Before you’re knee-deep in back-to-school shopping, be sure to take some time for family fun this weekend. You can channel your inner artist at this watercolor workshop, tinker at this pop-up maker space, or this drop-in class that includes free cold brew for parents (yes, please!) Need some more inspiration? Scroll on for the rest of our top event picks!

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MOCACREATE: Qi, the Energy in You
Paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Sat. Event Details.

Pop Up Maker Space
Tinker, test, and learn by constructing solutions to marine-focused challenges at this outdoor Maker Space. Sun. Event Details.


Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Sat. Event Details.


Musical Storytime
Listen to music-themed stories outside in the garden (weather permitting), and make a simple flute to take home. With your newly formed band you’ll try a verse of the traditional “Yankee Doodle.” Afterward, see if you can find the flute in the Ladies Parlor. Fri. Event Details.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Central Park Conservancy is teaming up with two iconic New York City cultural institutions, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Museum of the City of New York, for the 16th annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, with a lineup featuring great New York City films and filmmakers. Enjoy a screening of this classic Muppet tale under the stars. Fri. Event Details.


Arts and Coffee: Free Cold Brew with Drop-In Art!
Stop in on Saturday mornings for Drop-In Art and get FREE cold brew coffee. Sounds like a win-win! Sat. Event Details.


Back to School Celebration
Join the fun and celebrate the last days of summer. The delicious day will include family-friendly entertainment, music, and activities – and feature samples from brands showcasing back-to-school foods and snacks! Families can spend the day enjoying some of the Lakeside’s outdoor activities, such as pedal-boating, roller skating, and family-sized bike adventures. Kids can cool off in the park’s splash pad, a state of the art water playground. Sun. Event Details.


Watercolor Workshop: Orchids
In this seasonal series of classes, learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolors with artist Chemin Hsiao. This class will use the Taiwan: A World of Orchids exhibit as inspiration. Sat. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Fishy Fun
Focus on friends with fins, especially those popular goldfish swimming in Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden. Turn colorful paper bags into fantastic 3-D fish that can swim through the air and flutter home with you. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Farm Fun Day
Learn about the process of growing fruits and vegetables at the historic Gericke Farm by completing different activities and art projects. Tastes of fresh produce will be provided! Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson