Hi everyone!  Last week of June is here and there are lots of fun Summer events to check out with the kids.

NYC public schools are closed tomorrow so take the kids to Cool School Holiday at Staten Island Children’s Museum, Eid al-Fitr Community Celebration at the Museum of the City of New York and CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park.  Also happening this week are Peter Rabbit: A Children’s Opera at the Ryder Brooklyn Public Library, American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House, Lavender Blues at Green Moments Studio, Transit Tots at the New York Transit Museum, Summer Garden Concerts at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Party with Bubbles with Elaine Gil at Epiphany New York Public Library, Active StoryTime at Monkey Do! Yoga and Opening Day of Free Outdoor Pools on Thursday!

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Kids Create in the Garden at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Free Kids Yoga at Washington Square Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Preschool Play at Wagner Park,  Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab.

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

Happy (almost) Summer break!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday June 26th

Cool School Holiday at Staten Island Children’s Museum
Monday June 26th 10a-5p.  Free admission all day! Cool School Holiday sponsored by Staten Island Rotary Foundation.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Dry Harbor Playground (Forest Park)
Monday June 26th 11a-12n.  Free.  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 Carnival 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.

Eid al-Fitr Community Celebration at the Museum of the City of New York (East Harlem)
Monday June 26th 2-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  Celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, at the Museum of the City of New York! Join us to learn more about this time of gratitude for Muslim people and share what you are thankful for by contributing to a community mural. Explore Muslim cultural traditions in New York through a scavenger hunt of our Muslim in New York exhibition, mehndi temporary tattoos, and the art of Arabic calligraphy by local artists. See how Eid al-Fitr is celebrated across the globe with objects from different countries, and enjoy a tasty snack. All are welcome!  Registration suggested, though not required.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday June 27th

Lavender Blues at Green Moments Studio (Clinton Hill)
Tuesdays 11-1140a.  $15/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.

Peter Rabbit: A Children’s Opera at the Ryder Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday June 27th 3-4p.  Free.  Camerata Piccola introduces the great works of opera to children by marrying classic operas with familiar children’s stories.

Summer Garden Concerts at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Tuesday June 27th at 6p. $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 27: Christopher Morongiello, Mannes College of Music, the Royal College of Music and the University of Oxford will captivate with a performance of lute music of the Renaissance and early Baroque.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday June 28th

Free Kids Yoga at Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village)
Wednesdays 10-1045a until August 30th.  Free.  Kids Playground (across from the Large Playground at Washington Square Park).  Please bring your own yoga mat.  Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are!

Party with Bubbles with Elaine Gil at Epiphany New York Public Library
Wednesday June 28th 11a.  Free.  Best for children of all ages. No pre-registration required. This program takes place before the library opens. Doors will open @ 10:45am.  A Summer Reading Program!  Elaine Gil’s show includes face painting, balloon animals, parachute games, bubbles, singing, dancing and a lot of audience participation.

Kids Create in the Garden at Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays 430-515p until July 26th.  Free.  Create a garden/nature related craft to take home.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday June 29th

Active StoryTime at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Thursdays 10-1045a.  For ages 0-5y.  Drop in $10 (per caregiver/child pair).  Additional Sibling $6.  Learn, move, listen and sing in this active storytime! Celebrate our diversity and build community through stories. Parents and caregivers will bond with their kids, and have fun as we share the joys of reading and moving together.  StoryTime class packs may be used towards open play as well!  See website for details.

Transit Tots at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Thursdays 1015-11aa.  Free with Museum  admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.  Stories, games and surprises for our youngest transportation fans!

Opening Day of Free Outdoor Pools (citywide)
Outdoor pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Every day during our summer pool season, thousands of visitors head to our city’s free public outdoor pools. Learn more about our pools, and dive in to find an outdoor pool near you!  Pool season has been extended an additional week! All intermediate- and Olympic-sized pools will remain open through Sunday, September 10, 2017. Mini pools will close on Labor Day. See the website for all the details and locations of pools.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Thursday 10a-5p, Sunday 10-530p until August 31st.  Free with Museum admission.  This is your child’s opportunity to engage with an age-appropriate emergency scene and discover the dynamic police, ambulance and fire departments. Climb aboard life size emergency vehicles for imaginative play, drive to the emergency scene, put out ‘fires’ with a giant wind hose, learn to recognize the uses for medical equipment and much more!  Children will also learn to be prepared for any emergency with interactive dispatcher phones, CPR ‘Annie’ and ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ drills.  The exhibit will feature scheduled guest visits from our favorite Safety Heroes.  This is your chance to meet real-life NYPD police, FDNY fire-fighters, OEM disaster responders and many more. Hear their stories, snap a picture and show your support for the wonderful work that they do. The museum will also be visited by the FDNY smokehouse for hands-on fire emergency education.

Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab (Park Slope)
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 1130a and Tuesdays & Thursdays 1030a.  All Ages.  No sign-up or registration is needed for Storytimes.  Weekday Storytimes with our staff are $5 per family, with further discounted Read-y passes available for sale in our bookshop.  See website for details.

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House (UWS)
Monday June 26th 730p (sold out), Tuesday-Friday June 27-30th 730p (tickets start at $22) and Wednesday June 28th 2p (tickets start at $30).  Running time 105.  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.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p 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.

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  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)
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.

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!