• Weekend Planner: Fun Family Activities in NYC (July 11-13)

    City of Water Day + Best Burgers + Nostalgia Train To Coney Island + Much More


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    The WeBop Family Jazz Party at Lincoln Center

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    One of the city’s great bucolic oases,Wave Hill sits along the Hudson in Riverdale and welcomes families not only with its beauty and calm but activities for children. Here’s the inside scoop on 5 things to do there right now. Calling all green fams! 

    WEEKEND PLANNER

    STARTING FRIDAY

    Join Hudson River Park to catch a screening of “Despicable Me 2”—complimentary popcorn will be provided. Bring a blanket! (Friday)

    Watch Tada Youth Theater present a coming-of-age dance-theater piece called “Unsung” followed by an original family musical called “Heroes” about finding courage. Take a seat! (Friday through August 1)

    The Children’s Museum of the Arts is stopping by the Bronx Zoo to stage a special camouflage workshop—kids can make their own camouflaged paper critter to take home while admiring the real-life animals in the zoo. Be crafty! (Friday)

    “Manhattanhenge” refers to an annual event where the sun sets perfectly on the namesake borough’s East- and West-numbered streets—catch a special lecture before the phenomenon this weekend at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. Look up! (Friday)

    STARTING SATURDAY 

    Head to Coney Island aboard a subway car from the 1930s thanks to the New York Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Train Ride. All aboard! (Saturday)

    It’s time for the WeBop Family Jazz Party at Lincoln Center—this time, Louis Armstrong is being honored. Jazz time! (Saturday)

    Join the City of Water Day festivities, which will feature live music, food, and kid-friendly activities like free boat tours at various locations, including Governors Island. Yay for water! (Saturday)

    The Rubin Museum of Art invites families to join staff in a fun arts and crafts seminar featuring Himalayan sounds. Make a masterpiece! (Saturday)

    To celebrate its new exhibit “Oil & Water: Reinterpreting Ink,” the Museum of Chinese in America welcomes families to a fun and creative arts and crafts seminar. Get inspired! (Saturday)

    The World Skateboarding Rider Cup New York kicks off the first contest this weekend at L.E.S. Skatepark–the championships will run for six consecutive Saturdays, stopping in each of the city’s five boroughs. How cool! (Saturday)

    STARTING SUNDAY

    Stop by the Japan Society for Japan’s Star Festival, which will feature storytelling and crafts. Listen to a tale! (Sunday)

    Grab les enfants and head to Bastille Day on 60th Street hosted by the French Institute Alliance Française! This charming event commemorates France’s own Independence Day with a taste of culture, including live music and French cuisine. How French! (Sunday)

    Keith “The Captain” Gamble and the NU Gypsies are coming to Central Park for the Harlem Meer Performance Festival! Join them for a day of blues, dancing, and outdoor fun. Park it here! (Sunday)

     

     

    On Bronx Family Day, all are invited to watch David Gonzalez’ riveting live performance of his highly praised funk music, written with kids and parents in mind. Families are also welcome to join in on music and dance workshops, and facepainting! Have a blast! (Sunday)