Family Events in Manhattan
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- August 1: Heroes and Unsung, TADA! Youth Theater, 15 W. 28th St., 2nd Floor, (212)252-1619, www.tadatheater.com. TADA! Youth Theater presents an all new dance theater piece, which follows a group of kids who learn what it takes, and what it means, to be brave when the sun disappears. Noon and 2pm.
- August 2: Ink Experiments, The Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., (212)619-4785, www.mocanyc.org. MOCAFamily invites you to explore mixed media and ink painting techniques inspired by the museum's latest exhibition, Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink. Participants practice basic skills, and create their own works of art. No previous art-making experience is necessary, and all materials are provided. 11am-12:30pm.
- August 4: Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show, Morningside Park, 123rd Street and Morningside Avenue, www.chrisclarkbicyclestuntshow.com. Professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark has competed around the world and entertained thousands at events like the Gravity Games, the Vans Warped Tour, and more. Bring your kids to the show that is meant to inspire them to find an active, healthy passion and use their desire to constantly improve as a means for keeping their lives on track. 10:30am.
- August 6: A Conversation about Search & Reunion: Exploring Connections to Birth Family, Spence-Chapin Services, 410 E. 92nd St., (212)400-8150, www.spence-chapin.org. Adoptees have the chance to explore the emotionally difficult, yet rewarding journey of search and reunion. The workshop begins with a panel of adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents who share their experiences of searching and reuniting. Reservations required. 6-8:30pm.
- August 7: Hudson River Park's RiverRocks, Pier 84, 43rd Street and Twelfth Avenue, www.riverrocksnyc.org. RiverRocks hops across the pond this summer with a line up of preeminent UK bands. On this night, hear tunes by Temples. 6pm.
- August 7: Union Square's Summer in the Square, Union Square Park, East 16th Street and Union Square West, www.unionsquarenyc.org. The summer series that offers a vibrant mixture of activities for everyone, comes to an end with this last day in August. At 10am, Kids in the Square kicks off in the Pavilion with Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids, followed by a rotating lineup of the hottest children's performers and acts. At lunchtime, enjoy live jazz from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the park's Westside Seating Area. the event closes at 7pm with wind-down yoga sessions from Om Factory.
- August 8-14: The Fairy Queen, The East 13th Street Theatre, 136 E. 13th St., (646)796-3492, www.dellarteopera.org. Appropriate for tweens and older, brings this anonymous adaption of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 8pm.
- August 9: Family Workshop Friends Forever, Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., www.sonywondertechlab.com. Whether it’s mom, dad, a classmate, teammate, brother or sister, make a special friendship bracelet for just the two of you to share, and explore what makes family and friends an important part of life. Reservations for up to four children aged 8 and older can be made by calling. Noon-1pm.
- August 10: Watson Adventures' How To Find Your Dragon Scavenger Hunt, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., (877)946-4868, www.metmuseum.org. Kids and adults will go dragon hunting together in search of Speckled Forktails, Black Grangles, Large-mouthed Undertoads, and more. Find them in paintings, statues, armor, and even musical instruments. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. 2pm.
- August 12: Singin' in the Rain, NYRP's Target East Harlem Community Garden, 415-417 E. 117th St., (212)333-2552, www.nyrp.org. New York Restoration Project invites families to bring a picnic and blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Complimentary hot popcorn will be served. Screenings begin at sunset.
- August 13: Batman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 41 W. 40th St., www.bryantpark.org. Discuss and explore the impact of this superhero on American culture. In case of rain events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, check website for location. 12:30pm.
- August 15, 19, and 21: And Then Came Tango, Theater at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., (646)395-4310, www.14thstreety.org. This show is a celebration of the modern family inspired by the true story of Roy and Silo, male Chinstrap Penguins at the Central Park Zoo who formed a pair bond and caused a public outcry when they raised and hatched a chick named Tango. 2pm.
- August 16: Emergency!!! or The World Takes A Selfie, Jackie Robinson Park, 85 Bradhurst Ave., (212)254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net. This 38th tour is all over the city with this outdoor musical comedy about a New York EMT worker on a workingman's grand tour of the world, who decides to tackle global problems the way he does emergencies of his NYC beat. 2pm.
- August 20: Leggo my Legos, New York Public Library, New Amsterdam branch, 9 Murray St., (212)732-8186, www.nypl.org. Children are invited to sink their little hands in to piles of blocks. Also, bring a toy car and drive around our tiny town that’s spread out on the floor! 11am.
- August 20-21: International Contemporary Circus Festival, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mount Morris Park West, www.summerstage.org. SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents a special evening of circus! Bring the family for a fantastic evening under the stars and enjoy world class performers on stage as well as throughout the venue. 7-9:30pm.
- August 21: Kids Karaoke!, New York Public Library, Bloomingdale branch, 150 W. 100th St., (212)222-8030, www.nypl.org. Children ages 5-12 years old can enjoy an afternoon of songs and laughter with friends as they turns on the mic and sing along to some of their favorite songs. Snacks are welcome. 1pm.
- August 23: Frozen, Bellevue South Park, Second Avenue between East 26 and East 28 Streets, www.nycgovparks.org. Everyone’s favorite animated flick of the year is being screened in Kips Bay. Bring yourself and a blanket to sit on. 8pm.
