Only in New York… the four words you’ll be uttering after this weekend. Stop by world famous Carnegie Hall to sing, play and create music at Family Weekend, pack an overnight bag and have a sleepover with lions and zebras at the Bronx Zoo, or hit a festival completely dedicated to the delicious pickle (think games like pickle toss and snacks like a pickle on a stick). We’ve got even MORE ways to enjoy the Big Apple this weekend, read on for our full must do list!


Photo: Carnegie Hall Family Day 


Battle of Brooklyn Opening Weekend & Family Day
Take your little history buffs to opening weekend to learn about the largest battle of the Revolutionary War, which just so happens to have happened right in Brooklyn. Families can explore the exhibition with the museum’s Family Activity Guide and enjoy Revolutionary craft activities. And if you visit on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., keep your eyes open for General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton who will be roaming the museum and mingling with families. Ask these Founding Fathers what they learned from this historic defeat and how they helped the army bounce back to eventually win American independence. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Little Red Lighthouse Festival
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse at the foot of the George Washington Bridge at this fun and free event including tours of the lighthouse with the Urban Park Rangers, readings of the children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, fishing clinics with Fish NY & DEC, live entertainment, food vendors and activities for the whole family. Sat. Event details


SUBMERGE: Marine Science Festival
Calling all scientists! It’s a day-long science extravaganza to celebrate local marine science. Enjoy hands-on science activities, catch-and-release fishing, science stage events, kayaking and more. Interactive demonstrations will bring marine science and engineering topics to life, inspiring audiences of all ages. Sat. Event details

Carnegie Hall Family Day
The entire family can join in on the fun, with opportunities to sing, play, and create music, or listen to performances. This season families get to explore the swinging world of Jazz. Your kids can enjoy pop up performers, groove at a dance party, create instruments, hit a vocal jam session and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Celebrate Pickle Day
Who doesn’t love a pickle? Check out 20+ picklers, 30+ local food and fashion vendors, activities, DJs, live music, and a home pickling contest at this annual pickle celebration. Your kiddos can taste pickle on a stick, pickled brittle, pickled truffles, pickle slices, along with playing fun games like the pickle toss and more! Sun. Event details


Drop the Kiddies Off at Pirate Night
Aaaaargh maties! Don’t forget your eye-patches! Your little pirates will follow a treasure maps, find hidden booty and sail the seven seas! And all that treasure hunting is sure to make the little ones hungry, but don’t worry, delicious pizza will be served! While they’re having a pizza party, make sure to make some fun dinner plans of your own! Fri. Event details

35th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York
Go green for the day at The Great Irish Fair. You and your little leprechauns can enjoy a day filled with live Irish music, traditional food, Irish dancing, shopping and lots of kiddie activities and attractions. Show up at 10 a.m. to attend Mass or arrive in time for the festivities at noon. Sat. Event details

Bus Festival at Atlantic Antics
Beep! Beep! The Transit Museum’s vintage buses are hitting the streets for the annual bus festival. You and your kiddies can explore these awesome rides, enjoy hands-on activities, and pop into the museum for just $1. And the best part… these fun buses will be parked at Atlantic Antic, New York’s largest street fair, so you can sit behind the wheel and then explore all the festival has to offer, from pony rides, to bouncy houses to delicious food. Sun. v. 


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. Event details


Overnight Safari at the Zoo
Ever thought about catching some zzz’s in the company of zebras? How about snoozing with the snow leopards? Well, dreams come true on the Bronx Zoos Family Overnight Safari. You and your little zookeepers will enjoy fun-filled, educational activities throughout the evening, along with some new surprises and a late-night snack to keep the energy going. Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and picnic dinner. Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, and breakfast, will be provided. No need for alarm clocks, the vocal sea lions will provide the wake-up call. Sat. into Sun. Event details

How will your family enjoy the Big Apple this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling