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Fun Family Friendly Events in NYC

Find the best events, activities and fun things to do for parents and young children around NYC!

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Little Chefs: Sand Dollar Cookies
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/22/2020 from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
We are celebrating the end of summer and all of the beautiful oceans and beaches all over the world. In this class, a parent (or caregiver) and the child will work together in the kitchen to create the recipe step by step from scratch. See needed ingredients online.
Get Crafty With Lynn Lilly & Crayola
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/25/2020 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Join Craft Box Girls by Lynn Lilly as she show shows you fun and easy crafts you can make at home with your kids!
Sundae School NYC Kids Ice Cream Making Class
Location: 558 Broadway, New York
Date: 9/25/2020 from Various to Various
This hands-on workshop lets us explore our imagination through the love of sweets. We’ll learn about the history of ice cream, and make our very own flavor from scratch. This 1-hour-long workshop is led by our very own scoop masters to walk you through every step of the way. You will leave this workshop as a certified scoop master with a certificate to show off and a happy belly full of ice cream you created. 11:30am for ages 7-13 2:00pm for ages 13+
Hans Christian Andersen Virtual Storytelling
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/26/2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
For over sixty years New York families have come together to listen to stories in Central Park before the Hans Christian Andersen Statue, rain or shine, where the world's best tellers from every part of the Globe have told stories. This summer they continue with an ALL ANDERSEN SEASON every Saturday morning from 11 am to noon, as always, but online! Tune in for a great celebration of Andersen's timeless tales, of storytelling, and of being together while apart.
Steps Youth Programs Open House
Contact: Pam at 212-874-3678, [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/26/2020 from to
Join us the week of Septmber 14-27 and September 26 for our free Virtual Open House. You will be able to register and participate in our first week of classes to see what works for you! Try different styles, see how the virtual classroom is setup, and get to know our teachers. Open House classes are available for dancers ages 2-18 at all levels from beginning to advanced dancers. (Due to Rosh Hashanah, Saturday classes will be available to try on September 26.)
Steps Youth Programs Open House
Contact: Pam at 212 874-3678, [email protected]
Location: virtual,
Date: 9/27/2020 from to
Join us the week of Septmber 14-27 and September 26 for our free Virtual Open House. You will be able to register and participate in our first week of classes to see what works for you! Try different styles, see how the virtual classroom is setup, and get to know our teachers. Open House classes are available for dancers ages 2-18 at all levels from beginning to advanced dancers. (Due to Rosh Hashanah, Saturday classes will be available to try on September 26.)
Kids In The Kitchen - Healthy Dessert Club
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/29/2020 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Do you have a child who loves to bake? Are you looking for after-school activities? Join Amy Rosenfeld, Center for Healthy Living Registered Dietitian, for an after-school healthy dessert club. Participants will learn about nutrition while practicing healthy baking techniques. Sign up for individual dates or all 5 sessions. Recipes will be provided ahead of time so you can bake along together!
Sesame Street Monster Meditations
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In an effort to combat the stress and anxiety brought on by these volatile times, Sesame Street and Headspace for Kids are teaming up to create "Monster Meditations," six animated shorts to teach kids mindfulness, meditation, and social and emotional learning. The shorts will feature Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover, and Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe as part of Headspace for Kids and can be viewed on YouTube and YouTube Kids.
Tiny Tasters: Baby's First Bites Online+ON-DEMAND
Contact: Nicole at 646 783 9509, [email protected]
Location: ONLINE,
Date: 9/30/2020 from to
Tiny Tasters: Baby's First Bites is a video based class that teaches parents everything they need to know about how to introduce solids and feed their babies (4-12 months) in a safe, fun, nutritious, flavorful and baby-guided way. It includes 70 minutes of content, 11 re-watchable videos, 15 handouts, 10 original recipes. This popular class taught all over NYC for the past 5 years, is now available on demand to parents all over. Use MOMMYBITES15 for $15 off until May 30th.
Camp Bonkers- Virtual Summer Camp
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Camp Bonkers is a new & fun digital twist on summer camp, offering kids a safe, interactive and creative space online in the comfort of their own homes.Kids can hang out with friends, play games, go on adventures, sing songs, make fun food, conduct a cool science experiment & so much more. There are 3 live shows per week at 4:30pm EST:Make-It-Mondays, What-A-World Wednesdays & Fun-Time Friday.Additional content led by camp counselors & special guests like Sparkles & Beaver, & Scribbles the Cat.
Teaching Racism And Tolerance
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
Parents and teachers can gain free access to video lessons that help teach children about racism and tolerance! The episodes, each hosted by a real first grade teacher, pair a character trait such as kindness or bravery with an influential person such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. They are suited for children in grades K-2 and can be used to help teach about discrimination, racism and tolerance. Teachers and parents can sign up to access the videos for free through July 31.
Battery Dance Virtual Dance Classes For Kids
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
Battery Dance will now offer free virtual dance classes for kids through in order to help keep minds and bodies engaged during this time. Children will be guided through classes with our teaching artists across New York, helping to keep them active as well as connected in this time of isolation. Hip-Hop for Kids Mondays and Fridays at 3pm. Dance Wednesdays at 3pm.
Beluga Whale Live Cam
Contact: None at 2122396200, [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
Every summer, approximately 57,000 beluga whales travel from the Arctic to the warmer waters of Manitoba's Churchill River. This live underwater cam is situated on the Beluga Boat, which is guided by expert captains through the Churchill River Estuary. Get a whale's eye view of belugas swimming, eating and nursing their calves!
Big Apple Circus: Learn To Juggle
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Anytime to Anytime
As long as you have a plastic bag, socks (or even a baby toy!) Big Apple Circus producer, Jack Marsh can teach you how to juggle. Learn how to juggle using household items in this Circus Tutorial!
James And The Giant Peach Reading
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
Join Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi and tons of famous guests (Gov. Cuomo, Mindy Kaling, Lupita Nyong’o, and more!) as they read James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl!
2020 Brooklyn Greenway Ride At Brooklyn Waterfront
Location: Brooklyn Waterfront, Brooklyn
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
The annual bike ride is back! Explore Brooklyn's storied waterfront on this socially distanced, self-guided 26-mile journey.Discover Brooklyn?s waterfront parks, piers, picnic spots, and points of interest. Build your selfie library among the backdrop of the City's iconic bridges, beaches, and bays. Grab your bike or use a Citi Bike and join us for this grand self-guided and socially-distant Brooklyn bike adventure!
Drive-in Movies For Kids
Location: 47-01 111th Street, Corona
Date: 9/30/2020 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
The Queens Drive-In is a unique drive-in movie experience. With a goal of bringing film, culture, togetherness and joy back to the people of Queens, the drive-in will be donating a portion of every ticket sale to non-profit organizations that serve the hardest-hit communities in our borough. Located at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Join us nightly Wednesday through Sunday for a variety of movies!
Magical Cooking Camp: Disney Princess Themed Cooking Experience
Location: Virtual,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to Various
Over the course of 3 weeks, this class will meet twice a week to have a great time together! Sign your child up to meet other children their age, learn fun Disney Princess themed recipes and extend their knowledge in the kitchen! Students will learn cooking and baking basics such as reading and following a recipe, gathering ingredients, measuring, and gathering materials.
Virtual Shabbat Kids Song Session
Contact: Diana at 914-948-3111, [email protected]
Location: 30 Dellwood Road, White Plains
Date: 9/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 10: 15 a.m.
Get your shakers ready! Join us virtually to get in the mood for Shabbat! Sign up here to receive a reminder email on Friday morning with the Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/virtualshabbat
Virtual Tour Of The Met!
Location: Virtual Website, New York
Date: 9/30/2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tour the various exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home!
