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Family Fun Publisher: Clifford Luster Executive Director: Donna Duarte-Ladd Associate Publisher: Erin Brof

Free Things To Do in NYC with Kids

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Check out our guide to all the free kids’ activities and city fun in and around NYC

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Special Spots Museums, theaters, and parks for kids with special needs in NY

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A year’s worth of amazing events around town

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Take advantage of New York City’s wealth of cultural and educational institutions

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rom art galleries to apple-picking, hiking trails to hot airballooning, New Jersey is filled with exciting adventures and interesting ways to enjoy every day – in every season. New Jersey’s renowned beaches and outdoor destinations are the perfect place to start. Discover 130 miles of captivating coastline, beautiful beach towns, serene nature trails, national and state parks and majestic mountains, waterfalls and forests. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy strolling along the boardwalk with the family in summer, picking the perfect pumpkin in the fall, visiting the botanical gardens in the spring and ice skating in the winter. Looking for an exciting way to spend a day? Enjoy New Jersey’s thrill-a-minute family-friendly attractions, amusement parks, outdoor and indoor water parks, zoos, aquariums and safaris. The Garden State is a fabulous place for the family to enjoy art, history, and culture too. Explore unique museums and history villages, interesting educational exhibits and art galleries, plus plenty of spectacular live performances in acclaimed venues. While you’re visiting the state, get a taste of family-friendly food in wellknown restaurants and iconic diners sure to please the pickiest palates! Or plan a mini-escape to some of New


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Jersey’s charming downtown areas and main streets. You’ll be greeted by a delicious collection of unique eateries and one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques filled with sought-after treasures for the entire family. Ready to hit the road and explore? Let New Jersey do the planning for you with mapped out road trip itineraries that feature some of the Garden State’s most popular, must-see spots, plus highlights of all the best places to stop, shop, play and stay. Find the road trip that’s right for your crew, including inspiring journeys like the American Revolution and Black Heritage trip itineraries. The perfect vacation, day trip or mini-escape is waiting for you in New Jersey. Whether it’s whale watching, enjoying the arts or snowboarding with the family, you’ll find it in NJ. For even more to do in the Garden State, download a free official travel guide and sign up for the e-newsletter at


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Things To Do In & Around NYC

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1. Bring the kids to any of the free outdoor movies offered around the city, such as the Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series, the Bryant Park Film Festival, and Movies Under the Stars at NYC Parks 2. In the Summer take a dip in one of the many Free Outdoor NYC Parks Pools 3. Visit the New York Aquarium (for free admission, go after 3 pm on Wednesdays – reserved tickets required) 4. Visit the Bronx Zoo on a Wednesday for FREE admission; reserve your tickets (up to 4!) online 5. Take in the view and fun, and park at Domino Park 6. Walk the Highline, check out the plants and this cool urban oasis New Yorkers love 7. Visit the iconic Flagship New York Public Library to check out books and the Beaux-Arts architecture building 10

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8. Hop on the Staten Island Ferry (it’s free) and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Statue of Liberty 9. Visit the flowers, and livestock, in the fall season enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze at Queens Farm which is free (except on special admission days) 10. During the summer take a dip in one of the many Free Outdoor NYC Parks Pools 11. Go fly a kite at Central Park 12. Visit the Little Island off of Pier 55 for a unique public park experience. This small island uses stunning architecture and landscaping to create a peaceful escape from busy city life 13. Kids ages 18 and under are free at The Whitney-check out art by Edward Hopper, Alice Neel and more 14. Tour the Grand Central Terminal. Check out the oak leaves and acorn architectural

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details, the zodiac ceiling in the main concourse and the famed glass clock Free Ice Skating at The Rink, located at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park-check out the website for free slots Head over to Central Park, where the park’s 18,000 trees turn into a beauty of fall hues; the best part is that the change of seasons happens a bit later than Upstate. Enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov 24th. Located at Central Park West, Columbus Circle, or Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street in Manhattan Enjoy a holiday tradition and check out NYC’s holiday windows. Windows go up around the third week of November. The must-check-out windows are

Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Macy’s: Herald Square, Bergdorf Goodman, 19.Louis Vuitton and more. 20. Visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (which usually goes up midNovember) at 45 Rockefeller Plaza. 21. Take a walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge 22. Take on “Slide Mountain” at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 23. Check out the gorgeous views or sit for a picnic at the new Pier 57 rooftop (the largest in NYC!) at the Hudson River Park 24. Visit the iconic Flagship New York Public Library to check out books and the Beaux-Arts architecture building 25. Visit The Oculus, the central epicenter of the World Trade Center and an architect of beauty that will have you oohing and aahing

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The Steps Youth Program


he Steps Youth Program is housed within Steps on Broadway, the epicenter of dance training on the Upper West Side of New York City. Aimed at growing your child’s confidence in a fun and inspiring environment, The Youth Program nurtures creativity and explores the world of dance in a comprehensive approach that benefits both the physical and emotional wellbeing. Students will have the unique opportunity to train with a diverse and professional faculty, choreographers, and fellow dancers in various dance styles– ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, theater dance, and modern – along with performance skills and opportunities. Graduates of the program flourish in the professional dance world and are among the top picks for elite college dance programs, conservatories, and dance companies, as well as commercial and Broadway work. Whether your child wants to dance once a week or aspires to become a professional dancer, there are classes for everyone. Split into three divisions; the Steps Youth Programs include the PreProfessional & Academy Divisions (Ages 10-18), Kids and Teens (Ages 7 & 18), and First Steps (ages 2-6). Registration begins July 15, and the academic year runs from September to June. Class observations, performances, community nights, and


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receptions give parents and dancers opportunities to celebrate throughout the year. The Pre-Professional & Academy programs provide outstanding training in various dance styles – ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, theater dance, and modern – along with performance skills and opportunities to celebrate throughout the year. Make new friends and explore what dance has to offer your child this year! Classes for Kids and Teens offer students ages 7 and up enriching and fun weekly dance classes. Interpretive movement and creative games introduce children to the art form in the First Steps. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with for more information.



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Special Considerations Museums, theaters, and parks for kids with special needs in NY By Mia Salas


e know how challenging it can be to accommodate your little one with special needs in the large crowds of museums or the loud sounds of a theater. Luckily, there are plenty of programs catered specifically to kids with special needs so that your kiddos can join in on all of the excitement that NYC has to offer. As we all know Covid as well as holidays, seasonal closes and school days off tend to change up schedules. We strongly encourage parents to visit the website or calling to check on the program you wish to visit to assure the program is on the schedule for the planned day you wish to stop by! Brooklyn

Sensory Room at Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights North Historic District, 718-735-4400

The Sensory Room is a permanent exhibit where kids of all abilities can play and explore their senses. A Museum Educator facilitates a program during part of the session, while the remaining time is for your little ones to make their way through the exciting room on their own! The room was created by an advisory committee with experience serving children with autism spectrum disorders. The space is designed to be a welcoming and inclusive environment for all kiddos. Just be sure to let the Museum Educator know your child’s particular needs or sensitivities. Sessions are offered every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2-2:30 pm, 2:45-3:15 pm, 3:30-4 pm, and 4:15-4:45 pm. Space is limited to 10 kids and their caregivers. Inclusive Services at Brooklyn Public 16

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Library Multiple Locations

Brooklyn Public Library offers a variety of programs that foster an inclusive environment for kids with and without disabilities. These programs are meant to welcome all kids, accommodating for little ones with special needs. Read and Play for kids up to age 5 and their families is an educational playtime in which kids learn social skills and language development through books and toys. Family LEGO Club invites children of all ages to build, explore, and engage in creative LEGO challenges. We also love Teen Time for All, which is an accessible space for your bigger kids to design, create, and meet new friends. Stay up to date with the Brooklyn Public

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Library calendar to find specific dates for these programs. Manhattan Inclusive Weekend Programs at Children’s Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St., Hudson Square 212-274-0986

Kids with disabilities and their families are welcome to take part in structured weekend programs that focus on social skills, manual dexterity, and fine and media arts. Inclusive Saturdays: Workshops for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are led by Museum Teaching Artists. These free sessions build a community for families affected by autism and encourage expression through art. Inclusive Sundays: Workshops for Children with Physical Disabilities are led by Teaching Artists and Evaluators licensed in Occupational Therapy. All activities are modeled and adjusted to fit the individual needs of every child. Saturdays 9:30-10:45 am, Sundays 12:30-2:30 pm, register in advance. Access Family Programs at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Pier 86, West 46th St., Hell’s Kitchen 646-381-5020

Pop into The Intrepid’s monthly programs for kids ages 5 to 17 with learning and developmental disabilities. Take an interactive tour of the Museum and participate in arts and crafts. Each month focuses on a different theme. Explore important moments on board the Intrepid through ship tours, movement activities, and hands-on art. February’s program also offers a session for teens and adults ages 15 and up, which is only offered six times a year. Access Family Programs are on select Sundays, 11 am-1 pm for kids and 2-4 pm for teens and adults when offered. Create Ability at the Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St, Midtown, 212-708-9400. 18

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Bring your little ones with learning and developmental disabilities to the Museum for a Create Ability program. Taking place once a month, families explore a different theme each time, observing artwork in the galleries and creating their own art in the classroom. Theater Development Fund (TDF) Autism-Friendly Performances Midtown, 212-91209770 Various theaters: Wicked at Gershwin Theater, 222 West 51st St., and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Lyric Theater, 214 West 43rd St.

Catch a Broadway show with your family in a supportive environment for your kiddos who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues. Since 2011, TDF has presented more than 15 autism-friendly shows on Broadway. Working closely with professionals in the field and consultants on the autism spectrum, TDF strives to make each show accessible and enjoyable for everyone. The Discovery Squad at the American Museum of Natural History 200 Central Park West, Upper West Side, 212-769-5100

This iconic Museum offers special tours designed for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The program was developed in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Discovery Squad tours take place before the Museum is open to the public, so you get the whole museum to yourselves! Tours are free, but you must register in advance. New Victory Theater Sensory-Friendly Shows 209 West 42nd St.. Midtown 646-223-3010. 646-223-3000

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needed. These shows are perfect for families affected by autism to experience the theater in a welcoming environment. Access Family Workshops at the Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd Street, Carnegie Hill, 212-423-3200

Geared towards families affected by learning and developmental disabilities, bring your kids for an art-filled afternoon. Examine art and then create a work of art to bring home. Learn about artwork in the galleries and get crafty with your art project. The Access Family Workshops rotate the exhibition that’s used as inspiration for your art. The Museum also has programs and tours for kids who are deaf or blind, making the experience accessible to all. Matthew P. Sapolin Playground West 70th Street, Lincoln Square

Regardless of the weather, playgrounds are a year-round source of fun for kids. Matthew P. Sapolin Playground honors the former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. The playground is built for children of all abilities. There’s a kid’s garden with accessible bridges, musical instruments built into the play space, and basketball courts with adjustable backstops that can be lowered for kids in wheelchairs. Queens ArtAccess Family Programs at Queens Museum Flushing Meadows Corona Park 718-592-9700

Queens Museum welcomes families with kids with special needs through family-friendly ArtAccess Autism Initiatives. ArtAccess therapists lead families through observing and making art together. Kids are encouraged to socialize and play with each other to create connections to artwork and build literacy. Another resource we love is Room to Grow: A Guide to Arts Programming in Community Spaces for Families Affected by Autism, 20

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published by Queens Museum. This guide details recommendations to community spaces, libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions for developing programs for families affected by autism so that your family can have access to even more individualized experiences for enrichment and fun! Third Sunday of each month, 1:30-4:30 pm. Sensory Storytime and Special Needs Reading Group at Queens Library Woodhaven Library, 85-41 Forest Pkwy. (Sensory Storytime) Kew Gardens Hills Library, 72-33 Vleigh Place (Reading Group) 718-990-0728

Little one’s ages 2 to 3 are invited to Sensory Storytime, where they’ll partake in creative movement, stories, sensory activities, and finger rhymes. Preregistration in the children’s room is required and there is limited space. Another fun option is the Special Needs Reading Group, where you’ll get to read books that help with sensory development. A librarian will read to special needs kids who have limited verbal abilities. Launch Trampoline Park 163-50 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach

V.I.P Time is open specifically for guests with special needs and their families on the last Tuesday of every month, 4-8 pm, $20. Launch wants to be a safe space for jumpers with special needs, so V.I.P. time is a quieter, calmer, more private environment to accommodate everyone. One parent or guardian also gets to jump for free. The Bronx Quiet Zones at the Bronx Zoo 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

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processing needs. If you need a place to regroup away from the activity of the zoo, there are Quiet and Calm Zones in the Rhino Garden, Zebra Hill, and the area adjacent to Bears. You can also check out a Sensory Bag for no cost with an ID, which contains fidget tools, headphones, and other resources to make sure that your whole family has an enjoyable experience. Citywide Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese 1816 E. Gunhill Rd., Bronx, NY 139 Flatbush Ave. 3rd Flr, Brooklyn, NY 1775 P South Ave., Staten Isle, NY

One the first Sunday of every month, head to Chuck E. Cheese two hours before it opens for a fun experience catered towards families who have children with autism and other special needs. Chuck E. Cheese wants all kids

to be a kid, so they partnered with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in 2016 to develop the program. There’s less crowding, dimmed lighting, music turned down or off entirely, limited Chuck E. appearances, and no admission fees! Order off the full menu and play arcade games with adjusted sound effects. AMC Sensory Friendly Films Participating AMC Theaters: Bay Plaza Cinema 13, DINE-IN Levittown 10, Magic Johnson Harlem 9, Shore 8, Stony Brook 17

AMC Partners with the Autism Society to produce Sensory Friendly Films for families impacted by autism. The lights are up, the sound is down, and your little ones can get up, dance, walk, shout, or sing! Check one of the NYC AMC theaters above for specific showtimes.

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oving by yourself into a NYC apartment with your roomies is one thing, but moving with kids? That’s a whole other story. Picture this: It’s moving day and you have to scoop your kids from school early. As you’re coordinating with the truck driver about arrival time, the kiddos are ready for lunch. But with hundreds of boxes stacked on the floor it’s almost impossible to reach the kitchen cabinets. Then, just as you pack up the last few boxes, another one gets knocked over (kids will be kids!) and it seems like this move will never get done. Relax. Take a breath. FlatRate’s professional movers are here to help. As the top NYC moving company, FlatRate offers exclusive services for a safe and efficient family move. Managing a whole move on your own is stressful enough. Add kids into the mix and suddenly things get a lot more complicated. So focus on your family and let FlatRate take care of the rest. Here are a few things that you can do to make your moving day as special as it can be for every member of the family. First and foremost, keep your kids entertained so they are not interfering with the moving process. All NYC parents know that our little ones love to feel capable and independent – it’s the city in them! If your kids can’t stay with friends, family, or neighbors during the move, give them little tasks to keep them busy and make them feel helpful. This could mean decorating boxes or choosing their favorite toys that they want to hold onto (no carrying small boxes). Another tip for moving day is to create


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a safe room for your kids, one room in your house free of boxes so that they can still freely play. And if they start getting antsy on moving day, they’ll have a place to hang out while the movers do their thing. The best part about using professional movers is that you can spend more time with your kids and not have to worry about your possessions. FlatRate uses toptier materials and specialized skills from their talented team to make sure all of your family’s belongings are handled with the utmost care. At the end of the day, professional movers can make the technical aspects of the move much easier for your family, but the emotional aspect is up to you. Kids may feel many different emotions about a move. If you’re moving somewhere far away, maybe they’re sad to leave their friends at school. Maybe they grew up in that home and it’s difficult to say goodbye. Maybe they’re too young to really understand what’s going on, but the change feels scary and puts them in an unfamiliar place. Hiring FlatRate professional movers will give you more time for your own well-being, allowing you to be able to have more conversations with your kids leading up to the move. Whether that means explaining to them what the move means or taking them to their new neighborhood to familiarize them with what to expect, you’ll want to give your kids the emotional support they need. Want to learn more about how FlatRate can make your family move easier? Check out and get a free quote today.

