• Free Family Events This Weekend! (June 20-22)

    Barolosolo Cirkus, the North River Historic Ship Festival, Make Music New York, and more!

    By Emily Murphy

    2014-by-Josh-Gosfield-575x720Have all the fun without spending a dime!

    Friday, June 20

    Swedish Midsummer Festival
    Wagner Park
    The Swedish Midsummer Festival at downtown’s Wagner Park is a unique way of celebrating the summer solstice. The festivities include learning folk dancing from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and the Swedish Folkdancers of New York, making midsummer wreaths, and enjoying children’s games and Swedish treats. Don’t miss live music from Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis! 

    Saturday, June 21

    Make Music New York
    Various Locations
    Make Music New York is celebrating the longest day of the year by hosting live, free musical performances all across the five boroughs! With over 1,300 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks, this annual series has something for everyone, from jazz to hip hop, and rock to opera. Be sure to select “Kids” in the genre search bar for the best of family friendly shows, including Bethany Wild, Rolie Polie Guacamole, Lily Rose Children’s Music, among many others!

    The Mermaid Parade
    Coney Island
    Ocean fans should head out to Coney Island this weekend for the one and only Mermaid Parade! One of the largest art parades in the nation, this festive event brings mystical creatures to life  for a mix of all ages. Little ones will love seeing handmade costumes and floats, street theater,  a marching band, and more! Want even more mermaid fun? Sign up you and your family to participate in the parade! Free to attend; To participate, $25 Adults, $15 Children.

    *For more fun in Coney Island, check out this post!

    Starting Saturday, June 21

    North River Historic Ship Festival
    Pier 25
    Various times
    Kids of all ages are invited to the sixth annual North River Historic Ship Festival! This maritime event is perfect for boat lovers who want to take a ride on tugboats, fireboats, schooners, and more. Other festivities, which will run until Tuesday, June 24 include a tour of the historical ships, a circus performance on a showboat, and fishing on the pier.

    Barolosolo Cirkus
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    3pm and 7pm
    Circus lovers will get excited for Barolosolo Cirkus,  a special event at Brooklyn Bridge Park that’s all about family fun! Performed this Saturday and Sunday in association with SummerStage Kids and by the Barolosolo Cirkus Company from France, this show will be a stellar combination of comedy, modern theater, poetry, and music. Additionally, attendees can enjoy interactive workshops, face painting, and more along with the show.

    Sunday, June 22

    Family Fun Day
    BLDG 92
    What better way to spend a Sunday than at the museum? BLDG 92, which is part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is hosting a family fun day this weekend. Along with free admission to museum, this exciting day includes activities like a Yard Inspector Tour, where participants can step into the shoes of an inspector-in-training; and a tour of the the rooftop farm, which will educate guests on  food, plant science, sustainability, and more.

    Family Performance Festival
    Central Park
    See this special “Nature in Action, Story, and Song” event as part of Central Park’s Family Performance Festival series! “Stand up chameleion” Jackson Gillman will present  hilarious yet informative stories and music about animals, bugs, flowers, and other components of our natural world. Don’t miss an eco-educational activity after the show!



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