The best things to do in New York with kids
Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids
Put your hands to work at the Beam Center's Inventgenuity Festival, where workshops and tech-minded craft activities all encourage kids to use their imaginations. Attendees will participate in other craft-based demonstrations and collaborative projects based on the theme, NOSE/KNOWS, which focuses on mold-making, electronics, building, printmaking and more. The event is free, but registration is required. Some tools used throughout the event require a fee. Ages 7 and up.
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.
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.
Big Umbrella Festival
Lincoln Center Education proudly presents Big Umbrella Festival, the first month-long festival focused on artistic programming for children on the autism spectrum. Big Umbrella Festival will feature performances specially designed to accomodate the developmental needs of this particular audience and their familes. All ages.