The best things to do with kids in NYC this week

The best things to do with kids in NYC this week including festivals, museum exhibits and other great events

Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Alswang

Consider your next five days planned: The best things to do with kids this week are at your fingertips thanks to our lineup below! You'll find events at local children's museums, fun kids' festivals and happenings at some fantastic family attractions to fill your week. Want more? See our guide to local carousels, kids' playgrounds and even the best kids' movies in theaters right now.

Best things to do with kids in NYC May 21–25


Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Fleet week is here, and with it some great events for families! Watch the Naval ships roll in on May 23, enjoy a night of swing dance on May 26 and pay tribute to those who served the U.S. with a ceremony on the holiday itself. A wide range of Fleet Week events also take place at the New York Harbor, Pier 92 in Manhattan, USS The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island, Military Island (Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets), Eisenhower Park, the Flagship Brewery and the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument. All ages.  

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum , Hell's Kitchen Until Tuesday May 29 2018

Elizabeth Streb’s SEA at Brookfield Place

Audience members will get their hearts racing with Elizabeth Streb’s SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) at Brookfield Place. The see-it-to-believe-it stunts will take everyone aback, but believe it or not, there is a way for viewers to get in on the action, too. A complimentary kids' class from 9–11am on May 26 will teach little ones those stellar moves. Register online to reserve a spot for your kiddo. All ages. 

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Brookfield Place | Manhattan, NY , Battery Park City Until Sat May 26

"A View From the Deep: The Submarine Growler & The Cold War"

History buffs of all ages can experience the fascinating past of the Growler, the only nuclear missile-launching submarine open to the public, without climbing the vessel's steep stairs or walking through its narrow passageways with this free new exhibit. Learn all about the Growler's place in Cold War history and about the naval officers that operated the complicated, state-of-the-art sub. All ages.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Birthday Parties , Chelsea Until Wednesday October 31 2018

​LEGO ​Bricks: A Celebration

What better way to celebrate everyone's favorite building blocks than with a party? To mark the toy's 60th anniversary, the American-Scandinavian Foundation will present the exhibition "LEGO Bricks: A Celebration!" Little ones can get their creative juices going by working in an interactive play space, admire amazing mosaics and sculptures and of course, think of creative ideas for their next project. Catch Brooklyn artist Sean Kenney's work up close and IRL. The kickoff party on Apr 28 will feature fun ways to play, live music, snacks and more. All ages. 

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Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America , Murray Hill Until Saturday August 4 2018

King in New York

Museum of the City of New York is honoring the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death by highlighting the Civil Rights leader's legacy in NYC. Learn about King's connections to local activists and see historic images of King giving sermons in the city's churches and speeches at the United Nations. All ages.

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Museum of the City of New York , East Harlem Until Sunday June 24 2018

IndieCade Presents: A Decade of Game Design


The preeminent independent gaming festival, previously a West Coast–only affair, brings a family-friendly lineup of events to the Museum of the Moving Image. At this particular exhibit, visitors will be able to explore the work of game developers over the past 10 years. Ages 3 and up.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Until Sunday June 17 2018



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. 

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East River State Park , Williamsburg Until Sunday October 28 2018

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Staten Island Children's Museum will kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a variety of family-friendly activities that celebrate creativity. Up-and-coming artists can learn how to perfect their drawings with the "Magna Madness" workshop, which runs from 1pm–4pm on Saturdays and Sundays; visitors can test their skills with the Filipino School of New York and New Jersey, which will lead Martial Arts Workshops on May 20 at 1 and 2pm. Plus, there will be a wide variety of other unique activities such as performances, talks and more. Visit the museum's website for a complete schedule of happenings throughout the month. All ages. 

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Staten Island Children's Museum , Staten Island Until Wednesday May 30 2018

Neverland: Peter Returns

J.M. Barrie’s beloved children's book characters are brought life in this new adaptation of the story of Peter Pan. All the character you know and love — the Darling children, Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell and the lost boys — have their way to the Swedish Cottage for this Neverland adventure. Just look out for the dastardly Captain Hook and his pirate crew. Ages 3–9.   

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Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Birthday Parties , Central Park Until Sunday June 24 2018

"Avifauna: Birds + Habitat"

Springtime has officially bloomed and we can hear the birds chirping, so Wave Hill decided to celebrate the occasion by taking a peek at some Bronx natives in their natural habitat. Glyndor Gallery will display a new exhibit, "Avifauna: Birds + Habitat," which focuses on the birds found on the nature center's grounds or the neighboring Hudson Valley. Various media such as paintings, drawings, photography, video and more will be on display. All ages. 

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Wave Hill–Glyndor Gallery , The Bronx Until Sunday June 24 2018
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Karen H

A great thing to do in the city this week is to take the children to the Museum of Arts for Childhood in Chelsea. We had an amazing time and my kids were so happy and creating. for them to see real art and to talk about it is just fantastic, and for them to be encouraged to be inspired by it. Ellen Harveys work was wonderful, and then to go upstairs to see the stunning garden all in denim. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have seen. The gate was closed though but they do have tours where the children can go in. We go to Sponge bob in a couple of weeks!