This weekend is packed with places to take the kids around NYC. Don’t miss the first weekend of the San Gennaro Feast, start off KidsFest 2019 with a circus performance in the park, or gaze in awe at birds of prey at Raptor Fest. All that and so much more to choose from. Scroll down to check out the rest of our top picks.

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Kids Fest: Circus in the Circle
Kids Fest 2019 celebrations are starting a night early with this hysterical water balloon gladiator show featuring comic antics and flying water balloons! Fri. Event Details. 

Feast of San Gennaro
Pizza- and cannoli-eating contests, plenty of delicious food (bring some cash), plus live music, cooking demonstrations and much more await you at this annual NYC institution. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

Family Day: Language of Architecture
Do you speak architecture? In this program, families will learn to “read” buildings for clues about their design and function as they observe and sketch architectural elements through an interactive slide show and neighborhood walk (weather permitting). Sat. Event Details.


Creative Play: Autumn Moon Viewing
Families will transform into rabbits (usagi) with a fun craft as you set your sights towards a collaboratively created night sky. Sun. Event Details.


Raptor Fest
The family-friendly event will include education/activity tables stations along with live birds of prey performing aerial feats, while showcasing many birds of prey, also known as raptors, that are found throughout New York City and beyond, including eagles, falcons, owls, and hawks! Sat. Event Details.

Morningside Lights Workshop
At Morningside Lights workshops, lantern building is a collaborative process — and the collaboration is part of the fun! You may start a lantern for someone else to finish, or pick up where someone else left off to create a work of art that reflects the collective vision of the community. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Annual DUMBO Pizza Party
A classic Friday pizza party + an epic dance party + $2 slices and scoops? Yes, please! Throw in balloon animals and face painting and the whole family will want to go. Don’t miss it! Fri. Event Details.

3rd Annual Sunday Social
Join the party featuring music, entertainment, specials, and even a kids zone. Sun. Event Details.


9th Annual NYC Honey Festival
Back again for the 9th year, join a fun group of beekeepers and honeybee lovers. There will be honey tastings and demonstrations as well as many different honeys to buy, plus family fun for all ages. Sat. Event Details.

Glow Kids Party
The whole family will have a blast at the Glow In the Dark Kids Party with glow in the dark face painting, arts and crafts, a dance instructor, balloon twisting, goodie bags, pictures & videos, surprise appearance & unlimited cotton candy. Sat. Event Details.


6th Annual Boogie on the Boulevard
Boogie on the Boulevard is a celebration of art, active living, and public space in the Bronx. The center lanes of the Grand Concourse from 162nd to 170th streets will be closed to cars, and open to a world of culture, community, and fun. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

40th Anniversary of the Muppet Movie
Commemorate the beloved film’s 40th anniversary with Muppet-themed art making, face painting, and activity zones for kids and families, plus a screening of the movie at dusk. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets! Sat. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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