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Labor Day weekend 2013: Fun activities for kids in New York City

Celebrate your family's Labor Day weekend 2013 with fun activities for kids, day trips to the beach and long weekend getaway ideas.

Coney Island Boardwalk and B&B Carousel

Coney Island Boardwalk and B&B Carousel Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Before your family says farewell to summer, make plans for a fabulous Labor Day weekend 2013. Spend time at a city pool or beach, take a weekend trip or attend one of the many other fun activities (lots of them free!) for kids happening over the long Labor Day weekend.



When is Labor Day?


Labor Day is an annual workers' holiday on the first Monday in September. The first Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union of New York in 1882. This year, Labor Day falls on September 2, 2013.



Labor Day weekend events

Family Art Project: Fishy Fun

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids focus on their finned friends this weekend, specifically the

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Until Sun Sep 1
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Commedia Dell' Arte for Children

  • Price band: 1/4

The New York Baroque Dance company leads culture-hungry kiddos on a

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
More info

Richmond County Fair

  • Critics choice

Grab the fam and head to Historic Richmond Town, a preserved

  1. Historic Richmond Town 441 Clarke Ave, at St. Patricks Pl
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
More info

Celebrating America's Workers

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids learn about the history of Labor Day and craft a worker-themed

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
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Free Labor Day weekend activities

Junior Carnival Parade & Competition

Kingston Avenue at St Johns St to the Brooklyn Museum. Watch this

  1. Brooklyn
  2. Until Sat Aug 31
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NYC Unicycle Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This wacky one-wheeled weekend rolls into town with a 13-mile ride

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Until Sun Sep 1
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West Indian-American Day Carnival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This Caribbean celebration, known for having lively music and lots of

Back to School Bash

  • Free

The popular eco-eatery will help give your tykes the proper send-off

  1. Habana Outpost 757 Fulton St, at South Portland Ave
  2. Until Mon Sep 2
More info
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More Labor Day weekend ideas

Governors Island

A family guide to the popular green space, which will be open all three days of the long weekend.

Best beaches in NYC

Families flock to these beaches in NYC, as well as other nearby shores, to enjoy sand, surf and more.

Weekend trip ideas

Get ready to escape the bustling city for Labor Day weekend 2013.

Day trip ideas

These family trip ideas—all within two hours of New York City—will keep the adventures coming all weekend.

Swimming pools for families

Take one last dip in a city pool—they close for the season on Labor Day weekend.

End-of-summer activities

Make the most of summer's last days with our list of things to do before the leaves change colors.

Coney Island

Take a dip in the ocean, head to Luna Park or ride the B&B Carousell in Brooklyn.

Summer shows at NYC museums

Seven shows at NYC museums to see before we say good-bye to summer.




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