Summer is in full swing in NYC! This weekend is full of fun events for kids. It’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and you can celebrate with the kids at this Apollo party in Queens, or this daylong festival at the AMNH. Keep the nostalgia going with a ride on the Nostalgia Train (literally). You’ll have all that and more to choose from. Scroll on for the rest of our top event picks for weekend family fun.

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American Gargoyles
Join Neil Cohen for a special reading of his newly released illustrated book American Gargoyles. Kids will be invited to read along with Neil and afterward, inspired by the book’s characters and photos of gargoyles in the museum, can create their own American Gargoyles coloring books to take home. Sat. Event Details.

Art & Tech Labs: Representation Re-Mixed
Learn more about your favorite portraits in the exhibition and create your own mixed media portrait using paper, photographs, paint, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Rubin Museum Annual Block Party
Join thousands of other New Yorkers at this outdoor event featuring art and activities for all ages. Sun. Event Details.


Free Fridays at the Intrepid
Experience engaging exhibits and enjoy a variety of free after-hours programming including lively conversations, exciting performances, telescopes for viewing the night sky and more! Fri. Event Details.


Story Time for Kids
In honor of National Ice Cream Month, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden is hosting an ice-cream themed story time event. Kids will also get a chance to pretend to make ice cream like New Yorkers did in the 19th century, using objects from their touch collection. Fri. Event Details.

Enjoy a day of family-friendly presentations, performances, and hands-on activities about the wonders of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Sat. Event Details.


Nostalgia Ride to Coney Island
Board a 1917 BMT Standard Train for a two-hour ride to Coney Island from 96th Street and 2nd Avenue. Once you arrive at Stillwell Avenue, you can brave the rides at Luna Park, check out the action on the legendary Boardwalk, or try one of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. Sat. Event Details.

The Flip Flop Circus
Comedy merges with imagination in this innovative new show. Bringing slapstick, physical comedy, stunning visuals, wild costumes, original puppets and comic antics all together with classic vaudeville style and the worldwide language of clowns. Sun. Event Details.


Apollo, a Party
Join NYSCI in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing at this late-night family affair. Visitors can enjoy space-themed music, drinks, treats, solar observations and stargazing with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY, a Mars Rover replica to maneuver and other astronomy and tech-related hands-on activities with Jupiter Joe’s Sidewalk Astronomy, a DIY solar charger workshop (extra fee required), as well as interactive projects and performances created by artist and scientist collaborations focused on space exploration. Sat. Event Details.

Queens Youth Music Festival
In its 4th year, the Queens Youth Music Festival or QYMFest is the premier open-air, live concert event for families in Queens NY. In addition to live performances, QYMFest will feature a number of fun-filled activities including: art installations, dunk tank, 1000 lbs SLIME CHALLENGE, Lego workshops and more. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project
In conjunction with the opening of the summer exhibition Figuring the Floral in Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill’s own flower experts will give readings that will match you with a flower that is a perfect “meta-flor” for who you are. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Moth Night
Revel in the beauty and learn about the life cycles and habitats of moths. Featured activities include looking closely at Museum specimens, face painting, shadow dancing, art activities, and a short night hike through Snug Harbor. Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

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