This weekend in NYC features a great lineup of activities: Billions of bubbles in Union Square Park, a subway-themed birthday bash, Celebrate Brooklyn’s only family concert of the season and a Jazz Age Lawn Party that’ll make you feel like you’re on the set of The Great Gatsby. Read on for details on these and other great family weekend events. Looking for a few more ideas of how to celebrate Dad? Check out Red Tricycle’s list of NYC Father’s Day events.



NYBG Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival
Spend a day on the lawns of Daffodil Hill at the New York Botanic Garden. Have a plate of BBQ, sample craft beers from around the state, listen to live music from The Lone Bellow and other popular bands, play on a putting green, see cooking demonstrations and more. You can even find family concerts from Three Billy Goats Gruff in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bronx. $30/adults, $15/kids 2-12, free/under age 2. All ages. Event details.


MoMA Art Lab
Do something different after school this Friday and drop into the MoMA Art Lab to complete a hands-on art or drawing project. The current exhibit allows visitors to go beyond looking at and talking about art with interactive spaces that encourage experimentation, play and creativity. Fri., 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Midtown. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.


Bubble Battle
From the creators of the infamous Union Square Pillow Fight, comes an event that your kid will go crazy for – a Bubble Battle, loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. If you want to participate bring bubble toys, wands, bubble solution and whatever else you need to create billions of bubbles. Even if you don’t bring a wand, we bet your kid will enjoy the spectacle. Sat., 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Union Square. Free. All ages. Event details.


Biggest Subway Birthday Bash Ever
Celebrate the subway’s birthday at the New York Transit Museum and help support the Museum’s educational programs through this fundraising event. Enjoy breakfast (including cake), crafts, activities, a photo booth, music, singalongs and best of all, vintage train rides. Sat., 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Downtown Brooklyn. $55/adults, $30/kids 2-17, under 2 free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Brooklyn Family Concert
Today, Celebrate Brooklyn goes family style with an Ezra Jack Keats family concert featuring multi-cultural L.A. party band Ozomatli who have albums out for both kids and adults. Plus, Park Slope’s Mark Stewart, the co-founder of Bang on a Can All-Stars, will read Keat’s work. Plus, enjoy great food and on-site stroller parking. Doors open at 3 p.m., bring a blanket to enjoy a spot on the grass or snag a seat. Sat., 4 p.m. Park Slope. $3 suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Governors Island

Jazz Age Lawn Party
Channel your inner Gatsby at this one-of-a-kind party on Governors Island. Dress in your Jazz Age best and enjoy activities ranging from Charleston lessons and antique phonograph performances to a pie recipe contest and a 1920s car exhibition. Plus, don’t miss Kidland complete with carnival games for junior gents and flapperettes. Go on Sunday for Father’s Day and use promo code JAZZFATHERS to get $5 off admission. Sat. & Sun. Governors Island. $35-$300, kids under 12 are free. All ages. Event details.

What will you and your family be doing this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of Jazz Age Lawn Party by Lynn Redmile