Awesome August Activities for NYC Families 2018

July 31st, 2018 by

August 1st to August 5th

Giglio BBQ: The Giglio Society of East Harlem will host their annual Giglio BBQ on Saturday, August 4th starting at 1:00pm. Come celebrate Italian culture and tradition with the locals! The next day’s activities will feature a live band, as well as a statue carried through the streets of East Harlem. This event is free and welcome to children of all ages.

Sacred Art Tour: Speak with Tibetan monks visiting all the way from Drepung Gomang Monastery and learn about their culture and art through peaceful meditation and workshops they will host until August 5th in Brooklyn, NY. This event is donation-based and offers many different events taking place throughout the day. The art they create will be sold to the public and all proceeds will go to the monastery.

Williamsburg Walking Tour: Go on a walking tour of Williamsburg on August 2nd and discover its incredible history on a 2-hour expedition throughout its most famous locations. Wear comfortable footwear and be prepared for a slew of adventures. The event costs $35 per person.

Amazon Adventure at American Museum of Natural History: Celebrate the adventures of scientist and researcher Henry Bates by attending the film screening of the movie, Amazon Adventures, created in his honor. It celebrates his life’s work and accomplishments and is playing throughout all of August until September 13th. The event charges adults $13.50 and costs children $8.

August 6th to August 12th

Guggenheim Thannhauser Collection: The famous art museum currently features a remarkable collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art with the works of Picasso, Kandinsky, Degas, and more on display. General admission for adults is $25, for students and seniors is $18, and for children under 12 is free.

Ghostbusters Film Screening: Governor’s Island will host an outdoor showing of Ghostbusters on August 10th from 6pm to 10pm as part of a new series of outdoor film screenings on the island. The film starts at 6pm and is free and open to all. Bring a soft blanket and snacks for a fun night out with the whole family!

Yoga in the Park: Randall’s Island features a series of free, weekly yoga classes every Tuesday and will host one this week on August 7th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Unwind after a long day at work with a few tree poses and a downward dog or two, while enjoying a magnificent view of the water.

Free Swim Programs: NYC Parks offer a series of free swim programs for both adults and children where participants are chosen through an online lottery system. Those who aren’t chosen will be placed on a waiting list. Lessons take place throughout the summer and are offered across NYC.

August 13th to August 19th

Summerstage NYC 2018: Summerstage is the annual lineup of both new and famous musicians that offer great music to NYC’s communities throughout the summer until October 2018. The schedule features music from all genres. The artists use local parks to host their shows and all tickets are free.

Picnic & Play: Randall’s Island will host Picnic & Play, a fun event consisting of life-sized board games and an outdoor BBQ where children can come together and play giant Connect 4, Jenga, and more. There will also be art projects they can participate in and food sold at the pop-up grill. The event will take place on Friday, August 17th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm and is free for everyone.

Sesame Street Live: On August 18th, one of Sesame Street Live’s most intimate shows will take place with tickets starting at around $36. C for Celebration features Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Abby Cadabby singing, dancing, with lots of laughter throughout the night. Kids will love seeing their childhood friends up close!

Summer Streets NYC: On the first three Saturdays in August between 7am and 1pm, NYC will shut down 7 miles worth of city streets, starting from Brooklyn Bridge going up all the way to 51st Street and Park Avenue, as a part of its annual Summer Streets event. The streets will be closed to all vehicles, so this is the perfect time to grab your bikes, skateboards, and scooters, and take advantage of the open roads! Family friendly and open to all. Route information can be found here.

August 20th to August 25th

Rubin Museum of Art: The Rubin Museum of Art will feature a new exhibition called The Second Buddha that tells the legendary story of Padmasambhava and brings together works of art from the 13th to 20th centuries using interactive technology your kids will enjoy, including the use Augmented Reality. The museum charges $19 for adults and $14 for students and seniors but is free for children under 12 years old.

Jazz Age Lawn Party: The 13th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party will take place on Governors Island on August 25th and August 26th. Tickets start at around $45 and go up depending on the specific package you buy but is free for children under 12 years old. Come celebrate music, dance, and art from another era with other New Yorkers this weekend!

Art on the Farm: Randall’s Island hosts a weekly event called Art on the Farm, where kids of all ages can get together to explore fun farm-inspired art projects they can create and take home. It takes place from 2pm to 4pm every Saturday and is free for everyone.

Watson Adventures Public Scavenger Hunt: The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt on August 25th for all wizards-in-training, where children 10 and up will be set loose at to discover magical items scattered throughout the museum. They will learn about ancient folklore and uncover the real history behind magic and wizardry as they explore the Met. Tickets start at $31 for children and include admission to the museum.

August 26th to August 31st

Armors Art Installation: Fort Tryon Park currently features an interesting art exhibit called Armors with suits of armor on the lawn of the Cloisters Museum. The artist, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, was inspired by the Arms and Armors galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The art is free to view and is open to the public until September.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Through September 2nd, Central Park will host a variety of amazing music and dance performances every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. The 25th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival is famous for its variety of multicultural music, dancing, and entertainment. The event is free and you can RSVP on their website here.

Georgia O’Keefe’s Vision of Hawaii: Visit the Botanical Garden to view a beautiful exhibit titled Vision of Hawaii, featuring the flora and fauna that inspired the famous art pieces Georgia O’Keefe, known as the mother of American Modernism, worked on in the 1930s and 1940s. Ticket information can be view here.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Concert Series: The Rock and Roll playhouse is a weekly concert series that features rock music geared toward younger children. Parents that listened to favorites like Fleetwood Mac or Prince when they were young will find themselves enjoying the colorful and interactive shows put on for their own little rock stars!

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