There’s no perfect way to spend Father’s Day in NYC — it really all depends on the dad in question. Lucky for you, New York is full of options for celebrating your family’s main man. (You could also let dad take a well-deserved nap and hit these events with the kids.) We found NYC Father’s Day events and activities for all kinds. Let’s go daddy-o!

 

photo: Rubin Museum Facebook page

Head to the Rubin Museum’s annual block party for family art-making, performances, Father’s Day activities and free admission to the museum.

Sunday, June 17, 1 – 4p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art
W. 17th St.
Flatiron
Click here for event details

Crazy for trains? Don’t miss the NYC Transit Museum’s 4th Annual Parade of Trains. Several trains from the museum’s vintage fleet will be riding the rails, with departures from the Brighton Beach B/Q platforms. (The trains make trips to Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway, but riders can only get on and off at Brighton Beach.) Free with the swipe of a Metrocard!

Sat. & Sun., June 16 & 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Brighton Beach Subway Station
Brighton Beach
Click here for event details

photo: via Sunnyhues Entertainment Facebook page

Immerse dad in pure love and happiness at the Happy Go Lucky exhibit at Sunny Hues. The beautiful walk-through installation hope to inspire happiness, positive vibes, and confidence inside and out. Click here for event details.

Through July 8
Tickets: $28-$34
SunnyHues
43 Wooster St.
Soho

Is dad a Deadhead? Then don’t miss Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family-friendly concert series that this day features the music of the legendary jam band. 

Saturday, Jun 16, Noon-2 p.m.
Industry City
274 36th St.
Sunset Park
Click here for event details

photo: Mozart for Munchkins Facebook page

Enjoy a a special Mozart for Munchkins Father’s Day celebration at Long Island City’s Book Culture. Expect a casual atmosphere with top-rate music from the masters, and even a beer for dad if he likes. Kids are welcome to dance/wiggle and move while parents relax. Kids under 12 are free!

Saturday, June 16, 4 – 5 p.m.
Book Culture
Long Island City
26-09 Jackson Ave.
Click here for event details

photo: Rose Hill

Chow down to cool tunes at Jazz for Kids Brunch, featuring young musicians and Blue Smoke BBQ.

Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
Rose Hill
Jazz Standard at Blue Smoke
116 E 27th St.
Click here for event details

field station dinosaurs

photo: via Field Station Dinosaurs Facebook page

Go (way) back in time at New Jersey’s Field Station: Dinosaurs.

Saturdays and Sundays
Overpeck County Park
Henry Hoebel Section
Fort Lee Rd.
Leonia, Nj
855-999-9010
Online: fieldstationdinosaurs.com

photo: Pete Pisano via Flickr

Experience peak Coney Island at the Mermaid Parade
This annual summertime event actually takes place on Saturday, June 16, but it’s so festive we’re saying it counts as a way to celebrate Father’s Day. Click here for event details.

Sat., June 16, 1 p.m.
Tickets: Free
Online: coneyisland.com

Hit up a pop-up shop in Grand Central dedicated to finding the perfect gift for dad. (Wine tasting included.)

June 13-15, Noon- 8 p.m.
Josh Cellars Father of All Pop-up Shops
Grand Central Terminal
Midtown
Click here for event details

Best for Theme Park Lovers: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Hit the road and visit one of the area’s totally cool water parks. 

photo: Barbara W. via Flickr

Grab a blanket and head to the Big Picnic at Staten Island’s Snug Harbor.  Expect outdoor fun and activities curated by the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island Children’s Museum, The Noble Collection, Art Lab and the Staten Island Museum.

Saturday, June 16. Noon- 3 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Snug Harbor
Staten Island Museum
1000 Richmond Terr.
Click here for event details

Check out a summer carnival in Queens at the St. Gregory the Great Festival.

June 14-24, 7 – 11 p.m.
St. Gregory the Great
244-44 87th Ave.
Bellerose
Click here for event details

photo: Escher the Exhibition Facebook page

Check out the Escher the Exhibition and Experience at Industry City. This new interactive show dedicated to the master of mind-bending images explores the intersection of art, architecture, math, science, and poetry. (And makes for great photos, too!)

Through Feb 3, 2019
Tickets: $20/adults; $13/kids 12017, $6 kids 5 – 11 (timed entry; day passes for entry any time also available)
34 34th St.
Building 6
Industry City
Online: eschernyc.com

photo: via NYHS Facebook page

Celebrate the origins of Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery at the New-York Historical Society.

Jun 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
Upper West Side
Click here for Event details

“Bring the Cool” at the Brooklyn Museum
This free festival of interactive activities celebrates the freedom to be oneself, stories and dreams, and imagine a world where kids are in charge!

145 Brooklyn Ave.
Crown Heights
718-735-4400
Click here for event details

photo: Watson Adventures via Yelp

Go on a family scavenger hunt to discover the secrets of Central Park with Watson Adventures. Decipher codes, unscramble messages and more all while exploring the park below 72nd Street! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Sun., Jun 17, 2-4 p.m.
Tickets: $17.50-$21.50
Central Park, 5th Avenue & 64th Street
Upper East Side
Click here for event details

photo: play:ground

Check out the playground kids make themselves on Governors Island (now known as “The Yard”).

photo: Dan M. via Yelp


If dad is an early riser (and the kids are too?) head to the early morning sunrise celebration of the summer solstice at St. John the Divine.
It’s a one-of-a-kind sunrise concert by the Paul Winter Consort.

Sat., June 16, 4:30 a.m. – 6 a.m.
St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Upper West Side
Click here for event details

museum eldridge st.

photo: via Museum at Eldridge Street Facebook page

Celebrate the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of the Lower East Side/Chinatown
The Museum at Eldridge Street holds its annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Epanadas Festival on Sunday. The yearly block party includes musical fun such as klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music. Take part in Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making, or play some games of Mah Jong and do some community arts and crafts. Of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas and other tasty traditional foods will abound as well.

Sunday, June 17 Noon-4 p.m.
12 Eldridge St.
Lower East Side
212-219-0302
Click here for event details

To Escape to Italy on 5th Ave: Sabbia

photo via: Eataly Facebook page

Toast his awesomeness at one of the city’s kid-friendly outdoor spot for beer and more.

— Mimi O’Connor

featured photo: Chris Benson via Unsplash

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