Summer is coming to a close, but there are still lots of fun things to do this Labor Day weekend. If you never made it to the must-see LEGO Safari at the Bronx Zoo, this is your last chance to fit it in before the exhibit closes. You can catch a very unique boat race or even more unique, hundreds of unicyclists taking to the streets! Fit in one last BBQ where amazing chefs will do wonders with pigs. Or get kids pumped up for back to school with a Friday morning jam or a Monday party featuring free school supplies for all attendees.


LEGO Safari at the Bronx Zoo
Have you gone to the Bronx Zoo to check out the amazing Lego Safari yet? This weekend is your last chance. You’ll find giant LEGO sculptures of all kinds of exotic wildlife including tigers, gorillas and flamingos. While you’re there you can also explore all the living wild animals of the zoo, build your own LEGO sculptures and see theater and puppet show performances. Fri., Sat., Sun., Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bronx. $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids 3-12. All ages. Event details.

Tugboat Race & Competition
The 20th annual running of the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition is on! Catch the boats parading up the river from Pier 84 at 44th Street around 10:00 am to the start line at the 79th Street Boat Basin or watch the race, which begins at 10:30 am. Other events include nose to nose pushing contests, a line toss competitions, spinach eating contest and other exhibits. Sun., 10:00 am. UWS. Free. All agesEvent details.


Back to School Bash
School is almost in session and it’s time to celebrate with Sean Meenan and at Habana Outpost. Pick up free school supplies, create recycled bookmarks, enjoy face painting and balloon animals, get freebies from Plum Organics and the Hip Tot Music Festival and learn how to make homemade finger paint with My Brooklyn Baby. An appearance by Elmo, a dance party and more is also on tap. Mon., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fort Greene. Free. All agesEvent details.

Back to School Jam
The first day of school is almost here, but first take your tot to a party at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. This is especially great if your little one will be heading to school for the first time this fall. Celebrate this major milestone with a fun party of crafts, music and even a fashion show. Fri., 11:00 am. Crown Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.

Governors Island

Pig Island
Pig Island is taking over Governors Island where you’ll find 25 of the best chefs in the city going hog wild with local pigs. You’ll see cooking demos, taste wine, beer and food (of course). Plus, a variety of bands will keep you entertained all day with live music. While tickets are pricey, they include food and beer – non-alcoholic beverages for the kiddos will be sold as well. Sat., 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. Governors Island. $85.00 per person. All ages. Event details.

NYC Unicycle Festival
There’s something about seeing folks ride a bike with one wheel that’s so much more charming than 2-wheelers. This weekend marks the NYC Unicycle Festival and 3 glorious days of one wheel madness. Last year more than 300 unicyclers took to the city. The main event is on Governors Island where you’ll find races, exhibitions, unicycle basketball, the chance to try unicycling yourself and more. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Governors Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of Bronx Zoo