• Events: The Best Kid-Friendly Events Of The Week

    The 9th Annual Shorebird Festival, Pier 6 Family Field Day, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open, Blues BBQ and more!

    By Emily Murphy

    Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open, photo via arthurashekidsday.com

    Sports, cars, nature, live music–this weekend the city has something for every interest! Get your game on at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s  Family Field Day, or savor some barbecue and blues tunes at Hudson River Park. Budding tennis stars will love Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to witness the natural beauty of shorebird migration, or travel to Governors Island for the NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam. Punch buggy!

    Saturday, August 23

    Pier 6 Family Field Day
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    All Ages
    Get active at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s special Family Field Day at Pier 6! This lively group of events includes sports like volleyball, basketball, and soccer, as well as fun games like potato sack and relay races. This is a free event

    Blues BBQ
    Hudson River Park
    All Ages
    Combine your family’s love of Blues and BBQ! Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 is hosting this scrumptious festival with America’s best blues and roots musicians along with three of the city’s tastiest barbecue joints (Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, Delaney Barbecue, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que). This is a free event.

    Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
    USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
    All Ages

    Tennis fans and otherwise will have a blast at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park! With free family activities like face painting, 10 and under tennis, hair beading and braiding, and appearances by beloved Nickelodeon characters (Spongebob and Patrick, Dora and Diego), the day will be nonstop fun. Don’t miss the special stadium show at 1pm! Grounds activities are free, stadium shows from $10

    9th Annual Shorebird Festival
    Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    All Ages

    Bird lovers will want to check out this annual Shorebird Festival, which takes places at peak shorebird migration time in the Big Apple. NYC Audubon Members and other birders will hike around the East Pond when birds are in their greatest numbers. Other great activities include an introduction to refuge issues and wildlife management, shorebird photography, more hikes, and a discussion on shorebird identification and behavior. There will be also be coffee (for the parents) and doughnuts. Suggested donation

    Sunday, August 24

    NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
    Governors Island
    If your little ones can’t get enough of cars, take them to see this classic VW show! The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged, vintage Volkswagen car show. Enjoy a picnic, a view of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty, as well as 100 Beetles, buses, Dune Buggies, and more. Registration is not required for spectators. This is a free event

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