Step back in time this weekend! Catch the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington, or honor the veterans in your life through the Living History series of events all weekend long at the New York Historical Society. You can also see the King Charles Troupe back in the Bronx, or wonder in amazement at the Canstruction sculpture downtown. Need more? Scroll on to see the rest of our weekend event picks!

Canstruction 2017
Canstruction challenges 27 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large-scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. Fri.-Sun. Event Details

The Stowaway
Inspired by the plays and language of Shakespeare, this world premiere by the acclaimed Trusty Sidekick Theater Company uses puppetry, live music, and a sea of imagination. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Family Fun: Exploring Identity in Portraits
Families create hands-on art projects inspired by discussion and activities in the galleries. Learn about Ojih Odutola’s work and other portraits, then create your own artwork inspired by people you know. Sat. Event Details.


Morgan Explorers: Family Drop-In Museum Experience
Discover art activities, handle touch objects, and get your questions answered by a Morgan educator. Learn more about the myths and stories on the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and get up close and personal with medieval bookmaking materials! Sun. Event Details.


Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: Everybody Loves Pirates
Featuring over a dozen handcrafted mouth and rod puppets, and an 8-foot paper-mache pirate ship, join the fun as the kids get some help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey. Sat. Event Details.

Living History: Veterans Day Weekend
Meet soldiers from different wars portrayed by Living Historians—including members of a unique African American regiment each day. Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield throughout American history, discover uniforms and equipment, or try out an army drill! Fri-Sun. Event Details.

241st Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington
Watch a blacksmith demonstration, listen to live 18th-century music, make arts and crafts and play games from the revolutionary period. Tour the battle scene with a tour guide dressed as heroine Margaret Corbin. Sun. Event Details.


Music Room
Kids can discover the music within, at this hands-on exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Little music-makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of instruments, including a finger chime and a giant xylophone. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

BAMKids Movie Matinees
With programming geared toward a range of ages—from silent film to 3D and everything between—BAMkids gives young cinephiles and parents an enriching, entertaining alternative to the standard multiplex kids’ fare. Sun. Event Details.


Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight Children’s Story Time
Enjoy a special Children’s Story time with guest author Michael Dotsikas as he reads his new book Benjamin Birdie’s First Flight, which encourages kindness and compassion to overcome life’s challenges. Sat. Event Details.


Back in the Bronx: The King Charles Troupe
From the streets of the South Bronx to the center ring of the Greatest Show on Earth, the world-renown stars of The King Charles Troupe will perform and share personal anecdotes about their rise to international success from their South Bronx beginnings. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your must-do family outdoor activity before the weather turns cold? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson