Did you know that there were so many amazing things to do with kids in NYC this week? Consider yourself officially "in the know" after reading our roundup of fantastic kids' events! You'll find everything from fun street festivals and fairs to cool plays for kids.
When you're not busy browsing our list of the best summer activities for kids (which you should definitely do, by the way), you'll want to explore our roundups of the top free activities for kids in NYC, as well as the best kids' movies on Netflix in July 2017 (and the best new kids' movies in 2017).
Best things to do with kids in NYC June 26–30
These awesome summer activities for kids will keep your family active and engaged throughout the city's sunniest season. There's so much to do when it's warm in New York—including picnics at your favorite parks for kids, checking out top-notch fairs and festivals and even exploring the best indoor playgrounds for kids.
Hands down the best thing to do as a family on a summer Sunday night, Water Taxi's Audubon naturalist–led, 90-minute eco-cruise takes seafarers to one of three locales this summer: the Brother Islands, at the mouth of Long Island Sound (June 22, July 20, Aug 3 and Aug 17); Hoffman and Swinburne islands, off the coast of Staten Island (June 15, June 29, July 13 and July 27); and Jamaica Bay (June 8, July 6 and Aug 10). You'll learn amazing things about the NYC ecosystem and see with your own eyes the kind of wildlife sanctuary a city can be. All ages.
New Jersey’s iconic state fair is back for its 31st year! As always, the giant event offers more than 150 rides and attractions, plus tons of free entertainment, an open-air circus, a petting zoo and plenty of live music. More specifics will be announced in the coming months, but mark your calendar for June 27—when kids under 12 get free admission—and for July 3 and 4, when the fair will put on a fireworks extravaganza at 11pm. Check the website for the full schedule. All ages.
Go on a journey to the past in this story inspired by the true story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and the rumors and mysteries that surrounded her disappearance after her royal family was overthrown. Travel through Russia and Paris as orphan Anya hopes to find her home and family with the help of a conman and ex-aristocrat. Kids will be singing songs from the musical on their way back home and the costumes will make us all wish we could travel back to such grand times. Ages 8 and up.
CityParks Puppetmobile is on a mission to bring awesome puppet shows to kids all over the city, and with so many free performances happening this season, it'll be hard to miss! You'll find more than 100 free puppet performances in the city's parks, playgrounds and recreation centers; this year's show is Cinderella Samba. Plot: "The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro's biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her." See the CityParks PuppetMobile website for more info on exact locations! All ages.
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.