Father’s Day in NYC

NYC dads work hard, so celebrate them with a diverse range of options for every type – sporty, foodie, arty and more.

  SPORTY DADS  

* See a vintage baseball game accompanied by beer, brats, and hot dogs followed by a family game of rounders–19th century facial hair optional.
* Hike, bike, climb, fish, paddle and more at Central Park’s Adventures NYC.
* Run in a family race for all ages in Riverside Park.
* Compete in scavenger hunts throughout Central Park and the New-York Historical Society.

  ARTY DADS  

* Design unusual Father’s Day gifts using an unlikely art material—duct tape.
* Dads get free admission at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and lots of hands-on fun for all ages. Also visit the colorful Charlie Brown & Snoopy murals in the neighborhood.

 FOODIE DADS  

* Decorate cookies or make a Neapolitan pizza at Eataly’s family cooking classes.
* Indulge in the culinary and cultural diversity of the LES at the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival
* More egg creams plus global mashups such as pastrami/sauerkraut dumplings and Indian knishes at the Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival.

  FILM BUFF DADS  

* See a screening of Pixar’s Finding Nemo, about a clownfish father’s love, plus make your own stop-motion films, check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World, play classic video games and nerd out over Star Trek and Star Wars memorabilia.
* Fuel up with Venezuelan fried yumminess (and passion fruit sangria) at the nearby Arepas Cafe.

  GLOBAL DADS  

* Walk inside a rainbow bubble, capture a galaxy in a bottle, dance with Falu’s Bazaar and try more activities inspired by Himalayan Asia at the Rubin Museum Block Party.
*  Enjoy Turkish music, food, dancing, art and a rooftop bazaar at Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Ramadan Eid Festival
* Join a globe-spanning musical adventure as new recruits to the Agents of Jam in FunikiJam’s Music Garden (free tix for dads).

  TIME TRAVELING & MUSIC LOVING DADS  

* Dapper dads and flappers can dance, picnic, and admire vintage cars at Governor Island’s Jazz Age Lawn Party, one of our favorite NYC events.
* Listen to classical/jazz quintet Calliope Brass in the relaxed, fun atmosphere of Book Culture’s Long Island City location, plus enjoy bites from chef Sarah Lawson and beers for dad from a local brewery.
* Get out those old tie-dye t-shirts for an interactive live music experience featuring the music of The Grateful Dead.

  READ  

In Keith Negley’s playful and emotional My Dad Used To Be So Cool, a new father looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Of course his young son still thinks he’s the coolest guy in the world. A great father’s day gift (even for dads who were uncool before kids :).


Saturday, September 22


Spooky Pumpkin Garden

New York Botanical Garden ~ 2900 Southern Boulevard ~ Bronx
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2
Explore more than 100 pumpkin-headed scarecrows set among giant and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.…


Wednesday, September 26


Sukkot Family Celebration

JCC Manhattan ~ 334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street) ~ Upper West Side
10:30 am–11:30 am
FREE
All are invited to celebrate the Jewish harvest holiday through art, stories, music, and more in the rooftop community-made temporary…


Thursday, September 27


Sukkot at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 145 Brooklyn Ave ~ Brooklyn
2:00 pm–5:00 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under
Celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and…


Friday, September 28


Sukkot Dinner Under the Stars

92Y ~ 1395 Lexington Avenue ~ Upper East Side
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
$36, $18/kids
Welcome Shabbat in a rooftop sukkah with singing, dancing, blessings, wine (for the grownups), family and friends. Led by Rebecca…


Saturday, September 29


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Sunday, September 30


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…

Sukkot at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum ~ 145 Brooklyn Ave ~ Brooklyn
12:00 pm–3:30 pm
$11, free/ages 12 months & under
Celebrate Sukkot, the Jewish holiday where people all over the world build temporary shelters called Sukkahs and welcome friends and…


Saturday, October 6


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Sunday, October 7


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Saturday, October 13


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Sunday, October 14


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Saturday, October 20


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…

Laurie Berkner Band Monster Halloween Concert

The Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture ~ 2 West 64th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:00 pm–4:30 pm
$39/ages 1 & up, free/babies under 1
See a live halloween concert by Brooklyn-based kiddie rockers The Laurie Berkner Band, one of our family's faves.


Sunday, October 21


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Saturday, October 27


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…

Film Forum Jr.: Son of Frankenstein

Film Forum ~ 209 West Houston Street ~ West Village/East Village
11:00 am–12:30 pm
$9
Get ready for Halloween with a screening of a 1939 classic horror film. Basil Rathbone’s son of the notorious Dr.…


Sunday, October 28


Boo at the Zoo

The Bronx Zoo ~ 2300 Southern Blvd ~ Bronx
10:00 am–5:00 pm

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a…


Wednesday, October 31


Halloween Block Parties

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4:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Residents and businesses on certain NYC blocks go all out every year for Halloween, with serious decorations, no car traffic,…


Saturday, December 1


Hands On History: Make an 18th Century Scented Ornament

King Manor Museum ~ 150-03 Jamaica Avenue ~ Queens
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Make your own pomander, a spiced, scented ornament that decorated 18th and 19th century American homes and filled the house…

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My Dad Used To Be So Cool
In Keith Negley's playful and emotional My Dad Used To Be So Cool, a new father looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Of course his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world. A great father's day gift (even for dads who were uncool before kids :).

Mighty Dads
In this engaging picture book from the creator of Pete the Cat James Dean and bestselling author Joan Holub, colorful construction vehicle characters teach their kids to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on. Trucks and dads – two of my son’s favorite things – come together with charm.