The best things to do in New York with kids
Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids
New York International Children's Film Festival
This film fest for kiddos showcases approximately 125 features and shorts from around the globe each year, and rounds out the experience with retrospectives, interactive workshops and filmmaker Q&As for families. This year, don’t miss a special sneak peek at the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, animated features and shorts from Japan, Mexico and other far-flung cultures, and special talks about the future of virtual reality. Though a jury determines which director takes home the grand prize and other esteemed awards, young audience members can cast their votes in various categories. Ages 3 to 18. Various times and locations. Please check the website for a complete lineup.
Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Digital Playground" is back for another three weekends of immersive art-tech installations.The BAM Fisher Building is transformed into a massive gallery of cutting-edge exhibits from artists and inventors from around the world. This year's collection of exhibits includes a cascading 20 foot-tall wall of full-color LEDS called Light Orchestra, a chance to direct and act in your own film with Storymaker, virtual reality experiences, interactive films and much more. Entry is timed with 90-minute sessions during the day or 2 hours in the evening. Ages 6 and up.
City of Science
World Science Festival has partnered up with Con Edison for this science education initiative. Families will enter a mini metropolis in which they’ll learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through a variety of interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities. Walk on water; create an orbiting universe a the Warped Space Gravity Simulator; use a seismic accelerator to launch objects 20 feet into the air; and topple seven-foot-tall dominoes all in the name of science. Brains will get a workout trying to solve challenges and puzzles and discovering physics. An activity guide is also available for download that is full of fun experiments you and your child can conduct before and after the event. All ages.
First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brave the cold for some outdoor fun during Brooklyn Botanic Garden's wintry events for all ages on the first Sunday of December, January, February and March. When cabin fever hits the family, explore the garden's landscape on a nature walk with naturalist Bradley Klein, as he points out birds, mammals, and insects that remain active during the season. Then little ones can enjoy special hands-on discovery workshops and storytime. All ages.