Hi everyone!  The weekend is almost here and it looks like we are going to warm up which will be great for all the fun events happening in NYC!

This weekend head out and enjoy the Red Hook Fest, Brooklyn Pride’s Multi-Cultural Festival, Big Apple Barbecue in Madison Square Park, Party on Wheels at the NY Transit Museum, Family Day at Gallery at BRIC House, Ladybug Day in Washington Market Park, Billion Bubble Party at Washington Square Park, “Bring the Cool” Family Festival at the Brooklyn Museum, Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Day: Flight at Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Pride Movie Night: Happy Feet at the Old Stone House, Prospect Heights Stop ‘N’ Swap in the PS 9 School Yard, Lavender Blues at Butterfly 7, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Twist & Sprout at Queens Botanical Garden, Cirkus Cirkör: Limits at BAM and the 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.

Also check out long running events like the Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan,  Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park,  play:groundNYC on Governors Island, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and Flax to Linen at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park.

There are lots more events happening this weekend so check the calendar and have a blast with the family. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday June 9th

Lavender Blues at Butterfly 7 (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Fridays 11a (weather permitting as class is outdoors in the garden, in summer please bring a towel).  $10/drop-in.  Lavender Blues is an intimate music & movement session for babies and toddlers. During our 40 minute classes kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills—all while singing, dancing and having fun!  We sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, have movement with our fingers, arms and feet, as well as march, dance, and play with a ginormous parachute!!   All of our classes are drop in, so that you may pay as you go! Classes are also available in 10 pack bundles!  See the website for more locations and information on pack bundles.

Red Hook Fest Community Cookout & DJ Dance Party at PS 15
Friday June 9th 530-830p.  Free.  The 24th Annual Red Hook Fest: We Push Forward, the FREE live music and dance festival on the Brooklyn waterfront, will be June 9-10th! Featuring community workshops, free resources, family activities, games, face painting, and world-class performers, Red Hook Fest is fun for the whole family.  We have a stellar line-up of performers, including musical spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, theatrical contemporary dance group The Dash Ensemble, Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Loni Landon and the Loni Landon Dance Project, and the electrifying Dabka and Zaffa team The Freedom Dabka Group.  Also check out the Mainstage Performances Saturday June 10th 2-7pm at Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier.  See the website for all the details on the event.

Brooklyn Pride Movie Night: Happy Feet at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Friday June 9th 7-10p.   Free.  Come join us for a family screening of Happy Feet co-sponsored by New York state senator Jesse Hamilton! Family-friendly activities start at 7:00 PM and the movie starts at 8:30. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic to join us for the movie!\

Cirkus Cirkör: Limits at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday-Saturday June 9th-10th 730p.  For ages 10+.  Full price tickets start at $30.  Five acrobats catapult and tumble through a strikingly rendered world of sea-, land-, and cityscape, grappling defiantly to connect across the walls, fences, and other obstacles that spring up between them. Equal parts high-flying spectacle and trenchant critique, Limits imagines a world in which we soar over the borders that separate us—if we can only keep each other from collapsing. In this acrobatic exploration of an EU in flux, set to an eclectic live score, Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör (Wear it like a crown, 2012 Winter/Spring; Inside Out, 2009 Next Wave) sets out to challenge both the limits of the human body and the body politic.  Run time: 2h 5m with intermission.

See all Friday events.

Saturday June 10th

Ladybug Day 2017 in Washington Market Park (Tribeca)
Saturday June 10th 11a-12n.  Free.  Ladybug Day is a decades-long tradition at Washington Market Park. This year instead of coordinating with local preschool and elementary schools, we are scheduling the event on a weekend so EVERYONE can join in the fun!  The Friends of Washington Market Park will distribute 100,000 ladybugs to children and adults who will then release them in the park. Please join us for this exciting event!

Brooklyn Pride’s Multi-Cultural Festival (Park Slope)
Saturday June 10th 11a-5p.  Free.  A cross-section of the borough’s business, community and city-wide organizations line six blocks of 5th Avenue between 3rd street and 9th street. Two stages of entertainment from 12n-5p with a diverse line up of some of Brooklyn’s best  homegrown talent and some pretty fantastic stuff from beyond our borders as well.

