The best medicine for the back-to-school butterflies? How about some cookies, a fashion show or five—yep, five bouncy castles? Wave so-long to summer with nothing but big smiles at one of these ten awesome bashes.
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In addition to taking part in a cake pops baking workshop, kids will score swag from brands like ZICO coconut water, Sneaky Pete's Bananagram and of course, plenty of Fabipops treats and T-shirts. Plus, they'll be chances to win toys and Pop Out Clothing vests in daily raffles. Be sure to RSVP quickly; space will fill up fast. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Ages 6 and up.
After checking out NYSCI's Arthur Ashe exhibit (it opens today), score milk from Elmhurst Dairy, Home Free cookies and take snapshots of all the chewy, gooey fun in a milk-moustache photo booth. Ages 5 and up.
Enter the park at Tenth Ave and 14th St. It's about time someone recognized the High Line's catwalking potential: 13 local teens and emerging designers present the results of their two-month workshop series in this display of the coolest fall styles for up-and-coming fashionistas. Get their early, as seating will be limited. Ages 8 and up.
Gussy up for back-to-school with free haircuts, face painting and more when the Bronx Terminal Market's level 6 garage rooftop is visited by the Bronx Museum, the Bronx Zoo, Toys R Us and local radio stations. Join in a dinosaur egg scavenger hunt and stay afterwards for a dusk showing of Wreck-It Ralph (7:30pm).
Kids starting school again (or for the first time!) can celebrate the occasion with stoop games like hula-hoop, chalk art, bubbles, crafts, storytime and snacks, while parents pick up some healthy tips on how to start the year off right. Stick around for a dance party headed by teen DJ Abbrielle Johnson (a.k.a. DJ Kakez). Ages 3 to 5.
The popular eco-eatery will help give your tykes the proper send-off as they head back to the classroom. Stop by for delicious Cuban food and kids' activities. All ages.
Celebrate the beginning of the new school year—and stave off the end-of-summer blues—with games, rides, crafts and giveaways. All ages.
Score big on back-to-school necessities like buy two, get three free art supplies from Melissa & Doug and 30% off all toys and school items. Make a hair appointment for your little one with Vera, who's armed with feathers, hair chalk, spikes and cool updos for fashion-conscious kiddos (plus, they get to watch cartoons and suck on lollipops while getting gussied up). While moms and dads shop, kids can also play a Pocket Frenz activity, eat free granola bar samples from Wave and GoGo Squeez, get free manis and pedis, visit a balloon artist or design their own book covers. Ages 2 to 7.
Celebrate the start of the school year with carnival games, face painting, mouth-watering BBQ—and five bouncy houses! Guests will also get a dance party courtesy of the folks at Baby Loves Disco. All proceeds to benefit student, academic, and arts programs at P.S. 9. All ages.
Fire up your brains with cool science projects like erupting a volcano, creating bouncy balls and watching a mad scientist at work. Ages 4 and up.