New York Kids Weekend Events: July 8-10

The 4th of July might be over, but we’re here to help keep the party going through the weekend! Celebrate all things French at Bastille Day, head to Governor’s Island to experience time travel, or be one of the first to enroll in the Starfleet Academy at the Intrepid’s new Star Trek exhibit. We consider the entire summer one big holiday, so get out there and celebrate!

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Photo: Bastille Day 


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. 8 p.m. Upper West Side. $40/adult; $25/child age 12 and under. All ages. Event details

Find Your Groove at Lincoln Center
Your kids may not be the next YouTube sensations (or maybe they will…), but they’ll certainly learn how to move with confidence and joy at the popular annual LC Kids Dance, led by the visionary folks behind the social-emotional learning program Dancing Classrooms. Your tiny dancers will master a few merengue, tango, salsa, and swing steps before letting loose on the dance floor during this afternoon of family fun set to music. Sat. 3 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. Ages 6-10. Event details

Bastille Day Celebration
To kids, the sound of the words, “Oui, oui” can be giggle-inducing, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy Bastille Day on 60th St. While you’re sampling fromage and sipping refreshing wine, the kids can munch on éclairs, watch the Can-Can dancers and maybe even learn some French besides “Wee-wee.” The cast members from the Tony award-winning musicalAn American in Paris will also be performing. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details


Opening Weekend: Star Trek, The Starfleet Academy Experience
Calling all trekkies! It’s time to boldy go where no man has gone before, well sort of. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, this new exhibit is opening aboard the Intrepid, the first venue in the U.S. to host the super cool experience, so technically speaking, your family will be some of the very first. Become a cadet and join the Starfleet Academy’s Career Day in the 26th century, enjoy interactive activities and unique technology, including Leap Motion, table projections, projection mapping and holograms.The Museum will also feature special Star Trek–themed programs and tours. The experience will remain at the Intrepid until Oct. 31st. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Midtown West. $25/adult; $18/child age 5-12; children 4 and under are free. All ages. Event details


14th Annual Arab-American & North African Street Festival
Celebrate Arab-American culture at this fun street festival filled with live music, delicious food and shopping. The party is happening rain or shine! Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details


129th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This 12 day festival has it all. Delicious Italian Food, friendly vendors, family games and rides for the kids, live entertainment and more. Highlight include the children’s Giglio lift on July 7th, Giglio Sunday on July 10th, and of course the feast opening on July 14th. There will be a continuous celebration of religious activities in the church (daily masses, novenas and processions) and secular activities in the streets (social events, food concessions, and, games and chance) through the entire festival. July 6-17. Various times. Williamsburg. Free. All ages. Event details


Lets Go Fly a Kite!
It’s kite flying season! Using recycled materials, your kiddos can draw inspiration from the park’s fantastic view of the Manhattan skyline to build kites, and then fly them in the park. Teaching artists from Socrates and The Noguchi Museum will lead workshops for kite fliers of all ages. And bring your cameras and sketchpads, too, because this year’s Festival of Kites will coincide with Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation where hundreds of kayaks paddling up the East River will be the backdrop to the event. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Long Island City. Free. All ages. Event details

Queens Museum Children’s Book Celebration
Bring your little book worms to this fun day filled with live readings and art making by local award winning children’s book authors and illustrators. There will be multilingual story hours, a free exchange library (bring a book, take a book!), Queens Library present for borrowing books, a Books of Wonder pop-up shop and a special literary obstacle course from The Reading Ninja. The first two hundred attendees will receive a free poster drawn by Mika Song so come early! Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Flushing. Free. All ages. Event details

Governor’s Island

Time Travel with the Whole Family
The Time Travel Agency will be booking exciting family adventures for one day only at this Family Day festival. Jump to the future or warp back in time to the middle ages with fun time travel themed games like the swinging spiderweb and black hole boogie. Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Governor’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details

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

—Caitlin Dowling