Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is staying cool and looking forward to a fun weekend with cooler weather.

This weekend there is so much to head out and enjoy like the FAB Friday Kid Concert: Hopalong Andrew Trio at Putnam Plaza, BK Block Party in Albee Square, PS 132 13th Annual Kite Festival at East River State Park, The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair, Brooklyn Public Library: Bike the Branches, Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, the 23rd Annual Fleece Festival at the Prospect Park Zoo, Dancing in the Street La MaMa Block Party, the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival, Protect Like a Mother at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Beanstalk Jack at Jalopy Theatre, Just Kidding: Beatbox Bonanza! at Symphony Space, The 9th Avenue International Food Festival, Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets at the Flushing Town Hall, CMA Kids Fair, Support the Troops: A Weekend Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Florine Stettheimer Family Day at The Jewish Museum and the Grand Opening of Brooklyn Historical Society Museum & Shop in Empire Stores.

Also check out some long running events like the Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y, Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

That is just some of the events this weekend so check the calendar and have a fabulous weekend. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a blast with the family!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday May 19th

FAB Friday Kid Concert: Hopalong Andrew Trio at Putnam Plaza (Clinton Hill)
Friday May 19th 10a.  Free.  Perfect for children ages 12 months – 5 years to sing along, dance, play, and enjoy being outdoors, it’s sure to be a FABulous time! Former Central Park Ranger and self-professed “urban cowboy” Hopalong Andrew is a New York-born, multi-award-winning storyteller, who most recently was recognized as a KidPass 2016 Parents’ Choice.  Join the FAB FRIDAY KIDS’ CONCERT fun on the Plaza as he and his band engage a youthful audience with fun tales of city adventure and urban wildlife!

Movies @ the Library: Sing! at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday May 19th 330-5p.  Free. Come Watch Sing!  Join us as we turn our auditorium into a mini movie theater to watch the movie, Sing.

Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Friday May 19th 7p, Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 11a & 2p and ongoing weekend until June 3rd. See website for details. Run Time: 70 Minutes (No Intermission).  Tickets: $28 General Admission, $50 VIP – Priority Seating, Choice of Magnet or Signed Cast Poster & a Concession and $100 Family 4 Pack.  Brianna is back! Spring bursts to life through the adventures she shares with a fresh cast of amusing woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance, and can’t-believe-your-eyes specialty acts.  Families and audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy amazing things at Spring-a-Ding-DING!

New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Friday May 19th 7p & Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 2p & 4p.  Tickets start at $10.  Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?

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Saturday May 20th

BK Block Party in Albee Square (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday May 20th 11a-1p.  Free.  Join Brooklyn families this Saturday for a day of live music, double dutch, face painting, balloon animals and more at Downtown Brooklyn’s Block Party. Hear Jah Pan, Steel drum and calypso musicians from Trinidad and Tobago play island classics and Caribbean-influenced interpretations of today’s hit songs. The second this year, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is holding block parties once a month from now through September from 11am – 1pm on Albee Square as part of its annual series, so bring the kids and enjoy the festivities!

Just Kidding: Beatbox Bonanza! at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday May 20th 11a.  Tickets: $17, members $14.  Beatbox king Rahzel, formerly of the Roots, lets kids in close to witness his legendary beatboxing technique and leads a workshop for the next generation of beatboxers. Learn to beatbox from the best!

Dancing in the Street La MaMa Block Party
Saturday May 20th 11a-4p.  Free Admission.  Location: E 4th Street.  Join La MaMa as we celebrate our 55th Anniversary with a Dancing in the Street Block Party with free performances and workshops, a bouncy castle, hula hoops, cotton candy, food carts, local restaurants, community organizations, children’s activities, sidewalk chalking, DJ Todd Jones and dancing in the street.  Now in its 12th season, La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is taking place in all La MaMa venues. This wide range of dance programming supports La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance and reflects La MaMa’s longstanding mission to present performance that transcends politics and unifies cultures.  See the website for all the details on the event.  Also check out the free 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival May 21st 1-7p.

Events for Youth & Families: Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday May 20th 1-2p.  Free.  Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth. Guitarist John Heagle currently plays with the faux French garage-rockers Les Sans Culottes. Singer songwriter Shawana Kemp’s other gig is teaching social studies in a NYC public school.  There will be events going on all day at various branches for Bike the Branches 2017 so check the website for all the events.

Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets at the Flushing Town Hall
Saturday May 20th 215p (Interactive Arts Workshop at 1p)Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children. Tim Kubart and special guests sing about all new adventures: the kind you can find in your home and in your heart, with your friends and with your family, in the little moments we live every day. Tim will weave childhood memories through textured pop tunes with lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way that listeners of all ages will appreciate and understand.

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Sunday May 21st

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair (Park Slope)
Sunday May 21st 10a-6p.  The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair runs from Sterling to 12th on 5th Avenue. Rain or Shine!  We have a great line up of bands, activities and demos for you at the Fair.  See the website for all the details.

Beanstalk Jack at Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday May 21st 11a.  Tickets: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family of four.  Beanstalk Jack is a folk rock opera for the whole family. The show takes you through the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, with a boy meets girl twist, in song form. When we meet Jack he is a poor boy living in the country and the songs from his world are folksy. When he climbs up the beanstalk and discovers the lavish world of the mean looting giant the music shifts to vintage rock and roll. The combination of vocal harmonies, guitars, drums and toe tapping fiddling take audiences on a musical journey through a familiar classic. Designed to get little ones, and their parents, on their feet and dancing.  The Band: Jacob Silver, Robin MacMillan, Chris Parker, Stephanie Coleman, Tami Stronach & Greg Steinbruner.

PS 132 13th Annual Kite Festival at East River State Park (Williamsburg)
Sunday May 21st 12n-5p.  Free.  Location:  N. 8th Street & Kent Avenue.  PS 132 is proud to announce our 13th annual Kite Festival, taking place on Sunday, May 21st at East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The fun starts at noon, with field day activities, entertainment, delicious food, and kites, kites, kites! Come support our local elementary school while enjoying a beautiful day on the waterfront.  Just want to come fly a kite? There will be a pre-made selection available for sale in our store and supplies for kids to decorate their own.  This year we will host a fun field day for the kids, with nostalgic relay races (egg & spoon, pizza box races) and great games and activities (foam-noodle javelin, ring toss, Imagination Playground, tug of war). It will be an exciting day filled with fun, fitness, and friends!  Music provided by DJ Big Brooklyn with live performances by the PS 132 Band, Creepus Expodus, and Curb Ya Horse!  All proceeds from activities, merchandise, and general donations will go towards enrichment programs for the students of PS 132. See you there!

CMA Kids Fair 2017 (South Village)
Sunday May 21st 11a-4p.  Free.  Location: Charlton Street between Hudson & Greenwich Streets).  Come join CMA outside as it hosts its 2nd annual street fair! Create art and memories alongside friends and family with the guidance of CMA Teaching Artists. Enjoy a fun shopping experience filled with unique artisanal products and services from trendy, local, family-friendly vendors and artists.  See the website for all the details.

Florine Stettheimer Family Day at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday May 21st 12n-4p.  Free with Museum Admission.  For ages 3 & up.  Celebrate the whimsical and colorful world of painting and theater presented in the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry. Design an imaginative character, pose in costume for a portrait, paint a dancer, hear the hip and award-winning sounds of Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, explore the galleries, and so much more.   See the website for the schedule of events.

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All Weekend

23rd Annual Fleece Festival at the Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 10a-4p.  Free with Zoo admission.   After a long winter, the sheep are ready to get their thick, wooly coats sheared. Shearing expert Don Kading will explain the process and answer visitor questions before giving the sheep their annual haircut.  All weekend long, we’re talking about farming and farm life, and getting you in the mood with felt-making and some special wool activities. Zoo volunteers and wool experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have about wooly animals and their coats.  Sunday only, from 1-4 p.m.: Join the parade from the Zoo’s barn to Prospect Park’s Lefferts Historic House as the newly shorn fleece is transported to the farmhouse where visitors can learn the old fashioned way that wool is processed into yarn!  It’s going to be a great weekend, don’t miss it!

Protect Like a Mother at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza
Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 9a-6p.  Location: Brooklyn Bridge Plaza at Brooklyn Bridge Park.  The free, family-friendly exhibit will pay tribute to the fiercest moms on the planet through larger-than-life interactive animal installations, reaching up to 24 feet in height and including an eagle, an octopus and an orangutan. The installations will chronicle motherly instincts through visual storyboards of the most incredible moms on Earth.

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival (Hell’s Kitchen)
Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 10a-6p.  Free with food available to purchase.  Location: Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street.  The oldest, and largest continuing food festival in New York City.  We offer a variety of events and promotions related to the Merchants of Ninth Avenue and Hell’s Kitchen in New York City.

Grand Opening of Brooklyn Historical Society Museum & Shop in Empire Stores (DUMBO)
Saturday-Sunday May 20th-May 21st 10a-7p.  Visit us for FREE opening weekend!  Enter at 55 Water St. or through Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Inaugural Exhibition:
Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront Opening May 19th.  This exhibition features the work of two dozen photographers whose images crisscross the Brooklyn shoreline, from Newtown Creek to Jamaica Bay. By picturing decades of Brooklyn’s coastal scenery, including its changing industrial and postindustrial environment, the exhibition presents dramatic panoramic vistas, spectacular aerial views, glimpses of popular recreational attractions, from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Coney Island, and other scenes, including those impacted by natural or manmade forces.

Support the Troops: A Weekend Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday May 20th-21st 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  The Children’s Museum honors Armed Forces day through a weekend of fitness and design activities. Learn about the variety of people who serve our country, like members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.  See the website for schedule of events.

Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (Garment District)
Fridays at 6p, Saturdays at 230p & 6p and Sundays at 230p until May 21st.  For ages 6+.  Tickets: $27 for child & $37 for adults. Purchase tickets here.  Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy.  In “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow, and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This one act musical explores themes of diversity, understanding, friendship, and love. “Old Turtle…” made its world premiere at The Barter Theatre performed by the Barter Players in 2015, and this production will mark its New York premiere!

play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p until October 1st.  Free.  There is a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to our Junkyard play area. Adult supervision is required.  Please note that the ages for both the Junkyard Play area (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.  We have 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Our junkyard play area is for kids only, with a  recommended age of  6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Please note there are  play:groundNYC playworkers in the JunkYard at all times. Note: Shoes: Closed toe and thick soled shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and shoes with cut-outs (i.e. Keen sandals) and soft soled-shoes (i.e. Converse) are NOT permitted.  See the website for all the details.

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays now until August 20th 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).  The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.

Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays-Sundays 1030a-1230pn until June 4th except May 27th-28th.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.  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. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Garden docents.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until June 25th.  Free with Museum admission.  Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+.  Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales. Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.

Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours two afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

To see all the events click here for the calendar!