Summer in the city means more chances to get out with the kids! Don’t miss Suzi Shelton in Brooklyn, catch (and release) fireflies at this pajama party, or cool off at this water festival. But that’s not all. Scroll on for the rest of our top event picks for the weekend.

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Downtown

Playful Percussion
Using everyday materials such as plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and coffee tins, create and decorate your own hand percussion instruments—drums, shakers, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Art & Tech Labs: Representation Re-Mixed
Learn more about your favorite portraits in the T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America exhibition and create your own mixed media portrait using paper, photographs, paint, and more. Sat. Event Details.

All-of-a-Kind Family Walking Tour
The children’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family comes alive on this Lower East Side walking tour for families. Follow in the footsteps of Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie, the beloved sisters depicted in Sydney Taylor’s book and stroll through the streets and into the story to visit the spots where the children played, prayed, and purchased penny candy. Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Contemporary Dance Fridays
A part of their free Picnic Performances, drop in and enjoy Contemporary Dance with food and drink for purchase, blankets free to borrow, and lawn games available to all. Fri. Event Details.

Uptown

Firefly Pajama Party
Kids will learn about fireflies and create their own firefly to bring home. Feel free to get ready for bed before you head out and chase fireflies in your pajamas! Bring a clear jar or container to hold any fireflies you catch. Fri. Event Details.

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Revolutionary Summer
Enter George Washington’s Headquarters Tent and experience where he strategized, dined, and slept. Your top-secret mission this weekend: Meet Washington himself—as portrayed by Living Historian Michael Grillo—and examine how he planned for his battle campaigns. Confer with Washington’s spies and decode a crucial message. You’ll also meet one of Washington’s special bodyguards. Sat. – Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Fireworks on the Boardwalk
Enjoy the summer nights with this weekly firework spectacular on the Coney Island boardwalk! Fri. Event Details.

Kids Concert With Suzi Shelton
Grab a blanket, find a shady spot, and get ready to enjoy an hour of tunes with Suzi Shelton! Sun. Event Details.

Queens

Hands on History
Visit King Manor to see objects that tell stories about the people who made and used them. Then try your hand at “scrimshaw,” a popular etching art form among sailors that was both intricate and personal. Sat. Event Details.

Rockaway Water Festival
There will be waterslides, a bounce house, arts and crafts, music, face painting, games, and refreshments. Bring your bathing suit and towel! Sat. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project
Come together to read Faith Ringold’s Tar Beach and imagine flying over places that hold a special meaning. Then layer stiffened, wool-felt shapes to create a magical atmosphere to hold you on your spectacular journey, defying Earth’s gravity! Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Tavern Terrace Outdoor Concert Series
Bring a blanket and have a picnic at Staten Island’s biggest backyard party. Enjoy classic outdoor games and cool down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat while you listen to live music each week! Sat. Event Details.

 

–Jesseca Stenson