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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
September 23, 2018 - New York
Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for Harry Potter fans ages 10 and up! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. 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.
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! - Barclays Center
Through September 23, 2018 - Brooklyn
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Join the fun with aninteractive show that unfolds on one of the world's most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood… get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! coming to Barclays Center September 21 – 23. Learn new songs and sing along to familiar favorites with Oscar and Cookie Monster; build a snowman with Elmo; flap your wings with Big Bird; marvel at Abby's magic; be amazed when Super Grover flies; and move to the rhythm with Rosita. Anything's possible when everyone who shares something in common gets together. Kick your feet to the beat at Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!
That PHYSICS or CHEMISTRY SHOW - Playroom Theater
Through December 16, 2018 - NY
THAT PHYSICS SHOW is now in it's third year. THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW is in its second year. Long time Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo and Chemistry Demonstrator Borislau Bilash weave some 30 science demonstrations into a funny and entertaining theatrical production. PHYSICS won the 2016 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience of the year. Performances are at noon and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Many school and camp performances are scheduled as requested. In September, a third science show will be added...THAT INVENTIONS SHOW. www.sciencetheatercompany.com
Yo Re Mi Music and Movement - Spark by Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through December 21, 2018 - Brooklyn
Yo Re Mi Music and Movement Friday, 10:45 – 11:45 am Ages 9 to 36 months 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. Friday: twelve (12) sessions from September 28 - December 21, 2018. $396 for the fall session. (We will skip November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.) Note that classes are designed as a partner class for children and caregivers. SPARK offers registered semester-long classes featuring 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 • Tuition: $396per child for the 12-week session (10% discount for BCM Passport Members) Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Schedule and offerings subject to change. Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Register online... (read more)
NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York
Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you’ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information: https://www.scavengerhunt.com/locations/central_park_nyc_scavenger_hunt.html
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)