Picnic Performances in Bryant Park. Photo by Ryan Muir
Picnic Performances in Bryant Park. Photo by Ryan Muir

Things To Do in NYC This Weekend: Celebrate Pride, Hall of Gems Reopens, Van Gogh

We have a lot to do this weekend, starting with our media partner's virtual Party on Wheels with Dan and Claudia Zanes. Our other top picks include a mini-fest on the Gowanus Canal, Queens' Rockstock and Barrel Fest, and the Queens International Children's Fest.

Pride celebrations are proliferating with kid-oriented activities at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Brooklyn Pride mini-fest, a Friday night screening of The Princess Bride with pre-screening show tune singalong, the First Atlantic Avenue Pride celebration, and tie-dyed Pride flag construction at CMOM.

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum re-opens to design fans on Thursday, a second immersive Van Gogh exhibit sets up camp on the Lower East Side (just slightly less expensive than the one on Vesey), and the Natural History Museum's Mignon Hall of Gems sparkles once again with new giant amethyst geodes.

The Mommy Poppins Event Calendar is ever-evolving as festivals and movies under the stars continue to unfurl. We also have all the info you need to get to NYC beaches, plot your June outings, and pick fresh strawberries.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: In NYC, especially now, really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

Places featured in this article:


Jamaica Performing Arts Center
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 12, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021) Queens International Children's Festival

Online
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021) 17th Annual Kids Film Fest

American Museum of Natural History
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 2, 2021 - Sun Sep 5, 2021) Creatures of Light
(Sat Jun 12, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021) Mignone Hall of Gems Reopens

Children's Museum of Manhattan
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 9, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021) Tie-Dyed Pride Flags
(Wed Jun 16, 2021 - Sat Jun 19, 2021) Juneteenth Freedom Flag Installation
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Rad Dad Portraits
(Wed Jun 23, 2021 - Wed Jun 30, 2021) Wear it with Pride: Pin Button Making

New York Transit Museum
upcoming events

Bryant Park
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 9, 2021 - Mon Sep 20, 2021) Picnic Performances in Bryant Park

Dredger's Boathouse
upcoming events

Tavern on the Green
upcoming events

Rockaway Beach
upcoming events

Old Stone House
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 12, 2021) Kids Rock for Kids
(Fri Jul 16, 2021) Basement Friends
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Dream Child
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) We Got Beth
(Sat Jun 12, 2021) Kids Rock for Kids
(Fri Jul 16, 2021) Basement Friends
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Dream Child
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) We Got Beth

Old Stone House
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 12, 2021) Kids Rock for Kids
(Fri Jul 16, 2021) Basement Friends
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Dream Child
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) We Got Beth
(Sat Jun 12, 2021) Kids Rock for Kids
(Fri Jul 16, 2021) Basement Friends
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Dream Child
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
(Fri Jul 30, 2021 - Sat Jul 31, 2021) We Got Beth

Various locations in Red Hook
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Sat Jun 12, 2021) Red Hook Fest 2021

Brooklyn Children's Museum
upcoming events

The Jewish Museum
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 13, 2021) SMÍSH GEMÍSH
(Sun Jun 27, 2021) Oy Vey! Klezmer For Kids
(Sun Aug 22, 2021) Nu Jewish Storylab

Brooklyn Bridge Park
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 13, 2021) Brass Bands Festival

Little Island
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 16, 2021 - Sat Jul 3, 2021) Creative Break
(Fri Jun 18, 2021 - Fri Jul 30, 2021) Teen Night
(Sun Jun 20, 2021 - Sun Aug 1, 2021) New Victory LabWorks
(Sun Jun 20, 2021 - Sun Aug 1, 2021) Weekend Wind Down
(Sat Jul 10, 2021 - Sun Jul 11, 2021) Little Orchestra Society's Things That Go Bang
(Wed Jul 21, 2021 - Sun Jul 25, 2021) Little Island Storytelling Festival

Washington Square Park
upcoming events

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes
upcoming events
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Secrets of the Rubiks Cube Online Camp
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Online Spanish Language Camp for Kids
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Coding For Little Curious Minds
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Kids Python with Artificial Intelligence Online Camp
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Mandarin Language Online Camp for Kids
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Gaming with Unity-Csharp Coding Camp for Kids
(Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Mon Jul 19, 2021) Python with AI Coding 4 Week BootCamp
(Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Mon Jul 19, 2021) Java Coding 4 Week Bootcamp

Lidia's Play Cafe
upcoming events
(Wed Apr 14, 2021 - Fri Nov 26, 2021) Mixed Play at Lidia's Play Cafe

Sahara Sam's Oasis Beach Club Outdoor Water Park
Kusama: Cosmic Nature
The New York Botanical Garden - 10:00 AM Pick
Pride Month Story Time and Crafts
Staten Island Children's Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Local Produce Mini-Festival of the Performing Arts
Dredger's Boathouse - 11:00 AM Pick
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