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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: July 31st-August 2nd

Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: July 31st-August 2nd

Hi everyone

August is almost here.  If you are in NYC this weekend there are so many fun events happening this weekend!

This weekend take the kids to go see PuppetWorks’s Goldilocks & the 3 Bears, go see Animation for Kids, Sesame Slam and The Care Bear Movie at BAM’s Animation Block Party, enjoy a Dance Party at Studio 81 at Recess d.u.m.b.o., check out the Hindu Lamp Ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park, a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Hudson River Park WILD!, Pier Kids: Birds of Prey in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Peter Pan and the Pirates in Prospect Park, Target First Saturdays: Caribbean Heritage at the Brooklyn Museum, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre, Celebrate American Family Day at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and have a blast at the first weekend of Summer Streets 2015.

Also check out some ongoing events like Transit Time Capsules at the NY Transit Museum, Kids Corner at Habana Outpost, Pinkalicious, The Musical at Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater, Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Princess Phooey at Tada! Youth Theater and Jack and the Beanstalk at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

That is just some of the events so check the calendar for all the Brooklyn & NYC events happening this weekend!  Remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and news!

Stay cool and have a great weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday July 31st

Moxie Spot Music Singalong at First Unitarian Congregational Society (Brooklyn Heights)
Fridays at 11a (doors open at 1030a) and also Tuesdays until August 14th and then back after Labor Day. $7/child.  We are continuing our singalongs during the middle of the Summer for those folks who are around.  Good music + people + interaction = fun, empathy and community.  PERFORMERS (other than you!) Tuesday: Phil Cohen (he’s new, but great) and Friday: Nat (older, but still enthusiastic) and his son and his girlfriend (they know what they’re doing)

Princess Phooey at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea, Midtown West)
Friday July 31st 12n & 2p and Saturday August 1st 2p & 4p.  Last weekend!  Tickets: $20-$25 for adults, $10-$15 for children.  An original musical performed by kids.  Before Elsa and Anna and Sofia the 1st there was Princess Ermangarde!  Join us for this musical fairy tale like no other with a rebellious princess, and a gaggle of kooky chambermaids and stable boys- and of course a handsome prince!  Book & Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro & Music by Eric Rockwell.

Harry Potter Birthday Celebration at the Central Brooklyn Public Library (Grand Army Plaza)
Friday July 31st 12n-330p.  Free.  Location: Youth Wing.  Come join us at Central Library’s Youth Wing as we celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday! We’ll have crafts, trivia, games, a movie, and more!  Dressing in costume is encouraged.

Dance Party at Studio 81 at Recess d.u.m.b.o.
Friday July 31st 530-9p.  $30/child, $25 sibling.  For kids 2.5-6y.  (Children should have some prior separation experience!)   Advance registration is encouraged.  Register here.  81 Washington Street, that is!  We’ll hang up the disco ball so your kids can boogie down to their favorite hits.  Flexible drop-off is between 5:30 and 6pm with pick-up at 9:00pm. Pizza and an art project are included with every event.

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Saturday August 1st

Summer Streets 2015: Week 1 (Manhattan)
Saturday August 1st 7a-1p.  Free.  On August 1st, 8th and 15th from 7 AM to 1 PM, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike.  From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, you can water slide, soar through the air on a zip line, dance, get fit, immerse yourself in a public art and architecture tours or just stroll along and experience the city’s streets in a new way—all for free.  See the website for the map and more information.  It is mandatory to register for the water slide.  Registration is closed for August 1st.  Register here for August 8th or 15th.

Animation for Kids at BAM Rose Cinemas (Fort Greene)
Saturday August 1st at 2p.  General admission $14 and $7 members.  Run time 65 minutes.  For ages 4-8y. Part of BAMcinématek series Animation Block Party .  A fresh collection of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts gathered from festivals and the major studios.  See the website for the titles and all the details.

