Fun with H2O: Head to Governors Island on the free ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn for the City of Water Day Festival full of kids' activities, free historic boat tours, and fishing. Another City of Water Day will be hosted at Soundview Park in the Bronx with fun sports and games that'll help keep your family healthy. Plus, learn with your kids how fresh garden items can be used in your meals with a dinner prepared by famous chef Mario Batali's crew. (Also see how to get kids to enjoy healthy foods.) Nearby, explore how water and soap make magic together as you make your own custom bubble wands, or learn about waterspouts and cumulous clouds as you study tornadoes at the CT Science Center.
Then, show your support for the FDNY during Firefighter Appreciation Weekend where you can take in exciting fireboat water displays and watch FDNY demos like ladder bucket rescue and rope slides.
Creatures + Legos: The Bronx Zoo kicks off another season of Lego safari animals where kids go on a hunt for all the Lego sculptures hiding throughout the park. Touch shark jaws and discover amazing shark facts at Sharkfest. Plus, see a goat-milking demo and pick your own berries on Long Island's largest fruit farm. And if bugs are your thing, head to the fields to collect, identify, and learn about Dazzling Dragonflies.
From Prehistoric Times...
Gear up to search for dinosaur bones and create a Chinese paper dragon at the Scholastic Store, or see dinos come to life with the lovable cast of Mammoth Follies.
...to the Mystical: Catch magician Benjamin Levy, who has performed at President Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House, and the tricks he has up his sleeve—he may even reveal how some tricks are done! Also make magic come alive by creating a flip book.
The Arts & Independence: Get inspired by city views from the High Line and create a unique piece of art, or examine the subway lines and bus routes of NYC before designing your own map. Catch a free production of Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere, hear about a tiny shell with big shoes, Marcel the Shell with Shoes (see video here), and decorate your own shells. Celebrate Bastille Day at the annual fete where kids get their face painted, play traditional French games, and enjoy cultural eats.
Finally, did you know NYC parks hosts family camping events throughout the summer?
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