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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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Virtual Museum Storytime: Tea Party At Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Contact: 2128386878, [email protected]
Location: Virtual,
Date: 1/18/2021 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Join us for a virtual museum storytime brought to you from inside the Museum. We will read picture books about tea parties, and then we will explore the Museum to discover where tea would have been served in the 19th century. Bring a tea or coffee cup, (and a stuffed friend if you like), and we?ll end with a virtual tea party. Everyone welcome, but designed especially for children 6 and under.
Cobblestone Cabaret
Contact: 718-222-1491
Location: 220 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Date: 1/20/2021 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cobblestone Cabaret featuring Live Music by world renowned cabaret singer Amanda Ferguson. Hot Cocoa + Hot Toddies, Savory Snacks, Sweet Treats + Gumbo from the Gumbo Bros available for purchase. Bundle up + bring masks for an outdoor celebration on Inauguration Day! All proceeds to be donated to the FDNY!
Cyber Safety Assembly: All Proceeds To Charity
Contact: Elizabeth at 7189541357, [email protected]
Location: ZOOM,
Date: 1/24/2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The shift to online education has led to a demand for Net Safety programs. To do our part to help students, Dedimus Potestatem is teaming up with HumanSave.org to host an online seminar for parents and teens who want to learn more about netiquette and internet safety. This interactive workshop will utilize resources from Interpol, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and HumanSave to help parents and students safely navigate our new normal.
Interactive Music Classes With BenAnna
Location: Virtual,
Date: 1/27/2021 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Make some music with the BenAnna Band virtually via Zoom! This interactive class is great for students 6 months - 6 years old. We'll sing, dance and play along to familiar children's songs, new engaging children's music and adapted pop/throwback tunes. This $40 purchase includes four 30 minute live music and movement classes from 1/5 to 1/27 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 11:30 AM EST.
Prismatica
Location: Broadway pedestrian plazas between 39th and 40th Streets, New York
Date: 1/30/2021 from Various to Various
Visit the Garment District Alliance to experience Prismatica, an immersive installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms that reflect the colors of the rainbow, transforming Midtown Manhattan into an enchanting atmosphere. As visitors walk through the exhibition, the six-foot-tall, multi-colored prisms will fill the space with reflections and musical sounds, creating an ever-changing light show along the Broadway plazas in the Garment District.
Cardio Dance Class
Location: Online,
Date: 1/30/2021 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
Lunar New Year Yoga Celebration
Location: Virtual,
Date: 2/05/2021 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Long ago in ancient China, the Jade Emperor held an epic race and 12 animals came to compete. It was a long and difficult race and the personalities of each of the animals was revealed during this event. Who came in first? Who came in last? Who was helpful to the other animals and who cheated? Why were some animals friends before the race and not friendly afterwards? Join Melissa the Yoga Fairy, as she takes us on a yoga adventure to the Jade Emperor's Palace Gates! Ages 2 - 6 years.
Star Wars Yoga Jedi Training
Location: Virtual,
Date: 2/21/2021 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Join us for a live online Star Wars Yoga adventure, where kids train using their yoga Jedi mind force to get through the obstacle courses on Naboo, balance work over the swamps of Dagobah, out smart the AT-AT's on Hoth, learn the art of trade from Jawa masters, use the force to locate challenges left by Obi Wan. All leading up to the final test....face off against Darth Vader. Will your Jedi choose the light or dark side of the force? Costumes are encouraged. Ages 4-8.
Forest Of Feelings
Location: Virtual,
Date: 2/28/2021 from Various to Various
New York City Children’s Theater (NYCCT) premieres "Forest of Feelings" - A New Musical. Performance dates varies 30 Minutes Best for ages 2-5. Developed for and performed Live on Zoom. NYC Children's Theater virtual 2020-21 season kicks off with the premiere of "Forest of Feelings". The Forest of Feelings is a magical place filled with a vast landscape of emotions. When two friends discover a lost laugh, with the audience’s help, they must take a physical and musical journey through the forest!
Science Of Slime
Location: Virtual,
Date: 2/28/2021 from Various to Various
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Nickelodeon are joining forces to bring you a kid-friendly exploration of goo. Discover how different species use slime to survive, from squid ink to snail trails to bubble-blowing insects. You will never see nature’s sliminess the same way again!
The Rink At Brookfield Place
Location: 230 Vesey St, New York
Date: 4/04/2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Located on the Waterfront Terrace, The Rink at Brookfield Place opens in November for another memorable season. New York residents and tourists alike can skate on the 7,350 square-foot outdoor rink while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Hudson River and cityscape. Book your time slot in advance.
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!