This is one of those weekend when you’re glad you raise your kiddies in NYC. Show your support at the Pride Week parade, search for treasures on an island, or go for a crazy family run at the Messtival. The Big Apple is all about entertaining your fam this weekend so get out there and enjoy!
Photo: Seriousfun Messtival
Summer on the Hudson: Riverfish Celebration
Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers invite your fam to spend a day in West Harlem Piers Park connecting to the life living within the Hudson River. Enjoy catch and release fishing, Arm of the Sea puppet theatre, Music with Patrick, and river-related arts and crafts. Fishing equipment will be provided. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.
Set Sail for this Laurie Berkner Concert
Board the Circle Line for a fun family concert on the Hudson. Enjoy A 2-hour cruise around Manhattan, all while rocking out to live music. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase or BYO treats for the kiddies. Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Midtown. $39/person. All ages. Event details.
Make it Slow! On the High Line
Get your hands dirty in the mobile garden, create a large-scale art installation with an artist, hear stories from everyone’s favorite librarian, design custom-made structures with the Children’s Workyard Kit, and watch an outrageous variety show with the performers of Whoop Dee Doo! Each month features a different theme for the Make It! series, this month’s will be all about how to do things very slowwwwwly. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chelsea. Free. All ages. Event details.
Swedish Midsummer Festival
It’s the longest day of the year and the summer solstice. Celebrate Swedish-style by decorating a maypole, making wreaths, listening to traditional music, eating Swedish delicacies and learning folk dances. There will also be a parade and children’s games. Fri. 5-8 p.m. Battery Park City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Show Your Support at Pride Fest
Celebrate equality with your family at the annual LGBT street fair. Grab a bite, listen to some music, and pick up some Pride gear to show your support. Plan your trip around the Pride March and your family can catch all the floats, live music and performances as the parade travels through the Village nearby. Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details.
Watch Opera in the Park
If you’ve always wanted to introduce your little ones to the opera, we’ve got the perfect opportunity. The Metropolitan Opera is taking their show filled with favorite arias and duets to the park and you’re invited. Your little ones can enjoy the music without having to stay in a seat, which means you can enjoy the show too! Fri. 7 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Get Silly at the Messtival
Head to this messy, camp-inspired celebration in the park. Your kiddos will have a blast with crazy activities like a human tie dye machine, paint archery, pie face tournament and more. And if you REALLY want to get messy, join in the Seriousfun Run. A one mile run complete with a super soaker station, human bubble wash and Niagara Water finish line. The best part? The entire event is put on to show support for kids with serious illness. Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Prospect Park. $35/adult; $15/child; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate the Festival De Las Flores
The colorful Colombian tradition of creating silletas or large medallions constructed from flowers, comes to QBG in an afternoon celebration. See and take pictures with completed floral creations, enjoy bilingual storytime and crafts, and sample delicious Colombian foods. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Flushing. Free with admission ($4/adult; $2/child; children under 3 are free). 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. Bronx. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Great Randall’s Island Scavenger Hunt
Here’s your chance to let your little ones act like real pirates for the day as they explore Randall’s Island, unlocking secrets and searching for treasure. Your kiddos will learn how to use a map and compass like real explorers and enjoy arts and crafts. Every little pirate will even take home an actual treasure. Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Randall’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.