No matter what your family loves to do, we’re pretty confident we’ve got you covered this weekend. Rock out at a beach concert for kids, hit the streets for the annual Rubin Museum block party, take a boat ride at Water Day or celebrate the wonderful world of Louie Armstrong. Your biggest challenge is going to be fitting in all the fun, so start planning now!

Transform yourself this summer! Save the date and join us for a celebration inspired by our exhibition Becoming Another: The Power of Masks. Enjoy FREE admission, tours, art making, yoga and performances!

Photo: Rubin Museum of Art Block Party 


Bat Walk in Central Park
Take your little explorers on a different kind of walk through the park. Join the New York City Bat Group at dusk when bats leave their hiding spaces to feed on flying insects. The experts will lead you through the park and help you spot these flying creatures with the aide of special equipment. You must register in advance. Fri. Event details


Space and Science Festival
This year’s Space & Science Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Learn how science fiction has become science fact and discover the future of space exploration. Stop by for a family astronomy night, check out the new Starfleet Academy Experience exhibit, gaze a the stars in the pop up planetarium and more. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

Rock and Soul DJ School
Your little spin masters will be asking you to address them by their cool new DJ name by the time they’ve finished this class. Just like playing guitar, drums and keyboards, DJ’ing is all about learning an instrument, a VERY cool instrument. They will learn how to use the DJ controller, mix and scratch, and of course dance to some of their favorite songs. All taught on real equipment by real DJs! Sat. Event details

Get Creative at the Rubin Block Party
The Rubin Museum is throwing a party and your whole fam is invited! Stretch it out at outdoor yoga, get a henna tattoo, take a free tour of the museum, enjoy art activities inspired by Nepal’s seasonal festivals and monsoon rituals, and watch some Nepalese-inspired music and dance performances. Sun. Event details


French Cultural Festival
Brush up on your francaise and head to CMA to celebrate all things French at this special cultural festival. Create your own floating lilies inspired by Monet, build a delicious french bakery, bring scenes and stories from the Little Prince to life in the media lab and more. Sun. Event details.


Dance and Sing with Kidz Bop
Get ready to rock at this concert just for the kiddies. Kidz Bop is on tour and swinging by Coney Island. Sing and dance along to your favorite tunes on the beach. Make a day out of it and cruise the boardwalk, go for a dip in the ocean and take a spin on some rides at Luna Park. If it happens to be your little one’s B-Day, you can make their day extra special. All birthday boys and girls will be treated to a special surprise from The Kidz Bop Kids and Friendly’s Ice Cream. Sun. Event details


3rd Annual Louie Armstrong’s Wonderful World
Celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s musical icons, Louis Armstrong. Enjoy a day of music, food, and fun down the road from Louis Armstrong’s home. Grab a cold drink in the beer garden and swing by the festival’s Backyard Bash for family friendly activities like face painting, stilt walkers, arts and crafts, and more. Saturday. Event details

Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival
If you’re ideal day includes delicious food, great music and lots of fun activities this festival is right up your ally. Come hungry to feast on  a variety of Caribbean foods, dance to reggae and swing by the Kidz Zone filled with a bounce house, rides, slides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice-cream, hot dog, rock climbing, face painting and games. Sun. Event details

Governor’s Island 

Make Splash at the City of Water Day
There’s nothing like spending a summer afternoon by the water, so grab your shades and sunblock and come celebrate New York and New Jersey’s waterfronts at this festival. With free boat tours, live music, special children’s activities, delicious food and the cardboard kayak race, your family will be busy all day long. Sat. Event details

Staten Island 

Get Wet at the Sprinkler Festival
Throw on your swimsuits and cool off at this fun family fest. Your kiddos can run through the sprinklers, snack on delicious food, dance to music and more. It’s the perfect summer afternoon! Fri. Event details.

How will your family celebrate this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling