Don’t let boredom set in as the dog days of summer roll on. Try one of our top New York City kids activity picks instead! Head up to the New York Botanical Garden to travel through the global gardens for a summer harvest celebration. Or get some back-to-school shopping done and participate in a craft session at the same time. Creative kids can also make princess accessories at the Scholastic Store or meet a theater set designer at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Also on tap – a Brazil Day celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and a class on all kinds of living creatures.


Summer Harvest Weekend
Visit the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate the summer harvest season of their five Global Gardens in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. You’ll earn stamps in a passport by exploring each one and you can meet the gardeners, play garden games, create cultural crafts and even sample pickles. You can also catch cooking demonstrations at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Sat. and Sun., 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm. All ages. Event details.

Gap Shine On Saturdays
Stop by the Gap on 85th Street and 3rd Avenue for a special craft session created by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag. Today, your kiddo can make a colorful custom journal to take home where she can record her goals, hopes, dreams and shining accomplishments in the new school year. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. UES. Free. All ages. Event details.

Meet a Theater Set Designer
As part of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s Meet the Designer Series, today you can meet Rachel Hauck, set designer from Region Theater. She’ll reveal her creative process and talk about how she creates her designs, introducing kids to a potential artistic career. Sun., 2:00 pm. UWS. Free after museum admission. Ages 4 and older. Event details.


Paper Purses and Tiaras!
Get ready for an afternoon of princess fun at the Scholastic Store. In honor of the Klutz book Princess Paper Purses and Tiaras!, the store will be filled with Disney Princess decorations, you’ll hear royal tales, and fold, bedazzle, and craft oodles of girly accessories. Sat., 3:00 pm. Soho. Free. Ages 3 and olderEvent details.

Creatures Family Day
Learn about native creatures from bunnies to butterflies to single-cell organisms and how they coexist with us on planet Earth. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. East Village. Free. All ages. Event details.


Brazil Day
Celebrate Brazil Day at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. See some Brazilian items in the museum’s collection, learn samba steps and take home a Brazilian-inspired craft. Sat., 2:30 pm. Crown Heights. Free after museum admission. Ages 5 ad upEvent details.

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of New York Botanical Garden