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Labor Day activities for kids in NYC

These Labor Day activities for kids will have the whole crew pumped for the long weekend

Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Kelly

Get ready for cool Labor Day activities! Even though summer is technically coming to an end (and it's time to browse after-school programs, pick your best school backpacks and catch end-of-summer street fairs and festivals), there's no reason to fret. There's plenty going on to make this long weekend your best yet, including new exhibits and fun outdoor activities for kids.

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Great Labor Day activities for kids

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. All ages.

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04 Sep 2016

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.

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Until Mon Sep 5

Ghostbusters Experience

Immerse the family in the new Ghostbusters flick at Madame Tussaud's latest attraction, Ghostbusters Experience, where guests don proton packs and virtual reality headsets and go on the hunt for wayward ghosts. Kiddos will be thrilled to see gadgets and props from the movie, like the Ecto-2 motorcycle. All ages.

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Until Fri Dec 30

Wonders of the Arctic

The American Museum of Natural History opens a new film exploring the inhabitants of the Arctic. Through stunning footage and stories from scientists and Inuit leaders, kids can learn all about how humans, polar bears, penguins, huskies and whales have adapted to life on—and under—the ice. All ages.

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02 Mar 2017

1st Saturday Family Workshops

Once the kids have gotten their fill of Saturday morning cartoons, head over to the Staten Island Museum for an afternoon of family-oriented art making. All ages.

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03 Sep 2016

Harlem Meer Performance Festival


Fill your summer Sunday with jazz, blues, R&B, soca and world music at this performance series featuring world-class acts like Iroko La Banda (June 19), Orlando Marin (July 24), Joaquin Pozo (July 31), Garifuna International (Aug 14) and One Love Gospel Ensemble (Aug 28). We recommend bringing a blanket and picnic lunch for the family to enjoy—when you're not busy dancing, that is. Visit centralparknyc.org the see the full schedule. All ages.

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04 Sep 2016

Sail Pioneer!

Get a taste of the life aquatic aboard the Pioneer, which sets sail from Pier 16 through October. Built in 1885, the ship was originally used to haul sand from the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Pennsylvania, but these days its cargo consists mainly of maritime enthusiasts. We recommend packing a lunch and enjoying a picnic during the ship's two-hour trip around New York Harbor. Visit the South Street Seaport Museum's website to view the full schedule and purchase tickets. All ages.

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Until Sun Oct 30

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Your favorite show has been extended due to popular demand! This stunning 60-minute performance adapts four of Eric Carle's most timeless tales: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Between its collection of 75 lovable puppets manned by skilled puppeteers and its brightly-painted sets featuring beautiful scenes from the classic stories, this show will undoubtedly delight audiences of all ages. READER BONUS: TICKETS $29.75 with code TRHCTK at TelechargeOffers.com. All ages.

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DR2 Theatre , Gramercy Thursday September 28 2017 - Sunday February 4 2018

"Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection"

Video game nerds rejoice! This exhibit is dedicated to 30 video games released between 1971 and 1993, including the first video arcade game Computer Space and classics like Asteroids, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Ms. Pac-man. The best part? All of the games are playable! All ages.

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Until Sat Oct 8

Coney Art Walls

This temporary outdoor museum of street art is back for the summer! This year, it’ll open on May 27th 2016 and will run through October. You’ll find work from Lady Aiko, Ron English, Mister Cartoon, Buff Monster, Nina Chanel Abney, John Ahearn and more. Kiddos will love checking out the murals as they are painted (all to be completed by June 18th for the Mermaid Day Parade). Murals located at 3050 Stillwell Ave. All ages.

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Coney Island USA , Brooklyn Until Sunday October 29 2017
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Outdoor activities for kids in New York City

There are plenty of outdoor activities for kids in New York City—many you'll even love doing as a family! When you're not busy cuddled up with our favorite family movies on Netflix and our list of the best kids movies (come on—it's time to head outside!), you'll love exploring the coolest family attractions and the other amazing outdoor activities this amazing city has to offer. 

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By: Allie Early