Whether your child loves sports, music or science, there’s an event on tap that will peak his interest this weekend. Cool off at the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink as you watch a free amateur figure skating competition. Trade in your kid’s bike for a newly refurbished one and brush up on cycling skills at the Bike Bonanza. Make an instrument and play along at an interactive percussion concert. Jam at an outdoor concert to protest the 91st Street garbage dump. Enjoy a festival of puppets. Or take part in the World Science Fair through an exploration activity at Brooklyn Bridge park – sun gazing with NASA scientists and learning physics from an amusement park engineer as you ride the carousel sounds pretty cool to us!
Dump the Dump Concert
Did you know a garbage dump may be built on 91st Street in a residential neighborhood? Join the East Harlem and Yorkville communities to stop this from happening at a concert event featuring Caroline Sunshine and local talent. Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. UES. Free. All ages. Event details.
26th Annual ISI Team Figure Skating Competition
You may not catch talent equal to that of Alissa Czisny, but you can see plenty of double axels, fancy footwork and beautiful artistic expression – for free at Chelsea Piers Sky Rink this weekend. Hundreds of amateur figure skaters from around the world of all ages and levels will compete in this tournament. Bonus: you’ll get to beat the heat in the cool ice rink. Fri., Sat., Sun., Chelsea. Free. All ages. Event details.
This festival celebrates local cultural icons and includes performances of music, poetry, dance and art. Check out Art Around the Park – 140 artists of all ages transform an 8 foot high, 900 foot long blank cavas around Tompkins Square Park. Then enjoy the free HOWL! Out Loud Carnival featuring games, funhouses, fairway attractions, arts and crafts, mini golf and a kids stage with a full schedule of live performances from Rosie’s Theater Kids, Tap City and more. Sat., 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sun., 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. East Village. Free. All. Event details.
Percussion People Concert
This interactive concert starts with an instrument building workshop and then, the Percussion People take you though the family of percussion instruments – anything you can scrape, shake or strike to produce a sound. Expect to hear a marimba, tympani, rope drum, bongos, a djembe and more. There’s even a 14 year old percussionist in the ensemble. Sun., 10:30 am. West Village. $35. All ages. Event details.
Get a free New York City bicycle helmet fitted by NYC DOT staff. Sign up for a Learn to Ride class put on by Bike New York to help kids learn to balance, pedal, start and stop. Practice cycling skills with certified instructors and trained volunteers in Bike Driver’s Ed. You can also bring used bikes that your kids have outgrown and exchange them for fully refurbished kid’s bikes through the non-profit Recycle-A-Bicycle. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Fort Greene. Free. All ages. Event details.
Science Explorations in Brooklyn Bridge Park
As part of the World Science Festival, researchers are holding family-friendly activities at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Geologists will take you on a scavenger hunt, an amusement park engineer will teach you the physics of the carousel as you ride it, you can join a leading botanist for a park-wide botanical safari, master the art of sun gazing with NASA scientists; end the night with an evening of stargazing and more. Sat., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Puppetry Arts Festival
A day filled with puppets, but it’s not all puppet shows at this festival of fun. See Star Wars characters, meet Noel MacNeal and Lionel from “Between the Lions,” see a cheese cooking demo led by a monster, play in the bounce house, meet a life size animatronic dragon and more. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
— Julie Seguss