Turtles that eat pizza; life-size dinosaurs; Rapinoe in Dumbo; Sia at the Shed; and, oh, underpants! Sounds like an epic family weekend to us.
1. If your kids (and/or you!) love Captain Underpants, take them to see Dog Man: The Musical—based on the delightfully silly series by Dav Pilkey—at the Lucille Lortel Theater.
2. Cheer on the phenomenal athletes in the Women’s World Cup final match on Sunday. Watch the action with fellow fans in a community environment that’s not a bar under the archway in Dumbo, where the acoustics are great, the breeze is cool, and the grass is fake (hey, no ants).
3. Impress the kids by taking them to the lunar-looking, state-of-the-art venue the Shed to see Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a very cool “kung fu musical” with music by Sia!
5. Encounter 32 life-size animatronic—and almost too realistic—dinos at Field Station: Dinosaurs, the New Jersey walking park that just opened for the season on July 4. Want to get prehistoric closer to the city? Don’t forget about the T. rex exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History or the dinosaur safari at the Bronx Zoo. (If you pick the latter, pass your time in the borough with our Bronx family day plan.)
6. It seems like every patch of green space in the city offers a free outdoor yoga class for adults during the summer. But what about the tiny yogis? Try the free Parent and Me Yoga class at Fort Tryon Park every Saturday at 9 a.m. through September 28. Have brunch afterward at the charming and seasonal New Leaf restaurant inside the park, then visit the Cloisters.
7. Stop by Madison Square Park to check out the City in the Grass interactive art installation—and then interact with some burgers and concretes at Shake Shack!
8. Have a picnic dinner on Governors Island and watch the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty. The island normally closes at 6 p.m., but on Friday and Saturday it stays open until 10!
9. It’s the second to last weekend to catch the exhibition “35 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the Paley Center for Media and, yeah, maybe I’ve been avoiding it. Swole amphibians aren’t really my thing. But they are lots and lots and lots—who are you people?—of fans’ thing. I’ll capitulate and bring the kids for “shelfies” with life-size Turtle replicas, screenings of unseen episodes, and lots of TMNT paraphernalia from over the years. What to eat afterward? Pizza (at nearby PizzArte), of course!
10. Bring tweens and teens—or any kid who has ever shown an interest in street art—to see the really incredible “Beyond the Streets” exhibition in Williamsburg. Eat at Sweet Chick before or after and then explore Domino Park.