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Goonies! Family Weekend Picks in NYC for August 17 and 18

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

Photo courtesy of Sue Kessler

You potty trained them. You taught them to ride a bike. You got them to (sorta) swim. Now it’s time to introduce your kids…to the Truffle Shuffle!


1. Buy comic books—and create your own to sell!—at the new kid-centric comic haven, Loot, in Carroll Gardens.

2. Your kid is your exclusive ticket to the NYC Children’s Festival, part of Harlem Week at Howard Bennett Playground, where you can watch a back-to-school fashion show, enter a double Dutch competition, and polish your skills at basketball and tennis clinics.

3. Things are buzzing at Wave Hill on Saturday and Sunday. Its annual Honey Weekend includes beekeeping lessons, honey extraction demonstrations, bee-themed crafts, beeswax candle making, and tastings of the sweet stuff.

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4. Our favorite art exhibition of the summer, Williamsburg’s “Beyond the Streets”—spotlighting graffiti and street art through the decades—hosts a special day just for families, 1–4 p.m., featuring music from kiddo DJs, art projects, and more. Use code BKFAM50 for 50 percent off your tickets! Then head next door for the best waffle fries you will ever eat (💯) at Mister Dips.

Photo by Sayaka Ueno

5. Try the obstacle courses and the zip line at the final Summer Streets of the season, when seven miles of prime Manhattan thoroughfare are closed to car traffic, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.

6. Celebrate two of our favorite things—dogs and books!—at a “pup-up” reading room in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 3, 4–7 p.m.). Riverhead authors will be there with their own furry four-legged friends reading from dog-themed titles, plus the publishing company will give away tote bags filled with books and doggie goodies every hour. BYOD.

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7. Go fly a kite (and learn how to make one) at the FlyNYC Kite Festival at Pier 1 in Riverside Park, noon–5 p.m.

8. Build sandcastles (and sand roller coasters and sand mermaids…) with the best sand sculptors in the country!


9. Share a classic movie from your own childhood with your kids (ages 6 and up only) at The Goonies Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn at noon. Cheering, booing, singing along, reciting favorite lines, and generally embarrassing your offspring are all encouraged!

10. Two big Bushwick arts groups—the Bushwick Starr theater and Oye Group (a collective of native and immigrant artists that creates work focused on immigration and gentrification)—curated an epic Summer Arts Festival in the neighborhood (Maria Hernandez Park, 2–7 p.m.) that’s perfect for all ages. There will be live music and performances all day, as well as a slew of make-a-difference activities: Kids can learn to recycle secondhand clothes into new fashions, send postcards to representatives about issues that matter to them, make poetry books—and learn to play dominoes!

Photo courtesy of Sue Kessler

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