Where do you take the kid that’s already done everything this summer? We’ve got your answer with a loaded weekend of fun and original activities. Head to Staten Island and watch a movie in your car at a drive-in, cheer on dragon boats while snacking on authentic Chinese food, or hop on a WWI-era train and chug off to the beach. We’ve done all the digging for you, so all you need to do is start planning your next big adventure!
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Feast at the Italian Festival
Games, rides, live music and a 75 foot tall wooden Giglio carried by over a 100 people, yeah this festival has everything. There’s even a mini Giglio just for the children to lift. And we highly suggest you come hungry, it will be hard not to eat your way through this festival. Thurs.-Sun. Thurs. 8-11 p.m.; Fri. 8-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. noon-11 p.m. East Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.
Take your little ones on an adventure just like they’ve seen in the movies. This sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History is worth the splurge. When the doors close and the lights dim for the night, you will just be beginning your adventure. Use flashlights to make your way through exhibits, visit T. rex, watch a 3-D movie and sleep under the giant blue whale. Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be served. Must call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to reserve a spot. Fri. 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m. Upper West Side. $145/person; $135/member. All ages. Event details.
All Aboard the Nostalgia Ride
Next stop, Orchard Beach, aboard this vintage WWI-era subway car. Take a nostalgia ride from Grand Central Terminal to Pelham Bay Park, New York City’s largest park with 13 miles of coastline. Enjoy a day sunning and swimming at the beach or hop on a vintage bus to enjoy amazing views while dining on fresh seafood at City Island. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Midtown East. $50/adult; $25/child; $35/adult member; $20/child member. All ages. Event details.
Drop Off Pajama party
You can enjoy a night out and so can your little ones with the help of Project Playdate. Let your kiddies pick out their favorite PJs and bring them to Kidville to play in the gym, dance, have a pizza party with friends and wind down with a movie. Your biggest challenge will be getting them home before they fall asleep after all that fun. Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tribeca. $60/child; $40/sibling. Age 2-6. Event details.
Party at Dumbo Family Fest
This Family Day is jam packed with fun things for all ages. March through the park with the Hungry March Band, play with bubbles, draw with chalk, play games like ring toss and tic-tac-toe, watch a puppet show, and that’s just to name a few. There are even activities for your family’s furry sidekick, so bring the pup too. You’re sure to work up an appetite with all this fun, but don’t worry there will be tons of food trucks standing by. Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dumbo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Rock and Roll with Rolie Polie Guacamole
Eat up the fun with one of Brooklyn’s fave children’s band as they jam about healthy eating and staying active. Bring your swimsuits to cool off in the splash pad, go for a spin around the roller rink, and take a break for a snack at the cafe. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cheer on the Dragon Boats
Come watch over 120 dragon boats compete for prizes at the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Spend the day, or the whole weekend, enjoying the opening day parade, live performances, crafts and traditional Chinese food. Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cruise Back in Time to a Drive-In Movie
Drive right into the past to see a movie without ever getting out of your car. That’s right, for those of you that have never been, this is called a drive-in movie, and for six days only, Staten Island is bringing them back. Park the car and tune your radio to hear the audio, pop the back and sit in the truck or squish everyone together in the front seat and enjoy a movie as a family. Pack some snacks and drinks for the full movie experience. Mon.-Sat. 7-11 p.m. Historic Richmond Town. $33.99/SUV or minivan; $24.99/sedan; $8.99/motorcycle; $5.99/walk-in. All ages. Event details.
What new adventure will your family go on this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.