We’ve made it passed the halfway point of summer! Are you finding it more and more difficult to figure out how to keep the kids entertained? Don’t worry – we have some ideas. Check out these cool picks for family friendly fun this weekend.

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Is it really summer if you don’t have a scoop or seven (who’s counting) of ice cream? Try one of these… and yes, there’s even allergy-friendly options.

Looking for the hottest places to keep cool? These splashpads and parks are what you need in your life.

It’s not too late to work on a summer bucket list. How many of these activities can you check off?

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When in doubt, look to this big awesome list of summer fun. Trust us, there’s something here for everyone.

Plus you can check out one of these events, too.

Downtown

Studio Sunday with Cynthia Alberto
Don’t miss MADreads, which combines interactive story time and visual exploration to bring books to life. This week’s program welcomes kids and their families for a reading of Extra Yarn, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Sun. Event Details.

Step Into the Children’s Classic All-of-a-Kind Family
What was it like to be a kid on the Lower East Side in the early 20th century? Families will find out this summer on this guided walk following in the footsteps of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie, the beloved sisters depicted in Sydney Taylor’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The tour starts at the Museum and continues out on the streets, including spots where the children played, prayed and purchased their pickles and candy. Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History
Embark on a new wizarding adventure at the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll search for exhibits that echo characters, places and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Be prepared to track fantastic beasts through a forbidden (rain)forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons, stalk hunters scarier than any auror, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Uptown

11th Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Bring a picnic, blanket, and dancing shoes for the 11th production of this fun event! Co-presented by Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy, Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful park setting. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

SPARK in the Park!
Visitors of all ages develop their engineering skills as they engage in open block play with Imagination Playground blocks outside in the Plaza of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Fri. Event Details.

Queens

Watercolor Workshop: On the Farm
This workshop will take place on the QBG Farm and draw inspiration from the various vegetables grown like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and the pollinator garden that surrounds the farm’s perimeter. Sat. Event Details.

Hapa-Zome Garden by Dyed in Queens
Learn the art of hapa-zome, imprinting natural dyes of plants into fabric with a hammer. Plant your own hapa-zome container garden with Jess Brey of Dyed in Queens, using plants like nasturtium, basil, marigold, and pansy. Sun. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson