With the lineup we’ve got, you’re going to be happy you stayed in town this weekend. Go for a dip in a sprinkle swimming pool, bust a rhyme in the Poetree Forest, get wet in a massive water fight, celebrate the newest Harry Potter and more! Your biggest challenge will be deciding what to do first, so start planning!


Photo: Governor’s Island Poetry Festival 


Colonial Ice Cream Family Day
Take a break from the summer heat and make your own colonial inspired ice cream! Learn all about the history of ice cream during the 1700’s, and the many different unusual flavors colonists enjoyed. Then make your own colonial flavored ice cream, such as lavender, or a classic flavor, like vanilla. Advanced registration recommended. Register by emailing education@morrisjumel.org. Sat. Event details

Get Wet at the Water Fight
Ready…aim…fire. Bring your best water guns and face off against New Yorkers of all ages in this epic battle, where everyone that gets wet ends up a winner. The rules are simple, have fun, get wet and no water balloons. Sat. Event details

Kick Off Harlem Week
Head to “A Great Day in Harlem” for a fun family festival. Enjoy Fashion Show and Concerts, saluting Gospel, Dance, Theater, Latin, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. There will also be arts & crafts, food from around the world, vendors, and more. And make sure to swing by the Family Technology Pavilion to check out some robotics, smart gadgets, and interactive science activities. Sun. Event details


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Launch Party
This is like a holiday for Harry Potter fans, so let your little wizards stay up late and hit the Books of Wonder’s midnight launch party. Dress as your fav character, we promise you’ll be in good company, enjoy free giveaways, magic performances, juggling, face painting and LIVE owls. And don’t forget to enter to win the grand prize of the night, a first US printing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – signed BY J.K. Rowling & Mary Grandpre! Oh and of course, get your hands on your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promptly at midnight. Sat. Event details


You’ll Scream for this Pop Up Ice Cream Experience
Enjoy a sweet escape from the summer heat at this lick-able, likeable, shareable ice cream-centric pop up put on by the Museum of Ice Cream. Take a dip into a swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool, taste some edible balloons, swing on an ice cream sandwich made for two, seesaw on an ice cream scooper, find your match/favorite flavor and more. Oh and of course, taste some ice cream! July 29-Aug. 31. Event details


Be a Rockstar for the Night
Get ready to ROCK at Recess. Let your inner rockstar shine, dress up like a rock star and join the Recess band for the night. Can your little musicians rock the mic and dance all night? Drop them off to find out. A pizza dinner is included, so make sure to make some rockin’ dinner plans of your own! RSVP is required. Fri. Event details

Coney Island Nostalgia Ride
Climb aboard the boardwalk-bound Coney Island Nostalgia Train and you’ll feel like your going back in time. The two-hour jaunt features cars from the 1930s. Once you get there be sure to visit the amusement park, aquarium, ocean or all of the above! Sun. Event details


Dance with the Tribes
Get ready to dance at New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow. Come to the 38th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow to enjoy three days of dance competitions. Walk through the farm’s apple orchards and shop for authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry while snacking on traditional foods. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Governor’s Island

Read a Verse at the Poetry Festival
Bring your little poets to share their original work at their very own kids-only stage at the New York City Poetry Festival. Still too young to create that original piece of work? Head to Poetree Forest, a land of balloons for kids to write and illustrate on or get the imagination going at a teepee village. With happy kids in tow, stop by one of the many food trucks for a snack and even swing by the beer garden for an adult beverage. Sat. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling