School is back in session, but summer temperatures linger, too, to the delight of NYC kids. In Manhattan, check out the popular West Side County Fair, a fun art show in Carl Shurz Park, and a day of fishing in Battery Park City with live music from a very famous children's musician. In Brooklyn, grab a new bike for that quickly-growing kid or teen at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble. Ride to a restaurant and sit outside!
But make sure to take a moment and keep Texas in your thoughts due to the damage by Harvey. Our Mommy Poppins Houston site is a great resource if you're wondering how and where to donate baby items.
Meanwhile, as summer fun is replaced by fall's more crowded schedule, stay sharp! Learn all about bargains with our new deals page. And here's a tip: car seats are now available for Lyft rides across New York City.
And introducing: our new September GoList! There's also our just released Fall Fun Guide if you're looking to plan ahead, and don't forget to take a glance at our best events for preschoolers this fall, as well as our Best Fall Festivals for NYC Kids. Keep our Parks and Playgrounds guide at the ready, too, as the weekend forecast looks divine.
As always, our Event Calendar remains ready to drill down to any specific dates.
45th Annual Gracie Square Art Show — Upper East Side
Set in Carl Schurz Park, this beloved annual art show includes volunteers leading kids through hands-on art projects. FREE
Grandparents' Weekend — Flatiron
Grandparents and two grandkids (max) can attend the National Museum of Mathematics for free this weekend (with special activities for an additional fee). FREE
Open Studio: Arto Lindsay — Greenwich Village
In NYC's early '80s postpunk scene, Arto Lindsay helped change American music. He later found financial success as a producer of Brazilian music (he grew up there). He's also an artist and drops into the Whitney to help families make cool foam sculptures.
See the cool objects made from fallen Prospect Park tree courtesy of RISD students.
Witness Tree Project — Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Following the fall of a Prospect Park elm tree more than 150 years old, Rhode Island School of Design students used its wood to craft everything from turntables to board games. See the results at the Lefferts Historic House.
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Saturday, September 9
Go Fish! Featuring Dan Zanes & Friends — Battery Park City
Popular children's music star Dan Zanes live-scores this annual kids' day of fishing on the Hudson River adjacent to Wagner Park. FREE
Load up on cute treats when the Hello Kitty Cafe takes its mobile truck to Queens for the day.
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck — Flushing, Queens
Get free Hello Kitty gear and maybe even some school supplies when this mobile shop stops at the Shops at SkyView Center. Expect lines and go early to avoid missing out! FREE
Brooklyn Bike Jumble — Park Slope, Brooklyn
The Old Stone House hosts a bike jumble, perfect for swapping old wheels for new while the kids play on the adjacent playground. FREE
Conference House Association: 1776 Peace Conference Celebration — Staten Island
The Great Lawn at Conference House Park becomes a Colonial-era party with vintage food, reenactors, colonial dancers, and kids' activities commemorating the peace conference of 1776 on Staten Island.
End of Summer Jam — East Village
The Jacob Riis Cornerstone Community Center hosts a back-to-school festival complete with backpack and school supply giveaways. FREE
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Sunday, September 10
West Side County Fair — Upper West Side
A September GoList pick! This a big one, as city festivals go, with carnival rides, live music, aerialists, the whole shebang; all hosted at Riverside Park South's Pier I. FREE
African Film Festival's Family Day Celebration — Governors Island
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this celebrated film festival, and family day includes master storytellers, double Dutch demonstrations, and drum and dance activities. FREE
Watch a puppet show and meet the performers at Jalopy in Carroll Gardens.
Puppet Playtime at Jalopy — Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
At this puppet show, kids are as much a part of the performance as the puppets, with a range of passed-around props and chances to meet the puppets as they perform.
Washington Square Park Folk Festival — Greenwich Village
Four free folk acts get feet moving at this outdoor show, all followed by a cool square dance for anyone game to promenade. FREE
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