Mark your family calendar as busy, because we’ve got a BIG weekend planned for you. Cool off running through dozens of sprinklers, make magical potions in an enchanted garden or set out on the ultimate urban scavenger hunt. We’ve got even more great ways to fill up your calendar, so read on!


Photo: Asphalt Green Sprinkler Day


Cool Off at Sprinkler Day
July is hot, so kick off your flip-flops, put on your swimsuit and cool off at Sprinkler Day. Your little ones will love running and splashing through the sprinklers set up on the wide open athletic field. Grab a free flavored ice on your way out to enjoy on the walk home. Sat. Event details

Become an Urban Farmer
Bring your little urban farmers out to gather organic crops and earn adventure badges as they work their way around the community farm. The afternoon ends with a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef, George Duran. Sat. Event details

Lincoln Center Block Party
Get ready to be schooled in some of the finer points of tap, ballet, and beatboxing when this Philadelphia dance collective brings its optimism and hip-hop bona fides to Family Day. Led by Brandon “Peace” Albright, the ensemble will lead a dance party drawing on everything from old-school rap to West African musical forms. Sat. Event details


Clifford the Big Red Dog
It’s time to think BIG! Think RED! Think DOG! Clifford’s back with enough stories, fun, and games to make up a pawfect day. Enjoy story time in the Bryant Park reading room with your favorite pup. Hang out after and lunch in the park! Sat. Event details

A Magical Potions and Planting Tea Party
Spend an enchanting day in the garden at this special party for the kiddies. Your little ones are invited to bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal as well as a recyclable bottle to the party. Kids will make a potion in their bottle to bring home, learn about planting, and more. A traditional English high tea service is also included – your stuffed friends will even have a seat to join you for tea! Sat. Event details.

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Hunt
Form a family team and go on an “Amazing Race”-style competition packed into one day. Dash around the city, racing against other Challengers, solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of your city. Think of it like a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with bigger prizes and a whole lot more fun. At the finish line, there will be cold water for all, food and drink specials from the venue, finishing with our a crazy costume contest and awards ceremony. Sun. Event details.


Shoebox Green Roof
Your little landscape architects will learn about planted roofs and develop their own very designs. Kids will decorate their shoebox building before grass seeds are planted inside, creating a green roof to take home. Must RSVP to attend at or call (212) 945-6324. Sat. Event details


Zootopia Under the Stars
Pack a picnic a dinner, bring a blanket and head to the Brooklyn waterfront for a fun family movie night. Whether you saw Disney’s hit Zootopia in the theater or are seeing it for the first time, your kiddos will love this special outdoor viewing. Come early to grab a great spot! Fri. Event details

Family Field Day
Learn new volleyball skills, play bean bag toss, and more all while hanging on the waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Bring the whole fam and get ready for a fun-filled day. Make a day of it and grab some ice cream and stroll on down the water to hit up some of BK’s best playgrounds. Sat. Event details.


Little Makers: Bugged Out
Got a kiddo with a fascinations for the creepy and crawly? They’re going to looooove this Little Makers. Explore the fascinating world of insect habitats. Use recycled materials to design and create a home for your crawly friends. Sun. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling