Whether your kids are in the mood to dance, sample new foods, have a picnic, cheer on a team, be sporty or learn about technology, there is a family-friendly event that’ll be the perfect fit this weekend. Read on for details on all the NYC fun.

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Learn to Boogie at the Midsummer Night Swing Kids Dance
Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing has a family-friendly twist tonight – it’s all about the kids! Young dancers can learn the basics of swing, merengue, tango and salsa from Rodney Lopez of Dancing Classrooms. Sat., 3 p.m. Lincoln Square. Free. Ages 6-10. Event details.

Picnic with the Philharmonic in Central Park
Enjoy a free outdoor concert from the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert. Pack a picnic and some toys and listen to the tunes under the stars on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Don’t leave early – fireworks will follow the concert. Fri. & Mon., 8 p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Channel Your Inner Parisian at a Bastille Day Celebration
To kids, the sound of the words, “Oui, oui” can be giggle-inducing, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy Bastille Day on 60th St. While you’re sampling fromage and sipping refreshing wine, the kids can munch on éclairs, watch the Can-Can dancers and maybe even learn some French besides “Wee-wee.” Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Watch the World Cup Finals at a Kid-Friendly Venue
See the World Cup games for free on the Paley Center for Media’s big screen. You and your kids can enjoy watching the action outside of the house, without going to a rowdy bar. The schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check it before you go. Fri., Sat. & Sun., times vary. Free. All ages. Event details.


Go Rowing in Prospect Park
Row, row, row your boat on Prospect Park Lake thanks to the Village Community Boathouse and the Prospect Park Alliance. You’ll need to bring your rowing skills, but life jackets are provided. Make a day of it – pack a picnic and enjoy it on dry land after your row around the lake. Sat., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Get World’s Fair Geeky at New York Hall of Science
Science and the World’s Fairs have always gone hand-in-hand. And the New York Hall of Science, which grew out of the 1964 World’s Fair, highlights that relationship in “50 Years of Exploration and Innovation.” Starting in June on selective Saturdays, kids will learn about the different technologies and advancements made in the past 50 years on land, in space, and in the water. Hands-on activities and documentaries will be part of the fun during these day-long events. Sat. Corona. $11/adults, $8/kids. All ages. Event details.

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— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of FIAF by Michael George