Looking for ways to beat the summer heat this weekend? Stay cool with these city parks with sprinklers, or go on an ice cream crawl at these ice cream shops around NYC. Plus, don’t miss your chance to cheer at the Animal Olympics!  Scroll down to check out the rest of our fun weekend event picks for kids below!

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Pixar Putt

PIXAR PUTT is the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films. Event Details.

Storytelling Festival

Enjoy the spoken word—not to mention the sung word, the recited word, and the animated word—when a New York based collection of songwriters, musicians, poets, and performers show us how stories can be told in a variety of art forms. Event Details.

Open Village at Historic Richmond Town

See historic trades and skills practiced in shops; learn about Staten Island history in the museum; see furnished interiors animated by costumed interpreters; see the native flora and fauna flourish among Historic Richmond Town’s 100 acres. Event Details.

The Language of Flowers

Use egg cartons, toilet paper rolls and other upcycled materials to create your own bouquet. Place your arrangement in an embellished vase of your own making, illustrated with a sentiment you’d like to share. Event Details.

The New York City Poetry Festival

Enjoy a free weekend of readings, workshops, open mics, installations, performances, writing activities, bookselling, children’s programming, a beer garden, delicious food, and a whole lot of lying around in the grass listening to poetry. Event Details.

Rock N Roll Playhouse: Billy Joel

Rock n’ Roll Playhouse plays tunes from a rotating roster of artists for kids, and adults too. Expect dancing, interactive games and loads of fun. This week features the music of Billy Joel! Event Details.

Paint, Prance, and Party

Camp is known for memorable family experiences, and tonies are known for providing fun and music no matter where you are! What happens when the two get together? You get an afternoon filled with painting, dancing, and of course, great music. Event Details.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival

Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views. All ages are welcome. Event Details.

Animal Olympics

The Summer Olympics may be in Tokyo but the Animal Olympics are in Crotona Park! Join the Urban Park Rangers as they lead a series of animal themed events and compete to win a prize! Event Details.

Community Paddle on the Bronx River

Join the Bronx River Alliance on a Free Community Paddle at the Starlight Park Bronx River House. This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers. Event Details.


There are tons more events on our calendar – be sure to check them out all week long!


–  Jesseca Stenson


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