- August 23: Asphalt Green Sprinkler Day, Asphalt Green, 555 E. 90th St., (212)369-8890, www.asphaltgreen.org/c-2796-p-Sprinkler-Day.aspx. As summer temperatures soar, Asphalt Green is offering the community a chance to cool off—and get wet—at the first-ever Asphalt Green Sprinkler Day. Kids and adults can come and play for free in the high-powered sprinklers on the athletic field at the nonprofit organization’s Upper East Side campus. Flavor ice treats will be available for free. Attendees should bring their own towels. 10:30am-12:30pm.
- August 25: Game On!, New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Branch, 104 W. 136th St., www.nypl.org. It’s time again to bring your A-game and enjoy playing with one of the library's video game consoles. 4-5pm.
- August 25: Up and Up: The Dr. Mae C. Jemison Story, Macomb's Bridge Public Library, 2650 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard, www.nypl.org. Mae C. Jemison instead followed her ambition to become the first African American woman ever to travel to space. See how she stood up to those who doubted her and excelled in math and science to reach beyond the sky. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. 3pm.
- August 27: Tap Dance Performance at CMOM, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., www.cmom.org. Enjoy tap dancing performances in conjunction with the exhibit, JAZZED! The Changing Beat of 125th Street. Today's tap specialist Jason Samuel Smith is a native New Yorker, choreographer, and director and has had multiple appearances on Sesame Street. 11am-3pm.
- August 28-31: Free Theatre Performances, Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W. 26th St., (212)986-6934, www.theatreartsjapan.org. Bring the family, 7-year-olds to grandparents for these comedic performances. Friday and Sunday performances at 2pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30pm.
All Month Long
- Every Day Through August 24: Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, www.intrepidmuseum.org. This new exhibition explores how for many animals the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage delves into the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat.
- Every Day in August: Spiders Alive, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street, (212)769-5100, www.amnh.org. Back for a second engagement, take a comprehensive look at the fascinating and complex world of arachnids. The exhibition features approximately 20 species of live arachnids (including 16 spider species, two scorpion species, a vinegaroon, and African whip spiders) and highlights this intriguing animal group’s anatomy, behavior, and unique characteristics. Through November 2. During museum hours.
- Every Day in August: Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street, Children's Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building, 212 W. 83rd St., (212)721-1223, www.cmom.org. Jazz played a key role during the Harlem Renaissance and that influence continues today. This exhibit, in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, celebrates that history through the stories of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Billie Holliday and Mary Lou Williams, among others. Through December 31.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in August: Village East Cinema, Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., www.villageeastcinema.com. GKids Animated World presents films from around the world for kids of all ages. Through September 5. 10am on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 3:30pm on Thursdays.
- Saturdays in August: Harlem Eats, Frederick Douglass Boulevard between 117th and 118th Streets. Every Saturday, visit mobile food vendors that run the gamut from world cuisine to hyperlocal fare. Expect eats from the likes of Takumi Taco, Jerk Shack, It'sKale, Nuchas, Luke's Lobster, Frittering Away, and Carnaval. Be aware vendors are cash-only. Through the warm weather season.
- Sundays in August: Macy's Sunday Story Time, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212)873-3400, www.nyhistory.org. Recommended for ages 3–7, this program presents children and their families with delightful stories every weekend! Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation. 11:30am.
- Mondays in August: Toddler Time, Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave. at 10th Street, (212)243-4334, www.nypl.org/locations/jefferson-market. Families with young toddlers are invited to just show up for this fun time for babes and parents alike. 11am.
- Mondays and Wednesdays in August: Drop-In Music Class, The Y, 344 E. 14th Street at 1st Avenue, www.14streety.org. Come enjoy the music offerings of the Y. 3pm.
- Tuesdays in August: Baby Laptime, Schwartzman Building, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman, Babies from birth to 12 months old and their caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Space is limited, and tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. 10:15am.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August: Scholastic Story Time, Scholastic SoHo Store, 557 Broadway, (212)343-6166, www.scholastic.com/sohostore/. Drop in for a wonderful time when stories are brought to life! 11am.
- Tuesdays in August: Giggle Storytime, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, www.giggle.com. Come enjoy an afternoon of interactive storytelling— a fun way to develop your child's imagination and foster a love of reading! 4pm.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in August: Dionne Movement Class, Chelsea Studios/TheatreworksUSA, 151 W. 26th St., 6th floor, www.dionnekamaradance.com. Find a class to get your tiny walker or crawler into the groove. Various times.
- Second Wednesday in August: Music Together in the City Monthly Sing Along, Giggle, 120 Wooster St., (212)334-5817, www.giggle.com. Come sing, dance and play along with Music Together in the City. Enjoy an informal sing-along version of a Music Together class! Appropriate for children from birth to 4 years old. Classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for caregivers. 4pm.
- Wednesday in August: Baby Story Time, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www.nypl.org/locations/hudson-park. Appropriate for babies from birth to 18 months, this program invites the community to enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. 11:15am.
- Thursdays in August: Storytime at the Strand, The Strand, 12th Street and Broadway, 2nd floor, www.strandbooks.com. Come enjoy stories for the whole family. 3:30pm.
- Thursdays in August: Kids Music That Rocks, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www.nypl.org/locations/hudson-park. Enjoy performances and introductions to various musical instruments. 3:30pm.
- Fridays in August: Tunes for Tots, Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St., (212)243-6876, www.nypl.org/locations/hudson-park. Stories and songs to sing along with! 3:30pm.