We found lots of ways to keep you and your family busy this weekend – inside and out. There’s a new must-see LEGO art exhibit at Discovery Time Square opening this weekend. Other options – practice your Spanglish, we mean, Spanish for free at a fun music and art workshop, picnic at Battery Urban Farm, see a show Under a Tree at J.J. Bryne or celebrate soccer with a cool festival (music, food and freebies!) in Fort Greene. And don’t forget, Sunday is Father’s Day. Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to make a special tie or check out our list of the top Father’s Day events in NYC for other ways to celebrate Dad this weekend here.
Free Art, Music & Spanish Workshop
Enjoy free art, music and a Spanish workshop on the La Casa Azul Bookstore’s patio. Children will sing original songs, play a fun game and create an art project inspired by “La Gran Manzana” (The Big Apple). You must pre-register for this free event. Sat., 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Upper East Side. Free. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Father’s Day Tie Collage
Here’s a Father’s Day themed art workshop just for the littlest artists. The museum will provide feathers, foam shapes and pom poms for kids to decorate an oversized tie. Sun., 10:00 am & 1:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. Ages 0-4. Event details.
Art of the Brick Exhibit Opening Weekend
LEGO lovers get ready – the Art of the Brick exhibit opens today at Discovery Times Square. By artist Nathan Sawaya, this critcally acclaimed collection is made entriely of LEGO bricks and is the world’s biggest, most elaborate display of LEGO art ever. It’s running through August 31st, but you could check it off your summer list this weekend. Fri., Sat., Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Midtown. $20.50/adults, $15.50/kids ages 4-12. All ages. Event details.
Battery Urban Farm Storytelling
This month’s Saturday at Battery Urban Farm features a workshop on crafting the story of your garden led by Story Corps. You can volunteer at the farm, as a family, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can also pay a visit to the farmstand and have a picnic snack in the grass surrounding the farm to make a day of it. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Under the Tree
Kids can discover a hidden world right in their own backyard, or park in this case, with this imaginative and unique performance installation. This hands-on show blends visual art, animation, puppetry and performance in an intimate space. You’ll touch, smell and discover a secret world with Pea on an adventure under a tree. Sun., 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Park Slope. $15/adults, $10/kids. All ages. Event details.
Brooklyn Bridge Cup Soccer + Block Party
Hip Tot Music Fest and Young Rock Soccer Academy are coming together for a day of soccer and music fun in Fort Greene. Kindie rock sensation AudraRox will perform along with The City Billies, a bluegrass and reggae combo, and headliner Love Funk who recently opened for the B52s. Four yummy food trucks will be parked on the block including the Kimichi Taco Truck and Andy’s Italian Ices & Espresso Bar. You’ll also find freebies, crafts, free snacks, games, bubbles, chalk and a petting zoo. Plus, there will be soccer – more than 400 players from all over the city will compete for the honor of hoisting the Brooklyn Cup. Sat., 9:00 am & 5:00 pm. Fort Greene. $12. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Discovery Times Square