reading central park
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Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday

Start the weekend off right with the city's best events for kids on Saturday

By Danielle Valente and Oliver Strand
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Saturday, August 08

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Photograph: Courtesy Anne-Mette Andersen

1. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Online

Things to do Literary events Remote, Midtown West

One of the most beloved storytelling traditions in NYC is now online! In previous years, you could bring your little ones to the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park for an hour of storytelling every Saturday at 11 am. The statue is an iconic setting for a repertoire of international fairytales and folk stories since 1956. Bonus: The stories are often accompanied by live music! This year, the readings will be held online on the Hans Christen Andersen Storytelling Center's Facebook page and YouTube Channel until public gatherings are permitted in Central Park. Ages 5 and up.

Wonder Sparks Puppets
Wonder Sparks Puppets
Photograph: Jon Little

2. Le Carrousel Puppet Shows

Things to do Performances Remote, Midtown West

Bryant Park's annual puppet series at Le Carousel is going online this year: You can watch puppets-in-resdience Wonderspark Puppets from the comfort and safety of your own home. Grab a snack, find a comfy chair and get ready for a show. All ages. 

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Sour Patch Kids NYC
Sour Patch Kids NYC
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3. New Sour Patch Kids store

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Looks like August is starting off on a sweet note thanks to Sour Patch Kids NYC. The first-of-its-kind candy shop will open at 665 Broadway on August 6 at noon, and you won't want to miss the sugary concoctions that are in store for visitors. From the sweets bar to the candy mixing station, candy-inspired merch to Instagrammable treats, this new spot will serve up a ton of fun. 

Museum of Ice Cream
Museum of Ice Cream
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

4. Museum of Ice Cream's virtual classes

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Nothing is sweeter in the summertime than a scoop of ice cream.  We love frequenting our favorite shops and leaving with a cone of soft serve or a tasty shake. But for those who are searching for both an activity and a dessert, you're in luck.  Here's the scoop: The Museum of Ice Cream is hosting virtual ice cream making classes for those 7 and up Thursday–Sunday at 4:30pm PST (1:30pm New York time). For $25, up to two participants can tune in for step-by-step instructions from a scoop master, fun games and riddles and other creamy goodness. 

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LeFrak Lakside
LeFrak Lakside
Photograph: Courtesy Upsilon Ventures

5. LeFrak Center at Lakeside

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Exciting news, families: One of your go-to summer hubs is reopening! It's time to ready the brood for a trip to Prospect Park.  LeFrak Center at Lakeside is going to have programming up and running on August 1, which means your favorite outdoor activities are making a comeback: Visitors will be able to rent a boat, kayak and bike with family and friends. If you're looking to refuel after an afternoon out, the Bluestone Cafe is offering food and drinks on a takeaway basis. Although Splash Pad is open, visitors must note that it is not regularly sanitized and social distancing guidelines are enforced when using the facility, according to the park's website.  

NYC Pools
NYC Pools
Photograph: Courtesy NYC Parks

6. NYC outdoor pools

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On July 24, eight outdoor public pools will welcome back visitors:  Queens: Liberty, Fisher Brooklyn: Sunset, Kosciuszko  Manhattan: Wagner Staten Island: Lyons, Tottenville Bronx: Mullaly  The remainder of pools opening August 1 include:  Bronx: Crotona, Haffen Brooklyn: Betsy Head Manhattan: Hamilton Fish, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey Queens: Astoria 

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seal
seal
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

7. Wildlife Conservation Society reopens its zoos

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As much as we love livestreams of our favorite animals, we're pretty anxious to see all of the cute critters in-person once again. And New Yorkers will soon enough! Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced that all of its zoos and will reopen to members from July 20–23 and to the general public on July 24. The participating family attractions are as follows: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, The Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo.

alpacas queens farm museum
alpacas queens farm museum
Courtesy Sarah Meyer

8. Queens County Farm

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Prepare to immerse yourself in a rustic environment—straight from the concrete jungle. The largest undisturbed piece of farmland in New York City, Queens County Farm, is welcoming back visitors on August 2 for the first time since its closure March. If you're anxious to take in the greenery, meet a few friends (think goats, sheep and alpacas) and snag some fresh produce at the farmer's market (11am–3pm Wed–Sun), now's your chance. 

