August 16-18 Weekend Highlights by NYMetroParents
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African Drumming with Wolves, Flower Festival and Parade, Harvest Fests, and Nocturnal Week
August 16-18

Amusemnt Parks

Roller-Coaster Fun: Summer's quintessential activities include eating cotton candy, playing carnival games, and going on thrilling rides (whether that's the teacup ride or a huge roller-coaster). Check out our guide to amusement parks in the NYC area, including the revamped Luna Park at Coney Island. Hitch a round-trip ride from Manhattan to the People's Playround, plus more perks like game tickets and unlimited rides with this Coney Island Package.

If you head to Coney Island this weekend, keep an eye out for the A&E Real Life Series Modern Dads trailer (outside Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park) from 3:30-7pm on Sunday. You can get your free family photo souvenir inside the truck along with fun toys for the whole family. Check out Modern Dads when it premieres on A&E on Aug. 21!

Considering a Move? Find your family's dream house on the easy-to-use NYMP real estate database. It has updated listings for thousands of houses, condos, co-ops, rentals, and open houses on Long Island and in Westchester, Fairfield, and other suburbs. Check out this open house for a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom colonial home in Levittown on Long Island this Sunday, Aug. 18, from 11am-1pm, and search for more at

Sponsored Events

Aug. 15-Sept. 8
'Wanda's Monster,' A Family Musical
Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan, NY
A little girl forms an unexpected bond with a fuzzy purple monster in this warm-hearted show. Buy 1 ticket, get 1 free with code: PPFREE.

Aug. 25
Times Square, Manhattan, NY
Celebrate the environment with magic shows, art exhibits, face painting, a 10-foot snowman, and more.

Sept. 1 and Oct. 6
Family-Friendly Comedy Brunch
Levity Live, West Nyack, NY
Laugh with nationally-touring professional comedians and enjoy Sunday brunch with the whole family.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Friday, August 16

Design your own NY taxi and race it to see how far it goes in Manhattan

• See unique floral creations at the Festival de las Flores, part of the Queens Botanical Garden parade (also on Saturday and Sunday)

• Meet resident birds of prey and sit around a campfire at Earthplace in Fairfield County, CT

• Take part in Nocturnal Week and learn about the animals that only come out in the dark at the Long Island Science Center (also on Saturday and Sunday)

• Check out a special exhibit on historic and modern maps in Fairfield County, CT (also on Saturday and Sunday)

Saturday, August 17

• Hang with red and Mexican gray wovles during African Drumming with Wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in Westchester

• Watch as the Staten Island Zoo's animals participate in behavioral training programs and learn new tricks

• Imagine what it's like to be a princess at this new musical in Queens

• Try your luck at free fishing clinics in Brooklyn (also on Sunday)


Get Down with 'Mamma Mia' on Broadway Mamma Mia

See the family-friendly Broadway show and save on tickets.

Get more NYC offers like this in our
Savings Pack.


Back-to-School Special from 4Kid Share App

4Kid Share app

The 4Kid Share App is all about turning organization into an interactive learning experience. The app allows children to click on a day, choose one of 56 event-specific stickers, and record an audio message to encourage them to plan their days, weeks, and months.

You can win a free download of the 4KidShare App from the iTunes store.

Simply answer the question: How can the 4Kid Share App help my child? on the 4KidShare Facebook page or send your answer to

• Get free bike or rollerblade rentals, and jog a 4k or 10k at the final Summer Streets NYC in Manhattan

• Play garden games and sample pickles at the Global Gardens Summer Harvest Celebration in the Bronx (also on Sunday)

• Get ready for Pick-a-Book picnic with stories, songs, and finger plays in Westchester

• Gaze up at the night sky during an evening Star Safari in Queens

• Meet and greet kid-favorite character Olivia and get free admission to the Quassy Amusement Park in Fairfield County, CT (also Sunday)

• Learn fact from fiction at Family Fun: Bat Safari on Long Island

• Help perform magic spells, create pictures, and sing during Mighty Story Action Time presents The Magic Castle of Now in Brooklyn

• Catch some talented gnomes, a roller skater, puppet choirs, and more at the Al E. Gator Variety Show on Long Island

Sunday, August 18

• Make sense of math at Mathnasium's free Open House with games and hands-on learning in Westchester

• Prep for a Public Space Mission full of adventure, research, and scientific experiments in Rockland

Online Calendar
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