It’s that time of week where your kiddos inevitably ask, what are we doing this weekend? We’re here to help! Fly a kite over the river, check out some over the top sand castles, build your very own playground or indulge on some tasty BBQ. We promise, you’ll be the coolest mom around when your give your little ones all of these options, happy weekend!

Riverside Park


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 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. Event details

Harlem Week Children’s Festival
Hit the streets to celebrate the Harlem neighborhood. On Saturday your fam can enjoy a parade, games, arts & crafts and more. Head back on Sunday for the “Back to School” theme with more fun exhibits, games and crafts. Both days will feature live music and performances. And while you’re there, check out the fashion show, auto show and more! Check out the official site for exact days and times. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Dig in at the Blues and BBQ Festival
Come hungry and spend the day at the waterfront enjoying of blues and BBQ. Taste some of the best slow cooked meats in the city all while listening to live Blues and Roots musicians. And the best part? Since you’re not in a restaurant, you can take your time eating while your little one runs around. Sat. 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. Event details


Last Night! 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. Fri. Event details

Draw a Cityscape on the Sidewalk
People look up to see a skyline, but after this workshop, visitors to the Museum will be able to view skyscrapers by looking down. Your little architects will sketch a blueprint for a familiar building, then go outside to draw their designs in colorful chalk on the sidewalk: an instant cityscape. Must RSVP to attend. Email or call 212) 945-6324. Sat. Event details


Race to Family Field Day
Kick, jump and run your way through the pier at Family Field Day. From potato sack, to hula hoops, to parachutes and soccer, your little athletes will be exhausted after an exciting day of activities on the water. Reward your all-stars with some delicious ice cream at Ample Hill. Sat. Event details

Take a Swing at the Mets Jam Music Festival
Show your support for the Mets and take your little slugger out for a day of music and baseball. Listen to live music, meet Mets legends, take a swing in the batting cages, hit it out of the park at the Home Run Derby, find out how fast you can pitch, enter a raffle to win tickets to a Mets game and more. Let’s play ball! Sat. 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. Event details


Movie Under the Stars: Finding Nemo
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic dinner and head to the park to watch the Disney classic Finding Nemo with the fam. Get there early to grab a great spot, kick back, relax and enjoy a nice summer evening. Fri. Event details

SculptureCenter’s LIC Block Party
Taking over the whole of SculptureCenter and the length of Purves Street in Long Island City, this cool block party has it all. Your kiddos can enjoy artist-led activities, including instrument-making, fashion-making and more. And while you’re hanging and getting crafty, groove to some live music, check out great performances, shop at the Artists’ Market, and try some delicious food from local restaurants. Sat. Event details

Roosevelt Island

Imagination Playground
If your kiddos enjoy building with blocks, they’re not going to believe their eyes when you take them to this event. Your little builders can create anything they can dream up using huge blocks supplied by Imagination Playground. Pack a picnic and spend the day on the island. This year Imagination Playground is teaming up with the Uni Project. Your fam can also swing by their pop-up reading room to sit, read, draw, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials. Sat. & Sun. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling