If your family loves a reason to celebrate, you’re in luck because we’ve got a jam packed weekend full of reasons why you should get out there and play. Fish on the Hudson at RiverFish, sample the best dumplings around at Taste Asia, run the bases at Citi Field Family Day, or simply make a splash at your local pool’s opening day. We’ve made the list for you, so all you need to do is get out there and celebrate.
Family Picnic in Central Park
Pack your family a lunch and head to Central Park for a day of live music, lawn games, fishing and park exploration activities, you make your own schedule. Maybe start the day off by listening to summertime songs by the Mil’s Trills Band while playing a friendly game of Frisbee. Then borrow a rod for some catch and release fishing, followed up by some arts and craft. Finish off the day by giving back to the park with some volunteer work. Sat. noon-3p.m. Central Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Catch a FIsh at the RiverFish Celebration
You might live in the city, but here’s your chance to do some leisurely fishing with your little ones. Hang out on the pier and cast a line into the Hudson River, all equipment is provided. All done fishing? Enjoy a puppet show by Arm of the Sea or work with your little fishermen on some river-related crafts. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.
Taste Asia Right Here in New York
Where else can you sample award winning dumplings while watching an actual samurai perform? Head to Time Square for the largest Asian food festival in North America, where you can see live cooking demonstrations, taste the best of the best from chefs around the world, and watch a variety of cultural performances. If it weren’t for all the flashing lights of Time Square, you would swear you weren’t in New York anymore. Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Time Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Show Your Support at PrideFest
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.
Calling All Superheroes!
Put on your capes and masks and head to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum for a weekend of fun only those with super powers can handle. Fly over the Brooklyn Bridge, learn to save the earth and explore creatures of the sea. Before leaving, making sure to complete the heroic training camp to certify your status as superhero. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
They Might Be Giants Concert Just for Kids
Remember when you use to go to concerts? And we don’t mean kids rock bands at the local coffee shop. Here’s your chance to not only see an old favorite, but introduce your kids to some great music. Catch a special performance of They Might Be Giants created specifically for kids. Same great band, but with low volume, a bit of house lights to keep everyone safe from the dark and of course the ever important stroller parking. Sets run under an hour to keep even the shortest attention spans. Sun. 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Williamsburg. $25/person; $90/Family pack (4 tickets). All ages. Event details.
Clown Around at the Astoria Park Carnival
You won’t know where to kick off the fun with your choice of games, rides, food and live entertainment. Your kids may not want to go home, but the good news is that the party last for four days, so feel free to come back for more excitement the next day. Thurs.-Sun. Thurs. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 4 p.m to 11 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Astoria. Free. All ages. Event details.
Run the Bases at Citi Field Stadium
Take your little sluggers out to the ball game. Come early for a Lucas Duda Growth Chart, and make sure to stay for the after show. Every kid will feel like the MVP player when they get to head down to the field post game to run the bases. Sun. 1:10 p.m. Flushing. $25/person and up. All ages. Event details.
Cannonball! Pools Are Open!
Summer is upon us, the heat is on and it’s time to cool off. Pack a lunch, grab the suits and take the family for a day of sunbathing and swimming at one of New York’s many public pools. Check out the the website outdoor below for a complete list of pool locations. Looking for a place to learn to swim? Check out your local pool’s free Learn to Swim program. Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Various locations. Free. All ages. Event details.
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