Still have energetic kids after your day of 4th of July festivities? Check out our lineup of weekend fun. Take a day trip (back in time) to Governors Island to ride vintage carousels and carnival rides. And if you’ve got a train loving preschooler, we suggest you visit nearby Phillipsburg, New Jersey for a very special ride with Thomas & Friends. Want to see a show? The Philharmonic has a cool show complete with interplanetary odysseys to watch on a big screen. You can see a free performance of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown in Park Slope. Or see a midday kiddie concert at Bryant Park. Plus, there’s a family-friendly global celebration in Central Park on Sunday to top it all off.



Global Family Day in Central Park
Global Family Day is dedicated to presenting engaging performances to families from around the world. You’ll see contemporary circus performers The Carpetbag Brigade and Nemcatacoa Teatro, a Grammy nominated children’s artist Elizabeth Mitchell, the steelband Calypso style Natural Expression Rhythm Band, dancers, activity stations and more. It should be an all-around awesome day in the park. Sun., 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Lou Gallo and Jean Rohe from the Very Hungry Band
Lou Gallo and Jean Rohe from The Very Hungry Band will be sharing stories and plenty of music at the Bryant Park Reading Room just for kids today. Sat., 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

New York Philharmonic: The Planets – An HD Odyssey
Take a breathtaking journey through the cosmos with the New York Philharmonic as your soundtrack. While the orchestra performs Holst’s spectacular showpiece (the inspiration for countless adventure film scores), a brilliant HD video — using NASA images of actual interplanetary odysseys — is projected on a huge screen above the stage. Buckle up! Fri., Sat., 8:00 pm; Sun., 3:00 pm. Lincoln Center. $45-65. All agesEvent details.


You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
This Tony-award winning musical is setting up shop for one special night at the Piper Theatre at The Old Stone House in JJ Bryne Playground. Go along on an adventure with favorite Schulz characters Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Charlie, Sally and of course, Snoopy. Bring a blanket and a picnic – seating is outside on the Turf behind The Old Stone House. Sat., 8:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All agesEvent details.

Governors Island

Fete Paradiso
Vintage carousels and carnival rides are coming to Governors Island in the festival’s American debut. This rare collection of museum-quality rides and attractions are from the late 19th and early 20th century. From a bicycle carousel to a pipe organ to flying swings, this French film come to life is not to be missed. Plus, they’ve transformed a bumper car pavilion from 1900 into a beer garden that will serving up food from French bistro Le Gamin. Sat. through September 29, 2013; 10:30 am – 6:30 pm. Governors Island. All agesEvent details.

New Jersey

Day Out With Thomas: Go Go Tour
Thomas the Tank Engine comes to life on this 25-minute ride featuring games, activities and a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway. There will also be a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables and coloring sheets. Plus before you board enjoy storytelling, video viewing, live music , two bounce houses, The Ol’ Susquehanna Mine train ride, model train layout, the country’s largest band wagon and a juggling act. Trains depart on the hour. Fri., Sat., Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Phillipsburg. $19. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Fete Paradiso