Wondering how to beat the heat in NYC this weekend? Take a dip at this hidden gem, step inside for some magic Uptown at not one but two different places, or celebrate National Cheesecake Day with a special slice at Junior’s. All that and so much more awaits you and the kiddos this weekend. Scroll down for the rest of our top event picks!

Photo: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Downtown

Momix Family Matinee
Expect the unexpected when MOMIX takes you into a surreal and fantasy world, allowing you to dip your toes into the “stream of unconsciousness”. Sit back, enjoy the magic, and take in the optical confusion! Sat. Event Details.

Happy If Happy When: A Family Musical
Happy If Happy When is a family-friendly, 90-minute musical based on a true story: a family of seven — two artists and their five children — share a dream of moving to the country. It’s an honest, humorous look at the power of dreams and the promises of family life. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Junior’s Restaurant
With National Cheesecake Day on Monday, July 30th, there is no better way to celebrate than with The World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake from Junior’s Restaurant. In honor of this delicious holiday, Junior’s is introducing a brand-new cheesecake flavor, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake, being offered for $5 in restaurants from July 26th until July 30th. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

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National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences will go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea at this one-of-a-kind immersive entertainment experience. This is a walk-through experience and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Uptown

Summer of Magic at New-York Historical Society
On weekends, young magicians can also check out a special Summer of Magic-themed History Detective briefcase in our DiMenna Children’s History Museum and use it to explore the exhibition! Each briefcase is chock full of activities that invite families to draw, discuss, interpret, and even do a little magic of their own. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

The Amazing Max
As magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, not only is what happens on stage amazing, but also what happens in the audience. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. Sat. –Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Smorgasburg Prospect Park
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors. It’s a super fun way to eat local and taste a variety of cuisines, all in one place! Sun. Event Details.

Pop-Up Pool
Take a dip in one of New York City’s coolest hidden gems. The pool is 30 by 50 feet in size, and maxes out at an easy 3.5 feet deep—making it just right for families with smaller kids, too. Swimmers of all ages and levels are welcome to enter daily from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Queens

40th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow
New York City’s oldest and largest Powwow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over forty Indian Nations will be represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Movies Under the Stars: Coco
Summer is the perfect time for watching movies outside! Enjoy a free screening of Coco courtesy of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film. FYI: you should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to secure your spot. Fri. Event Details.

Bronx

Broadway in the Boros 2018
Hear some of the best songs from hit Broadway musicals right in your neighborhood! This is a free performance featuring performances from Broadway cast members and musicians from 2018 Tony-nominated SpongeBob SquarePants and Kinky Boots. Fri. Event Details.

–Jesseca Stenson