Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is keeping cool and ready for another busy Summer weekend here in NYC!

This weekend head out and enjoy the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the City of Water Day at various locations, The Connective Project in Prospect Park, Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour at the Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Music in the Grove on Sunday: Kids Concert with Rozz and Val Show in Fort Greene Park, South Slope Summer Strolls, Beat The Heat With FREE Ice Cream at Museum of Food and Drink, 13th Annual Free SummerStarz Movies: Inside Out in WNYC Transmitter Park, LC Kids Dance with Dancing Classrooms in Damrosch Park, Sprinklerfest 2017 in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Magic & Mystery: The Michael Lee Experience at the Walt Whitman Brooklyn Public Library, 826NYC Ecosystem Expo at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., 2017 Rubin Block Party: Sounds of the StreetEloise on the Big Screen at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, Music in the Garden: NYC Ska Orchestra at the Queens Botanical Garden, Seining in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House.

Also check out long running events like Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, The Subway Olympics at the New York Transit Museum, Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image, 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, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Sensory Room and MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

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

Stay cool and have fun!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday July 14th

Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday-Sunday July 14th-16th 1130a and ongoing various days in July.  See website for schedule.  All screenings begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $15.  Ticket purchase includes Museum admission.  Recommended for ages 10+.  Dir. Theodore Melfi. 2016. 127 min. DCP. Rated PG. With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali. The critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film that became a cultural phenomenon, Hidden Figures tells the little-known real-life story of three female African-American mathematicians whose trailblazing work was crucial during the early years of the United States space program, helping to send astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. Based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Sprinklerfest 2017 in Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island)
Friday July 14th 12n-4p.  Free.  Location: South Meadow Lawn.   The rain date is July 21.  Sprinklerfest is a free, fun-filled summer afternoon event at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island where we turn on over 30 sprinklers for kids to jump through, cool off and have a blast.  Over the past five years we have been adding activities and performances to expand the event and last year we attracted over 800 kids and their parents. This year we are again reaching out to all of our constituents, tenants and neighbors to invite them to join the fun and offer people a chance to learn more about their organizations.  There will be food vendors, sprinklers, and water slides. Entertainment will include a DJ and live music.  Get excited for the NYPD rock wall, the Girl Scouts’ kids crafts, and Empire Blue Cross’s kids games–with more to come!

Magic & Mystery: The Michael Lee Experience at the Walt Whitman Brooklyn Public Library
Friday July 14th 2-3p.  It is a magic show that teaches the simple lesson of doing good deeds daily for one another and then paying it forward to other individuals and into their community. This show has something for everyone, comedy, magic, music and lots of audience participation.

13th Annual Free SummerStarz Movies: Inside Out in WNYC Transmitter Park (Greenpoint)
Friday July 14th.  Free.  Movie starts at sunset, around 8p.  Town Square’s SummerSTARZ free family movie nights are back on Friday nights at Transmitter Park. Bring a picnic, blanket, friends, and family to Transmitter Park on the gorgeous Greenpoint waterfront. Come early and have an awesome time!  Inside Out:  Emotions run wild in the mind of a young girl who is uprooted from her peaceful life in the Midwest and forced to move to San Francisco. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness each have their own ideas about how she should handle her new surroundings.

See all Friday events.

Saturday July 15th

City of Water Day (various locations)
Saturday July 15th 10a-4p.  Free.  Held on Governors Island, New York and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun.  Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day! Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival.  Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children’s Activities offer something for the whole family.  Please note that City of Water Day—including boat tours—is held rain or shine! On-water activities will be postponed or suspended only in the case of thunder and lightning. See the website for information on locations.

826NYC Ecosystem Expo at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (Park Slope)
Saturday July 15th 12n-3p.  Free.  Join 826NYC for a fun afternoon exploring New York City’s ecosystem. From cards games featuring the city’s plants and animals to experiments about the many microbes living around us, there will be activities for all ages. Participating partners include The Rockefeller University, Koko NYC, and The Phylo(mon) Project.  Activities will take place from 12-2pm and will be followed by a reading and reception for the publication, “Bigger Than Buildings: A Nature Guidebook to New York City by 826NYC Students”

LC Kids Dance with Dancing Classrooms in Damrosch Park (UWS)
Saturday July 15th 3p.  Free.  Recommended for ages 6–10.  Our popular annual LC Kids Dance, led by the visionary folks behind the social-emotional learning program Dancing Classrooms, invites dancers of all ages to learn a few merengue, tango, salsa, and swing steps during this afternoon of family fun set to music.

Seining in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday July 15th 6p.  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.

South Slope Summer Strolls
Saturday July 15th 6-9p.  First one of the Summer!  Free Summer fun!  A Giant Block Party between 12th and 18th Streets, filled with fun. Bouncy house, climbing wall, TD Bank pop up park, fitness classes, music and a 5th Avenue Doggy Fashion Show at Freddy’s Bar.  Events: 6pm 4th Annual Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show on 5th! Sign up from 3.30pm-5.30pm at the registration table.  5-9pm Fitness on #theother5th classes on the TD Bank pop up park between 14th and 15th.  Salzy Bar: Live performances by $5 Bill Valentine and Brewster Moonface.  630-8p Latin music by Sonido Costeno near Prospect Avenue

See all Saturday events.

Sunday July 16th

Music in the Grove on Sunday: Kids Concert with Rozz and Val Show in Fort Greene Park
Sunday July 16th 11a-12n.  Free.  The Brooklyn-based high-energy duo Rozz & Val Show is coming to Fort Greene for an extra fun Sunday! 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.

2017 Rubin Block Party: Sounds of the Street (Chelsea)
Sunday July 16th 1-4p. Event is free and open to the public (includes FREE admission to the museum all day) and will happen rain or shine.  Celebrate the spirit of our community at the Rubin Museum’s annual Block Party. Come make some noise with thousands of other New Yorkers with art and activities for all ages inspired by the exhibition The World is Sound.  See website for schedule of events.

Eloise on the Big Screen at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Sunday July 16th 2p.  Free with Museum Admission (seating is first come, first served).  All Ages.  Join us at the Museum to munch on popcorn and ​watch ​​Eloise at the Plaza, starring Julie Andrews as Nanny, with special appearance in the film by illustrator Hilary Knight! This film brings Eloise and The Plaza to life and features many of the characters from the beloved books.  This event will also happen: August 13th & September 10th.

Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour at the Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Sunday July 16thp 3p.  Tickets: Start at $45.  Fans can look forward to an entirely new KIDZ BOP experience at the 2017 show. The ultimate family-friendly live concert will feature brand-new songs, choreography and an eye-popping set design. The tour is headlined by the newest group of KIDZ BOP Kids, who were introduced in January with the release of KIDZ BOP 34. The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for the past seven consecutive years.

Music in the Garden: NYC Ska Orchestra at the Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday July 16th 4-530p.  Free with Garden admission.  NYC Ska Orchestra’s 18-piece big band will bring its bold new sound, strikingly original compositions, and reggae and jazz arrangements to the Garden!

See all Sunday events.

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
Ongoing 9a-8p 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 Subway Olympics at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 130-215p until July 23rd.  Free with Museum admission.  The Transit Museum becomes an arena for the wide world of wacky competitive feats! Become a champion in subway silliness! For all ages.

Beat The Heat With FREE Ice Cream at Museum of Food and Drink (Greenpoint)
Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th from 12-5p.  Visitors to the museum will receive a free individual cup to enjoy, with no purchase required.  On a hot summer day, there’s not much better than treating yourself to some ice cold creamy goodness. The Museum of Food and Drink is teaming up with Häagen-Dazs to give away free ice cream at the museum this weekend.

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.

Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at McGinn/Cazale Theatre (UWS)
Saturdays & Sundays 11a startting July 16th until August 27th.  Tickets: $49.50-$59.50 and some at $20, $25.  For ages 2 to 7y.  Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Fridays 12n until July 28th and Saturdays 2p & 4p until July 29th and also Tuesdays-Thursdays 12n & 2p until August 3rd, .  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+.

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.

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!