Tip your garden hat to the great tomato at NYBG.  Photo courtesy of  NYBG
Tip your garden hat to the great tomato at NYBG. Photo courtesy of NYBG

Weekend Fun: Summer Streets, Tomato Fest, Battery Dance Fest, Fish Count

High on our "must" list of things to do in New York City this weekend are the second car-free Summer Streets fest on Park Avenue on Saturday, and the New York Botanical Garden's Totally Tomatoes Fest (our toddler eats them like apples!). And, if you're in the Bronx anyway, stopping by the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari might make a perfect topper for the day.

New York City kids who like to dance (a decided majority) should love the FREE Kids' Dance Class at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, perfect prep for the 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival, which starts its week-long run in Wagner Park on Sunday. If the wiggles continue, head over to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Moving Together Dance Series and shake them out!

City parks are packed with cool activities, like the Great Fish Count on Randall's Island, the Macy's Fishing Clinic in Prospect Park, foraging tours with Wildman Steve Brill (in Central Park on Saturday and Prospect Park on Sunday), Great Jazz on the Great Hill, and an outdoor screening of Wonder Park.

Our August GoList and Summer Fun Guide are powered up with the best ideas for family outings, and our event calendar adds things to do daily. And don't miss our list of Summer Must Dos: 40 ways to squeeze all the fun you can out of summer, before the school year starts up again.


The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
New York, NY

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY

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

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Museum of The Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue
Queens, NY 11106

Prospect Park
Peninsula
Brooklyn, NY

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY

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

NYC streets
Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets
New York, NY

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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

Central Park Great Hill
106th Street and Central Park West
New York, NY

Jacob Schiff Playground
W. 138th St and Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY

Central Park
West 72nd St and Central Park West
New York, NY

Staten Island Children's Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Brooklyn Bridge Park-Pier 3
Brooklyn, NY

Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Place and West Street
New York, NY

Steinway Street
From 28th Avenue to 34th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
150 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY