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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - August 30-September 1

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend Photo: Michael Dougherty/Flickr 

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.

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library - Eastern Parkway Branch
August 30, 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.

Playtime for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and play with friends

Coloring Club - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and color your favorite heroes.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Fun arts and crafts projects for children.

Board Games - Brooklyn Public Library - Kings Bay Branch
August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and enjoy playing with your friends

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library - Highlawn Branch
August 30, 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.

Preschool Playtime - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branch
August 30, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Free Summer Meals - Brooklyn Public Library Kensington Branc
August 30, 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.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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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.

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.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 31, 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.

Saturday Storytime - Gravesend Library
August 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Saturday Storytime - Gravesend Public Library
August 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 01, 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.

Kids Create like Burle Marx! - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 20, 2019 - Bronx

Kids channel their innate curiosity and creativity as they learn about the native plants of Brazil and become inspired plant lovers and designer-artists like Burle Marx. In the Children's Adventure Garden, they can start their own indoor garden by potting up a fantastic philodendron plant, design a playful sculpture inspired by the bold colors and geometric shapes used by Burle Marx, and compare plants growing in the Bronx and Brazil to understand more about plant diversity. Grounds Admission is available to NYC Residents Only; proof of residency required and may only be purchased onsite. Grounds Admission includes access to outdoor gardens and collections, including the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Grounds Admission is free to everyone regardless of residency, all day on Wednesdays and from 9–10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Roberto Burle Marx

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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)

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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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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