From building LEGO animal sculptures at the Bronx Zoo as fast as you can to jamming to a global music concert put on by Mils Trills, we found a fun array of activities, both indoors and outdoors, this weekend. You can also catch a cool magic show from Mario the Magician. Or check out a free outdoor art festival put on by the New Museum that will grant you admission into the museum for the day. We also think it’s a great weekend to visit Queens – let your kids get their hands dirty creating mud art and then go on a hunt for Waldo at local business, which means shopping for you by the way!


LEGO Safari Family Challenge
Right now at The Wild Forest: A LEGO Safari is on display at the Bronx Zoo featuring giant and truly amazing LEGO sculptures of zebras, gorillas, flamingos and other exotic wildlife. Today, you can take part in a special program with LEGO Master Builder Dan Steiniger. You’ll compete with other families to see who can build an animal from LEGO bricks first. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bronx. Zoo admission of $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids 3 to 13. Children under 3 free. All ages. Event details.


New Museum Block Party
Sara D Roosevelt Park will be transformed into a block party featuring educator and artist-led projects and performances. After you attend the block party you’ll receive complementary same-day admission to the New Museum where you can participate in a family-friendly tour of current exhibitions. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Lower East Side. Free. All agesEvent details.

Mario the Magician
Join Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario’s old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does. Sun., 2:30 pm. Tribeca. Children $10, adults $20. Ages 3 to 11. Event details.


Mud Connections
Do your kids love getting dirty? At this workshop in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park they’ll create their own “mud art” using clay. Kids will get to coil, drape, slab and mix the clay with found objects from nature to create sculptures. Sat., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Long Island City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Waldo in Astoria
Go on a hunt for Waldo in Astoria and Long Island City thanks to the creative efforts of local small businesses. You get to shop, the kids get to find Waldo. Start at The Story Nook and pick up a search list will all of the participating businesses. Visit each one for an “I Found Waldo” card. Collect 16 or more and you can turn them in for a Waldo button, a bag of goodies and entry into a bigger giveaway. Daily through July 31. Astoria. Free. All ages. Event details.


Mils Trills Summer Bash
Mils Trills is playing a special ‘uke can change the world’ summer bash at Littlefield. Enjoy this indoor concert featuring instruments and music from Australia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Sun., 3:00 pm. Park Slope. $10 -15, kids under age 4 free. All agesEvent details.

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of the Bronx Zoo