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Blog Archives - July 2014

The Week Ahead: July 28 - August 3  
It’s the last week of July. NYC Parks continues to host several great, free family-friendly events. While there are tons of outdoor summer activities to check out, we also hope you take some time to visit one of the great arts programs going on in the city. Two great dance and performance programs are closing at the Tada! Theater and New Victory. Also, be sure to swing by the New York Hall of Science to join Mosa Mack for some summer science activities. Now, here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - July 26 and July 27  
This weekend is filled with great events that make NYC an interesting cultural wonderland. Taking place at Governor's Island all weekend long is the New York City Poetry Festival celebrating poetry and encouraging kids to express themselves. The 36th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow is also happening all weekend long at the Queens County Farm Museum. There's also family field day and race events, dance parties and the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Have a great weekend exploring and enjoying all the different genres of family fun! Here are this weekend's picks.

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First Visits: Museum of the Moving Image  
Rather than sitting around and watching television or a movie on a rainy day with the kids, perhaps try this interesting alternative. The Museum of the Moving Image is an immersive and comprehensive institution that showcases the history and production of the mediums of film and television. Its vast collection of artifacts and hands-on activities make this the perfect place to teach kids that creating these mediums is way more extensive than just pushing a button on a remote control.
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The Week Ahead: July 21 - July 27  
This is the last full week of July and there’s plenty to do in NYC. From a Mid-Summer PowWow to a Poetree Forest on Governor’s Island, this week is all about dancing and the arts. There’s also a cool free theater series, featuring Poseidon’s favorite son, Percy Jackson. Check out our picks for the week ahead below and let us know how you are spending your summer in NYC.
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Weekend Family Events - July 19 and July 20  
This weekend is filled with science, art, culture and ... some crazy big dinosaurs. Betcha didn't see that one coming! This weekend Walking with Dinosaurs is stomping into the Barclays Center. The Brooklyn Children's Museum also has events to highlight the show coming to town. The Rubin Museum of Art, The New Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art are all having family friendly events and there are outdoor concerts and parties galore all over NYC. Let the good times Roar! Here are this weekend's picks.
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Marvel Universe Live Invades Brooklyn this August  
If there was a hole in your heart after “Spider-Man Turn off the Dark” closed on Broadway, have no fear. Marvel is bringing a smorgasbord of super-powered characters to Brooklyn this summer in Marvel Universe Live.
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Carousels, Kiddie Rides, and More: Summer Amusement Park Fun in New York City  
Ask any kid to tell you their favorite part of summer, and there’s a good chance they’ll joyfully exclaim “going on rides!” Anything that spins, zips, flips, glides, soars, swings, or zooms is likely to draw even the most timid child in. Although there are some great amusement parks in New York City’s neighboring states and towns, you don’t need to travel very far to find fun rides for the kids. Here’s a roundup of awesome amusement parks and carousels right here in New York City that you can visit all summer long.
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The Week Ahead: July 14 - July 20  
What do you get when you mix dinosaurs, steel drums, Bugs Bunny, time travel and a new science detective? I don’t know, but you can check them all out this week in NYC. This week, New York gets infused with science, history and animation. You can stop by Governor’s Island for a day of family play, have a space-traveling slumber party at the Intrepid or watch dinosaurs come to life at the Barclays Center. There is pretty much something for everyone, including a delightful new exhibit on Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image. So don’t miss out an activity filled week in NYC starting right now.
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Weekend Family Events - July 12 and July 13  
Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink. And that's a good thing because who wants to drink it when you can party in and around it! It's the City of Water Day Festival taking place at various locations throughout NYC. On Governor's Island there is a festival to celebrate the day with plenty of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. If you prefer to celebrate all things land-based you're in luck because Bastille Day is happening on Sunday and celebrating and partying Parisian style is tres jolie! Also happening all weekend long is the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in Brooklyn. So you can mangia! mangia! Here are this weekend's picks.
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Summer 2014:  Theater Preview for Families  
Now that school is out, everyone has plans to get out and take their kids to see all the cultural events and institutions the city has to offer. Being at the center of the performing arts world leads many parents to utter the phrase, “Let’s go see a show.” Though sometimes, that’s easier said than done. Sure, you have your big Disney shows on Broadway, such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and Newsies, but those tickets tend to run a little high and let’s face it, the swarms of tourists in Times Square in combination with the heat can get unbearable. There are many shows and summer theater festivals that are off the beaten path that are perfect for taking families and younger audience members to, that don't cost as much as but are just as enjoyable as a Broadway show. Try one of these performances with your family this summer.

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The Week Ahead: July 7 - July 13  
Independence Weekend may be over, but there are many summer activities to look forward to. This week we’re celebrating plenty of special summer days such as City of Water Day and Bastille Day. Also, this week just happens to kick-off several musical activities around the city, from musical theatre to free concerts from the New York Philharmonic. So get outside and enjoy all the great things NYC has to offer. Here are a few of our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - July 4th Weekend 2014  

Fireworks! Hot Dogs! Parties! Parades! Yep, July 4th Weekend is here again.  Happy Birthday to you America, and to celebrate, there are fun events happening all over the Big Apple. The NY Historical Society DiMenna Children's Museum is having a party filled with historic panache. The famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is back. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band are performing all weekend long at the Bronx Zoo. Oh and there's a ton of fireworks to enjoy! So light things up with your family on this long weekend of F-U-N! (Please be sure to check all events and scheduling in case of inclement weather). Here are this weekend's picks.

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NY Transit Museum Hosts ‘Underground’ Party & Nostalgia Ride  
Hot on the heels of Independence Weekend, the New York Transit Museum will be hosting two fun events that we had to share with our igokids readers.
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PLAY BALL: 2014 Staten Island Yankees Preview  
St. George, Staten Island is most well known among New Yorkers as the port for the Staten Island Ferry. But what many don’t know is that it's also home to one of New York’s many professional baseball teams. Not only that, but the team is a minor league affiliate of the gold standard of baseball, the New York Yankees. Watching a Staten Island Yankees baseball game should be on the top of every New York sports fans summer to-do list, especially if you have kids who love the sport.
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