Stay in the know with our list of the best things to do with kids in NYC this week! These weekly roundups will help you and your whole crew find the very best stuff going on around town, including exhibits, workshops, kid-friendly concerts, puppet shows, children's festivals, free museum programming and more! Be sure to browse our list of the top 101 things to do with kids in New York, plus our favorite family attractions and the best free summer movies for kids!
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 May 22–26
There's no shortage of fun things to do with kids in NYC, but we want your family to experience the very best that this city has to offer! We compiled a list of 101 essential activities to make sure you don't miss a thing, including must-see family attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge, beloved NYC museums like the Museum of Natural History and the best family restaurants, from Dizzy's to Katz's Deli.
Free family performances are happening all summer long at Piers 25 and 62 thanks to Hudson RiverKids (hosted by Hudson River Park)! See Kid Ace (May 22, 25 at 4pm), the Story Pirates (June 1 4pm, June 5 6:30pm), Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band (June 12, 15 at 6:30pm), Alastair Mook (June 19, 22 at 6:30pm) and many more including Tim Kubart, Rolie Polie Guacamole and Suzi Shelton, to name a few! See Hudson River Park's website for even more details. All ages.
Fleet week is here, and with it some great events for families! Watch the Naval ships roll in on May 24, enjoy the Battle of the Bands & Swing Dancing on May 27 (buy tickets here) and check out displays on the pier, including a search and rescue demo by the US Coast Guard and vintage military vehicles. 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.
The museum is still open during Memorial Day Weekend! Why not stop by? There's plenty to do on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, bring your kiddos ages 2 and up to the Imagination Playground Learn & Play Playdate (10am–5pm), where they'll play "engineer" with all kinds of block play. On Saturday, stop in for Holding History (11am–1pm, ages 3 and up), where families can touch pieces of the museum's collection, including crystals, bark, bird nests and insects, or drop by the Touch Tank (12:30pm–1pm, all ages) to meet starfish and sea urchins. Sunday offers a Sensory Room (2–4:45pm, all ages) for children of all abilities to explore through play (also open Saturday 2–4:45pm) as well as an Artist Books make-your-own sketchbook craft (2:30–4pm, ages 4 and up), among other things. There's fun to be had on Monday, too! Check the website for full details. All ages.
Put some of the world's quirkiest myths to the test with this Mythbusters-themed exhibit! Kids will learn if you can really huff, puff and blow a house down, pull a tablecloth off a fully-set table or if your toast lands butter-side down every time. You'll experience live demos that include visitor participation, plus cool sets and props from the show. Available with Premium Pass or Combination Pass. All ages.
Waiting eagerly for summer to arrive? Then join Brianna as she searches for the butterfly that will usher in the new season. Along the way, she befriends a cast of woodland creatures, including frogs, rabbits, dancing flowers and a contortionist earthworm. The intimate circus act will enthrall little ones as the magic happens up close. All ages.
If you’re into laughing your head off, then Lard Dog & The Band of Shy are ready and willing to provide. The crew will kick off a month of improv comedy and perform their April song-of-the-month "Don't Let The Boogah Bug You Out!" as well as January’s top-charting tune "I Like." There will be multimedia graphics, interactive components, and a pretzel toss. And parents, there’s something special for you, too. On May 19, there will be an adults-only show. So nab a babysitter and have a fun late night out on the town! Ages 5 and up.