Send July out with a bang at one of these terrific family-friendly events! Cool off at this ice cream pop up, bring your slime-obsessed kiddos to this expo where they’re sure to get their hands dirty, or head to Queens for the 41st installment of this American-Indian Powwow. Don’t miss the rest of our top event picks for weekend family fun – scroll down for more!

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Dasher & Crank Ice Cream Stand
The Wynwood-based shop is serving four of the brand’s most loved (and innovative) flavors: Ube, a vegan ice cream made with Filipino purple yams and coconut, Zak the Baker Babka N Cream made in collaboration with the popular Miami bakery, Hazelnut Crunch, and Lemon Speculoos. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Family Festival: Young Storytellers
Young artists, families, and caregivers are invited to make monumental stories inspired by artist Simone Leigh’s Brick House, the first monumental work of art on the new High Line Plinth. Sat. Event Details.


The Grand Central Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Sat. Event Details.


Fairy and Folk Tales
Every summer for the past 63 years, The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center has brought brilliant storytellers from around the world to provide meaningful, FREE entertainment to children of all ages, ethnicities and cultures at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. Sat. Event Details.


Movie Date Night (Parent-Free PJ Party)
Party-goers dine on pizza before watching current hit movies as well as staff favorites from when they were children. Each movie is accompanied by an organic, all natural fruit juice popsicle. Fri.-Sat. Event Details.

The World’s Biggest Bounce House
The Big Bounce America is the largest touring inflatable event in the entire world, and it’s coming to Brooklyn. All ages will enjoy a 900ft long inflatable obstacle course, a giant maze, slides, ball pits, and more. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Slime Expo NYC
Meet & Greet your favorite Slime Brands, watch various live slime demos and recipes, join in the fun in the interactive slime play area, plus there will be games, raffles & surprise prizes, a DIY Slime Workshop and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


41st Thunderbird American Indian Powwow
New York City’s largest and most dynamic Powwow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions. Over forty Indian Nations will be represented at this spectacular event. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Cardboard Explosion
With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Sun. Event Details.


In-Your-Hands-Now Paper Garden
Join the Family Art Project in honoring Mandela Day for what would be his 101st birthday! Nelson Mandela’s own words tell us that “It is in your hands to make the world a better place.” Together, design the gardens of your dreams, using origami, paper-cutting, and other paper-art techniques. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Patio Parties With MakerPark Radio
Enjoy lawn games, classic tunes played live by MakerPark Radio DJs, and great conversation with friends and family. Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase beer from Flagship Brewery, wine from Honor Wines, and food from Harbor Eats at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens onsite. Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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