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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.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 22, 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**
Hulkverines #1 signing with Greg Pak - Midtown Comics Downtown
February 22, 2019 - New York
Writer Greg Pak joins us from Midtown Comics Downtown on Friday, February 22nd to celebrate the release of Hulkverines #1! This is an open signing and we recommend showing up early, just to be safe. Purchase of Hulkverines #1 required. Limit 3 items signed per attendee. See you there! There will be a CGC representative to grade books signed at this event. Any previously signed books are not eligible for this service. Cost of CGC is the CGC grading fee (This does not include the cost of purchasing the books) CGC books will be shipped to CGC offices for grading and will take 17-35 days for them to return, in the CGC protective slab. This is determined based on which options are chosen for CGC grading and shipping. At last! It's Weapon H versus his predecessors-Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world's two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action - and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name! Writer Greg Pak and artist Ario Anindito present Hulkverines!
Just Kidding: Doppelskope: The Amazing Story Machine - Symphony Space
February 23, 2019 - New York
The Amazing Story Machine is the recipient of a 2018 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant, and is the latest innovative puppet show from Doppelskope. The Grimm family is on the verge of presenting their amazing new Story Machine, which runs on steam and dreams and promises to revolutionize how stories are told and how people connect. When their fabulous contraption malfunctions, they have to invent a new way of storytelling on the spot, using puppets and help from the audience. The Grimms explore some of their favorite fairy tales, including The Hare and the Hedgehog, Hansel and Gretel, and The Brave Little Tailor. The show features multiple styles of puppetry, including tabletop puppetry, object theatre, and shadow puppetry, as well as live music, projections, and physical comedy. For more information about this show
Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
February 23, 2019 - New York
Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required. **Additional Dates: February 21 & February 23**
Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum Announces 2019 Kids Week Schedule - Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum
Through February 23, 2019 - New York
Over 30 Partners Participating in Themed Week of Fun, Educational Programming During NYC Public School Winter Break The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week festival from Sunday, February 17–Saturday, February 23. During Kids Week, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities, live animal shows, hands-on workshops, musical performances, special guests and interactive demonstrations that the whole family will enjoy. This year, the Kids Week theme is Full STEAM Ahead where science, technology, engineering, arts, math and fun take center stage. Through themed daily activities, kids can explore space and science, engage with the arts and music and learn all about animals. Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18, Kids Week will explore arts and music fun. Kids can make their own musical instrument and puppet, learn origami and solve some out-of-the-box problems with Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends. Tuffy the Tiger will also be performing and families can blow some unbelievable bubbles with the Gazillion Bubble Show. Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21, families can discover a safari ... (read more)
New Shanghai Circus - Schimmel Center
February 24, 2019 - New York
Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show that draws upon 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. If it’s humanly possible – and even if it seems as if it’s not – these acrobats, jugglers and contortionists do it with spectacular flair! $20 children tickets available for children 12 and under and must be purchased with an adult ticket.
Not My Monster! - The Flea Theater
Through March 30, 2019 - New York
Have you ever noticed a small bearded man running around your house? Look again because Russian folklore promises that every home has a Domovoi, the house spirit who protects the family. In Not My Monster! Father, Mother, Darya and Vasily are forced to move from their lavish penthouse in the city to a creepy cabin in the middle of a swamp when the Russian economy tanks. Watch what happens when the children are not so sure that their Domovoi came along too. Not My Monster! is best for families with children ages 5 and up. Children under 1 are FREE.
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)
PJ Library Helps The 14th Street Y Connect Jewish Families and Celebrate Jewish Life - 14th Street Y
Through February 08, 2020 - New York
PJ Library Helps The 14th Street Y Connect Jewish Families and Celebrate Jewish Life Grants will strengthen social connections and increase opportunities for Jewish experiences and learning across the New York Metro area New York, NY- Manhattan-area families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded by PJ Library®, a flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free books to families raising Jewish children all over the world. The 14th Street Y received $15,000 to expand Pause/Play's PJ Play program, which provides accessible, theatrical Shabbat experiences for families with young children in our East Village community. The winning initiatives are designed to provide innovative programs that find and engage families who are new to the organization and connect families to compelling and high-quality Jewish experiences in New York.They range from family cooking series to social justice programming to Shabbat experiences. The 16 winning grant proposals were chosen through a competitive process open to organizations implementing PJ Library across the New York Metro area... (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!