Family friendly ideas for warm weekends ahead.
With holiday weekends and summer break coming, we’ve rounded up some great things to do for the whole family — many of them free!
Dance for kids
Introduce your little ones to the arts, or a fun way to stay fit for life. Through July 1, catch the American Ballet Theatre’s new full-length production for all ages, “Whipped Cream,” which plays at the Metropolitan Opera House. Set to Strauss, the ballet follows a young boy who overindulges on sweets and enters a delirium of dancing treats (so if your kids like “The Nutcracker,” they’ll be sweet on this one). Then,
LC Kids Dance returns July 15 with a full day of lessons in tango, salsa, merengue and swing with Dancing Classrooms during Midsummer Night Swing (ages 6-10).
Stories in the park
A tradition since 1956, Stories at the Statue
brings free dramatic storytelling sessions on Saturdays at 11 a.m. to the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park. Talented storytellers — often including surprise celebrity guests — read children’s tales from around the world. Sometimes they even feature musical performances or costumed characters, like a visit from H.C. Andersen himself at the annual Ugly Duckling Birthday Party on Sept. 30. This season includes “What the Moon Saw,” “Anansi Stories,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Irish Tales.”
Nonstop fun on the Hudson
As soon as the weather warms up, Hudson River Park becomes a hub of kid-friendly fun. Summer on the Hudson
brings dozens of free art and cultural events for all ages through Sept. 30. Everything from live concerts to fitness classes, bike-riding lessons and karaoke are held along the scenic waterfront; top choices for kids include Play Dates (social parties with entertainers, crafts and games), Locomotive Lawn Live (a musical story time series) and a Children’s Performance Series.
Does anything capture kids’ imaginations quite like mummies? Maybe dinosaurs. So you’re in luck: You can find both at the American Museum of Natural History. Housing the largest collection of mummies in North America with 18 preserved figures from Egypt and Peru,
“Mummies” reveals allnew secrets about what’s inside the wrappings and clues about the ancient civilizations that created them. It’s the perfect way to both inspire and educate kids of all ages. The exhibit runs through January 2018.
“Whipped Cream” at Lincoln Center
Stories at the Statue