Can you believe it’s the last weekend of August already? But summer’s not over yet! There’s still time to make some memories, and we have some great suggestions on how to do just that this weekend. Grab tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids Day, dance the day away in the Bronx, or cheer on your favorite soapbox derby participant. If that’s not enough to fill up your schedule, scroll on for more of our top picks!
Photo: South Slope Derby
2017 Kids Food Festival
The weekend will be full of free family programming and events that focus on how to make balanced food choices through fun and engaging activities like the Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt with Goody Bag Prizes, hands-on cooking classes and sampling (in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion), family friendly foods and activities, musical performances by FunkiJam, Miffy, and characters from The Lego Ninjago Movie. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.
US Open Experience
For the first time, the US Open will come to life in Manhattan as the US Open Experience at the Seaport District in New York City. This multi-faceted event series will feature live entertainment, appearances by tennis pros, health officials, chef & culinary personalities, interactive family activities, a US Open food tasking, US Open trophy photo activation, and much more! Fri. 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.
Indonesian Street Festival: The Spice Islands
This is a celebration of Indonesian art, culture and gastronomy, in commemoration of Indonesia’s Independence Day. Since its launch, a total of more than 7000 people have enjoyed and had the chance to explore and experience Indonesia in New York. Sat. Event Details.
South Slope Derby
You can experience the thrill of witnessing participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn at this annual soapbox derby! Sat. Event Details.
Wildlife Day with the Nature Company
Get closer to nature by meeting some live animals and learning about their lives and personalities. Enjoy a puppet show, take home a coloring book and stay for open play. Sat. Event Details.
Arthur Ashe Kids Day
Full-day tennis and music festival for children and families – including interactive games, musical entertainment and grounds activities to promote youth tennis and honor the legacy of Arthur Ashe. Sat. Event Details.
Family Art Project: Shades of Summer
See the world through rose (or green or blue or purple) colored glasses. Create your own custom sunglasses equipped with cool and colored lenses to feast your eyes on lush August gardens and river. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.
Boogie on the Boulevard
The center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will be closed to cars and open to a world of fun with free music, art and fitness programs hosted by organizations from the Bronx and beyond. Sun. Event Details.
Do you have any last minute summer plans? Tell us about them in the comments!
— Jesseca Stenson