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12 Things To Do With Kids Over Labor Day Weekend in NYC

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so get out there and have some family fun to celebrate (or mourn)!

Embrace the warm weather and head out on a fishing expedition or take a surfing lesson, immerse yourselves in a live interactive show, or get pampered before the first day of school. And don’t forget, while summer activities may be coming to an end, KidPass Fall fun is just getting started! 

Indulge Yourselves at Ample Hill
Various days and times / Astoria / Brooklyn Heights / Carroll Gardens / Hell’s Kitchen / Park Slope / Prospect Heights / all ages

Nothing’s better on summer day than a scoop of ice cream. Ample Hills Creamery churns small batch ice cream like no other. Enjoy classic flavors and try out creative new combos.

Pop in for Gelato Pops at Popbar
Various days and times / West Village / all ages

Or get a little fancier and go out for some gelato. Scoop-free, delicious, and one-of-a-kind, this all-natural, handcrafted gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt is served in a new way—on a stick! Each booking gets you two gelato pops with dippings and toppings.

Hang Ten at New York Surf School
Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd at 9 AM & 11 AM / Arvene / 8 – 17 years old

Take a surfing lesson—right here in Queens! Learn to hang ten while getting an awesome workout on one of the last official beach days of the summer. Learning to surf is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem for your kids (plus a great way to cool off on a hot day.)


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Go on an Adventure at Pip’s Island 
Friday – Sunday, August 30th – September 2nd, various times / Midtown West / 4 – 10 years old

Worried about your kiddies sitting still for a show? You won’t have to worry at this one! Pip’s Island is a one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical adventure where kids are the stars of the show. Your little ones will navigate a series of challenges and games to save the Island from darkness with the help of live performers, puppets, and animated characters.

Pamper Yourselves at Fancy Spatacular Luxury Kids Spa
Friday – Sunday, August 30th – September 1st, 12 PM, 2 PM, & 4 PM / Bushwick  / 3 – 15 years old

Spend some time getting pampered before school starts! Book a mani/pedi duo with your little diva and you will both rock that first day.

Sing Along at Ume Ume Music + Art
Saturday, August 31st, 9:30 AM / Park Slope  / Birth – 3 years old

Celebrate the holiday weekend singing along together at this music class. Ume Ume encourages creative expression and enrichment through various activities such as singing, shaking maracas, and dancing to a rhythmic pattern. Your little musicians will enjoy producing sounds on instruments like the recorder, guitar, violin, and finding their own voice!

I-Scream for Slime-Cream at CAMP
Saturday, August 31st, 11:15 AM & Sunday, September 1st, 3:15 PM / Chelsea / 6 – 12 years old

Combine two of everyone’s favorite things in this ooey and gooey craft class! Foodie scientists will ignite all their senses while creating ice cream-scented, sensational slime.


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Queens County Farm Museum
Daily, 10 AM & 1 PM / Floral Park / 0 – 16 years old

Take your kids to the farm–without leaving the city! Queens County Farm Museum occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. The farm includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden.

Get Slimy at Wishberry 
Sunday, September 1st, every half hour from 1 PM to 3:30 PM / Greenwich Village  / 3 – 17 years old

Glue, glitter, goo—become parent of the year when you take your kiddos to this workshop (and keep the mess out of your house.) Activity is good for 2 slimes, plus endless giggles and ewwwwws!

Improv 4 Kids NYC Live! at Broadway Comedy Club
Sunday, September 1st, 3 PM / Hell’s Kitchen  / 5 – 17 years old

Whether your little one is a bit of a comedian or just loves a good joke, this show is sure to have them (and you!) laughing along. At this interactive musical comedy, you can be a part of the show as the comedians improvise based on audience suggestions and participation.

Swimming Lessons at SwimUrban
Monday, September 2nd, 4:30 PM / Midtown East / 6 months – 3 years old

Make one last big splash this summer at swim class with your little ones! Try out this specialized fun learning program for parent and toddler, where your little fish will explore the water environment with games and songs.

Lemonade Stand Special Event to Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Let’s Dress Up
Monday, September 2nd, 10 AM / Upper East Side  / 3 – 9 years old

Make lemonade, signs, and set up an actual lemonade stand—all while dressed as princesses, of course! And the best part is that your little entrepreneurs will donate a portion of the proceeds to a great cause to help raise awareness and money for childhood cancers, The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Looking for more ways to enjoy the last days of summer in the city? Here are 8 things to do in NYC before summer ends.  And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

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