Saturday, July 20
While the weather is warm, get out and enjoy some family time with Greenwood Park Beer Garden's monthly kid-friendly dance party. While the little ones show off their moves, and enjoy fun games and activities, parents can relax with a cold Frose. Don't worry if you get hungry after hitting the dance floor — Greenwood Park also offers plenty of tasty lunch options. Ages 2–11.
Head to Williamsburg for a world filled of wonder—literally! After a 2018 stint in Soho, WonderWorld NYC is back for a whole new chapter of stories in a mythical, immersive realm. This year, the pop-up exhibit will run until Nov 4, and it's an epic family attraction to add to your summer bucket list (especially for the fantasy and fairytale readers in your brood). The photo-worthy spectacle will deconstruct Alice in Wonderland and add exciting new aspects to the experience. The set is characterized by a connected maze of fairytale installations, from ancient Roman times to modern NYC. It's safe to say there's no shortage of areas to explore!
If you didn’t get to see the extremely popular Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz at the 92nd Street Y, don’t worry, it’s coming back! You can catch the show every weekend starting July 20, until the end of the month. The play retells the iconic story of Dorothy—with a few fun twists! Starting her journey on 92nd and Lexington Avenue, Dorothy travels over the rainbow to befriend the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion—eventually traveling to, what she ultimately desires, Oz. Along the way, the audience plays a major role in determining how she gets to Oz and helps “build” the Yellow Brick Road she travels on. With a click of ruby red high top sneakers, youngsters will be transported to a whole new world of wonder! Ages 2–11.
Macy's is kicking the summer fun into high gear. STORY, the brand's immersive shopping experience, is helping visitors make the most out of the season with its new theme, Outdoor. This project curates products in a variety of areas—kids, fashion, home decor, to name a few—and offers exciting activities such as indoor gardening and a flower crown workshop. Learn more about the theme here. All ages.
This summer, join Watson Adventures at three iconic New York City locations for themed scavenger hunts for your little mystery solvers! Since kids must be accompanied by an adult, turn these conundrums into family-bonding events for a day of group puzzle-solving. The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans and, in this puzzle, young wizards will get the chance to track down different characters from the famed series. The next scavenger hunt, Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt, will take place in the iconic NYC park for kids (ages 7 and up) and parents alike on July 20. You will get one last chance to be the ultimate mystery-solver on July 27 at the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt at Grand Central Station. This hunt (for kids ages 7 and up) asks families to work together to uncover the secrets of the amazing train station and learn the arrival time of a "ghost" train. Waste no time and sign up online to give your little one a day of real-life riddles!
Celebrate an Off-Broadway sensation with an interactive exhibit at MCNY! Learn all about your favorite blue New Yorkers who have been entertaining theater-goers with wild antics, paint and original percussion instruments. Visitors can give the PVC pipe a try, just like the Blue Man Group. Be sure to catch your favorite fellas at the Museum's Uptown Bounce event on Aug 7. All ages.
You're gonna need a bigger boat! Experience Shark Week in all of its jawsome glory with an epic exhibit that features photo ops, an expansive gallery, trivia and—perhaps best of all—a chance to catch Shark Week footage on the big screen. Ready to dive in?
Looking to get in tune with nature? Believe it or not, you don't even have to leave NYC. If you're anxious to swap your apartment (briefly) for a tent, have a look at NYC Park's Family Camping events. They're the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city...without actually leaving. The free program, which operates on a lottery system, allows campers young and old to unleash their inner Henry David Thoreau. Visitors will enjoy an evening hike through the park, stories by the campfire and other exciting outdoor activities (hello s'mores!). We certainly hope someone brings a scary story or two for the occasion. Fortunately, tents will be provided. All that's required of visiting campers is a sleeping bag and additional bedding (and perhaps a teddy for little campers). Although the event is free, registration is required. The 2019 schedule is as follows: Saturday, July 6: Marine Park, Brooklyn Friday, July 12: Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island Friday, July 12: Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan Sunday, July 14: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Saturday, July 20: Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan Saturday, July 20: Alley Pond Park, Queens Sunday, July 21: Marine Park, Brooklyn Saturday, July 27: Conference House Park, Staten Island Friday, Aug 2: Fort Totten Park, Queens Saturday, Aug 3: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx Friday, Aug 9: Blue Heron Park Preserve (in Blue Heron Park), Staten Island Saturday, Aug 10: Prospect Park, Brooklyn Saturday, Aug 10: Alley Pond Park, Queens
This is one event parents might enjoy just as much as the kids...maybe even more so. Rock & Roll Playhouse is a family-friendly concert series that introduces littles to the greats—The Beatles, Queen, U2, to name a few—as the house band plays some of the most popular tunes. The weekend happening adds a few kid-friendly elements such as stories and crafts to make the program extra epic. All events in Industry City (Saturdays at 12:30pm) are free, but tickets are required. Shows at Brooklyn Bowl (Sundays at noon) are $12. Head to the event's website for a full lineup. Head to Rockfeller Center (Rockefeller Plaza, located between 49th and 50th Sts and 5th and 6th Ave) on July 27 at 11am for a midtown jam fest!
