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S’mores and Barbecue! Family Weekend Picks in NYC for August 24 and 25

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

Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park/Facebook

Whether your kids are into music, sports, history, or the beach, there’s something for them—and you!—this weekend. But if all else fails: s’mores.

ALL WEEKEND

1. Go underground for a candlelight tour of the catacombs beneath St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on the Lower East Side. Then spend the rest of the day eating and playing nearby with our fun LES itinerary.

2. Explore the food, shops, and culture of Harlem with our full family day plan in the neighborhood.

3. Try the s’mores sundae at Camp, the summery experiential store on Fifth Avenue. Who says you need a fire to enjoy the classic treat?

Photo courtesy of Milk Bar

4. Ride the ferry to Rockaway Beach or walk across the Manhattan Bridge (yes, Manhattan Bridge!), two summertime musts.

SATURDAY

5. Kick off the U.S. Open, for free, with your future Grand Slam winners at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, a tennis festival on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where you just might catch the pros practicing.

6. While you’re in Queens for a little tennis, stop by the Louis Armstrong House Museum for the Jazzmobile Block Party, with live music and free tours of the home where Satchmo lived for almost 30 years.

Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong House Museum

7. Blues + barbecue+ prime Manhattan riverfront park = the perfect way to spend the second-to-last Saturday of August. Stop by Pier 97 at 59th Street in Hudson River Park for the deservedly popular Blues BBQ Festival.

SUNDAY

8. Watch the Battle of Brooklyn unfold—and learn how our country was founded on revolution—at the spot where it actually happened in 1776. Historic reenactors portray the clash between British Red Coat soldiers and American patriots, with help from horses and period cannons and weapons. Grab some revelatory provisions before or after at Greenwood Park, a family-friendly beer garden nearby.

Photo courtesy of Green-Wood Cemetery/Facebook

9. Hone your artistic eye on the Kids Photo Walk, organized by Sony Square NYC and led by professional photographer Tony Gale. Cameras will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis (or you can bring your own) for kids 8 and older. There’s more to photography than selfies!

10. Enjoy a bit of literature with your spot of afternoon chamomile at Bluebird London’s Tea & Tales. Author Rachel Vail will read from her book A Is for Elizabeth at the Columbus Circle restaurant and then sit for a “tiny tea” with her young readers (ages 6–10) that will include finger sandwiches, scones, fruit skewers, milkshakes, and, of course, (decaffeinated) tea. Just a spot!

Photo courtesy of Bluebird London-New York City/Facebook

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