Have you exhausted all of your options in your summer playbook? These family-friendly events will satisfy even your toughest fun critic. Grab your “passport” and take a trip around the world without ever leaving the Bronx, explore different cultures at this Global Mashup, or give in to your sweet tooth at this interactive installation. Still need more? Scroll on for the rest of our top event picks!

Photo: Tom Woodward via Flickr

Downtown

Shell-ebrate Oysters
Oysters filter water, engineer reef habitat, and stabilize shorelines- and they’re part of NYC’s history. Did you know NYC was once the oyster trading capital of the world? Work alongside Park staff to restore oysters and learn how these bivalves benefit the health of the River. Sun. Event Details.

Drive In: Dinner and a Movie
To make the experience even more enjoyable and a perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends – visitors attending the screenings will be able to enjoy live music, win Westfield retailer prizes, and relax in a chic lounge and dining area. Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Play NYC
Play NYC is New York’s premier dedicated game convention for creators and players alike. Featuring the latest releases from studios large and small, and from developers old and new, Play NYC celebrates every facet of gaming in a way that only the Big Apple can. Sun. Event Details.

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Candytopia
This four-month interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Take your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Story Time: Tales on Sugar Hill
Grounded in a curatorial mission to share stories through theater, music, dance and visual art, as well as oral and literary forms, Story Times: Tales on Sugar Hill presents tales, fables, histories and myths that genuinely reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural milieu of our surroundings. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

The Shepherd’s Tale
The story of the unlikely romance of the shepherd and the huntress will be told by the talented SVA Jr artists. In this whimsical tale inspired by the mythological Venus and Adonis audiences are introduced to the world full of challenges that this love story must withstand. Sat. Event Details.

LoopDLoopKids Music Workshop
This workshop is for children and parents to bond through the fundamentals of LoopDLoopKids music by singing, dramatic play, dancing and playing instruments! Fri. Event Details.

Queens

Make it Fridays
Explore different materials, concepts and ideas while making and tinkering with your family. Activities cover a wide range of topics including simple circuits, wind-powered racers, hand sewing and much more. Fri. Event Details.

Global Mashup for Kids
This very popular series returns for a fun-filled afternoon featuring Elena Moon Park and Sonia de los Santos in a mash-up celebration of music from Latin America and East Asia. Sing and dance along to folk and children’s songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese, exploring the stories behind the songs and celebrating the common joys that tie everyone together. Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Passport to the World
The animals at the Bronx Zoo represent species from all over the world. This summer, experience the music, food, dance, and culture of those places without leaving the Bronx. From the jungles of Asia to the heart of Latin America, take a trip around the world – but remember to bring your event handout (aka, passport) and get it stamped throughout the different stations in the Zoo. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Nature Center Adventures
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with some of the nature center’s animals. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Zoolympics
Can you jump like a frog or balance like a mountain goat? Learn about some amazing animal abilities and put yours to the test at this fun event at the Staten Island Zoo, where the first 100 kids under 14 get a free gift! Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson