This weekend embrace your inner child and come ready to play. Fly a kite above the Hudson at the Fly NYC Kite Festival, marvel at the sand sculptures at Coney Island’s annual competition, or follow clues to a super secret pop up dinner for the whole family. New York is  your playground, so get out there and enjoy.

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 Photo: Fly NYC Kite Festival via Flickr 


Fly a Kite to the Highest Height
Let’s go fly a kite over the Hudson River at the Fly NYC Kite Festival. Don’t have one? No problem, just bring your imagination and pick a up a kite-making kit when you get there. Dance along to live music while enjoying the colorful skyline as hundreds of kites soar over the river. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details

Children Rule at Harlem Week
Harlem Week last all week, but this event is just for the kiddies. Enjoy storytelling, live music, dance performances, arts & crafts, face painting and even a double dutch competition. Make sure your little ones stay on the lookout while walking around, rumor is there will be some super heroes in attendance. Sat. & Sun. Sat. noon-5 p.m.; Sun. noon- 6 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate at the India Day Parade
March to the east side to celebrate India. Come early and pick a spot to watch forty colorful floats, along with dancers and live music, parade down Madison Ave. Hang out where the parade ends at Madison Square Park and enjoy live cultural entertainment as well as a marketplace full of authentic food and merchandise. Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Midtown East. Free. All ages. Event details 


Stroll the Whitney Museum Like VIP
You and your baby will feel like VIP with access to the Whitney Museum while it’s closed to the public. Take a guided tour of the exhibition America is Hard to See with fellow moms and dads. The tour is only open to parents and caregivers with children under 18 months, so we promise no dirty looks from other museum goers if your little artist starts crying. Sat. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Meatpacking District. $25/person in addition to museum admission ($22/adult; $18/senior; members and children under 18 mos. are under are free). 18 mos. and under. Event details. 

Dance into Family Swing Day
Swing, twirl and toss your family to live music by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra while getting in a history lesson. Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II by showing off your best Charleston and Lindy Hop. And most importantly, make sure to dress the part! Sat. 6:30-8 p.m. Battery Park City. Free. All ages. Event details


Take to the Streets
Roam nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park without a car in sight. This is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party and total fun. Scale a climbing wall, fly above the city street on a zip line, enjoy musical performances, or simply take a nice long walk. And this year features the addition of a 270 foot water slide. Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Manhattan. From Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details

Pop Up Dinner for the Whole Family
You know all those pop up dinners that sound so cool, but you can’t go because you’ve got kids and you don’t have a sitter? Well the Manhattan Underground Toddler Society has designed this pop up dinner for parents and their little culinary critics to enjoy together. The super secret location won’t be revealed until 72 hours before the event, but watch for clues before that. Enjoy a farm-to-table three course meal with wine pairings while your little ones dine on kid friendly food and play with farm themed toys. There will even be some babysitters roaming around to keep everyone busy and entertained with fun activities. Sat. 6 -9 p.m. Location TBD. $90/person; children free with adult ticket. All ages. Event details.


Judge Sand Sculptures at Coney Island
While you may not be an official judge, you and your little one can walk the beach and marvel at the sand sculptures, built by amateurs and professionals, as they compete for prizes. Spend the whole day enjoying live entertainment, the beach, and boardwalk. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Coney Island. Free. All ages. Event details


Make a Splash at the Water Festival
Throw on a swimsuit, pack a towel and cool off at this festival filled with water inflatables and bounce houses. It’s summer, it’s Friday, so break the rules and let your little ones snack on some cotton candy and popcorn. Your kiddies will go home water logged and ready for nap time. Fri. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Bayswater. Free. All ages. Event details

 Governor’s Island

Swing Over to this 1920’s Lawn Party
Travel back in time, sip on martinis and dance the Charleston while your little gents and flapperettes explore Kidland. Have we got your attention? The Jazz Age Lawn Party caters to all ages. Live music, signature cocktails and dance contests for the adults. Carnival games, pie eating contests and a motorcar exhibit sure to keep your little ones entertained. Don’t forget to dress the part and capture a vintage family portrait before leaving. Must purchase tickets in advance. Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Governor’s Island. $35/person and up. All ages. Event details

Where will your family play this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling