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While New York City is often thought of as a playground for adults, there's still plenty of fun activities 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.
Year Of The Pig Community Art Project - Queens Botanical Garden
February 02, 2019 - Flushing
Make your mark in this community art project celebrating Lunar New Year! Drop in to work on collaborative sculptures to celebrate the Year of the Pig. The project will be displayed in the Garden for QBG's Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 9 and for the remainder of February. Please note: this family-friendly activity involves papier maché and paint.
Absurdimals Book Launch Party for "Chester Learns to Swim" - The Unicorn
February 02, 2019 - New York City
The Absurdimals are hosting the official launch party for our new book “Absurdimals - Chester Learns to Swim” at the Unicorn at 105 Henry St. Manhattan, NY! Stop by to pick up your signed copy while enjoying cake, balloon Absurdimals, an Absurdimals themed photo booth and more! If you would like to hear the book read, please arrive early as we will do the reading at exactly 11:00am! This event is FREE and open to the public. Note: The space does not allow shoes, so please be sure to wear socks or bring slippers!
Valentine Crafts - Bayside Historical Society
February 02, 2019 - Bayside
Come join us at the Castle for Valentine crafts, activities and snacks. Crafts are suitable for children ages 4 to 12.
Bayside Historical Society's Valentine Crafts for Kids - Bayside Historical Society
February 02, 2019 - Bayside
Come join Bayside Historical Society at the Castle in Fort Totten Park for a fun afternoon of Valentine crafts, activities and snacks. Crafts are suitable for children ages 4 to 12. Cost: $5 per child/$15 maximum per family.
Emily Brown and the Thing - The New Victory Theater
Through February 03, 2019 - Midtown
How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won't stop crying. Plucky, brave and determined to save the day, Emily and her trusty sidekick, Stanley the rabbit, leap into action. Tall Stories (The Gruffalo, New Vic 2015) returns with an epic, imaginative musical adventure adapted from the popular picture book by Neal Layton and award-winning author Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon).
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 09, 2019 - New York
Join us on a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 10 and up! 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. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission. **Additional Dates: February 16; February 19; February 22**
Pillowland - The Pete at The Flea Theater
Through April 14, 2019 - new york
Pillowland presented by NYC Children's Theater Written by Barbara Zinn Krieger (Ballerina Swan) Devised by Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (Up and Away) Directed by Khalia Davis (Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt) Based on the song by Laurie Berkner Stanley always has trouble falling asleep - even counting sheep doesn't help! When he receives an invitation to visit the Kingdom of Pillowland, he sets off on an exciting adventure with his friends Finn, Quinn and you! From the company that brought you Please Bring Balloons comes a new interactive play for your youngest theatergoers based on the hit song by Laurie Berkner. 50 minutes duration. October 7, 2018 - April 14, 2019 | 10am and 12pm | Select Sundays through April 14th The Pete at The Flea Theater 20 Thomas Street New York, NY 10007 (212) 226-0051 *Before Pillowland opens join us for FREE Story Time on Saturday, September 15th at 11am at Strand Books (ADD the address for Strand books here) Pillowland is best for ages 2-5 Tickets: $25.00 | Tickets on sale at : https://nycchildrenstheater.org/shows-and-events/current-season/ #Pillowland
Gentle Martial Arts for Kids - Aikido - Aikido of Westchester
Through December 28, 2019 - White Plains
Give Your Child the Gift of Aikido Aikido is a gentle martial art that teaches children how to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way and practice self-defense techniques that help develop focused, calm minds and strong bodies. Aikido helps increase children's coordination, flexibility and balance while learning a practical skill that extends to everyday life. Classes Year Round Our program is open to girls and boys ages 6-12. Classes are held every Saturday 9-10 am and last approximately one hour.
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)
Pilates for the Kids - Real Pilates
Through May 05, 2028 - New York
In honor of National Pilates Day and National Fitness Day, Real Pilates presents Pilates for the Kids, two group mat/tower classes for kids age 12 - 17. 10 a.m. Upper East Side, 1226 Lexington Ave 1 p.m. Tribeca, 177 Duane Street Sign up: (212) 625-0777 realpilatesnyc.com
Kidville Upper East Drop Off Pajama Party - Kidville Upper East
Through August 11, 8017 - New York
Join us for a three-hour drop off pajama party at Kidville Upper East. Includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, The SMART Playbook leadership building curriculum and so much more!