Midtown's urban oasis becomes a kid fun zone every Saturday this summer. Each weekend offers a different family-friendly performance, like Justin the Magician on June 29, a Cowboy Corral from Hopalong Andrew on July 13, or a dance party with Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground Band on August 10. Every event is followed by arts and crafts projects lead by Private Picassos. All ages.
'Tis the season for a hot dog at Nathan's and a few (hundred) rides on the Cyclone. Hop onboard a Stillwell Ave-bound F train and embrace the many Coney Island activities for kids that await. Luna Park just hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Clockworkz and Atlantic Aviator, two new attractions that certainly deserve a spot on your summer bucket list. Dubbed as a "family thrill ride," Clockworkz is a 33-foot attraction rotates on a vertical axis while its arms swing in circular motions at 13 revolutions per minute. Riders will soar through the air as the clock's arms move in opposite directions. It's go-time, folks! Are you ready for a ride...or seven? Atlantic Aviator is equally as anticipated as Clockworkz, but perhaps better suited for the older thrill-seekers in your crew. Riders will have an experience similar to acrobatic airplane flight courtesy of loops, dips and speeds of up to 25 revolutions per minute. This will be a bigger than Clockworkz, too, reaching a total of 51 feet.
Summer in the city isn't complete without a rooftop soiree, and now lil' New Yorkers can embrace the trend. One of our favorite kids' museums is taking the fun to new heights with an epic interactive playscape, just in time for the sunny season. Make your way to the Brooklyn Children's Museum's roof to let little patrons scale the 1,800 jungle gym titled NEST (ideal for ages 2–8). Needless to say, the awe-inspiring attraction will climb to the top of your outdoor activities bucket list.
From now until August, park-goers are welcome to take advantage of kayaking (at no cost!) on Thursdays from 5:30–6:45pm and weekends from 10am–2pm. Venture to Pier 2 and get ready to float across the water.
The venerable epicurean extravaganza spends Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in Prospect Park. No matter your preference, there's a little something for everyone. While kids can delight in sweets like fried cookie dough, those with a more expansive palate can opt for offerings such as seafood from Lobsterdamus, Boutros' pork shawarma tacos or PopdUp brewed teas, among seemingly hundreds of other dishes. This year, the new Pizza Cupcake and Fluffies Soufflé Pancakes (available Saturdays and Sundays) will be on hand to wow visitors! Note that admission to the food fest is free, but each vendor charges various prices. All ages.
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. Note that this feature is weather-permitting. The playground closes at 4pm in November. Ages 6 and up.
Each Saturday and Sunday, this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a story time. Authors read from their dazzling picture books, that can be incredibly funny, heart-warming, educational or all of the above. Be sure to check out all of the store's unique special events for children and young adult readers, too. Check out the lineup here. All ages.
NYPL is bringing back a beloved service of yesteryear with three new bookmobiles! While various "travelling libraries" were used over the library's 124-year history, its been decades since the last time one has been in service. These new bookmobiles will each be capable of carrying a 1,000 books and will be popping up in locations in The Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan.
Advertised as the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America," the new attraction shuttles families (with narration) through a wooded area packed with 40 ultra-realistic (read: gigantic) animatronic dinosaurs. One of the most notable features will certainly be the two towering Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. And to make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages.
New York City is going to be treated to a dose of color thanks to "DreamWorks Trolls the Experience." When little visitors enter the 90-minute walkthrough exhibit, they'll fall in love with a bunch of exciting features. Poppy's Party Room will include augmented reality and 3D technology in the midst of musical fun. Before getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Troll Village and playing in the life-size Caterbus, youngsters will want to hit the bright, imaginative Hair-We-Go Salon and Barbershop—which is sure to be an Instagram hit for moms and dads. This will be open until Sept 2, 2019 All ages.
Wonder what your like will be like in 100 years? Now, you may be able to find out! See what 2119 has in store for you at the immersive exhibit "Ocean Cube"—which depicts a futuristic 3D space of human beings who live under the sea. Glimpse at a life of riding jellyfish and napping on sharks backs in Coral Tunnel or Jellyfish Station. The journey begins with touchable 3D coral reef models and ends in a colorful, but polluted memorable bottle room—touching upon the current environmental problems we face. The pop-up is located at 60 Grand St. All ages.
Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real! All ages.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a screening of this 20 minute movie. The whole family will be amazed by the Apollo 11's story, as the filmmakers reconstruct the vessel's preparation, launch and return using never-before-seen footage. After the film, take your future astronauts to check out the museum's Search for Life Beyond Earth exhibition. All ages.
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. All ages.
