Things to Do

Things to do with kids in New York, including events this week, free things to do, fairs and festivals, story time, theater for kids, and kids' entertainment

The best new kids' movies of 2017
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The best new kids' movies of 2017

Are you in the know about the best new kids' movies 2017 has to offer? 

Family movies on Netflix for all ages
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Family movies on Netflix for all ages

Consider this your ultimate guide to family movies on Netflix!

OMG! 17 incredible things your kids can't miss in 2017
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OMG! 17 incredible things your kids can't miss in 2017

If your resolution is to have way more fun in 2017, you've come to the right place. 

Meet National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, coming to Times Square
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Meet National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, coming to Times Square

Enjoy virtual interaction with sea lions, rays, dolphins and see virtual humpback whales!

The best things to do in New York with kids

The best plays for kids in New York City
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The best plays for kids in New York City

You can't go wrong with Matilda, Gazillion Bubble Show and Aladdin!

The 50 best family attractions in NYC
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The 50 best family attractions in NYC

Thought you've seen 'em all? Think again.

Summer books for kids and tweens
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Summer books for kids and tweens

Plan ahead for some great summer reading this year! 

NYC museums for kids
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NYC museums for kids

These NYC museums can't be beat—see everything from Star Wars costumes to daunting dinos

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Puppy Playtime

Puppy Playtime

A fun, structured 30-minute playtime for puppies 20 weeks and under

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Riverdance

Riverdance

Get tickets to see Riverdance on June 14 at the Community Theatre in New Jersey

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Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Students work on scene study, monologues, poetry, commercials and interview technique

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Kids Ballet Ages 3-6 for $15

Kids Ballet Ages 3-6 for $15

This class is the student’s first introduction to formal ballet class structure

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Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids

Rubin Museum Block Party
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Rubin Museum Block Party

Enjoy an afternoon of arty fun at the Rubin Museum’s annual outdoor fete, where the whole family can watch live music and dance performances, participate in art making and nosh on Van Leeuwen ice cream and Himalayan snacks from Café Serai. This year’s edition gives a nod to the Rubin Museum’s exhibition, “The World is Sound,” with activities and performances inspired by the exhibit. Make sure to spend some time wandering around inside the Rubin, which has free admission all day. All ages.  

State Fair Meadowlands
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State Fair Meadowlands

New Jersey’s iconic state fair is back for its 31st year! As always, the giant event offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, an open-air circus, a petting zoo and plenty of live music. More specifics will be announced in the coming months, but mark your calendar for June 27—when kids under 12 get free admission—and for July 3 and 4, when the fair will put on a fireworks extravaganza at 11pm. Check the website for the full schedule. All ages.

Spectacular Fireworks Night
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Spectacular Fireworks Night

New Jersey’s state fair offers more than 150 rides and loads of shows and activities to keep the whole family entertained. Free shows include open-air acrobatics, racing pigs, cuddly animals at the petting zoo and a high dive show. At 11pm, nab a spot with the littles to watch the sky light up with fireworks. All ages.

Summer Family Theater Festival

Summer Family Theater Festival

The first Summer Family Theater Festival will give families a cool place to hide from the sun. Productions by Vital Theatre Company, Doppelskope, the Amazing Max and Ragtag Theatre Company are all part of a lineup of kid-friendly plays. Catch Pinkalicious The Musical, a silly story about a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes, she develops a skin condition that turns her entire body pink! (July 16–August 27, select Sat and Suns 11am) Flight School The Musical follows the story of a penguin who wishes he could fly (July 16–August 6, select Sat and Sun 1pm) and the Amazing Max will wow children with his magic tricks (July 16–August 26, select Sat and Sun 3pm). Premium ticket holders will want to arrive 25 minutes early to the magic show because those kids who do will receive Amazing Max memorabilia, have front row seating, participate in a magic lesson and will go home with a magic trick to try on their friends. Other festival productions include Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella (July 29–August 27, select Sat and Sun 3:30pm) and Gruff! (August 4–27, Fri 7pm and Sat and Sun 1pm). If your kid feels inspired to jump on stage, Pinkalicious Performance Camps will run through the summer and will culminate with a performance by the kiddos (July 10–Aug 25, Mon–Fri 9am–12pm)! Various ages.

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