Free family-friendly festival Kids Fest: Stages in the Square returns this weekend to Madison Square Park.  Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park
Free family-friendly festival Kids Fest: Stages in the Square returns this weekend to Madison Square Park. Photo courtesy of Madison Square Park

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend with Kids: San Gennaro, Concerts, Monarchs

NYC is aflutter with Monarch madness this weekend as the butterflies make their yearly migratory pitstop in the city. Learn more at the Monarch Celebration on Saturday on Randall's Island  (consider it a warmup for the return of the American Museum of Natural History's popular annual butterfly exhibit, opening October 12). Creatures with a somewhat more impressive wingspan gather at the annual Raptor Fest in Central Park on Saturday. And non-winged creatures get a moment in the sun when moles invade Skirball Center in Philippe Quesne's punk rock performance. (Kids can parade with the moles through Greenwich Village on Thursday, Sept 12, at 2pm, too!)

Big celebrations include Madison Square Park's Stages in the Square on Saturday, with a packed roster of live performances, the cannoli-fueled crush that is Little Italy's San Gennaro Festival, and the start of Morningside Lights' weeklong festivities, which culminate next weekend (September 21) with the annual lantern-lit parade.

The Bronx is action-packed this weekend: Head to City Island for the Fall Arts and Crafts fair (make a day of it with dinner at one of the island's kid-friendly restaurants). Or visit Wave Hill's weekend-long family art project. All that, plus Boogie on the Blvd returns on Sunday to shut down the Grand Concourse center lanes between 162nd and 170th Streets.

Brooklyn's in party mode, too, with the Brooklyn United Back-to School extravaganza, the One Crown Heights Neighborhood Fest, and Old Stone House's annual Bike Jumble. And on Governors Island, kids can create sustainable energy machineswatch amazing WWI re-enactments, or participate in the annual African Film Fest—or all three!

As always, keep our September Go List handy, and refer to the full Mommy Poppins calendar for more fall fun!

Little Italy
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets, plus Grand and Hester Streets between Mott and Baxter Streets
New York, NY

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

City Island
City Island Avenue
Bronx, NY

Morningside Park
116th St and Morningside Ave Workshops at the Miller Theater
New York, NY

Governors Island
Governors Island
New York, NY

Governors Island
Colonel's Row
New York, NY

Randall's Island Park
Base of 103rd Street Bridge
New York, NY 10035

Madison Square Park
Madison Ave. and 23rd St.
New York, NY

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Beach 106th Street
Rockaway, NY 11693

Rockefeller Plaza
600 5th Avenue Between 49th and 50th Streets
New York, NY 10020

Central Park
East Meadow
New York, NY 10029

Old Stone House
Fifth Avenue and 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Cathedral of St .John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue At West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

Skirball Center for The Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY

Governors Island
Nolan Park
New York, NY

Albee Square
Corner of Fulton Street & Bond Street on Fulton Mall
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tappan Park
111 Canal St,
Staten Island, NY 10304

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Henry Street Settlement
301 Henry Street.
New York, NY

Montague Street
Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY

Brower Park
St. Mark's Ave., Park Pl. bet. Brooklyn Ave. and Kingston
Brooklyn, NY 11213

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Freshkills Park
350 Wild Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017