Things to do with kids in NYC this weekend

Want to plan a family outing? Check out our list of things to do with kids in NYC this weekend and let the fun begin.
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RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend

Nov 17–18

Photograph: Courtesy Cesar McKay and Cranksgiving NYC
Things to do, Quirky events

Cranksgiving NYC

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Partake in one of New York's most unique holiday events this year—on your bicycle! This action-packed fundraiser has folks on bikes (families can work together as a team) race to complete a scavenger hunt (longer and shorter rides are available, depending on your crew/biking experience), ultimately collecting food items to donate to The Bowery Mission. All you need to participate is a bicycle, $15–$20 cash to purchase food items, a bike lock for each bike (you'll need to lock up outside several grocery stores) and the ambition to find some great stuff around the city for families in need. In 2017, the event gathered more than 1,900lbs of food—including whole turkeys! Registration begins at 1pm at Hudson Yards Park (34th St between 10th and 11th Aves). Event starts at 2pm. All ages.

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Things to do, Quirky events

MOCACreate

icon-location-pin Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Little Italy
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The whole family will use inspiration from th Museum of Chinese in America's latest exhibits to create a masterpiece. For November's activity, children are invited to explore how  Chinese language messages were translated into Morse code thanks to “Radical Machines.” Kiddos will encode their own letters. Ages 3 and up.  

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Museums

Indian Arts at CMOM

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
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During the fall, Children's Museum of Manhattan will be celebrating Indian American artists, chefs and other creatives all season long. Children and their families can learn how to cook healthy chaat, a popular street food, with The Culture Tree's chef Anu Sehgal (Nov. 10, ages 6 and older); use paper and patterns to create prints with Shelly Bahl (Nov. 18, ages 6 and up); watch an energetic dance performance from Ajna Dance Company and then learn some of the moves (Dec. 1, all ages, ticket required); or design a necklace that represents Om, the basic sound of the universe (December 15, ages 6 and older, sign-up required). Tickets and reservations are free, but must be procured in the lobby before the event. 

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Things to do, Quirky events

Fall Field Day Festival

icon-location-pin Bronx Park, The Bronx
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The whole family — kids, teens, and their grown-ups — can get active at this full-day recess in the Bronx. Enjoy tons of activities for all ages at all abilities, including goofy relay races (three-legged, potato sack, and egg on spoon races); field game like tug-o-war and giant parachute; and action games like "javelin" (pool noodle) throw, pillow polo, and an obstacle course. Meet in Bronx Park near Unionport Road and Bronx Park East. If heavy rain is forecasted a rain date will be announced by 2pm on Friday Nov. 16.

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Theater, Children's

"NOT MY MONSTER"

icon-location-pin The Flea Theater, Tribeca
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The Flea Theatre is celebrating CEREALS, its family-friendly programming, by extending the performances of "NOT MY MONSTER," a story by Nick Gandiello that follows a family on its move from a grandiose penthouse to a cabin deserted in the woods. Is this family really all alone? Did its Domovoi, a protecting spirit, forget to tag along? All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Galli Theater
Theater, Children's

The Three Little Pigs

icon-location-pin Galli Theater, Financial District
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Gordy, Perkey and Snoozy pigs set off to start their independent lives and build new homes for themselves, but the Wolf isn’t going to make this mission easy. The classic tale comes to life on stage and afterward, children can try their hand at acting the story out. A 40-minute workshop follows each performance and an actor from the play will help them put on their own show. Ages 4 and up.

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11th Annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair
Photograph courtesy Rachel Papo
Things to do, Literary events

Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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The annual fair returns to the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion at the Brooklyn Museum for its 12th year with 40 Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators of picture books, storybooks, novels, and graphic novels. Check out readings and various hands-on activities appropriate for different age groups from toddler through middle schoolers. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Brookfield Place
Things to do, Performances

