It may be the middle of August, but that doesn’t mean you should switch gears over to “back to school” just yet. Keep the summer fun going with this annual sand sculpting competition, cool off for free at this sprinkler day, or go fly a kite (literally) at this summer festival. Keep scrolling for the rest of our top picks!

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911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency
Nobody knows what to do when the elves at the North Pole get the flu on Christmas Eve. Somebody has to get the job done so dial 911 GNOMES to the rescue! Find out if they can get the job done. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

4th Annual NYC Math Festival
Bring your friends and the entire family and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. Plus the day will also feature group constructions of giant geometric sculptures, exciting mathematical juggling performances, and a live demo of solving the Rubik’s Cube with one’s feet! Sat. Event Details.


Accordion Festival Finale
Audiences have an opportunity to hear music from all over the world and to experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The finale is Accordion Festival, a five-hour celebration of bands with at least one accordionist. Fri. Event Details.


Music and kites fill the air at this festival for all ages! Kite kits are provided free for children (while supplies last), or bring your own favorite kite from home. Sat. Event Details.

Sprinkler Day
Sprinkler Day is back at Asphalt Green. Kick off your flip-flops and enjoy free outdoor play in their high-powered sprinklers. Plus a day on the green wouldn’t be complete without a treat. All attendees will receive a free frozen dessert on their way out. Sat. Event Details.


29th Annual Sand Sculpting Competition
Watch as competitors bring the creativity and imagination to these one-of-a-kind works of art in the sand. Sat. Event Details.

Puppetsburg Boozy Sunday Funday
Catch a weekend Puppetsburg show with the whole family, with free “Grown-up Juice” for the parents! You’ll love Wild Was Mama’s beautiful, nature-inspired space almost as much as you love treating your munchkin and yourself. Sun. Event Details.


City Stompers at the Beach
NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music. Sun. Event Details.

Music in the Garden: People of Earth
People of Earth is a 15-member global music orchestra set on blurring the barriers between the great art forms of the terrestrial sphere, and creating an explosive blend of the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond. Sun. Event Details.


Honey Weekend
This signature weekend offers a buzz-worthy range of activities, from candle-making and honey-extraction demonstrations to a “Be a Bee” Family Art Project that has become a classic. Meet local beekeepers in The Shop, where you can enjoy a selection of local, artisanal honeys. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Tavern Terrace Outdoor Concert Series
Bring a blanket and have a picnic at Staten Island’s biggest backyard party. Enjoy classic outdoor games and cool down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat while you listen to live music! Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

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