We found a great mix of kids events this weekend. Foodies can hit the Hudson River Blues BBQ Festival. Sports fans should head out to Queens for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Brainy kids – celebrate your summer reading accomplishments at the NYPL. Love theater? See another Fringe Jr show. Jet setters can imagine they travelled all the way to India with a special solar-powered festival. And, dancing kids can shake their groove the African dance way at Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s free Friday night Family Jam. Have fun!
NYPL Summer Reading Celebration
Did your kids enjoy a summer of reading with the NYPL’s Summer Reading Program? Then celebrate their accomplishments with crafts, food and prizes at the library’s main branch, or your neighborhood branch where your kiddo signed up. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your kid’s summer reading log to make it official. Fri., 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hudson River Park Blues BBQ
The annual Blues BBQ Festival is on for the 14th year in a row. Take the kiddos to hear some awesome blues bands from across the country (Heritage Blues Orchestra and Tracy Nelson to name a couple) and taste tidbits from NYC’s finest BBQ restaurants, all while enjoying a summer day along the Hudson River. Sat., 2:00 pm. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Young Olympians Adventure Musical
Called a mix of Scooby Doo and The Goonies, The Young Olympians and The Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever, is a musical that’ll have you and the kids singing along at Fringe Jr. Hercules, Perseus, Jason and Andromeda go on a wacky adventure where they learn how to be heroes. Fri., Sat., Sun., East Village. $10. Ages 5-12. Event details.
Sun to Stars Festival
Inspired by the traditional all-night concerts that take place along India’s Ganges River, this music, dance and culture festival features an eclectic mix of performing arts all powered by solar energy. The all-ages shows will take place in Solar One’s new eco-friendly outdoor stage. Sat., 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Stuyvesant Town. Free. All ages. Event details.
Free Family Jam with African Dancing
Get in to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for free this evening for a special night of family fun. From 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, hear DJ Kakez, a local teen sensation, spinning beats in the cafe, then get creative building with outrageously big blocks. Kids ages 5 and up can also get an up close look at special objects from the natural history and cultural collection from 5:30 to 6:00 pm. Plus, The Center for African Diaspora Dance including esteemed Haitian dance teacher Julio Jean will perform in Brower Park and host an all-ages African dancing workshop. Fri., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Crown Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Just before all the excitement of the 2013 US Open begins, Arthur Ashe opens up for an event-packed kids’ day. See the pros practice, play interactive games, participate in skills sessions and enjoy juggling, face painting, Nickelodeon characters, storytelling, ATP player autographs and more. Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will all make appearances. And we can’t fail to mention the amazing musical performances lined up from Coco Jones, Ariana Grande and Austin Mahone. Sat., 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Flushing. $13.50-$44. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day