Hi everyone!  This has been such a crazy week since the kids just got off from school and there was a holiday and here it is the weekend again!

Get ready for another fun and busy weekend and enjoy the Vintage Bus Bash on Governors Island, Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo at Barclays Center, One Crown Heights Neighborhood Festival in Brower Park, Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork, The Connective Project in Prospect Park, Hopalong Andrew Outdoor Singalong in J.J. Byrne Playground, Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Monkey Monkey Music at the Cypress Hills Brooklyn Public Library, New York Classical Theatre: The Rivals in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Bastille Day on 60th Street, Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Creature Colony with Linda Ganjian in Socrates Sculpture Park, Movies Under the Stars: Space Jam in Scarangella Park, Family Sundays: Instruments of Our Own at Rubin Museum Of Art, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Bilingual Birdies at the Arlington Brooklyn Public Library and Viva Mexico! A Bailar with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Also check out long running events like the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater, 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,The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Sensory Room and MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and the Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House.

There are more events this weekend so check the calendar and start planning! Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday July 7th

Hopalong Andrew Outdoor Singalong in J.J. Byrne Playground (Park Slope)
Fridays 10a. $10/drop in per family.  Check Hopalong Andrew’s Facebook page for weather updates.  See Hopalong Andrew’s facebook page for additional weekly drop in singalongs in Brooklyn.  Hopalong Andrew plays music for all ages, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen – though he’s rewritten many of these to reflect city life. He’s a 1-man band, with guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vintage Samsonite suitcase drum.

Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Monkey Monkey Music at the Cypress Hills Brooklyn Public Library
Friday July 7th 11a-12n.  Free.  Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, go innie and outie, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music.

Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo at Barclays Center
ongoing until July 9th.  Tickets 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.

Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Thursdays through Saturdays until July 22nd at 8p.  Free.  Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the wildly fresh and funny uplifting musical adventure with a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” and “I Love the Nightlife.”  A journey to the heart of FABULOUS.  Bring a picnic chair/blanket and visit our concession stand for food and drink (alcoholic and non). Handicap accessible. We love your dogs, but they are not permitted.

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Saturday July 8th

Vintage Bus Bash on Governors Island
Saturday July 8th 11a-4p.  Free with Ferry ticket.  Ferry tickets $2/adults, children free.  Over the river and through the boroughs to Governors Island we go! On Saturday, July 8th, the New York Transit Museum, in partnership with the Department of Buses, will be bringing four vintage buses to Governors Island for a summer getaway. Come see iconic “fishbowl” windows, the city’s first air-conditioned transit bus, and more. No MetroCard needed – you can see and step aboard these historic transit vehicles of the past for free! Buses will be parked on Colonels Row and open for exploration.  To get to Governors Island, you must take a ferry. For information on ferry fares and schedules visit the Governors Island website.

Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Creature Colony with Linda Ganjian in Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens)
Saturday July 8th 12n-3p.  Free. We will use clay, clothespins, and other materials to build creatures that represent something about us, but with superpowers. Maybe they can fly, walk through walls, or become invisible. They can be short or tall, social or shy, fancy dressers or minimalists… After making the creatures, we will build a communal home for them out of cardboard and other materials. How will they live together?

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Bilingual Birdies at the Arlington Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday July 8th 1-2p.  Free.  The Bilingual Birdies Band celebrates language and culture in a fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs!

Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Opening Saturday July 8th 7p.  Performances will be Tuesdays-Thursdays 12n & 2p until August 3rd, Fridays 12n until July 28th and Saturdays 2p & 4p until July 29th.  See website for details.  Tickets: $15/child & $25/adult. Come experience a typical day in the life of a kid!  A 1-hour musical revue performed by actors ages 8-18. Suggested for ages 3+.

