RECOMMENDED: See the best things to do with kids this weekend
Sunday, August 20
Guaranteed to be New York's most over-the-top take on Cinderella this season, Ragtag Theatre's one-of-a-kind Italian street theater-inspired rendition offers both laugh-out-loud songs and thoughtful messages to rocket-launch this show beyond your average children's theater production. All ages.
Move and groove at this celebration of dance! Learn how dance can be used as an art, a tradition, and exercise with interactive activities, workshops, and performances (plus, lots of room to spin and swirl!) Immerse yourself into the “dance portal” with professional dancers, play on a shadow dance stage, and create your own choreography with props, costumes, and instruments.
Head to the Rubin Museum of Art for this weekly drop-in program inviting families to create art, explore the galleries on special tours and more. Each month offers a new theme: symbols of protection, friendship bracelets and amulets in honor of Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan in August; making sculptures out of sugar and spice in September; board games and Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in October; and mindfulness poetry for the reflective mood of November. Ages 3 and up.
The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.
Artist Anish Kapoor’s ”Descension," a public art installation in the shape of a giant whirlpool, features a 26-foot-diameter pool of water that's endlessly spiraling down into a center void, energizing the negative space left in its wake. Kapoor, the artist who designed Chicago's mirrored "Cloud Gate," also known as "The Bean," debuted the installation in 2014 as a smaller work in India and was later included in Kapoor's 2015 exhibit in Versailles, France. This is the first time it's being unveiled in North America. It’s captivating—especially if your little one is into the soothing sounds of water or is in that phase where flushing is the greatest thing since sliced bread! All ages.
Rock and Roll Playhouse' Rock & Roll for Kids series offers children a chance to rock out at Brooklyn Bowl! Littles will sing, play and dance with their parents. Highlights include The Music of Bob Marley with David Langlois and The Brooklyners (June 18), School’s Out for Summer Playdate ft. The Music of David Bowie with Mike Messer (June 25), Kids Gone Phishing: Baker’s Trio Phamily Concert with Uncle Ebenezer(July 23 and Aug 6) and The Music of Green Day for Kids (Aug 20). Ages 10 and under.
Madison Square Park is the only place you and your kids need to be for fun programming running all summer long. For kid art aficionados, Tuesday mornings from 10am-12pm are the time to stop by for an exploration of the public exhibition Prismatic Park via hands-on activities. Storytime takes place each Wednesday 10am-11am on Sparrow Lawn and will feature fun, nature-themed stories you can truly enjoy while in the out of doors. There will also be the Kids Concert Series (June 8-July 27, 10:30am-11:30am) featuring awesome bands like Tim & The Space Cadets and Mister G. All ages.
Calling all junior magicians! Illusionists, escape artists, mentalists, and close-up magicians from all over the world will descend on the Coney Island Museum for a full afternoon of mind-blowing tricks and feats. Expect to see plenty of card tricks, levitating objects and perhaps some stuff disappearing right before your eyes. Who knows—maybe someone from your family will have the chance to become to be part of the magic if they’re picked as an assistant for a particular trick. And then catch more magic on Monday nights when the Brooklyn Cyclones treat fans to a magic show during their home games this summer. Magic at Coney performances run noon to 2pm. All ages.
The first Summer Family Theater Festival will give families a cool place to hide from the sun. Productions by Vital Theatre Company, Doppelskope, the Amazing Max and Ragtag Theatre Company are all part of a lineup of kid-friendly plays. Catch Pinkalicious The Musical, a silly story about a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes, she develops a skin condition that turns her entire body pink! (July 16–August 27, select Sat and Suns 11am) Flight School The Musical follows the story of a penguin who wishes he could fly (July 16–August 6, select Sat and Sun 1pm) and the Amazing Max will wow children with his magic tricks (July 16–August 26, select Sat and Sun 3pm). Premium ticket holders will want to arrive 25 minutes early to the magic show because those kids who do will receive Amazing Max memorabilia, have front row seating, participate in a magic lesson and will go home with a magic trick to try on their friends. Other festival productions include Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella (July 29–August 27, select Sat and Sun 3:30pm) and Gruff! (August 4–27, Fri 7pm and Sat and Sun 1pm). If your kid feels inspired to jump on stage, Pinkalicious Performance Camps will run through the summer and will culminate with a performance by the kiddos (July 10–Aug 25, Mon–Fri 9am–12pm)! Various ages.