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This weekend

  • August 21: Hudson RiverFlicks Family Fridays: Hook, Hudson River Park's Pier 46, Charles Street and the West Side Highway, (212)627-2020, www.riverflicksnyc.com. This outdoor series features family-friendly movies. Films are rated PG. Movies begin at dusk. 8:30pm.
  • August 22: Natural Areas Exploration Days, 20 Randall’s Park, Randall’s Island, (212)860-860-1899, ext. 722, www.randallsisland.org. Natural Areas Exploration Days Come explore Randall’s Island’s wetlands and other natural areas All ages are welcome at these free events! Learn from natural areas experts Explore the Island’s diverse plant and animal communities Each exploration day will be a new adventure! Go online for more information: 10am-1pm.
  • August 22: The Art Yard: Fata Morgana Family Art Workshop, Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, (212)843-9319, www.madisonsquarepark.org. A family art workshop, exploring the art installation in the park: Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana. This is a monumental outdoor sculpture project that consists of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the park’s central Oval Lawn. 9am-noon.
  • August 22: Kids - Word for Word, Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212)768-4242, www.bryantpark.org. Don’t miss the Clifford the Big Red Dog themed story-time. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check website for the indoor location. Noon.
  • August 23: Super Sprowtz Live!Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org. Meet the Super Sprowtz and their Super Trainer Roger for a fun filled show as they share the powers hidden within every veggie and the importance of keeping a healthy body and mind. 11am-3pm.
 

