Labor Day Weekend with NYC Kids: Festivals, Unicycles, Beaches

Labor Day Weekend 2018 is the the last weekend to enjoy the amazing Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Etienne Frossard for BBP
Labor Day Weekend NYC Events & Activities Families, September 1-3, 2018

For NYC kids, Labor Day weekend means one thing: time to finish that summer bucket list before heading back to school. There's plenty going, too. On Governors Island, ride into NYC's annual unicycle fest. Or head to an outdoor carnival at the Richmond County Fair. Plus, Wildman Steve Brill is prowling the parks in Brooklyn and Queens for fascinating tours of NYC's green spaces.

There's still time to end the summer with your beach game strong: Hit the Jersey shore with our handy-dandy guide, daytrip to Long Beach or Asbury Park, take the subway (or ferry) to the beach, or hit the road for a nearby freshwater swimming lake. For less sandy but equally fun options, see our guide to outdoor pools and sprinklers within the five boroughs, plus nearby amusement parks and water theme parks.

​Looking for something low impact and close to home? Enjoy family brunch outdoors at one of these kid-friendly restaurants in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or go for an ice cream crawl at these worthy NYC sweet shops. If the clouds don't stay away this weekend, we've got suggestions for rainy day fun at museums and play spaces.

You could also go on an impromptu art hunt: Public art popping up around NYC includes suits of armor dotting the lawns of Fort Tryon Park, a Poetry Jukebox in Greenwich Village, and—our fave—dusk.space at the Seaport.

On Monday, don't miss the FREE pie throwing event that kicks off the 2018 NY Clown Theatre Festival. If ever there was a reason to stick around the city on Labor Day weekend, this might be it.

Read on for all of our Labor Day weekend picks. You'll find additional suggestions in our Event Calendar and September GoList. Farewell, summer!