New York Kids Weekend Events: June 3-5

This weekend we have an exciting lineup that we promise will entertain the WHOLE family. Conduct experiments at a street fair completely dedicated to science, set sail on a historical ship at Riverfest, or play with the art at the Figment Festival. Big or small, young or old, these events will have everyone smiling and thanking you. Happy planning!


Photo: Riverdale Riverfest 


Riverdale Riverfest
Spend the day on the Hudson at this annual festival. Cruise the river on a historic ship, learn to ride a bike (AND get a free helmet!), visit with some furry friends at the pet adoption center, enjoy a puppet show, dance to live music, fill up on delicious food and more. There’s so much to do you’re going to want to free up your whole day. Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Bronx. Free (boat rides are $25/adult & $15/child). All ages. Event details

33rd Annual Hippo Spring Fair
An Upper West Side institution, The Hippo Playground Spring Fair features pony rides, bouncy castles, a petting zoo, games, prizes, crafts, food, entertainment and more. So head to the park and celebrate the season! Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Riverside Park. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details


Kids Night Out at Karma Kids
Drop your little yogis off for fun yoga games, hooping and a super fun dance party! After working up an appetite, your kiddos will enjoy some delicious pizza, juice and cookies while watching The Good Dinosaur on their big wall. Then one more high energy glowing dance party to expel any last bit of energy. Be sure to wear a little white or neon for extra glowability during the dance party! Fri. 6-8 p.m. Chelsea. $60/child. Ages 4-8. Event details


Ultimate Science Street Fair
The World Science Festival is taking over Washington Square Park with Street Science, a buzzing metropolis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical explorations. Featuring awe-inspiring, interactive demonstrations, larger than life activities, mind-blowing experiments and live shows, this outdoor exhibition unleashes everyone’s inner scientist. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Greenwich Village. Free. All ages. Event details

Charlotte’s Webb
Bring your little ones to a live theatrical performance based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Your little ones will love following the farm animals on this adventure that explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. Sun. 1:30 p.m. Tribeca. $25/person. Ages 5 and up. Event details


Sail Over to the Atlantic Cup
The Atlantic Cup is sailing into the Big Apple. Check out the boats, learn to tie knots and go on a sustainability scavenger hunt. Make sure to swing by the Marina Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wed. to Fri., and ask for Captain Dave, who will show your little sailors around. And if you stop by on Saturday you can watch the boats sail off for leg 2 of this exciting race. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free. All ages. Event details

Catch a Flick at the Kids Film Festival
If you’re on the hunt for a “kid friendly” movie atmosphere, look no further! For one day, Kids Film Fest is coming to Brooklyn to entertain the little ones with short animations, live-action and documentary films for all ages, all films are rated G. There will even be Q&A with filmmakers, so your little movie lovers can get all their burning questions answered. Bonus: the theater will be FULL of kids, so no worries if your kiddos ask a few questions too loudly during the show too. Sat. 1 p.m. Dumbo. $12/adult; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details

Little Laffs, Big Fun for Little Ones
Your little ones won’t stop laughing at this variety show that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Bonus: your adult/family tickets include a bloody mary or mimosa. So kick back relax and enjoy the show! Sun. 11 a.m. Red Hook. $5/child; $10/adult; $25/family. Ages 3-9. Event details


Little Makers: Bouncy Ball
Your little scientists will bounce their way into learning as they explore chemistry in a fun new way. Mix and mold everyday household ingredients to create your own bouncy ball. Then take it home for endless bouncing fun! Sun. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Corona. $8/family in addition to museum admission ($15/adult; $12/child; children under 2 are free). Ages 18 mos. and up. Event details

Governor’s Island

Figment Festival
Figment NYC is a free, family friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities each year. Every June, this traveling arts fest with its wild sculptures and fun activities lands on Governors Island, transforming it into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Go golfing on the artist-designed mini-golf course, get touchy-feely in the interactive sculpture garden, see live music, play games and more. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Governor’s Island. Free. All ages. Event details

How will your family enjoy this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling