Whoa! Is the last month of summer really here? Celebrate the rest of your kid's free time with this August events calendar for kids, which details all the great stuff you'll need to do ASAP. There's plenty to see and do, including great local street fairs and fests, Broadway in Bryant Park 2017, free summer movies for kids and other great stuff.
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No need to pay big bucks for a show! If you want to sample snippets of the best, stop by Bryant Park and give your kids a taste of hit Broadway and Off Broadway shows. This season’s offerings include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, School of Rock, The Phantom of the Opera, Anastasia and more! P.S.: This is perfect for squirmy kids who can’t handle a full performance. All ages.
Free family performances are happening all summer long at Piers 25 and 62 thanks to Hudson RiverKids (hosted by Hudson River Park)! See Kid Ace (May 22, 25 at 4pm), the Story Pirates (June 1 4pm, June 5 6:30pm), Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band (June 12, 15 at 6:30pm), Alastair Mook (June 19, 22 at 6:30pm) and many more including Tim Kubart, Rolie Polie Guacamole and Suzi Shelton, to name a few! See Hudson River Park's website for even more details. All ages.
Hands down the best thing to do as a family on a summer Sunday night, Water Taxi's Audubon naturalist–led, 90-minute eco-cruise takes seafarers to one of three locales this summer: the Brother Islands, at the mouth of Long Island Sound (June 22, July 20, Aug 3 and Aug 17); Hoffman and Swinburne islands, off the coast of Staten Island (June 15, June 29, July 13 and July 27); and Jamaica Bay (June 8, July 6 and Aug 10). You'll learn amazing things about the NYC ecosystem and see with your own eyes the kind of wildlife sanctuary a city can be. All ages.
Pack a picnic and swing into New York’s most sizzling throwback event of the season at Governors Island’s annual Prohibition-themed extravaganza. Top-notch musicians play toe-tapping jazz as dance instructors demonstrate the Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Vintage items—including flivvers and Tin Lizzies in the 1920s motorcar exhibit, plus gramophones—fit in seamlessly with the crowd (attendees dress for the occasion). Little ones can also get their kicks playing old- fashioned carnival games. It’s the bee’s knees. All ages.
The Museum of the Moving Image finally unveils its new permanent exhibition on Jim Henson’s work. Head up to the second floor to find nearly 300 items from the Henson’s career in film and television, including sketches, storyboards, scripts, photos, costumes, behind-the-scenes video footage and 47 puppets (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo and Big Bird just to name a few). Kids can even try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing their own puppet characters. All ages.
Wave Hill will be buzzing with happy kiddos as the public garden celebrates nature’s pollinators with a weekend of un-bee-lievable activities. Family art project Be a Bee will turn visitors into a giant bee with wings, antennae, a pollen cup and kazoo to hum as they venture around a cardboard hive and field of flowers. Join in on the bee parade at 12:30pm to celebrate with the other hard workers. Taste delicious honey from honey farmers HoneyGramz and Bees Knees honey from Bushwick Kitchen (be sure to buy a jar to take back home!), chat with experts about beekeeping and watch demos on how honey is extracted from its comb. Families can also participate in a workshop to make their own candles out of beeswax. All ages.
With sunny days finally here to stay, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Summer in the Square returns to Union Square Park with a line-up of free family-friendly activities and entertainment. Head on over every Thursday for children’s shows, books to read, coloring activities, games, kids yoga and fitness classes, sing-a-longs, and dancing with kids bands like Hot Peas n’ Butter, story Pirates, Josh & The Jamtones and more. All ages.
On Saturdays and Sundays through mid-October, Randalls Island Park’s urban farm is open to the public for tours of the fruit and vegetable gardens, rice paddies and chickens. The amiable farmers can answer your child’s questions about how things grow, and may even inspire your family to start a window garden in your apartment. After the farm, head to Randalls Island’s nearby Scylla Playground to find slides, swings and spray showers (bring your water shoes)! Wards Meadow Loop, Randalls Island. All ages.
Local artists Lucia Hierro, Robert Pruitt, Freddy Rodriguez and Fernando Tamburini explore topics centered on community, history and home using bold colors, shapes and patterns to portray varied landscapes. All ages.
This journey through Derek Fordjour’s life begins with a tunnel of lighted archways leading to the exhibition of the Sugar Hill Artist-in-Residence’s work. The gallery houses his textured collages, sculptures and found objects as well as playful items from his youth in Memphis, TN. All ages.
If your kids are a fan of all things Angry Birds, then they’ll get a kick out of the New York Hall of Science’s news exhibit Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science of a Global Phenomenon. The interactive exhibit will feature 20 hands-on activities based on the popular mobile game that explore mass, energy, architecture, simple machines and other science topics. Propel balls bearing the faces of the game’s characters using giant slingshots and test the strengths of various structures, race handheld vehicles, create stop motion animations and learn about different birds, their wingspan lengths and egg sizes. This exhibit truly takes ones of the biggest games in mobile history and turns it into a giant learning experience that kids will love. All ages.
Ahoy, mates! It’s time to take to the high seas in search of adventure! The Saybrook Swashbucklers will sail alongside and then climb aboard the Becky Thatcher Riverboat to threaten its innocent passengers (and sing a few pirate tunes). It’s up to Captain Paul to save the day and bring his fellow sailors back to shore safely. The adventure will take place as the ship cruises down the Connecticut River. All ages.
Relish a little serenity on the shoreline while performing the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Families will decorate palm leaf lamps and let them set sail on the East river in an act of gratitude and hope that mother river provide protection during hurricane season. The ceremony will be accompanied by a traditional percussion ensemble led by Paulomm. Kiddos will love the chance to learn about this important—and beautiful—Hindu ritual. All ages.
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 swing to the lively jazz of the 1920s with Ghost Train Orchestra on August 3, learn to tango with Los Chantas on August 24, or marvel at the interactive circus antics of Big Sky Works on Aug 17. Visit dumbo.is to see the full schedule. All ages.