The Big Apple is full of parties this weekend and the good news is your whole family is on the invite list. Sleepover aboard the Interpid, have a pajama party at the Central Park Zoo, rock out at Kids Fest or learn some new moves at the Breakin’ Convention. No matter where your family RSVPs this weekend we’re sure you’ll have a blast, so get out there and party.
Sure your tiny dancers already have some sweet dance moves, but they’ll be spinning all over your apartment after checking out these professional breakdancers at this international festival of hip hop dance. The convention runs all weekend long with a special family matinee on Sunday. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sun. 3 p.m. Harlem. $28.50/person and up. All ages. Event details.
Zoo Pajama Party
Put your kiddos in their favorite jammies, we suggest going with an animal theme, pack their favorite blanket or cuddly buddy and drop your animal lovers off at the zoo for a wild pj party. Your little monkeys will eat pizza, play games, make crafts and even visit the penguins at night. While your kids are partying, you can head out on a fun night of your own. Fri. 5-8 p.m. Central Park. $100/child; $80/child members. Ages 5-10. Event details.
Daddy and Me Football
It’s time for Sunday football, but this game is just for Daddy and his little athletes. Spend the morning passing the old pig skin, learning new skills and playing fun games. After all that practice, head out for a fun breakfast and then kick back and watch a game together. Sun. 9-10 a.m. Upper East Side. $50/child. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Pack an overnight bag and board the Intrepid for an exciting sleepover filled with a space shuttle visit, a flash light tour of the flight deck, and a ride in a flight simulator. Your little sailors will enjoy dinner, snacks and breakfast aboard this massive aircraft carrier and take home a goodie bag and t-shirt as souvenirs. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (646) 381-5010 or email groupsales@ to reserve a spot. Sat. 6 p.m. to Sun. 8 a.m. Hell’s Kitchen. $120/person. Ages 6-17. Event details.
Carnegie Hall Fall Family Weekend
Tune up your singing voices for this musical weekend designed to inspire the tiniest musicians. Write songs, create and play instruments, belt out tunes at a sing-along, listen to musical stories and explore a digital music playground. Check out the full list of events to take in a live performance too. Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Midtown West. Free. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Party at Kids Fest
This festival is all about the little ones, with three stages filled with children’s music, storytelling and theatrical performances. So dance along with your favorite local bands, laugh at a puppet show, be wowed by a magician, and learn to drum at a workshop. Even the food section of this festival is designed with your picky eaters in mind. Dine on kid friendly food from local restaurants like Melt Shop, Andy’s Italian Ice and Hill Country BBQ, to name a few. Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Flatiron District. Free. All ages. Event details.
Follow the Silk Road to the Marco Polo Festival
Experience the best of two worlds at the 7th annual Marco Polo Festival. This rollicking event honors the Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District, celebrating the heritage of both Asian and Italian history. Youngsters will get a thrill watching the elaborate procession–which includes a golden dragon, musicians, and more. And while you’re hanging in these two delicious neighborhoods, make sure to indulge in some local cuisine, pizza and dumplings go great together! Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chinatown and Little Italy. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Ghost of Greenwhich Village Family Scavenger Hunt
Get into the season and head out on spooky family scavenger hunt. Work as a team to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian doorknockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and a gorilla in a window. Kids must be accompanied by adults, and vice versa—teams with only adults or only kids are not permitted on this hunt. Sat. 4 p.m. Greenwhich Village. $18/child; $22/adult. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
Spooky Zoo Pumpkin Carving
All the animals at the zoo love pumpkins and Halloween as much as your little monsters so spend the afternoon celebrating the season. Meet an animal friend to share some pumpkin with, then decorate your very own jack-o-lantern to take home. Love carving pumpkins? You can help decorate the zoo by carving extra pumpkins once you’re done with yours. Wrap up the day with a snack and cider. Sat. 1-3 p.m. Prospect Park. $75/adult, child pair ($20/additional participant); $60/member adult, child pair. All ages. Event details.
Become a Circus Performer for the Day
Head under the big top for a day of balancing and clowning around at the New York Regional Youth Circus Festival. Your little ones will spend a full day at circus workshops perfecting their techniques. Workshops include trapeze, wire walking, clowning, juggling, stilt walking, and more. After all their hard work, your little circus acts will become the stars of the show as they perform for a live audience. You must sign up for workshops before the festival in order to participate. Don’t feel like participating but want to enjoy the show? $10 tickets are available if you and your kiddos want to skip the workshops and just cheer on the performances. Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Long Island City. $80/child; $25/chaperone. Ages 8-12. Event details.
All Five Boroughs
Open House New York
Your kids have walked the halls of the Met and stood in the shadows of the Empire State Building, but for two days you can dig deeper into the city’s rich architectural portfolio during Open House New York Weekend, giving you access to hundreds of sites from historical to contemporary, residential to industrial all across the city’s five boroughs. Check out this list to find sites offering fun and exciting architecturally themed activities for your little New Yorkers. Sat.-Sun. Various times. All five boroughs. Free. All ages. Event details.
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