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The best things to do with kids in NYC this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids in NYC this week including festivals, museum exhibits and more

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Stay in the know with our list of the best things to do with kids in NYC this week! In the cooler weather, it's more important than ever to get out of the house and explore fun kids' activities together.

In our roundups, you'll find everything from new museum exhibits and workshops to fun arts & crafts adventures and brand new plays that are great for the whole family. Don't miss our top 101 things to do with kids in New York, plus our favorite family attractions!

If you're looking to have fun on the cheap/free, you'll also want to explore our very favorite free activities for kids either!


Best things to do with kids in NYC February 20–24


School Vacation Week

Celebrate President's Day for kids with the New-York Historical Society's President-themed events. Get in on the Presidential Scavenger Hunt daily, where you'll search for both objects and images relating to presidential history inside the museum. There are also presidential crafts to try (1–3pm), during which kids will make portraits and a parade bunting to take home. Don't forget to check out "We the People," NYHS's ongoing exhibit! All ages.

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Until Monday February 27 2017

Water on Mars

You’ve never seen juggling like this! This Guinness World Record-breaking troupe has been polishing their juggling act for 15 years and whipped up a joyous mix of skill and humor that’ll keep audiences at the edge of their seat. The 55-minute show offers up acrobatics, flying rings, balls, and clubs. But why stop there? The trio adds unexpected objects, including bags of candy and rolls of toilet paper to their airborne bag of tricks. If that isn’t enough to wow - though it totally will be - watch as they do it all in sync to an energetic electo-pop soundtrack. Ages 5 and up.

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New Victory Theater , Midtown West Sunday February 26 2017

Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures

The Met Cloisters presents a collection of nearly 50 minuscule boxwood carvings that depict scenes from the Bible in the most mind-boggling intricate ways. Measuring no more than two inches in diameter, these pieces of art created in the Netherlands in the 16th century present the talent of master carvers of that era. Among the wooden treasures: a carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon and a small sculpture in the shape of the letter P that opens up to reveal scenes of the legend of Saint Philip. And for those wondering how on Earth could these tiny carvings be possibly made by human hands, videos of conservators’ findings will be displayed in the exhibition as well as a disassembled prayer bead that gives viewers a closer look into the tiniest of handcrafts. All ages.

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The Cloisters , Washington Heights Until Sunday May 21 2017

Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom

The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will present a collection of Czech, Slovak, and Italian fairy tales for young theater-goers. Four performers/puppeteers and four dozen marionettes play out the fables with Czech folk tunes sung a capella. On each Saturday during the show’s run at 3pm, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre founder Vít Horejš will perform The Winter Tales, a one-man show with antique wooden puppets that speak in a dozen voices, sing, dance, and play the violin. ($12, children $8; ages 4 and up). Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom for ages 5 and up.

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Theater for the New City , East Village Until Sunday March 5 2017

Journey to Space 3D

Go on a space exploration through this 20-minute 3D movie narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Viewers will learn about the International Space Station, what research projects NASA is currently working on, and the challenges that come with their mission to send astronauts to Mars. All ages. 

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New York Hall of Science , Queens Until Friday June 30 2017

Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing

The exhibit showcases the works of renowned artist LeRoy Neiman and “The Greatest” boxer Muhammad Ali. The program will feature Neiman’s watercolors and sketches of Ali in and out of the ring, including Ali’s important matches “Fight of the Century” and “Thrilla in Manila” Not only did both figures enjoy the art of boxing, but Neiman taught Ali how to do draw and Ali’s own creations will be on display as well. All ages.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Sunday March 12 2017

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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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Thursday March 2 2017
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