Family Day at Gallery at BRIC House (Fort Greene)
Saturday June 10th 12n-3p.  Free with RSVP.  RSVP here.   Ideal for ages 7+.  Join some of BRIC’s Teaching Artists for an imaginative adventure in art-making! There will be tours of the exhibition and media center, digital animation, printmaking, screen printing, refreshments, and more!  Note: Enter on Rockwell Place

“Bring the Cool” Family Festival at the Brooklyn Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday June 10th 12n-4p.  Free for Cool Culture and P.S. 1 families. Free for the general public with Museum admission.  Kick off the summer with a free interactive festival for all families, filled with imaginative activities, hosted in partnership with Cool Culture and P.S. 1 Elementary School. Get inspired by the theme “Color My World” with live music and performance, an interactive gallery scavenger hunt, special family tours, a P.S. 1 student art show, and colorful art-making activities, including: DIY colored sunglasses, Telescope making, Ancient Egyptian coloring station, Poetry wall, Community mandala making, Paper marbling and color-mixing workshops, Plant your own seedling and Cool Family Photo Booth.  Drop in any time, or stay for the whole afternoon!

Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Day: Flight at Canarsie Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday June 10th 230-4p.  Free.  Spellbound Theatre presents Free Family Art Day: Flight at the Canarsie Library!  Free Family Art Days are opportunities for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms, geared for children 0-5 years.  Storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday June 11th

Party on Wheels at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday June 11th 9-11a.  Tickets start at $40 for children, $60 for adults. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Transit Museum’s education programs, which serve 25,000 New York City kids and teachers every year – including 3,000 participants in access programs for people with special needs.  Join us for a PARTY ON WHEELS! Our 4th annual family benefit will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 9am to 11am at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.  Bring the family to enjoy exclusive early access * breakfast and birthday cake * crafts and dancing * conductor cab photo booth * face painting * model trains * AND rides on our 100-year-old Lo-V subway cars from the Museum platform to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Station!

Prospect Heights Stop ‘N’ Swap in the PS 9 School Yard
Sunday June 11th 11a-2p.  Free community reuse event! Bring clean, portable, reusable items you no longer need and take home something new-to-you. No one is required to bring something to take something. Books, toys, fashionable clothing, housewares, electronics & more!

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Presents: Twist & Sprout at Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday June 11th 12n-4p.  Free.  Join us at this free family-friendly event about healthy eating and outdoor exercise! We’re sowing the seeds of good health at Queens Botanical Garden with cooking demonstrations, performance by Spencer the Gardener, bounce houses, potting up herbs to take home, fruit and veggie crafts, live music, and more. Meet the medical experts from NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and curl up with a book in the Queens Mobile Library!

Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
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.  Last Sunday of exhibit!

Billion Bubble Party at Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village)
Sunday June 11th 1-3p.  Free.  This event has attracted thousands over the years at favorite public spaces in NYC. Join us as we return to Washington Square Park on Sunday June 11th from 1 to 3p. Meet around the fountain in the middle of the park. Look for the bubbles.

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All Weekend

Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park
Wednesdays through Sundays at 730p until June 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

Big Apple Barbecue 2017 in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Saturday-Sunday June 10th-11th 11a-6p.  Big Apple Barbecue is free and open to the Public.  Get fired up for the 15th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, returning to Madison Square Park. The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party presented by Kingsford Charcoal is the nation’s largest culinary festival dedicated to the best in barbecue. This weekend-long event benefits Madison Square Park Conservancy, and allows visitors to enjoy a trip around the barbecue belt–right here in the middle of Manhattan!  Each year, this beloved NYC summer tradition celebrates the best in regional barbecue from some of the country’s most celebrated pitmasters, and includes live music, programming, and activities.  See the website for all the details.

The 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island
Saturday-Sunday June 10th-11th 11a-5p & Saturday-Sunday August 26th-27th.  Tickets start at $55 (children under 12 are free).  The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now entering its 12th year, is New York City’s original prohibition-era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of about fifty friends and fans in 2005, who came together on Governors Island to revel in the music of the Jazz Age, as performed by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. This historically sold out event attracts 20,000 fans over two weekends, who come together to discover music and zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s, learn the hottest dance steps of the time, frolic in their flapper dresses and glad rags and enjoy sophisticated bites and vintage-inspired cocktails in a romantic, playful setting. For tickets visit here.

Flax to Linen at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays & Sundays 2-4p until June 18th.  $3 suggested donation.  Join Prospect Park Alliance to check on the flax crop we planted in the spring and try out the tools used to process flax fibers into linen cloth.  Touch different pieces of linen cloth to compare the weaves and sew a small linen pouch to take home.

Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink (Central Park)
Daily 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.

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.

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 at 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.

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!