August events calendar for kids in NYC

Make the most of your month with our spectacular August events calendar for kids! There's so much to do.

Photograph: Courtesy Alex Vail copyright BBC NHU 2017
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We've assembled this fantastic August events calendar for kids because—well—you deserve it! August is the last month of summer, so capitalize on all the coolest fairs, fests, screenings, plays, kids' exhibits and other great events for kids happening soon.

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for families

While we're sad to see August already rocketing by—and the rest of the best summer activities for kids too—we do love back-to-school season (hellooooo, school supplies!). Browse our guide to kids' back-to-school to get the best deets on where to shop for school supplies and the best ways to plan for the year ahead. 

Your August events calendar for kids

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Things to do, Exhibitions

“Pixinity: Pop Futurism”

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen
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A tech and gaming-inspired pop-up from artist Tianyu Qiu, the former creative director behind the whimsical Wonder World installation in Brooklyn, has opened in Soho at 1 York St. With odes to the American Pop Art movement and European Futurism movement, “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” will transport visitors of all ages to a creative universe. Those who swing by will be led through 10 vibrant rooms chock full of sculptures, pixelated pieces, emoji-like figures, digital and gaming icons and computer-inspired work. (Yes, there's even a ball pit!). All ages. 

Chicken and Waffles
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News, Eating

Restaurant Week

New York City Restaurant Week is back! From July 22—Aug 16, you and your foodie fam will be able to get great deals on your favorite dishes. The promotional program will highlight over 370 participating restaurants’ prix-fixe menus for lunch (two courses for $26) and/or dinner (three courses for $42).  

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News, Theater & Performance

Broadway in Bryant Park

New York's theater scene is getting a summer makeover.  Now's the time to catch the best of the Great White Way outdoors...for free! Venture to Bryant Park at 11am on Thursdays. The August schedule is as follows 

August 1

106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little, co-host TBA

Broadway Bounty Hunter
Rock of Ages
The Cher Show
The Prom

August 8 

106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski, co-host: Catherine Russell of Perfect Crime

A Musical About Star Wars (Ages 5+)
Beautiful
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!
Pretty Woman

August 15

106.7 LITE FM Host: Victor Sosa, co-hosts: TBA

Frankenstein
Mean Girls (Ages 10+)
The Phantom of the Opera
Tootsie

 

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News, Sports & Fitness

Free kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Spectacular views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge make the East River one of our favorite places to paddle.  From now until August, park-goers are welcome to take advantage of the sport (at no cost!) on Thursdays from 5:30–6:45pm and weekends from 10am–2pm. 
Venture to Pier 2 and get ready to float across the water. 

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Kids

Story Time at Books Are Magic

icon-location-pin Books Are Magic, Carroll Gardens
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Each Saturday and Sunday, this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a story time. Authors read from their dazzling picture books, that can be incredibly funny, heart-warming, educational or all of the above. Be sure to check out all of the store's unique special events for children and young adult readers, too. Check out the lineup here. All ages.

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Museums

Science Playground

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science Playground, Queens
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At the nation's largest science playground, tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Be sure to bring shoes that can get wet—the water play area is a real highlight of any visit. Note that this feature is weather-permitting. The playground closes at 4pm in November. Ages 6 and up.

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Movies, Documentary

Apollo 11: First Steps

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a screening of this 20 minute movie. The whole family will be amazed by the Apollo 11's story, as the filmmakers reconstruct the vessel's preparation, launch and return using never-before-seen footage. After the film, take your future astronauts to check out the museum's Search for Life Beyond Earth exhibition. All ages.

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News, Weird & Wonderful

WonderWorld NYC

Head to Williamsburg for a world filled of wonder—literally! After a 2018 stint in Soho, WonderWorld NYC is back for a whole new chapter of stories in a mythical, immersive realm. This year, the pop-up exhibit will run until Nov 4, and it's an epic family attraction to add to your summer bucket list (especially for the fantasy and fairytale readers in your brood).

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Photograph: Courtesy Alex Vail copyright BBC NHU 2017
Things to do, Film events

"Oceans: Our Blue Planet"

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Although the spotlight is oftentimes on the dinosaurs, the Museum of Natural History wants to give patrons a chance to experience life under the waves, too, not just on land during prehistoric times. Thanks to the new film, Oceans: Our Blue Planet, musumer-goers can journey with the OceanX research vessel Alucia as it uncovers what's lurking beneath the sea. This film will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater in 2D at 11:30am and 4:30pm, and in 3D at 10:30am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. The schedule is subject to change. All ages. 

Rendering of a green dinosaur
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Things to do, Quirky events

Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari

icon-location-pin Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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Advertised as the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America," the new attraction shuttles families (with narration) through a wooded area packed with 40 ultra-realistic (read: gigantic) animatronic dinosaurs. One of the most notable features will certainly be the two towering Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. And to make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages. 

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Tyrannosaurus Rex, 4th floor halls
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Museums, Natural history

“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real! 

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Movies, Family and kids

'Superpower Dogs 3D'

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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The amazing life-saving dogs in this immersive 3D movie are like real-life PAW Patrol pups. Find out the remarkable stories of canines and their human companions who work hard everyday to rescue people in snowy avalanches and off the coasts of warm beaches. There's even a pair of Bloodhound brothers who are helping save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes. All ages  

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Museums, Special interest

SPYSCAPE Spy School

icon-location-pin Spyscape, Midtown West
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Think your kid has what it takes to crack the code? Thanks to SPYSCAPE's newly opened Spy School, you'll have a budding FBI agent on your hands. Students in middle school through college are invited to the afternoon program that allows them to make and break WWII codes in themed Encryption mission, detect lies in Deception booths and much more. “We’re thrilled by the success of SPYSCAPE in New York City, and delighted to be able to offer this experience for free to students,” Ian Oldaker, COO of SPYSCAPE New York said in a statement. “We have had a lot of requests for this kind of program and we’re excited about creating new educational offerings as we continue to grow.” Spy School is free with a valid student ID, but attendees t must be accompanied by a paid ticket holder. We'll catch you there...or will we? Middle school–college.   

Spyscape
Photograph: Courtesy Scott Frances
Museums, Special interest

“DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE”

icon-location-pin Spyscape, Midtown West
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NYC's museum dedicated to all-things espionage will soon shed some light on 007. The first James Bond exhibit in New York examines the creativity that went into bringing the movies to life. Car aficionados: You'll be pleased to know that Bond's Aston Martin DB5 will on display. There are also many interactive components to the exhibit: You can check out gadgets and gizmos in the Q's lab, get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Skyfall finale came to be and so much more. All ages. 

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Things to do

Family Sundays

icon-location-pin The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea
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The museum opens up its doors every Sunday for family-friendly activities revolving around various themes (which switch each month). Not only do little ones get to explore their creativity and learn a bit more about particular topics, but they also can revel in the fact that they can take home their art after a day of working on a masterpiece. In May, the events are focused around the museum's The Power of Intention. After checking out the exhibition, the kiddos can experiment with oils and color to make an expressive original piece. Ages 3 and up.

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News, Art

Art Making with MoMA

 Venture downtown to the MoMA Design Store in Soho and let the Museum's experts lead your young artists in fun projects and cool things to do with kids. OH! And these workshops are free. On Aug 4 from 11am–1pm, kiddos 5 and up are encouraged to participate in Art Making with MoMA, which could have your tiny creatives designing their own toys or using the Museum's work as inspiration for their own collages. The artistic possibilities are endless! 
(Psst: Get more info at store.moma.org and send your RSVP to rsvp_momastore@moma.org.)

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Theater, Musicals

Stomp

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theater, East Village
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Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.

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