July events for kids in NYC

These fantastic July events for kids include fun outdoor activities, 4th of July events, fireworks and more
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These amazing July events for kids will help you maximize your month! Families spending their summer in the city have plenty to look forward to, including amazing fairs and festivals, new performances, outdoor activities for kids, trips to your favorite local restaurants with play areas and even more great stuff. Don't forget to celebrate our independence with great 4th of July for kids events!

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Best July events for kids in 2018

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"Art, Artists & You"

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The Children's Museum of Manhattan is putting little visitors in the driver's seat. “Art, Artists & You,” a combination of an art studio and exhibit, encourages children to explore the creative process with several main components: working on stop motion animation, crafting a model of a pet or contributing to a wall hanging. “We want visitors to consider what it means when art is made of familiar object and materials, and how they can use these everyday items to make something new that expresses their thoughts, aspirations, and personal perception of the world,” David Rios, Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s director of public programs and the exhibit’s curator, said in a statement. All ages. 

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Things to do

Super Stars of Science

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Field Station: Dinosaurs is taking full advantage of summer, and little paleontologists will reap the benefits. The weekly Saturday program, Super Stars of Science, will introduce visitors to a new guest each week. The schedule is listed below. All ages.  July 14: Cretaceous Kira Redzinak (STEM Enrichment Specialist)July 21: Robert J. Novins Planetarium Manager Amanda BoyleJuly 28: “Dino Don” Lessem (advisor to Jurassic Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom)Aug 4: Chris Palmieri (Field Station: Dinosaurs & NBC Universal’s Sprout House Puppeteer)Aug 11: Mad Science’s “Magnetic Matt” CorderoAug 18: School of Rock Montclair’s Kevin MarchAug 25: Marc Rogoff (Geologist with NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection & NJ Earth Science Teachers’ Association)

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Kids

Storytime at Books Are Magic

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Each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a storytime. 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. All ages.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Ripley's Relic

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Believe it or not, Ripley's has uncovered yet another way to blow visitors' minds! This time, museum-goers have the option to tackle a new immersive experience titled "Ripley's Relics." Here, they'll be able to tackle high-tech equipment (with the help of a guide) to uncover unusual symbols that were discovered right in the venue's home: Times Square. Think you have what it takes to crack the code? All ages. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Roving River Tricycle

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Every Sunday, Hudson River Park's Roving River Tricycle will be traveling between Pier 25 and Pier 40. This touch tank on wheels is full of the small river critters that call the Hudson home. Kids are welcomed to get an up close look at these animals and even interact with some of them.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Art on the Farm

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On Saturdays, Randall's Island Urban Farm invites the whole family to participate in art projects. Using inspiration from the farm life, create watercolor masterpieces, craft nature prints, and work on nature journals. All ages. 

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Things to do

Free outdoor movies for NYC kids

In summertime, outdoor movies (all free!) are a great new twist on your usual living room movie nights! Pack a picnic and your folding chairs and head for these amazing parks, piers and rooftops to see family favorites from our 50 best kids' movies  or the best new kids' movies on Netflix under the stars! 

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Things to do, Performances

Hudson RiverKids

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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 (June 4 and September 6 at 4pm), the Story Pirates (July 16 and 19 at 6:30pm), Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band (June 18, 21 at 6:30pm), Ramblin’ Dan and the Freewheelin’ Band (July 23, 26 at 6:30pm) and many more! See Hudson River Park's website for even more details. All ages.

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Theater, Interactive

The Quest for the Seven Teeth

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In this outdoor, interactive theater experience from Accomplice, children are led on a magical journey through Central Park. Children embark on a quest to help the tooth fairy's cousin find seven missing teeth, along the way they meet a cast of colorful characters and work together to complete challenging puzzles all while exploring the park. Ages 6–11. For more information visit www.accomplicetheshow.com/kids.

Big City Fishing
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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Big City Fishing

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For this aptly named program, Hudson River Park runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Kids can learn the rod-and-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local water—the program has an emphasis on river ecology and education. Ages 5 and up.  

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Things to do, Quirky events

Farmhouse Family Day

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Children are invited to explore the oldest house in New York City on the third Saturday of every month, for free! This event offers seasonal activities like artifact investigation, scavenger hunts, gardening and other hands-on projects. Ages 4-10.

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Things to do

Family Sundays: Fire Bird Masks and Lanterns

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The museum opens up its doors every Sunday for themed family-friendly activities revolving around various themes. 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 work after a day of working on a masterpiece. This year's themes include "Treasures on Earth" (April), "Transcendent Tales" (May), "Spectacular Starscapes" (June), "Inner Voyages" (July). Ages 3 and up.

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Children enjoy playing with the new 16’ interactive model of  NYC’s municipal water system at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s newest exhibit, Dynamic H20
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Museums, Science and technology

Dynamic H20

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Learn all about NYC’s water system at "Dynamic H2O," an outdoor interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that follows water’s journey from the clouds to the city. Along the way tikes can pretend to fish, use a fountain to experiment with water pressure and build waterfront Lego hi-rises to add to the exhibit’s miniature replica of NYC, which includes tiny Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, of course. All ages.

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Kids

Storytime at Books Are Magic

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Each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a storytime. 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. All ages.

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