Events: Top Kid-Friendly Activities For The Week

Adventures NYC will take place this Saturday in Central Park! Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks.
Adventures NYC will take place this Saturday in Central Park! Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks.

Celebrate dad this weekend by spending some quality family time at these fun-filled events! Check out lots of LEGO models at Brick Fest Live in Queens, play extreme outdoor sports during Adventures NYC in Central Park, and feast on multi-cultural cuisine at the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Plus, all ages are sure to enjoy the Museum Mile Festival along Fifth Avenue at the beginning of the week and the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island on Saturday. Happy Father’s Day!

Tuesday, June 14

Museum Mile Festival
Fifth Avenue (from 82nd to 105th Streets)
Enjoy a cultural night out on the town! This year marks the 38th annual Museum Mile Festival. With the opening ceremony starting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the festival also includes the Neue Galerie New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo del Barrio. Complete with outdoor art activities for children and musical performances, this event screams art culture fun for the whole family. This event is free and will be held rain or shine.

Beginning Saturday, June 18

Brick Fest Live
New York Hall of Science
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-5pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am-7pm
Got a LEGO fan in your family? Beginning this Saturday, celebrate these amazing building blocks at the New York Hall of Science’s Brick Fest Live! Attendees can view “mind-blowing” creations made from LEGOs, and play with gigantic LEGO attractions. Runs through Sunday, June 26. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, June 18

Adventures NYC
Central Park
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Explore the great outdoors with Adventures NYC, a day of extreme outdoor fun sponsored by the NYC Parks Department. Head to Central Park to participate in a variety of outdoor sports. This year’s fest will offer stand-up paddleboarding, yoga, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, obstacle races, and outdoor gear exhibits. Participants must sign a safety waiver for certain activities. This event is free.

The Mermaid Parade
Coney Island
The 34th annual Mermaid Parade will feature thousands of parade goers decked out in under-the-sea garb: bikini shells, glitter, colorful hair, costumes covered in scales, and more! Channel your inner mermaid, and come dressed to march from West 21st Street and Surf Avenue to Steeplechase Plaza, where you’ll celebrate mythology, seaside stories, and art in New York City. This event is free.

Sunday, June 19

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival
The Museum at Eldridge Street
Honor the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican cultures of the Lower East Side at the Museum at Eldridge Street’s annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival. Enjoy klezmer and bomba music, Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, Mah Jongg games, yarmulke making, and of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas! This event is free.