• Picks Of The Week: July 18-20

    The Jeff Koons Family Opening, New Museum Block Party, Harry Potter events at the Scholastic Store, a BONUS Hamptons event, and more!

    By Emily Murphy
    Jeff Koons, Elephant, 2003. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 36 1⁄2 × 29 × 19 in. (92.7 × 73.7 × 48.3 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons. From whitney.org

    Jeff Koons, Elephant, 2003. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 36 1⁄2 × 29 × 19 in. (92.7 × 73.7 × 48.3 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons. From whitney.org

    This weekend holds plenty of family parties including the Best Summer Ever Under the Tent at NYSCI, a Block Party for the New Museum, and a wonderful Jeff Koons family opening at the Whitney! Great summer series are hosting fun themed days like Pier Kids’ Great Brooklyn Bridge day and a Harry Potter Creature Feature Sunday at the Scholastic Store. Finally, don’t miss our bonus Hamptons event, a special family party hosted by Citibabes!

    Friday, July 18

    Best Summer Ever Under the Tent
    New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
    12pm-4pm
    All Ages
    Learn all about living a healthy lifestyle through scavenger hunts, demos, workshops, and more at this great summer series! NYSCI will be doling out helpful tips and tricks regarding fitness and food. Don’t miss out on the special Parkour Workshop with the Movement Creative at 3pm! Free with admission

    Saturday, July 19

    New Museum Block Party
    Sara D. Roosevelt Park
    12pm-5pm
    All Ages
    Arts and crafts projects, live performances, and interactive tours are all part of the annual New Museum Block Party. Hosted at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the themed family festivities are based on different exhibitions at the museum and include constructing sea creature trading cards, kinetic sculptures, and American landscape postcards. Free

    Jeff Koons Family Opening
    Whitney Museum of American Art
    9:30am-11am
    All Ages
    Celebrate the Whitney’s new exhibit “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” with this fun family opening! Kids will love pieces like the giant sculpture of a balloon dog and a larger-than-life Play-Doh sculpture. Families can also enjoy art-making activities, gallery stations, and more. Free with museum admission

    Sunday, July 20

    Pier Kids: The Great Brooklyn Bridge
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    11am-1pm
    Ages 2-8
    Join Brooklyn Bridge Park for this special themed Pier Kids! Learn about the history and engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge, then enjoy art and interactive activities based around those concepts. As for every Pier Kids event, arts and crafts and an outdoor pop-up reading room will be available. Free

    Harry Potter: Creature Feature Sundays
    The Scholastic Store
    1pm-4pm
    Ages 8 and up
    The Scholastic Store is celebrating Harry Potter for the entire month of July! Each day of the week has a different theme, and this Sunday holds a fun Creature Feature! Guests will get to meet animals of the wizarding world, including an owl, a rat, a snake, or a spider! Free

    BONUS Hamptons Event:

    Hamptons Family Fun Day
    The Country Day School
    July 19, 10:30am-2:30pm
    All Ages
    Don’t miss out on Citibabe’s Hamptons Family Fun Day! Explore premier brands while the youngsters get their faces painted, enjoy music, and do fun activities! If that’s not enough, the first 100 guests will receive special gift bags filled with great brands including Babyganics, PediPed, Diptyque, Green Mustache, C Wonder, and Aden + Anais.