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hoosing the right school for your child can be a challenge. For parents of a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum, an appropriate school setting can lay the groundwork for your child to enjoy their school experience and to learn the tools they will need as they grow to be confident and successful adults. This is why we wanted to share the details with you about a gem, nestled in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan, called LearningSpring School. It is located at 247 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003. LearningSpring School is a 12-month program, and all of their students benefit from the unique dual social skills and academic curriculum. The lower school classes (ages 5-10) are designed to be supportive as younger LearningSpring students develop independence. The upper school (ages 11-14), prepares their older students for the rigors of high school, and of course, life beyond LearningSpring. LearningSpring School gets extra credit for their afterschool program, helping your child and making your life as parents a little easier at the same time. In fact, LearningSpring School has an active Parent Association, which welcomes all parents as members. A favorite among students is the stellar Arts Enrichment Program, which consists of Music, Art and Drama, offering creative outlets for growth and expression. Beyond the academics, why we really love LearningSpring School is


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because of their focus on the whole child. Everything they do has their students in mind. Fun, collaboration and the innovative-spirit are weaved into teambased projects and are showcased at annual events, such as the International Art Show, Halloween Parade, Science Fair, Short Film Festival and Talent Show, to name a few. These events offer opportunities throughout the year for students to try and excel at new things, and the best part is that you as parents are invited to share these experiences and successes with your child. Want to learn more about LearningSpring School and see if it would be a good fit for your child and your family? Visit their website at www. to sign up for a tour.


Our school has small structured classes with ratios of 8:1:2 for our lower school and 12:1:2 for our upper school, located in a sensory and eco-friendly facility with a rooftop playground.

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The Yorkville Youth Athletic Association is proud to celebrate young people and allow them the opportunity to learn life lessons through sports! Yorkville offers baseball, basketball, flag-football, lacrosse, hockey, soccer, track, volleyball, golf, dodgeball, and more. Our goal is to provide positive and safe activities to all children. Check out our website for more info And use the code CELEBRATE to receive 10% off any of our fall programs.

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A Year of Fun A month-by-month guide to events across the city and beyond July State Fair Meadowlands The State Fair Meadowlands is dedicated to providing the best value in family entertainment. With over 100 rides, free shows, and 50 food options, this Fair has something for all ages. Come check out New Jersey’s largest event! Meadowlands Fairgrounds, East Rutherford, June 23 through July 10, Monday and Tuesday, 6pm-12am; Wednesday, 5pm12am; Thursday, 6pm-12am; Friday, 6pm-1am; Saturday, 2pm-1am; Sunday, 2pm-12am. $38. Macy’s Fireworks The firework spectacular is back! Patriotic standards & of-the-moment pop sounds make for the perfect sonic backdrop to this world famous fireworks show. You’ll be wowed when whistling jellyfish, little snakes, a blinking smiling face, swimming chrysanthemums & more take to the sky. Plus, catch amazing vocalists, a military band & more stars. Monday, July 4, around 9:25pm. Free. Visit com/social/fireworks for viewing areas. Red, White & BOOM! Red, White & BOOM! will feature the 1st Bricktastic Fourth of July celebration at LEGOLAND® New York Resort! Plus, this event features a unique fireworks spectacle for all to enjoy and celebrate America’s independence on this special night! LEGOLAND New York Resort, One Legoland Blvd, Goshen. Monday, July 4, 10am-10pm. Tickets start at $67.99. KIDZ BOP LIVE 2022 This is the ultimate family concert experience, 30

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Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo. sung by kids for kids. The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform some of today’s biggest hit songs- go ahead, sing along! Saturday, July 23, 6pm. Tickets start at $43. Thunderbird American Indian Powwow Celebrate American Indian Culture through music, dance, Native American crafts and food. This spectacular 3-day powwow features intertribal Native American dance competitions by over forty Indian Nations. Program features an expansive market of authentic Native American art, crafts, jewelry and food (don’t miss the fry bread!). July 29 through July 31, Friday, 7-10pm; Saturday, 125pm and 7-10pm; Sunday, 12-5pm. 1 Day Pass: $15, $8 ages 2-12; 3 Day Pass: $30, $16 ages 2-12.

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Calendar New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning The largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America returns with up to 100 colorful balloons taking to the sky. See specialty balloons in the shape of a tiger, unicorn, and even a UFO! But this event isn’t full of hot air — you’ll also get to check out concerts, family entertainment, including a Laurie Berkner concert, attractions, spectacular fireworks and delicious foods. Solberg Airport, Readington, NJ. July 29 through July 31, Friday, 1-10pm; Saturday, 6am-10pm; Sunday, 6am-8pm. $24-$40; $10-$15 ages 4-12; free admission for children 3 and younger. $35$90 VIP admission. General admission includes lawn seating to concerts. 30th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival This festival takes place over two days and features an opening day parade, the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship finals, presentations of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk also joins us again for both days. An International food court will be there as well and many community-based organizations participating making for a unique, action packed, multicultural, New York weekend. Flushing Meadow Park. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, 9am-5pm. Free.

August Kayaking & Paddle Boarding Explore the exciting New York waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Set sail from Hudson River Park to explore the waterways in your own backyard. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there is an adventure waiting for you! Pier 84 Boathouse in the Hudson River Park, Sessions start at $13 for adults and $10 for children. 32

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Dutchess County Fair Hindu Lamp Ceremony Dance artist and educator Aeilushi Mistry will bring peace and harmony to the community as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony. The Aarti ceremony is traditionally performed each morning and evening along India’s rivers, in order to convey gratitude to mother river, reflect on community, and remember loved ones.Decorate your own palm leaf lamps and release along the East River to make prayers and pay respects to loved ones. Pebble Beach at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Saturday, August 6, 3-7:30pm. Free. National Dominican Day Parade The Dominican Day Parade is a joyful celebration of all things Dominican. Each year, the community comes together in New York City to honor, heritage, culture and to recognize the many accomplishments Dominicans have made in the United States, and around the world. With music, dancing, and over 10,000 marchers, there is plenty of fun to go around! Parade takes place on 6th Ave. in Midtown. August 14. The Dutchess County Fair Go to the Dutchess County Fair! There is simply no other fair like the Dutchess County Fair. Expect to see animals, games,

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and the food that we all love. Known as the most significant agricultural six-day fair in New York State — this fair is what many New Yorkers and people all over wait all year to visit. It is the greatest if not the most famous fair in the world. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6636 U.S. 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Visit for more information. August 23 – 28, 10am-10pm, daily. $13.50 admission. Additional fee for some performances. The 2022 Great New York State Fair People from across New York State will come together to experience this affordable, 13-day celebration of delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and great fun. The New York State Fair’s 174th edition will showcase thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of exciting midway rides and dozens of big-name entertainers. 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse. August 24 - September 4, 9am-10pm, daily; Monday, September 5, 9am-9pm. $3; free admission for children 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Famous Food Festival “Taste the World” Get ready to ‘Taste The World’ and indulge in some of the best cuisines that New York, TriState, and Long Island have to offer, with over 60 Food Vendors serving up delicious delicacies of countries from all around the world! There truly is something for everyone to enjoy at this one-of-a-kind food festival, including: Live Music Performances, Beer and Wine Lounge, Cooking Demonstrations, Local Artists Gallery, Cigar & Bourbon Lounge, Vampire Escape Room, Axe Throwing, 9 Hole Mini Golf, Mobile Man Cave Tailgating Experience and their Famous Kids Section! Tanger Outlets - Deer Park, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park. August 26-August 28, Friday 1 - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 8pm. $8; $5 ages 8-12; free admission for children 7 and younger. 34

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New York Renaissance Faire 2022 marks the 45th Anniversary Celebration of the New York Renaissance Faire. Travel back in time to an age of adventure! Join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th century English village. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Band. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats. See amazing acrobats, magical fairies, swashbuckling pirates, and more! 600 Rt. 17A, Tuxedo, NY. August 27 - October 9, Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day, 10am-7pm. $35, $30 seniors 62 and older and military, $18 ages 5-12, free for children 4 and younger.

