Beat the summer boredom blues with one of these fun family friendly events happening in NYC this weekend. Check out the super popular Dragon Boat Festival, get outdoors with Lincoln Center’s Family Day, or hit these traffic-free streets in NYC. That’s just the beginning. Scroll down for the rest of our top event picks for weekend family fun!

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One Page Bookmaking Workshop
Learn a few basic format variations on the single sheet book, perfect for making a portable edition. Then print up your ideas collaboratively on press, using the studio’s type collection, and edition simple books together. Everyone will come away with multiple copies of a one-page book, models for future reference, and ideas for the future. Sat. Event Details.

MOCACREATE Awesome Album Art
What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style. Sat. Event Details.

Summer Streets 2019
This popular annual summer celebration will feature zip lines, bike rides, food, and more. A total of seven miles of NYC streets will be closed to traffic to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the summer. Sat. Event Details.


Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day
Bring the kids and get into the Out of Doors spirit during this annual day dedicated to dancing, singing, and fun around the fountain. Sat. Event Details.


Sweet Spot Festival
Summer on the Hudson and Kindred Arts invite you to a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures, and music lovers of all ages. The Sweet Spot Festival features Reggae, Soulful House, Disco, and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America’s most renowned sound architects. Sat. Event Details.

Revolutionary Summer: Deborah Sampson
Meet Deborah Sampson, the woman who disguised her gender to enlist in the Continental Army. Join Deborah for military drills, then explore the inner workings of a regiment, from muskets to tents and knapsacks to ground cloths. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Fireworks on the Boardwalk
Enjoy the summer nights with this weekly firework spectacular on the Coney Island boardwalk! (Weather permitting). Fri. Event Details.

Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony
Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Sat. Event Details.


Hands on History
Ever wondered what toys children played with in the 19th century? Come try out classic games that John King and his brothers would have played on King Manor’s lawn, weather permitting. Sat. Event Details.

Dragon Boat Festival
This popular annual festival keeps up the age old tradition of Dragon Boat Racing in colorful, custom made teak boats, which are virtual works of art gliding on water. Festival events include a photo contest, presentations of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical performances and more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Kids Rule Weekend 2019
Kids rule during these two days of theatre, music, magic, water slides, pony rides and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Family Art Workshop
Washable markers, pen, ink, and Plexiglas will be used to create original works of art in this fun and simple workshop designed to introduce guests to the principles of printmaking. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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