more. All ages. 

NYC Unicycle Festival
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NYC Unicycle Festival

This wacky one-wheeled weekend rolls into town and begins with a pitstop in Battery Park (10 am on Aug 29), followed by a ride over the Brooklyn Bridge and ending with a stage show at Coney Island (Aug 30, meet at 2pm in front of City Hall in Manhattan on the base of the Brooklyn Bridge). Don't miss the main event—a giant festival on Governors Island with races, competitions, exhibitions, unicycle sports (basketball, hockey and sumo on wheels!), music, live performances and more one-wheeled activities for the whole family (Aug 31 and Sept 1 from noon–5pm). Learn more about the lineup on the festival's website. All ages.

Trolls LIVE!
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Trolls LIVE!

It's Hug Time with Poppy and co...or is it?! In their first-ever live tour, the cheerful and colorful Trolls are tasked with an important mission: They must save Hug Time before it's too late. Naturally, the best way to do so is to bust out the dance moves, glitter and LOL moments. If your littles had a ball exploring the interactive DreamWorks Trolls The Experience, then they'll certainly love seeing their favorite characters on stage. Don't miss this exciting adventure, and of course, excellent hairdos. All ages. 

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YES! Luna Park will give out freebies for good grades, so grab your report card
News YES! Luna Park will give out freebies for good grades, so grab your report card

Scholars, rejoice! It's time to reward your hard work with a freebie.  As the school year comes to a close, one of your favorite amusement parks in New...

Sign up for City Parks' FREE summer camp programs ASAP
News Sign up for City Parks' FREE summer camp programs ASAP

School is out and it’s time for kiddos to scratch items off their summer bucket list. There are countless outdoor activities and day camps in NYC, but if...

Attention thrill-seekers: The world's tallest pendulum ride is officially open
News Attention thrill-seekers: The world's tallest pendulum ride is officially open

Have you ever dreamed of catapulting through the air, weightless and grinning? Now's your chance! Just in time for summer, one of our go-to amusement parks...

Don't miss FREE treats on National Cookie Dough Day
News Don't miss FREE treats on National Cookie Dough Day

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Wow! The new rooftop playscape at Brooklyn Children's Museum is a summertime dream
News Wow! The new rooftop playscape at Brooklyn Children's Museum is a summertime dream

Summer in the city isn't complete without a rooftop soiree, and now lil' New Yorkers can embrace the trend.  One of our favorite kids' museums is taking the...

The MoMA closes for renovations this weekend, but there's good news for little artists
News The MoMA closes for renovations this weekend, but there's good news for little artists

Heads up!  The beloved Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is taking a recess from June 15–Oct 21. During the closure, the iconic attraction will undergo an...

The Museum of Natural History's expansion project is officially underway
News The Museum of Natural History's expansion project is officially underway

The Museum of Natural History is celebrating its 150th anniversary in a big way.  Not only has the popular family attraction gifted paleontologists with the...

Wahoo! Baby Shark Live is on its way this fall
News Wahoo! Baby Shark Live is on its way this fall

It's true, parents: You can swim, but you can't hide.  One of the the catchiest kids' songs of all time is getting the theater treatment later this year....

NYC's latest pop-up experience is out of this world
News NYC's latest pop-up experience is out of this world

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Build-A-Bear's Pay Your Age deal is back—with a new plan
News Build-A-Bear's Pay Your Age deal is back—with a new plan

Last summer, Build-A-Bear offered its greatest perk to date, yet the affair unfortunately resulted in a traumatic experience for little shoppers.  The teddy...

