Hi everyone!  The weather was fabulous this weekend and hope everyone had fun and ready for another busy week.

This week the NYC public schools are closed on Thursday so take the kids and enjoy the Summer Reading Kickoff at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Summer Reading Kickoff events at additional branches, Chancellor’s Day in Prospect Park and CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba in Highland Park.  Also enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Summer Garden Concerts at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Rhythms & Dances of Haiti with Okai Fleurimont at the Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library, Tikya Tots Little Rock Stars Music Class at Busy Bodies, DUMBO Down to Earth Farmers Market Opening Day with Kids Activities, La Hora Mágica de los Pequeños at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library and Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park, Art in the Park in Madison Square Park, Summer Reading Storytime in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, 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 and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and have a blast this week!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.


~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday June 5th

Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Monday June 5th at 1030a.  Tickets: $10 individual, pre-paid, $15 at door (group tickets $8).  Recommended for Pre-K thorugh 3rd Grade.  Safety, Smarts, and Friendship.  Chicken Little, Goosey Lucy, Ducky Lucky and the Grown-Ups will have the children laughing and singing along as they learn to “Play It Safe” in the city streets and country roads while making true friends along the way.

Tikya Tots Little Rock Stars Music Class at Busy Bodies (Clinton Hill)
Mondays 1230a. $20 Per Session / 50% Sibling Discount/ Class Packs.  All ages welcome.  In this 45 Minute class, introduce your child to music in a fun and interactive setting! Through songs, stories, movement, and play, Tkiya Tots fosters the development of social and motor
skills while encouraging a love for music.

Rhythms & Dances of Haiti with Okai Fleurimont at the Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library
Monday June 5th 4-5p.  Free.  All ages are welcome.  Haiti Cultural Exchange presents: Rhythms & Dances of Haiti with teaching artist Okai Fleurimont. Discover the traditional drum rhythms and accompanying dances of Haiti during this interactive performance.  This program to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month will be presented in Kreyol and English.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday June 6th

Art in the Park in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Tuesdays 10a-12n until August 22nd.  Free.  Held weekly on Tuesdays, from 10am-12pm, Art in the Park is a series of workshops led by artist instructors from across several disciplines, including art, music, and poetry. Children will have an opportunity to express their creativity while exploring our current Mad. Sq. Art exhibition: Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park. Join us, rain or shine, in filling the Park with fun, inspiration, and surprise this summer.  June 6th: Studio in a School.  Check out the full list of of teaching artists here. We look forward to seeing you in the Park!

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday June 6th 11a-12n.  Free.  Frank Gallo’s musical style blends acoustic rock, funk, and folk with catchy sing-alongs. Kids are encouraged to dance, shake, and use their imaginations in this musical adventure with Rolie Polie Guacamole.

Summer Garden Concerts at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Tuesday June 6th 6p and also June 20th &  June 27th. $15 Adults, $5 Children under 12, Babies under 1 free.  To purchase tickets, call the Museum at 212-838-6878 or go to Brown Paper Tickets here to purchase on-line.  Listen to live music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included.  Join as a museum member and admission is free.  June 6: Frank Hendricks and Bob Conroy of STOUT will perform an evening of tavern tunes, combining hearty vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.  See the website for the information on the other Summer Garden Concerts.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday June 7th

Summer Reading Storytime in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Wednesdays 11a until August 2nd. Free.  Location: Granite Terrace.  Join The Brooklyn Public Library for a rollicking good time listening to stories, singing songs, and enjoying the breeze from the water!  Brooklyn Heights children’s librarian will read stories from the library’s summer reading list, plus a whole lot more! The only thing more fun than a good storytime is one with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge!

Down to Earth Farmers Market Opening Day with Kids Activities (DUMBO)
Wednesday June 7th market open 11a-7p until November 15th.  Enjoy free kid activities 2-6p with Creatively Wild Art Studio. Location:  Pearl Street Triangle.  See the website for all the activities at the Down to Earth Farmers Market.

La Hora Mágica de los Pequeños at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays 330-430p until July 26th.  Free.  Cuentos, Juegos, canciones, rimas y actividades divertidas para los pequeños de 1- 5 años. Programa bilingüe en español e inglés . Stories, games, songs, fingerplay, rhymes, and fun activities for Children ages 1-5 years old. Bilingual Spanish/ English.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday June 8th

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba in Highland Park
Thursday June 8th.  A performance of Cinderella Samba will take place at 10am and 12pm.  Free.  For all ages.  Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.

Summer Reading Kickoff at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday June 8th 1030a-3p.  Free.  Summer Reading at Brooklyn Public Library kicks off on Thursday, June 8, with free, fun activities and entertainment from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm on the Central Library Plaza. This year, the plaza will be transformed into a maker space with projects for all ages. Fun Activities and Music on the Plaza with host Elaine Gil.  See website for schedule of events.  Also see website for other branches hosting Summer Reading Kickoff events.

Chancellor’s Day in Prospect Park
Thursday June 8th 12n-4p.  Free.  Celebrate Chancellor’s Day with special family programming at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House, and the 1912 Carousel!  Nature Exploration 12–4p at Prospect Park Audubon Center (Free) Programs are: Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.  Bird Nerd Game Hour 1–2 pm: Learn about birds and nature in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!  Nature on the Go! 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us. This program leaves promptly at 2pm.  Animal Encounter 3–4 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection.  Race Around the Farmyard, 2–4p at Lefferts Historic House ($3 Suggested Donation).  Get out and get moving in the Lefferts yard! The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park
Wednesdays through Sundays at 730p June 7th-25th.  Free.  The award-winning Brooklyn theatre company, Smith Street Stage, returns to Carroll Park for its eighth year of free outdoor Shakespeare-under-the-stars. This summer’s production will be Richard III, and all tickets are free, no reservation required.  Richard III tells the story of a country in turmoil and a madman lusting for power. As the ruthless and charismatic Richard claws his way to the throne, a nation is forced to the breaking point in this chilling tale of a tyrant, his enablers, and those who attempt to resist.  The stage will be set at the east end of Brooklyn’s beautiful Carroll Park, along Smith Street. Ground seating is open to the public, as well as a limited number of chairs. Many theatre-goers bring picnic blankets, some bring chairs of their own. For more information, visit www.SmithStreetStage.org

Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Open daily until September 4th.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 10a-7p and Sunday 10a-6p.  Free.  One Brooklyn’s coolest summer spots, the Splash Pad is designed for children under 12 and their parents and care-givers. With over 20 water jets, the Splash Pad provides state-of-the-art water play and admission is free to the public.

Dynamic H2O  at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Open weather permitting.  Free with Museum admission.  See website for Museum hours.  For all ages.  Outdoors. Open weather permitting. This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition,  in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off!  With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment.  An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects.  Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.

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!

Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink (Central Park)
Saturday May 27th 10a-9p and everyday until September 10th at various times and admission & ride prices varies by day.  See website.  Enter park from 59th St. and 6th Avenue and walk north.  Victorian Gardens is a traditional family amusement park featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted rides, games of chance, classic concessions, face painting and live entertainment.

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.

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.

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!