Hi everyone!  I hope you have all had a great week and ready for another fun busy weekend here in NYC!

This weekend take the kids and enjoy The 35th Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, the New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Lisa Loeb with The Knights at Prospect Park Bandshell, Seining in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Mermaid Parade Masks and Crowns at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Make Music New York Presents: Porch Stomp on Governors Island, FAB Friday Kid Concert: Shake, Rattle & Roll at Putnam Triangle Plaza, Adventures NYC in Central Park, Living History: Juneteenth at the New-York Historical Society, Father’s Day Weekend: Kids Food Festival to Go at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Museum at Eldridge Street’s Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival, Turtle Takeover Weekend at the Prospect Park Zoo, Father’s Day Family Concert: The Music of Bob Marley with David Langlois and the Brooklyners at the Brooklyn Bowl and The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Jalopy Theatre.

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

Check out the calendar for all the weekend events and have a blast with the family. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy Father’s Day!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday June 16th

FAB Friday Kid Concert: Shake, Rattle & Roll at Putnam Triangle Plaza (Clinton Hill)
Friday June 16th 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!  Shake, Rattle & Roll is a parent-child, folkloric drumming program, and Roman Diaz Ogduardo is a master conga player. Join the FAB FRIDAY KIDS’ CONCERT fun on the Plaza as Ogduardo transports us to Cuba, with rhythmic songs and storytelling.

Mermaid Parade Masks and Crowns at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Friday June 16th 12na-545p & Saturday June 17th 10a-444p.    Free with Museum admission.  For ages 5+.  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.

Crafternoon: Father’s Day Cards at the NYPL Battery Park City
Friday June 16th 3p.  Free.  Happy Father’s Day. Join us to make your own Father’s Day card. This hands-on program is FREE for children ages 5 and older. All materials will be provided. First come, first served

New York Philharmonic in Prospect Park
Friday June 16th 630p for The Side Project performance and NY Philharmonic performs at 8p.  Free.  Location: Long Meadow Ballfields.  Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th Street, or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest, and 15th Street.  The New York Philharmonic partners with Prospect Park Alliance for its annual performance in Prospect Park, in celebration of the Park’s 150th anniversary. The concert will be preceded by Share the Stage, performances by local musicians in their home boroughs to salute the diversity of New York City’s resident musicians. This year all Share the Stage performers are participants in The New World Initiative. At 6:30 PM, The Side Project will perform, so be sure to come early!

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Saturday June 17th

Make Music New York Presents: Porch Stomp on Governors Island
Saturday June 17th 10a-7p.  Free.  Location: Nolan Park.  Founded in 2014, Porch Stomp is a folk celebration unlike any other.Set on the beautiful greenery of Governors Island, Porch Stomp invites over 60 bands, artists, and performing arts organizations to utilize the historic porches of Nolan Park as a pulpit for performance and education, highlighting artistry ranging from traditional folk to old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and Americana.The festival offers all-inclusive jams and educational opportunities for folks learning to play music. Dance is also a major part of Porch Stomp- throughout the afternoon, we host several participatory square dances, in addition to workshops where folks can learn basic steps. Porch Stomp has its roots as part of Make Music New York, a city-wide day of free outdoor music on the summer solstice.

Opening Day of MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Opening Saturday June 17th 11a-4p and MakerYard will be open 2-5pm on Thursday and Fridays, and 11-4pm on Saturday and Sundays until October 22nd.  Free with Museum admission.  Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.

Adventures NYC in Central Park
Saturday June 17th 11a-4p.  Free.  Location: Naumburg Bandshell.  Get ready to bike, climb, race, and glide at Adventures NYC!  On Saturday, June 17, join NYC Parks in Central Park to celebrate the great outdoors and enjoy a day of adventure—for free! Activities will include: Rock Climbing, Zip Lining,Mountain Biking, Surfing Virtual Reality Experience, Yoga, Obstacle Races, Free Bike Valet Parking, Outdoor Survival Training.  Please note: Activity lines are subject to close early, so come early!  Certain activities will require a waiver, which will be provided at the event for participants to sign. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign the waiver.

