You’ll find a family-friendly event for every interest this weekend – and the best part is, they’re all free! From a cutting-edge science fair and free Shakespeare in the park to craft workshops and a remote control airplane bonanza, start planning your weekend of fun now.

World Science Fair


Free Shakespeare in Central Park
A great way to introduce kids to the theater? A free performance that’s outside in the park. New York Classical Theatre is presenting As You Like It in Central Park. Pack a picnic, blanket and a few toys just in case. Thurs.-Sun., 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Central Park at 103rd St. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Israel Parade
Celebrate the vibrant and diverse country of Israel at this parade. With more than 30,000 marchers and hundreds of thousands of spectators, this is one big parade of marching bands, floats, celebrities, entertainers, dancers and more. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


DIY Fun with Habitat for Artists
Stop by Brookfield Place this weekend for DIY fun. Artists-In-Residence will create special works of art using reclaimed materials including rafts, play houses and forts. Then, starting at 3:30 p.m., you can get in on the fun with Workshops for Kids. Artists will guide you in drawing, painting, knitting, collaging, papermaking and more. Bash the Trash will also be on hand leading instrument making workshops, musical performances and a parade finale. Fri.-Sun., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Ultimate Science Street Fair
As part of the World Science Festival, this Washington Square Park street fair absolutely, positively, cannot be missed by any self-respecting science-loving family in the tri-state area. Explore cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, blast off in an aerospace simulator, launch your own balloon rocket racer or build the fins on a robotic fish and race it against other robo-swimmers. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details.


See Kid Musicians at the Music Partners Festival
Music Partners celebrates 25+ years of bringing music education to New York City schools and community centers. This outdoor festival will feature bands, string orchestras, recorder ensembles, choruses and percussion groups from PS 321, PS 29, PS 230, PS 89, and IS 171, the Park Slope Seniors Center “Young at Heart Singers” and more with special guest The Brooklyn Jazz Orchestra. Sat.,10 a.m.-1 p.m. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.

Staten Island

Staten Island RC Modelers 4th Annual Charity Fly-In
Head to Staten Island to see local RC pilots fly models of planes from WWI to present day. Your kid will love seeing these airplanes take flight and the event raises money for a good cause – the Staten Island Children’s Campaign. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Staten Island. Donations accepted. All ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating the weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of World Science Festival