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Holy Cannoli! Family Weekend Picks in NYC for September 14 and 15

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

Photo courtesy of Photoville/Facebook

It’s always a good time to eat fried pastry dough.


1. Sure, it’s crowded. Yeah, it’s a little tacky. But it’s got meatballs, pizza, and cannoli galore! Stuff yourself silly at Little Italy’s annual Feast of San Gennaro.

Photo courtesy of the Feast of San Gennaro/Facebook

2. Build giant island-themed lanterns with your kids at this year’s Morningside Lights workshops, led by professionals who will show you the ins and outs—and drips and goops—of decoupage. Get big salads” afterward at Tom’s Restaurant.

3. Pick your favorite photos from the thousands displayed in the bustling maze of revamped shipping containers at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park. There’s tons here to do if the kids get bored of the art: Take a spin on Jane’s Carousel, skip stones at Main Street Park, find your next family read at PowerHouse Books, and sip hot cocoa at Jacques Torres.

Photo courtesy of PowerHouse Books/Facebook


4. There’s a darn good reason to go to Governors Island pretty much every weekend, and this Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., the good reason is the African Film Festival, Inc.’s Family Day, where you can see short films and live performances celebrating African cultures, learn to double Dutch, and participate in dance and drum workshops.

5. Puppets, acrobats, and water bombs! Madison Square Park transforms itself into a jubilant circus for Kids Fest: Stages in the Square 2019.

Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park/Facebook

6. If you, your partner, or your kid is obsessed with birds—and very scientific studies* show that one in every 14 people is a bona fide ornithophile—head to Raptor Fest in Central Park to see beautiful birds of prey (eagles, owls, falcons, hawks) up close.

7. Watch giant rodents play punk-rock music in a cave. Seriously. (It’s a family-friendly performance of The Moles at NYU Skirball Center at 3 p.m.)

8. If your kids have grown out of their bicycles (can’t they stay the same size for, like, one whole year?!), try your luck at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble, where bike vendors from all over sell used, overstocked, and discounted bikes. It’s held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope’s J.J. Byrne Park, so even if you don’t find new wheels, you can always play on the monkey bars and get gelato across the street at L’Albero dei Gelati.

Photo courtesy of L’Albero dei Gelati/Facebook


9. The Japan Society is one of our favorite under-the-radar cultural spots in NYC. Check out the very zen space for yourself during a family workshop on Japanese four-hole bookbinding (best for kids 6 to 10).

10. Dance with your toddler to “Baby Shark” on repeat—as if your kiddo would let you spend Sunday any other way—and then remember to snag your tickets to Baby Shark Live!, coming to Kings Theater on November 8 and 9. Seats will sell out.

Photo courtesy of Baby Shark Live/Facebook

*A poll of the seven people in our office at the time of writing.

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