The city is in full Spring swing and we’ve got the festivals to prove it. Go for a spin on a carnival ride at the Kings County Fair, hit the streets and learn to salsa and ride a bike at the Super Sabado Block Party, spend the day at iconic Carnegie Hall for a musical extravaganza or get crafty at CMA’s first ever Kids’ Fair. We’ve got even MORE ways to rock your weekend below, so read on!
Photo: Kings County Fair
Highbridge Spring Fling
Enjoy face painting, kite making, a chalk area, a rock climbing wall, tug-of-war, sack races, and family kickball all while enjoying one of NYC’s newest parks. And of course, make sure to take a stroll across the bridge while you’re there! Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Super Sabado: Block Party
Where else can you learn to salsa, create a sculpture, and dance to hip hop beats all in the city streets?! This block party will have your family entertained all day. Swing by the Art Explorers Family Corner to pick up an activity card and explore objects related to the museum’s current exhibition, create a sculptural landmark of your favorite place in the neighborhood, learn to ride a bike with a free class, dance to live music, take a salsa lesson and more. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Make Sushi and Dumplings
The art of sushi making takes years to master but this kitchen will have you up and running by the end of the evening so that you can recreate the fun at home! You and your little sushi chefs will learn the basics of making a delicious maki and temaki roll, you can even experiment with your own combination of flavors to create a delicious roll. Then learn the gentle art of dumpling folding. This workshop does not use raw fish; instead you will work with veggies, crabmeat sticks and more. Fri. 6-8 p.m. Chelsea. $75/person. Ages 9 and up. Event details.
Spring Family Day at Carnegie Hall
During this free musical extravaganza your kiddies can enjoy songwriting workshops, create and play their own instruments, join in sing-alongs and percussion jams, listen to musical stories, and explore a digital music playground. Snap a pic in front of a backdrop of the legendary Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, and enjoy pop-up musical demos by instrumentalists from Ensemble ACJW and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Must RSVP to attend at or by calling (212) 247-7800. Sat. Noon-4 p.m. Midtown. Free. Ages 3-10. Event details.
This party is for the WHOLE family, furry sidekicks included! Enjoy live performances, check out the newest gadgets for pets, have your doggie sit for a caricature, play golf with your four legged friend and more! And don’t forget to grab a bite at one of the delicious food trucks and a nice cold brew at the beer tent. Don’t have a family pup? There will also be an adoption tent you can visit to spend time with some adorable friends, and maybe even take one home! Sun. 2-4 p.m. Midtown West. $40/person; children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.
Bring Your Appetites to the Taste of Tribeca
Bring the whole fam out to this delicious food festival with over 60 of Tribeca’s top chefs and restaurants all benefiting arts and enrichment programs at local public schools. Grab a General Tasting Card which gives you six “tastes” from any of the participating restaurants, as well as wine and beer tours of neighborhood shops and pubs, live entertainment, and entry into the Kids’ Zone. Sat. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tribeca. Free admission; $55/person for tasting ticket. All ages. Event details.
Party at the CMA Kids Fair
CMA is taking the fun outdoors for their first ever Kids Fair. There are a LOT of fun activities to choose from: make bubbles, color with chalk, jump in the bouncy house, shoot down a 22 foot double slide, work on ice excavations and more. Weather permitted. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Soho. Free. All ages. Event details.
Passport to Taiwan
Ni-Hao! Take a trip to Taiwan without ever even leaving the city. At this annual festival in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, you and your little ones can experience the best of the Taiwanese culture right here in NYC. Sample traditional foods like ice cream wraps and bamboo tamales while enjoying live entertainment. And there will be plenty of ways to keep your little one’s hands busy in the crafting section where they can work on Aboriginal artwork, Hakka crafts and more. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Union Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
7th Annual Kings County Fair
Soak in the bright sun, cotton candy and carnival rides in equal measure at this year’s fun-filled Kings County Fair. Take a spin, or two, or three on a variety of rides for all ages, including your typical carnival rides, like a Ferris wheel and roller coaster. Indulge in some tasty fair treats, we know your kiddies will love the funnel cake and corn dogs! There’s even a Tiger show, that’s right, a real live tiger. The Tiger Encounter raises awareness on the plight of the tiger and how fast they are becoming extinct in the wild at this exciting show. Thurs.-May 30th. Opens weekdays at 5 p.m. & weekdays at noon.Floyd Bennett Field. All ages. Event details.
Breakfast with the Animals: Sea Turtles
Enjoy a light morning meal of “people food” along with fun activities incorporating movement, discovery, crafts, and both guided and free play. After your kiddies are all fueled up from breakfast, it’s time for an amazing animal encounter! Hint: your little fishies will be meetings some sea turtles. Sat. 9-10:30 a.m. Coney Island. $55/child, caregiver pair. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Fleece Festival at the Zoo
It’s going to be a wild and wooly weekend at the zoo. Your kiddos can watch a master sheep shearer help the resident sheep lose their winter coats in preparation for summer. There will be wool working demonstrations, crafts, music and, of course, sheep! And of course, you’re at the zoo, so be sure to pay all the animals a visit. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prospect Park. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Sheep Sheering on the Farm
Ever seen a sheep get a haircut? Leave the bustle of the city behind and head to the farm for this annual event with sheep shearing and wool spinning demos throughout the afternoon. Your little farmers can get creative at the arts & crafts stations, enjoy live music, hayrides, and delicious food. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Floral Park. $5/person. All ages. Event details.
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