The first day of summer arrives on Saturday and with it, comes an amazing lineup of family fun. Kick off the season with Coney Island’s infamous Mermaid Parade, a circus in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a free concert in Central Park and more. Read on to make this first weekend of summer a memorable one.



Free Nature-Inspired Concert in Central Park
See Jackson Gillman, “stand up chameleon”, perform funny and educational songs and stories about animals, bugs and flowers that make up our world amongst nature at the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade. Sun., 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.

Learn About Sharks at AMNH
Visit the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History for a day of all things sharks! See scientists lead interactive presentations, participate in hands-on activities and examine shark and ray specimens first hand. A must-do for shark lovers! Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. All ages. Event details.


Christian Youth Theater Presents Seussical, Jr.
Young performers will portray the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books. Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in SEUSSICAL JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Midtown. $25-$30. All ages. Event details.


Hawaiian Storytelling
Aunty Mauli will share one of Hawaiʻi childrensʻ favorite stories and hula. Enjoy a story and learn a simple child friendly hula that tells of the ocean creatures who live in the sea surrounding our islands. Sat.,11 a.m.-11:55 a.m. East Village. $5. Ages 3 and older. Event details.


Mermaid Parade
The Mermaid Parade is more than just a Coney Island freak fest. It’s now a full-fledged family event, populated with plenty of merkids and adorable merbabies celebrating the individual spirit of New York. The parade marchers and motorized floats praise all things nautical as long they’re shiny, glittery, mythological and wacky-looking. Be forewarned though, that some of the Mermaids and Mermen are scantily clad. Sat., 1 p.m. Coney Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Barolosolo Cirkus Company at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Here’s a special Brooklyn Family Day performance by a very special circus company. This free, outdoor performance will thrill both you and your kids. Expect modern physical theater, comedy, poetry and music. You can also participate in interactive circus arts workshops, face painting and more. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you and your family have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park