Things To Do This Weekend for Families & Kids in New York City-August 7-August 8, 2010: Dragons, Festivals, Saw Music and More

As usual, there is a ton going on this weekend, whether you are looking to beat the heat or relish in it. Whatever you prefer, definitely take advantage of these cool events before those Staples back-to-school commercials start to haunt you. If you need a little inspiration, check out the awesome days our readers have been having, and tell us about your own. If you don't know where to start, be sure to give the Mommy Poppins Summer Fun Guide a look. Remember, you can win a Flip and have your day featured on our homepage!

Some favorites for this weekend are the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Vaudville Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn Family Day, and a family festival that will spike your interest at Four Sisters Winery (NJ). If you are just looking to venture out, you might want to check out the popular car-free Summer Streets, make your first trip over to Imagination Playground, or Hunt for Pirate Treasure.

What's happening this weekend:

Long Island Weekend Round-Up of Events August 7th-8th

We’re covering all of our bases this weekend! From Shakespearian comedy to dogs climbing ladders, from magic to Suess, there are a variety of performance options that appeal to all interests. Want to spend more time in the great outdoors? Head to Garvies Point Day or on an unusual safari of the bat kind. Whatever you choose, savor it … only a few more weekend of summer!


Muttville Comix
Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
Long Island Game Farm
Chapman Boulevard
Come and cheer on Animal Planet’s 2003 Pet Star winners, Johnny Peers’ Muttville Comix Canine Comedy Show on the Long Island Game Farm. Fifteen dogs perform tricks like tight rope walking, skateboarding and even jumping rope. Everyone in your family will enjoy the show! Tickets are $17.45 for adults, $15.45 for children 3-11 and senior citizens.


Garvies Point Day
Saturday, August 7th, 10AM-4PM
Garvies Point Museum & Preserve
50 Barry Drive
Glen Cove
A sampling of the best events available at Garvies Point is at your disposal this weekend. Experience birding, mineral identification, butterfly garden tour, paper making and much more. Add in a Paul Helou (author of Bears, Bees and Butterflies) concert for the kids, and you have a jam-packed family fun day ahead of you! Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children 5-12, free for those 4 and under.


Seussical Junior
Saturday, August 7th, 2PM
931 Montauk Highway
Bring your little Dr. Seuss fans to the theater to see their favorite characters like the Cat in that Hat and Horton. Tickets are $8.

Bat Safari
Saturday, August 7th, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Box 505
Need an excuse to miss bedtime? Learn about and then observe bats in their own environment on this walkabout tour. This Family Night Adventure costs $4 for adults, $3 for children.



Children’s Summer Theater – Nassau County
Sunday, August 8th, 2PM
Hempstead Lake State Park
West Hempstead
Perhaps we could all use some magic to prolong summer! Bring your blankets and chairs and join in the fun of a family friendly illusion show, the Magic of Mark & Kym. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sunday, August 8th, 7:30PM
The Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House
180 Little Neck Road
Have older children who enjoy Shakespearian humor? Watch as the Arena Players perform their rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. What better a setting than to be surrounded by the Vanderbilt estate. General admission is $15.




Weekend Events in NJ August 7-8: State & County Fairs, National Lighthouse Day, Honey Harvesting, Summer Socials

With three State and County Fairs throughout NJ this weekend, you can get your fill of livestock competitions, pie eating contests, demolition derbies, music, and even $10 hot air balloon rides!  Or enjoy a FREE day of honey harvesting (and tasting!) at the Howell Historical Farm.  Pirate Pete will make an appearance at the Cape May Lighthouse on Saturday where there will be a slew of pirate and shipwreck themed events in celebration of National Lighthouse Day.  Families can also get retro at Grounds for Sculpture's 50s themed Summer Social by sipping malt shakes and making crafts out of old vinyl records.  Finally, family fun day at a winery?  Yes!  With wine tasting & food for adults and tractor rides & barefoot grape stomping for the kids, everyone is happy...

