Need some inspiration for things to do with the fam this weekend? Take your pick from one of these! You can check out these awesome, one-of-a-kind can sculptures, catch the O.G. kindie-rocker at this local show, or you can celebrate this festival of lights. Plus it’s marathon weekend – you can layer up and head out to cheer on these first class athletes at NYC’s biggest block party. Scroll down for more of our top event picks!

Photo: Museum of Illustration at Society of Illustrators


New York’s top architects, engineers and contractors will come together to create thirty-one sculptures constructed entirely out of unopened cans of food at this one-of-a-kind design competition. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the structures are disassembled and the cans are donated to City Harvest, resulting in the largest annual donation of canned food the organization receives from a single event. They ask all visitors bring a can of high-quality food to donate to City Harvest. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

The Selfish Giant – a Musical
This is a very special journey inside the mind of Oscar Wilde – follow him as he leads us into the tale of The Selfish Giant. Watch as they transform the stage from literally nothing into the magical land of Wilde’s imagination. At once you will see the show come to life before your eyes while getting a rare glimpse of the show behind the show. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

The Peanut Prince
What can you do with a peanut? George Washington Carver found over 300 ways to use peanuts, including laundry soap and “peanut orange punch.” Carver was a former slave that spent his life researching on plants. World-famous and beloved, presidents consulted him and Thomas Edison even offered him the equivalent of a million dollars a year to work for him (Carver said no!). This is your rare chance to “meet” him, in this original play written by and starring Terence Archie (Apollo Creed in Broadway’s “Rocky”). Sun. Event Details.


Amazing Anatomy
Take an anatomy lesson inspired by Frankenstein’s Creature. Participants will get a better understanding of how the muscles and tendons of their own hands work by assembling a monstrous hand with household materials. Program consists of a thirty minute exhibition experience in It’s Alive: Frankenstein at 200, followed by a ninety minute art-making activity. Sat. Event Details.


Raffi Live
As the world’s best-selling children’s entertainer, pioneering troubadour Raffi has spent more than four decades delighting successive generations of kids-and their parents-with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. Proceeds from his concerts benefit the Centre For Child Honoring. Don’t miss your chance to see the original kindie-rocker live! Sun. Event Details.


Saturday Stories
Presented monthly, Saturday Stories invites guest illustrators to lead children and their adult companions in a read-aloud and hands-on workshop related to the wide range of materials and processes that illustrators use to create their picture books. Sat. Event Details.

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
This three-time GRAMMY-nominated artist known as “the Judy Blume of kiddie rock” (New York Times) dishes out intelligent and whimsically rocking music that is “on your feet fun and laugh-out-loud funny” (People). At their exclusive fall NYC performance, Justin and the Not Ready for Naptime Players, will be joined by their lively puppet friends Willy the Whale, Little Dave and Tim. Sat. Event Details.


Music Workshop
Esther Crow brings her zany blend of interactive singing to backing tracks of her funky band, Thunder and Sunshine, as well as original, acoustic guitar songs. Expect crowd favorites, like “The Letter Z” and “Hey, Johnny”, plus funny, handmade animal puppets (by Jeff Lewonczyk), like Bernie the Bee, with big personalities, dance moves, and singing voices of their own! Fri. Event Details.


Wildlife Weekends
Have fun learning about interesting critters at this pay-one-price event! Admission includes Frogs, Bugs, & Animals show, hayrides, animal feeding, and pony rides. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Dances With Leaves
Toss fall leaves in the wind, or walk through a giant leaf pile. Find an assortment of freshly fallen leaves to be the subject of fresh, bright prints. Roll up leaves with ink and layer leaf prints, or add punched-paper leaf shapes in artful arrangements. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Diwali Celebration
Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights by cooking and tasting a traditional dish. Fri. Event Details.

–Jesseca Stenson