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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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Spring Into Gardening At The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Contact: 718-623-7220, [email protected]
Location: Grounds Children\'s Garden,
Date: 4/15/2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
The Children’s Garden at BBG is thrilled to welcome you back this spring! Close your laptops, put on a mask, and get ready to get your hands dirty with our small-group garden explorations. These one-day programs are a mix of guided and self-guided activities that include watering, seeding, nature crafts, potting up, compost explorations, digging, and more. Sign up with your family or pod for a single day or multiple days to see the Children’s Garden grow over the season.
Hopalong Andrew Outdoor Singalong
Location: Central Park West & W 81st St, New York
Date: 4/16/2021 from 11:00 am to 11:45 am
Hopalong Andrew to play every Friday Details at his website and IG. $20/family, paid by cash or Venmo. Be sure to bring a blanket. Adults wear masks. Kids wear masks when possible. Social distance enforced by Andrew and his lasso! Check his IG Story (@hopalongandrew) morning of - he will cancel if it's too wet.
Children's Friendship Festival
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/17/2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Bring your kids to this virtual event that is run by children and features performances by children from all over the globe. Various nationalities are represented through music, folk dancing and art. The children celebrate their international friendship through experiencing the rich tapestry of the world’s cultures.
Family Art Workshop! - Online
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/17/2021 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Angels Gate Cultural Center is now offering monthly Family Art Workshops! All are welcome. Art activities for kids and adults, ages 1 to 101! Join us as we experiment with printmaking in the kitchen. Let’s use those fruit and veggie pieces destined for the compost pile to create some beautiful designs – we will use the naturally occurring textures and patterns we find while cooking to make stamps!
LA Times Festival Of Books - Online
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/17/2021 from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Got bookworms? Be sure to log into the second virtual LA Times Festival of Books! The event, which usually draws tens of thousands of people to the USC campus every year, will be packed with online author panels and virtual storytelling and lots of events for children.
American Girl® Doll Yoga On Zoom!
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/18/2021 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Bring your favorite American Girl® doll along for this special yoga class! We'll explore pint-sized poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists as we help our American Girl® dolls into yoga poses, partner poses and challening poses. Meet other American Girl® dolls through playing fun yoga games! For ages 6 and up.
New Spots Available! Garden Playgroup In Cobble Hill (ages 2-4)
Contact: Kate at 347-645-2654, [email protected]
Location: 159 KANE ST APT 4B, BROOKLYN
Date: 4/18/2021 from 9am to 12pm
Now enrolling children ages 2-4 for mid-Apr to June. Sun Troop Cooperative Playgroup is a creative backyard for fresh air and masked fun. A few BoCoCa neighbors have dreamed up a masked, morning drop-off class in a beautiful garden. Imagine your child enjoying arts, nature and discovery activities with two energetic co-teachers. There is a strong play-based philosophy with a focus on positive guidance, mindfulness and healthy community. Potty trained only. MTWH from 9:00am-12:00pm.
Party For The Planet - Online
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/18/2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, and the Macks Center for Jewish Education for a virtual celebration in honor of Earth Day! Enjoy a music making dance party, story time, and a chance to explore how we can demonstrate Jewish values by caring for our planet.Don't miss a very special performance by Bash the Trash! This livestream event is free and open to all, with activities that are particularly perfect for children ages 3-8.
FamilyTree Love And Justice: A Family RoadMap For Connection
Location: Virtual,
Date: 4/25/2021 from 11:00 am to 11:45 AM
Love and Justice is a community-building experience driven by dynamic learning and shared values. FamilyTree curates Jewish values and wisdoms to nourish our relationship to self, to others, and to the world around us. Each semester of FamilyTree can be taken independently – no need to have taken Semester 1 to join us for Semester 2! This journey is designed for families with children ages 4-6 years old (siblings welcome!). open to those who identify as Jewish, Jew-ish, and those who love them.
Storytime With The Met
Contact: 212-535-7710
Location: 1000 Fifth Ave., New York
Date: 4/29/2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with Storytime from home! Join The Met every week for a picture-book reading and an activity connected to The Met collection. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Please note: This program is prerecorded. Watch on Facebook, YouTube, or on the Met website.
Learn Spanish Through Music Class - Online
Contact: 914-672-0948, [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 5/19/2021 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am
With puppets, songs, visual references and much more. This class has so much energy that it will jump through your screen into your home! Your little one will learn while having serious fun! Every Wednesday, fill out the form and confirm your spot by submitting your payment via Venmo or Paypal.
Let's Use Our Spanish To Cook!
Contact: 914-672-0948, [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 5/26/2021 from 11:30 am to 12:10 pm
Our goal is for your children to improve their listening and communication skills in Spanish while having some "food fun". Each week we will make a different Edible Craft such as a Duck Pond, Monkey Sandwiches, Unicorn Cookies & much more! We then meet at our class time to cook together all in Spanish. This club is designed by Ms. Paola, a teacher with more than 15 years of experience working with children, teens and adults. Ages 5+, every Wednesday March 24- May 26.
Art Adventure For Kids
Contact: 646-469-7498
Location: 98 Water Street, Brooklyn
Date: 5/29/2021 from 10:45 am to 11:45 am
This one hour Art adventure is the perfect morning fun and an engaging adventure to keep young minds engaged, while encouraging creative development and awareness PLUS guaranteed to promote fine motor skills and social interaction! Explore Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Found Object Art & more! Work with professional artistic materials & learn techniques as you create magical works of art! These artistic adventures are taught by professional teaching artists.
Mindful Journey: Toddler Sensory Story Time Saturdays
Contact: 631-412-2994
Location: 2043 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale
Date: 6/26/2021 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Get ready for some messy fun! Each Week toddlers will experience a story in an exciting new way. Every story is paired with a unique sensory experience to stimulate young minds through all their senses. All classes offer open play, story time, and a variety of sensory experiences. Advanced registration required.
Mindful Journey: Toddler Sensory Story Time Saturdays
Contact: 6314122994
Location: 2043 Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale
Date: 6/26/2021 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Get ready for some messy fun! Each Week toddlers will experience a story in an exciting new way. Every story is paired with a unique sensory experience to stimulate young minds through all their senses. All classes offer open play, story time, and a variety of sensory experiences. Advanced registration required.
Virtual Tour Of The Met!
Location: Virtual Website, New York
Date: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 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.
Virtual Rollercoaster: Skyrush Hershey Park
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/30/2021 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: 11/30/2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy this Coney Island classic from the comfort and safety of your house!