September Dinosaur Safari Dinosaur Safari returns with MORE dinosaurs than ever before in a new experience that will immerse visitors in a recreation of a world that disappeared millions of years ago. See life-sized animatronic dinosaurs move and roar in an accurate depiction of what life looked like in pre-historic times. Storied favorites like the 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex, a favorite species in popular culture that was the apex predator in its time; the lesser-known Omeisaurus, a herbivore that spans more than 60 feet head-totail and towers over the safari trail; and the new Quetzalcoatlus, the largest known pterosaur ever to live. All will highlight the diversity of life that existed 100 million years ago. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Now through October 30, Mondays-Fridays, 10am-5pm; Weekends and Holidays, 10am-5:30pm. $41.95; $36.95 seniors 65 and older; $31.95 children 3-12; free for children 2 and younger. Richmond County Fair The Richmond County Fair, hosted by Historic Richmond Town, features carnival rides, delicious fair food, historic trades demonstrations, bouncy houses, live music, games, contests, and so much more! 441




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Clarke Ave., Staten Island. September 3-5, 127pm, daily. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 1. Sesame Street the Musical Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and a whole host of Sesame Street favorites will venture onto the stage to appear in their very own musical! This all-new stage show will feature live puppetry and classic Sesame Street songs, plus new numbers by Broadway’s brightest songwriters and guest-starring some of Broadway’s best-known talent. Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St., Midtown. September 8-November 27. Visit for complete schedule and tickets. Queens County Fair Step back in time and enjoy pie eating and corn husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, and midway games. Visit the main stage and family entertainment tents featuring an array of live music and theatrical performances, check out local craft and food vendors and get recycling tips at the Con Edison Ecology booth. This traditional agricultural fair boasts blue ribbon competitions in produce, arts & crafts and more. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. September 9-11, Friday, 3:30-8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Tickets start at $14. Harbes Orchard’s Annual Apple Harvest Kick off apple picking season with two days of fun featuring live music, a Robin Hood Trivia Challenge Corn Maze, and a 15-acre apple orchard that has apples that are even within reach of the smallest of hands! Don’t worry about having to walk far because the Apple Express will chauffeur you to the ripest rows of apples. Located at Harbes Orchard, 5698 Sound Avenue, Riverhead and open Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 9am-6pm. Admission required. 36

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Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park The Feast of San Gennaro The Feast of San Gennaro is not only a New York icon but a world known 11 day event which stretches throughout 11 blocks of the Little Italy neighborhood. For generations, this feast has always been an important part of the neighborhood representing Italian culture and traditions. Thursday September 16 through Sunday September 26. See for complete schedule. Admission is free. 41st. Annual Hallockville Country Fair & Craft Show The Hallockville Country Fair is a North Fork tradition! Celebrate the rich folk arts and agricultural traditions of the community in a true old-fashioned country fair atmosphere. The Fair features over 50 craft and artisan vendors, craft demonstrations like rug hooking, basket weaving, quilting, woodcarving, and woodworking, live music, children’s activities and games, guided museum tours, livestock and farm animals- goats, horses, pigs, cows, and more! 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, 631-2985292. September 17 and September 18, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm. $10.

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nual Harvest Festival! Don’t miss the kick-off procession, arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games and more—including their signature pumpkin patch. Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, Downtown Brooklyn. Saturday, October 22, 11am-4pm. Free. Brick-or-Treat Don your Halloween costume for the 2022 Brick or Treat featuring an all-new show line up, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO® characters, a brand new 4D movie, “Monster Party!” and grab loads of sweets and treats at trick-or-treating stations, located along dedicated paths. LEGOLAND New York Resort, One Legoland Blvd, Goshen. Select weekends in October. Tickets start at $67.99. New York Comic Con Geek out and experience the best in pop culture because no matter what fandom you’re passionate about, it’s waiting for you at New York Comic Con. Be inspired by awardwinning comic artists and Japanese anime creators. Get star struck over your favorite TV and film idols. Treat yourself to exclusive fandom gear and unique artwork. But most importantly, create all of those memories with the people you care about the most. Javits Center, 429 11th Ave in NYC. October 6-9, Thursday-Saturday, 10am-7pm and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Tickets start at $25 per child ages 6-12 and $65 per adult per day. 78th Annual Columbus Day Parade The annual Columbus Day Parade is the largest celebration of Italian American heritage and culture in the United States. Marching bands, floats and over 100 marching groups will make their way up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 72nd Street. Monday, October 10, 2022, beginning at 11:30 am. Free. The parade will air live on WABC-TV from 12 noon to 3 pm. Village Halloween Parade This annual parade features tens of thousands 38

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of costumed marchers, hundreds of Halloween characters, including giant masks and puppets, dozens of marching bands playing music from around the world, stilt walkers, jugglers, break dancers and other street performers participate in the Parade. A family event, thus serving as a form of creative and positive expression for young people in a safe, celebrative environment. For more information visit Spring Street, Lower Manhattan. Monday, October 31, 7pm. Free. Watch on NY1 at 8pm. Halloween on the Farm Wear your costume to the farm for this Halloween spooktacular for kids and their grown-ups. Your experience will feature a DJ dance party, The Amazing Maize Maze, trickor-treating, a spooky farmhouse, Halloween hayrides, and more! Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. Sunday, October 30, 11am–4pm. $20 per person, free for children younger than 3. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, curling, the Holiday Shops, rinkside eats and drinks and more. Bryant Park is located between Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. The Village opens in late October. The Holiday Shops will remain open until early January and the rink will remain open through March.

November Autumn Dance Celebration Celebrate American Indian Culture through music and dance! Among many Native American tribes, it is a tradition to celebrate and give thanks in autumn for the bountiful summer harvest. Autumn Dance Celebration

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showcases a variety of Native American dances outdoors at Queens Farm performed by representatives of eight Indian Nations. The dancers will perform in full regalia and each dance’s origins are explained. This event also features a Native American Craft & Food Market with authentic art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. Sunday, November 13, 11am-4pm. Admission to the Farm Grounds & Market Admission is free. Performance area admission is $15; $10 ages 4-11. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Circus Vazquez The circus is coming to town with acts that will keep you on the edge of your seat with tumblers, acrobats, X-Metal Riders and so much more! Citi Field, 41 Seaver Way, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. November

18-December 11, Mondays-Fridays, 7:30pm; Saturdays, 12pm, 3pm and 7pm; Sunday, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. Tickets start at $40. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes When you think of Christmas in New York City, The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes is the first thing that comes to mind. Performed annually since 1933, the show features more than 140 performers and an original musical score, and combines singing, dancing, and humor with traditional scenes. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown. Performances run November 18-January 2, daily. Tickets start at $49. Bluey’s Big Play Bluey’s Big Play is a brand-new theatrical

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adaptation of the Emmy ® award-winning children’s television series, with an original story by Bluey creator Joe Brumm, and new music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush. Join the Heelers in their first live theater show made just for you, featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life. Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown. November 18-November 20, Friday at 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am, 2pm, and 5:30pm. Tickets start at $35. Holiday Train Show Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials — all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, (718) 817– 8700, Free with price of admission. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Bring the family together to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which celebrates its 94th year lining the streets of Manhattan. Central Park West, Columbus Circle, or Sixth Avenue between Central Park South and 38th Street in Manhattan, 212- 494–4495, macys. com. Thursday, November 24, 2022, 9 am- noon in all time zones. Holiday Windows A fun and free holiday tradition is the unveiling of NYC holiday windows. Windows go up around the third week of November. In years past, we saw holiday window displays of whimsy, like Saks’s take on Frozen 2; of the fantastical, such as Bloomingdale’s Out of this World display; of snowy, holiday villages as seen in the American Girl display, and even of edible delights shown in Bergdorf Goodman’s unique candy display. Some of the mustcheck-out windows are Bloomingdale’s, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Macy’s: Herald Square, 42

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, and American Girl (Midtown).

December Holiday Bricktacular Bring your LEGO obsessed kids to the 1st ever Christmas Bricktacular! This jolly time of year features unforgettable seasonal shows, holiday characters, special treats, LEGO® activities, twinkling lights and more during Holidays at LEGOLAND® ! LEGOLAND New York Resort, One Legoland Blvd, Goshen. Select weekends in October. Weekends beginning November 24. Tickets start at $67.99. George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” This memorable holiday tradition features old-fashioned costumes, a tree that grows before your eyes, crystal-shaped snowflakes, and outstanding choreography by New York City Ballet. David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan, 212-496–0600, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will arrive the first week of December and remain lit, and can be viewed until the first week of January 2022. 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111 Times are usually from 5:30 am to

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Santa’s Corner at Bryant Park Winter Village Take your kids to see Santa, grab a few photos, and purchase some of the many handcrafted gifts from the holiday shops. Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan, 212-768-4242,

Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting Celebrate the festival of lights with the lighting of the largest menorah in Brooklyn throughout the eight nights of Chanukah. There will be live music, hot latkes and gifts for the children. Grand Army Plaza is located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South (59th Street). Chanukah takes place this year beginning on the eve of Sunday, December 18 and ends on Monday, December 26. Visit for more information.

Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal Kids watch as model trains zip through tunnels, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes, in this annual holiday train show featuring Lionel trains which travel through a 34-foot-long mini New York City. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. in Manhattan,


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the terrain in your neighborhood, or travel to another borough, to see what the New York City parks have to offer. To find a local New Year’s Day Hike visit Long Island Nets Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Day See tomorrow’s stars of the NBA today when the official NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets shine at Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special game dedicated to his work on January 16. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale. To purchase tickets and to see the complete game schedule visit Nai-Ni Chen: Year of the Black Water Rabbit This year, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company welcomes the coming of the Spring of 2023, the Year of the Black Water Rabbit. It’s a spectacular experience for all ages, combining traditional Chinese dance with modern flair. The Red Lions dance to a hip hop beat. The Golden Dragon brings good luck and fortune for the coming year. Dancers, acrobats and musicians perform in dazzling red and gold costumes. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark. Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2pm. Tickets are $27$35. Museum of Illusions Nothing is what it seems – especially in the Museum of Illusions! Enjoy a collection of holograms, be sure to look closely at every optical illusion, and observe each installation thoroughly. You will come to understand why your eyes see things which your mind cannot initially comprehend and with photos that make your friends ask “how did you do that?!” Make sure you visit their playroom with its intriguing and educational games and puzzles. Museum of Illusions, 77 8th Ave, Meatpacking 46

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Nai-Ni Chen at NJPAC District. Admission is $20-$24. https://newyork. Brooklyn Children’s Museum Spend a cold winter day indoors while your kids enjoy fun, educational exhibits that teach them about world cultures, history, science and nature, including live animals and a collection of 30,000 historical artifacts. Kids under age 5 can visit a special area with activities geared toward younger children. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. in Brooklyn, 718-735-4400, $13, free for babies younger than 1 year; Amazon Free Hours every Thursday from 2–5pm. Sloomoo Institute Sloomoo immerses you in a transformative world of touch, sound, scent, and sight. A mix of science and magic, the space is full of compounds from slime to kinetic sand to new innovations that entertain, soothe and surprise, otherworldly CGI videos, kaleidoscopic glow-in-the-dark moments, a 150-foot DIY bar to design your own slime (there are 4,320,000 unique combinations), and more. Every element of the experience was created to awaken your spirit with creative fun. Sloomoo Institute, 475 Broadway, SoHo. Admission starts at $39. sloomooinstitute. com

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Children’s Museum of Manhattan February is full of reasons to celebrate, and CMOM wants to celebrate with you! From Black History Month, to the Lunar New Year, to Valentine’s Day, explore these special days with programming meant to uplift and educate your little learners. CMOM is dedicated to cultivating a love of learning and offers imaginative and enriching exhibitions and programs that support, challenge, and inspire. CMOM is located in The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, Upper West Side. Tickets are $12-$15. Batman x SPYSCAPE BATMAN x SPYSCAPE will take fans on a top-secret mission where they become recruits and the eyes and ears for the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman. The adventure plays 48

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out in an immersive physical world of rich media and interactivity enhanced by a real time / real world mobile app allowing fans to participate in the physical experience, while gathering intel and communicating with some of Gotham City’s most compelling characters through the app, for a unique and elevated experience. So, will you answer the Batsignal? SPYSCAPE, 928 8th Ave., Midtown Manhattan. From $29 for adults and $22 for children. Skyline Drive-In Take in an incredible view and a movie at the Skyline Drive-In NYC! Located in Greenpoint and situated on the East River, the outdoor cinema boasts the Manhattan skyline as its stunning backdrop. Skyline Drive-In, 1 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, $55.00 for a car (up to 7 passengers), $22 single outdoor seat, open 7 days a week. New York Hall of Science As New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, NYSCI holds more than 400 hands-on exhibits that explore biology, chemistry, and physics that will inspire your young scientists. Fun fact: The New York Hall of Science occupies one of the few remaining structures from the 1964 New York World’s Fair. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona. $14-$16, $11 children, students, and seniors.

March New York International Children’s Film Festival The New York International Children’s Film Festival is packed with premieres, special guests, and thoughtful films for all ages. See films featuring stories from down the block to across the pond. The Orchid Show Enter a world of color with vivid installations and thousands of beautiful orchids showcased

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to show the complexity of these striking flowers in a Victorian-style glasshouse. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx, 718-817–8700, 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Celebrate Irish heritage and stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for Irish music, entertainment, and all things green! Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street in Manhattan, Friday, March 17, 2023, 11 am. Free. Macy’s Flower Show A sure sign of spring is the Macy’s Flower Show! Thousands of stunning flowers & lush plants transform the store into one of the most colorful destinations in NYC. Over the course of two weeks, beautiful blossoms will brighten up this Herald Square institution. Go on, stop and smell the roses…and the tulips, and all of the other blooms! Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W 34th St., Herald Square. Free.

carnival of fun. The world’s greatest acrobats will perform thrilling stunts including juggling, tumbling, contortion, rope walking, trick cycling and gymnastics. They’ll push the limits of human ability. They’ll defy gravity right before your eyes. Bring the whole family to experience this showcase of daring athletics and dazzling artistry. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark. Saturday, April 1, 3pm and 7:30pm. $49-$59. New York International Auto Show New and exciting exhibits will be showcased with the very best that the automobile industry has to offer in an exciting and unique way. With the largest electric vehicle test track ever created at an auto show, interactive displays, and concept cars that you won’t believe, you’ll quickly learn that you don’t need to be old enough to drive to enjoy this Auto Show. April 7-16, 2023. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street.

Queens Zoo The Queens Zoo is worth the trip just for all the exciting animals that live there alone: coyotes, bison, bears, pumas, rabbits, cows, ducks, sea lions, and more. Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St. in Corona, Queens, (718) 271–1500, Adult $9.95, child (ages 3-12) $6.95, senior $7.95, free for children 2 and under.

