Are you staying local this Labor Day weekend in NYC? If you need some ideas on how to keep the kids busy before school starts, we have you covered. Head out to this unusual annual festival, or maybe watch these veteran performers in action, or satisfy your family’s resident foodie at this county fair. Still need more suggestions? Keep scrolling for more of our top picks!

Photo: Circus Amok


Ice Cream Social PJ Party
Children will climb on huge ice cream cones and slide down melty mountains of chocolate and vanilla swirl in our state-of-the-art gym space in this yummy Ice Cream Social PJ Party! Fri. Event Details.

8th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival
The NYC Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono—wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight––even for NYC! Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Addy and Uno: The First Family Musical About Disability
Told through puppets, humor and unforgettable music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability, and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice.” Sat.–Sun. Event Details.


25th Annual Tugboat Race and Competition
Watch epic battles for supremacy in the nose-to-nose pushing and line-toss contests. You can test your mettle in the amateur line-toss competition, or try your luck at in the ever-popular spinach-eating contest. There’s a division for kids too! Sun. Event Details.


Summer on the Hudson: Riverside Park Skate Jam
This annual celebration of Riverside Park’s 108th St. Skate Park, featuring competitions, open skate, raffle, food vendors and all day fun. Sun. Event Details.


Eid al-Adha in Prospect Park
Join Prospect Park Alliance during Eid al-Adha for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel. Fri. Event Details.

Labor Day in Prospect Park
Enjoy family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel in celebration of Labor Day. Mon. Event Details.


Community Day at Noguchi
Enjoy free admission and special activities for Noguchi Museum friends and neighbors. Sun. Event Details.

Circus Amok
Using a blend of traditional circus skills, post-modern dance and improvisational techniques, Circus Amok provides free public art addressing issues of social justice to audiences of all ages. Sat. Event Details. 


Family Art Project: Painting Outdoors
Relish the last days of summer in this annual outdoor painting project, using watercolor paint and pencils to translate what you see into shapes, tones and marks of light. Sat.–Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Richmond County Fair 2017
Celebrate the unofficial end of summer with a quintessential county fair! Rides, food, entertainment, and more. Sat.­­–Mon. Event Details.

What is your favorite summer 2017 memory? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson