This weekend all you need is an appetite for delicious food and a thirst for adventure. Bake Frozen-themed cupcakes, ride a zip line over a city street, indulge in Smorgasburg in the park or kayak through a landfill turned park. Just let your inner explorer take over and we’ll provide your map.
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Taste a Smorgasburg in Central Park
Brooklyn’s renowned food market is taking the trek uptown for one night and setting up in Central Park. Stroll the park sampling from 25 different vendors, with everything from the famous Ramen Burger, to Milk Truck’s delicious grilled cheeses, to MIghty Quinn’s amazing smoked meats, just to name a few. The best part? You can sip on beer or wine while eating and your kids aren’t expected to sit still in their seats, best family dinner yet! Fri. 5-9 p.m. Central Park. $10/person. All ages. Event details.
Dinner and a Show with Your Dolly
Splurge on a special day and introduce your little New Yorkers to live theatre with the American Girl Place. Your little ones and their favorite doll will have a magical afternoon at the Broadway show Wicked and then head back to the American Girl Cafe for a post show dinner. Everyone will take home a goody bag and amazing memories you will surely hear about over and over again. Reservations are required, call 877-247-5223. Fri. 2 p.m. Midtown East. $155/person. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Dress Up and Bake, Frozen-Style
Frozen is the theme, but you’ll be warming up the kitchen at these baking classes. Saturday, your little bakers will whip up Elsa’s favorite cupcakes while sipping frozen hot chocolate and dancing and singing to “Let It Go”. Or perhaps your bakers would prefer to build a snowman? On Sunday, Olaf Cupcakes will be the tasty recipe yo’ll be cooking up. Either day, dress to impress in your best Frozen costumes. Sat. 9-10 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-noon. Chelsea. Sat. Session, $40/parent, child pair, age 2-6; Sun. Session, $80/parent, child pair, $40/additional participant, ages 6-8. Event details.
Celebrate Family Day at CMA
It’s a family affair, so bring the whole gang to a day filled with fun art projects, from mini dioramas to clay creations to a special work area just for the younger artists. Then warm up your vocals and head to the Sound Booth to record your family’s next big hit. Sun. 10 a.m.-5p.m. Soho. Free. All ages. Event details.
Take to the Streets
Roam nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park without a car in sight. This is part bike tour, part walking tour, part block party and total fun. Scale a climbing wall, fly above the city street on a zip line, enjoy musical performances, or simply take a nice long walk. This street event has something for all ages and all interests, so get out and explore. Sat. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Various neighborhoods. Free. All ages. Event details.
First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating the Caribbean at Target’s First Saturday this month. Come enjoy traditional Afro Puerto Rican bomba drumming. The beat is sure to get your little ones to their feet dancing. While your tiny dancers are cutting a rug, enjoy a nice glass of wine and the company of neighbors. The museum will stay open late, so linger as long as your little ones can hang and they’ll be ready to hop right into bed when you get home. Sat. 5 -11 p.m. Crown Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Run the Bases Like a Met at Family Sundays
Grab your home team hats and bring the whole family to cheer on the Mets. Every Sunday home game will have a promotional kids giveaway, ranging from trucks to sunglasses and fun activities before and after the game. Your little baseball fans can even run the bases after the game just like the pros in the Mr. Met Dash. Check the Met’s website below for specific game times. Sun. 8 p.m. Flushing. $20/person and up. All ages. Event details.
Boogie on the Boulevard
The Bronx is shutting down streets and opening up for a party. Spend the afternoon enjoying music, crafts, activities and food all compliments of local Bronx artists, performers and businesses. Whether you live in the Bronx or want to explore a new neighborhood, this festival will entertain locals and visitors alike. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Grand Concourse. Free. All ages. Event details.
Explore Staten Island’s Newest Park
Come for a preview of just how spectacular Staten Island’s new park, currently being transformed from a landfill into a green space, will be. Think Central Park only about three times bigger. During this preview, Hike the trails and hop in a free kayak to see the new terrain. Pack a picnic or grab lunch from a food truck. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Freshkills Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
What adventures will your family go on this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.