Start your weekend with free entry and a kid-friendly DJ set at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and end it by wishing on a falling star (or hundreds of them) watching the Perseid Meteor Shower. In between? We’ve got that covered, too. Listen to Great Jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park, eat dinner with some of Mario Batali’s top chefs, wow your kids by taking them to the 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival or head to Harlem for a soulful children’s concert performance.



Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Here’s a fun way to introduce your kids to jazz. You’ll hear amazing jazz performers including swing band Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and Bobby Sanabria Big Band, eat at some of NYC’s tastiest food trucks, play lawn games and participate in hands on family workshops. Sat., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

Robbi K & Friends at Harlem Family Day
Summerstage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series comes to Harlem with one of children’s music’s most graceful performers. Robbi K’s soulful jazz and tantalizing beats will soothe any troubled soul and will have young kids swaying and dancing as if on a tropical island. There is a DJ set from Stormin’ Norman and other arts activities planned as well. Sun., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Harlem. Free. All agesEvent details.

Family Dinner with Mario Batali’s Chefs
Indulge in a three course, kid-friendly meal crafted by chefs from Mario Batali’s restaurants Casa Mono and Tarry Lodge. You’ll dine in the New York Botanical Garden’s  Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, and kids can take part in hands-on gardening and crafts activities and see cooking demonstrations. Sun., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bronx. $75/adults, $30/kids. All ages. Event details.

See the Perseid Meteor Shower
See one of the biggest meteor showers of the year with guidance by Jason Kendall, a member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Solar System Ambassador Program since 2009. He’ll be hosting a stargazing session at the top of Inwood Hill Park in Bear Rock Meadow, touted as the “best place to see the stars in Manhattan.” While the best viewing times are way past kids’ bedtimes, you’ll still see plenty of action when the skies go dark. Sun., 7:30 pm – 4:00 am, Inwood. Free. All agesEvent details.


Free Family Jam at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
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. Fri., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Crown Heights. Free. All agesEvent details.


Dragon Boat Festival
The 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is happening at Meadows Lake in Flushing. This is surely a spectacle for you and the kids to see with over 170 teams and more than 2,000 participants competing from around the world. The festival features two days of exciting Dragon Boat Racing, performances and delicious ethnic food. Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Flushing. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Central Park Conservancy