New York Family Magazine
Contests & Giveaways

*Say "¡Hola!" to this incredible Dora the Explorer trip to the zoo giveaway! This is your child's chance to meet Fátima Ptacek--the 11-year-old Queens girl who plays the voice of Dora. Fátima will spend some time with your family, exploring the Bronx Zoo and enjoying lunch. For details about this special day and how to enter, click here. Deadline is Friday, June 29.

Weekend Plans & More

Who's afraid of the dark? An illuminated exhibit with live animals and glowing mushroom forest at the Liberty Science Center will fill kids with glee instead of fear. Help the little ones learn to love light-less places like cool caves and mysterious ocean floors. (Friday-Sunday)


Get your groove on all weekend long at the Step to the High Line Festival, where superstar teenage step dancers are melding footwork, words and claps to wow the entire family. (Friday-Sunday)


The Whitney has been all aglow thanks to its Fireflies on the Water exhibit. Lighting up the whole museum with lights, mirrors and water, this stunning installation is one that even the parents and kids who have seen it all will appreciate. (Friday-Sunday)


Budding marine biologists can try their hand at fishing in Wagner Park, before kindly letting their catches back into the Hudson River. This edition of Go Fish will also selebrate Juneteenth, a day that commemorates freedom and African American heritage. 


In Baretto Point Park, it's also all about the fish, bugs and flowers at a fun-filled festival of food, shows and raffles following the 9th annual Fish Parade from Hunts Point Riverside Park. (Saturday)


Show your love for your favorite pup at Clifford's Beach Party in Bryant Park. Hop into a congo line, see how low you can limbo and create a lei in honor of Scholastic's beloved big red dog. (Saturday)


Eight-year-old sensation DJ Fulano is taking the world by storm with his mixmaster tunes, so don't miss your chance to see him in action and dance your heart out this weekend. Refuel yourself with drinks and snacks, then keep right on boogieing! (Saturday)


Nothing says "all about kids" like the 7th Annual KidsFest in Morningside Park. Face painting, crafts and music performances are all well and good--but the best part is the super-scrumptious KidsFeast, where mini foodies can make and devour their own healthy snacks. (Sunday)


Celebrate Father's Day with a bang at the 12-hour Bang on A Can Marathon, a one-of-a-kind contemporary music festival with every kind of performance imaginable. Now that school's out, this is also the perfect chance to let loose and bust out all of your quirky moves. (Sunday)


Calling all geeky dads: WIRED's National GeekDad Day at the New York Hall of Science is just for you and your little protégés. Get creative and see who can work the best magic with re-purposed materials at the Inventor's Workshop. (Sunday)


To further celebrate your geekdom, take everyone through a walk of centuries of toys before making your own video game prototype? Space is limited, so be sure you make a reservation with the New-York Historical Society. (Sunday)


Looking to take it easy? Lounge out by the water with the family and be serenaded by "The Last Mambo King" in Central Park. Part of the weekly Harlem Meer Performance Festival, this famed mamba musician will revive everyone's spirits. (Sunday)


While Urban Park Ranger's cycling tours are no walk through the park, it's a fun, active way for all ages to see the city's green spaces through different eyes. You'll be spotting wildlife, artwork and more that you never knew were even there--who says you can't travel in your own backyard? (Sunday)


For even more events this weekend and beyond, check out our Family Calendar

Bonus Tip

The Society for the Advancement of Judaism is giving parents a special look into its after-school program at an open house on Monday, June 18th. Not only will you hear from the synagogue's education program director, you'll also have the chance to consult with parents of enrolled Hewbrew School students with any questions and concerns.

June 14-20, 2012

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