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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - October 11-October 13

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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.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop by for a fun time and a chance to play with friends and all our toddler toys. Open to children from birth-5 years accompanied by caregivers.

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

Books, songs, rhymes and play! Kids 0-5 and their caregivers can come to the library to build early literacy skills while having fun!

Library Lab - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

Library Lab is Brooklyn Public Library's dynamic learning enrichment program for children (ages 6 to 10) and their families. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts with fun, free activities that will spark curiosity through hands-on experiments. Families will receive tips on how to use library resources and how to continue projects at home.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop by for a fun time and a chance to play with friends and all our toddler toys. Open to children from birth-5 years accompanied by caregivers.

Babies & Books - Mill Basin Library
October 11, 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.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

Drop by for a fun time and a chance to play with friends and all our toddler toys. Open to children from birth-5 years accompanied by caregivers.

Opening Week at The Escape Game - The Escape Game New York City
Through October 11, 2019 - New York

Join The Escape Game New York City for their Opening Week. If you play between Oct 4- 11 you can save 15% off of your game when you use NYOpen15 at checkout. Reserve your game now at TheEscapeGame.com/NewYorkCity

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud, interspersed with songs and rhymes. All ages welcome!

Pokémon GO Community Day - Samsung 837
October 12, 2019 - New York

Join us at Samsung 837 for our first-ever Pokémon GO Community Day. Mingle with Pokémon GO masters and embark on your own Pokémon adventure around Samsung 837 and NYC’s Meatpacking District. Start the day with hosts, PkmnMasterHolly (@PkmnMasterHolly) and Mystic7 (@MYSTIC7) who are on a quest to unite the Pokémon GO community as they share tips, tricks, and secrets to help level up your game. When you arrive, you’ll collect a free Pokémon-themed gift, meet trainers, influencers, and get a chance to win a Galaxy Note10. Don’t forget to speak with our Samsung squad members to receive an in-game Android code for free Pokéballs or a rare mystery item. After, your hosts will begin an outdoor Pokémon adventure through the Meatpacking District. Search for exclusive Pokémon, complete field research tasks, and battle Raid Bosses with your fellow trainers. Once back at Samsung 837, celebrate the Community Day After Party, where you can meet our hosts, use our dedicated trading stations, and team up with other trainers to take over the Samsung Theatre Gym. Enjoy snacks and beverages on us. RSVP at Samsung.com/837

Hillcrest Stop 'N' Swap - PS 145
October 12, 2019 - Queens

Free community reuse event! 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. Please do not bring: furniture, large items, tube televisions, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, or sharp objects.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud, interspersed with songs and rhymes. All ages welcome!

Magic show featuring Randy Masters - Broadway Comedy Club
October 12, 2019 - 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.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Family Art Project: Compost Herbaria - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 12, 2019 - Bronx

Step into your role as a naturalist by creating a backyard herbarium and DIY flower press with everyday materials. Take a walk with exhibiting artist Duy Hoàng through the woodlands to Wave Hill's compost pile to collect fallen flowers and leaves, paying special attention to your surrounding environment. Then, head back to the studio to create work that infuses your unique observations and thoughts to reimagine what a scientific document can be. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 12, 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 & 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. Ready, Set, Kindergarten! is a program of BPL's First Five Years initiative which is supported by generous funding from the New York City Council as part of City's First Readers; and The Pinkerton Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged Brooklyn Public Library supporters, and funds raised at BPL's annual Gala.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud. Recommended ages birth to 5 years old

Saturday Storytime - Gravesend Library
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud, interspersed with songs and rhymes. All ages welcome!

Friends of Naap - Symphony Space
October 12, 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’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 12, 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 - Mill Basin Library
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Mill Basin Library
October 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. 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 & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

Family Art Project: Compost Herbaria - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 13, 2019 - Bronx

Step into your role as a naturalist by creating a backyard herbarium and DIY flower press with everyday materials. Take a walk with exhibiting artist Duy Hoàng through the woodlands to Wave Hill's compost pile to collect fallen flowers and leaves, paying special attention to your surrounding environment. Then, head back to the studio to create work that infuses your unique observations and thoughts to reimagine what a scientific document can be. Free with admission to the grounds.

Family Nature Walk - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 13, 2019 - Bronx

Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. Family walks begin at Wave Hill House. Ages five and older welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels. Free with admission to the grounds.

Aquatic Experience - Meadowlands Exposition Center
Through October 13, 2019 - Secaucus

The World Pet Association (WPA) brings the industry’s premier show featuring “everything aquatic under one roof” back to the East Coast. As the most comprehensive show of its kind, this incredible “must-sea” event will showcase both saltwater and freshwater exhibits and everything else aquatic for hobbyists and enthusiasts, as well as for those in the aquatics and pet industry. For hobbyists, the Aquatic Experience offers 61,000+ square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and fish displays to explore. An incredible Wall of Fish features more than 36 aquariums stocked with the finest quality and variety of ornamental tropical fish and aquatic plants farmed here in the U.S. Another feature, the Fish from Around the World Display, presents a series of vignettes in order to simulate how a complete aquarium system may appear in a home or office. Additional educational opportunities and aquatic fun are geared toward the next generation of fish fans, including a Kids Aquarium Contest and Win A Betta! Toss game. Showcasing the innovation and top trends in aquatics, the Aquatic Experience will feature the latest products and fishkeeping solutions. A meeting place for others who... (read more)

The Pout-Pout Fish at New Victory Theater - New Victory Theater
Through October 20, 2019 - New York

Oh my blub, it's THE POUT-POUT FISH! Put your fins together for this brand new musical based on the best-selling children's book series. When Ms. Clam's precious pearl gets swept out to sea, everyone's favorite frowny fishie blankets the reef with his biggest dreary-weary yet. Can our fish of little faith find the gem and save the day? Be shore to find out! For after all, not everything in the big blue sea is as blue as it seems. THE POUT-POUT FISH has a running time of 55 minutes with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 4-7.

