Even though it’s summer, that doesn’t mean your kids can’t learn a thing or two, and this weekend presents a few fun educational opportunities. Go to Pirate School to learn how to be a respectable Buccaneer, get a music lesson in playing junk like pots and buckets at a cooler-than-you-would-imagine concert, discover how to build a boat that floats at Wave Hill or learn all about one of New York’s endangered birds at a beachside festival. Want to simply sit back and be entertained? Catch the Puppetmobile in Brooklyn Bridge Park or enjoy a Harry Potter movie night on The Intrepid.

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Handmade River Rafts Craft
Will your boat float? Find out when you make one by hand in this drop-in workshop with your kids. You’ll use a mix of materials like foam trays, reeds and modeling clay. Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Riverdale. Free. All ages. Event details.


Harry Potter on the Intrepid
How about a movie night with a gorgeous night skyline? See Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the flight deck of the historic Intrepid, right along the Hudson river. Fri., 7:30 pm. Midtown. Free. All agesEvent details.


Kids Junk Ochestra
Wondering how good an orchestra of junk – buckets, pots and pans – can be? Dennis J. Dove, a former principle performer for Broadway and Off Broadway shows, has put together this youth crew which has performed nationally and internationally, so we’re betting our money that this is gonna be impressive! Fri., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.


Plover Appreciation Day
The Piping Plover is one of New York City’s endangered birds and lucky for those feathered friends, there’s a day created to appreciate them. Games, crafts and giveaways will be taking over Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk for this special bird. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Rockaway. Free. All agesEvent details.

Puppetmobile at Pier 6
The PuppetMobile is making a stop in Brooklyn Bridge Park for a performance of Little Red’s Hood by the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. This retelling of the classic tale is updated with a modern sensibility – she’s a smart, young city slicker focused on her smartphone. Wulfric the Wolf has a sweet tooth and is misunderstood. Little Red travels from the city to the country to give her Grandma cupcakes and Wulfric tries to stop her. Kids (and you) will love the colorful cast of puppet characters. Sat., 9:30 am. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All agesEvent details.

Pirate School
This one-man family vaudeville show is guaranteed to be a swashbuckling good time. This zany show, created and performed by New York comedian and actor David Engel features singing, pirate speak and hilarity. Your little Buccaneer will love that the interactive performance schools him in how to be a good pirate. Sun., 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Pirate School by Mark Phillips