Set in some of Brooklyn’s coolest playgrounds, this popular community festival celebrates all things puppet! Spin art, games and arts and crafts for $2–4, $5 tote bag decorating and $4 bounce-house access are just a few of the cool activities on offer. There’ll even be a few costumed Star Wars characters in attendance, plus Tuffy Tiger, a bright orange puppet that helps pre-K–through–second-grade students discover the world around them through song and dance. All ages.Read more
Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party
Make your trip to the New York Botanical Garden a celebration of Moms with an exciting garden party for families! Grab tickets to enjoy a brunch hosted by STARR Events ($55–$85)—tickets include a great meal, live family music on Daffodil Hill, dance performances and fun kids' activities like readings and watercolor painting. Regular all-garden access tickets ($30, students/seniors $27, children $15) will give you access to everything but brunch—but you can certainly picnic by grabbing snacks from NYBG's amazing food truck offerings. All ages.
Shhh: Your kids might actually learn something while having fun at this five-day educational celebration. Prominent minds from around the world will unite to discuss the brain, time, the origins of the universe and more. Visit www.worldsciencefestival.com for a full list of events. Hurry, tickets sell out quickly! All ages.Read more
Embrace your inner kid with the best finger foods around! Sauce-slathered ribs, crispy wings and out-of-this-world pulled pork are just a few of the tasty nom-noms on offer at Madison Square Park’s coolest event of the summer. Stop by stands manned by top-notch chefs, pit masters and restaurant owners to try all kinds of delicious offerings before taking your ’cue (and kids) to a nearby park bench. Admission is free but food prices vary. All ages.Read more
New York’s biggest block party hits town once more, offering free access to seven museums (from the Met to the Guggenheim) along a car-free mile sprinkled with music, art and entertainment. Kids can color up the sidewalk with chalk, get their faces painted, and enjoy performances by clowns, magicians, and more. Many different exhibitions will be on hand like “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” at the Museum of the City of New York, featuring more than 200 works by the famed cartoon artist, or El Museo del Barrio’s “Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion” exhibit, celebrating the artist’s exploration of race, gender and the body through fashion. The festival runs along Fifth Avenue between 82nd St and 105th St. All ages.Read more
This annual fest celebrates the natural resources of the New York harbor with a host of aquatic-based highlights. Sail to Governors Island or Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken for a kids' fair featuring ecology-themed games and activities. Families can also get gratis access to a plethora of watergoing vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Check cityofwaterday.org for events taking place throughout the five boroughs. All ages.Read more
Young explorers can delve into the world of marine science at this family-friendly festival promising "a splash of science in the city." Hudson River Park and The New York Hall of Science will bring awareness to NYC's coastal waterways with a day of free, hands-on activities and presentations. See what noted scientists are up to, get in on citizen science activities and go kayaking. Live music and catch-and-release fishing will be on offer throughout the day. Ages 5 and up.Read more