One of the best parts about living in a city like NY is you’re never at a loss for things to do. This weekend is no exception. All you can eat ice cream for a good cause? Yes, please! Plus don’t miss the festival that doubles as a fundraiser for PS 125. Then dance up a storm at a silent disco. (Yes, we said silent.) Only in NY can you find such an eclectic round up of family friendly events. Read on for more!

Photo: Tim Schreier


Dance Fest LES
Join the El Jardin del Paraiso for a dance festival for Lower East Side groups, featuring East Village dance youth, professional companies, duos, and soloists. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

FIGMENT Festival
FIGMENT is a free participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.


Scooper Bowl in Bryant Park
Put your taste buds to the test at the first stop on the Scooper Bowl world tour: Bryant Park! Try ice cream and sorbet from the nation’s leading companies and craft creameries. More importantly – it’s all you can eat. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.


PS 125 Spring Festival
Bring the kids for games, activities, music, food and more at this street festival benefitting PS 125. Sat. Event Details.

Summer on the Hudson: Silent Disco
Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this Quiet Clubbing event featuring two live DJs of different genres. Shift DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends or to your own tune. Sat. Event Details.

15th Annual Drums Along the Hudson
This multicultural family-oriented festival combines Native American heritage with the diversity of New York City with performances of world dance and drumming traditions, including Tibetan Song and Dance, Seneca Nation Allegany River Indian Dancers, Alakande! Spread the Joy! West African Percussion and more. Activities also include Native American crafts, storytelling, international cuisine and a World Market Tent. Sun. Event Details.


10th Annual Go Green Festival
This year’s event includes green exhibitors, school sustainability challenges, fitness workshops, dance performances, educational and scientific displays. Sat. Event Details.


Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Sbongiseni Duma
“Bongi” is joined by an ensemble that features African djembe drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass for a family-friendly performance that explores the unique features of South African music. Registration entitles you to free general admission to NYSCI for the day and entrance to the concert at 2 pm. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Basketball Training Camp
Children ages 6 through 13 will participate in a variety of physical exercises, while learning the fundamentals of basketball. Fri. Event Details.

“The Wizard of Oz” at Wagner College
For over 10 years Actor’s Children Theatre at Wagner College has provided quality theater education to the Staten Island community with an all ages cast. The Actor’s Children Theatre at Wagner College is proud to announce their 2017 spring musical production of The Wizard of Oz. Fri.­–Sun. Event Details.

Annual Carnival & Science Spectacular Fundraiser
This old fashioned festival will include carnival rides and games, mad scientist shows, bounce house, an obstacle course, spinning tubs, live animals, STEAM demonstrations and activities, robots, a solar car, lasers, and entry to the museum. Sat. Event Details.


Animal Storytime
Read an animal-themed story and then meet a special animal guest up close. This program requires pre-registration and includes admission to the zoo for one adult and one child. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your family’s go-to weekend activity? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson