From fire(fighters) to water, there is plenty to celebrate this weekend. Kick it off with a picnic and a backdrop of Brazilian percussion music in McGolrick Park Friday night. Then, honor New York’s bravest at The Intrepid, celebrate City of Water Day on Governors Island, take your creative kid to a photo workshop and party with a day of outdoor activities and performances put on by The New Museum. Also, don’t miss a just-for-toddler dance show at The Irish Arts Center happening all weekend long.

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 3.19.54 PM


Wobble – A Show for Toddlers
The Irish Arts Center is putting on a very special show suited for toddlers. Starring two boys that wobble, jump, slide, bounce, wriggle and oops, fall down, this dance theater show promises to wow the youngest theater goer with its “fantastical and energetic physicality.” Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Midtown. $12. Ages 2-4. Event details.

Firefighter Appreciation Weekend on The Intrepid
Honor New York’s bravest with a weekend of FDNY demos, competitions, performances and interactive activities including the 5th annual Battle of the Boroughs cook-off and the 3rd annual Battle of the Bands. See a bucket ladder rescue, go on a fire safety house tour, take a CPR class and more. Firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and Personnel get free admission and family members get half off. While you’re there, be sure to check out the re-opened Space Shuttle Pavilion. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Midtown West. Free with Intrepid Admission. All ages. Event details.


Children’s Instant Photography Workshop
The Impossible Project is hosting a hands-on photography class for kids that will teach the basics of shooting with Impossible film on a 600 Polaroid camera, along with some other creativity boosting techniques. Kids will photograph objects that are special to them, as well as to each other. Everyone will leave with unique art and a portrait of themselves. Sat., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Soho. $30. Ages 5-12. Event details.

New Museum Block Party
The annual Block Party for the New Museum features interactive projects and performances all afternoon in the park. Then, enjoy free family-friendly tours of current Museum exhibitions.  Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.


Summerstarz Music at McGolrick Park
Pack a picnic dinner and your blanket and enjoy pre-bedtime music in McGolrick Park. Tonight Maracatu NY, a Brazilian percussion ensemble, is putting on the show. Fri., 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Greenpoint. Free. All ages. Event details.

Governors Island

City of Water Day on Governors Island
Celebrate City of Water Day on Governors Island with a Children’s Activity Fair featuring kayaking, a bounce house, children’s museum workshops, arts and crafts, kids improv workshops, a Disney TRYathalon, free boat rides and so much more. Plus, see teams build and race cardboard kayaks on Governors Island starting at noon. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Governors Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of City of Water Day