The annual science bonanza returns for its tenth year, this time highlighting the contributions of women and award-winning science teachers. Taking place in performing arts centers, museums and parks in all five boroughs, this giant fest offers both free and ticketed activities for the whole family. Visit worldsciencefestival.com to learn about the plethora of performances, debates, discussions and interactive demos the fest has in store this year. All ages.
This Manhattan open-air powwow celebrates the diversity of New York City by showcasing not only Native American heritage but also dance and drumming traditions from around the world. In addition to watching performances from top dance companies, kids can listen to storytellers, participate in craft projects and nibble on tasty international eats. Don't miss Native American storytelling and Tree of Peace planting. Captain Planet may even make an appearance! All ages.
New York’s biggest block party hits town once more, offering free access to seven museums (from the Met to the Guggenheim) along a car-free mile sprinkled with music, art and entertainment. Kids can color up the sidewalk with chalk, get their faces painted, and enjoy performances by clowns, magicians, and more. Many different exhibitions will be on hand like “UPTOWN: nasty women/bad hombres” at El Museo del Barrio, featuring the works of artists who touch upon sexism, racism, homophobia, and violence through different media, or the Neue Galerie New York’s “Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie New York” exhibit. The festival runs along Fifth Avenue between 82nd St and 105th St. All ages.
Celebrate the cultures of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities at the crossroads of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Only here can you and your little ones marvel at Chinese opera and acrobatics, listen to klezmer, bomba and plena music, plus learn Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish in the same neighborhood. Encourage your brood to look over the shoulders of a mah jongg pro, make Puerto Rican masks and practice folk arts like Hebrew scribal art and Chinese calligraphy. True to the festival’s name, kosher egg rolls, classic New York–style egg creams and fresh empanadas will also be in abundance. All ages.
Enjoy an afternoon of arty fun at the Rubin Museum’s annual outdoor fete, where the whole family can watch live music and dance performances, participate in art making and nosh on Van Leeuwen ice cream and Himalayan snacks from Café Serai. This year’s edition gives a nod to the Rubin Museum’s exhibition, “The World is Sound,” with activities and performances inspired by the exhibit. Make sure to spend some time wandering around inside the Rubin, which has free admission all day. All ages.
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 of headliners on the mainstage this year. Last year's acts included Frets in Fire, PitchBlak Brass Band, Sioux City Kids and The Willies, plus more plaza performances. All ages.