Hi everyone!  The first weekend in July is here and some of us have a long weekend and if you are in NYC get ready to have some fun!

This weekend you can celebrate 4th of July early with events like O Say Can You Sing! Family Concert with Deedle Deedle Dees and Red Yarn at Shapeshifter Lab, Independence Day Celebration at Historic Richmond Town, Independence Day Weekend at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Living History: Independence Day Weekend at DiMenna Children’s History Museum.  Also happening this weekend is FAB Friday Kid Concert: Moozika! at Putnam Plaza, American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House, Plover Day at Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk, Magic at Coney!!! at The Coney Island Museum, Making Magic with Ethan at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Cunningham Park and Hot Summer Nights: SWING OUT AMERICA! at On Stage at Kingsborough.

Also check out long running events like Tending to a Growing Garden at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Gamers Welcome at the New York Transit Museum Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Improv Hour! at the 53rd Street New York Public Library,  Sensory Room and MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Big City Fishing Sundays on Hudson River Park Pier 25 & 84 and The Uni Project at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

That is just some of the events happening so check the calendar for all the weekend events and have fun! Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday June 30th

FAB Friday Kid Concert: Moozika! at Putnam Plaza (Clinton Hill)
Friday June 30th 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! A FAB KIDS favorite, Moozika! is an interactive music experience that moves through a dynamic mix of playful all original songs by founder and teacher Jesse Goldman. Join the FAB FRIDAY KIDS’ CONCERT fun on the Plaza and you’ll soon see why Moozika! was named one of the 2017 top three music classes for kids in NYC by New York Magazine!

The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Friday June 30th 1030a & 12n returns Wednesday July 5th at various times until September 17th.  See website for schedule. 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.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Cunningham Park (Fresh Meadows)
June 30th 3-4p.  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.

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream at The Metropolitan Opera House (UWS)
Friday June 30th 730p & Saturday June July 1st 8p (tickets start at $22) & Saturday July 1st 2p (tickets starting at $95).  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.

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Saturday July 1st

O Say Can You Sing! Family Concert with Deedle Deedle Dees and Red Yarn at Shapeshifter Lab (Gowanus)
Saturday July 1st 10a door, 1030 show.  Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door.  Brooklyn’s own The Deedle Deedle Dees, known for their songs inspired by history, science, and folklore, team up with Portland, Oregon’s Red Yarn for a family musical event celebrating America’s birthday. Red Yarn’s “critters” (the adorable puppets who co-star in his shows) will take the Deedle Deedle Dees in the Deep Woods to explore America’s natural wonders — and the Dees will take the critters and Red on a tour of the big city. You and your kids get to come along and help them sing about their adventures!

Plover Day at Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
Saturday July 1st 11a-2p.  Free.  Event is on the boardwalk at Beach 86th Street. Join NYC Parks’ Wildlife Unit to celebrate nesting shorebirds! Discover one of New York State’s endangered species, the Piping Plover, and ways you can help protect it by sharing the beach.  Enjoy educational activities and crafts at this family-friendly event that raises awareness of this amazing shorebird.

Independence Day Celebration at Historic Richmond Town (Staten Island)
Saturday July 1st 12n-4p.  $8 Adults, $6 Seniors and Students (12-17), $5 Children (4-11).  Please purchase your admission at the Visitor’s Center when you arrive.  Enjoy a pie-baking demonstration and help to chip ice and churn old time ice cream; don’t forget to grab some samples!  Children can make a pinwheel and march in the Pinwheel Parade, and meet patriotic villagers from the 1800s and earlier.  Make sure to see the displays of the Staten Island Model Railroaders, and listen to our dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Improv Hour! at the 53rd Street New York Public Library
Saturdays 3-4p in July.  Free.  Improv Hour is intended for school-aged children (5-12 years old) accompanied by a caregiver/caregivers.  Does your child love dress up, thrill at a chance to perform, or have a passion for story-telling? Then 53rd Street’s Improv Hour is the place to be! Join us for an hour of collaborative theatrics, costume changes, creativity, and curveballs.

Hot Summer Nights: SWING OUT AMERICA! at On Stage at Kingsborough
Saturday July 1st 8p.  Free.  The Rob Stoneback Big Band With Guest Vocalists Kathy Jenkins & Rob Kevlin.  Celebrate the great American art form of BIG BAND JAZZ with a patriotic flare! You’ll hear patriotic favorites like “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” and “The Armed Forces Medley,” alongside golden nuggets like “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”and “A Night in Tunisia” as well as Stoneback’s smokin’ vocal arrangements of “Getting to Know You” and “Mack the Knife.” Other concert highlights include Jenkins’ electrifying rendition of “My Favorite Things” and Streisand’s “Come Rain or Come Shine.” Kevlin thrills with his soulful, bluesy “Feeling Good” and wows with his take on Bublé’s ”Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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Sunday July 2nd

Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sundays 10-530p and also Monday-Thursday 10a-5p 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.

Big City Fishing Sundays on Hudson River Park Pier 25
Sundays 11a-3p July 2nd-September 10th.  Free. Location: Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.  Also happens at Pier 84 July 2 – August 27 11a-3p. Location: Cross at W 44 St.

The Uni Project at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Lower East Side)
Sundays 11a-3p until August 13th.  Free.  Location: Hester Street Crossing.  Come read, draw, and explore with the Uni every Sunday in front of the Hester Street Playground in Sara D Roosevelt Park.

Magic at Coney!!! at The Coney Island Museum
Sundays 12n.  Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 online, or at the door.  Sundays at 12 Noon until September 11th and then additional dates in the fall. See website for more information. Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world.  Hosted by Gary Dreifus, award-winning magician, mentalist, hypnotist, magic instructor and world-renowned magical host, the performers this week are: Richard Cohn, Jim Vines, Carl Mercurio and Omar Olusion.  See website for more information on the performers of the week.

Making Magic with Ethan at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Sunday July 2nd 2-245p & 4-445p.  Free.  Every Sunday, Fantasy Forest Amusement Park offers free kid-friendly entertainment. The performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. About Making Magic with Ethan: Ethan’s philosophy is that magic is meant to be created and shared with people; it should not simply be designed to trick the crowd. Together, both Ethan and the audience create an amazing show. Fantasy Forest Amusement Park is located next to the Queens Zoo in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Fantasy Forest is home to The Flushing Meadows Carousel, The Corona Cobra Coaster, and other fun attractions and games. Please note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel, ride other attractions, and purchase items from the concession stand.

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All Weekend

Living History: Independence Day Weekend at DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday July 1st-2nd 11a-4p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages.  Spend your weekend at the New-York Historical Society saluting those who fought in the American Revolution! Living Historians from the 3rd New Jersey Regiment, historical reenactors portraying soldiers and civilians, will be encamped in the Museum to answer your questions about life on and off the battlefield. Look into a Continental soldier’s tent to see their uniforms and equipment up close or line up to learn a military drill!

Gamers Welcome at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday 130-215p until July 9th.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages.  Join new friends to play a variety of classic and new board games in the unique setting of our vintage subway cars!

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-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.

Sensory Room at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2p-545p.  Free with Museum admission.  Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. Sessions in the space are balanced between self guided exploration of the space and a facilitated program by one of BCM’s Educators. The program might include story time, a song session, parachute play, or meeting one of the Museum’s live animals.  This room was created with an advisory committee of scholars and professionals with experience serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). All are welcome in this space, please let the Educator present know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

Tending to a Growing Garden at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays & Sundays 2-4p until July 30th.  Free.  Visitors of all ages can come help Prospect Park Alliance take care of the potato plot, herb gardens, and berry patches at Lefferts Historic House by pulling weeds and helping to water the plants.  Bring a hat and a bottle of water, and we will provide the tools and gloves!

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.

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday 1230p & 230p July 1st-2nd, 22nd-23rd, August 12th-13th & 26th-27th.  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).  Robert Southey’s beloved Folk-Tale from 1837, adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.

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!