It’s the last weekend in August, so how do you want to wrap up your family’s summer? If your answer has anything to do with fun, then we’ve got the weekend for you. Hunt for clues on a scavenger hunt in Grand Central Terminal, build your very own soap box car to race through the streets of Brooklyn, or swing with the pros at the US Open’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The summer isn’t over yet and neither are your adventures, so get out there and enjoy!
Photo: Soap Box Derby via opensourcegallery.org
Take a Ride at Victorian Gardens
Treat yourself and the kids. Your little adventurers get to play games, go on rides and make friends at the amusement park, all while you get a three hour break to do whatever makes you happy. Project Playdate will bring a group of experienced sitters to ensure everyone has a blast and stays safe. Your little ones will be having so much fun they won’t even know you’re not there. T-shirt and snacks are included. Fri. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Central Park. $65/first child; $45/sibling. Ages 3 and up. Event details.
Think Pink in the Kitchen
Pink, pink, pink! If your little bakers love the color pink as much as Pinkalicious, than this is the workshop for you! Bake pink cupcakes, with pink frosting and a cherry on top and then read the book while your masterpieces rise in the oven. The best part, you get to teach your little ones how to bake without leaving a mess in your own kitchen. Sat. 9-10 a.m. Chelsea. $40/parent, child pair. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Hunt for Clues in Grand Central Terminal
Come up with a creative team name and join the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery, to name just a few hunt highlights. Sun. 2 p.m. Midtown East. $18/child; $22/adult. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
Get Crafty at Sculpt-a-Saurus Dino-Rama!
Bring your little artists to the seaport to sculpt a dinosaour out of clay. Teaching artist, Joe Vena, will be on hand with tips and techniques to create a prehistoric masterpiece. Your kiddos can keep their creations to display at home or show off their hard work by adding it to the world diorama for photo-ops. Fri. 10 a.m.-noon. South Street Seaport. Free. All ages. Event details.
Race at the Soap Box Derby
On your marks….get set….race! Whether your little ones want to compete or just watch, 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. noon-3 p.m. South Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate the Battle of Brooklyn
Dress the part and travel back in time to watch a reenactment and then march along with a parade to commemorate the 239th anniversary of the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. From horses, to soldiers and swords, your little history buffs will think they’re watching a real live battle. Sun. 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Greenwood Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Swing a Racket 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. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Grounds are free; $13.50 and up/person for concert. All ages. Event details.
Catch a Vintage Game of Baseball
Hop on a ferry and travel back in time to show your little all-stars how America’s greatest past time began. Watch the Gothams take on the Mutuals in a vintage game of baseball. Make a day of it, pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy the island and scenic views. Sat. 1-5 p.m. Governor’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
What new adventures will your family go on this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.