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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - August 16-August 18

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While New York City is often thought of as a playground for adults, there's still plenty of fun activities to do with children. From museum specials to readings to musical performances, City Guide's collection of weekend events for kids in New York City will have your little ones never wanting to leave the concrete jungle. No matter if you're a local looking to get your kids out and about during the weekend or visiting the Big Apple with your entire family, here are all the best weekend activities for kids in NYC.

Outdoor Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for outdoor storytime at Lincoln Terrace Park. We'll cover our traditional repertoire of stories, rhymes and songs... but outside! This is a fun and educational program for ages 18 months – to 5 years (with a caregiver). All programs are weather permitting. Please call the branch the morning of if the weather looks ominous.

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

The Summer Meals Program provides free lunch to children ages 18 and under at hundreds of public schools, parks, pools, and libraries. Children are eligible for these meals even if they don't attend public school. No identification or registration is required.

Preschool Playtime - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, play and new friends!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Fort Hamilton Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

During the summer, children and teens can get free lunch at the library Monday through Friday. No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free lunch meal.

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library - Highlawn Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Please join us in having lunch at the library, that are free every Monday- Friday. We hope your child will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and come enjoy a healthy meal with us. For children that are 18 and under.

It's In the Stars - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

During the summer, children and teens can get free lunch at the library Monday through Friday. No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free lunch meal.

Central Park Zoo - Central Park Zoo
August 16, 2019 - Manhattan

Welcome to the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children's Zoo. Here, just a few yards from 5th Ave. you'll find over 130 different species ranging from Snow Leopards to Tropical Birds. A walk around the Zoo's five plus acres will take you through a variety of habitats, all carefully designed to recreate the natural environment of the animals they house. On the left is a list of links to the pages describing all of the Zoo's inhabitants. Be sure to check out the renovated Polar Seabirds exhibit with four species of penguins including Gentoo, Chinstrap, Rockhopper and King Penguins.

Playtime for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and play with friends

Central Park Zoo 4-D Theater - Central Park Zoo
August 16, 2019 - Manhattan

Ice Age- No Time for Nuts 4-D is playing through June 30 at Central Park Zoo. An immersive experience featuring the visual drama of a 3-D film with a variety of built-in sensory effects. It's quite an adventure!

Coloring Club - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and color your favorite heroes

Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Fun arts and crafts projects for children.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and enjopy playing with your friends

For Teens by Teens - Gravesend Public Library
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join the team of friendly teens to plan and do teen activities in the library. Come by yourself or with friends. Suggest whatever programs you like! Sign up as a Summer Book Buddy to get volunteer credit.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Native Son - The Duke
August 16, 2019 - New York

Running in rotating repertory with Measure for Measure, Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel of oppression, freedom and justice comes to life onstage in this timely adaptation. In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Running Time: 90 minutes without an intermission Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Pre-School Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Flatbush Branch
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

Storytime with toys and interactive manipulatives to promote the development of cognitive and gross motor skills

Babies & Books - Mill Basin Library
August 16, 2019 - Brooklyn

It's never too early to introduce your baby to books! Hear delightful stories, learn fun songs and rhymes, play with toys, and meet other families and caregivers in your neighborhood. For ages 0-18 months.

ArtScape Summer Camp - Harlem School of the Arts
Through August 16, 2019 - New York

The Harlem School of the Arts offers a summer of fun in the arts for children ages 4-12. ARTScape Summer Day Camp is an experience like no other. Campers enjoy a variety of classes in 4 different art forms: music, dance, theatre, and art & design. Weekly trips to NYC’s cultural destinations and afternoon swimming highlight the three 2-week sessions. Each session culminates with a performance for campers’ families and friends. Join the fun! ARTSCAPE 2019 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Farmhouse Family Day: Compost Adventure - The Wyckoff House Museum
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Get your hands dirty with a fun composting workshop at Wyckoff's August Family Day! Join Farmer Zach at our garden compost piles, where you'll learn how to make and sift your own compost. Explore our farm and Worm Bin, and enjoy fun worm-themed arts and crafts projects for all ages. You can also tour our historic home, play with outdoor toys and games, and do a scavenger hunt. NYC Department of Sanitation will be on hand for a Community Compost Giveback. Take home up to four bags of compost for your home garden for free. RSVP for the compost giveback here. Family Day is from 11am to 3pm, with the compost activity beginning at 1, and is always free and open to all ages. Reservations not required but recommended.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 17, 2019 - New York

Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You'll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. For ages 10 and up. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission.

Music of Lady Gaga for Kids - Industry City
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

By attending this event, I consent to my image (with or without my voice) being included in photographs and/or film and videotape of the event, and give Brooklyn Bowl, The Rock and Roll Playhouse, Industry City and their respective licensees and assigns the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use and publish such content in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter developed. Free Admission!

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

University Heights Stop 'N' Swap - St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church
August 17, 2019 - Bronx

Free community reuse event makes a stop in University Heights! Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Fort Hamilton Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come read stories, sing songs, and have fun at our Saturday Storytime program! All ages welcome.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Highlawn Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science & math through music, stories, art & play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children 3-5 and their caregivers.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Highlawn Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

2019 Summer Kids Food Festival - Kidspace Children's Museum
August 17, 2019 - Pasadena

The Kids Food Festival welcomes families with children of all ages, interested in learning about balanced food choices in a fun and engaging environment that empowers children to make these decisions for themselves!

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. All ages welcome!

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Friends of Naap - Symphony Space
August 17, 2019 - New York

Some series regulars, and some newcomers! We welcome Steven Cuevas at the keyboard for the May edition, observing Japan's Kodomo no hi (Children's Day), with songs about parenting and kids (but not necessarily for kids). with: Ann Chow, Angelita Esperanza, Chrissy Pardo, Charles McCall, Ellis Gage, Joanna Parson, Joel Shelton, Karin Kawamoto, Kristina Osterling, Kennedy Kanagawa, Lara Fox, Marissa Parness Rader, Melissa Slaughter, Risa Mickenberg, Stephanie Card.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Governors Island Scavenger Hunt - Governors Island via Ferry
August 17, 2019 - New York

Leave the city behind and embark on a unique scavenger hunt adventure that’s just a ferry ride away on Governors Island. You’ll search for old munitions dumped beneath a Revolutionary fort, explore the cells of a Civil War Prison, visit an eerily abandoned movie theater, and explore the buildings of Colonels Row. After the hunt, stay and have a picnic, rent a bike, and further enjoy the island on your own. Please bring a smartphone for photo challenges. Advance purchase required.

Native Son - The Duke
August 17, 2019 - New York

Running in rotating repertory with Measure for Measure, Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel of oppression, freedom and justice comes to life onstage in this timely adaptation. In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Running Time: 90 minutes without an intermission Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Fourth Annual NYC Math Festival - Fosun International Ltd
August 17, 2019 - New York

Add a little math to your summer! MoMath is pleased to present the NYC Math Festival on Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, providing a full day of math fun in the sun. Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. But that's not all… the day will also feature group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, exciting mathematical juggling performances, and a live demo of solving the Rubik's cube with one's feet! Plus, take home a little bit of MoMath: we'll be setting up an outpost of Additions, the shop at MoMath, for all your summer gift needs.

Ready Set Kindergarten - Brooklyn Public Library - Flatbush Branch
August 17, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science and math through music, stories, art, and play will help your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home!

2019 Summer Kids Food Festival - Kidspace Children's Museum
August 18, 2019 - Pasadena

The Kids Food Festival welcomes families with children of all ages, interested in learning about balanced food choices in a fun and engaging environment that empowers children to make these decisions for themselves!

