You’re going to want to race into this weekend, possibly quite literally! Cheer on the drivers at the soap box derby, learn some tennis moves at a US Open party just for the kiddies or dance the summer night away at a silent disco on the river. Read on for even more fun ways to enjoy this summer weekend!

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Photo: South Slope Derby


Summer on the Hudson: Silent Disco
Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this Quiet Clubbing event featuring two live DJs of different genres. Shift DJs with a flick of a switch and show off your best dance moves. Make a night of it and pack a picnic dinner or grab a bite at the pier restaurant. Sat. Event details

Learn to Beatbox
Your kiddos will make beats, songs, and find the power of their own voice at this very class. Learn how to make drum hits, trumpets and scratches all with just your mouth. Any sounds can be made into music, so have fun and creative! Sat. Event details


Grand Central’s Summer Send-Off
Bring your kiddies to this awesome train station for an end of summer bash. Enjoy face painting, crafts, live entertainment and more. All aboard! Wed.-Fri. Event details

It’s an American Girl Block Party!
Calling all American Girl fans, the newest doll, Melody Ellison, has arrived! To celebrate this newest addition, American Girl place is throwing a party and your little ones are invited. Get a glimpse into Melody’s world in 1964 Detroit, where she learns to lift her voice for fairness and justice. Your little ones can listen to the music that inspired Melody and will be immersed in her world with special block-party food and decor. Plus, each girl will take home a special Melody inspired doll tee (while supplies last) and enjoy some fun crafts. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Brunch the Whole Family Can Enjoy!
Here’s a brunch the whole family can enjoy, one you make together! You and your little chefs will put a fresh spin on brunch staples and whip up some mouth-watering sweet & spicy bacon to compliment delicious french toast sticks. And no brunch is complete without homemade eggs florentine. Come hungry and ready to celebrate the weekend in culinary style! Sun. Event details


B-Boy Royale Breaking Tournament
This event is worth letting your kiddos stay up a little late. Grab a seat at New York City’s largest annual breaking tournament, and watch eight award-winning crews battle it out. The event will also feature showcase performances, audience competitions and live music. We wouldn’t be surprised if your little ones are asking for some break dancing lessons after this show. Sat. Event details

Make it Splashy on the High Line
Get your hands dirty in the mobile garden, create a large-scale art installation with an artist, hear stories, design custom-made structures with the Children’s Workyard Kit, and watch an outrageous variety show with the performers of Whoop Dee Doo. Oh and don’t forget the them is make a splash, so expect water surprises at every turn. Sat. Event details


9th Annual South Slope Derby
On your marks….get set….go! Whether your little ones are competing in the race or you’ve just come to watch the fun, the soap box derby will be exciting. Think outside the box and build your dream car out of recycled objects and building materials. Racers will line up their original, fun, funky, eco-friendly “cars” and take off down 17th Street with friend and neighbors cheering. Sat. Event details

Celebrate the Battle of Brooklyn
Dress the part and travel back in time to watch a reenactment and march along with a parade to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. From horses, to soldiers and canons, your little history buffs will think they’ve been transported back to 1776. Wave your flag proudly and even meet some of the soldiers and their trusty steeds. Sun. Event details

Brighton Jubilee Festival
The beach meets street fair at this festival filled with local crafts, international foods, kiddie rides and live entertainment, all with a beach in site. Start the day with a swim, break for a delicious lunch and games at the jubilee. Sun. Event details


Take a Swing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Spend the day at this festival jam-packed with events. Come early to enjoy the free Grounds Festival, full of interactive games and tennis activities for aspiring tennis players of all ages. Watch top tennis pros, win prizes and take in a free concert. Then, if you want to buy tickets, head into the stadium for the main concert. The musicians are still TBD, but they promise to deliver, with past performers including Justin Bieber, MKTO, and Britany Spears. Sat. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling