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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - May 31-June 2

May 27, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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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.

Babies & Books - Brooklyn Public Library - Bushwick Branch
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Enjoy great books for babies, learn fun songs and rhymes, and meet other families in your neighborhood in this interactive storytime program for ages 0-18 months. If you have a daycare, Pre-K, or other group and would like to attend our Storytime programs, please call the Bushwick Library at 718.602.1348, or speak to a librarian.

Free Style Fidays for Kids - Brooklyn Public Library - Bushwick Branch
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Board Games, Tech time and video gaming

Story Play - Brighton Beach Library
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 1 to 5.

Kids Create - Brighton Beach Library
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Create an arts & crafts project and have fun with your friends.

Kids Chess! - Brighton Beach Library
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us and learn how to play Chess with a Chess Master.

Preschool Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Pacific Branch
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come and join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays! Ages 3-5 years.

Kids Create: Party Hats - Brooklyn Public Library - Walt Whitman Branch
May 31, 2019 - Brooklyn

Come get creative and crafty at the library! Our library is named for the poet Walt Whitman, and it is his 200th birthday. Let's make party hats to celebrate! For kids ages 5 through 12. Younger children may participate with the help of a caregiver.

Hybrid Masks - Children's Museum of the Arts
May 31, 2019 - New York

5+ At Fine Arts Studio Laura Bernstein's ongoing project "Becoming Beast" explores the idea of animal/human hybrids and the adopting of an animal persona in addition to your human self. What animal do you think represents your personality well? In the studio today, we'll be creating kid-sized masks that have animal features, in order to show the world what wild animal we feel represents us! We'll be using paper mache to make our masks, so be sure to grab an apron!

Clay Busts - Children's Museum of the Arts
May 31, 2019 - New York

5+ At Clay Bar A clay bust is a sculpture of the shoulders and head of a person or animal. In today's Clay Bar workshop, we will be sculpting clay busts of ourselves, our friends, our dogs, our favorite characters, and many other individuals special to us!

Stained Glass Drawings - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 31, 2019 - New York

5+ At Fine Arts Studio Using paper shapes, transparent adhesive sheets, and the lighttable to create layered, abstract pieces of art inspired by a groundbreaking female artist, unrecognized until today.

Short Stories with Shapes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 31, 2019 - New York

5+ At Gallery Create a story using simple shapes and patterns. Use triangles, squares, circles, construct characters and moving parts.

Shop Spring Summer Cloth at Canal Street Market - Canal Street Market
Through May 31, 2019 - New York

Mark your calendars! #TiACiBANiKiDS and #IHaven'tTheFoggiest are popping up at Canal Street Market Shop Spring/Summer, sample one-offs, and seasons past! See you there! ? TiA CiBANi KiDS | May 13th - 31st #CanalStreetMarketNYC Monday - Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM Sundays 11 AM - 6 PM Venue: Canal Street Market, NYC Website: https://www.tiacibanikids.com/

Saturday Storytime - Canarsie Library
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Arabic Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Bay Ridge Branch
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories and songs in Arabic for children and their parents or caregivers. Multilingual First Five Years programs are made possible with support from the New York City Council City's First Readers Initiative, and the Pinkerton Foundation.

Saturday Storytime - Bedford Branch Library
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Discovery Room – Sights and Sounds - Transit Museum
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our June themes of listening and looking closely at New York transportation. Join educators for science exploration connected to the sounds and sights of subways and buses. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

On the Street - Transit Museum
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Take a close look at the models of trolleys and buses and design your own vehicles from wood, with all of the historic details! Ages 5+ and accompanying adults

Saturday Storytime! - Brooklyn Public Library - Bushwick Branch
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us every Saturday for a reading of some of your favorite books, as well as some that we think you'll enjoy! All ages are welcome!

2019 Uptown Games at The Armory - Armory Track
June 01, 2019 - New York

The Uptown Games at The Armory introduces hundreds of children and their families from Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem to a healthy lifestyle during a day of fun track & field activities, nutritious food and surprises. Celebrating the wonderful diversity that is northern Manhattan, the day includes a parade of hundreds of flags on the historic Armory track. The community’s children from grades 1-8 enjoy this free event highlighted by running, jumping and throwing competitions at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory.

Saturday Storytime - Brighton Beach Library
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, music, and rhymes at the library! Recommended ages birth to 5 and caregivers, but older siblings are welcome too.

The Secrets of Wacky Balloon Artistry - Brooklyn Public Library - Walt Whitman Branch
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Have you ever watched a balloon artist make amazing balloon animals and wonder how is it done? Now is your chance to let your imagination soar and make amazing balloon sculptures. To celebrate Summer Launch, Amore will teach you the secrets to twist, tie, and knot balloons. Following the program, sign up for the summer reading challenge.

