This weekend in NYC has a little bit of everything kids dreams are made of – bubbles, balloons, dinosaurs, ice cream and face painting. Fun is happening all over the city, including Brooklyn and Queens. Read on to find out where and when to get in on the action.



Jeff Koons Exhibit Family Opening
The Whitney is opening early just for families to see the new exhibit Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. This family-friendly exhibition features a giant sculpture of a balloon dog, a larger-than-life sculpture of Play-Doh, and much more. The Museum will offer art making activities, hands-on gallery stations, and other fun ways to help you and your brood learn about Koons’s art and process. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Upper East Side. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate National Ice Cream day at Ripley’s Times Square
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Ripley’s Times Square and taste one of five unbelievable flavors (made by Max and Mina’s Ice Cream in Queens) including Herring, Cayenne Carmel, and Pickle for a chance to earn half-priced admission. Spin the Wheel of Ice “Screams,” get a free sample cone and can earn half-priced admission by completing their designated challenge (or at least give it a good shot), which includes a blind taste test and mystery toppings, to name a few.  Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Midtown. Free; admission $29.95/adults, $22.95/kids. All ages. Event details.


New Museum Block Party
The New Museum’s Annual Block Party is its biggest family event of the year. Held in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the avant-garde shindig offers plenty of innovative art workshops, live dance performances and poetry slams. During the fest, take a family-friendly tour of the museum’s upcoming exhibition Here and Elsewhere, which examines contemporary art from and about the Arab world. Sat., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Lower East Side. Free All ages. Event details.


Walking with Dinosaurs Live Show
Based on the award-winning BBC TV series, Walking with Dinosaurs – the Arena Spectacular will wow your kids with life-size beasts, erupting volcanoes, and more at the Barclays Center. The show tells the story of the dinosaurs’ evolution with near cinematic realism. Your kids will learn a thing or two about the days when dinosaurs reigned the earth and be entertained all at the same time. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 7 p.m. Fort Greene. $30-$115. All agesEvent details.


Bubble Trouble
What kid doesn’t love bubbles? Now they can design and craft their own bubble blowing tools from recycled and household materials at this New York Hall of Science workshop. Preregistration is recommended. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Flushing Meadows. $8/family plus Museum admission. Ages 18 months and older. Event details.

Queens Family Day Concert
Enjoy a free concert fit for the whole family in Queensbridge Park. You’ll see Jazz at The Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Rashida Bumbray, Michael Mossman and Copland Jazz. Plus, there will be interactive music and dance workshops, face painting and more. Sun., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Astoria. Free. All agesEvent details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

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