New York City kids love the summer whiplash between indoor and outdoor events, and this week whips and lashes like a rollercoaster: three indoor productions begin, including the beloved, annual, and FREE Pete the Cat by Theatreworks starting on Wednesday, July 19. See our guide to the best summer theater for kids, some of it also FREE.
Outdoor concerts abound, too: there's a free Tim Kubart show in Chelsea on Monday, July 17, or local favorite City Stompers, with Appalachian fiddle music, on Staten Island on Thursday, July 20. For more, check out our guide to free outdoor music for kids this summer.
Looking to get out? We have 30 summer day trips for you. Itching to get out on the water? See our survey of the best boat rides around the city. For more fun, check out our July GoList, as well as our action-packed Summer Fun Guide. Meanwhile, our Event Calendar grows and grows.
Monday, July 17
Tim Kubart — Chelsea
Hudson RiverKids continues to host excellent kindie shows this summer in Tribeca on Thursdays and at Pier 62 in Chelsea on Mondays. This Monday, Tim Kubart hits the stage solo. In case of rain, head for the Pier 40 lobby on West Houston St. FREE
See all Monday events.
See The Iron Giant in a Brooklyn garden this week. Photo courtesy of AccuSoft Inc.
Tuesday, July 18
The Iron Giant — Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
This installment of the New York Restoration Project's Summer Movie Nights series takes place in the Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, with a screening of the animated adaptation of poet Ted Hughes's children's novel. It all comes with complimentary popcorn. FREE
See all Tuesday events.
Compagnie XY throws 22 acrobats into the air at Lincoln Center.
Wednesday, July 19
Compagnie XY’s Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit — Upper West Side
For this July GoList pick, 22 acrobats take to the stage and air at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall for this collaboration with choreographer Loïc Touzé. In addition to aerial feats, expect more than a little bit of dancing.
Pete the Cat — West Village
Another July GoList pick! The free children's productions by Theatreworks are an annual summer tradition in New York City, and it returns with Pete the Cat, the story of a rock and roll feline who ends up attending the second grade. FREE
See all Wednesday events.
Thursday, July 20
Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers — Staten Island
Yeehah! These local purveyors of southern Appalachian fiddle music invite you get stompin' at Midland Beach Splash Plaza on Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach. FREE
See all Thursday events.
Friday, July 21
The Princess, the Cow, and the Corn Maze — Midtown West
The children's book by Amber L Spradlin comes alive in this musical about ... well, the title almost says it all, leaving out some mysterious and magical creatures encountered in the maze by the princess and the cow.
See all Friday events.
Top photo: Pete the Cat. Photo courtesy of TheatreWorks.