Although the spotlight is oftentimes on the dinosaurs, the Museum of Natural History wants to give patrons a chance to experience life under the waves, too, not just on land during prehistoric times. Thanks to the new film, Oceans: Our Blue Planet, musumer-goers can journey with the OceanX research vessel Alucia as it uncovers what's lurking beneath the sea. This film will be shown daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater in 2D at 11:30am and 4:30pm, and in 3D at 10:30am and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30pm. The schedule is subject to change. All ages.
The amazing life-saving dogs in this immersive 3D movie are like real-life PAW Patrol pups. Find out the remarkable stories of canines and their human companions who work hard everyday to rescue people in snowy avalanches and off the coasts of warm beaches. There's even a pair of Bloodhound brothers who are helping save endangered species in Africa. 45 minutes. All ages
The New York Hall of Science will take you out of this world when summer begins—and you don't even need to get out of Queens! In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the museum is delving into aviation and aerospace. Visitors can expect a group flying experience via motion-sensing technology, a simulated wind tunnel test, theater presentations and more. This exhibition is presented by Boeing and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Learn more at nysci.org. All ages.
The New York Botanical Garden found a muse for its new exhibit. Through a display of drawings, paintings, textiles and other media, the venue will pay tribute to the work of Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian artist and plant conservationist. To accompany the exhibit, NYBG will also host a variety of programs—live performances of Brazilian music and dance, poetry walks and more—that celebrate Marx's work. All ages.
Batter up! NYC will mark the centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with a grand-slam exhibit. The collection of never-before-seen images, Look magazine spreads and personal memorabilia such as home movies will provide a glimpse into the life of the Brooklyn Dodgers MVP, all while exploring the media’s portrayal of the iconic figure. All ages.
NYC's museum dedicated to all-things espionage will soon shed some light on 007. The first James Bond exhibit in New York examines the creativity that went into bringing the movies to life. Car aficionados: You'll be pleased to know that Bond's Aston Martin DB5 will on display. There are also many interactive components to the exhibit: You can check out gadgets and gizmos in the Q's lab, get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Skyfall finale came to be and so much more. All ages.
In an age where we rely on some type of device to fulfill a task, a group of international contemporary artists take a step back. "Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing," is an exhibit that will feature a variety of unique pieces that ultimately puts utility in question. All ages.
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.
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.
It isn't always smooth sailing in high school, but what if you had the power to change those cringe-worthy moments? Jeremy takes the chance in Be More Chill...with some less-than-satisfying results. Ned Vizzini’s YA bestseller (which had a previous Off-Broadway run) will graduate to the Great White Way and dazzle audiences with upbeat music, neon-colored sets and feel-good moments. Get ready for a coming-of-age tale with an epic sci-fi flair. Ages 12 and up.
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.
Young bibliophiles and theatergoers alike will be anxious to see Dav Pilkey's Dog Man come to life on stage this summer. Theater Works USA will perform the bestselling children's series, and dare we say, it'd be a crime to miss out! The brains behind the ever-popular Captain Underpants series presents us with two buddies in Dog Man: George and Harold. The two pals have been working on comics together for the longest time, but they have to up the funnies now that they're entering fifth grade. That's how we end up with Dog Man (played by Brian Owen)—part canine, part human and completely courageous. This vigilante, and his creators, have a lot cookin', and you'd be remiss not to watch it all unfold. All ages.
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.
Fergus Mundingle and his furry companion Puss are making their way to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for a performance of Puss In Boots. In this delightful puppet show, the feline snags a pair of shoes that takes him and his other half on a magical journey. Visit the City Parks Foundation page for any scheduling changes.
No stage, no problem—the PuppetMobile comes to you! The CityParks' brainchild hits the road beginning May 1 for a spring and summer of performances, workshops and so on. This year, young audiences will be treated to Bessie’s Big Shot, the story of a cow who is willing to try any stunt in order to land a spot in the circus. Visit the City Parks Foundation online to learn when the PuppetMobile is making a pitstop near you! All ages.
This summer, embrace patriotism with the New-York Historical Society's "Revolutionary Summer" exhibit. Patrons will journey back in time and take a glimpse at a replica of an outdoor Continental Army encampment, a replica of George Washington’s tent headquarters, view 18th-century artifacts and more. Visit the museum's website for a list of themed-programming for families, including a scavenger hunt, trivia and more. All ages.
Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of Mexican history and culture through a new perspective thanks to arist Justin Favela. His piece, "Recuérdame," recreates popular landscapes with a unique touch courtesy of piñata-cut tissue paper. There will be a variety of additional family programming in conjunction with "Recuérdame." To learn more, click here. All ages.
This summer, stop by Downtown Brookyln's buzzing public spaces — Albee Square, MetroTech Commons, Willoughby Plaza, and the Plaza at 300 Ashlan — for a mix of culture, fitness, and fun. While many events are more geared toward grown-ups, tweens and teens might love some of the movies presented by Alamo Drafthouse at Albee Square, including Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (June 25). Meanwhile, the whole family will love showing off their dancing moves at the BK Block Parties (July 13 and August 25). All ages, for the full schedule of events visit here.