Saturday Morning Show

icon-location-pin Brookfield Place | Manhattan, NY, Battery Park City
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Head to Brookfield Place's Hudson Eats with your little ones for a Saturday morning interactive program of educational activities, live music, storytelling and games. Enjoy folk tunes with Laura Doherty (Nov 10 at 10am) and uinique juggling with Jester Jim (Nov 10 at 11am); a combo of bluegrass, old time and folk with Astrograss (Nov 17 at 10am) and stories with LuAnn Adams (Nov 17 at 11am); be wowed by CC & Mallory's magic (Dec 1 at 10am) and enjoy juggling and magic with Handsome Harry (Dec 1 at 11am); hang out with Hopalong Andrew for interactive music (Dec 8 at 10am) and music with Mario the Maker Magician (Dec 8 at 11am); jam with Rolie Polie Guacamole (Dec 15 at 10am) and come one, come all, for The Great Charlini's acts. After the show, be sure to stroll around the venue for delicious nibbles, shopping and other cultural activities. Ages 1–5.

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Photograph: Courtesy Staten Island Children's Museum
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Second Saturday Science

icon-location-pin Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
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Saturdays are the perfect time to dig deep into new science topics. During the Staten Island Children's Museum's Second Science Saturday program, ConEd teams up with the venue to help children engage in biology, engineering and graphic design projects. For the remainder of 2018, here's what's in store: The Science of Sight (Oct 13), which teaches attendees how to understand braille; Soaring to New Heights (Nov 10), which focuses on the life and work of Golda Ross, the first Native American female aeronautical engineer; and Pixelate Me! (Dec 8), an opportunity for kids to create pixelated crafts. All ages. 

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Things to do

Family Art Project: Cornhusk Dolls

icon-location-pin Wave Hill, The Bronx
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Tots celebrate the harvest season by listening to Natie American stories and learning about the power of a talking stick. Then they'll use dried husks to make their own dolls. Ages 4 and up.

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Theater

Just Kidding Concerts at Symphony Space

icon-location-pin Symphony Space, Upper West Side
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When it comes to family-friendly entertainment, Symphony Space has it down to a science with its "Just Kidding" series, complete with an extensive lineup of performers and musicians that everyone in your crew will love. Enjoy a morning of Wild West fun with Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers' show The Legend of The Banana Kid (Nov 10 at 11am, 2pm); swing and sway along with Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats (Dec 1 at 11am); learn about a little girl and her insect BFF thanks to I Spy Butterfly (Dec 15 11am, 2 pm); feel wowed during the dance extravaganza STAM-PEDE (Jan 6 at 3pm) and so much more. The schedule has something for everyone, so check out the full list of offerings here. All ages. 

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West
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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 include Kubiya Games for those who enjoy a good brainteaser and New York Puzzle Company for jigsaw puzzles based on classic children’s book covers. All ages.

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Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

icon-location-pin Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East
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  Commuting in the winter can be quite a challenge. Between cold temperatures, howling winds and a dusting of snow, getting to and from NYC isn't always easy. However, The New York Transit Museum's model train exhibit at the Grand Central Gallery Annex & Store makes the venture a lot more tolerable. Lionel trains will travel along two 34’ long “O” gauge model train layout, where onlookers will start off in a mini Grand Central and follow along as the route heads toward the North Pole as work from Ebony Bolt is displayed throughout the exhibit. Sounds like a fun way to kill time while you're waiting for your 6pm home, right? All ages.

Things to do, Exhibitions

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

icon-location-pin New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY, The Bronx
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All aboard! One of NYC's most beloved traditions is making its way back into town. The New York Botanical Garden promises another year of fantastic displays during its annual holiday train show, this time spotlighting Lower Manhattan. Get a glimpse of trains zipping through pint-sized downtown attractions—One World Trade Center, Battery Maritime Building—while enjoying festive decorations in one of the city's most beloved green spaces. In addition to the display itself, the Holiday Train Show also offers the opportunity for fun programming—arts and crafts for kids, Bar Car Nights for mom and dad and other festive happenings. Get your tickets ASAP—this event is likely to sell out quickly. All ages.

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Union Square Holiday Market

icon-location-pin Union Square, Union Square
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Grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider to beat the chill as you navigate this holiday market, a favorite among shoppers looking to support local businesses. Foodies can grab a taste from  a variety of vendors here before browsing through kiosks featuring jewelry, artwork, candles, home goods, beauty products and gifts for kids. Here, you’ll find many artisanal products that are NYC-made, USA-made, Fairtrade/Organic Certified and made from recycled, reused or vintage items. All ages.

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Photograph: Grand Central Holiday Fair
Things to do

Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair

icon-location-pin Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East
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Forty unique vendors come together in one of NYC's most gorgeous architecutral attractions to provide a can't-miss holiday experience. If your daily commute's got you down, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is surely one way to make you feel merry and bright. Explore the wide array of handmade goods—toys, games, accessories and more—before boarding your train home. Chances are, you're bound to find some great gifts for loved ones. Even better? You also have the option to snag a sneak peek at the holiday train show too, so you're truly entering a winter wonderland. You'll be spending a lot of time wandering the train station this season! Note that the market won't be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, so plan your shopping ahead of time. All ages.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

icon-location-pin Radio City Music Hall, Midtown West
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Every year, this holiday stalwart gets families in the spirit with Santa appearances, colorful sets and, of course, one-of-a-kind dance numbers from the impressive Rockettes. Enjoy classic routines like "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "New York at Christmas," in which dancers journey through the city on a double-decker bus, and keep an eye out for exciting new additions as well. The show now incorporates advanced technology throughout, taking the audience on a wild ride via 3D glasses and a flying LED screen, and one number even sends a host of helium-filled, GPS-enabled iridescent snowflakes floating high above the audience, transforming Radio City into a sparkling winter wonderland! Get ready for a new finale scene! All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen/New York Hall of Science.
Things to do

GingerBread Lane

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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Get ready to have your mind blown at this massive gingerbread house display. In it, you won’t find just a couple of houses made of gingerbread cookies, candy and icing. That would be child’s play compared to this 500-square-foot village that has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Master builder Jon Lovitch designs, bakes and builds each feature over the course of the year. All ages.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Zero-Waste Thanksgiving

icon-location-pin Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
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Thanksgiving is typically about excess, but now is the time to change our ways. In this course from the NYC Compost Project and Queens Botanical Garden, attendees will learn how everything on their dinner tables can be put to good use—with nothing left behind. Ages 7 and up. 

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Things to do, Cultural centers

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee

icon-location-pin Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Harlem
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During Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning's Saturday matinee series, families can enjoy amazing performances from musicians, dancers, and storytellers representing cultures from around the globe. Kids can groove to the afro, futuristic soul of Brooklyn-based duo Soul Science (Oct. 27); be enthralled by The East Village Dance Project's innovative take on the Nutcracker with New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut (Dec. 15); be amazed by master storyteller Michael Manswell's tales of the African diaspora and the Caribbean (Jan. 19); and feel inspired by the instruments created out recycled materials and reused stuff at the Family Bash (April 13). All ages, full lineup can be found on website.    

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Introduction to Stop Motion Animation

icon-location-pin Creative Arts Studio, Boerum Hill
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Let kids take their love for movies to another level with Intro to Stop- Motion Animation, which teaches them how to use a camera and color-correct masterpieces. Once the class wraps up, little filmmakers will have their own clips to share.

Photograph courtesy Lincoln Center
Kids, Festivals

LC Kids

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side
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Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

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Museums

Rocket Park Mini Golf

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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The perfect activity for lovers of putt putt golf and rocketships! At Rocket Park Mini Golf, your golf ball will experience the same principles of physics (like the law of motion and gravity) that a spaceship employs. This nine hole golf course will teach kiddos (and adults alike!) important science concepts like escape velocity, gravitational assist and more. Ages 6 and up.

Photograph courtesy Andrew Kelly
Museums

Science Playground

icon-location-pin New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens
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At the nation's largest science playground, tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Be sure to bring shoes that can get wet—the water play area is a real highlight of any visit. Ages 6 and up.

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Kids, Festivals

LC Kids

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side
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Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

Music

Jazz for Kids

icon-location-pin Jazz Standard, Flatiron
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Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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Movie theaters

NYICFF Five Borough Tour

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The movies are on the move! The best of the New York International Children's Film Festival—Kid Flicks One (ages 3–7), Kid Flicks Two (ages 8 and up) and ¡Viva Kid Flicks! (7 and up)—is returning to the big screen. The flicks will be screened at various theaters throughout the five boroughs to give children a taste of other cultures, and budding film buffs need to get tickets. Learn more about the tour here. Ages 3 and up.  Queens: Oct 13-14 — Museum of the Moving ImageStaten Island: Oct 13-14 — Staten Island MuseumEast Harlem: Oct 20 — El Museo del BarrioHarlem: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16 — Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of StorytellingWashington Heights: Oct 25 — Kid’s CinemaFest/Dominican Film FestivalBronx: Coming soonBrooklyn: Coming soon

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Things to do, Cultural centers

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee

icon-location-pin Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Harlem
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During Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning's Saturday matinee series, families can enjoy amazing performances from musicians, dancers, and storytellers representing cultures from around the globe. Kids can groove to the afro, futuristic soul of Brooklyn-based duo Soul Science (Oct. 27); be enthralled by The East Village Dance Project's innovative take on the Nutcracker with New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut (Dec. 15); be amazed by master storyteller Michael Manswell's tales of the African diaspora and the Caribbean (Jan. 19); and feel inspired by the instruments created out recycled materials and reused stuff at the Family Bash (April 13). All ages, full lineup can be found on website.    

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Theater, Circuses & magic

Magic at Coney!!!

icon-location-pin Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn
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Calling all junior magicians! Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from all over the world will descend on the Coney Island Museum for a full afternoon of mind-blowing tricks and feats. Expect to see plenty of card tricks, levitating objects and perhaps some stuff disappearing right before your eyes. Who knows—maybe someone from your family will have the chance to become to be part of the magic if they’re picked as an assistant for a particular trick. And then catch more magic on Monday nights when the Brooklyn Cyclones treat fans to a magic show during their home games this summer. Magic at Coney performances run noon to 2pm. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy: Robert Gerhardt and Denis Y. Suspitsyn
Museums, Art and design

"Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again"

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Eric Lennartson
Art

“TapeScape” at BCM

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights
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Let your imagination run wild as you climb through a massive playscape made from miles of TAPE! This interactive exhibit by Brooklyn Children’s Museum in collaboration with Eric Lennartson is custom-built for the museum and created from unexpected everyday materials, and it’ll be located in the Visiting Exhibit Gallery. The exhibit will span about 400 square feet (about the size of a studio apartment here in NYC), offering plenty of tunnels to crawl through, and it’s open for anyone to explore, even adults. “TapeScape” encourages creativity, curiosity and gross motor play. The artist, Eric Lennartson, weighed in with Time Out New York Kids: “Because the exhibit is so crazy, it attracts everyone to play in it. One of the reasons I love the exhibit is that I see adults playing with kids in the exhibit. I see older kids playing again like they did when they were younger and didn't have to act so cool. I tell people it lets you act half your age again.” Building the exhibit will take around two weeks: the first will be used to create the skeletal structure, and the second for adding around thirteen miles worth of tape—that’s enough to go back and forth across the Brooklyn Bridge a dozen times! Lennartson continues: "I love that tape is such a common thing that everyone has, but it can do extraordinary things. It is completely unexpected material to build with, right? Why would you think that that roll of tape in your desk drawer could make something as big as a three-dimension

Photograph: Courtesy Fairy Island
Things to do, Quirky events

Fairy Island Pop-Up

icon-location-pin 152 Lexington Ave, Midtown West
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Step inside a picture-perfect dream at "Fairy Island" without actually leaving Manhattan! NYC's new immersive pop-up experience will make you feel as though you're part of a fairy tale thanks to the six rooms of pastels, confetti, floral murals, unicorns and all-things magical. The exhibit encourages those making a visit to realize their dreams, enjoy the company of friends and of course, snap a few epic photos along the way. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Robb McCormick + Liberty Science Center
Museums, Science and technology

“International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes”

icon-location-pin Liberty Science Center,
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Do you have your magnifying glass ready? You'll need it! Liberty Science Center is taking a step back in time with its latest exhibit, “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes," which allows visitors to explore science and technological advances from the late 1800s, decipher the inner workings of forensic specialists today and go through clues to uncover an exclusive mystery! All ages. 

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Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

icon-location-pin Van Cortlandt Manor,
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There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in over 7,000 Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.

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Museums, Special interest

"Harry Potter: A History of Magic"

icon-location-pin New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side
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Take a trip to Hogwarts—without leaving NYC! Potterheads can experience "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," a British Library exhibit that is coming to the New York Historical Society. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will open at the New-York Historical Society October 5, 2018 and will feature rare books, manuscripts and treasures from the British Library’s collections that relate to the myths and magic behind the series. Original drafts and drawings by author J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay will also be on display for the first time. All ages. 

Courtesy Jim Kay/Bloomsbury Publishing
Museums, Special interest

Family Programs for "Harry Potter: A History of Magic"

icon-location-pin New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side
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Ready your wands, young wizards: All-things magical and mystical are heading to the New-York Historical Society for the London transplant, "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," a can't-miss exhibit for history buffs and bibliophiles. Fans will be able to celebrate one of the most beloved characters in children's literature and explore a wide variety of artifacts, including work from J.K. Rowling's original manuscript, oracle bones dating back to the 1600s and even costumes from the Broadway play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But a celebration of Harry and all that he means to us wouldn't be complete without a variety of family events. Here's a full lineup of what parents and kiddos can attend when the exhibit opens on Oct 5.  Hogwarts House Badges, Saturdays and Sundays from 1–4pm, free with museum admission, all ages.  Harry Potter Family Book Club, various dates from 4–6pm, $15, $12 members, ages 14 and under.  Writing Historical Fantasy with Writetopia Lab, Oct 21 2–6pm (ages 8–10) and Nov 3 2–6pm (ages 11-13), $125/student.  History of Magic Family Days, Nov 18 and Dec 9, free with museum admission, all ages.  Harry Potter Trivia for Families, Oct 14 at 2:30 pm, $25, $22 members, all ages.  Historical Hallowe'en, Oct 28 at 5pm, $20, ages 18 and under. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Liberty Science Center
Museums, Childhood

"Doc McStuffins"

icon-location-pin Liberty Science Center,
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Little Dottie wants to follow in her mother's footsteps on the TV hit, Doc McStuffins. With the hopes of becoming a doctor, she practices her medical routines on her stuffed animals...who just so happen to come to life! Kids can channel their inner Doc McStuffins by checking in on fury friends in the ER, giving animals X-rays and more. This is a bilingual English and Spanish immersive exhibit. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Things to do, Quirky events

Ripley's Relic

icon-location-pin Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square, Midtown West
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Believe it or not, Ripley's has uncovered yet another way to blow visitors' minds! This time, museum-goers have the option to tackle a new immersive experience titled "Ripley's Relics." Here, they'll be able to tackle high-tech equipment (with the help of a guide) to uncover unusual symbols that were discovered right in the venue's home: Times Square. Think you have what it takes to crack the code? All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy CMOM
Art

"Art, Artists & You"

icon-location-pin Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side
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The Children's Museum of Manhattan is putting little visitors in the driver's seat. “Art, Artists & You,” a combination of an art studio and exhibit, encourages children to explore the creative process with several main components: working on stop motion animation, crafting a model of a pet or contributing to a wall hanging. “We want visitors to consider what it means when art is made of familiar object and materials, and how they can use these everyday items to make something new that expresses their thoughts, aspirations, and personal perception of the world,” David Rios, Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s director of public programs and the exhibit’s curator, said in a statement. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the Moving Image / The Jim Henson Company
Museums, Movies and TV

The Jim Henson Exhibition

icon-location-pin Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria
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The Museum of the Moving Image finally unveils its new permanent exhibition on Jim Henson’s work. Head up to the second floor to find nearly 300 items from the Henson’s career in film and television, including sketches, storyboards, scripts, photos, costumes, behind-the-scenes video footage and 47 puppets (Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo and Big Bird just to name a few). Kids can even try their hand at puppeteering on screen and designing their own puppet characters. All ages.

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Photograph courtesy K. Corbin, J. Sparks
Museums, Natural history

Unseen Oceans

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition imaging that scientists use to explore the ocean's vast realm. They can also see some of the new discoveries, like a new island forming near Hawaii and the behaviors of deep sea animals. The exhibit features mesmerizing displays, like a floor-to-ceiling array of biofluorescent species (animals that absorb and re-emit light) and a virtual ride in a submersible.

Museums

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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Things to do, Walks and tours

"Below Deck & Behind the Scenes: The Intrepid Hard Hat Experience"

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen
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Take a look at the Intrepid from a whole new vantage point—literally. In this tour, visitors will retrace the footsteps of the ship's crew members and explore unchartered territory that typical museum-goers do not have access to. Those attending will check out the emergency diesel generator room, sickbay and other areas. Appropriate footwear is required. A branded bump cap will be given out to those on tour (and they'll be able to take it home as a keepsake). Ages 16 and up. 

Photograph: Courtesy NASA
Museums, Special interest

"Personal Space"

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen
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If you have trouble packing your suitcase before a trip, wait until you find out what astronauts have to bring when they head to outer space! During this year’s annual Space & Science Festival, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host an exhibit, "Personal Space," dedicated to all of the personal items that astronauts bring along for the trip. Astronauts who will be featured in this exhibit include Mike Massimino, Dr. Ellen Baker and more. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Peter Kuper
Things to do, Exhibitions

"Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics"

icon-location-pin New York Transit Museum, Boerum Hill
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We need a little levity while commuting, so why not get a chuckle with "Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics"? The New York Transit Museum just released this silly (yet all-too familiar) exhibit of cartoons—ranging from the 19th to 21st century—depicting rides through on the trains. All ages.   

Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York
Museums, Special interest

"Germ City"

icon-location-pin Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem
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If your kids won't cover their mouths when sneezing or refuse tissues, maybe "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis" will help them change their ways. MCNY's new exhibit will focus on the clash between NYC and disease and how it has shaped us in a variety of ways, from culturally to physically. Pieces include "Blood Mirror," Jordan Eagles' offering that's comprised of human blood, a 20th-century smallpox quarantine poster and New York City Health Department diphtheria pamphlet, among many other others. Don't forget to register for the Community Care Fair, a family event on Nov 18 from 11am–3pm, that will let visitors explore ways we care for one another by taking a look at paraphernalia, stories and more. All ages.  

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Things to do, Exhibitions

"Impractical Jokers: Homecoming"

icon-location-pin Staten Island Museum, Midtown West
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Ready for a few laughs? Well you're in luck. The masterminds behind the popular TV series Impractical Jokers are coming back where it all originated. This exhibit gives fans an up-close and personal look at costumes, props and even secrets behind the show. Make sure you're on your A-game: There will be a few interactive impractical surprises on display throughout the exhibit. All ages. 

Things to do, Exhibitions

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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Step inside the world of senses in this funhouse-like exhibtion at AMNH. There are eleven unique galleries in all. You’ll be able to explore how real our “reality” is (and what it’s shaped by.) And what our mind tells us through our different senses. Step into a room that tests your balance as the walls will appear to wave and ripple, through your feet tell you otherwise. Fly through a garden seen through the eyes of a bee or butterfly to learn how other animals experience flowers. Take a smell test and learn how what we think is one scent really is a symphony of different smells. There will also be a live presentation on why our senses are necessary for survival, how our senses are different from other animals and why human perception is unique. All ages.

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Photograph: Dorothy Reilly
Kids, Exhibitions

"From Farm to City"

icon-location-pin Staten Island Museum, Midtown West
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During this family-friendly tour of the exhibition, tykes will learn about the island's evolution as well as its hidden history of farming, manufacturing and sports. Little ones will then commemorate the borough's storied past and present in a tile-making workshop, presented by the Staten Island's own Kreischer Brickworks and American Linoleum Manufacturing Company. Ages 7 to 12.

Photograph: Courtesy Matt Shanley
Museums

Inside You

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.

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Museums

"We the People"

icon-location-pin New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side
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From the donations of many visitors' used shoelaces comes "We the People," an art installation by Nari Ward. From Feb 20–24, you can see the sculpture as it gets installed, and from February 20–26 you can post a sticky note on the museum's preamble wall to share how the words "We the People" make you feel. All ages.

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Art, Contemporary art

"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power "

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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Over 60 black artists from the mid-20th century are featured in this exhibit that explores the unjust treatment of African Americans from 1963 to 1983. Check out photography, abstract paintings, portraits, prints, and sculptures from this era. All ages. 

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Theater, Broadway

Frozen: The Broadway Musical

icon-location-pin St. James Theatre, Midtown West
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For the first time in forever, Disney's "Snow Queen"-inspired movie about sisterly love and a talking snowman is coming to Broadway. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and the whole gang will turn the St. James Theater into a winter wonderland full of songs from the original soundtrack. Expect phenomenal sets and stage-magic, plus a certain Oscar-winning song to get stuck in your head.

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Theater, Comedy

Blue Man Group

icon-location-pin Astor Place Theatre, East Village
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  A sea of toilet paper, neon paint splashes and three blue men have kept audiences laughing and amazed in this long-running Off-Broadway hit. Stand by as these other-worldly fellows learn about the environment around them...and make a bit of noise in the process (largely thanks to the large tubs of paint). You'll laugh, you'll catch one of the group members in the audience and you'll love the wonky happenings throughout the performance. If you catch a show in the first row, wear the poncho—chances are you're going to get splattered with something! Ages 5 and up. 

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Theater

Gazillion Bubble Show

icon-location-pin New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen
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  Husband and wife duo Fan and Ana Yang have traveled world-wide to dazzle their audiences with their self-titled masterpiece, "bubble artistry." As lights flicker and music plays, prepare to catch some of the wonkiest looking bubbles you've ever encountered. Kids and parents alike will love how these soapy spectacles create a can't-miss experience. Ages 5 and up.

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Theater, Musicals

Stomp

icon-location-pin Orpheum Theater, East Village
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Stomp takes percussion to a whole new level. A small cast of characters makes use of atypical objects—wooden polls, push brooms—to create a unique musical experience. A catchy rhythm, impressive dance moves and laugh-out-loud moments prove why this Off-Broadway show is such a crowd pleaser, even if there isn't any dialogue. Your kiddos might be inspired to take household items and start a jam session of their own! Ages 4 and up.

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Theater, Musicals

The Lion King

icon-location-pin Minskoff Theatre, Midtown West
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Disney's Tony-winning show continues to dazzle at the Minskoff. Any child who hasn't yet seen it must catch director Julie Taymor's wildly imaginative puppet spectacle. A cast of 46 sings the Elton John–Tim Rice score, which tells the story of Simba, a cub destined to be king of his pride. The vibrant costumes, singalong-worthy music and unbelievable sets can't be beat. Ages 6 and up.

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Photo: Courtesy Deen van Meer
Theater, Broadway

Broadway Bridges

icon-location-pin Various locations,
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The goal of Broadway Bridges is simple: To have NYC high school students attend a Broadway play or musical before they graduate, at just $10 a show for tenth graders. Who could resist that?! How it works: Your New York DOE High School can simply register for $10 tickets (for 10th graders and their chaperones) for the performances below. Be aware that there are a limited amount of tickets available per show. Here are the additional details for how your school can get involved. Here are this year's participating shows:  Aladdin Anastasia Beautiful Chicago Come From Away Frozen King Kong Kinky Boots Mean Girls School of Rock Summer The Band's Visit The Lion King The Phantom of the Opera The Play That Goes Wrong The Prom Wicked This newly-launched program expects roughly 17,500 students and chaperones to head to a show this year. Tickets are purchased based on availability and coincide with the NYC Department of Education's academic calendar, according to Broadway World. To learn even more about how to participate in this offer, click here. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Richard Termine
Theater

The New Victory Theater 2018/2019 Season

icon-location-pin New Victory Theater, Midtown West
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There's nothing like scoring tickets to a show in NYC. As the 2018-2019 lineup quickly approaches, the New Victory Theater—which gives families an opportunity to enjoy international performances—has provided a glimpse into what fans can expect when the curtains rise (dance, puppetry, circus acts, to name a few). Here's the new lineup:  Machine de Cirque Opens Sept 28 Tinga Tinga Tales Oct 13–20 Beauty and the Beast Oct 26–Nov 11 Velocity Opens Nov 16 Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Opens Nov 30 Emily Brown and the Thing Jan 26–Feb 3 A Simple Space  Feb 9-24  Ajijaak on Turtle Island Opens March 1, 2019 Fiesta Con Sonia De Los Santos March 15 & 16  The Nature of Forgetting  March 23–31    SNAP Opens April 13, 2019   Silent Voices: Lovestate Opens May 2, 2019   Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days Opens May 10, 2019

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