For Rad Dads: How to Celebrate Father’s Day in NYC

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There’s no perfect way to spend Father’s Day in NYC — it really all depends on the dad in question. Lucky for you, New York is full of options for celebrating your family’s main man. (You could also let dad take a well-deserved nap and hit these events with the kids.) We found NYC Father’s Day events and activities for all kinds. Let’s go daddy-o!

Get Down At a Sunset Silent Disco

Groove with dad on a waterfront dance floors with sunset skyline views. Don some headphones, get some snacks and drinks from Coffeed, and choose between three channels of music as your soundtrack. Click here for event details.

Create a One-of-a-kind Gift for Dad at CMOM

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is celebrating Father's Day with drop-in sessions to create a portrait of dad, make a gift using duct tape, and story times featuring  Nancy H. Rothstein’s book My Daddy Snores (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

Sat. June 15 & 16
212 West 83rd St.
Upper West Side

Visit Fatherly's Pop-up, "Sincerely"

Described as an "immersive gallery experience" and presented by the folks at Gillette, Sincerely is an exhibit that curates letters to boys about life, love, and what it takes to be a good man from celebrities, prominent writers, activists, and thinkers. 

June 13-16
401 W. 14th St. 
Meatpacking District

photo: Rock and Roll Playhouse

Dance To The Dead With Dad & Rock and Roll Playhouse

Is dad a Deadhead? Then don't miss Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family-friendly concert series that this day features the music of the legendary jam band. (Read more about Rock and Roll Playhouse here.) 

Sunday, Jun 16, 11 a.m.
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave.
Click here for event details

See Honey I Shrunk The Kids at Nitehawk Prospect Park

You can brunch and see a family-friendly flick at the same time at this theater. The Rick Moranis movie is screening on Saturday and Sunday. 

Sat., June 15 & Sun., Jun. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Tickets: $13/general; $10/senior 
Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park
188 Prospect Park West
Windsor Terrace

photo: Rose Hill

Chow Down to Cool Tunes at Jazz for Kids Brunch,

This, and every Sunday, features a nice pairing of young musicians and Blue Smoke BBQ.

Sundays, 1-3 p.m.
Rose Hill
Jazz Standard at Blue Smoke
116 E 27th St.
Click here for event details

photo: Gallow Green

Or Enjoy a Meal Outdoors

Relax and have a bite al fresco at one of our favorite places to eat outdoors with kids. 

photo: Snug Harbor Botanical Garden and Cultural Center

Funk It Up For Free at Snug Harbor in Staten Island

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden hosts a free Father's Day Patio Party. "Get Down and Funk It Up" features music from DJs Tom Ferrie and Jim Murphy, as well as family-friendly lawn games, barbacue, and harbor eats. 

Sun., June 26, Noon - 4 p.m.
1000 Richmond Terr.
Snug Harbor
Staten Island

photo: Watson's Adventures

Go On a Secrets of Central Park Scavenger Hunt

Solve puzzles, crack codes, find things hidden in plain sight, all while exploring NYC's most famous green space. Presented by hunt pros Watson Adventures, all the fun takes place in the park below 72nd Street.  Tickets must be bought in advance. Click here for event details. 

Sun., June 16, 2-4 p.m.
Tickets: $17.50 - $21.50
Fifth Avenue and 64th St. 

photo: The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark

Splash Down With Dad at New York's Newest (and biggest!) Indoor Waterpark

Located about two hours away in The Catskills' Monticello, Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark is now the state's largest. The 80,000-square-foot space opened in April, and features 11 water attractions, from mild (lazy river) to thrill-inducing. Constructed with a transparent, energy-efficient Texlon roof, the space is column-free, includes a living plant wall, and kept a pleasant 84 degrees year-round. If you're too pooped to leave after riding the waves and slides, you can crash in one of the resort's many lodging options. Also, FYI, Resorts World Casino is next door. Check out other water parks near NYC here! 

The Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark
555 Resort World Dr. 
Monticello, NY

Have a Parent-Friendly Sunday Funday With Puppetsburg

t's not Bonnaroo, but it's something! Catch a fun and funky puppet show with Puppetsburg at Wild Was Mama in Greenpoint while enjoying some grown-up juice (i.e., some booze). Price includes libations. Click here for event details

Sun., Jun 16, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40

photo: New York Historical Society

Celebrate the Origins of Juneteenth

Learn more about the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery at the New-York Historical Society. Meet Living Historians from the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops, a group of Civil War reenactors. Check out their 19th-century uniforms, investigate a soldier’s tools and equipment, and learn a military drill!

Sat., June 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
Upper West Side

photo: The Jim Henson Company

See a Great Exhibit Dedicated to Jim Henson and Friends

We're not sure who will love this amazing exhibit more—dad, or the kids. Read our review from when it opened.

The Jim Henson Exhibit
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.


photo: Museum at Eldridge Street

Celebrate the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican Communities of the Lower East Side/Chinatown

The Museum at Eldridge Street holds its free, annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival on Sunday. The yearly block party includes musical fun such as klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music. Take part in Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making, or play some games of Mah Jong and do some community arts and crafts. Of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas and other tasty traditional foods will abound as well.

Sun., Jun. 16, 12-4 p.m.
12 Eldridge St.
Lower East Side

Toast Dad for All That He Does

Cheers dad, it's your day! Raise a glass to the man of the hour at one of our favorite NYC beer gardens.


— Mimi O’Connor

featured photo: Pixabay 


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