Native Son - The Duke
August 18, 2019 - New York

Running in rotating repertory with Measure for Measure, Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel of oppression, freedom and justice comes to life onstage in this timely adaptation. In the South Side Chicago of the 1930s, Bigger Thomas struggles to create a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has left him with few opportunities. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, he unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Running Time: 90 minutes without an intermission Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Puppet Making - Private Picassos
Through August 20, 2019 - Brooklyn

Students will explore their dramatic side by creating whimsical puppets, using traditional and non-traditional materials. Projects include papier mache self portrait puppets, paper sculpture marionettes, stick puppets and theater creation! Notes • This class is drop-off optional.

Art Playgroup for Babies! - Private Picassos
Through August 26, 2019 - Brooklyn

Let your child explore art materials in a whimsical Art Studio! Leave the mess of homemade finger paint, playdough and sensory bottles with us. We'll prepare safe, non-toxic art materials for your toddler to explore. This playgroup is perfect for babies who are still exploring with their mouth. Come dressed for a mess! 12-18 months Enrollment info: $10/child $15/two siblings Pre-registration is required. We have a hard maximum of 8 children per playgroup (with 1 accompanying adult per child). Walk-ins welcome space permitting. Notes • Come dressed for a mess. While all of our homemade art supplies are washable, its bested to dress in art-friendly clothing. This applies to baby and their grown up :) • This playgroup is designed to be an exploration of new materials for babies and their caregiver, rather than a structured class.

Summer Nights at Mystic Aquarium - Mystic Aquarium
Through August 26, 2019 - Mystic

Escape the summer crowds and enjoy cool summer nights at Mystic Aquarium all at a discounted rate! Explore indoor and outdoor exhibits where you’ll encounter beluga whales, African penguins, sharks, jellies, frogs and much more. Mondays July 8 – August 26

Toddler Art Adventures - Private Picassos
Through August 27, 2019 - Brooklyn

Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Themes for projects include NYC, outer space, animals, opposites, and much more. This curriculum is a great introduction to a structured class for young artists and will help strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them.

Raga Kids - SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 28, 2019 - Brooklyn

Raga Kids July 10 – August 28, 2019 Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Ages 0 to 36 months Raga Kids combines multi-lingual songs and Indian Classical instruments to show kids the awesomeness of Raga music! Raga Kids presents original music and sing-alongs focusing on the culture of India and the US together, as well as the Indian equivalent of Do-Re-Mi and the language of the Tabla, in harmony with classics from the American kids songbook. Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required.

Art in the Park! - SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn

Art in the Park! July 11 – August 29, 2019 Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 to 5 years Outdoor art making in Brooklyn Bridge Park! This summer we take our creative energy outside! Children and caregivers explore art making while enjoying the beautiful spring weather. We will explore nature, and get extra messy while experimenting with sensory-rich art materials suited to the outdoors. Taught by: Tirzah Jane Baker. Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required.

Art in the Park! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Outdoor art making in Brooklyn Bridge Park! This summer we take our creative energy outside! Children and caregivers explore art making while enjoying the beautiful spring weather. We will explore nature and get extra messy while experimenting with sensory-rich art materials suited to the outdoors. Taught by: Tirzah Jane Baker. Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. Art in the Park! July 11—August 29 on Thursdays from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 to 5 years.

Art in the Park! (Summer 2019) - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Baby & toddler, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary. Outdoor art making in Brooklyn Bridge Park! This summer we take our creative energy outside! Children and caregivers explore art making while enjoying the beautiful spring weather. We will explore nature, and get extra messy while experimenting with sensory-rich art materials suited to the outdoors.

Art For Lunch! - SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Art For Lunch! July 12 – August 30, 2019 Fridays, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Ages 2 to 5 years Cultivate a more creative approach to healthy eating this summer. In this one-hour class, Children engage with fruits and vegetables in fresh and exciting new ways, using visual art and hands-on crafts to explore science and nutrition topics and foster healthy habits. Taught by: Victoria Calabro. Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Espáñate Summer Experience! - SPARK by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Espáñate Summer Experience! July 12 – August 30, 2019 Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Ages 2 to 5 years Espáñate’s new Spanish program is an exciting variety of summer activities for children to explore music, singing, flamenco dancing, games, food, and yoga in Spanish! Using visual, kinesthetic and audio modes of learning, we have created a Spanish immersion program that introduces different disciplines in each weekly session. Our summer semester will culminate in a celebratory ceremony, awarding our graduates with diplomas, balloons, and face painting! Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required.

