Dress up as Pikachu, a pickle, or a poodle this weekend and paaaar-tay!
1. Join a drum circle, learn to dance with Mark Morris, catch a screening of Selena and/or Crooklyn, and much more at the weekend-long Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival (conveniently next to a Target, so you can replace the water bottles and sweatshirts your kids have already lost at school!).
2. Grandparents visiting this weekend? Take them out to dinner with the kids at one of these nine great restaurants that will please both the young and the old(er).
3. Take your budding politicians and change makers on an insiders’ tour of the U.N. and City Hall.
4. Dress up as your favorite—or your kid’s favorite—superhero, Star Wars villain, anime character, or Ninja Turtle for the New York Comic Con and Animé Fest at the Jacob Javits Center. (Or just hang out at the Vessel a few blocks away and people-watch the cosplayers!)
5. The Little Red Lighthouse Festival celebrates the charming and adorable, well, little red lighthouse tucked deep inside Fort Washington Park and features live music, fishing clinics, and rare tours of the lighthouse’s interior, with great views from the top. Eat lunch or dinner afterward at the nearby Le Chéile, a warm and inviting Irish restaurant.
6. STEM activities and science fiction collide at BRIC’s Family House Party: S.T.E.A.M. Punk. Kids can create steampunk patches, goggles, and LED medallions and wristbands. There will also be retro photography and time-traveling stop-motion animation. Families are encouraged to wear steampunk attire (Victorian dresses and suits combined with aforementioned goggles and accessories made out of gears), but we’re guessing a cape or princess gown will suffice.
7. Parkour coaches will be on hand at Brookfield’s waterfront plaza, 11 a.m.–noon, to teach kids ages 7 to 13 how to jump off, on, and over walls. Better there than at your house.
8. A geologist will explain planetary collisions to kids ages 7 and up at the Meet a Scientist program at the American Museum of Natural History. Climb the rocks in Central Park afterward!
9. Bring your animals—stuffed lovies count!—to the annual Pet Blessing at the Cathedral of St. John Divine on the Upper West Side. All are welcome to join the animal costume parade at 2 p.m., in which your kid could vie to win the Most Precious Peacock or the Most Fantastic Beast prize.
10. If pickle ice cream garnished with gherkins sounds dill-ectable to you and your sour-loving kiddos, head to Orchard Street to celebrate Pickle Day with a street fair dedicated to all things brine. Need something sweet afterward? Stop by Economy Candy.