Fam­ily friendly ideas for warm week­ends ahead.

With hol­i­day week­ends and sum­mer break com­ing, we’ve rounded up some great things to do for the whole fam­ily — many of them free!

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Dance for kids

In­tro­duce your lit­tle ones to the arts, or a fun way to stay fit for life. Through July 1, catch the Amer­i­can Bal­let The­atre’s new full-length pro­duc­tion for all ages, “Whipped Cream,” which plays at the Metropoli­tan Opera House. Set to Strauss, the bal­let fol­lows a young boy who overindulges on sweets and en­ters a delir­ium of danc­ing treats (so if your kids like “The Nutcracker,” they’ll be sweet on this one). Then,

LC Kids Dance re­turns July 15 with a full day of lessons in tango, salsa, merengue and swing with Danc­ing Class­rooms dur­ing Mid­sum­mer Night Swing (ages 6-10).

Sto­ries in the park

A tra­di­tion since 1956, Sto­ries at the Statue

brings free dra­matic sto­ry­telling ses­sions on Satur­days at 11 a.m. to the Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen statue in Cen­tral Park. Tal­ented sto­ry­tellers — of­ten in­clud­ing sur­prise celebrity guests — read chil­dren’s tales from around the world. Some­times they even fea­ture mu­si­cal per­for­mances or cos­tumed char­ac­ters, like a visit from H.C. An­der­sen him­self at the an­nual Ugly Duck­ling Birth­day Party on Sept. 30. This sea­son in­cludes “What the Moon Saw,” “Anansi Sto­ries,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Ir­ish Tales.”

Non­stop fun on the Hud­son

As soon as the weather warms up, Hud­son River Park be­comes a hub of kid-friendly fun. Sum­mer on the Hud­son

brings dozens of free art and cul­tural events for all ages through Sept. 30. Ev­ery­thing from live con­certs to fit­ness classes, bike-rid­ing lessons and karaoke are held along the scenic wa­ter­front; top choices for kids in­clude Play Dates (so­cial par­ties with en­ter­tain­ers, crafts and games), Lo­co­mo­tive Lawn Live (a mu­si­cal story time se­ries) and a Chil­dren’s Per­for­mance Se­ries.

Un­wrap ‘Mum­mies’

Does any­thing cap­ture kids’ imag­i­na­tions quite like mum­mies? Maybe di­nosaurs. So you’re in luck: You can find both at the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory. Hous­ing the largest col­lec­tion of mum­mies in North Amer­ica with 18 pre­served fig­ures from Egypt and Peru,

“Mum­mies” re­veals all­new se­crets about what’s in­side the wrap­pings and clues about the an­cient civ­i­liza­tions that cre­ated them. It’s the per­fect way to both in­spire and ed­u­cate kids of all ages. The ex­hibit runs through Jan­uary 2018.

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“Whipped Cream” at Lin­coln Cen­ter

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Sto­ries at the Statue

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