This weekend, go on a world tour without leaving the tri-state area. See Taiwan at this stunning orchid exhibit, get a taste of Southern and Caribbean fusion at this fun cookout, or if you’re feeling adventurous, drive out to see this one-of-a-kind Italian circus. Keep scrolling for more of our top event picks!

Photo: Joshua Bright

Downtown

Hudson RiverFlicks: Family Fridays
There’s something for everyone in the family on Friday nights in Hudson River Park! Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays returns to Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 this summer and features recent favorites as well as classic movies for the whole family to enjoy. Bonus: FREE POPCORN! Fri. Event Details.

Midtown

Play NYC
PLAY NYC is New York’s first dedicated games 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. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Lady Lexis Cookout
Eat all the great Low Country Dishes from Charleston, SC with a Puerto Rican twist right here in NYC. Chef Lexis has put together a menu that is sure to satisfy anyone. Eat as much as you can from Mad Mac & Cheese to Nana’s Slow Roasted Pernil to Deviled Eggs. Plus, there will be music and classic games. Bring a friend or meet a new one! Sat. Event Details.

The Amazing Max
Prepare to be wowed by The Amazing Max, who will engage, awe and amuse your little ones. This delightful show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy, and loads of audience participation. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party
This three-hour drop off pajama party at Kidville Park Slope includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, The SMART Playbook leadership building curriculum and so much more! Fri. Event Details.

Queens

Guess What PG Comedy Show
Guess What Comedy Show is a stand up comedy show for kids (and their adults). Watch NYC comics do their PG best and in between kids can go on stage and tell a joke (knock-knock jokes are allowed). The show is kid-hosted and is kid friendly. Sun. Event Details.

Taiwan: A World of Orchids
Enjoy a stunning display of orchids and a day filled with art and culture, in partnership with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York. Fri­.–Sun. Event Details.

Bronx

Honey Weekend at Wave Hill
This signature weekend offers a buzz-worthy range of activities, from candle-making and honey-extraction demonstrations to a “Be a Bee” Family Art Project that has become a classic. Meet local beekeepers in The Shop, where you can expect a delectable selection of local, artisanal honeys. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Super Science: Solar Eclipse
August 21st marks the day a total solar eclipse can be seen across the continental US for the first time in 38 years! Learn about the mechanisms behind an eclipse and build your own device for safe viewing. Sat. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

Cirque Italia
This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Plus, the new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent – the result is simply out of this world! Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

What’s your favorite “staycation” idea? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson