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Father’s Day Adventures! Family Weekend Picks for June 15 and 16

The 10 best things to do with your kids this weekend.

Photo courtesy of South Street Seaport Museum

Father’s Day, Juneteenth, Pride. Celebrate them all—plus potentially perfect mid-June weather—this weekend.

1. Try rock climbing, zip-lining, parkour, Gaga ball, riglet snowboarding, and key log rolling—even if you have no idea what half of those things are—for free in Central Park at Saturday’s Adventures NYC fest.

2. Calling all skater/surfer dudes and beach bums! The family-friendly, annual RockStock and Barrels Surf/Skate and Music Festival at Rockaway Beach on Saturday will totally shred. Definitely eat tacos while you’re there.

Photo courtesy of RockStock

3. Dig into a dozen of these triangular Pride doughnuts or another tasty rainbow treat that gives back to the LGBTQ+ community.

4. Celebrate the final emancipation of slaves that happened on June 19, 1865, at Saturday’s Juneteenth commemoration at the New-York Historical Society. Civil War reenactors from the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops will be there to bring the important event to life. (Also, watch this episode of Black-ish.)

Photo courtesy of New-York Historical Society

5. Reserve your place at Makerspace’s Father’s Day Car Making Workshop (Saturday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.) at Brooklyn Army Terminal. You and your kids will use very sharp tools to cut, sand, and assemble a toy car out of wood…what could go wrong? Grab lunch at our favorite Sunset Park spots afterward.

Photo courtesy of Tacos Matamoros Restaurant/Facebook

6. Show your kids that small can be mighty when you take a 45-minute ride on New York’s last working wood tugboat, the W.O. Decker, from South Street Seaport around lower Manhattan. Then eat, shop, and sightsee on the Seaport’s Front Street.

7. Bring a big blanket to Staten Island’s first annual Big Picnic 2019 on Saturday at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden for live music, crafts, games, and food, plus entry to the Art Lab, the Noble Maritime Collection, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden (we’re huge fans!), the Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Staten Island Museum—all of which are worthy of visits, big picnic or not.

Family Events NYC June 15-16 2019
Photo courtesy of Snug Harbor

8. Move your family dance party out of your living room and into Prospect Park for the always-fun Celebrate Brooklyn! Family Concert, featuring the funky music of Shareef Key & the Groove. Spend the rest of your Saturday in the park with our make-the-most-of-it plan.

9. Photo-op alert! Win Instagram at the regal outdoor staircase at Roosevelt Island’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park—named after the human rights that Roosevelt believed to be essential, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—which will be turned into the city’s largest Pride flag, #AscendWithPride, through June 30. Be there for the unveiling, as well as a Pride celebration and picnic for all ages, on Saturday, noon–6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

10. Lunch on jerk chicken and ginger beer sorbet at Sunday’s Smorgasburg Prospect Park Jerk Festival, part of the park’s monthlong CariBEING celebration of Caribbean art, music, dance, and food. Afterward, visit the Lefferts Historic House (conveniently located next to the park’s carousel), where the porch has been transformed into a tropical Caribbean veranda thanks to Caribbean-American artists. 

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