Now that it’s June, that means we can officially shake off the cold and dreary weather and get outside. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do that this weekend. All you can eat ice cream for a good cause? Yes, please! Plus, you can watch kites take flight in Williamsburg, have fun at this old school carnival with a science twist, or find out just how many species of fish live in our city waterways. But wait, there’s more. Scroll on for the rest of our top weekend event picks!

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CINDY: A Modern Take on Cinderella
In this kid-friendly modern re-imagining of Cinderella, Cindy struggles to define her own “happily ever after” through music, dancing, and puppets. Sun. Event Details.


National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences will go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea at this one-of-a-kind immersive entertainment experience. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Scooper Bowl New York
The nation’s largest All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival returns for a second year to Manhattan’s Bryant Park! Try ice cream from the nation’s leading companies and craft creameries. Fri-Sun. Event Details.


Lincoln Center Kids Presents: Grass
Explore the ground and all of its wriggly inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing, Grass uses performance, puppetry, and projections to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, get mucky, and play! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


14th Annual Kite Festival
The fun starts at noon, with field day activities, entertainment, delicious food, and kites, kites, kites! Support local elementary school PS 132 while enjoying a beautiful day on the waterfront. Sat. Event Details.

Go Green! Brooklyn Festival
Go Green is a fun and informative day of exhibits and activities promoting Earth Day values for the thousands of park-goers who traditionally enjoy McCarren Park on a nice summer day. Sat. Event Details.

25th Annual Red Hook Fest
The 25th Annual Red Hook Fest returns to Red Hook with FREE live music and dance performances on the scenic Brooklyn waterfront. Featuring activities, workshops, community services, games, face painting, delicious food, and world-class performers, Red Hook Fest is fun for the whole family. Fri-Sat. Event Details.


Free First Fridays at Noguchi
Museum admission is free all day on the first Friday of the month. Tours of collection highlights and special exhibitions are offered at 2 pm, in English and Japanese. Fri. Event Details.

Great Fish Count
Top marine biologists and scientists will work with kids to discover–and count–the many species of fish and marine creatures (even seahorses) right here in city waterways. Sat. Event Details.


Family Art Project: A Turtle’s Pace
Marvel at the beautiful patterns that cover the protective shell of the local box turtle. Use fabric and leather scraps to design and decorate a stuffed, wearable turtle-shell backpack. Make a turtle egg-shaker and, wearing your shell, gather outside to waltz in an oh-so-slow parade. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Staten Island

Carnival and Science Spectacular
This old fashioned festival will include carnival rides and games, mad scientist shows, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, STEAM demonstrations and activities, robots, a solar car, lasers, and entry to the museum. Sat. Event Details.


Are you ready for the summer? Talk about it in the comments!

­–Jesseca Stenson