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival Since the 1870’s, Fifth Avenue has become the place to show off your Easter finery and your best bonnets. If you don’t have one, that’s OK, you’ll still want to be there to see everyone elses over the top chapeaus! Sunday, April 9, 2023. 10am-4pm. Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. Free.

Central Park Carousel Celebrate spring at one of the most famous and biggest merry-go-rounds in the city. Central Park Carousel, mid-park at 65th Street in Manhattan, 212-439–6900, centralparknyc. org. 10 am–6 pm. $3.25 per person per ride.

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May CradleCon Get ready to celebrate all things comic book culture! Take this opportunity to meet local comic book creators, to hunt for rare books and toys, to get your game on and show off that cosplay! This spectacular yet intimate experience is for fans of all ages to gather, socialize, and be passionate about what they love. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. Saturday, May 20, 10am-6pm and Sunday, May 21, 10am-5pm. Bethpage Air Show The annual Jones Beach Air Show will feature The United States Army Golden Knights along with other military and civilian performers. Be sure to arrive early for this Long Island Memorial Day Weekend tradition. Jones Beach, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. May 27 and 28, 10am-3pm. Springtime At Wave Hill Spring is the perfect time to take your kids to this spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center in Riverdale, overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. The landscape of Wave Hill is one of the most beautiful spots in the city! Wave Hill, W. 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Bronx, (718) 549–3200, Adults $10, children $4, students and seniors $6, free for 52

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members and children under 6. Le Carrousel at Bryant Park Stop by Bryant Park to take a ride on the French-inspired carousel. The brightly colored animals and French cabaret music are features you will want to see and hear for yourself. Bryant Park, between 40th-42nd Streets and FifthSixth Avenues in Manhattan, (212) 768–4242, 11 am–7 pm. $3 per ride. Prospect Park Zoo Take a springtime trip to the Prospect Park Zoo. See red pandas, Palla’s cats, sea lions, Juliana Pigs — and many more. Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, (718) 399–7339, Monday through Friday 10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays 10 am–5:30 pm. Adults 13 and up $10, children 3–12 $7, seniors $8, free for children 2 and under. Fleet Week New York Families will enjoy this seven-day celebration to honor members of the US Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. Visit ships (which are open to the public), enjoy military band concerts, and see exhibits held throughout the city leading up to Memorial Day. Various locations throughout Manhattan, fleetweeknewy​, May 25th -May29th, Free.

June Puerto Rican Day Parade Celebrate the best of Puerto Rican culture, achievement and legacy with music, dance and colorful displays of cultural pride. The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and has grown to become one of the largest parades in the United States. June 11, 11am. Free. NYC Public Pools Open Taking a dip in the pool is arguably the most popular way to cool down under the summer

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The Best Places to Enjoy Nature in NYC By Jenna Fanelli & Courtney Ingalls, Donna Duarte-Ladd & Katrina Makayan


hether you live in NYC or are visiting, it is easy to forget that breathtaking nature spots are nestled amongst the skyscrapers and honking cars. While it can be hard to whittle down a list of favorites – here are a few spots to visit and enjoy nature. Depending on the season, you’ll find where to see blooming flowers during the warm months, the best spots for fall foliage, and where to enjoy the snow in the winter.

Spring-Summer Spots Central Park: The Ramble Mid-Park between 73rd and 79th

A part of the famous Central Park Conservancy, The Ramble is a 36-acre wild garden where you can walk around and discover forest gardens and get lost within the beautiful scenery. It is also the center of birding activity within the park with over 230 species spotted. Learn more: Central Park: Harlem Meer East Side between 106th and 110th

Head to this park to catch a glimpse of wildlife, such as fish, turtles, and waterfowl. In addition to enjoying the landscape, families can also have fun with catchand-release fishing, park-related tours and exhibits, and skating or swimming at Lasker Rink. Learn more: Gardens of The Battery State Street and Battery Place 56

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Enjoy waterfront views and gardens which boast beautiful plants of all kinds. Check out the cannons that once fortified the walls of Castle Clinton. And, if you want to take the little ones to see the Statue of Liberty without the hassle of catching the ferry, this is the perfect place with a clear view from the park! Learn More: Fort Tyron Park W 192 St To Dyckman St

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above the Hudson River, this park is home to acres of elm trees, heaths, and heathers that are in full bloom during the summer. You can even find online resources to take with you on your visit which will guide you through the Birds of Cabrini Woods Nature Sanctuary and the Fort Tyron Kids Nature Scavenger Hunt. Learn more: 91st Street Garden W 91st St.

Visit this nature scene that is home to hundreds of flowers, blooming roses of Sharon trees, giant hibiscus flowers, and monarch and swallowtail butterflies. This block has been carefully curated to create a peaceful atmosphere away from the bustling streets where you can immerse yourself in NYC’s nature. Learn more: Prospect Park: The Penninsula and the Lullwater Well House Dr.

The Peninsula overlooking Prospect Lake is a fantastic place for families to observe birds and ducks, as well as enjoy the restored, scenic views that are home to park wildlife. Along the north edge of the Peninsula, a footpath gracefully leads you under the Terrace bridge, along which the Lullwater proceeds. Nature thrives at the Lullwater, a 16.8-acre wetland in the heart of Brooklyn that leads from the Nethermead into the lake, which houses a variety of waterfowl and green heron. Learn more: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: West Pond Cross Bay Blvd.

Renowned as a prime birding spot, the 9,000-acre Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge attracts thousands of land and shore birds who stop there during migration. The wide variety of bird species and the wellpositioned benches around the trail at the 58

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44-acre West Pond provide kids and families a remarkable place for bird watching. Learn more: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: Big John’s Pond Cross Bay Blvd.

Big John’s Pond is significantly smaller than West Pond. However, the duck blind designed specifically for observing wildlife and nature is a very popular place to bird watch around the pond. Learn more: Pelham Bay Park: Twin Island Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue

Located off of the northernmost section of Orchard Beach is Pelham Bay Park’s Twin Island. A hike to the top provides beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. For a long hike, check out, Kazimiroff Nature Trail on Hunter Island. Learn more: Wave Hill: Wild Garden 4900 Independence Ave.

Located at the highest point in Wave Hill, the Wild Garden is a great place to sit back and admire beautiful scenery and nature. Visitors can travel through the many winding paths of the garden to explore or there is the option of sitting and relaxing on the bench in the gazebo! Learn More: Staten Island Greenbelt: Moses Mountain 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island NY

Families will be amazed by the tranquility of Staten Island Greenbelt, which consists of a contiguous series of forests, meadows, wetlands, ponds, and parks. At the heart of the Greenbelt, Moses Mountain is a premier place for families and kids to enjoy the thrill of nature. Moses Mountain hikers will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Greenbelt and New Jersey’s Atlantic Highlands. Learn more:




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Fall-Winter Spots Alley Pond Park Little Neck Bay, L.I.E., Union Tpk, bet. Springfield Blvd, Douglaston Pkwy, Hanford St

This park located in Queens offers various glimpses into New York’s history, geologic past, and even its current conservation efforts. Its natural features of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, meadows, and forests create the perfect environment for some leaf-peeping in the upcoming fall season. The park also offers other great amenities such as playgrounds, barbeque areas, and various hiking trails. Randall’s Island Park 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY

Randall’s Island Park has various ways to enjoy its recreational space. There are approximately ten miles of biking trails and pedestrian pathways, making it a getaway to admire nature while in the city. Over nine miles of waterfront pathways and fall activities are back so make sure to check out the site’s calendar. New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY

The garden consists of 250 acres situated in the Bronx, which for many is no more than an hour-ish train ride away. Fall Foliage tours start in November, and we suggest keeping an eye on their site for more information once the tours start to be listed. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY

A New York Family favorite – this garden located within Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is a quick train ride away for an autumn Saturday of leaf-peeping. Make sure you check out what events are happening the day you visit like Fall Bird Walks with NYC Audubon-many included with admission or a small fee. 60

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Van Cortlandt Park Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park S, The Bronx, NY

Ranked as New York City’s third-largest park, Van Cortlandt park spans over a thousand acres with ridges and valleys highlighting the Bronx. With various playing fields and playgrounds scattered throughout the park and oak forests surrounding them, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for an autumn trip. Alley Pond Park Little Neck Bay, L.I.E., Union Tpk, bet. Springfield Blvd, Douglaston Pkwy, Hanford St

This park located in Queens offers various glimpses into New York’s history, geologic past, and even its current conservation efforts. Its natural features of freshwater and saltwater wetlands, meadows, and forests create the perfect environment for some leaf-peeping in the upcoming fall season. The park also offers other great amenities such as playgrounds, barbeque areas, and various hiking trails. Brooklyn Bridge Park 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY

Offering amazing views of Lower Manhattan and the Harbor, this is the perfect mix of nature and the city. With various walkways throughout the park and alongside the river, you are able to pass by several piers with access to some serious fall foliage. Central Park New York, NY

Head to the 90-acre North Woods located in the northwest corner of Central Park. According to many visitors, this area can be considered the most natural portion of the entire park, making it a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. To capture some serious colors, walk along The Mall which is located in the middle of the park. It is lined with the largest collection of American Elms.

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The Best Skateboarding Parks in NYC for Kids By Jaclyn Griffin & Donna Duarte-Ladd


hen the popularity of skateboarding in New York City exploded in the 1990s, riders were mostly confined to the areas where they could get away with using the city’s terrain to practice riding. Today, skateboarding culture in NYC has grown so much that there are tons of options for skateparks where kids and adults can practice their skills and enjoy their hobby. Today, families can find plenty of spots to practice skateboarding in the free parks around New York City. Of course, before you get out there, you will need safety geardon’t forget skateboarding equipment and lessons if you need! And remember skate parks tend to get crowded but this is the perfect opportunity for kids to practice their patience and wait their turn to show off their backside.

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McCarren Skatepark* 61 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Astoria Skate Park* Hoyt Ave S, Astoria, NY 11102

Looking for a small, free, public skatepark with smooth transitions? Look no farther than McCarren Skatepark in Williamsburg. Located within the greater McCarren Park, this concrete skatepark boasts steps, ramps, wedges, pyramids, combination ledge obstacles, and a quarter pipe with a sloped curve wall. McCarren tends to fill up quickly, so you’re better off going early in the day before it gets too busy. During the summer

For our readers in Queens, Astoria Skate Park might be the best spot to practice your skills. This skatepark is a smooth and spacious street plaza within Astoria Park. It also contains ledges, concrete pavements, multiple levels, stairs and railings, and banks. There’s plenty of space for riders of all skill levels to practice without colliding with each other. Plus, it’s free to ride.

*The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation requires a signed liability waiver from skateboarders (kids under 18 need a guardian’s signature) to use the skatepark.


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first skateparks built using New York City parks materials. In doing so, it references modern New York and traditional New York at the same time. Located in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, this skatepark is 10,000 square feet of concrete, and it has plenty of stairs, rails, ledges, benches, banks, and gaps for skateboarders to learn and practice their skills.

here. It also has all the features you need to practice your most impressive tricks. Located within Highbridge Park, when you’re heading to the skatepark, be sure to keep an eye out for its tucked-away location underneath a bridge. If you head toward the Washington Bridge at Amsterdam and 181st, you’ll see a bike path on the south side. This path will lead you down to the skatepark at 179th St.

Hamilton Bridge Skate Park 2401 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10033

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Washington Heights is proud to say they have the largest skatepark in all the boroughs. It’s often called “the 181st St. skatepark” because it is just steps from the 181st St. subway stop. Hamilton Bridge Skate Park was purposely built on a downward slope—this means skaters can reach their full speed potential

LES Coleman Skatepark is a classic Lower East Side gem. Renovated in 2012, Coleman boasts an innovative array of features to keep you challenged and having fun, including a pyramid and the big apple. The expansive concrete park is loaded with street obstacles, including ledges, banks, rails, fun boxes, and

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more. The skatepark is located beneath the Manhattan Bridge and within Coleman Park. Pier 62 Skatepark 143 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011

If you’re looking for a skatepark that’s great for kids yet nestled in the middle of plenty of adult attractions, you’ve come to the right place. Pier 62 Skatepark is within Hudson River Park in Chelsea, a beautiful area full of recreational attractions and views of the water. Pier 62 offers 15,000 square feet of space for skateboarders and rollerbladers for free. It’s built on top of a pile-supported marine platform, and its features were crafted from structural foam. As a result, it’s perfect for kids who are just learning how to skateboard. The park’s “California-style” architecture overlooks the water, ensuring that it really is the magical combination of tranquility and

action that it was designed to be. No liability form is required, but riders must wear a helmet at Pier 62. Far Rockaway Skate Park* Beach 11th Street off Seagirt Blvd, near the Rockaway Beach Promenade

This park was pretty much demolished during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It reopened in the midst of the pandemic August of 2020 to the joy of locals and visitors to the Rockaway Beach. It is nicely proportioned with grind ledges, rolled edges, volcano, and a stair with a handrail. At 15,700 square feet, there is plenty of room for a gentle ride for skaters and kids on scooters. This works out nicely since it’s located off the boardwalk of the beach, which is pretty cool in itself, but also this means that riders of all ages and experiences share this park.

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Museums MANHATTAN American Folk Art Museum 212- 595–9533 2 Lincoln Square Closed: Monday and Tuesday Admission is free American Museum of Natural History 212- 769–5100 200 Central Park West Closed: Monday and Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Pay-what-you-wish for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (with ID) Admission: $23; seniors and students, $18; children 3–12, $13; children under 3, free Asia Society Museum 212- 288–6400 725 Park Ave. at E. 70th Street Closed: Monday-Tuesday Admission: $7-12 Children’s Museum of Manhattan 212- 721–1223 212 W. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue Two-hour sessions must be booked in advance, sessions run Wednesday- Sunday from 10am - 5pm Admission: $15; seniors, $12; children under 1, free; Visitors with disabilities, $12 Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum 212- 849–8400 2 E. 91st St. at Fifth Avenue Closed: Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Admission is free through October 31, 2021 Admission: $18; seniors, $12; students, $7; children under 18, free; visitors with disabilities, $10; students, $9 Pay What You Wish is available Wednesday- Monday 5 to 6 p.m. El Museo del Barrio 212- 831–7272 1230 Fifth Ave. between E. 104th and E. 105th streets Closed: Monday- Thursday, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Free: Wednesday (for seniors) Admission: $9; seniors and students, $5; members and children under 12, free Guggenheim Museum, Solomon R. 212- 423–3500 1071 Fifth Ave. between E. 88th and E. 89th streets Closed: Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Pay-what-you-wish: Select Saturdays from 5 to 8 pm; refreshments available Admission: $25; seniors and students, $18; members and children under 12, free; visitors with disabilities, $18


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International Center of Photography 212- 857–0048 79 Essex St. between Delancey Street and Broome Street Closed: Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Admission: $16; seniors, students, military, visitors with disabilities, $12; under 16, free Pay-what-you-wish: Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm; refreshments available Intrepid Sea, Air Space Museum 877- 957–SHIP (7447) Pier 86, 12th Avenue and W. 46th Street Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Admission: $33; seniors 62 and over and college students with ID, $31; ages 5-12, $24; children under 4 and active, retired and military veterans, free Japan Society 212- 715–1258 333 E. 47th St. between First and Second avenues Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, major holidays Admission: $12; seniors and students, $10; children under 16, free The Jewish Museum 212- 423–3200 1109 Fifth Ave. at E. 92nd Street Closed: Wednesday, major Jewish holidays and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Thanksgiving Day Free: Saturdays Admission: $18; seniors, $12; students, $8; children under 18, free Lower East Side Tenement Museum 877- 975–3786 103 Orchard St. at Delancey Street Admission: $30; under 5, free but not permitted on in-person building tours; discount rates for combination tours The Metropolitan Museum of Art 212- 535–7710 1000 Fifth Ave. at E. 82nd Street Closed: Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and the first Monday in May Pay-what-you-wish for residents of New York State, and students of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut (with ID) Admission: $25; seniors, $17; students, $12; under 12, free Admission after July 1, 2022: $30; seniors, $22; students, $17 Open Friday and Saturday until 9 pm The Morgan Library Museum 212- 685–0008 225 Madison Ave. between E. 36th and E. 37th streets Closed: Monday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Free: Friday from 2 to 5 pm Admission: $22; seniors, $14; students (with current ID), $13; children 12 and under, free Museum of Arts and Design 212- 299–7777 2 Columbus Circle at Eighth Avenue

What does it mean to be a Native New Yorker?

Image courtesy C&G Partners, exhibit designers

Find out in Native New York, a new exhibition that takes you on an interactive journey to 12 significant places throughout the state. Open every day | One Bowling Green | Free Audio tours in English and Spanish


2022–2023 |


Museums Closed: Monday 50% off admission on Thursdays Admission: $18; seniors, $14; students, $12; 18 and under, free Museum of Chinese in America (Temporarily Closed at press time, Self-Guided Visits for groups and Guided Group Tours available upon request ) 855- 955–MOCA 215 Centre St. between Grand and Howard streets Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and major holidays Free admission: for all throughout the run of the Responses exhibition, no reservations needed Pay-what-you-wish for Manhattan Chinatown and Two Bridge residents Admission: $12; seniors, students with ID, educators, military, and children 2 and up, $8; Visitors with disabilities and a person accompanying them, free Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust 646- 437–4202 36 Battery Pl. at First Place Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Jewish holidays and Thanksgiving Day Admission: $18; seniors, Visitors with Disabilities, students, and veterans, $8; children under 12, Holocaust Survivors, first responders, active members of the military, free The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 212- 708–9400 11 W. 53rd St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues Suggested admission: $25; seniors and visitor with disability, $18; students, $14; children 16 and under, free Museum of the City of New York 212- 534–1672 1220 Fifth Ave. between E. 103rd and E. 104th streets Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Suggested admission: $20; seniors and students, $14; children 19 and under, free National Museum of the American Indian 212- 514–3700 1 Bowling Green at Broadway and Battery Place Closed: Christmas Day Admission: free New Museum 212- 219–1222 235 Bowery between Stanton and Prince streets Closed for installation from June 7 to June 29 Closed: Monday Pay-what-you-wish: Thursday from 7 to 9 pm Admission: $18; seniors & visitors with disabilities, $15; students, $12; children 18 and under, free New-York Historical Society 212- 873–3400 170 Central Park West between W. 76th and W. 77th streets Closed: Monday- Tuesday Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 6 to 8 pm Admission: $22; seniors/ educators/ active military, $17;


New York Family Annual Guide | 2022–2023

students, $13; Kids (5–13 years old); $6 children 4 and under, free Rubin Museum of Art 212- 620–5000 150 W. 17th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day Admission: $19; seniors, students and visitors with disabilities, $14; seniors the first Thursday of the month & children under 12, free Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 6 to 10 pm South Street Seaport Museum 212- 748–8600 12 Fulton St. between Front and South streets Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Admission: $30; seniors and students $25; youth age 10-17, $15 Statue of Liberty National Monument–Ellis Island Immigration Museum (212) 561–4588 Liberty Island–Ellis Island Closed: Christmas Day Admission: Free, except ferry fees ($24.30; seniors, $18.30; children 4–12, $12.30; children 3 and under, free) and an optional $3 crown-access fee Whitney Museum of American Art 212- 570–3600 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY Closed: Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Pay-what-you-wish: Fridays from 7 to 10 pm; refreshments available; occasional live music Admission: $25; seniors and students, $18; children 18 and under, free

THE BRONX The Bronx Museum of the Arts 718- 681–6000 1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY Closed: Monday and Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Admission: Free to all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bronx Zoo 718- 367–1010 2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY Closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Admission: $41.95; seniors, $36.95; children 3–12, $31.95; children under 2, free Pay-what-you-wish: Wednesday (excluding special exhibitions/ rides) The New York Botanical Garden 718- 817–8700 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY Closed: Monday (except federal holidays)

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2022–2023 |


Museums Free: All day Wednesday Admission: $30; seniors and students, $28; children under 12, $15; children under 2, free

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Admission: $15; seniors–students, $11; kids, $9; children under 3, free

Wave Hill 718- 549–3200 4900 Independence Ave, Bronx, NY Closed: Monday (except federal holidays) Free: Thursdays Admission: $10; seniors and students, $6; children 6 and older, $4; children under 6, free

New York Hall of Science 718-699–0005 47-01 111th St. at 49th Avenue, Corona, NY Closed: Monday- Thursday, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day Pay-what-you-wish: Friday from 2 to 5pm Admission: $14; students and seniors and children 2–17, $11

BROOKLYN Brooklyn Botanic Garden 718- 623–7200 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY Closed: Monday (except federal holidays), Labor Day Pay what you wish: Winter weekdays (December–February), School groups (with pre-registration) Admission: $18; seniors and students, $12; children under 12, free Brooklyn Children’s Museum 718- 735–4400 145 Brooklyn Ave. at St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day Pay as you wish: Every Thursday, 2pm to 5pm. Group visits are restricted during this time. Admission: $13.00 Brooklyn Museum 718- 638–5000 200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Closed: Monday and Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Suggested contribution: $16; seniors and students, $10; children 19 and under, free New York Aquarium 718- 265-3474 602 Surf Ave. at W. Eighth Street, Brooklyn, NY Admission: $29.95; seniors, $26.95; kids(3-12), $24.95; children 2 and under, free Pay-what-you-wish: Wednesday after 3 pm New York Transit Museum (Temporarily Closed) 718- 694–1600 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, major holidays Admission: $10; 62 and over, kids 2–17, $5; members, free

QUEENS Museum of the Moving Image 718- 777–6800 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, NY


New York Family Annual Guide | 2022–2023

The Noguchi Museum 718- 204–7088 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, NY Closed: Monday and Tuesday Admission: $12; seniors and students, $5; children under 12, free Pay-what-you-wish: First Saturdays, April-June Cafe and all water fountains are closed PS1 Contemporary Art Center 718- 784–2084 22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Avenue, Queens NY Closed: Tuesday and Wednesday and New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day Free: With the Museum of Modern Art admission ticket dated within 30 days; NYC residents Suggested admission: $10; seniors and students, $5; children 16 and under, free Queens Museum of Art 718- 592–9700 New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY Closed: Monday and Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day Free: When reserving timed-tickets online

STATEN ISLAND Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden 718- 425–3504 1000 Richmond Terrace at Tysen Street, NY Admission for outdoor grounds and gardens: free (advance registration not required) Admission for galleries and garden tours: $5; seniors and students, $4; children under 12, $3; children 5 and under, free The Staten Island Children’s Museum 718-273-2060 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building M Open Saturdays and Sundays and on most school holidays Admission: $8; free for children under 1 Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island 718-351-1611 Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am5pm Admission: $10 ages 3 and older; free for children ages 2 and younger

Summer & Saturday Programs

The Neighborhood Playhouse JR School

Join us to discover your creativity and talent. Immerse yourself in the dramatic arts. Come to sing, dance, improvise, act, and so much more. My son is going to take all the love and training you poured into him and fly! We will be forever grateful for everything you and the NP family did. Julia P., Playhouse parent

Summer classes for 12 – 18 year olds begins July 18th Saturday classes for 2nd – 12th grade begins September 10th For more information please visit or call 212-688-3770. Carmen Lamar Daehler, JR School Director