Looking for something fun to do this weekend? If you have a little animal lover, we found three events he’ll love from watching talented dogs to searching for seals. Does your kid love seeing shows? Catch a spectacular and silly puppet show or made-for-families symphony performance. Read on for all the details. Some events are free!



Spot Seals On Orchard Beach
Did you know that seals live in NYC? It’s true! A variety of seal species can been seen from Orchard Beach, so head to the Nature Center for a special day of wildlife exploration. Rangers will be on hand to help you spot them and other animals. Bring binoculars if you have them. Sat., 10 a.m. Bronx. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fancy Nancy Family Book Brunch
Meet Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor and pop-up book creator Sam Ita at this family-friendly brunch. Enjoy bagels, books, balloon animals, clowns, quizzes, activities and more. Sun., 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Upper West Side. $50/family of 4. All agesEvent details.


Westminster Dog Agility Challenge
Got a little dog lover? Then take him to see a bunch of talented pooches in this exciting canine sport. This agility challenge features non-purebred dogs jumping, weaving and going through tunnels as fast as they can. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Midtown. $20/adults, children 12 and under/free. All ages. Event details.


Fantasia’s Big Bon Voyage Party
Fantasia, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s 23-foot long Burmese python is getting older, so it’s time for her to move on to the Staten Island Zoo. Help say goodbye at special party featuring a slithering snake race, a python puppet craft and a Fantasia-sized tape measure kids can size themselves up against. Sun., 2:30 p.m-4:45 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams Puppet Show
Sleeping beauty gets a funny, contemporary makeover in this puppet show put on by Mexican puppet company Marionetas de la Esquina. You’ll all enjoy the gorgeous video landscape backdrops as a young girl seeks her true self and true love in this 1-hour performance. Sat., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Fort Greene. $12. Ages 5-8Event details.


Free Orchestra Performance: The Frog Prince & Peter and the Wolf Orchestra
The Queens Symphony Orchestra will bring these two classic tales to life in a way that resonates with audiences young and old. Get there early at 2 p.m. for a “warm up” where kids can meet the musicians, try out some instruments, learn about what makes up the orchestra and explore the day’s theme. RSVP required. Sun., 3 p.m. Flushing. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

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