Superheros, boats and monsters – oh my! This weekend is filled with fun events for the whole family. You can celebrate Superman’s birthday at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum or hang with Spiderman at the Bronx Zoo. A brand new IMAX movie is opening at the American Museum of Natural History featuring flying monsters…err dinosaurs. Want to check out a variety of cool boats? There’s a festival for that in Tribeca this weekend. Also on tap – an indoor beach party (sans the sandy mess) with Clifford the Big Red Dog and an outdoor folk song sing-a-long.


Spiderman at the Zoo
Today you can see Spiderman showing off his stunt-tacular spidey-skills at the Bronx Zoo. You can also try your own spider-climbing skills with a special rock climbing wall, learn about spiders, make crafts and enjoy giveaways from the new Spiderman movie. Want a discount on zoo admission? Dress your kid in Spiderman gear! Sat., 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Bronx. $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children ages 3 to 12. All ages. Event details. 

IMAX Flying Monsters Opens
Cool off with a movie, a brand new IMAX movie that is! Today, Flying Monsters! opens at the American Museum of Natural History. This spectacular larger-than-life movie uncovers the truth about ptersaurs, reptiles that ruled the skies 220 million years ago. Sun. through January 4, 2013. UWS. $12.50 for adults, $8.00 for children. All ages. Event details. 


Sunset Singing Circle
Folksinger Terre Roche will lead all ages of kids and adults in signing folk songs. Come prepared with your favorite song to request – and be ready to sing along! Don’t worry if you’re not a pro, experience isn’t necessary. Fri., 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Historic Ship Festival
The Fourth Annual North River Historic Ship Festival is a must-do for kids who love boats. You’ll have a chance to ride a tugboat, feel the spray of a fireboat water display and explore vintage ships. At 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm the Showboat Circus will perform family-friendly entertainment abroad the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge No. 79 featuring a comedian, juggler and trapeze. Sun. 1:00 pm. Tribeca. $15 for adults, $12 for children. All ages. Event details.

Clifford’s Beach Party
Enjoy summertime with Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Big Red Beach Party at the Scholastic Store. Learn hula hoop tricks from a former Miss Hoop NYC champion, create leis and dance to tropical drum beats doing the limbo and conga lines – all without bringing a pile of sand home! Sat., 3:00 pm. Soho. Free. Ages 3 and olderEvent details.


Superman’s Birthday
It’s Superman’s birthday and you can party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Sing “Happy Birthday” and make your own super cape to save the day! Choose from two sessions at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Fri., Sat, Sun., 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Crown Heights. $7.50 per person. Ages 5 and underEvent details.

— Julie Seguss

Image via American Museum of Natural History