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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!

Looking for family events in NYC this weekend? Check out storytimes, concerts, festivals, performances, workshops and more.

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Arts, Culture & Fun: Dancing In The Streets
Location: Poe Park Grand Concourse between E. 192 St. and, E Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx
Date: 6/15/2021 from times vary by day to
Join It’s Showtime NYC! for an all-ages street dance class with a range of teaching artists who perform and teach flexn, litefeet, hip hop, and other street and club dance forms. This is the first of two dance classes at Poe Park: Friday, May 28 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 15 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. It’s Showtime NYC! is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Superhero Party In Central Park
Location: Turtle Pond 79th Street and 85th Street, New York
Date: 6/19/2021 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Join Curated Care for a fun-filled morning! Decorate your own capes and eye masks, create friendship bracelets, and finish with a superhero-themed freeze dance! Bring a picnic blanket or towel for your crew while enjoying the socially distanced fun outdoors. Fun for ages 2 - 10! A ticket includes one eye mask, cape, and craft materials per kiddo.
Juneteeth Concert With The 1 Tribe Collective
Location: Virtual,
Date: 6/19/2021 from 2 pm to
This virtual concert is a celebration of Black voices in family music, and the release of a new album of original songs from the 1 Tribe Collective called "All One Tribe." The family-friendly event will include performances, music video features, and interviews with artists from the 1 Tribe Collective. Album co-producers Aaron Nigel Smith & Shine (Shine & the Moonbeams), will host the event. Performers include Pierce Freelon, Culture Queen, Miss Jessica's World, and Fytch.
16th Annual NYC Kidsfest
Location: Morningside Avenue between w. 115th & w 116th Streets, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
As part of NYC's Open Culture Program, NYC Kidsfest will be taking to the streets this year - literally!!! We are thrilled to be part of this creative initiative that brings the performing arts to open street spaces. And have we got a great show for kids and their families! Headliners include: Saul Paul, Flor Bromley, Fyütch, Leonardo Sandoval, Harlem School of the Arts dancers and singers, and the NYC Chinese Cultural Center. June 19 & 20, 2 to 6 p.m. both days.
Fresh Air Sundays: Natural Tie Dye With Julia Norton
Location: 466 Grand Street, Lower East Side, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 2 pm to 3 pm
Tie dye bandanas using onion skins? Food waste - including items such as black beans, purple cabbage, and avocado pits - can produce beautiful colors and is a sustainable form of fabric dye that is not harmful to the environment. Bring your own onion skins to add to the dye bath to make yellow and orange colors! RSVPs are honored on a first come, first serve basis. RSVPs do not guarantee entry. Please wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Maintain 6 feet of distance at all times.
Father's Day Concert
Location: Virtual,
Date: 6/20/2021 from 12 pm, 5 pm to
Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner invites everyone to join her at two LIVE Virtual Family Concerts on Father's Day on Laurie's concert website. For double the fun, a family ticket grants admission to one or both live streams. The Laurie Berkner Band's keyboard player, Susie Lampert, will be a special guest at this show, and other band members will also pop by. Laurie hopes everyone will join in the festive family spirit and sing and dance along. Meet-and-Greet tickets are available!
Rad Dad Portraits
Location: 212 W 83rd Street, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 10 am to 5 pm
Vist Inside Art (1st floor) for the Rad Dad Portraits program. Dads can kick back and relax while kids paint a one-of-a-kind portrait for Father's Day! All are welcome. Advanced Registration required. Times are as follows: 10am-12pm, 12:30-2:30pm, or 3-5pm.
NYC Open Culture Presents The 16th Annual NYC Kidsfest
Location: 89 Bradhurst Avenue, W. 146th Street, Harlem, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 2 pm to 6 pm
NYC Kidsfest is a free socially distanced festival for kids! This creative initiative brings the performing arts to open street spaces. Headliners include Grammy award-nominated SaulPaul, as well as, Fyütch, Flor Bromley, and more! Advanced registration required, welcome to all ages!
The Amazing Father's Day Scavenger Hunt
Location: Broadway and 47th Street, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Meet us on the red steps in Times Square for a series of clues that lead you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way. This hunt celebrates Dads and all they do in a fun, interactive way! The hunt takes two hours. Please wear comfortable shoes. One member of the team should have a smartphone. The hunt is run through an app called ScanQuest. Please download that before you come to the event. Advance registration required, all ages welcome!
Color For India At Hudson Yards
Contact: 2125829280, [email protected]
Location: The Shops and Restaurants 20 Hudson Yards, New York
Date: 6/20/2021 from 12 pm to 1 pm
An event to raise funds for COVID relief in India, while celebrating Holi, the Indian spring festival of colors. This will be a family event in which we will have performances and workshops to celebrate this colorful festival. The celebration includes; a puppet show, Colors of Krishna's Love Indian dance performance and workshop Indian Drummer (Dholi) Powder Play (only outdoors) Indian food, and more. No pre-registration required, ages 3 and older are welcome!
ChildLife Essentials Jammin With You Live Virtual Zoom Concert
Location: Virtual,
Date: 6/23/2021 from 1:30 to
Join ChildLife Essentials and Jammin With You for a LIVE Virtual Zoom Concert with Jamtone Josh and Kara on June 23rd at 10:30am PST or 1:30pm EST! It's going to be a blast jamming with you all together for some music and fun during this interactive and free event! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsduyurjkrEtPdSHFfQ1p_Y8hnaWoFqjI8?fbclid=IwAR2rMYmrvfIvJMYyuL_VtbqW-2npEDa7l1YmWAt5-ZiUKWVPIMlA8pdo_Qk
ChildLife Essentials Jammin With You Live Virtual Zoom Concert
Location: Virtual,
Date: 6/23/2021 from 1:30 pm to
Join ChildLife Essentials and Jammin With You for a LIVE Virtual Zoom Concert with Jamtone Josh and Kara on June 23rd at 1:30 pm! It's going to be a blast jamming with you all together for some music and fun during this interactive and free event! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsduyurjkrEtPdSHFfQ1p_Y8hnaWoFqjI8?fbclid=IwAR2rMYmrvfIvJMYyuL_VtbqW-2npEDa7l1YmWAt5-ZiUKWVPIMlA8pdo_Qk
Fiddle Foxes Music Classes
Location: Central Park,
Date: 6/24/2021 from 9:30 am to 4:30
Join us for several free trial classes in our new Manhattan location! Our Summer Session begins July 5th. Check out our Free Trials in Central Park on our website! Hope to see you there!
Garden Of Eve Strawberry Festival
Location: 4558 Sound Ave, Riverhead
Date: 6/25/2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Visit the only certified organic U-pick strawberry field on Long Island! Admission at the gate is $9.95 per person. Kids under 2 are free. Admission includes unlimited access to U-pick organic Strawberry Field, Family Fun Fields, pedal karts, hay tower, farm animals, spider web, and more. Fee DOES NOT INCLUDE COST OF BERRIES. Every day through 6/25.
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.
Bubble Man
Location: Bryant Park, New York
Date: 6/29/2021 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
We’ve all blown soap bubbles before. But have you ever created a bubble big enough to wrap your arms around? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly weekly program.
175th Dutchess County Fair
Contact: Vicki Imperati at 845-876-4000, [email protected]
Location: 6636 Route 9 2875 Route, Rhinebeck
Date: 8/24/2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 8-29-21 10:00 p.m.
Over 1,000 individual exhibitors with everything from cows, horses, pigs, chickens, sheep, and goats to jams, jellies, quilts and fine arts for the Dutchess County Fair providing the essence of what an authentic county fair is all about. Fairgoers get an appreciation for agriculture, and educating them as to where the food we eat comes from. There's entertainment around every corner with one of the best carnival midways with rides and games and of course plenty of amazing foods!
Family Yoga At Battery Park
Contact: 9177912666, [email protected]
Location: State Street and Battery Place, New York
Date: 9/25/2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Family yoga is a great opportunity to share your practice with your loved little ones and spend some quality time all together influencing your family’s connection and balance giving you and your kids the best opportunity to feel confident and supported. Allowing your kids’ uplifting energy to touch you from within will surely enhance your yoga practice! Saturday mornings through September. This program is for parents and their children ages 2.5 to 7.
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Date: 10/31/2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Experience contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s profound connection with nature! She reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants. Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, October 31. 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
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!