Music, nature, and a little history is in store for you this weekend. Celebrate Independence Day a little early, cool off in a pop up pool, or have some laughs at an all ages comedy show. But that’s not all. Scroll on for more of our top weekend picks!

 

Downtown

The Family Scavenger Hunt: Hamilton Edition
Follow in Alexander Hamilton’s footsteps through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Wall Street to Battery Park. Kids and adults work together to discover the places where the feisty Founding Father worked, played, debated, fought, and planned his fatal duel. Sat. Event Details.

Bring Ya Mamma Stand Up Comedy Show
Family friendly clean stand-up comedy show for all ages. Bring your mamma or anyone else in your family and have a great time. Plus don’t worry about getting a babysitter: you can bring the kids too. Watch NYC club comics do their best clean jokes and enjoy a delicious brunch menu. Sun. Event Details.

Community Field Day
Learn to Double-Dutch, check out an illusionary street art project, and dance to some tunes. Then, engage in classic field day games like potato sack races, relays, and tug-of-war. Plus don’t miss the imaginative face-painters, giant yard games and bubbles. Fri. Event Details.

Midtown

The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck
Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly to each story, and as with the original tales, learn important lessons still relevant to children today. Fri. Event Details.

Uptown

Living History: Independence Day Weekend
Living Historians from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, historical re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians, will be encamped in the Museum to answer your questions about life on and off the battlefield. Sat. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Pop-Up Pool
Take a dip in one of New York City’s coolest hidden gems, then relax on the beach after your swim. 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. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

Family Concert with Red Yarn and the Deedle Deedle Dees
Brooklyn’s own The Deedle Deedle Dees, known for their songs inspired by history, science, and folklore, team up with Portland, Oregon’s Red Yarn for a family musical event celebrating America’s birthday. Fri. Event Details.

Queens

Lady Jenny and Pickles the Dragon
Lady Jenny and her puppet Pickles the Dragon create an hour of magic, music, and theatre for your youngest kiddos. Nurture that theatre bug at this monthly show! Sat.. Event Details.

Bronx

Family Art Project: Nature’s Canvas Bags
Create an image of watery ripples, waves, washes or sprays on an everyday canvas bag that you can take everywhere! Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Independence Day Celebration
It’s an old-fashioned, patriotic celebration of the classic American holiday. Get your hand-churned ice cream and a pie-full of traditional fun! Sat. Event Details.

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— Jesseca Stenson