September events calendar for kids in NYC

Check out our September events calendar for kids to find the best festivals, performances and more events for kids

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The summer's out of reach, but there's no reason to sulk (especially when fall festivals and fairspumpkin picking near NYC and other harvest happenings are on the horizon).

There are so many amazing kids' events taking place throughout the city that your crew will be more than willing to swap the bathing suit for a cozy sweater (and pumpkin-spiced treat). Check out our September events calendar for kids and get ready to plan a fun outing!

Summer? Oh, that's so last season! 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for families 

(Psst, parents: We won't tell your kiddos that you're scoping out our back-to-school guide.) 

September 2019 events calendar for kids

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News, Art

"The Art of the Brick"

The blueprint to a great museum adventure certainly includes "The Art of the Brick." Budding engineers and artists will be equally enthralled by the masterpieces Nathan Sawaya has intricately crafted with over 1,000,000 toy blocks. (No, that number is not a typo.) Venture to one of your favorite kids' museums, the New York Hall of Science, beginning Sept 28 for a glimpse at this record-breaking exhibit. Visitors who love dinosaur activities will gawk at the artist's 20-foot t. rex, which is comprised of over 80,000 pieces alone. Creative youngsters who participate in fun art classes for kids will enjoy Sawaya's recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Additionally, photographer Dean West partnered with Sawaya to produce a multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photos.

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News, City Life

Climate Strike

Although the new school year has just begun, the Department of Education plans to excuse absences on Friday, Sept 20—for a cause. According to a series of tweets, the DOE supports students who plan to participate in the Climate Strike, a highly anticipated event on NYC's September events calendar. The event will begin at noon on Sept 20 with a rally in Foley Square. Then, participants will march through the Financial District to Battery Park, where a subsequent rally will take place. 

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Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

icon-location-pin Van Cortlandt Manor,
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There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in thousands of Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy The Jewish Museum, Matthew Carasella/SocialShutterbug.com
Things to do, Concerts

Jewish Museum's Fall 2019 Family Concerts

icon-location-pin The Jewish Museum, Central Park
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To prove that art and music are an unstoppable pair, The Jewish Museum and the the Diller-Quaile Music School will host a six-week program titled "The Sound of Color" for pre-schoolers and families. The program's family concerts are as follows:  The Funky Monkeys: Sept 22 at 11:30am Dan & Claudia Zanes: Oct 20 at 11:30am  Hopalong Andrew Band: Nov 24 at 11:30am Nefesh Mountain: Dec 25 at 11:30am and 2pm 

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Things to do, Concerts

Jewish Museum's Fall 2019 Family Concerts

icon-location-pin The Jewish Museum, Central Park
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To prove that art and music are an unstoppable pair, The Jewish Museum and the the Diller-Quaile Music School will host a six-week program titled "The Sound of Color" for pre-schoolers and families. The program's family concerts are as follows:  The Funky Monkeys: Sept 22 at 11:30am Dan & Claudia Zanes: Oct 20 at 11:30am  Hopalong Andrew Band: Nov 24 at 11:30am Nefesh Mountain: Dec 25 at 11:30am and 2pm 

Photograph: Courtesy Rita Veisbergs Thompson
Things to do, Performances

New Families, New Traditions

icon-location-pin Museum of Jewish Heritage, Battery Park City
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Kids' musical group Yellow Sneaker will turn to puppet pals to help little event-goers (and their caregivers) embrace Jewish traditions and the importance of family. Note this is a drop-in program from the museum. Ages 4 and under. 

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Photograph: Courtesy David Mitchel + Arcadia Earth
Things to do, Exhibitions

Arcadia Earth

icon-location-pin 718 Broadway, Downtown
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This is planet Earth like you've never seen her before. NYC's latest immersive installation—located at 718 Broadway—is photo-worthy for a cause: While venturing through 15 rooms of underwater realms and fictional landscapes, "Arcadia Earth" visitors will be able to participate in virtual and augmented reality offerings while learning how our lifestyle choices will impact the future of our planet. Proceeds from all ticket sales will also directly support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global. All ages. 

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Things to do

Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

icon-location-pin Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West
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NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! 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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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Parsons Pre-College Academy

icon-location-pin Parsons New School of Design, Greenwich Village
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(SPONSOR CONTENT) Young artists have an opportunity to learn more about their craft during Parsons Pre-College Academy this fall. Participants who sign up for Saturday sessions can select from a variety of programs, including Fashion Design, which helps participants turn their garments from sketches to a reality; Animation Studio, an offering that teaches illustrators how to bring their characters to life and Graphic Design, a program that turns creative pitches into digital masterpieces, courtesy of Adobe Creative Suite. There's no telling what ideas will flourish during this immersive experience. Grades 3–12. 

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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.

Gazillion Bubble Show
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Theater

Gazillion Bubble Show

icon-location-pin New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
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Open run

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed in New York by his son Deni, daughter Melody and wife Ana) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote   TIME OUT DISCOUNT TICKET OFFER:THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW It will blow you away!!!Tickets as low as $49 (regular price $79) Promotional description: After twenty years as a Master of Bubbles, Fan Yang brought his unique brand of artistry to the Big Apple in 2007 and has since wowed bubble lovers of all ages. The Gazillion Bubble Show truly is a family affair for Fan: His wife Ana, son Deni, daughter Melody and brother Jano all can be found on stage in New York and around the world performing their bubble magic. Audiences are delighted with an unbubblievable experience and washed with a bubble tide; some even find themselves inside a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh and feel like a kid again.THREE WAYS TO BUY  TICKETS:1. Online: Click here to buy tickets through Telecharge2. By phone: Call 212-947-8844 and mention code: GBTONYF453. In person: Print this offer and bring it to the New World Stages box officePerformance schedule: Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm; Sunday at 12pm and 3pm Running time: 1h

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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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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. The photo-worthy spectacle will deconstruct Alice in Wonderland and add exciting new aspects to the experience. The set is characterized by a connected maze of fairytale installations, from ancient Roman times to modern NYC.  Visitors can choose their own tour, from a moon-like celeb experience and a true mushroom escape, to a new mirror room installation with swiveling space-like chairs. The dreamy pastel pink spaces and whimsical decor lend themselves to adorable pics. There is even the WonderWorld signature NYC Apple sanctuary where families can get a flavor for a new urban adventure!

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Photograph courtesy of MacGillivrary Freeman Films.
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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Museums, Special interest

“Math Unfolded”

icon-location-pin Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), Flatiron
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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. 

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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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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. 

Photograph: Courtesy Scott Frances for SPYSCAPE
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.   

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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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Things to do, Play spaces

Saturdays Are for Spanish

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen
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One World Project (302 Vanderbilt St) is looking to bridge the gap between cultures. Come to the Saturday play sessions (for both children and adults) to immerse yourself in the Spanish language by way of outside play, story time, music and other fun activities. Scholarships are available. Register online. Ages 5 and under. 

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