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Celebrate Love! Family Weekend Picks for June 8 and 9

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

Photo by Loren Wohl/Courtesy of McKittrick Hotel

Deck the kids out in rainbows and hit the town.

1. Cheer my family on at the annual Brooklyn 5K Pride Run in Prospect Park on Saturday morning, then stick around for the Multicultural Pride Festival along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue and the Twilight Parade there at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve wanted to bring your kids to a Pride Parade, but the Manhattan one seems too overwhelming, this easygoing procession is low-key but still plenty poignant.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Pride, Inc./Facebook

2. Enter the “Ocean Cube,” a pop-up immersive exhibition in SoHo that serves up conservation messages along with Instagram-ready underwater tableaux.

3. We always knew there was something magical happening atop the McKittrick Hotel. Kids ages 5–10 are invited to the Gallow Green rooftop on Saturday afternoon for a lesson on potting plants, a potion-brewing session, and high tea with their best teddy and doll friends.

Photo courtesy of the Shops at Columbus Circle/Facebook

4. Take selfies in front of the Love Wall hearts mural by artist JGoldcrown at the Shops at Columbus Circle, then indulge in a seven-layer Rainbow Cake from Bouchon Bakery and a Pride cookie from Bluebird London (portions of the proceeds from both go to LGBTQ charities).

5. Learn about Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum on Sunday, with Turkish food, folk dancing and music, a rooftop bazaar, calligraphy lessons, and family photos.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Children’s Museum‎/Facebook

6. Pull on Abraham Lincoln’s beard! On Saturday,11 a.m.–4 p.m., the DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society hosts the 16th president (as portrayed by living historian Howard Wright), who will tell stories about his time in the White House and American life in the 1800s.

7. Take to the river(s) on of our favorite sightseeing boat cruises. Are you brave enough to ride the lots-of-water-in-your-face Beast?

8. In honor of Pride Month, support your local Drag Queen Story Hour (which has been met with protests in some neighborhoods). There are ones happening at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Park Slope Library, JJ Byrne Playground, and Queens Botanical Garden this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Drag Queen Story Hour/Facebook

9. Go kayaking! Push off into the East River from Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Valentino Pier in Red Hook, or Hallet’s Cove Beach in Astoria. Row the Hudson from Pier 96 or Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Prefer the waters of the Lower Bay off of Staten Island? Try here.

Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park/Facebook

10. Learn the history of the Stonewall uprising and the LGBTQ civil rights movement of the ’60s and ’70s with your tweens and teens through photographs at the Museum of the City of New York’s new “Pride: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah” exhibition.

Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York‎/Facebook

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