A wizard’s birthday party, a powwow, a boardwalk talent show, and more. You’re just going to have throw all of this weekend’s possibilities into a hat and let your kid pluck one out.
1. The most magical place on earth, for this Saturday at least, might be the Brooklyn Public Library at the northwest corner of Prospect Park, when it celebrates Harry Potter’s Birthday Party with Hogwarts-themed crafts, games, and photo ops. Explore the park (and the Splash Pad!) while you’re in the area.
2. Experience the spectacular 41st Annual Thunderbird American Indian Powwow at the Queens County Farm Museum (really, there’s a farm in Queens!), where more than 40 Indian Nations will contend in a weekend-long, intertribal dance competition.
3. Stop a runaway subway train, ride roller coasters, and team with your kids to fight zombies at the brand-new Escape Virtuality in midtown, a virtual reality arcade and escape room venue.
4. Three words that will likely make your kid’s heart explode with excitement (and fill yours with terror): Fortnite World Cup, a weekend-long event in which professional gamers battle for the ultimate royale title. Your family can spectate and participate in Fortnite-related fun—character meet-and-greets, zip lines, mini golf—at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. It’s just like the U.S. Open, but with a slightly different crowd.
5. Stroll the High Line and stop to admire the incredible sculpture Brick House by Simone Leigh at the Plinth portion of the elevated walkway at 30th Street and Tenth Avenue. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will be hosting storytelling workshops inspired by the art there on Saturday,10 a.m.–1 p.m.
6. Do you like poems? / Governors Island beckons / Dig words all weekend.
7. Watch seriously talented kids compete at the 10th Annual Coney Island Talent Show, where all the boardwalk’s a stage, on Saturday evening, 4–8 p.m. For dinner, get plates of hot fried clams and mugs of cold beer and lemonade at our favorite old-school boardwalk dive.
8. Introduce your tots to the music of Billy Joel at the Rock and Roll Playhouse’s Saturday 1 p.m performance at Industry City. Play in the game room, eat ramen at Japan Village, and run around IC’s cavernous courtyard afterward.
9. See the Captain Underpants–based Dog Man: The Musical before its run ends on August 11. Deconstruct the show’s themes (or just have a laugh!) over croque monsieurs at one of the most beloved restaurants in the city, Buvette.
10. Bring your style-conscious shorties to the exhibition “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion” at the Brooklyn Museum for a glimpse of what they might be wearing in the year 2069.