Cool Off at the Warm Up: Live Music, Wading Pools and Fun for the Whole Family at MOMA's P.S.1

It’s true that art museums don’t instantly come to mind when you think of outdoor water works where kids can splash around and cool off on a steamy summer day, but PS1’s unique “Warm Up” Saturdays do just that.  Their interactive courtyard exhibit entitled Pole Dance (fear not, there’s nothing “Bada Bing” or remotely suggestive about it), offers a wading pool filled with giant pastel colored exercise balls and nets to throw them in, a refreshing sprinkler-like water mister to stand under, a sandbox the size of a swimming pool (with some fun purple climbing structures), cushy hammocks for swinging in, more balls and nets for all-around exercise, and, of course, poles which you’re supposed to shimmy up or swing on to create weird whooshing sounds. Sound like a blast?! Read on to find out more!

We Lost Our Gold: Hunting REAL Pirate Treasure in Manhattan

Ahoy Mateys, there's treasure buried in NYC! And your kids can try to find it, no pullin' yer peg leg. The "Pirate Gold" is actually ten thousand dollars in real US mint one dollar coins (which are gold toned), it's buried in New York City in one of the five boroughs, and to get the clues to find the treasure you have to watch very silly videos of a motley crew of muppet-like pirates (and one Ninja!) giving secret hints as to the location.

A Day Trip to Long Island's Cold Spring Harbor

A former whaling port, Cold Spring Harbor is a tranquil community where the past and the present meet. Take a stroll through the historic village with your family and discover a Main Street lined with boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops. Enjoy the town's charm while taking in some of the educational and cultural organizations it has to offer--we've listed a few for you here.


Weekend Events in NJ July 31-Aug. 1—Shark Week, Boot Camp Band, FREE Preschool Prep, and Barbie’s Doll Collection turns 30!

Hard as it is to believe, we enter into August this weekend. Summer's winding down, folks, so get out there with the munchkins and enjoy these last few weekends. If your girl has a thing for Barbies, Ellis Island is exhibiting Barbies from around the world. If your boy has a thing for sharks, it's Shark Week at Adventure Aquarium. And if Mom and Dad are biting some nails over the small ones entering the hallowed halls of education, a trip to the Short Hills Mall to hear an author speak on preschool preparation might be in order. Whatever you choose, kick back and enjoy this last month of summer!

Long Island Weekend Round-Up of Events July 31st - August 1st

Here we are in the last weekend of July, with no shortage of family-friendly events in sight. Make art you can wear, learn about wildlife, attend a contemporary dance piece, and don't forget the kids! These are events that the whole family can enjoy. Many of them take place on park preserves and historic sites--which makes the whole outing special, as just the setting alone is a reason to make the trip. So get out there and take advantage of everything Long Island has to offer!

Long Island Weekend Round -Up of Events July 24th-25th

Whether you’re in the mood for surrounding yourself with nature or relaxing while watching a production, you’ll find great activities happening this weekend on Long Island. And if you want the best of both worlds you can gather the family and stake out a piece of grass to watch one of two productions while simultaneously enjoying the great outdoors.


Alice in Wonderland

The Vanderbilt Museum Carriage House
180 Little Neck Road
Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th, 2PM

Join Alice and the unusual creatures she encounters on her journey in Wonderland in this production by the Arena Players. Tickets are $10; Call in advance to reserve tickets.

Butterfly House Program
Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive
Saturday, July 24th, Sunday July 25th, 12PM-1PM

Surround yourself with over 200 butterflies and learn about the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. Children may participate in making a butterfly craft. The fee is $3 for adults and $2 for children.


Animal Olympics
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Nature Museum
581 West Jericho Turnpike
Saturday, July 24th, 10AM-11:30AM

Compete by using skills that animals need to survive in the environment. The cost is $3 per child. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Children’s Summer Theater – Suffolk County
Heckscher State Park
East Islip
Saturday, July 24th, 2PM

Make a run for a magical afternoon! This summer theater production features magician James Lazzarini in the “Magic of Amore.” Call for additional details. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Moon River Walk
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Box 505
Saturday, July 24th, 8PM-10PM

See the beauty of the preserve at night. All ages are invited to join in a 3 mile guided walk along trails in and along the Connetquot River. The fee for adults is $4 and $3 for children. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.


Children’s Summer Theater – Nassau County
Hempstead Lake State Park
West Hempstead
Sunday, July 25th, 2PM

Bring your blankets and chairs! Watch as the traditional English puppet show, The Tragical Comedy of Punch and Judy is performed in a beautiful park environment. As with all New York State Park events, there is a charge for parking.




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