From egg rolls to award-winning barbecue there is something sure to tantalize your taste buds and your tot this weekend. Catch a unique and interactive improv planetarium show. See the New York Aquarium’s new A-MAZE-ING Water exhibit complete with a zip line. Celebrate the 100th birthday of the Prospect Park Carousel’s horses with cake and a free ride. Craving more than cake? Get your fill of Southern-inspired food and music at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Have an egg roll washed down with an egg cream at the same festival (pictured) where you can hear klezmer music and play mah jong. Or enjoy a special brunch at a Latin Bistro – we promise you won’t have to deal with a stir-crazy kid while you enjoy your mimosa.
Starball at Hayden Planetarium
This special interactive program at the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater brings your dreams (and those of other audience members) to life in the night sky in the form of constellations. Expect an entertaining evening of music, improv, singing and astronomy that’s unlike any other planetarium show you’ve seen. Sat., 6:00 pm. UWS. $12 per person. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
If you’re a big fan of barbecue, don’t miss Madison Square Park this weekend! The 10th Anniversary of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is on. Stop by to eat $8 plates of yummy BBQ while you listen to live performances ranging from country rock to soul. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Fun Sunday brunches don’t have to be a thing of the past. You’ll love the menu at Latin Bistro Ideya, and this kid-friendly brunch features music from Jose Conde and Band, a special kids menu and other surprises. Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Soho. Cost varies. All ages. Event details.
Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival
This festival is truly one of a kind. The Museum at Eldridge Street lies in an area that mixes Jewish and Chinese culture and so does this egg-traordinary festival. On tap at this block party: Chinese opera and acrobatics, klezmer music, Yiddish and Chinese language lessons, mah jong, scribal arts, food and folk art demos, crafts, synagogue tours and more. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Lower East Side. Free. All. Event details.
Carousel 100th Birthday Celebration
The Prospect Park Carousel horses are turning 100 this year. Join in the special birthday celebration by taking a free ride on the carousel and participating in other fun activities around the Children’s Corner. And yes, there will be cake! Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Today the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium opens a new summer exhibit as part of their World Oceans Day celebration. A-MAZE-ING Water is a 1,500-square-foot interactive maze that tells the story of environmental problems facing our water ways with lots of fun features – kids ride zip lines, put together water cycle puzzles and learn to care for and protect New York’s marine water. Fri., 10:00 am. Coney Island. $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 3 and older. All ages. Event details.
— Julie Seguss