Hitting the mid-summer slump? Cure the summer boredom blues with these events that will inject some much needed “get up and go” into your family’s routine. Try your hand at freshwater fishing; get your boogie on in the Boogie Down, then get ice cream from this one of a kind carnival. Need more? Scroll on for more of our top weekend picks!

Photo: The Bronx Museum of the Arts/Lauren Click


Ice Cream Carnival
Think you know ice cream? Think again. There’s an ice cream carnival pop up happening this summer in Nolita. It’s not your average ice cream shop. Think cymbal-banging monkeys, red and white striped art, and so much more. But the real star is the unusual menu. Cotton candy or popcorn toppings, anyone? Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

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.


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, 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.


The Princess, The Cow, and The Corn Maze
The Princess, The Cow, and The Corn Maze is a family friendly musical about a lost Princess who, with the help of a cow named Cow, has to go on a perilous journey through a complicated corn maze and encounter several dangerous creatures who teach her positive life lessons before she can find her way home. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.


Races for Faces 2017
Head over to Riverside Park for a fun-filled family day to raise money and awareness for craniofacial conditions. It will be lots of fun for children of all ages. Activities include exciting games, raffles, arts and crafts, obstacle courses and lots of surprises! Sun. Event Details.

Parent and Me Yoga
Free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children’s instructor. Sat. Event Details.

New York Rolling Fury Presents Youth Wheelchair Basketball
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here’s your chance to learn from the best! Scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. Sun. Event Details.


Bargemusic: Music in Motion Family Concert
Head to the Brooklyn waterfront and climb aboard this floating barge for a unique Music in Motion concert for families, followed by a Q&A session with the musicians. Sat. Event Details.


Saturday Sculpture Workshop
Drop into this hands-on workshop where kids will work with a different artist each week to create their own masterpieces based on different techniques, mediums, and inspiration. Sat. 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.

Claremont in Motion Bike Ride
Free bike riding classes and bike skills training while exploring exciting Bronx sites like Concrete Plant Park, Starlight Park, Crotona Park, Drew Playground, and Gouverneur Playground. Sat. Event Details.

Staten Island

Freshwater Fishing
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of the waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. All equipment is provided. Sun. Event Details.

How do your kids keep active during the summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson