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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - October 18-October 20


Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend Photo: Michael Dougherty/Flickr 


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.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 18, 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.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 18, 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.

Family Open Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 18, 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.

Kids Create - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Do a fun and engaging craft or art project! Bring your creative side and let's create!

Story Play - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 18, 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!

Build with LEGO - Brooklyn Public Library - Marcy Branch
October 18, 2019 - Brooklyn

Love to build with LEGO & DUPLO? Join us for some fun! Ages 5-12.

Babies & Books - Mill Basin Library
October 18, 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.

Nooma - Carnegie Hall - Resnick Education Wing
Through October 18, 2019 - New York

This new opera for babies uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction. Designed and performed by Moving Star Vocal Ensemble, the performance invites audiences into an expanding and contracting world and immerses them in a parachute's movements as it becomes a metaphor for breathing. Please note that this event is for babies and toddlers age two or younger. It is not recommended for older children. Free Event Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 50 children and their parents or guardians. For ages 0–2

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Family Art Project: The Walking Snag - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 19, 2019 - Bronx

Is your bark peeling? Are there bugs at your roots? Is there fungus among us? Which decomposers lurk within? Once a tree has lived its life, it either falls and becomes a log in the forest or a snag a standing dead tree. Outfit yourself as a snag and cover yourself with fungus, lichens and other decomposers that you create! Join a parade of walking snags to celebrate our decomposer friends. Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Decomposition Central - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 19, 2019 - Bronx

What do lowly millipedes, mushrooms and land mollusks have in common? They are star players on the decomposition squad that makes life on earth sustainable for all of us. Stop by Decomposition Central to chat with entomologist Lindsay Velazco and naturalist Pam Golben as they de-mystify the de-composition process. Visit the Scavenger and Decomposer Petting Zoo to see and touch some friendly scavengers and decomposers, and observe scavenging dermestid (flesh-eating) beetles at work. Then pick up a self-guided garden scavenger hunt to look for—what else?—scavengers! Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Decomposer Detectives Family Walk - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 19, 2019 - Bronx

Are you curious about worms, insects, fungi, and other creatures that live on the forest floor? Grab a magnifying glass and join us as a Decomposer Detective! Learn all about the activities of the organisms that help break down dead leaves, wood, and other organic matter in Wave Hill's Abrons Woodland. Please wear closed-toed shoes and appropriate clothing to be out on our woodland adventure! Ages five and up welcome with an adult. Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free with admission to the grounds.

Rexlace & Rubberbands - Brooklyn Public Library - Saratoga Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

Join us as we learn various designs using plastic lacing (Rexlace), rubberbands (loom) and threads and build friendships along the way; for ages 7-13.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Saratoga Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, art, and play will help you and 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 - Gravesend Library
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

GO FISH! ft. Sonia De Los Santos - Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
October 19, 2019 - New York

Join experienced anglers for catch-and release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River.The day also features an art project and a nature walk. Don’t miss an unforgettable performance by Sonia De Los Santos and her band! Plus: BPCA’s Zero Waste Committee will be on hand to share their exciting initiatives in environmental responsibility. 10AM - 1PM: CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING 11AM: ART PROJECT 11AM: NATURE WALK 12PM: FAMILY CONCERT

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Second Annual YPC Big Sing - Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
October 19, 2019 - New York

Following the huge success of last season’s massive, community-wide singalong by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, the second annual YPC Big Sing will present a program of everyone’s favorite tunes from many musical genres and parts of the world. Joining Artistic Director Francisco J. Nunez and YPC Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Nunez leading the audience in song are Carnegie Hall’s Nick Demeris, renowned for creating human-instrument orchestras, and Midtown, a superstar quartet of hip young singers from the barbershop and a cappella world. With the song lyrics projected on stage, YPC choristers will guide the audience in singing the musical harmonies of each song.

Saturday Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Brooklyn Public Library - Brighton Beach Branch
October 19, 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.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park
October 19, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt for kids and adults! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Saturday Storytime - Mill Basin Library
October 19, 2019 - Brooklyn

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

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! - Mill Basin Library
October 19, 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.

Long Island Reptile Expo - Suffolk Community College, Health Sports and Education Center
October 20, 2019 - Brentwood

Come see thousands of live pet reptiles on display and for sale as pets! More than 50 reptile breeders will be displaying. If you like reptiles, or are looking for a scaly new pet, this is the event for you!

North Corona Stop 'N' Swap - PS 330Q
October 20, 2019 - Queens

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.

Family Art Project: The Walking Snag - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 20, 2019 - Bronx

Is your bark peeling? Are there bugs at your roots? Is there fungus among us? Which decomposers lurk within? Once a tree has lived its life, it either falls and becomes a log in the forest or a snag—a standing dead tree. Outfit yourself as a snag and cover yourself with fungus, lichens and other decomposers that you create! Join a parade of walking snags to celebrate our decomposer friends. Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free with admission to the grounds.

Decomposition Central - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 20, 2019 - Bronx

What do lowly millipedes, mushrooms and land mollusks have in common? They are star players on the decomposition squad that makes life on earth sustainable for all of us. Stop by Decomposition Central to chat with entomologist Lindsay Velazco and naturalist Pam Golben as they de-mystify the de-composition process. Visit the Scavenger and Decomposer Petting Zoo to see and touch some friendly scavengers and decomposers, and observe scavenging dermestid (flesh-eating) beetles at work. Then pick up a self-guided garden scavenger hunt to look for—what else?—scavengers! Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free with admission to the grounds.

The Boneyard - Wave Hill Public Gardens
October 20, 2019 - Bronx

Skulls, bones, teeth, shells, antlers—see what's left after an animal carcass decomposes. Meet Lawrence Forcella, an oddities expert and bone collector, and learn about osteology, the study of bones and skeletal elements. Team up to try to reassemble a skeleton! Scavengers & Decomposers Weekend event. Free with admission to the grounds.

Picture This! Sunday: Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza - The Jewish Museum
October 20, 2019 - New York

Each Picture This! begins with a 10 am gallery program that includes interactive activities, viewing works of art, and a book reading. Afterwards, head to the studio to create original artworks and enjoy a snack. The program wraps up with an 11:30 am concert. Newlyweds Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza will perform Zanes’ greatest hits along with folk and blues classics—music where sea shanties, English Music hall, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-n-roll, soul, North American, and West Indian folk music collide. This performance will be sensory friendly and inclusive for all audiences.

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.

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.

The Sound of Color Series Wednesdays - The Jewish Museum
Through November 20, 2019 - New York

This six-week program for preschoolers and their families explores how music and art playfully intertwine. Every class will embark on a thematic musical tour of the Museum’s galleries in partnership with The Diller-Quaile School of Music followed by an art-making experience in the studio. Experiment every Wednesday for six weeks with how music and art work together through form, line, color, and texture! Each (once a week) class includes live accompaniment with a professional musician.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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

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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