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Lady Liberty
Lady Liberty
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9. Liberty Island

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Looking for summer day trip ideas? Why not check in on Lady Liberty? The iconic New York City destination is open and welcoming back visitors who are anxious to take in the statue in all of her glory. Liberty Island, one of the outdoor attractions given the green light to reopen during Phase 4, is another destination implementing new rules as the city attempts to normalize. New cleaning procedures at the ticket booths, departure points and aboard the ferries are now in place, according to CBS.  Despite these efforts, the island's newly redesigned museum still remains shuttered, as indoor activities were put on pause by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Free Van Leeuwen ice cream giveaway LA Zoo with Stitch Fix Stitch Kids
Free Van Leeuwen ice cream giveaway LA Zoo with Stitch Fix Stitch Kids
Photograph: Courtesy Van Leeuwen

10. Ice cream shops in NYC

Restaurants

What does it take to be counted among the best ice cream shops in New York? The quality of the ice cream, for one. The creativity and variety of flavors, for another. But more than that, you need to have the right disposition: Ice cream is the ultimate childhood treat, the stuff of lasting memories. In other words, the ice cream shops on this list know they're scooping up magic. It doesn't matter if your kid orders a simple vanilla soft-serve, or a eyes-bigger-than-their-stomach sundae, or one of the best milkshakes in NYC, a visit to one of these ice cream shops and old-school soda fountains will be the highlight of the day.

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Fornino
Fornino
Photograph: Courtesy Fornino

11. Outdoor restaurants in NYC

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Some of the best family restaurants in NYC and the best fun restaurants in NYC have outdoor spaces where you and your kids can enjoy a little fresh air. Go ahead and make the most of the season!

Central Park Bethesda Fountain
Central Park Bethesda Fountain
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12. The best NYC parks for kids and families

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Our guide to the best NYC parks for kids will help you make the most of your sunny afternoon! Simply put, these parks amazing. Some have the best playgrounds NYC families need to visit, others have the best water playgrounds in NYC. Go to these parks and you'll find the best bike trails for families in NYC, and even some of the best hiking trails for NYC families to explore. We guarantee that this list will steer you in the right direction!

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Domino Park Playground
Domino Park Playground
Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Levin

13. Playgrounds in NYC

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In recent years NYC has completely transformed what playtime is like for a city kid, introducing creative playgrounds to every corner of the Big Apple. There are so many gorgeous playgrounds to visit in NYC, and this list will help you set off on a fabulous adventure.

Photograph: Courtesy Etienne Frossard

14. Water playgrounds in NYC

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Pack your water shoes, grab a towel and head to the Water Lab in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Beach 30th Street Playground in the Rockaways or the Chelsea Waterside Play Area in Manhattan! We guarantee you hours of fun at these splash pads.

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Coney Island Beach Boardwalk
Coney Island Beach Boardwalk
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15. Beaches for kids in NYC and beyond

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Make like the Ramones and venture to the Rockaways this summer. The sand and the sea are the main draws, but the best beaches for kids in and around NYC have plenty of other activities and amenities that the whole family will enjoy.

Photograph: Courtesy Timothy Schenck

16. Governors Island

Attractions Parks and gardens

Governors Island has officially reopened! Although there are limited hours and some activity restrictions, there's still plenty to enjoy at the city's beloved outdoor oasis: hiking, biking, playgrounds and, of course, gorgeous views. Book your ferry ticket and enjoy the adventure!

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Fishing
Fishing
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17. Fishing spots in NYC

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There's nothing like a little quality time with the kiddos at one of the best spots for fishing NY families love the most. Our list includes all of the Big Apple's family-friendly spots, from catch-and-release freshwater ponds and lakes in city parks, to the waterfront piers that draw serious anglers from all five boroughs.

kid bike
kid bike
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18. Bike trails for families

Things to do Games and hobbies

New York is a wonderful biking town! From protected bike paths on the Bronx waterfront to the low-key cycling in Battery Park City, we'll help you find the best bike trails for families in NYC.

