Summer isn’t over yet! Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean the family fun has to end. Before you’re knee-deep in extra-curriculars, head out to one of these cool events, like this science festivallearn to code with your kids at this workshop, or support local artisans at this annual fair. Need more? Scroll on for the rest of our weekend event picks!

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Submerge: NYC Marine Science Festival
SUBMERGE celebrates NYC’s coastal waters by bringing marine science to life. Join them for citizen science, free hands-on activities, kid-approved science entertainment and presentations by renowned scientists. Enjoy kayaking, fishing and activities galore! Sat. Event Details.

In addition to pet adoptions, Adoptapalooza features: tricks and training tips from a certified Petco trainer on the Merrick Dog Training Field; face painting and fun temporary tattoos for kids by The Cheeky Chipmunk and more. Sun. Event Details.

A Rosh Hashanah Restoration
Follow mysterious clues, explore the new exhibit on the synagogue’s restoration, and create holiday-themed works of art. Sun. Event Details.


Self-Portrait Art Workshop
In this workshop, children will use oil pastels to create self-portraits that reflect how they see themselves, both now and in the future. Sat. Event Details.


Free Kids Coding Workshop
The Coding Space is hosting a fun (and free) Coding Workshop! This will be an amazing opportunity for both kids and parents to come and learn to code together. Sun. Event Details.

Harlem Stage Open House
Bring your tambourines, djembes, congas, cajone, hand percussion and joy! Join a drum circle, tour the Gatehouse and learn about its historical restoration, meet some of the artists, enjoy fun activities and dance to the soulful sounds of Sundae Sermon’s DJ Stormin Norman. Sat. Event Details.


42nd Annual Flatbush Frolic
This year the Flatbush Frolic will feature food, dance, live music, a pizza eating contest, craft fair, children’s area, main stage, beer garden, a non-for-profit area, local businesses and more! Sun. Event Details.

The Shopup Children’s Shopping Fest
Returning for its third year in New York, The ShopUp will be your one-stop-shop for the most original and creative toys, gifts, stylish clothes and accessories, home decor and everything in between. In addition to one-of-a-kind independent boutiques, The ShopUp has the entire family in mind with sweet activities to keep your little ones entertained, drinks & nibbles to recharge your shopping batteries, and lots of fun and inspiration! Sun. Event Details.


Little Makers: Glider Planes
Children can discover the fun of aerodynamics as they design and build their own glider plane with everyday materials. Sun. Event Details.


Ladybug Day at Wave Hill
Enjoy a family-friendly day of ladybug art, lore and science. Visitors wearing spots or dots receive a special surprise at the “Spot Check” Station. Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

67th Annual Fence Show
The Museum transforms the front lawn of the cultural center into a visual wonderland with rows of original art and hand-made crafts. The Fence Show will again feature the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Open Air Music Festival, adding musical ambiance to a fun family day. Sat. Event Details.

What’s your must-do end of summer activity? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson