Dance Parade Returns and 23 More Things To Do in NYC This Weekend With Kids

Start the weekend off with a dose of artistic inspiration when Creativity Cubed returns to Astor Place on Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Greenwich Village NYC
Start the weekend off with a dose of artistic inspiration when Creativity Cubed returns to Astor Place on Friday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Greenwich Village NYC

Looking for the best things to do in New York City this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

This mid-May weekend, we're all about dancing, from the Dance Parade + Fest on the Lower East Side to Brooklyn's DanceAfrica. You can also introduce your kids to a world without computers (or iPhones!) at the Museum of the City of New York's new Analog City exhibit, treat kids to a Treehouse Shakers performance of The Boy Who Grew Flowers, bounce around at House of Fun, and watch elephants fly through the air at Brooklyn's Dumbo Drop Block Party.

Our Family Activity Calendar continues to expand (it must be all this warm air), so be sure consult it as needed. Start plotting your long holiday weekend with these 12 Memorial Day weekend day trips, or plan a beach day with these top picks for toddler-friendly beaches in NYC, plus family-friendly spots on the Jersey Shore, and all along Long Island.

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More Things To Do in New York City This Week With Kids

Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including recommended ages and time. Check with each venue for COVID guidelines before heading out to any event.

Places featured in this article:


Museum of the City of New York

Faber Park (in Faber Pool and Park)

The Forum at Columbia University

Washington Street between York and Plymouth Streets

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

The Shops at Columbus Circle

Old Stone House (outside)

Dimenna / New York Historical Society
Locomotive Lawn Live
Riverside Park South - 10:30 AM Pick
Sounds at Sunset
Brooklyn Bridge Park - 6:00 PM Pick
An Evening with Eva Chen
Books of Wonder - 6:00 PM Pick
Kaoru Watanabe's INCENSE
David Rubenstein Atrium - 7:30 PM Pick
The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History - 10:00 AM
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