This weekend there’s a festival or party for just about everything. Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse, pay hommage to the chile pepper, marvel at amazing inventions, or hit the club for a kids dance party. The city is full of excuses to celebrate this weekend so get out there and enjoy.


Photo: CirKiz Dance Party via CirKiz


Get Cooking at the Shababa Bakery
Bring your litter bakers to the Shababa Bakery where they’ll get to squish, roll and braid their very own challah. Then take it home to bake. Your little one’s will be so excited to share their hard work with the family. Fri. 10:15 a.m. Upper East Side. $15/child; adults are free. All ages. 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. Noon-4 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details


Pop Up New York’s Chelsea Eats
Whether you have a picky eater on your hand or a budding food critic that loves to try new things (lucky you), this delicious adventure has something that will satisfy everyone’s appetite. Stroll down the street listening to live music and sampling from every culture and country imaginable, even treat your little ones to a tasty dessert. Pop into a local resturant, Pound & Ounce or Bareburger to name a few, to enjoy an outdoor graden party where you can sip on an adult beverage and your little ones can play with other kiddos. Wrap up the day with some added culture and check out a special preview from Mad Libs LIVE!, a musical for the younger theatre goers. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Chelsea. Free. All ages. Event details

Hit the Club with Your Music Lovers
So you feel too old or too tired (or both) to go out clubing these days… Well now you can hit the club during the day with your little ones, at a CirKiz dance party designed for the next generation of electronic music fans. Kids can take dance and DJ lessons, party with an LED Robot, and light the room up at the glow station. Enjoy a free snack bar, water for the kids and a cash bar for the older folks. Sun. 1-5 p.m. Midtown West. $20/person. Suggested ages 6-12 (but all ages welcome). Event details


It’s Fashion Week at CMA
Bring your little fashionistas to celebrate International Fashion Week with a special workshop in th Fine Arts Studio. Your trendsetters can create their own unique design for a fashionable fabric bracelet or bow-tie using funky patterns and colors. Even create a mood board and sketch designs to inspire their very own fashion line! Thurs.-Mon. Noon-5 p.m. Soho. Free with museum admission ($12/person; children under 1 are free). 5 and up. Event details.


Chile Pepper Festival
It’s time to get spicy at Brooklyn Botanic Garden! Festival activities include a fire breathing act, pop-up gardening station where kids can pot a chile plant to take home, sampling of spicy sauces and chocolates, and live music on BBG’s Cherry Esplanade throughout the day where you can kick back and relax. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crown Heights. $20/adult; $15/seniors and students 12 and up; children under 12 and BBG members are free. All ages. Event details

Party at Atlantic Antics
Bring your appetites and taste for adventure and head to NYC’s largest street fair to enjoy food, art, music, shopping and of course fun for the kiddies. We’re talking pony rides, storytelling, face painting and bouncy houses on an entire block dedicated solely to the little ones. Sun. Noon-6 p.m. Boerum Hill. Free. All ages. Event details


Fall Family Day
The museum is celebrating Jim Henson’s birthday, so naturally family day will be full of puppetry. Your little ones can get creative and build their very own puppets out of  paper bags and fun materials in the drop-in studio. Then help your puppets belt out their favorite toons at “puppet karaoke”. And don’t forget to swing by the studio for a special screening of a compilation of episodes from Dinosaur Train and Sid the Science Kid, including a behind-the-scenes clip about digital puppetry techniques. Sat. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Astoria. $12/adult; children under 12 are free. All ages. Event details

World Maker Faire
The New York Maker Faire is a science fair on steroids! This family-friendly gathering includes tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, and students sharing their homemade inventions such as video games, student projects, puppets and kites, chemistry project, rockets, electric vehicles, crafts, and much more. Bring the kiddos to check out this giant collection of interactive show and tell. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Corona. $35/person; children under 2 are free. All ages. Event details


Pop Up Dinner for the Whole Family
The Manhattan Underground Toddler Society has designed this pop up dinner for parents and their little culinary critics to enjoy together. The super secret location won’t be revealed until 72 hours before the event, but watch for clues before that. Enjoy a farm-to-table three course meal with wine pairings while your little ones dine on kid friendly food and play with farm themed toys. There will even be some babysitters roaming around to keep everyone busy and entertained with fun activities. Sat. 6-9 p.m. Top secret location. $90/adult; children free with adult ticket. All ages. Event details

What will your family celebrate this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling