As the dog days of summer creep on, we hope you’re checking fun activities off your summer bucket list. This weekend go fly a kite at a Hudson River festival, build a sandcastle (or see what the pros create) at Coney Island, celebrate the summer harvest at the New York Botanical Garden, enjoy an outdoor story hour in Central Park, participate in an interactive magical performance at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and see a unique show at the Fringe Jr theater festival. Read on for all the details.

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FlyNYC Kite Festival
Craft your own kite, fly a kite, or see hundreds of kites take to the skies at this Hudson River festival. You can also enjoy live music and plenty of other fun family-friendly activities. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Clearing in the Forest: Jungle Stories
Today, think of Central Park as a jungle while Robin Bady tells stories of tropical and urban adventures at this A Clearing in the Forest storytime. Then, kids can make their own urban jungle themed craft. Sun., 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All agesEvent details.

Summer Harvest Celebration
Explore the New York Botanical Garden’s five Global Gardens and earn stamps in your passport at this hands-on gardening celebration of the summer harvest. Meet the gardeners, play garden games, make crafts and sample pickles. Sat. & Sun., 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Bronx. Free with Garden admission. All agesEvent details.


Fringe Jr Festival: Sarazad & the Monster King
Watch the zany tales of pirates, detectives, robots, bullies and monster kings in this theater production that follows Sarazad as she confronts her fears and foes. This fact-paced 1-hour long show, part of the Fringe Jr Festival, is sure to keep your kiddo entertained. Fri., 2:00 pm. East Village. $10. Ages 5-12. Event details.


The Magical Castle of Now Story Performance
Mighty Story Action Time is putting on an interactive story time complete with songs, poetry, movement and of course, stories at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids will rehearse and perform magic spells, create pictures and see poetry and stories come to life in this imaginative show. Sat., 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm, Crown Heights. Free with Museum admission. All agesEvent details.

Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest
Head to Coney Island to watch the annual sand sculpting contest (or participate in it yourself!). Amateur sculptors compete in five categories and both adults and kids will be building. Artists and leaders from the Coney Island community will serve as judges. You can enjoy a day full of entertainment and vendors will have tables set up as well. Sat., 12:00 pm. Coney Island. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Sarazad & the Monster King & SarahLPerlin Photography