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 :).


Sunday, March 24


Town & Village Synagogue Purim Carnival

Town & Village ~ 334 East 14th Street ~ Lower East Side
10:30 am–1:00 pm
$20/unlimited wristband, $1/ticket
Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, moon bounce, and the chance to make your own hamentashen. Comes in…

A Phamily Purim Party Featuring The Music of Phish

Brooklyn Bowl ~ 61 Wythe Ave ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–1:00 pm
$14, free/ages 1 & under
The Rock and Roll Playhouse hosts a Purim party featuring Phish tribute band Uncle Ebenezer and Rabbi Dan Ain of…

Rubin Family Sundays: Handmade Hues

Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Holi, the festival of colors and love, signifying the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.…


Tuesday, March 26


Puss in Boots

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park ~ West 79th Street & Central Park West ~ Upper West Side
10:30 am–11:15 am
$12, $8/ages 1.5-12 years, free/under 18 months
See a classic story with a twist at historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Looking for a change, sly cat…


Sunday, March 31


Rubin Family Sundays: Handmade Hues

Rubin Museum of Art ~ 150 West 17 Street ~ Chelsea/Meatpacking
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
FREE
Celebrate Holi, the festival of colors and love, signifying the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.…


Saturday, April 13


Bartow Pell Easter Egg Hunt

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
10:00 am–1:00 pm
$15
Hunt for eggs in a lovely formal garden adjacent to a historic mansion, enjoy arts and crafts and take photos with the Easter Bunny.


Monday, April 22


Earth Day Celebration

Museum of the City of New York ~ 1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street ~ Upper East Side
11:00 am–2:00 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15
Drop-in for a family celebration in honor of the 50th annual Earth Day. Participate in a scavenger hunt in the…


Sunday, May 12


Mother’s Day Celebration at Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo ~ Fifth Avenue at 60th Street ~ Upper East Side
9:00 am–10:30 am
$75/1 adult & 1 child, $65/members
Meet a variety of zoo animal moms and their babies. Make tasty morsels for some super animal moms and go…


Sunday, June 16


Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt

Central Park, Various Locations ~ Central Park ~ Central Park
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$21.50, $17.50 ages 7-17
Kids and adults work together to explore the park below 72nd Street. To score points, find Stuart Little, stick your…


Saturday, July 20


Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt

Central Park, Various Locations ~ Central Park ~ Central Park
11:00 am–1:00 pm
$21.50, $17.50 ages 7-17
Kids and adults work together to explore the park below 72nd Street. To score points, find Stuart Little, stick your…

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.

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.