For NYC kids, Labor Day weekend means one thing: time to finish that summer bucket list before it's back to school time. There's plenty going, too. On Governors Island, try riding a unicycle at NYC's annual two-day unicycle fest. Watch the Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition on the Hudson. At the Richmond County Fair, step back in time for carnival fun. If that's not enough outdoor carnival fun for you, head to the perfect-for-preschoolers West Side County Fair.
Here's an idea: pick some apples! Or pack fruit and head to the Jersey shore with our handy-dandy guide. Staycation? See our guide to outdoor beach, pool, and sprinkler options within the five boroughs. Take the subway (or ferry) to the beach, or hit the road for nearby amusement park, water theme park, or even a fresh water swimming lake. Day trip to Long Beach or maybe Asbury Park for a new beach spot.
Looking for something low impact? Enjoy family brunch outdoors at one of these kid-friendly restaurants in Manhattan or Brooklyn, or go for an ice cream crawl with these worthy NYC sweet shops. We've also got a number of suggestions for a rainy day at the museum or indoor playground and play spaces; nature spots and outdoor playgrounds if the clouds stay away; and even some day trip ideas to see something special in the 'burbs, from sculpture gardens to dinosaurs.
Speaking of trips, our Family Travel Guide offers family getaway ideas for places like the Hudson Valley, Dutch Country, the Berkshires, Portland, Maine, the Poconos, Florida, and of course Long Island's East End, along with other great destinations for this and upcoming fall holiday weekends, including farm stays.
Read on for all of our Labor Day weekend picks. You'll find additional suggestions in our Event Calendar and September GoList. Farewell, summer!