Phew, we made it through the first week back in school, now let’s celebrate! Dress to impress and hit the Plaza for a rawther fancy teddy bear tea with Eloise, pack your overnight bag for a wild sleepover at the zoo, or let your kite soar with hundreds of others at the annual Brooklyn Kite Festival. Summer vacation may be over, but we’ve got plenty of ways to make your weekends still rock!

eloise at the plaza

Photo: Eloise at the Plaza 

Uptown

Roll into the Riverside Park Skate Jam
Bring your board, full gear (helmet, elbow, knee and wrist guards) is required, or just come on foot to check out the moves of local boarders. Enjoy a full day of skating competitions, open skate, a raffle and loads of food vendors. If your little ones don’t have a skateboard yet, they’re sure to be asking for one by the day’s end. Sat. Event details

Midtown

Have a Rawther Fancy Teddy Bear Tea
It’s National “Teddy Bear Day” and Eloise wants you and your teddy to celebrate with a rawther fancy tea. Enjoy hot tea, pink lemonade, an assortment of tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs and decadent chocolate teddy bears. Write a letter to Eloise and enjoy a story about one of Eloise’s many adventures. Each child goes home with a favor bag and a $10 gift card to the Eloise store. Fri. Event details

Passport to Eataly
Embark on a delicious adventure through NYC’s very own Italian marketplace. Your little ones will fill up their passports with stamps while following their Eatalian ambassador on a tour of Eataly, all along the way learning Italian words and tasting the local cuisine. While your little travelers are busy exploring, kick back and enjoy a complimentary espresso at Lavazza Cafe. The tour meets at the Guest Relations desk, located just inside the 23rd Street entrance. Sat. Event details

Downtown

Tribute in Lights
It’s never too early to teach your children about our city and country’s history. Grab a spot in the city to take in the Tribute in Light. Each year, these lights illuminate the New York City sky just south of the Memorial site on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The illuminated memorial reaches four miles into the sky and is visible within a 60-mile radius on a clear night. Sun. Event details

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Kite Festival
Fly up, up and away at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Kite Festival. Enjoy a day along the promenade while you explore the gardens, playgrounds, Jane’s Carousel and more. Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. Make like Mary Poppins and let’s go fly a kite. Sat. Event details

Sing and Bowl with Lisa Loeb
Okay so your kiddies may not have the same nostalgic feeling you have when you think of Lisa Loeb (hint: hit song from Reality Bites), but they’re going to love her new kid album just the same. Enjoy some bowling, grab a bite to eat, and rock out and sing along with Lisa at this family party. Sun. Event details

Queens

Grandparents’ Celebration
Spend a special day with some special family members! Play games with you grandparents that they played when they were young, enjoy a relaxing nature walk together and make a memorable craft. Your kiddos will also prepare a yummy snack for their special guest. Sun. Event details

Bronx

Family Overnight Safari
Ever thought about catching some zzzs in the company of zebras? How about snoozing with the snow leopards? Well, dreams come true on the Bronx Zoos Family Overnight Safari. You and your fam will be treated to fun-filled, educational activities throughout the entire event, along with some surprises and a late-night snack to keep the energy going. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and picnic dinner. Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, and breakfast, will be provided. No need for alarm clocks, the vocal sea lions will provide the wake-up call. Sat. Event details

Staten Island

Bat Bonanza Bat Hike
Instead of taking a daytime stroll through the park, head out for an evening hike in search of flying nocturnal mosquito-eaters—bats.Registration is required. To register, email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or call (718) 351-3450. Fri. Event details

How will your family have fun this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling