What is there to do in NYC in the summertime? Everything!!! Make a splash on a giant water slide right in the middle of the street, roam the halls of The Met looking for Harry Potter clues, watch an outdoor movie aboard a giant aircraft carrier, or head to Broadway with your favorite doll. All your favorite city spots got even cooler this summer, so get out there and enjoy!

Slide the City general shot Photo: Summer Streets, Slide the City 


Catch a Flick at the Children’s Film Festival
Set sail on an incredible journey. Befriend a monster. Uncover a mystery. Visit a foreign country — or a foreign planet. MAD and the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival invites you and your imagination to explore new frontiers through the best new film shorts from around the world. No passport required. Fri. Event details.

Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans
Join Watson Adventures on a magical adventure through the museum. Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You’ll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. This hunt references the books to provide a bridge to many wonderful works of art. Sat. Event details


Watch Big Hero 6 Aboard the Intrepid
There aren’t many opportunities to watch a movie under the stars aboard a real life air craft carrier, so take advantage of this! Climb on board the Intrepid Museum to watch Big Hero 6 with the fam. You’re welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Access to the flight deck will begin at 7pm, and the program begins at sunset, weather permitting. Tickets are given out on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early! Fri. Event details

American Girl at “Wicked” on Broadway
Get ready for a spectacular night of live musical theater! Take your seats in the Gershwin Theatre and enjoy a performance of “Wicked,” the untold story of the witches of Oz. After the show, staff will escort you to American Girl Place. You’ll have some time to shop, and then you and your little one will enjoy a delicious meal together in the Cafe. During dinner, each guest will receive a goody bag! And of course, don’t forget to bring your favorite American Girl doll along for the experience. Must make reservations to attend, call (877) 247-5223. Fri. Event details

Comic Con Kids
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a SUPER day! Penguin Random House, Archie Comics and DC Comics are joining forces to bring your little superheroes an afternoon filled with super powers, action-adventurers, graphic novels, and a surprise visit from a special guest who happens to be flitting ‘round town that day. Sat. Event details


Celebrate Team USA on the Hudson
Head to the Hudson to  get into the Olympic spirit where Citi is bringing Rio to life in NYC with this very cool event. Come celebrate Team USA, keep up with the latest action and enjoy authentic Brazilian cuisine and entertainment throughout the week. Your whole fam can enjoy face painting, live art demonstrations, samba dancers, and even a few opportunities for Meet & Greets with U.S. Olympians and Paralympians including Mia Hamm, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Rudy Garcia-Tolson and Scout Bassett. For a special kick off, make your way to the river at 7 p.m. to be a part of the cauldron lighting marking the opening of the Games for Team USA! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Silent Summer Dance Party
Put on your dancing shoes and get outside to show off your moves at this Silent Summer Dance Party. Throw on your headphones and the sounds of the party will pulse to life as you groove to your choice of live DJs or a set playlist. Swing by the on-site food trucks for a snack after working up an appetite. Headphones are free but a deposit is required. Sat. Event details


Adoptapalooza in the Park
Sure if you go to the park any given morning you’ll see a lot of happy dogs roaming around it, but at this event, more than 150 lovable dogs and cats will be hanging in the park ready to meet their new families. If you’re thinking about a furry addition to your fam (or you just want to hang with some four-legged friends for the day) this is the place to be. The Alliance for NYC’s Animals is putting on the event and will feature pets from dozens of different rescue organizations. While you’re there, register your dog for a license, get a free microchip for your pet and learn all sorts of safety tips to keep your buddies healthy and happy. And for children or the young at heart, The Cheeky Chipmunk will do free face painting and temporary tattoos. Sat. Event details


Dragon Boat Festival
What could be more fun than a boat race? How about one where the boats are designed like red and gold dragons? The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is a two-day affair, featuring martial arts demonstrations by Shaolin Temple monks, traditional Lion Dance performances, dumplings galore and an exciting spectacle of a boat race. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Take to the Streets!
Roam nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park without a car in sight. This is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party and total fun. Scale a climbing wall, fly above the city street on a zip line, enjoy musical performances, or simply take a nice long walk. And YES the giant water slide will be back this year! Sat. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling