School is out for the summer, so we dare you to be adventurous this weekend. Leave your neighborhood for one of our editor’s top family-friendly events. Check out a music festival and surfing contest at the beach, celebrate your favorite superhero, learn a bunch of new stuff about bugs and more.



Check out the Harlem Arts Festival
Celebrating Harlem’s artistic legacy, the Harlem Arts Festival presents free live music, dance, theater, spoken word, and visual arts. After you enjoy live performances on one of the two stages, head over to the Kids’ Corner for face-painting, arts and crafts and maybe a yoga session. Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate PrideFest
It’s the 20th year for NYC’s annual LGBT street fair. The day of celebratory fun includes vendors, entertainers and activities. Grab a bite, listen to music and celebrate equality with your family. Sun., 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. West Village. Free. All ages. Event details.

Go On an Architectural Scavenger Hunt
It’s Family Day at the Center for Architecture Foundation. Travel to Greenwich Village and tour the neighborhood, selecting favorite buildings along the way. Then, back at the Center, kids can construct models of their top choices. Pre-registration required. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Greenwich Village. $20/family of 4. Ages 5 and older. Event details.


Zoom Over to Superhero Day
The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has a full roster of action-packed programs scheduled, all around the theme of your favorite superheroes. Make your own cape for Superman’s birthday, hone your detective skills Batman-style and channel your inner Wonder Woman as you lasso the truth. Dress your kids as their favorite superhero to get half off admission. Fri.,10 a.m. Crown Heights. Museum admission of $9 per person, under age 1 free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Bug Day
Got a little bug lover? Head to NYSCI for a one-day celebration. Entomologist and bee keepers will be on hand to lead a bunch of activities including a lady bug release, bug eating, a carnivorous plant workshops, a chance to see hissing cockroaches and more. Sat., 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Corona. Museum admission of $11 adults, $8 kids 2-17. All ages. Event details.

Hit the Beach for the Rockstock & Barrels Festival
There’s something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy at this free beachside festival. A surfing contest begins at 8 a.m., while free beach games and two stages of musical performances start at 10 a.m. Sat., 8 a.m. Rockaway. Free. All ages. Event details.

How are you and your family spending this summer weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of NYSCI