Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend in NYC? We’ve gathered our top picks for family fun in the city, just for you! Chase history and fireflies at this unique picnic, see balloons take shapes you never imagined before at this fun art installation, or experience a drive-in movie within city limits (yes, really!) We’re just getting started. Keep on scrolling for the rest of our top kid-friendly event picks!

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Animal Soul by Jason Hackenwerth
Using large-scale sculptural installations created from common latex balloons, Jason’s work is inspired by science, mythology and the ephemeral nature of his chosen medium. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Drive In: Dinner and a Movie
To make the experience even more enjoyable and a perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends – visitors attending the screenings will be able to enjoy live music, win Westfield retailer prizes, and relax in a chic lounge and dining area. Sat. Event Details.

Seasonal Summer Cooking Class
With Chef Christian leading the way, kids will leave class with a new understanding of recipe development, seasonal ingredients, and how to incorporate summer produce into their favorite dishes. Sat. Event Details.


Le Carrousel Magique
Fantastic illusions, sleight of hand, even levitation! It’s fun for the whole family at Le Carrousel Magique in Bryant Park. Sun. Event Details.


Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at Monica + Andy
Third generation silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be at Monica & Andy to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. Sun. Event Details.

Zero-Waste Weaving Projects
The workshop will focus on introductory weaving techniques, stylistic considerations when working on tapestries, and ways in which sustainable practices benefit the environment while facilitating the creation of stylistically unique work. Sat. Event Details.


Fireworks Friday on the Boardwalk
Watch the Fireworks illuminate the sky every Friday night this summer, weather permitting. Fri. Event Details.

14th Annual Free SummerSTARZ Movies
Free family movie nights are back. Bring a picnic blanket, friends & family to Transmitter Park on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront. Go early and have an awesome time! Fri. Event Details.


Summer Kids at the Landing
This summer, kids of all ages can participate at a variety of events just for them at the LIC Landing in Hunters Point South Park. Kids will enjoy music and dancing, arts and crafts, and so much more! Fri. Event Details.

The Colors of Frida by Teatro Sea

The Colors of Frida / Los Colores de Frida is a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation. Sat. Event Details.


Scavenger Hunt and Firefly Picnic
Team up with friends and family to hunt for clues and discover unusual monuments and little known stories along the way. Bring your own picnic and take advantage of access to the great lawn. Sat. Event Details.

Worth the Drive

New York Surf Week 2018
The 9th Annual NYSEA Surf Week offers kids and open surf contests, kids and open skateboard contests, open charity surf events, parties, arts show, beach and boardwalk vending, and concerts presented by NYSEA. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

–Jesseca Stenson