Think of this weekend as a choose your own adventure. WIll your little ones make s’mores while camping (indoors) or will your family head to a county fair to watch a pig race? Maybe you’ll light a lantern for peace or build your own sailboat. We’ve got a full weekend of fun for you to choose from, it’s up to you how many adventures your family dares to go on!
Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace via Shinnyo Center
Party at the 92Y Street Fair
Hit the streets to enjoy a day of live music, entertainment, crafts and games. Learn about different countries along International Way or bring your little one’s doll and take a stroll down Kid Central Ave full of fun activites by American Girl. For the younger kiddos, try the Tiny Tumblers Toddler Obstacle Course and a special area for kids under age 5. Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Harlem. Free. All ages. Event details.
Light and Sail a Lantern
Celebrate the International Day of Peace with your family. Work together to construct a paper lantern and complete it with a message of peace, you might have to do the writing, but the words can be all your little peacemaker’s. Then set the lantern afloat in the reflecting pool along with hundreds of others. Sun. 1-5 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Glow in the Dark Yoga
Your kids are New Yorkers, so they have most likely tried out a yoga class at this point, but how about a glow-in-the-dark pajama class? Throw on your best pj’s, make sure to pick a set that has white and/or neon for exra glowability, and hit this evening yoga class filled with fun moves and games. Wrap up the evening with milk and cookies. Pre-registration is required, call (646) 638-1444. Fri. 6:30-8 p.m. Chelsea. $30/child. Ages 4-8. Event details.
Have a Special Dinner With Your Grandparents
Spend a special evening with your grandparents and your favorite doll at American Girl Place. Enjoy a delicious meal, play some games and make a special keepsake picture frame together. Then say cheese with your biggest smile, and you’ll have a great picture of you and your grandparents printed out to put in your new frame to take home. Must make reservations by calling (877) 247-5223. Fri. 5:30 p.m. Midtown East. $47/person. Ages 8 and up. Event details.
Rock the Block
This street fair has it all, we’ll elaborate. Giant hamster ball, petting zoo, moon bounces and slides, cotton candy and ice cream, and a crafting area. Plus a special toddler area for your little ones to keep busy. So bring the whole family out for a fun filled day outside while you can still enjoy the weather. Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Chelsea. Free. All ages. Event details.
Build Your Own Sailboat
Head to the Seaport and let your little builders hammer and nail together their very own sailboat to take home. Construction Kids and Fidi Kids are teaming up for an afternoon to help teach your little ones how to use those tools they see in your tool box at home. After working up a sweat, your little carpenters can kick back with a delicous snack provided by the class. Need a few hours to yourself? Splurge and drop your kiddos off with Project Playdate and they’ll make sure the class is a hit, while you get a three hours to yourself. Sun. 10 a.m.-noon. South Street Seaport. Free (Project Playdate Cost: $60/first child; $40/sibling). Ages 4-8. Event details.
Drop Off Camp Out at Recess
It’s a sleepover without the sleeping! Bring your sleeping bags and prepare to camp out below the slides. Start off with a pizza party and playing in Recess’ fun indoor playspace, then make s’mores and tell stories around a make believe campfire. And the best part? This party is a drop off, so while you’re little campers are partying, so can you. Fri. 5:30-9 p.m. Dumbo. $40/first child; $30/sibling. Ages 2.5-6. Event details.
Fly a Kite in Brooklyn
Bring your little explorers to Brooklyn Bridge Park to fly their kites to the highest height. Bring your own kite, buy a new one there, or just come to enjoy watching the beautiful kites soar along the Manhattan skyline. Make a day of it and swing by a playground and grab a bite to eat. Sat. 11.am.-3 p.m. Brooklyn Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
Queens County Fair
Head to the “country” and enjoy a good ol’ fashion fair, complete with blue ribbon competitions, a pie eating contest, corn husking contest, and pig race. Hop on some carnival rides and dance to live music. And don’t forget to stop by the farm’s corn maze, the Amazing Maize Maze, that also opens the same weekend. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Floral Park. $9/adult; $5/child 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
What adventures will your family go on this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.