Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and ready to have some fun this week.

This week head out and Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo at Barclays Center, Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Independence Day Weekend at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kids Camp: SING at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Fun in the Sun at the Mulberry Street New York Public Library, Omar’s Fourth of July Block Party at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Music in the Grove: Kids Concert with Vered and the Babes in Fort Greene Park, Concerts for Kids in Madison Square Park, Baby Bootcamp at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Broadway in Bryant Park and The Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks .

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Baby Bootcamp at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Broadway in Bryant Park, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, 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 4th of July!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday July 3rd

Independence Day Weekend at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday-Tuesday July 3rd-4th 1030a-430p.  For all ages drop in.  Free with Museum admission.  American Dream Quilt: Contribute to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s collective American Dream Quilt and express what freedom and happiness means to you this Independence Day.  Also check out Independence Day Fireworks Painting: Shake up a box filled with wooden balls covered in red, white and blue paint to reveal a one of a kind fireworks inspired design at 1015a & 1pm a drop in event for 5 & younger.

Fun in the Sun at the Mulberry Street New York Public Library (NoLita)
Mondays 1130a until July 24th.  Free.  A Summer Reading Program.  An interactive Summer Music event with Music for Aardvarks Best Summer Songs about going on vacation, playing at the beach, getting ice cream etc. and Rock-n-Roll summer classics like Rockaway Beach, Surfin USA and more it is a good feeling program that will make you happy you stayed in the city! Best for babies, toddlers and their caregivers.

Kids Camp: SING at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday July 3rd 12n.  Run time 108 minutes.  Rated PG.  All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA.  The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has a strict no talking policy, but we may be forced to be lenient about humming and singing when it comes to SING, the latest animated film from the people who brought you DESPICABLE ME and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.  This infectious, rambunctious movie is jammed with beloved pop songs made famous by everyone from Lady Gaga to Frank Sinatra, from Seal to Leonard Cohen. Set in a world of talking animals, SING follows one desperate koala (Matthew McConaughey) trying to save his theater by throwing the mother of all singing competitions. The voices behind the animals include Reese Witherspoon (as a pig), Seth MacFarlane (as a mouse) and Scarlett Johansson (as a hedgehog).  This exuberant celebration of music and performance is guaranteed to send you home with a song in your heart.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday July 4th

Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest (Coney Island)
Tuesday July 4th 10a-3p.  Free.  Celebrate July 4th with an American tradition. Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. And hours of free entertainment. It all goes down on the corner of Surf and Stillwell in Coney Island at our flagship location. Pre-show festivities will begin at 10:00 am with performances by a variety of musical and dance acts. There are 30,000+ people expected to attend. Get here early to secure your spot and avoid travel delays.  The Women’s Competition will begin 11:00 am. Reigning champ Miki Sudo will compete to defend her title and last year’s impressive feat of 38.5 hot dogs. Can she beat the competition record of 45 set by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas? The Men’s Competition will start at 12:30 pm. The often celebrated, never duplicated Joey Chestnut will face-off against friend and fierce rival, Matt “Megatoad” Stonie. Can Joey top his performance last year of 70? Will he beat his own world-record of 73 hot dogs & buns in under 10 minutes?  Can’t make it to Coney Island? You can catch all the action LIVE on ESPN 2 & ESPN 3. A playback will also air during the afternoon starting at 3pm ET.

Omar’s Fourth of July Block Party at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Tuesday July 4th 2-6p.  Free.  Happy 4th of July.  At this party hosted by Omar Olusion, come celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained!

The Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
Tuesday July 4th at 9p.  Free. We’re launching our light show from 5 barges stationed alon the East River between East 24th & East 41st streets.  Check out our map to find entry points for prime viewing location.  The public viewing sections in Manhattan will be the elevate portions of the FDR Drive.  See website for all the details.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday July 5th

Music in the Grove: Kids Concert with Vered and the Babes in Fort Greene Park
Wednesday July 5th 10-11a and ongoing until August 2nd.  Also concerts on Sunday July 16th & 30th 11a-12n.  Free.  Get hyped for the upbeat tunes of Vered and the Babes! Bring your blanket and set it down by the trees just south of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument for this free concert catered to children 0-8 years old.

Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Williamsburg)
Wednesday July 5th Opening Night 7pm Mass and ongoing until Sunday July 16th at various times.  Free but some fees for activities.  The Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and San Paolino di Nola is one of the oldest Italian American Feasts in America.  See website for the schedule of events.  Location: N 8th St.

Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo at Barclays Center
Wednesday July 5th 730p and ongoing until July 9th.  Starting at $48.  Rush Headlong into a New Ecosystem.  OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday July 6th

Concerts for Kids in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Thursdays 1030-1130a until July 27th.  Free.  Dance, jump, clap, and sing-along at our weekly interactive Concerts for kids. Held on Thursday, from 10:30-11:30am, between June and July, you can find these events on our Farragut Lawn. If it is raining, the show will continue at Farragut Monument near our Reflecting Pool. hope to see you there!  July 6 – Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights

Broadway in Bryant Park
Thursdays 1230p until August 10th.  Free.  Location: the lawn.  The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Hosted by 106.7 LiteFM DJs.  Today’s show is hosted by Christine Nagy and includes performances from: Preshow: Winner of Steinway’s Rising Star on Broadway Contest STOMP, Groundhog Day, Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera.  See website for information on future performances.

Baby Bootcamp at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Thursdays 130-230p until July 27th.  Free.  Register here.  Bring your baby to this free and fun bootcamp class to get your workout on without having to worry about childcare! Prospect Park Alliance and the YMCA present this innovative program that helps moms regain or enhance pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment. Our goal is to help moms become stronger and healthier in order to meet the physical demands of motherhood, to feel good about themselves, and to have fun doing it! While you are at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, enjoy the cafe and in the summer months, the Splash Pad – one of the Park’s most popular water features.

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.

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!