Family Events in Manhattan
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- July 1: CMA's Hudson River Outpost, Hudson River Park, Pier 25 at North Moore Street, www.cmany.org. Make art on the waterfront with activities for 1-12 year olds, including an individual mixed media project and a larger-scale collaborative project inspired by the unique waterfront. Workshops are weather dependent. Please check the website for daily updates or call. 1-4pm.
- July 3: Family Workshop: Fly Like An Eagle, Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 50 Madison Ave., (212)833-7858, www.sonywondertechlab.com. What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by creating your own bald eagle? Learn about these amazing creatures as you assemble, feather, and outfit your own personal eagle decoration to take home. Reservations for up to four children aged 8 and older can be made by calling 212-833-8100 ext. 3. Noon-1pm.
- Opening July 4: 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. During museum hours.
- July 4: Fourth of July Celebrations in Lower Manhattan, www.july4thinnewyork.com. Specifically the area south of Chambers Street, has undergone significant changes from when it was founded as New Amsterdam by the Dutch subsequent to Henry Hudson’s voyage in 1609. Perhaps the period in American history that changed this area the most were the events related to the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. Celebrate all day long at various locations. Various times.
- July 5: Kabuki Event for Families, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets, http://atrium.lincolncenter.org. The color, energy, and sheer beauty of Japan’s most venerable kabuki company, Heisei Nakamura-za, returns with the revival of a 19th century ghost story (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree). To familiarize audiences with the centuries-old art form of kabuki, Satchiko Ito and Company performs 19th century Japanese dance in a format especially designed for families. 11am.
- July 7: Super Scientists, Mulberry Street Library, 10 Jersey St., (212)966-3424, www.nypl.org. Through hands-on exploration and experimentation, plus a little help from an occasional live animal ambassador, students 6 and older will learn to hypothesize and answer questions using the scientific method. 4pm.
- July 8: Film For Tots, New York Public Library, George Bruce Branch, 518 W. 125th St., (212)662-9727, www.nypl.org. Young children enjoy short films based on picture books. 11:30am-noon.
- July 9: Downward Doll Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga, 104 W. 14th St., (646)638-1444, www.karmakidsyoga.com. This fun and silly class is an opportunity for kids ages 3-6 to share the yoga fun with their favorite doll, creature, or stuffed animal! Explore pint-sized poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists for kids and their favorite toy-friend. Bring along a doll or stuffed animal and help them into yoga poses. 11:30am-12:15pm.
- Beginning July 10: Broadway in Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue and West 42nd Streets, www.bryantpark.org. Pack your lunch and head to Bryant Park for these midday, hour-long concerts, at which cast members from Broadway's most popular shows—including Cinderella, Pippin, Phantom, Rocky and Mamma Mia!—sing the songs that turned those musicals into hits. 12:30-1:30pm.
- July 12: City of Water Day, Governors Island, www.cityofwaterday.org. The annual City of Water Day Festival, organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, recognizes those surrounding waters and their allure with harbor tours, fishing, free entertainment and live music, and education for kids and adults alike about the ways this harbor city interacts with its waterways. All day.
- July 12: Family Art Lab, The Rubin Museum of Art, The Education Center, 132 W. 17th St., (212)620-5000, www.rubinmuseum.org. Families with children age 5 and older are invited to explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions and let them inspire your own works of art. 2pm.
- July 13: Bastille Day, 60th Street, between Lexington and Fifth Avenues, www.bastilleweek.com. Storm the barricades a day early this year, as the long-running Brooklyn Bastille Day celebration pays tribute to liberté, égalité and fraternité with live music, copious crepes and plenty of pastis to wash them down. The centerpiece of the day is a pétanque tournament (it's something like bocce, but with steel, rather than wooden, balls), the nation's largest. Noon-5pm.
- July 14: Watch This! Objects in Motion, The Museum of Modern Art, 4 W. 54th St., (212)708-9805, www.moma.org/family. Kids ages 5 and older watch live-action and animated short films and participate in post-film discussions. 11:30am-1pm.
- July 16: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: Seward Park, Seward Park, Jefferson and Canal Streets, (212)360-2777, www.summerstage.org. Expect an hour-long dance party full of contests, storytelling, and plenty of audience interaction. Mixing equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is friend to the quirky and wonderfully weird, so every kid will feel at home on the dance floor. For the grownups, Skidoo keeps it classy and sophisticated enough that they might end up bigger fans than their little ones. 10:30am.
- July 17: Sing-A-Longs with Danna Banana!, Bank Street Bookstore, 610 W. 112th St., (212)678-1654, www.bankstreetbooks.com. Shake, rattle, and roll during weekly sing-alongs with the young set's favorite musician. 4pm.
- July 18: Museum Storytime: Ice Cream, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 E. 61st St., (212)838-6878, www.mvhm.org. Listen to stories about ice cream, learn how ice cream was made in the 19th-century, and make an ice cream-inspired craft. 10:30am.
- July 19: Puppets with Cameron, New York Public Library, Epiphany Branch, 228 E. 23rd St., (212)679-2645, www.nypl.org. Head to the library for puppet shows of your favorite stories! 11am.
- July 22: Think'n'Fun Summer Play Group, Central Park, Enter at West 85th Street, www.thinknfunnyc.com. Explore the world using art, reading, science, and math concepts while having fun and making new friends. Event includes a relaxed setting with music, movement, crafts, stories, bubbles, parachute time and a small snack. 9:45-10:45am.
- July 23: Madeline's Tea Party, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212)873-3400, www.nyhistory.org. Enjoy an afternoon of teas, crumpets, and the beloved children's book Madeline! Families choose from a uniquely crafted menu that evokes Paris while listening to some of their favorite Madeline books read aloud. 3pm.
- July 25: Kid’s Night Out, Harlem YMCA, 180 W. 135th St., (212)912-2100, www.ymcanyc.org. Parents are encouraged to take time to have dinner for two, go shopping, or maybe just kick back and relax for a night without having to worry about the children. Bring your kids to the Y for an evening of arts and crafts, sports, swimming, and fun! After all, the Kids deserve a Night Out too! Parents must provide a snack. Advance registration is required. 5-7pm.
- July 27: Harlem Week, Various locations Throughout Harlem, www.harlemweek.com. What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over the course of 40 years into a monthlong celebration of the community's rich economic, political and cultural history. Among this year's events: live music at the Apollo, children's festivals, a college fair and the New York City Senior Citizens Day "Elders Jubilee." Don't miss the official kickoff, "A Great Day in Harlem," at the General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park. Through August 23.
All Month Long
- Every Day in July: 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. Remains open through August 24.
- Every Day in July: 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.
- Every Tuesday in July: Czech and Slovak Children’s Playgroup, Sokol New York, 420 E. 71st St., (212)861-8206, email@example.com, www.sokolnewyork.org. For pre-toddlers and toddlers, the goal is to encourage the use of the Czech and Slovak language and increase children’s awareness of Czech and Slovak culture through songs, rhythms and play. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the program is designed for children of Czech & Slovak heritage. 10-11:30am.
- Saturdays in July: 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 July: 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.