Hi everyone!  It is really starting to feel like summer and there are new outdoor events starting up so get ready for a fun week.

NYC public schools are closed tomorrow so head out and enjoy Mermaid Parade Masks and Crowns at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, School’s Out for the Day at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show; Build a Better World at Riverside New York Public Library.  Also this week check out The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Brooklyn Bridge Park, The 39th Annual Museum Mile FestivalEzra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Summer in the Square Kid Events in Union Square Park,  Kids Create: A Tie for My Father at the Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn Public Library, Summer Concerts in Washington Square Park with Rolie Polie Guacamole and Tipingee and Brer Rabbit at the Seward NYPL.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park, Preschool Play at Wagner Park,  Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Story Time in Madison Square 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, Summer Reading Storytime in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Check out the calendar to see what else is happening and have a wonderful week!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Stay cool!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday June 12th

School’s Out for the Day & the Brooklyn Children’s Museum is Open! (Crown Heights)
Monday June 12th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  School’s out for the day and summer fun begins! Stop by the museum to check out our new exhibit MakerYard. While you’re here drop into programs ranging from block play to meeting a live animal.

Mermaid Parade Masks and Crowns at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Monday June 12th 12n-445p and also Thursday-Friday June 15th-16th 12n-545p.  Free with Museum admission.  Join CMA as we gear up for this year’s Mermaid Parade at Coney Island on June 17th, 2017!  Using recycled materials as well as art supplies, young artists will create and design their very own Mermaid mask, crown or alternative headdress. During the workshop there will be an opportunity to sign up to participate in the parade.”

Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show; Build a Better World at Riverside New York Public Library (UWS)
Monday June 12th 3p.  Free.  Best for children ages 2 and older.  A Summer Reading Program!  The Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show engages children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology and original stories about why engineers, architects and designers rock! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! Each song in the 60-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Kids will play instruments, try out interactive music technology and dance along through the whole show!  Presented by Turtle Dance Music.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday June 13th

Kids Mini Book Workshop at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library
Tuesday June 13th 330-430p.  Free.  Back by popular demand! Grade school children who love to doodle, make up and share stories will treasure this chance to write and illustrate thier own mini book! This program will be led by Literacy Tutor Eleanor Traubman. Please RSVP to etraubman.at.gmail.com

Tipingee and Brer Rabbit at the Seward NYPL (Lower East Side)
Tuesday June 13th 4p.  Free.  Recommended for children ages 5 to 12 years old.  Summer Reading Program!  Tales of Folks Working Together to Build a Better World!  Ingenuity comes in all shapes, sizes and species! Travel around the world in story and discover folks who create unity! Meet a Haitian girl who unites her schoolmates to out-trick a trickster! Join Brer Rabbit as he helps the Bears, the Birds and the Turtles unite to create a Big Storm – a storm that turns the tables on a Tiger who learns he must share the resources of food and water with ALL the animals!  Sing with the children of Africa who unite to lift the Sun into the sky. Heart to heart dialogue is the glue of humanity and stories help us to empathize and believe that ‘nothing is impossible, when we work together.’ And, if we work together, we can build a better world.

The 39th Annual Museum Mile Festival (UES)
Tuesday June 13th 6-9p.  Free.  Rain or shine.  Location 5th Ave from 82nd-105th Street.  Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes New York City’s biggest block party. There is something for everyone at each of the venues. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries and live music from jazz to Broadway tunes to string quartets is featured in front of several of the museums.  The Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45pm at El Museo del Barrio (Fifth Avenue at 104th Street).  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; and El Museo del Barrio are the seven institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday June 14th

Story Time in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Wednesdays 10-11a until August 23rd.  Free.  Free your imagination, and be swept away in exciting tales of nature and art in out Story Time series. Located on Sparrow Lawn, a host of professional storytellers will capture your imaginations. This event will go on rain or shine.  June 14 – New York Public Library

Kids Create: A Tie for My Father at the Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday June 14th 4-5p.  Free.  For ages 5 and up.  Become an artist and master your craft!  Release your inner artist and craft designs from your imagination!

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Wednesday June 14th 7-9p.  Free.  Location: Pier 1.  The Met Opera’s Summer Recital Series returns to Pier 1 for an evening of beautiful arias and duets from a variety of operas.  This year’s recital features rising Young Met stars soprano Susanna Phillips, who starred as Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin this past season, tenor Stephen Costello, who recently starred as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, whose recent roles include Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Hermia in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, accompanied on piano by Dan Saunders.  Take a seat on Harbor View Lawn and get swept away in a serenade.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday June 15th

Summer in the Square Kid Events in Union Square Park
Thursdays 9a-6p starting June 15 and ongoing until August 10th.  Free.  Interactive activities + performances on Union Square Park’s South Plaza.  Check out Children’s Pavilion, Art Farm, Surprise Princess Appearances, StoryTime Yoga with Karma Kids, Story Time with PJ Library and Pop Fit Kids.  Each week at 11a there will be a performance.  June 15th: Mike Messer: Get excited as Mike Messer and The AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL, featuring Adam Roberts of Music for Aardvarks, take the stage! See the website for all the details on the events and performances.

Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday June 15th 4-5p.  Free.  Location: Youth Wing.  Through the Ezra Jack Keats Story and Craft program, librarians read aloud to children and lead a craft activity related to the themes and images of the book. At the end of each session, every child is given a free copy of one of Mr. Keats’ books to keep.

Summer Concerts in Washington Square Park (Tribeca)
Thursdays 530p until July 22nd.  Free.  Each year when the weather is warm, the Friends of Washington Market Park produces a series of concerts.  The acts are family friendly – some write for kids, some write for kids of all ages, and some ARE kids! Bring a blanket, a picnic and enjoy music under the spring sky in Washington Market Park at Greenwich and Duane streets.  Thursday July 15th: Rolie Polie Guacamole

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

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

Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Thursdays 530-645p until August 24th and Saturdays 10a-3p until August 26th. Free.  Location: Pier 2.  Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.  See the website for all the details.

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 City)
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!