Summer isn’t over yet, and we’re here to make sure you make the most of what’s left! Load up your super soakers for a giant water gun fight, pack your overnight bag and hit the museum for a sleepover with dinosaurs, or hop in the car and catch a flick at an old school drive in. We’ve got all the best ways to enjoy this awesome summer weekend, so get out there and enjoy!

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Photo: Coney Island Squirt Gun Fight



Pack a Sleeping Bag for a Night at the Museum
Take your little ones on an adventure just like they’ve seen in the movies. This sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History is worth the splurge. When the doors close and the lights dim for the night, you will just be beginning your adventure. Use flashlights to make your way through exhibits, visit T. rex, watch a 3-D movie and sleep under the giant blue whale. Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be served. Must call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to reserve a spot. Sat. Event details

Feast at the Italian Festival
Games, rides, live music and a 75 foot tall wooden Giglio carried by over a 100 people, yeah this festival has everything. The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio is a yearly event that celebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition, but you don’t need to be Italian to get in on the celebrations! There’s even a mini Giglio just for the children to lift. And we highly suggest you come hungry, because it will be hard not to eat your way through this festival with so many delicious options. Thurs.-Sun. Event details


Passport to Eataly
Embark on a delicious adventure through NYC’s very own Italian marketplace. Your little ones will fill up their passports with stamps while following their Eatalian ambassador on a tour of Eataly, all along the way learning Italian words and tasting the local cuisine. While your little travelers are busy exploring, kick back and enjoy a complimentary espresso at Lavazza Cafe. The tour meets at the Guest Relations desk, located just inside the 23rd Street entrance. Sat. Event details

Go Green at the 28th Annual Ecofest
Learn how to care for the environment and enjoy a fun day in the heart of Time Square. Enjoy an eco-fashion show, special exhibits and even let your little environmentalists participate in the recycling olympics. Sun. Event details


35th Annual Battery Dance Festival
Take your aspiring dancers out for an evening of performances in the park. Watch a broad range of dance styles and cultures while enjoying the city skylines. Make an evening out of it and pack a picnic or grab some takeout to have a family dinner in the park. Sun. Event details


Get Wet at a Squirt Gun Fight
No backyard? No problem! Break out those sweet ’90s Super Soakers for a proper water fight in on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Every year, thousands of New Yorkers duke it out with buckets and squirt guns (and siblings look to settle the score). Pack a bathing suit and your water-spraying contraption of choice, slather on the sunscreen, and get pumped for a sopping-wet day of fun. Sat. Event details.

Lulu’s 15th Anniversary Carnival
Lulu’s is partnering up with 5th Ave Park Slope BID Summer Strolls for an awesome carnival themed block party. Your little clowns can enjoy a bounce house, face painting, carnival games, a carousel ride and more. LuLu’s Cuts & Toys is celebrating  a big milestone, 15 years in business ,and wants to invite you to the party to help celebrate! Sat. Event details

Bark in the Park with the Brooklyn Cyclones
What kid doesn’t like baseball and puppies? Well here’s your chance to combine two kid favorites. Come to the ballpark early for a special pregame dog parade around the bases at Bark in the Park, a mini adoption fair outside the stadium, and more. If you have a furry sidekick, bring him along to watch the game with the fam! Then stay to watch the Cyclones take on the West Virginia Black Bears. Be sure to stick around post game to run the bases like a pro. Sun. Event details


Magnify Curiosity Aboard the Bio Bus
Travel into worlds smaller than the eye can see aboard the BioBus, the world’s only state-of-the-art microscope facility housed on a solar-powered 1974 transit bus. Zoom in on the tiniest of animals to find its microscopic beating heart, or use a handheld microscope to magnify your own eye and watch it pulsate in response to light. Project your discoveries onto large digital displays for your friends and family to see. Fri. Event details

Staten Island

Cruise Over to the All American Drive-In
Drive right into the past to see a movie without ever getting out of your car. That’s right, for those of you that have never been, this is called a drive-in movie, and for six days only, Staten Island is bringing them back. Park the car and tune your radio to hear the audio, pop the back and sit in the trunk or squish everyone together in the front seat and enjoy a movie as a family. Pack some snacks and drinks for the full movie experience. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

How will your family enjoy the summer weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling