Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We’ve got a variety of family-friendly activities for you. There are three great reasons to push bedtime back on Friday night – a free concert in Central Park from the New York Philharmonic, a bat viewing adventure, and a showing of Kung Fu Panda at Hudson River Park’s Pier 46. Also on tap – rent skates at Prospect Park for the whole family, celebrate the New York Harbor with City of Water Day and lots of fun activities for kids on Governors Island, or get our the princess and pirate garb for a very special kiddie cruise.


Central Park Bat Walk
Did you know a plethora of bats live in Central Park? At dusk they leave their warm spots under roofs to feed on flying insects. Members of the New York City Bat Group will lead you on a walk through Central Park to find and monitor these bats. Register at least one week in advance, enrollment is limited. Fri., 8:30 pm. Central Park. $40 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.

Philharmonic in Central Park
Enjoy a free outdoor concert from the New York Philharmonic directed by Alan Gilbert. Pack a picnic, get there early to secure a spot and listen to the tunes under the stars. Fireworks to follow the concert. Fri., 8:00 pm. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Princess & Pirate Cruise
Climb aboard the Queen of Hearts ship for a fun-filled family adventure on the Hudson River. Take in views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty while enjoying plenty of kid-friendly activities including: face painting, magic shows, balloon sculpting, live music and arts and crafts. Bagged lunch included. Sun., 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. West Village. $35 for adults, $30 for kids, free for kids under age 1. All agesEvent details.

Riverflicks for Kids
Let the kids stay up late for a fun outdoor movie night at Hudson River Park’s Pier 46. Tonight’s feature is Kung Fu Panda 2. Movie begins at dusk around 8:30 pm and free popcorn is served. Fri., 8:30 pm. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details.

Governors Island

City of Water Day
Celebrate the NY-NJ Harbor with City of Water Day. You’ll see hundreds of kayakers, canoers and sailors taking to the water and enjoy free boat tours. Venture to Governors Island for a bevy of children’s activities including arts and crafts with aquatic themes, fishing for laminated fish cut-outs, learning how to save water, interactive recycling games, face painting, a bounce house and a touch tank filled with underwater creatures. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Governors Island. Free. All ages. Event details.


Skate Truck NYC
Want to go roller skating, but don’t have a pair? No problem! The Skate Truck NYC will rent inline and roller skates (youth size 8 through adult size 12), safety equipment and lessons for all ages run by internationally accredited skaters. Note: Kids under 7 years old will need to provide their own helmet to rent skates. Fri., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Park Slope. $15 for 2 hours, $20 for 4 hours, or $25 all day. All agesEvent details.

— Julie Seguss