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School is officially out, and summer vacation is in full swing! Endless events await to help you and your brood make the most of July.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day Photograph: Courtesy of Michael George

Usher in the new month with a bang—some 4th of July fireworks should do the trick—then keep the summer fun going with stellar festivals and fairs, family-friendly performances, fresh museum exhibits and more. Try annual favorites like Mad. Sq. Kids' summer concert series or newer happenings like the NYC Children's Poetry Festival for pint-sized bards. Get out and enjoy your glorious free time with the kids!

RECOMMENDED: 50 things to do with kids in NYC this summer

1 Wiggle your hips to folksy tunes from Alastair Moock and Friends during the Mad. Sq. Kids summer concert series.

2 Embark on a journey with four kids as they track down a mysterious creature in Earth to Echo, in theaters today.
3 Express your patriotic spirit by assembling and feathering a majestic bald eagle at SWTL’s workshop for families.
4 Happy 4th of July! Stake out a spot by the East River to witness the shimmering fireworks.
5 Imagine you’re a curator and design a model exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum.
6 Soak in some SummerStage entertainment from the Okee Dokee Brothers, the Acrobuffos and more on Global Family Day.
7 Get inspired by graffiti art and craft your own flipbook at the Museum of the City of New York.
8 Watch the tale of an NYC pup unfold in Rescue Rue, a family puppet musical in the NY Musical Theatre Fest.
9 Crawl over to AMNH’s “Spiders Alive!” exhibit to learn about (and touch) the eight-legged creatures.
10 Sing along as stars from Stomp, Rocky, Wicked and If/Then belt Broadway’s hit songs in Bryant Park.
11 Bury your nose in book-themed crafts and hop in a photo booth at FAB Friday in Fowler Square.
12 Make the most of NYC’s plentiful H20 on City of Water Day with free kayaking, fishing and boat tours.
13 Channel your inner Francophile! Enjoy Bastille Day entertainment and tasty French fare.
14 Take a tour and hunt for words in the colorful art on display at The Jewish Museum.
Break it down to the newest hip-hop jams from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.
16 Grab some movie snacks and settle in for an outdoor screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox at South Street Seaport.
17 Blast off into the galaxy through stellar exhibits and events at the Intrepid’s SpaceFest.
18 Learn valuable lessons via TADA! Theater’s dual productions Unsung and Heroes, performed by an all-kid cast.
19 Hit the LES streets for New Museum Block Party performances and craft workshops.
20 Bring your little bookworms to the Strand to for story time with Lilly the Mouse and her brother Julius.
21 Fete Harry Potter’s birthday all month long with other wizard wannabes at the Scholastic Store.
22 Snag free tickets (hurry, they go fast!) to an Off Broadway performance of The Lightning Thief.
23 Join Madeline for a Parisian tea party complete with crumpets and story time at the NYHS.
24 Paddle around on the East River during free kayaking sessions with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.
25 Get to know over 40 Indian tribes via dance and art at the 36th annual Mid-Summer Pow Wow.
26 Get your brood out in the sunshine for a day of music and dance with Lincoln Center.
27 Wax poetic with your young wordsmiths at a pint-sized installment of the NYC Poetry Festival.
28 Feel the beat of the drums as The Red Poppy Ladies present their musical take on the tale of Mulan.
29 Catch a free, al fresco performance of King Lear during Shakespeare in the Park.
30 Revel in killer views of the sunset from the scenic surroundings at Wave Hill.
31 Explore various types of movement at the Victory Dance program for budding ballerinas.

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