The 35th Annual Mermaid Parade (Coney Island)
Saturday June 17th 1p.  Free.  A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.  2017 Mermaid Parade Royalty: Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie!  Note: Day of Registration starts at 10am at 21st and Surf Avenue, and is cash only.  The Parade will start at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and the Parade will roll east to West 10th Street.  At West 10th Street the Parade will turn south towards the boardwalk.  Cars and Motorized Floats continue down Surf Ave. passing W. 10th Street and exit the parade.  At the Boardwalk, the marchers and push-pull floats will turn west and head towards West 17th St.  At Steeplechase Plaza, the Parade will disband.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Lisa Loeb with The Knights at Prospect Park Bandshell
Saturday June 17th 2p gates and 3p show.  Free.  In our annual children’s concert, Lisa Loeb will bring us an afternoon of fun-loving, sing-along-able numbers, joined by the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday June 18th

Seining in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday June 18th 930a-1030a.  Free with RSVP.  RSVP here.  Location: Main Street Beach.  Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a 20-foot seine net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.  The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy reserves the right to cancel due to extreme weather conditions.

Living History: Juneteenth at the New-York Historical Society (UWS)
Sunday June 18th 11a-4p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages.  Join us on Sunday for a close look at the origins of the holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. On June 19, 1865, military orders to free enslaved people were finally, officially enforced in Texas—two months after the end of the American Civil War and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Discover how this new emancipation day was celebrated by meeting living historians who bring the mid-19th century to life with historical clothing, activities, and stories!

The Deedle Deedle Dees at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday June 18th 11a.  Tickets: $5 kid / $10 adult / $25 family. For all ages. Lloyd H. Miller, leader of the Deedle Deedle Dees, returns to Jalopy for a Father’s Day musical bash celebrating fathers in their many forms. Dads that live with us, dads that don’t, fathers in history, fathers who fly, fight, march, sing, read, study, teach, and change the world! Expect some surprise musical appearances by some local music-playing dads…

Father’s Day Family Concert: The Music of Bob Marley with David Langlois and the Brooklyners at the Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday June 18th doors 12n & show 1230p.  Tickets: $10 per person (child or adult). Children under one are free.  Free Admission for dads on Father’s Day! The Rock and Roll Playhouse Family Concerts are unique, interactive, and educational live music experience for children set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue. 60-minute concerts focus on specific eras, artists, and genres of music. During each fun-filled show, children will explore live music, movement, and collaborative creativity. Young talents will gain knowledge and develop their musical skills through laughter and imagination. We invite the whole family to join us and play as we aim to build creativity in children ages 10-years-old and younger.

Museum at Eldridge Street’s Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival (Lower East Side)
Sunday June 18th 12n-4p.  Free.  Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood. With the Museum’s home, the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as its centerpiece, this neighborhood festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights and sounds.  Lots of fun! Enjoy performances of Chinese opera, Chinese folk, klezmer, cantorial, and Puerto Rican bomba music. Watch fascinating demonstrations by a Hebrew and a Chinese scribe, Puerto Rican mask maker, and other folk artists. Learn how to braid challahs and make dumplings and empanadas at our food demonstrations. Partake in a multitude of crafts including yarmulke making, mask making, lace making and more. Try your hand at a fierce game of mah jongg with community mavens. Kosher egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas will be sold.

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All Weekend

Father’s Day Weekend: Kids Food Festival to Go at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday June 17th-18th 1030a-6p.  Free with Museum admssion.  The Children’s Museum honors fathers with a weekend full of fun and food. Enjoy art activities, design workshops, and the Kids Food Festival to Go scavenger hunt sponsored by The Creative Kitchen™.  See the website for all the details.

Turtle Takeover Weekend at the Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday-Sunday June 17th-18th 11a-430p.  Free with Zoo admission.  Turtles (and tortoises) are taking over Prospect Park Zoo for a celebration of these popular reptiles. What’s the difference between a turtle and tortoise? Learn more fascinating facts about every member of the chelonian family and find out why many of them are seriously in danger of extinction.  Scavenger hunt, keeper talks, live animals and turtle themed activities will take place throughout the zoo.

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

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!