Movies Under the Stars: Space Jam in Scarangella Park (Gravesend)
Saturday July 8th 830-10p.  Free.  Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film!  In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan. This hilarious 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy stars basketball player Michael Jordan, features Looney Tunes cartoon characters and is the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time. Know Before You Go: You should come before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

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Sunday July 9th

One Crown Heights Neighborhood Festival in Brower Park
Sunday July 9th 12n-4p.  Free.  Live Performances in Shirley Chisholm Plaza and also Activity Stations.  Bring your family and friends to the One Crown Heights Festival in Brower Park with games, festival rides, arts & crafts, food and live entertainment! Performers will include: Harmony Music Makers Steel Pan Band, Dr. Laz and the CURE, Brooklyn United Marching Band, and the Double Dutch Masters.  See website for the schedule of events.  Kosher & Non Kosher Refreshments For Sale.  Free admission to Brooklyn Children’s Museum all day!

Bastille Day on 60th Street (Midtown East)
Sunday July 9th 12n-5p.  Free.  60th Street, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue.  Celebrate Bastille Day and all things French at a fun and festive afternoon of food, wine, culture, and entertainment! For over 20 years, Bastille Day on 60th Street, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), has been New York’s largest public celebration of France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789) and its historic friendship with the United States.  Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this three-block fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France!

Family Sundays: Instruments of Our Own at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in July.  Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm.  Free for children and accompanying adults.  Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search.   July Sundays: Instruments of Our Own ~ For thousands of years, humans have been making and playing musical instruments, constantly inventing new ones and modifying existing ones to produce different sounds. To coincide with the Museum’s exhibition The World Is Sound, create your own musical instruments at Family Sundays this July, and build upon this timeless tradition.

Viva Mexico! A Bailar with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Sunday July 9th 2 & 3p.  Ticketed (Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event).  Free with Museum admismission.  Join Calpulli Mexican Dance Company for an afternoon of performances and interactive workshops! Explore footwork (zapateado), skirtwork (faldeo), and other movement and rhythms from Mexico.

Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork (Red Hook)
Sunday July 9th 5-12m and 2nd Sundays until September.  Free.  During TankerTime, PortSide NewYork opens the main deck of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN to the public for passive enjoyment.  We provide hammocks, tables, chairs, stools, info about the ship, and books from our maritime library to read while aboard.  during Sunset TankerTime on Second Sundays, we introduce a jam session that starts at 9 pm with musicians playing music in the various traditions of the Mediterranean. Ends at midnight. If you are a musician of that type, come on over!  The MARY A. WHALEN’s homeport is Pier 11, Atlantic Basin next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  As of June 1,  the NYC ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us.  Our Second Sundays are  Aug. 13, Sept. 10.

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All Weekend

Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Williamsburg)
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.

The Connective Project in Prospect Park
Friday July 7th  9a-8p and ongoing until July 17th.  Free.  Location: The Rose Garden.  In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Brooklyn’s Backyard, Prospect Park Alliance is bringing together artists, Brooklyn notables, and the public to create a site-specific art installation, which celebrates the special meaning Prospect Park has in the lives of millions of community members from across the borough and beyond.  The Connective Project is an immersive art installation of thousands of pinwheels that will create an evolving, undulating wave of color and beauty that will blanket the two-and-half acre former Rose Garden, a hidden landscape in the Park’s northeast corner that is the focus of future restoration by Prospect Park Alliance. Through June 30, the Alliance will hold an open call for submissions from the public to share artwork, photos, verse or prose that express their love of Prospect Park. All submissions will be featured on an online gallery, while select pieces will be printed and transformed into one of 7,000 pinwheels that will be showcased in the Rose Garden, constructed of weather-resistant, compostable paper made from stone dust.

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays July 8th-16th 1230p & 230p and other dates this summer.  See website for schedule.  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.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Sunday August 13th at various times.  Free.  See the website for locations and times.  For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. In this special six session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

New York Classical Theatre: The Rivals in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (Battery Park City)
Wednesday July 5th 7p & Friday-Sunday July 7th-9th 7p.  Free.  120 minutes, no intermission.  Cited as one of George Washington’s favorite plays, Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comedy, The Rivals, gives us gags, goofs, and a whole lot laughs. Spend the evening with us and rediscover this classic presented by NY Classical Theatre.  Enter @ Warren Street & River Terrace Drive.

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.

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!