The best things to do in New York with kids
Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids
Hello Kitty Pop-Up
Our favorite feline (Hello Kitty) is celebrating a milestone: her 45th anniversary. To mark the momentous occasion, New Yorkers can enjoy a Chelsea pop-up (18th St and Sixth Ave) dedicated to the super-adorable advocate of kindness and friendship. Until Dec 24, shoppers will be able to visit Cost Plus World Market to stock up on exclusive merch (toys, accessories, kitchen goods) in honor of our leading lady. Snag Hello Kitty pasta sauce for dinner, sip on Hello Kitty soda, find a cute plush and of course, strike a pose in the Instagrammable spot while you're there! Learn more about the event and items at worldmarket.com or sanrio.com.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Every year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter village complete with an outdoor ice skating rink right at the center. Shop from local vendors selling food and drinks and get an early start on those holiday wish lists. Wonderful pop-up shops for kids and families abound, as well as eateries with sweet and savory cusines from around the globe. Holiday festivities are scheduled from the opening day, as Oct 31 will welcome kiddos for Tricks and Treats from 4–6:30pm. Later in the season, little ones can visit Santa from Dec 14–22, so tell your crew to start brainstorming! All ages.
Canstruction New York at Brookfield Place
Canstruction New York is back at Brookfield Place, and sculptures made entirely by stacking cans of food have taken over the place. You will be amazed by these feats of engineering from some of NY's leading architects and designers. (All the cans are unopened, and will be given to City Harvest.) Prizes will be awarded on Nov 11. The first Canstruction New York was heled 12 years ago, and since then over 1 million cans of food have been donated. All ages. Free.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
This YA Greeky mythology mashup is perfect for the whole family. The performance brings Rick Riordian’s popular novel to life in musical form as we follow 12-year-old Percy Jackson as he tracks down who stole the god Zeus’ lightning bolt. Along the way, the brave one must figure out how to control his new powers, solve an Oracle’s riddle, escape from monsters and restore peace between the Greek gods. Ages 8 and up.