Brooklyn Public Library Virtual Activities
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from Various to
The Brooklyn Public Library is now offering virtual programming for all ages including story time with local librarians, foreign language learning, SAT test prep, virtual Mario Kart and much more.
Laurie Berkner Live Facebook Concerts
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
During this time of social distancing, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep kids active while indoors. Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner is giving families a reason to get up and move during this time indoors with live "Berkner Break" concerts, streamed most weekday mornings at 10am on Facebook. Berkner's songs, movement activities, and stories will lift spirits and get the kids dancing and singing along to well-loved favorites by Berkner!
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Online Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The museum has put together a one-stop-shop of all its digital resources, -- “Experience Intrepid Anywhere” – where the public, including educators, parents and students, can stay engaged with the museum digitally through teacher and home-school resources, virtual tours, oral histories, virtual talks, virtual veterans programs, and much more.
CuratedCare.com Virtual Lessons
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
CuratedCare.Com is offering one-on-one, interactive, virtual lessons with an epic community of babysitting teachers and artists (Juilliard grads, Rhodes Scholars, Alvin Ailey dancers, Broadway actors, and more).These our super accessible, cost effective and one-on-one which offers face to face interaction and a chance to go with the flow if your 4 year old decides half way through they want to switch to a different activity :) We are waiving the $45 membership to all fams during this wonky time.
Remote Dance Learning
Location: Online ,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Remote Dance Learning, an opportunity to keep students moving while they are out of school. These free sessions are led by Notes in Motion teaching artists and are available online. Classes are available for children by grade level: PreK-2nd Grade, 3rd-5thGrade, Middle School, and High School, and include Yoga, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, among others.
NYBG At Home
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, NYBG's virtual gates are wide open. Stay connected through the collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. As spring unfolds, see the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings everyone joy.
Storyline Online Literacy Videos
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In light of the current pandemic and quarantine, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is reaching out to families all over the world offering educational and recreational tools to help children, parents and caregivers create meaningful moments and keep academic goals on track. Includes a digital library of 57 read aloud by top Hollywood talent who engage young viewers with their animated interpretations of historic, adventurous and fantastical tales that promote imagination and inclusion.
Harry Potter At Home Portal
Location: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
J.K. Rowling launched the Harry Potter at Home portal, giving kids access to a free collection of "child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, articles, and more," according to the Wizarding World Team, to help combat the boredom during this period of social distancing (with a little magic). The portal will give kids new to the Wizarding World and those who have been lifelong fans access to fun and engaging content to keep the magic alive during this time.
The Frick Collection Online
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Frick, yeah! This mansion-turned-museum (and research center) recently had renovations done, so they were already prepared for virtual museum viewing.
Staten Island Zoo Online
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a virtual field trip with your kiddos by checking out the Staten Island Zoo from your home!
Panda Cam Live
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pandas. Live. All day long. Need we say more?
Art And Culture In Quarantine
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During the strange new normal presented by the challenges of COVID-19, the team at Historic Richmond Town remains dedicated to creating opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present. Arts & Culture in Quarantine is a free, online series our staff has put together to continue to provide diverse programming and digital content to our audience. New content posted every day for your kiddos to learn about history & art!
The Great Wall Of China Virtual Tour
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on all China tours. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet. Take a virtual tour to learn from home!
Virtual Tour Of The Vatican
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a 360-degree virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, the Niccoline Chapel, Chiaramonti Museum and more.
Google Arts And Culture Virtual Tours Of Hundreds Of Museums
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An all-inclusive, A-Z virtual tour collection of hundreds of museums all over the world. Tour museums across the globe from your computer.
Learn At Home With National Geographic
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explorer Classroom’s live video events occur daily at 2pm and connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
NASA Glenn Virtual Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Perfect for your little astronauts!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Location: Online YouTube,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
The Creative Kitchen Private Cooking Class
Contact: Katie at 718-406-7506, [email protected]
Location: Online ,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 12pm to 1pm
Looking for a fun at-home activity that will engage (and feed!) the whole family? Join Cricket Azima and The Creative Kitchen online for a private cooking class! Families select a recipe from The Creative Kitchen’s cookbook in advance of class. A list of ingredients and related equipment is provided prior to the customized session. Class instruction will be tailored to suit family-specific participant ages and abilities. Class is scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date and time.
Virtual Rollercoaster: Skyrush Hershey Park
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a wild rollercoaster ride - from your house!
Virtual Rollercoaster: Cyclone Coney Island
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy this Coney Island classic from the comfort and safety of your house!
Virtual Storytimes
Location: Online Instagram,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Free virtual storytimes every week - tune in every MWF at 10am CST on TKC's Instagram! Additionally, find out about emotional well being in kindergartners - 5th grade @tkckindness.
Cardio Dance Class
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please join Cynthia LaChina for a virtual Cardio Dance class every Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 est. No experience needed, just bring your energy and enthusiasm. You'll be moving to global rhythms and choreography guaranteeing you a FUN workout
Color & Sing Along With Lisa Loeb And Crayola
Location: Online,
Date: 9/30/2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Crayola and Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Lisa Loeb every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a nursery rhyme color & sing-along! Each session in this series will feature a music video from Lisa's album, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, along with a free, downloadable nursery rhyme coloring page from Crayola. Parents & kids are invited to enjoy this time together at home. Listen to the music and color along! Share your artwork and tag your pictures on social #Crayola.
Pick Your Own Peaches
Location: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
Date: 10/01/2020 from Various to Various
Pick your own peaches at this huge pick your own farm! Prepare yourself for a new experience in peach picking. Demarest Farms features well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and tasty peach varieties – home to more than 12 varieties of pick-your-own peaches. Register in advance.
Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure
Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Date: 10/02/2020 from Various to Various
Climb, crawl, and swing through our adventure ropes course or zipline over the Bronx River! Leave the concrete jungle behind and immerse yourself in Treetop Adventure.
Unicorn Yoga Rainbow Adventure
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/04/2020 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
It's time to soar across the rainbow to a land of sunshine and sparkles where the mythical and magical unicorns run free! We'll take a magnificent adventure where we will use the magical map to soar across the river of confetti, and over the laughing mountains into the sparkle jungle, in search of the mystical unicorn. If you love all things rainbows and sparkles, you won't want to miss this fantastical unicorn celebration. For ages 4 and up. Be sure to dress to express your inner unicorn!
Kayaking
Location: 334 Furman St., Brooklyn
Date: 10/14/2020 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse from the Pier 4 Beach! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome. Advanced registration required. Due to COVID-19, limited capacity is available. Walk ups will be accommodated on-site if there are still spaces. All participants must sign a waiver before participating. Participants must wear a face covering at all times.
Disney Parks' How To Draw Series
Location: Virtual,
Date: 10/30/2020 from Various to Various
Grab some paper and sharpen your pencil! This 10-20 min virtual series will keep little illustrators busy all afternoon (once their homework is complete, of course). The pros at The Magic of Disney Animation walk viewers through what it takes to draw famous characters: Anna, Elsa, Bell, Tinker Bell, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh, Jack Skellington and, of course, Mickey Mouse!
Apple Picking
Location: 39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh
Date: 10/31/2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Apple picking starts in mid-September and carries on through October, plus pick-your-own grapes, peppers, cabbage, and other vegetables. Kids can check out the quaint “Little Village,” pet farm animals, and go through the hay bale maze. Country store with cider, ice cream, and homemade donuts. Open 9am-4pm daily.
Boo At The Zoo
Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Date: 11/01/2020 from Various to Various
Our annual Halloween tradition is back at the Bronx Zoo. We have family-friendly activities and have taken all safety precautions for you to have a great experience. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy! October 1-November 1, advanced registration required.