July events calendar for kids
Kids will get to experience a traditional high tea of their own this summer. Taking place at the McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop Gallow Green, little ones and their parents will be treated to a traditional British high tea platter and pink lemonade. They’ll even get to bring a plus one for free—dolls and teddy bears will get their own mini seat and personalized bib. While there, families will make their own potions and receive lessons in planting. Everyone goes home with mini flower press, plant soil and seeds. Ages 5-10.
(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.
The venerable epicurean extravaganza spends Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park. No matter your preference, there's a little something for everyone. While kids can delight in sweets like fried cookie dough, those with a more expansive palate can opt for offerings such as seafood from Lobsterdamus, Boutros' pork shawarma tacos or PopdUp brewed teas, among seemingly hundreds of other dishes. This year, the new Pizza Cupcake and Fluffies Soufflé Pancakes (available Saturdays and Sundays) will be on hand to wow visitors! Note that admission to the food fest is free, but each vendor charges various prices. All ages.
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.
NYPL is bringing back a beloved service of yesteryear with three new bookmobiles! While various "travelling libraries" were used over the library's 124-year history, its been decades since the last time one has been in service. These new bookmobiles will each be capable of carrying a 1,000 books and will be popping up in locations in The Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.
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.
Now that the Bryant Park lawn has officially opened for the season we're actively planning our spring and summer bucket list.
Le Carrousel Puppet Shows
For those who appreciate a flair for the dramatics and love taking in a show at the best puppet theaters in NYC, stop by the park on Saturdays from June 8–July 6 from 2–3pm for a grand presentation from WonderSpark Puppets. Goldilocks & The Three Bears, The Lion & The Mouse and other fun performances are on the roster this season.
Le Carrousel Magique
Now you see it, now you don't! If you little ones have a burning curiosity to uncover what's hiding in the magician's hat, take them to the park's weekly magic shows for kids on Sundays from June 9–Aug 4 from 2–3pm. Loonie Louie, Silly Billy and other tricksters are on the list of performers!
Le Carrousel StoryTime
NYC is a literary hub for so many writers and readers—even pint-size Shakespeares. One of our go-to storytime for kids series returns on Saturdays from July 13–Aug 10 from 2–3pm. Cali Co Cat will get some help from her carousel pals and spice up story hour with a few games. Count us in!
Reading Room Events
The Reading Room is certainly keeping busy! Summer storytimes from June 25–Aug 20 at 10:30am are perfect for littles ages 2–8 who'd like to hear a cool tale and follow up the fun with a few crafts alongside Cali Co Cat!Saturday Fun from June 29–Aug 17 at noon will include a little bit of everything—books, music, magic, crafts and cool characters! Need we say more?
It's no secret that there are plenty of things to do with kids in NYC, but sometimes it's tricky to find a common ground for parents and tykes. But a new Tribeca destination is set to open on May 12 with the hopes of embracing creativity and community for everyone in your brood. The Wonder, an 8,000-square-foot space, is the brain child of two moms who are looking to engage with multiple generations at once. If you're looking to keep the littles active and engaged with their friends, there are plenty of options to choose from at one of the newest kids' play areas in NYC. Expect slime-making workshops, book clubs, play dough classes, an indoor play space—currently sporting an intergalactic "Retro Future" theme—and much so much more. Moms and dads will be able to enjoy booze and board game events, a respite in the café (which will serve coffee and adult beverages) and of course family-focused programming such as disco nights and craft nights.
While the weather is warm, get out and enjoy some family time with Greenwood Park Beer Garden's monthly kid-friendly dance party. While the little ones show off their moves, and enjoy fun games and activities, parents can relax with a cold Frose. Don't worry if you get hungry after hitting the dance floor — Greenwood Park also offers plenty of tasty lunch options. Ages 2–11.
(SPONSOR CONTENT) Friday nights call for a movie...in the park! Ditch the theaters and opt for a fun screening at Hudson River Park. You'll want to make your way to Pier 46 as early as you can—free popcorn is available while supplies last. Films begin roughly at 8:30pm or dusk. The lineup is as follows: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (July 12) Ralph Breaks the Internet (July 19) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (July 26) Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Aug 2) Incredibles 2 (Aug 9) How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (Aug 16) Trolls (Aug 23)
(SPONSOR CONTENT) No, school no problem—Taste Buds Kitchen is open for business! Budding chefs aged 4-17 are invited to get creative while cooking in a day class (roughly three hours) or a full week's course. Running from Memorial Day to Labor Day, these fun-packed cheffing camps teach kids how to make at least one savory and one sweet recipe daily, and those on the week-long camps even get a Taste Buds Kitchen apron to take home. Classes on offer include 'Eid al-Fitr' (breaking fast), in which lasagne cupcakes and apple ginger dumplings make an appearance, and 'Future Celebrity Chef', which features veggie sushi rolls and matcha turtle bread on the menu. Or take the 'All-American Road Trip', a culinary journey on which your little ones will explore cinnamon raisin bagels from New York City, BBQ cauliflower wings from Kansas City and Californian pita pizzas.
