There’s a lot to enjoy this weekend with the start of New Victory’s “Pondlife McGurk” production and Union Square Park’s Summer in the Square series! For fun Father’s Day ideas, check out the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (or if dad’s a jazz fan, be sure to hit up the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island)! Finally, a great arts festival just for kids and families is a perfect way to spend your Sunday.
Starting Thursday, June 12
Summer in the Square
Union Square Park
If you’re looking for a day of unforgettable fun, Summer in the Square is a can’t-miss event every Thursday in Union Square. Wake up at 7am to enjoy Atamananda Yoga and Reebok CrossFit, followed by Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids Yoga. Fun children’s activities round out the late morning, while a slew of live jazz shows carry your family through lunch. Need more exercise? End the day with a dance class or performance from the Peridance Capezio Center! Free
Starting Friday June 13
The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk
New Victory Theater
The New Victory Theater is back with another fantastic performance! “The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk” shadows Martin, a new kid in school who feels left out until he meets oddball Simon McGurk. This heartwarming, humorous story explores social pressures, new friendships, and coming of age, all presented by the talented Catherine Wheels Theater Company from Scotland. $25
Saturday, June 14 & Sunday, June 15
Father’s Day Programming
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
For the best of Father’s Day events, check out the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s offerings. On this special day, tots can participate in workshops to decorate ties with funky LED lights and original riddles in honor of Dad. Older kids can meet and mingle with author Steve Metzger, who will outline his experience as a working parent and help kids create picture books. Chef Preston Clark and his son will also make an appearance to share simple and creative family recipes. Free with museum admission
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Head back to the Roarin’ Twenties with this fabulous lawn party! A celebration of the Jazz Age era, this flavorful event will host activities like dance lessons (to learn popular steps of the time), a close-up look of gramophones, a high court of pie contest, and much more! For foodie families, a themed “Taste of the 20’s” menu will even feature specialized food and drink. Don’t miss out on Kidland, a special area for children with carnival games and prizes. Adults $25, Children free.
Sunday, June 15
This annual festival celebrates multi-cultural arts specifically for children and families! Kiddos will enjoy fun activities like face painting and art workshops while being entertained by live musical performances! Some notable show-stoppers include the PS 180 Xylophone Group, a rendition of “Little Red Riding Hood,” and the Double Dutch National League. Free.