Peter Pan and the Pirates in Prospect Park
Saturday August 1st 3p & 4p.  Free Immersive Dance Theater performances!  Duration: 30 minutes.  Location: Prospect Park’s Zucker Natural Exploration Area.  Back by Popular Demand!  Eva Dean Dance Presents Peter Pan and the Pirates with addition of new section LOST BOYS!

Hindu Lamp Ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday August 1st 4p.  Location: Pebble Beach.  Help bring peace and harmony to our shoreline Aeilushi Mistry performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at the park and enjoy a dance performance by a guest artist.

Target First Saturdays: Caribbean Heritage at the Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Heights)
Saturday August 1st 5-11p.  Free.  Join us for Target First Saturdays and enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month (except September), from 5 to 11 p.m. Michelin-starred Saul restaurant and bar is open all evening. The Counter café serves sandwiches, salads, and sweets, as well as wine and local beer. Parking is a flat rate of $5 starting at 5 p.m. (All other Saturdays, we close at 6 p.m.) Some Target First Saturday activities take place in smaller and more intimate locations in the Museum, so you’ll need a ticket for those programs. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before tickets are distributed at the Admissions desk. If you’re a Member, pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. While we do our best to keep our listings as up-to-date as possible, sometimes last-minute program changes are unavoidable.  See website for full schedule of events.

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Sunday August 2nd

Hudson River Park WILD! (Greenwich Village)
Sundays in August 9-10a.  Free.  Location:  Location:  Christopher Street Fountain (cross at Christopher St.)   Hudson River Park brings attention to its vital role in creating one of the scarcest resources in all of Manhattan—wildlife habitat! Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining experienced naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade.  Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about the park’s flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds identified within Park boundaries. Peek into some of our many gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience.

Celebrate American Family Day at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Sunday August 2nd 10a-5p.  Free with museum admission.  Visit CMA with the whole family for a special Family Day celebration! Spend the day creating art as a family and enjoy a special Sunday together. Daily workshops include a larger than life collaborative animal sculpture inspired by Jeff Koons and Robert Bradford, miniature dioramas of favorite getaway places, WEE Arts workshops, busts at the Clay Bar, record a Family Jam in the Sound Booth, and much more! We can’t wait to welcome your family and celebrate together!

Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday August 2nd. Show starts at 1030a (usually first Sunday of every month) Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults (Includes FREE Bloody Mary or Mimosa), $25 Family.  Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Join us for an afternoon full of Little Laffs!  Little Laffs – Big Fun for Little Ones!  Kids Show featuring: Music: Allison Guinn, Magic: Cardone the Magician, Puppets: Stewzo.  The September show is September 13th due to Labor Day weekend.

Pier Kids: Birds of Prey in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday August 1st 11a-1p and Sundays until August 9th.  Free.  Volunteers for Wildlife present Birds of Prey at this week’s Pier Kids.  Learn about raptors with Volunteers for Wildlife from 11 am to noon.  The program is followed by art activities from Private Picassos at 12 pm and an outdoor pop-up reading room from the Uni Project.  See the website for more information.

Sesame Slam at BAM Rose Cinemas (Fort Greene)
Sunday August 2nd at 2p.  General admission $14 and $7 members.  Run time 65 minutes.  For ages 1-5y.  Part of BAMcinématek series Animation Block Party.  Sesame Slam: A Retrospective on Sesame Street Animations.  A look back at Sesame classics paired with modern cartoons from the iconic educational program, including Ladybugs’ Picnic, an animated song highlighting the joys and sorrows of twelve ladybugs gathered for a picnic; and Pinball Number Count, a collective title referring to 11 one-minute animated segments following the journey of a pinball through a rather fanciful pinball machine, featuring a funky soundtrack provided by The Pointer Sisters.  Also The Care Bears Movie is showing at BAM Rose Cinemas at 430p on August 2nd.

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All Weekend

Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Saturdays & Sundays 1030a-230p until August 23rd.  Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages.  Stop by the pavilion to create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention.  Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats, and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather; for updates, call 718-623-7200, ext. 7801.  See website for additional days in the fall.

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at PuppetWorks (Park Slope)
Saturday & Sundays August 1st-2nd and 29th-30th 1230p & 230p.  For 3y+.  Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10.  No credit cards accepted.  Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Robert Southey’s beloved Folk-Tale from 1837.  Adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.

Transit Time Capsules at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday August 1st-2nd & August 9th 130-215p.  For all ages.  Free with museum admission.  MTA employees recently unearthed a 1950 time capsule buried just a couple of blocks away from the Transit Museum.  Record your 2015 story of New York City travels for safekeeping in a time capsule of your design.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p.  See website for additional weekday show times this summer.  Tickets are $7/children and $10/adults.  Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole.

Kids Corner at Habana Outpost (Fort Greene)
Saturdays & Sundays until August 30th 11a-3p. Free. Presented by Sean Meenan and Habana Works. The Kid’s Corner is a weekend program that offers free, creative workshops and crafts that teach environmentalism, wellness and community to neighborhood kids.   August 1st & 2nd- Bottle Cap Wind Chimes

Theatreworks USA Presents: Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas) at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Ongoing at various times until Friday August 7th.  See website for full schedule.  Free.  For ages 3-9y.  This summer Theatreworks will present Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas).  Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.   Geared for children in K-3rd Grade, this musical adaptation was written by Kevin Del Aguila with music by Eli Bolin.  Since this is a free performance please read the details on how to get tickets and the rules here on the website.

Princess Phooey at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea, Midtown West)
Friday July 31st 12n & 2p and Saturday August 1st 2p & 4p.  Last weekend!  Tickets: $20-$25 for adults, $10-$15 for children.  An original musical performed by kids.  Before Elsa and Anna and Sofia the 1st there was Princess Ermangarde!  Join us for this musical fairy tale like no other with a rebellious princess, and a gaggle of kooky chambermaids and stable boys- and of course a handsome prince!  Book & Lyrics by Lisa Diana Shapiro & Music by Eric Rockwell.

Splash Pad at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Monday-Saturday 10a-7p & Sunday 10-6p.  Free.  The Splash Pad, offically known as the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Water Playground, is the LeFrak Center’s free water play area for kids 12 and under. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the water feature welcomed over 30,000 visitors last summer. Featuring 47 water spray jets and covering 16,000 square feet, Splash Pad is largest water play area in Prospect Park. In addition, the LeFrak Center offers roller skating, the Bluestone Café, and surrounding landscapes for picnicking and relaxation.

CMA: Free Art Island Outpost on Governors Island
Saturday & Sunday 11a-3p until September 27th (and Labor Day September 7).  For ages 1-15y.  Free.  Location: Outside Building 14 in Nolan Park.  Bring the whole family and join CMA’s Teaching Artists, as we spend the summer making artwork inspired by Governors Island itself! Participants will create works that show the importance of nature and parks, and our place in between those two. We will be influenced by the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Nils-Udo, and Richard Shilling as we scavenge for what nature has to offer, collaborating with site specific installations, and showcasing interactions with the sun, trees, water, and rocks. And be prepared to exploit the creative potential of everyday trash, repurposing it away from the landfills and oceans, by making it into clever and meaningful art.  For more information on Governors Island, please visit www.govisland.com.

Pinkalicious, The Musical at Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater
Saturdays & Sundays 1p until August 30th.  Tickets: $36.50.  For ages 2 to 7y.  Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Summer Session 2015 starts Friday-Sunday July 10th-12th at various locations and every weekend until August 16th.  Free.   Have fun at the library and help your child get ready for school.  For children 3 to 5 years and participating parents or caregivers.  Families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills. Exploring literacy, science, and math through music, stories, crafts, and play will help you and your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.  See the flyer for all the information on branches and times.

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