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Win the ultimate bowling party for you and your friends
Things to do Win the ultimate bowling party for you and your friends

For the next month, we’re offering readers the chance to enter the Bowlero sweepstakes. We've teamed up with the worldwide leader in bowling entertainment to give one lucky winner a $250 gift card that can be redeemed at any Bowlero center across the country, including Bowlmor, AMF and Brunswick Zone (you can find your nearest one right here). Use it over a few visits or drop it all on one major blowout with your buds – the choice is yours. Bowlero isn’t just about bowling; it’s about combining the classic sport with game-changing upgrades. So forget harsh strip-lighting and worn-out shoes and make way for something unique. Think black lights, eclectic artwork, signature cocktails, tasteful retro decor and lanes worthy of everyone from league leaders to total first-timers. But bowling is just the beginning. Expect arcades with Mario Kart and other classic, old-school games as well as laser tag (at select locations) and great-tasting food that’ll definitely satisfy big appetites – we’re talking 6lb Behemoth Burgers and 2ft Coney Mega Dogs. Plus they’re ace at hosting parties – complete with custom packages, dedicated party planners and personalized menus. And if you just want to lounge laneside? You can do that, too. It’s time to get the party started, people. To bag this bangin’ Bowlero prize, all you have to do is click the link below. Good luck!   ENTER NOW

Wicked
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Wicked

This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. The current cast includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba and Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda.

New York Botanical Garden
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New York Botanical Garden

Give city kids a chance to explore lush landscapes on this 250-acre expanse

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Theater review by Adam Feldman  The world of Harry Potter has arrived on Broadway, Hogwarts and all, and it is a triumph of theatrical magic. Set two decades after the final chapters of J.K. Rowling’s world-shaking kid-lit heptalogy, the two-part epic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined. Richly elaborated by director John Tiffany, the show looks like a million bucks (or, in this case, a reported $68 million); the Lyric Theatre has been transfigured from top to bottom to immerse us in the narrative. It works: The experience is transporting. Jack Thorne’s play, based on a story he wrote with Rowling and Tiffany, extends the Potter narrative while remaining true to its core concerns. Love and friendship and kindness are its central values, but they don’t come easily: They are bound up in guilt, loneliness and fear. Harry (Jamie Parker) is weighted with trauma dating back to his childhood, which hinders his ability to communicate with his troubled middle son, Albus (Sam Clemmett); it doesn’t help that Albus’s only friend is the bookish outcast Scorpius Malfoy (the exceptional Anthony Boyle), son of Harry’s erstwhile enemy, Draco (Alex Price). Despite the best intentions of Harry’s solid wife, Ginny (Poppy Miller), and his friends Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and Ron (Paul Thornley), things turn dark very fast. Set designer Christine Jones and lighting designer Neil Austin keep much of the stage shroude

New York Hip-Hop Tour
New York Hip-Hop Tour

This one-of-a-kind experience takes you on an interactive cultural tour

Old-fashioned fun
Old-fashioned fun

Get arcade play or two-hours for the kiddos at the Chinatown Fair this summer

Time after time
Time after time

Learn about NYC's past at the New York Historical Society

Grand Central's Summer Send-Off
Kids Grand Central's Summer Send-Off

Get in on a cool indoor hangout at Grand Central! This event transforms Vanderbilt Hall into a fun–filled dining area with live, family-friendly entertainment. Kiddos can make arts & crafts and get their faces painted courtesy of Kidding Around Toys, dance and sing along in the event's Jam to the Music perfomance courtesy of Brooklyn Children's Museum, watch performances from Grammy Award–winner Tim Kubart (Aug 24) and cast members of Wicked (Aug 25) and Something Rotten (Aug 26), too. There's also great food from the likes of Shake Shack and Zaro's Family Bakery available for purchase! Event located in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. All ages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Theater The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Your favorite show has been extended due to popular demand! This 60-minute performance adapts four of Eric Carle's most timeless tales.

That Physics Show
Theater That Physics Show

Physics demonstrator David Maiullo performs scientific magic through a variety of cool experiments.