August 15-21

  • August 15: Natural Areas Exploration Days, 20 Randall’s Park, Randall’s Island, (212)860-860-1899, ext. 722, www.randallsisland.org. Natural Areas Exploration Days Come explore Randall’s Island’s wetlands and other natural areas All ages are welcome at these free events! Learn from natural areas experts Explore the Island’s diverse plant and animal communities Each exploration day will be a new adventure! Go online for more information: 10am-1pm.
  • August 15: Summer on the Hudson and GRO Girls Skate Days, Riverside Park, Skate Park at 108th Street, (800)227-2345, www.nycgovparks.org. A monthly informal jam session organized by GRO (Girls Riders Organization). Girl riders are invited to come hold space in the park on these days and enjoy a quiet and scenic outdoor venue to practice. 3-6pm.
  • August 15: FlyNYC Kite Flying Festival, Pier I, Riverside Park South, Enter the park at 68th and Riverside, www.nycgovparks.org. Come and fly a kite at this fun festival for all ages. Kite-making kits will be provided for children and live music groups will play all day.11am-5pm.
  • August 15: Feature Screening: One Direction: This is Up, (PG), Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., (212)833-8100, www.sonywondertechlab.com. Follow Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry from their humble beginnings to competing on the X-Factor, building a massive fan base, and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. RSVP required. Note that your RSVP is not confirmed until you receive a return phone call /email from our program coordinator. You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation. 12:15pm
  • August 15: Victory Day Family Swing Dance, Esplanade Plaza, Battery Park City, (212)267-9700, www.bpcparks.org. Have a swing dancing, Lindy-hopping good time as you dance in the summer twilight to the “Big Band” music of The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. 6:30-8pm. 
  • August 16: ECOFEST, Times Square, Broadway between 42-44th Streets, (212)496-2030, www.ecofest.org. Now in its 27th year, this is an environmental event where people can get information, get involved, find products, learn about services and be entertained by people who care about the environment. There will be a children's art exhibit, face painting, a 10-foot snowman, environmental crafts for kids, Tibetan Sand Mandala, the "Recycling Olympics", and children's entertainment. There will also be food and seminars on offer throughout the day. 10am-6pm.
  • August 16: Discoveries—Make a Face (Ages 5–17), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., (212)650-2010, www.metmuseum.org. This workshop for children with learning or developmental disabilities and accompanying friends and family members includes a gallery tour and art activity. Reservations are required. Appropriate for ages 5-17. 11am-12:30pm.
  • August 16: Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito 25th Anniversary concert/screening: Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, Central Park: Rumsey Playfield, Fifth Avenue and 69th Street entrance, (212)360-2777, www.cityparksfoundation.org. Stretch and Bobbito created a platform that changed music forever. During the 1990s they introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, Fat Joe, and the Fugees through their eponymous radio show. This event celebrates their 25th anniversary with a concert featuring DJ sets and guest artist appearances along with a film screening of the documentary Stretch and Bobbito. 5-10pm.  
  • August 17: Celebrate American Family Day, Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org. Spend the day creating art together with workshops that include a larger than life collaborative animal sculpture inspired by Jeff Koons and Robert Bradford, miniature dioramas of favorite getaway places, making creatures at the Clay Bar, and more. Noon-5pm.
  • August 17: Outdoor Movie Night: Frozen, Randall Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, Randall's Island, (212)830-7722, www.randallsisland.org. Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnics for a night watching the most popular kids movie of the decade. 8:30pm.
  • Opening August 20: Seaglass Carousel at The Battery, State Street at Pearl Street, Battery Park City, (212)344-3491, www.thebattery.org. SeaGlass lacks the center pole of a traditional carousel. Instead, the four turntables are driven by electric motors housed below the floor. Each of the 30 massive fiberglass fish was custom designed and fabricated for SeaGlass by Show Canada. Internally illuminated with color-changing LED light fixtures and outfitted with integrated audio systems, each fish is designed to recall the bioluminescence found deep in the ocean. Open daily 10am-10pm.
    • August 20: China’s Happiest City Commandeers NYC Ice Cream Truck to Bring Free Ice Cream Happiness to the Flatiron District, Flatiron South Plaza, East 23rd Street and 5th Avenue, (212)868-1900 ext. 237. For one day only, the city of Hangzhou, China is coming to the Flatiron District to serve up authentic Chinese ice cream flavors like Longjing Tea and Sweet Olive in a colorful food truck. The plaza takeover is to celebrate the completion of the Global Tour 2015, a cultural immersion campaign in which two families and two storytellers from the U.S. and China were selected as ambassadors for the city of Hangzhou and traveled the world for 30 days ending in New York City. The families will engage with the New York City community while handing out ice cream and sharing about their experience on the Global Tour 2015. The American family will perform an original musical number dedicated to the city of Hangzhou and the happiness for which the destination is known. 11am-6pm. 
  • August 21: Hudson RiverFlicks Family Fridays: Hook, Hudson River Park's Pier 46, Charles Street and the West Side Highway, (212)627-2020, www.riverflicksnyc.com. This outdoor series features family-friendly movies. Films are rated PG. Movies begin at dusk. 8:30pm.