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.
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!
One of our favorite family attractions just revealed a super-cool perk, and we're totally on board. In efforts to increase community engagement, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will launch a new Free Fridays series. There are plenty of opportunities for patrons to participate. From April until October, one Friday each month will be free from 5–9pm. (General admission is $33 for adults and $24 for children ages 5–12.) Who are we to resist free museum days? The schedule is as follows: April 26, May 31, June 21, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 27, Oct 25
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.
Spend your morning getting creative with you little one with this toddler art class. Each class begins with a story time, which inspires the next activity that'll have your mini Picasso using paint, stencils, collage-techniques and more (with a caregiver's help, of course). Each activity focuses on a different kid-friendly theme like rainbows, hearts and fireworks, and your family is sent home with whatever you create. Ages 15 months–3 years.
The New York Hall of Science will take you out of this world when summer begins—and you don't even need to get out of Queens! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the museum is delving into aviation and aerospace. Visitors can expect a group flying experience via motion-sensing technology, a simulated wind tunnel test, theater presentations and more. This exhibition is presented by Boeing and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Learn more at nysci.org. All ages.
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.
If you have trouble packing your suitcase before a trip, wait until you find out what astronauts have to bring when they head to outer space! During this year’s annual Space & Science Festival, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host an exhibit, "Personal Space," dedicated to all of the personal items that astronauts bring along for the trip. Astronauts who will be featured in this exhibit include Mike Massimino, Dr. Ellen Baker and more. All ages.
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.
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.
Batter up! NYC will mark the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with a grand-slam exhibit. The collection of never-before-seen images, Look magazine spreads and personal memorabilia such as home movies will provide a glimpse into the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers MVP, all while exploring the media’s portrayal of the iconic figure. All ages.
In an age where we rely on some type of device to fulfill a task, a group of international contemporary artists take a step back. "Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing," is an exhibit that will feature a variety of unique pieces that ultimately puts utility in question. All ages.
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
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.
A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up.
It isn't always smooth sailing in high school, but what if you had the power to change those cringe-worthy moments? Jeremy takes the chance in Be More Chill...with some less-than-satisfying results. Ned Vizzini’s YA bestseller (which had a previous Off-Broadway run) will graduate to the Great White Way and dazzle audiences with upbeat music, neon-colored sets and feel-good moments. Get ready for a coming-of-age tale with an epic sci-fi flair. Ages 12 and up.
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.
Fergus Mundingle and his furry companion Puss are making their way to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for a performance of Puss In Boots. In this delightful puppet show, the feline snags a pair of shoes that takes him and his other half on a magical journey. Visit the City Parks Foundation page for any scheduling changes.
No stage, no problem—the PuppetMobile comes to you! The CityParks' brainchild hits the road beginning May 1 for a spring and summer of performances, workshops and so on. This year, young audiences will be treated to Bessie’s Big Shot, the story of a cow who is willing to try any stunt in order to land a spot in the circus. Visit the City Parks Foundation online to learn when the PuppetMobile is making a pitstop near you! All ages.
Horticulturist and resident wildlife expert, Maryanne Stubbs leads this walk through the High Line's spectacular gardens. Stubbs will point out various wildlife and explain how bees pollinate the plants and how migratory birds and other critters use the habitat for food. All ages.
Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Mexican history and culture through a new perspective thanks to arist Justin Favela. His piece, "Recuérdame," recreates popular landscapes with a unique touch courtesy of piñata-cut tissue paper. There will be a variety of additional family programming in conjunction with "Recuérdame." To learn more, click here. All ages.
The New York Botanical Garden found a muse for its new exhibit. Through a display of drawings, paintings, textiles and other media, the venue will pay tribute to the work of Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian artist and plant conservationist. To accompany the exhibit, NYBG will also host a variety of programs—live performances of Brazilian music and dance, poetry walks and more—that celebrate Marx's work. All ages.
This summer, embrace patriotism with the New-York Historical Society's "Revolutionary Summer" exhibit. Patrons will journey back in time and take a glimpse at a replica of an outdoor Continental Army encampment, a replica of George Washington’s tent headquarters, view 18th-century artifacts and more. Visit the museum's website for a list of themed-programming for families, including a scavenger hunt, trivia and more. All ages.