Have you reached the part of summer where you’re running out of ideas? Well, we’ve rounded up our top picks for distinctive family fun that are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. You can see this reimagined take on an old classic tale, get in some retail therapy at this traveling local artisan market, or blast off into space at this annual festival. We have even more events, just for you. Scroll on to read more!

Photo of Coney Island Walls, 2015 by Martha Cooper/Thor Equities, via FAD Market.


3rd Annual Installment of the Paper House
The Paper House is an interactive installation for anyone who’s ever been a kid, returning for a third summer to Governors Island. If life is a series of questions, then curiosity makes the world turn. Come ask and answer “Who?” “What?” “Where?” “When?” “Why?” and “How?” in this interactive art installation for all ages! Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

Live TV Taping of Kids Variety Show Wonderama
Welcome to the re-imagination of the original TV variety show for kids. For over three decades Wonderama brought the best of pop culture to kids in an innovative and awe-inspiring program. Today the fun and inspiration are back and you can be a part of it! Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

Bring Ya Mamma Stand Up Comedy Show
Bring your mamma or anyone else in your family and have a great time. Plus don’t worry about getting a babysitter: you can bring the kids too. Watch NYC club comics do their best clean jokes and enjoy a delicious brunch menu. Sun. Event Details.


2017 Space and Science Festival
The 6th annual festival will offer guests a variety of interactive displays, activities, exhibitions and presentations, including a presentation by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough! Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

“An Energy Tale” – A New Children’s Play
“An Energy Tale” aims to teach youth about the potential impact of climate change on our future, in a way that is equally entertaining and educational to all audiences. Fri.­–Sun. Event Details.


GRUFF! The Musical
GRUFF! is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff that combines puppetry, physical comedy, captivating projections, magical laser effects and unforgettable songs to spread a message of light, hope and resistance in a dark time when temperatures and oceans are rising, calling audiences to action in the fight against climate change. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.


Rooftop Party and Senegalese Dance Workshop
Help BCM launch its new roof terrace and park with a celebration of Senegalese culture. Join Papa Sy for a dance workshop and story time. Use your imagination to gather around the baobab tree, and use your ears to hear authentic Senegalese music! Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

FAD Market x Coney Island Art Walls
Bask in the glorious sunshine and salty ocean air while you browse the best of New York’s makers and designers against the vibrant backdrop of the Coney Island Art Walls. Sun. Event Details.


Community Day at Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum celebrates its neighbors by offering this annual series of Community Days on first Sundays through the summer. Enjoy open studio, gallery tours, and more! Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Water is Life
With visiting Caddo Native American storyteller Joe Cross, hear time-honored stories about the importance of water for all people. Follow his lead in group movement and dance resembling water and honoring this vital resource. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

How do you keep kids entertained during the summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson