Whether you want music, art or adventure this weekend, the Big Apple has got you covered. Rock at a classical concert just for the little ones, hunt for clues in the halls of a museum, drop your kiddos off for a day at the theatre, or have breakfast with the bears. The city has big plans for your little New Yorkers this weekend so get out there and enjoy!
Fright at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt
If you enjoyed Night at the Museum, you’ll love this adventure, which features exhibits in the Museum of Natural History that inspired scenes in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to take on Dexter’s capuchin monkey cousin, personal items that belonged to Teddy Roosevelt, a not-so-woolly mammoth with tooth trouble, a dance that Sacagawea would have done, a scary Easter Island statue, an attack by a monster whale, a slice of a giant tree, humongous warring mooses, Aztec and Incan warriors, dangerous dinosaurs and more. Sat. 10:30 a.m. Upper West Side. $41.50/adult; $32/child. Age 7 and up. Event details.
New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concert
Introduce your little musicians to classical music at this special concert designed with their tiny ears and big imaginations in mind. Your kiddos will play musical games with musicians, watch an interactive performance with storytelling, and then get a chance to explore and play with the instruments. To subscribe call Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656. Sun. Noon. Upper West Side. $69-$84/child. Age 3-6. Event details.
Breakfast with Bears!
Scarf down a nice breakfast while learning about bears and then the real fun begins. Your kiddos get to help the animal managers whip up some delicious treats for Betty and Veronica, resident grizzly bears and the zoo’s newest additions. Get a close up view as these huge bears enjoy the tasty food your little zookeeper helped prepare. Sun. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Central Park. $75/child, parent pair; $65/member pair. Age 4-8. Event details.
Pack an overnight bag and board the Intrepid for an exciting sleepover filled with a space shuttle visit, a flash light tour of the flight deck, and a ride in a flight simulator. Your little sailors will enjoy dinner, snacks and breakfast aboard this massive aircraft carrier and take home a goodie bag and t-shirt as souvenirs. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (646) 381-5010 or email groupsales@ to reserve a spot. Sat. 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Midtown West. $120/person. Age 6-17. Event details.
Opening Weekend: Canstruction
Show your little ones that literally anything can be made in to art at this cool exhibit where artists, architects and engineers are challenged to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food, and trust us, these are works of art. Get in a little lesson on giving while you’re visiting and explain to your little do-gooders that all the cans will be donated to City Harvest after the event. Thurs.-Sun. Battery Park City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Ten Tops Scavenger Hunt
Take your little architects on a tour of the museum’s current exhibit, Ten Tops, and then put your detective hats on for a fun scavenger hunt throughout the museum, where families will hunt for clues in photographs, videos and text, so leave no building unturned! Must RSVP to attend at education@ or (212) 945-6324. Sat. 10:30-11:45 a.m. Battery Park City. $5/child; free for Battery Park City residents. All ages. Event details.
Drop Off Playdate: Alice and Wonderland the Musical
Drop your kiddos off for a day filled with talking rabbits, secret doors and magical potions. They’ll start the day learning about the original book and get creative on an art project. Then it’s showtime! Your little theatre goers will get to sit back and enjoy Alice and Wonderland The Musical with all their friends. But don’t worry you won’t be picking up little ones that have been sitting quiet and still (therefore full of energy). After the show the group will hit the playground to wrap up the day and burn off any extra energy. Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Greenwich Village. $65/first child; $45/sibling. Age 3 and up. Event details.
Brooklyn Museum First Saturday
The spotlight is on the museum’s diverse hood for Target’s First Saturday, this month celebrates A World in Brooklyn. Come enjoy live beats by singer and producer Lafawndah, let your little bookworm enjoy a reading by the author of local favorite book, B is for Brooklyn, and channel your inner artist and create a mosaic masterpiece. Grab a bite at the new B Cafe or just sip on a nice adult beverage, it is Saturday after all. The museum will stay open late, so linger as long as your little ones can hang and they’ll be ready to hop right into bed when you get home. Sat. 5-11 p.m. Crown Heights. All ages. Event details.
Smash a Pumpkin
Halloween is over and it’s time to get rid of those gourds sitting on your front step, but don’t just trash them…… you can have some fun and smash them! Bring your overly ripe jack-o-lanterns to the farm and let your little pumpkins take care of the rest, they’ll be delighted to hear it’s ok to throw for once. The NYC Compost Project will turn all the remainders into compost for city parks and green spaces. Hang out after you’ve done your smashing for tasty refreshments, raffles and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Red Hook. Free. All ages. Event details.
Court Street Spectacular
Winter is right around the corner, but there’s still time to squeeze in one more street fair. Enjoy an autumn Sunday strolling Court St. Shop at local vendor stands (think cozy sweaters, hats, gloves…), snack on delicious food and of course the kiddies can have fun with games and rides. There will even be a pet adoption station, so whether or not you’re in the market for a new family member, your little animal lovers can visit and pet the cuties. Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Get Wild on the Farm
Take a break from the city and bring your little animals to the farm’s Wildlife Weekend event where they can learn about interesting critters like birds-of-prey, frogs, bugs and more. Your little city slickers will feel like true country kids for the day as they take in an animal show, hop on a hay ride, feed the farm animals, and even ride a pony. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Floral Park. $9/person. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family explore this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.