August 22-31

  • August 22: Natural Areas Exploration Days, 20 Randall’s Park, Randall’s Island, (212)860-860-1899, ext. 722, www.randallsisland.org. Natural Areas Exploration Days Come explore Randall’s Island’s wetlands and other natural areas All ages are welcome at these free events! Learn from natural areas experts Explore the Island’s diverse plant and animal communities Each exploration day will be a new adventure! Go online for more information: 10am-1pm.
  • August 22: The Art Yard: Fata Morgana Family Art Workshop, Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, (212)843-9319, www.madisonsquarepark.org. A family art workshop, exploring the art installation in the park: Teresita Fernández’s Fata Morgana. This is a monumental outdoor sculpture project that consists of 500 running feet of golden, mirror-polished discs that create canopies above the pathways around the park’s central Oval Lawn. 9am-noon.
  • August 22: Kids - Word for Word, Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, (212)768-4242, www.bryantpark.org. Don’t miss the Clifford the Big Red Dog themed story-time. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check website for the indoor location. Noon.
  • August 23: Super Sprowtz Live!Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org. Meet the Super Sprowtz and their Super Trainer Roger for a fun filled show as they share the powers hidden within every veggie and the importance of keeping a healthy body and mind. 11am-3pm.
  • August 26: Family Crafts, New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, (917)275-6975, www.nypl.org. A workshop where kids can make a hands-on art project. For children ages 3-8. Pre-registration required, and space is limited to 25 participants. 3-4pm.
  • August 26-September 7: Destination: Star Wars – The Experience, Toys“R”Us Times Square, 1514 Broadway, www.toysrusinc.com/about-us/times-square/special-events/. The store showcases a special exhibition featuring dozens of prototype, original and early editions of some of the best-known Star Wars toys in the world, curated by Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit museum that houses the Guinness World Record-certified largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia.
  • August 29: Special Event: Hands On Demos, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., (212)833-8100, www.sonywondertechlab.com. Just how small is small? Uncover the fascinating world of nanoscience and nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities that explore the properties, structures, materials and scale of this exciting field of science. For ages 6 and older. No reservation required. 1-3pm.
  • August 30: Family Performance Festival: Hook, Line, and Sinker, Central Park - Great Hill, West 106th Street and Central Park West, (212)460-9330, www.centralparknyc.org. Each summer, Central Park Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Full of fun and learning through music and storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more. Pack a picnic and bring your blanket. RSVP encouraged, all ages welcome. Noon.

All Month Long 

 

  • Every Day in August: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St., www.discoverytsx.com. Don’t miss this super–interactive, totally immersive exhibit inspired by The Hunger Games. In addition to being fun, the exhibition is educational, teaching kids about science, technology, and problem–solving as they follow Katniss Everdeen's inspiring and action–packed journey through seven different galleries, including Tribute Train, District 12 and The Capitol. Super fans flip for the authentic costumes and artifacts from the films on display, as well as the interactive map of Panem and stunt choreography feature. Preregistration is recommended. The exhibition continues through January 3, 2016. 
  • Every Day in August: Seaglass Carousel at The Battery, State Street at Pearl Street, Battery Park City, (212)344-3491, www.thebattery.org. SeaGlass lacks the center pole of a traditional carousel. Instead, the four turntables are driven by electric motors housed below the floor. Each of the 30 massive fiberglass fish was custom designed and fabricated for SeaGlass by Show Canada. Internally illuminated with color-changing LED light fixtures and outfitted with integrated audio systems, each fish is designed to recall the bioluminescence found deep in the ocean. Open daily 10am-10pm.

September 1-7

  • September 2-7: New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival, Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave., (212)971-0101, www.nycsalsacongress.com. Salseros and salseras from all around the world come to town with a full schedule of workshops, performances, competitions, live music and DJs spinning tunes well into the early-morning hours.
  • September 3-4: Star Wars Force Friday Fest, Toys“R”Us Times Square, 1514 Broadway, www.toysrusinc.com/about-us/times-square/special-events/. Fans of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character and take part in one-of-a-kind activities, including product demonstrations and activations, photo opportunities with Furbacca and Geoffrey the Giraffe, art classes with Jeff Carlisle, book signing and meet and greet with Steve Sansweet, and more. When the clock strikes 12:01am on Force Friday, September 4, Toys“R”Us Times Square customers will be among the first to purchase toys from the new Star Wars collection. The first fans in line will receive a Collector’s Edition LEGO Star Wars Commemorative Brick, an exclusive, limited edition Star Wars poster and a Star Wars Character Flashlight from JAKKS Pacific. 11am-12:01am.
  • Through September 4: Summer Sports Experience, Chelsea Field in Chelsea Park, 294 10th Ave., (212)255-3705, www.nycgovparks.org. Pitch, shoot and score with this free program focused on developing sports skills. Kids will play a variety of sports each day, and can come to every session, or just once. 10am-6pm.
  • Through September 6: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Barrymore Theater243 W. 47th St., (212)239-6200, www.curiousonbroadway.com. This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Times vary.