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Not-So-Scary Dates at Fear Manor Queens - Fear Manor Haunted House
Through October 26, 2019 - Glendale

While Fear Manor's regular exhibits are not designed for smaller children, Queen's only Haunted House will be offering multiple "Not-So-Scary" dates throughout the season for guests aged 3 - 12! On October 12, 14, 19 and 26 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Fear Manor will be hosting a Not-So-Scary chaperoned tour.

Art Around the World - Private Picassos
Through December 03, 2019 - Brooklyn

Ages 3 - 5 yrs Adult Participation Required Young artists will travel around the world on an artistic journey, exploring 2-3 dimensional multi-cultural art activities, including Mexican frescos, Kente cloth weaving and Brazilian Carnivale masks. Notes • Drop-off optional for kids over the age of 4.

Matisse, Monet and me - Private Picassos
Through December 04, 2019 - Brooklyn

Ages 4 - 6 yrs Budding Picassos will get inspiration for their artwork by looking at the work of fine artists. Activities include Andy Goldsworthy-inspired nature sculptures, Kandinsky music painting, Jim Dine-inspired mixed media creation and much more! Notes • Drop-off optional for kids over the age of 4.

Build it Big! - Private Picassos
Through December 05, 2019 - Brooklyn

Ages 5 - 8 yrs Young artists will create large-scale and communal artwork, using a variety of two and three-dimensional materials. Activities include recycled robots, New York City panoramas and Jackson Pollock splatter paintings.

SPARK Fun Lab - SPARK by BCM
Through December 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

SPARK Fun Lab Wednesday, 10:45– 11:45 am Ages 2 to 5 years Crazy Science Show has teamed with SPARK by BCM to create a unique early childhood program for our youngest scientists. SPARK Fun Lab provides a hands-on way to approach the natural world. Kids will feel like real scientists as they explore scientific thinking and the fundamentals of chemistry through crazy, interactive experiments using slime, phosphorescent paints, dry ice and other materials. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. For more information, Please email Victoria Calabro at vcal... (read more)

French at SPARK with Bilingual Birdies! - SPARK by BCM
Through December 11, 2019 - Brooklyn

French at SPARK with Bilingual Birdies! Wednesday, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 9 to 36 months Join us at SPARK and the rest of the Bilingual Birdies on an out-of-this-world journey to learn French! Classes incorporate live music and puppetry and are a fun, physical way to learn a new language or strengthen vocabulary and literacy while celebrating diversity. Participants should expect a bubble dance party at the end of each session, and families will receive a free music download and vocabulary sheets to help bolster their new French skills. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable ... (read more)

Wild Waterfront - SPARK by BCM
Through December 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Wild Waterfront Thursday, 10:45 – 11:45 am Ages 2 to 5 years Brooklyn’s own waterfront offers endless ways to explore nature up close! We’ll get our hands a little dirty, have a close look at some of the plants and animals in our Brooklyn backyard, and create hands-on projects inspired by our outdoor adventures. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. For more information, please email Victoria Calabro at vcalabro@brooklynkids.org

Storytime & Sensory Lounge - SPARK by BCM
Through December 12, 2019 - Brooklyn

Storytime & Sensory Lounge Thursday, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 9 to 36 months Children and caregivers explore their senses in this interactive class that includes song, storytelling, dramatic role-play and an art project with different materials to explore every week. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. For more information, please email Victoria Calabro at vcalabro@brooklynkids.org

Art For Lunch! - SPARK by BCM
Through December 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Art For Lunch! Friday, 10:45 – 11:45 am Ages 2 year to 5 years Cultivate a more creative approach to healthy eating this fall. 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. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. For more information, please email Victoria Calabro at vcalabro@brooklynkids.org

Spanish at SPARK with Espáñate! - SPARK by BCM
Through December 13, 2019 - Brooklyn

Spanish at SPARK with Espáñate! Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 am Ages 9 to 36 months Through game-based interactions children build cognitive, fine-gross motor, social and artistic skills. Children become accustomed to listening and speaking in Spanish. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring science, art, language, music, and movement for children ages 9 months to 5 years and their caregivers. • All classes take place at SPARK, 1 John Street, Bklyn, NY 11201 • Sessions are taught by professional Teaching Artists. • Class size limited to 12 children and their caregivers. • Advanced registration required. • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. • Tuition: $396 per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Traveler Members) Register online at brooklynkids.org/spark Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. For more information, please email Victoria Calabro at vcalabro@brooklynkids.org

Lenfest Kids: H2O - Columbia University: Lenfest Center for the Arts
Through December 14, 2019 - New York

Lenfest Kids celebrates Columbia's Year of Water with a series of aquatic-themed family films. Lenfest Kids: H2O explores the world's oceans as a space of adventure, fantasy, wonder and mystery, featuring a diverse range of films spanning live-action and animation, classics and recent hits, from the US and abroad. All films will be screened at 11 am and 3 pm at Lenfest Center for the Arts. 9/21 - Ponyo 9/28 - Inside Out 10/19 - Song of the Sea 11/16 - Finding Dory 12/14 - March of the Penguins

Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend

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Sundays: Dig-Drop In - The Jewish Museum
Through December 15, 2019 - New York

Discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum’s simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month through December 15th.

Sundays: Studio Art Sessions - The Jewish Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - New York

Explore new themes every Sunday until December 29th in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.

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)

Big Apple Circus - Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
Through February 02, 2020 - New York

An astonishing circus world of wonder! Big Apple Circus at the Damrosch Park, New York, NY. October 12, 2019 - February 2, 2020

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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