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New York's largest indoor water park is finally open—take a look inside
News New York's largest indoor water park is finally open—take a look inside

Itching to get out of town? The newly opened Kartrite Indoor Resort & Waterpark has made quite a splash in the Catskills, so plan those family weekend getaways accordingly!  Vacationers are treated to a dose of summer fun year-round, and the resort is one of the coolest indoor water parks New York families can find. With action-packed features, comfy amenities and mountain views from the (indoor) beach, what's not to love?  The Empire State's largest indoor water attraction will be a hit for fishes of all ages. Thrill-seekers will opt for the twists and turns of the Nor'easter and race with their friends down the gnarly Jiggerty-Jaggerty. Swimmers can also hang 10 on the waves of the Flowrider and athletes can score a slam dunk in an aqua version of a basketball court! Have tiny ones in tow? Not to worry! The gentle Puddle Ducks or the low-key Empire Bay lazy river are great picks for the smaller set.       Photograph: Courtesy The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark Fortunately for vacationers, the fun doesn't stop after the water park.  Options are aplenty at this entertainment oasis, thanks to other cool features such as laser tag, a virtual reality experience, rock climbing, a bowling alley and so much more! Don't forget to take a look at the calendar for fun activities and workshops!  Photograph: Courtesy The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark Plus, there are plenty of perks for parents.  The serene Affinity Springs in the water park is perfect for m

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News Yes! FREE kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park kicks off this week

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Venture to Pier 2 and get ready to float across the water.  Photograph: Courtesy Etienne Frossard If you're planning to travel with kids, here are few things to know before making a visit to the boathouse: A guardian must be present at all times for kayakers who are under 18. Single kayaks are for adults or any participant with a guardian present who is at least 14 years old. Doubles are for one adult and no more than one child under 14. Regardless of experience levels, everyone from experts to first-timers are welcome to participate in the fun.  Anxious to hit the water? We can't blame you! Make sure to arrive at least one hour before closing time to snag a spot. While you're visiting the park, make sure to check out some of the best kids' playgrounds NYC has to offer and one of our favorite water playgrounds for kids in all of Gotham—this Brooklyn hotspot has it all. Visit the park's website to learn more about kayaking.  While you and the fam are spending the day in Dumbo, don't forget to grab a bite at the Time Out Mar

Woo! An epic inflatable water park will open just in time for summer
News Woo! An epic inflatable water park will open just in time for summer

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News Stop everything! The Bronx Zoo will open a Dinosaur Safari experience

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Yippee! This Instagram-worthy balloon festival will lift off in 2019 right near NYC
News Yippee! This Instagram-worthy balloon festival will lift off in 2019 right near NYC

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Central Park's Safari Playground received sweet upgrades that kids will love
News Central Park's Safari Playground received sweet upgrades that kids will love

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Woo! The world's largest bounce house is heading to Brooklyn in 2019
News Woo! The world's largest bounce house is heading to Brooklyn in 2019

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will offer free Friday admission starting this spring
News Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will offer free Friday admission starting this spring

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Visit Eddie's Sweet Shop, the oldest ice cream parlor in New York City
Restaurants Visit Eddie's Sweet Shop, the oldest ice cream parlor in New York City

Like Katz’s Deli, Delmonico’s, and Lombardi’s, Eddie’s Sweet Shop on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills is one of New York City's oldest eateries. It's also the city's oldest ice cream shop! Believe it or not, Eddie’s has been scooping homemade ice cream and toppings from behind the same marble countertops since around 1925! (Though other folks might claim otherwise: A publication innacurately reported that it opened in 1909, and the news spread quickly). After the original Jahn’s franchise locations closed, Eddie’s unofficially became the oldest ice cream shop in New York City, but owner Vito Citrano won’t own up to the superlative and does not advertise it anywhere. “We just keep doing what we’re doing day by day and don’t think about it,” he said. “We don’t change much, so you always know what you’re gonna get here.” Photograph: Joanna Fantozzi When you walk into the unassuming corner store, the first thing you might notice is that Eddie’s does not look like the typical retro ice cream parlor. Other soda fountains might have 1950s decor with chrome counters and bright red booths, but Eddie’s wooden and marble interior has not changed since it opened. Even the refrigerator is more than 80 years old. “When we bought this shop in 1968, it was already nostalgic,” Citrano said. The Citrano family and their team of scoopers make all 18 flavors of ice cream from scratch, using the same recipes that Giuseppe, Vito’s father, inherited (and perfected) from the shop’s prev

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News Go bowling at an undersea aquarium with sea turtles and stingrays!

Go under the see at this unusual bowling alley with faux (and real) critters on display). 

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