Watson Adventures’ Whodunit at the Met Family Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 01, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique murder mystery scavenger hunt for kids 10 and up! A killer is on the loose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it’s up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that reveals his name, the weapon he used and where he hid the body. Follow the trail of clues throughout the museum and answer tricky questions to solve the crime. Can you figure out whodunit? Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Reptiles - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

5+ At Clay Bar Sculpt turtles, lizards, snakes, and many more scaley friends at the clay bar!

All Day Animation - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

5+ At Media Lab What story can we tell together, if we animate all day long? This workshop will be an opportunity for all visitors to drop in and add on to a much larger animation project, each adding to one stop motion timeline. The lengthy animation will be shared in the CMA newsletter!

Composing Visual Scores - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

5+ At Sound Booth Composing Visual Scores: draw or color a composition and think about color, texture, rhythm and emotion to create, perform and record a soundtrack to your drawing.

Story Play with RIF - Clarendon Branch Library
June 01, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more! After storytime there will be time for play and children who have a library card will be counted for our RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program. Ages birth to 5 and caregivers.

Ulster Proud Award - John H. Fisher, P.C.
Through June 01, 2019 - Kingston

The John H. Fisher Ulster Proud Award will give one lucky winner the chance to give back to the community by selecting their favorite charity to receive $500. Nominate someone or a business you know in Ulster County who has achieved great success to win this award. Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2019. To nominate, fill out the form on the Ulster Proud Award page.

Koko NYC Presents: Bitbots Battle! - Brooklyn Public Library
June 02, 2019 - Brooklyn

Create robots using recycled materials and littleBits with help from Koko NYC's educators, then compete for prizes and glory!

International Culinary Center Commencement Ceremony - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
June 02, 2019 - New York

Performers Graduation

Clarke's Listening Walk at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
June 02, 2019 - Bronx

Clarke’s Listening Walk at the Zoo is a family-friendly listening scavenger hunt designed to draw public attention to the fact that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can listen and talk. Teams raise funds to help Clarke reach more children with hearing loss.

Afewerk Tekle Windows - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 02, 2019 - New York

Using the artist Afewerk Tekle's stained glass pieces as inspiration, design your own stylized clay tab, in a fractured stain glass visual

Afewerk Tekle Animation - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 02, 2019 - New York

5+ At Media Lab Using either the stain glass style slab from clay bar, or found materials in the media lab, create stain glass inspired animation celebrating Afewerk's pieces

Sounds of Gigi - Children's Museum of the Arts
June 02, 2019 - New York

5+ At Sound Booth Using melodies inpired by the famous Ethiopan singer, Gigi, create your own songs layered over her fusion of contemporary and traditional soundscapes!

Rose Garden Weekend - New York Botanical Garden
Through June 02, 2019 - Bronx

Stroll Among the Flowers During One of Our Greatest Spectacles of the Year Celebrate the peak of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's spring color with live music, plant care demonstrations, and expert-led tours. Weekend Programs Get an in depth look at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden with guided tours, plus enjoy live music among the roses. About the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is among the most popular destinations at the Garden from May to October, when more than 650 varieties of roses are in peak bloom. Rose Watch The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a place of iconic spring beauty. Stay tuned for the return of the Rose Watch to track this season's bloom as it heads toward peak color.

Recycled Topographies inspired by Elias Sime - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 02, 2019 - New York

5+ At Gallery Elias Sime is an Ethipioan artist using recycled materials to create relief sculptures and assemblages that look like looks like topographical maps or aerial views of complex city systems. Today we will use recycled materials as well as decorative materials like beads and pom poms to create our own relief sculptures inspired by Sime's work!

Dreamy Cityscapes Inspired by Addis Gezehagn - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 02, 2019 - New York

5+ At Fine Arts Studio Addis Gezahegn's paints dreamlike deconstructed and layered renderings of urban landscapes rising above the ground. Each patch of color he uses represents buildings and doors. Today artists can use cutouts of color, paintings, magazine pages and even their own colored drawings to layer squares that represent and create a cityscape.

Collaborative Subway Mural inspired by Ezra Wube - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 03, 2019 - New York

5+ At Fine Arts Studio Ezra Wube is an Ethiopian New Yorker telling stories about NY through animation and vivid imagery. Wube has a piece at the Fulton St Station called Fulton Street Flow celebrating the amazing culture of New York! What art would you make to beautify a train station? Today we will work together to create a collaborative subway mural representative of our cultures and community!

Bout à Bout - The Duke on 42nd Street
Through June 09, 2019 - New York

In the whimsical world of BOUT À BOUT ("end to end"), an ordinary piece of rope transforms into a lovable little hero who sets out on an adventure full of challenges and excitement. Along the way, this intrepid bit of twine encounters curious aquatic creatures, a cranky motorist and some springy, stringy playmates, all brought to life through the wondrous and inventive puppetry of Le Clan des Songes. BOUT À BOUT has a running time of 35 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 2-4.

Pride in the Pacific: Special Offerings in Celebration of Pride Month in June - National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

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)

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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