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Cheesequake State Park
Cheesequake State Park
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19. Hiking trails for families

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Just because you live in the Big Apple doesn't mean you can't spend time in the great outdoors. There are amazing family-friendly hikes close to NYC—in fact, the Bronx River Greenway and Inwood Hill Park are right in the middle of the city! So: Check the weather, pack a picnic and make plans to visit mother nature with the fam. These hiking trails are great for children of all ages, from toddlers out for a stroll to bigger kids looking to go for a scramble.

drive in
drive in
Photograph: Courtesy Greenville Drive-In

20. Drive-in theaters in and near NYC

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This is going to be the summer of the drive-in! A new generation of drive-ins is joining the family-run throwbacks, and now it's easier than ever to sit back in your car and enjoy the best family movies to watch together. Some of the drive-ins have been around for more than 50 years. Others, such as the Greenville Drive-In, Jericho Drive-In and Four Brothers Drive-In, are updated classics with delicious food and craft beers. And some, such as the Skyline Drive-In in Greenpoint, the BelAire Diner in queens and Mema's Pizzeria on Long Island, are parking lot pop-ups that appeared this year!

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21. Strawberry picking in New York

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It's a berry good idea to go strawberry picking in New York! Not only will you have fresh fruit for the kids' lunchboxes, but you'll be more inclined to whip up that delectable cake that the whole family's been dreaming about. (No birthdays required.)

safari six flags
safari six flags
Photograph: Courtesy Six Flags Great Adventure

22. Six Flags Great Adventure's Safari

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An animal safari isn't out of the realm of activity possibilities for NYC families. (Yes, really!) Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey just announced that its Safari adventure will open as a  drive-through experience—just book a reservation, hop in the car and 1,200 animals will be available right before your eyes.

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Photograph: Courtesy Six Flags Great Adventure

23. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

News Transport & Travel

Beginning July 23, guests are able to visit the water park on a reservation-only basis. (This is in an effort to reduce exposure and keep the capacity contained.) Now, the family attraction will operate Thursday through Monday with strict guidelines in place, including health screenings, enforced social distancing practices, sanitized food prep and service, and rigorous cleaning methods. 

Photograph: Courtesy Evan Joseph Images

24. Empire State Building's Reimagined Observatory Experience

Things to do Empire State Building | Manhattan, NY, Midtown West

NOTE: The Empire State Building's Observatory Experience will reopen on July 20 as part of NYC's Phase 4 reopening plans. Visits will be limited and on a reservation basis. Initial capacity will be reduced by more than 80 percent to only 500 guests in the Observatories’ 70,000 square foot space at a time—kind of like having NYC to yourself! Snag tickets at esbny.com.  NYC's most popular Instagram landmark underwent a renovation that is practically as breathtaking as its views of Manhattan. The $165 million reimagined Observatory Experience at the Empire State Building allows visitors to learn about all aspects of the iconic building: from the moment it was built to its place in pop culture today. Galleries focus on the construction, opening day and everything in between. Catch 70+ screens depicting the building's place in the NYC skyline, see if your favorite celebrity has made a visit and, of course, get a taste of King Kong! Giant ape fingers pierce the wall of a 1930s-themed office. Yikes! All ages. 

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NYPL Lions
NYPL Lions
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25. Summer Reading with the NYPL

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Titled "Summer Reading 2020: Quest for Adventure," the NYPL's summer reading program has a new homepage with online resources that will make reading that much more fun—and that will make your little bookworm feel connected to the library community. Just as important for parents, this Quest for Adventure could become a part of what saves this at-home summer.

