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

Best new family attractions of 2017
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Best new family attractions of 2017

These new family attractions of 2017 are the hottest tickets in town for family-friendly adventures. 

Your ultimate summer bucket list for NYC kids
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Your ultimate summer bucket list for NYC kids

Peel couch-potatoes off the cushions and get in on these spectacular summer happenings

Best rock climbing gyms for kids in NYC
Sports and fitness

Best rock climbing gyms for kids in NYC

Monkey bars at the playground no longer cutting it? Visit these rock gyms!

The best roller skating in NYC
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The best roller skating in NYC

Check out these stellar rinks around town!

The best things to do in New York with kids

Labor Day activities for kids in NYC
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Labor Day activities for kids in NYC

Celebrate Labor Day 2017 with wonderful Labor Day activities for kids! 

The best plays for kids in New York City
Theater

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
Attractions

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! 

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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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Learn Broadway Dance for $20

Learn Broadway Dance for $20

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

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Upcoming NYC events and festivals for kids

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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West Side County Fair
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West Side County Fair

The Upper West Side gets countryfied with carnival rides, games, music, square dancing, sideshow acts, a petting zoo and a Greenmarket. In the Green Acre environmental corner, young fairgoers get some hands-on schooling in eco-friendly living and animal care. Stay tuned for new plaza performers and headliners on the mainstage this year. All ages.

New York City Unicycle Festival
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New York City Unicycle Festival

The annual unicycle celebration rolls into town (on one wheel, no less). While the fest spans three days with tours and rides around the city, you'll find the best sights for kids at the Governors Island stop. Check out demonstrations, races and even unicycle basketball and hockey games. Events begin at various times at various locations, see website for details. All ages.

The Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair

Journey upstate for a weekend full of not-so-urban activities. The annual festival on Syracuse’s sprawling fairgrounds is best known for countrified entertainment like pig racing, cow birthing and displays of intricate butter sculptures, really all fueled by every fried food item you can imagine. Parents will love sampling cheese and wine from local producers while the kids tackle carnival rides. Wander the grounds, play ring toss and dart games and grab tickets to one of many concerts. All ages.

New York's biggest events for kids by month