Summers are for trying new things, plenty of family fun, and making memories to last a lifetime. Fortunately you don’t have to go out of town for any of it. Tackle this obstacle course straight out of kids’ imaginations, make memories at this family fun day in the sky, or check out this interactive art installation that serves… hot dogs! But wait- there’s more. Keep on scrolling for the rest of our top weekend event picks!

Photo: Japan Society


Flower Tower Workshop
Stop and smell the roses! Learn about architecture inspired by flowers and natural forms and then head for a walk through the park across the street. Then, design your very own flower inspired tower. Sat. Event Details.

South Street Seaport Museum Presents Free Fridays
Join the South Street Seaport Museum for a summer of Free Fridays presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation. On summer Fridays the Seaport Museum will offer free admission to its exhibitions and historic ships! Fri. Event Details.

Family Fun Day at One World Observatory
Family Fun Day will offer complimentary face painting, airbrush tattoos, and custom balloon animals. Enjoy a personalized caricature sketch of you and your family to take home! Sat. Event Details.


Japan’s Star Festival: Tanabata
After an interactive storytelling session filled with song and dance, create your own paper ornaments and tanzaku wish strips to decorate the bamboo branches in Japan Society’s lobby. Sun. Event Details.


JungleGym 2018
Help Concrete Safaris celebrate their 10th anniversary with this awesome party and 6th annual obstacle race and active living fair. Sat. Event Details.


Hot Dog Bus at Brooklyn Bridge Park
File this under awesome: Erwin Wurm’s new interactive installation -a hot dog bus- will be taking up residence at Brooklyn Bridge Park on summer weekends and giving out free hot dogs! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

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


Desert Dish: Create a Succulent Terrarium
Bring home your own miniature desert environment. Choose from a variety of cacti and succulents to create an open-air succulent terrarium in a ceramic container and learn tips for succulent care. Sat. Event Details.

Silleta Flower Making Workshop
These floral artisans will teach participants how to create smaller replicas of artistic floral Silletas, which the artisans carry on their backs during the Festival of Flowers Parade in Jackson Heights. Sat. Event Details.

Free First Fridays at Noguchi
Museum admission is free all day on the first Friday of the month. Tours of collection highlights and special exhibitions are offered at 2 pm, in English and Japanese. Fri. Event Details.


­Family Art Project: Billowing Sails and Handmade Boats
Use brightly colored kite paper to design colorful, flag-like sails. Then collage a mixture of buoyant materials cut from repurposed foam trays, corks, plastics and reeds, and construct a handmade sailboat. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson