Where or where did summer go? Is it really Labor Day weekend already? Savor every second with a full 3-day weekend of family fun. On our agenda? Two very unique events – the NYC Unicycle Festival and the 21st Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition. One fun art workshop in which kids can make (and perform with) their very own puppet. Two back-to-school celebrations at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and The Scholastic Store. And one very colorful Caribbean Carnival Parade.



Tugboat Race & Competition
The 21st annual running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition is on! Catch the boats parading up the river from Pier 84 at 44th Street around 10:00 am to the start line at the 79th Street Boat Basin or watch the race, which begins at 10:30 am. Other events include nose to nose pushing contests, a line toss competitions, spinach eating contest and other exhibits. Sun., 10:00 am. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.


Ms. Frizzle’s Back to School Bash
Before the kids go back to school Ms. Frizzle is throwing a super science party at The Scholastic Store. Make slime, blow up a volcano or power a boat with a balloon at this free, fun event. Sat., 3:00 pm. Soho. Free. All agesEvent details.

Create Your Own Puppet
In this creative Children’s Museum of the Arts program kids will learn how to make a puppet with a moving mouth. Then, they can make it come to life in a puppet show, giving it a unique voice. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. West Village. Free. All ages. Event details.


Back to School Jam
Celebrate going back to school or starting school for the first time with an afternoon of activities at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Crafts, snacks, music, giveaways and more will be on tap to kick off another school year of learning. Fri., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Crown Heights. Free with museum admission. All agesEvent details.

West Indian American Day Carnival Parade
This parade is known as NYC’s Greatest Show on Earth, and once you see the colorful costumes and hear the energetic music of reggae, calypso and more, you’ll know why. The Caribbean Carnival is a multi-cultural extravaganza complete with plenty of food, fun and entertainment. Mon., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Crown Heights. Free. All agesEvent details.

Governors Island

NYC Unicycle Festival
There’s something about seeing folks ride a bike with one wheel that’s so much more charming that 2-wheelers. Get ready for a weekend of one wheel madness. Last year more than 300 unicyclers took to the city. You’ll find races, exhibitions, unicycle basketball, the chance to try unicycling yourself and more. Fri., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Governors Island. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Children’s Museum of the Arts