Espáñate Summer Experience! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Espáñate's new Spanish program is an exciting variety of summer activities for children to explore music, singing, flamenco dancing, games, food, and yoga in Spanish! Using visual, kinesthetic and audio modes of learning, we have created a Spanish immersion program that introduces different disciplines in each weekly session. Our summer semester will culminate in a celebratory ceremony, awarding our graduates with diplomas, balloons, and face painting! Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. Ages 2 to 5.

Art For Lunch! - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Through August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights

Cultivate a more creative approach to healthy eating this summer. In this one-hour class, children engage with fruits and vegetables in fresh and exciting new ways, using visual art and hands-on crafts to explore science and nutrition topics and foster healthy habits. Taught by: Victoria Calabro. Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. Pre-registration required. Ages 2 to 5 years old.

Brazilian Modern: the Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 29, 2019 - Bronx

Roberto Burle Marx (1909–94) was a force of nature in Brazil—through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. His powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. Feel his artistic energy and love of plants during our Garden-wide exhibition of lush gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.

Connected Worlds - New York Hall of Science
Through January 31, 2020 - Flushing Meadows, Queens

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will open Connected Worlds, its exciting and groundbreaking new exhibition on environmental sustainability, on June 27, 2015. Presented in NYSCI's iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds is a fully immersive, digitally rendered interactive experience where visitors are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of different environments, learn about the importance of keeping systems in balance, and see how our individual and collective actions can have widespread impact. Through their gestures and movements, visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects, and see how human decisions affect the environment. "Connected Worlds reflects what NYSCI is all about – a playful hands-on activity, a focus on problem-solving, and deep engagement with a topic. Connected Worlds gives visitors confidence in their ability to effect change, and empowers them within a larger environment," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. "This leads to passionate learners – a hallmark of the NYSCI experience." Connected Worlds features gesture-based technologies that generate and project images onto seven massive screens. Six... (read more)

Day Pass for Unlimited Art Projects! - Private Picassos
Through June 01, 2020 - Brooklyn

Ages 1.5 - 18+ yrs Unlimited art projects at our studio for 1 day. Get 20% off specialty projects (including Acrylic on Canvas, DIY Stuffed Animal & Weekly Specials) and 10% off retail items!

Discount from Kids Dentistry Center - Kids Dentistry Center
Through October 19, 2020 - Brooklyn

Kids Dentistry Center is one of a kind pediatric office which offers children the best in dental and orthodontic therapy in a fun and exciting environment that includes a unique entertainment area featuring video games and toys. Established in 1992, it is the preeminent practice for Pediatric Dentistry in Brooklyn. For a limited time, we are having an event for all new patients, 5-10% off any service. Please contact Kids Dentistry Center for consultation by this number: +1 718-491-5300.

Magic show featuring Randy Masters - Broadway Comedy Club
Through May 04, 2091 - New York

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and inspiration during the Magic Show, one hour show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. Master magician will enchant the young at heart with a dazzling display of sleight of hand tricks for kids and mentalism for adults. It is an interactive experience for the young at heart. DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 P.M. SHOW RUNS FROM 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M. Please note – there is two item food and beverage minimum requirement.

Magic show featuring Randy Masters - Broadway Comedy Club
Through May 04, 2091 - New York

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and inspiration during the Magic Show, one hour show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. Master magician will enchant the young at heart with a dazzling display of sleight of hand tricks for kids and mentalism for adults. It is an interactive experience for the young at heart. DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 P.M. SHOW RUNS FROM 1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M. Please note – there is two item food and beverage minimum requirement.


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