CMA Children's Museum of the Arts
CMA Children's Museum of the Arts
Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of the Arts

26. CMA Live! from the Children's Museum of the Arts

Things to do Classes and workshops Remote, Midtown West

The Children's Museum of the Arts in SoHo will Zoom into your home—literally. CMA Live! is a series of online interactive activities that let kids join Zoom meetings and take part in sing-alongs, create their own artworks, explore creative movement and much more. There are new events every day of the week. Some classes are free, while others require a fee; registration is a must for all events. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children's Museum's Grandparent Day
Brooklyn Children's Museum's Grandparent Day
Photograph: Brooklyn Children's Museum

27. BCM+You

Museums Childhood Remote, Midtown West

BCM+You lets you enjoy activities from the Brooklyn Children's Museum in your home for free. The dozens of hands-on art activities and up-tempo movement exercises you'll find online will help you make this a crafty, upbeat time for your kids. All ages.

Children's Museum of Manhattan
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Photograph: Marielle Solan

28. Parenting in Place from the CMOM

Things to do Classes and workshops Remote, Midtown West

Do you have questions about how to be a good parent while sheltering at home? Parenting in Place from the Children's Museum of Manhattan will help you find the answers. From how to balance working and homeschooling, to discussing how much screen time is too much screen time, to handle your own emotions, this resource will help you navigate these times. For adults.

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NYSCI
NYSCI
Photograph courtesy of New York Hall of Science

29. New York Hall of Science Home Resources

Things to do Classes and workshops Remote, Midtown West

The New York Hall of Science Home Resources brings the resources of once of NYC's great museums to your living room. Every week, NYSCI posts a new curriculum of activities that encourage curiosity, imaginative learning and engagement for kids of all ages in grades Pre-K through middle school. Ages 4-14.

Street in San Crist贸bal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Street in San Crist贸bal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
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30. New Victory Arts Break

Things to do Classes and workshops Remote, Midtown West

Turn your living room into your own personal performing arts studio with New Victory Arts Break, a free online series from the New Victory Theater. Every Monday, the New Victory posts a week's worth of programming that explores a specific performing art. Hay un currículum en español tambien. These demonstrations by New Victory Teaching Artists are so much fun to watch that you'll want to get in on the action. Just as important, Arts Break is a part of an effort to keep the city's artists employed. All activities are archived below so that you can watch them whenever you like! Ages 4-10. 1. Percussion Week 2. Just Move Week 3. Puppetry Week 4. Magic Week 5. Juggling Week 6. Songwriting Week 7. Clowning Week  8. Playmaking Week 9. Sounds and Props Week 10. Tap Dance Week 11. Circus Tricks Week 12. Theater Sets and Costume Week 13. Acro Week 14. Honoring and Celebrating Juneteenth Week 15. Arts Around the World

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31. Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Things to do Literary events Remote, Midtown West

Calling all bookworms! Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza is in full swing, and your little reader can join in the read-a-thon fun by registering for free on Scholastic Home Base. You can track your reading streaks, claim badges and earn points that will help unlock a donation of 100,000 books! Your child can read e-books for free, make connections with other kids and "meet" authors in online chats. Scholastic is the publisher of Goosebumps, Dog Man, Captian Underpants, Bone, Whatever After and other popular series kids love! All ages.  

NYC Parks
NYC Parks
Photograph: Daniel Avila

32. parks@home Jr. from NYC Parks

Attractions Parks and gardens Remote, Midtown West

Parks@home Jr. brings the magic of NYC's Parks to your home. This new web hub includes virtual zoo cams, DIY crafts, virtual park tours, virtual exploration of wildlife habitats and more! There are new activities each week, including Live with the Urban Park Rangers every Tuesday, Live Walk in a Park every Wednesday and DIY Arts & Craft Classes every Thursday. All ages.

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bugs
bugs
Photograph: Courtesy The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County

33. 鈥淪piky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A.鈥

Museums Natural history Remote, Midtown West

Our West Coast neighbors are exploring all-things creepy crawly in a new exhibit that's sure to delight curious kids: "Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A." will premiere digitally on May 15 until it is able to open at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County later this year. Take an up-close look at these tiny critters thanks to macrophotographs of insects from NHMLAC’s  Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) research project. You won't believe your eyes! All ages. 

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