Hi everyone!  Another fun week here in NYC and I hope you are ready to have fun.

This week head out and enjoy Duets with Lucy Kalantari & Lloyd H. Miller at PS 217, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships in New York Harbor, Sing-Along Presented by Yo Re Mi at Busy Bodies, American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House, Webster @ the Movies: SING at Webster NYPL, Hudson RiverKids: Kid Ace Magic at Pier 25 and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Also check out long running events like Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules, Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and .

Check out the calendar for all the events this week and a fabulous week!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday May 22nd

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Mondays until June 19th 2017 at 1015a & 1115a.  Programs do not run on public school holidays so no session May 29th.  For ages: 2–5y.  Free with Museum admission. On Monday mornings, children 2 to 5 years of age are invited to join us for a story hour. Please note that the age range has been expanded and now includes 2 year olds. Space is limited and tickets are distributed at the Discovery Room on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 10:15 and 11:15.

Archaeology Mondays at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Monday May 22nd 3-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 3-10y.  Join us for an afternoon archaeological adventure! Unique in New York City, our simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure!

See all Monday events.

Tuesday May 23rd

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Silly Jazz and Camille! at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday May 23rd 11a-12n.  Free.  Location: Dweck Center.  Come dance along to “silly jazz” with comedian and jazz singer, Camille Harris. Popular songs include “The Monster Under My Bed”, “Muffin Man”, and “Chopsticks”.

Sing-Along Presented by Yo Re Mi at Busy Bodies (Clinton Hill)
Tuesdays 330-415p.  $20 per class.  All ages Welcome.  This class features familiar sing-along songs as well as new ones. Children develop coordination through rhythm exercises, discover the joy of playing instruments, and learn basic yoga poses. Early exposure to music is essential to developing minds, and enriches the dynamic between child and parent. Children share and express in a group environment. Dan Costello is an early childhood and elementary music educator who designs and implements curriculum at The Co-op School and Tribeca Community School. Children should attend with a parent or caregiver.

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House (UWS)
Tuesday May 23rd 730p and Wednesday May 24th 2p & 730p.  Tickets start at $22.  Running time $105.  Additional performances June 26th-July 1st at various times.  See website for details.   A dollop of delightful whimsy, this thoroughly inventive full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary, Mark Ryden. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop, and falls into a delirium. To help the boy escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, replete with Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee as well as marching Marzipan, concluding in a festive celebration! As light as meringue, Richard Strauss’ score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production destined to delight ballet fans of all ages.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday May 24th

Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships in New York Harbor
Wednesday May 24th 815a-1p.  Event is free and open to the public for viewing.  Watch as U.S. Navy, including U.S. Marine Corps personnel, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian ships transit the New York Harbor to kick-off 2017 Fleet Week New York.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at St. Luke’s Theatre (Midtown West)
Wednesday May 24th 11a.  Tickets: $35.  See website for information on additional performances.  What Is the Story of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe?  The classic novel by C.S. Lewis follows four siblings who stumble through an old wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, which has fallen victim to a winter spell by the cold White Witch. Will the four children conquer this evil witch with the help of the legendary lion Aslan? Magic, love and loyalty are at the heart of this beloved story.

Duets with Lucy Kalantari & Lloyd H. Miller at PS 217 (Ditmas Park/Midwood)
Wednesday May 24th 6p.  Free.  Lucy Kalantari and Lloyd H. Miller of the Deedle Dees, come together again to liven up the garden with jazz, folk and rock songs for the whole family.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday May 25th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Hopalong Andrew at Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday May 25th 11a-12n.  Free.  Join the fun with folk songs, cowboy songs and other fun songs sprinkled in. Tunes to sing, holler and hoedown to with Hopalong Andrew! C’mon down, y’hear!

Hudson RiverKids: Kid Ace Magic at Pier 25 (Tribeca)
Thursday May 25th 4p.  Free.  Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before!

Webster @ the Movies: SING at Webster NYPL (UES)
Thursday May 25th 4p.  Free.  A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays until June 2nd 1015a-1215p.   Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for schools and families with children of all ages.  Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate and classify plants, touch a carnivorous plant and learn how it eats, or go on a monarch and milkweed exploration in the meadow!  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park)
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10a-12n until October 31st.  No program on 5/29, 7/4, 9/4, and 10/9. Free.  Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

May Backyard Schedule at Norman & Jules (Park Slope)
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 930a-2p and Wednesdays 930a-430p.  $10/child.  Our backyard is intended for ages 6m to 6y.  We do not offer drop-offs.  Caregivers must be with their children at all times.

Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing Mondays-Thursdays 1-3p & Sundays 12n-4p until June 15th.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 2 and older. Youngsters will go on an ‘underwater’ journey to discover the Hebrew “Aleph Bet” letters, while playing the role of captain, with hats, ship barrels, and a captain’s wheel.  Throughout the trip, the young captains will get to explore and experiment with aleph bet letters by shaping letters in sand, playing a magnetic matching game with fish along the ocean wall, relaxing with a variety of aleph bet books in the reading nook, exploring the letters in a giant jigsaw puzzle, and sending the letters up in a wind tunnel.

Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island
Monday-Friday 10a-12n until September 29th.  Free Bike Mornings allows visitors to borrow a free bike from Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals for up to one hour every Monday-Friday from 10 AM to noon.  Learn more about bike rental here.

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.

Triangles, Squares and Circles, Oh My! at Private Picassos Studio (Park Slope)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 1015-11a until June 22nd.  For 18-48 mos.  $28/drop-in (space permitting).  Young artists will explore shapes, color and strengthen their fine motor skills through a variety of 2-3 dimensional art materials. By focusing on a specific color or theme each session, children will build their skills with drawing, collage, painting and small-scale sculpture.

Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.

Play Space Spring Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
M-F 9a-12n and 330-530p until June 2nd. $12 per visit / Sibling $3 per visit. There is no registration required for Drop-In Sessions. You can enjoy our playspace as a DROP IN (pay as you come), with our PLAY PASSES (pre-pay visits), or have a MEMBERSHIP (unlimited visits for 1 month). Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more. Monday: Singalong with Damian & his drums (Spanish & English) 1015a, Tuesday: Singalong with Ivan & his drums 1015a, Wednesday: Singalong with Ale (Spanish/English) 1015a, Thursday: Singalong with Tucker 1015a and Friday: Sing Along with Andrew from Rolie Polie Guacamole Band (English) 1030a.

Open Play & Activities at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Thursday 9a-530p, Friday 9a-5p and Saturday-Sundays 9a–1130a*. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships/play packs also available for purchase. (Please also bring socks for kids and adults). At Recess, we understand the value of flexibility and convenience. Your kids may come in and play anytime during our scheduled play hours. We’re ready when you are! Recess offers free weekly classes for members and drop-ins! Recess Story Time (0 – 3 yrs), Monday at 11a & Tuesday at 3p. Recess Craft (6 mos – 3 yrs),Thursdays at 230p. *Weekend afternoons are reserved for birthday parties.

Twinkle Playspace (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a–6p and Saturday-Sunday 8a-1130a. First Time Pass – $25 (only for the first time). $35 for additional visits. Memberships also available. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Twinkle’s 4500 square foot play space has innovative custom-made exhibits to cater to any child’s wildest imagination. These special exhibits, designed for the under 6 crowd, are a harmonious blend of urban life and nature that encourages the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a child in an accessible, high-quality learning environment. Twinkle hosts open play 7 days a week and children can also have an unforgettable birthday with exclusive use of our playspace! So drift away and enjoy the ride with your child in this magical journey to a world of infinite discoveries and treasured moments. Twinkle is a socks-only environment so please keep this in mind for children and adults entering the playspace. Parental supervision is required at all times, no drop-offs allowed. Parking is available under the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) which is only a block away from us as well as street parking.

Open Play at Curiosity on Court (Cobble Hill)
Monday-Friday 10a-6p & Saturday-Sunday 9a-6p. Open Play drop-in: $25 per child, $45 for 2 siblings, $6- for 3 siblings. Weekday monthly passes and pass packages also available. Welcome to Curiosity on Court, a world of energy busting excitement! Our custom designed play structures and exhibits were created to raise the curiosity and fuel the imagination of kids 1–10 yrs old. Whether they’re conquering our climbing wall, taking a ride on the subway, making connections on the magnetic wall or finding their route through our multi-level play structure, there’s hours of fun for everyone. Weekend Open Play hours are extended if we don’t have birthday party/event. Please call to check. 347-294-0160

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 three 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!