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

This weekend head out and enjoy Come Out & Play Family Day on Governors Island, Greenlight Bookstore’s Flatbush Summer Street Festival, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Owl Heads Park, The 8th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival, Celebrate the Caribbean Festival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks, Future Saturdays: Food From Farm to Kitchen at BLDG 92, Come Out and Play at The Archway, All Ages Skate Sesh in Hudson River Park, Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time at PBS Kids Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Family Adventure Race in Marine Park, Hudson River Park’s Pop Up Maker Space at Pier 84, Hot Summer Nights: SWINGIN’ AND STOMPIN’ at On Stage at Kingsborough, National Zoo Keeper Week at the Prospect Park Zoo, The Subway Olympics at the New York Transit Museum, Storytime: MARLO at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab and the last weekend of Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House.

Also check out the long running events happening this summer like Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre,  play:groundNYC on Governors Island, 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, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

The calendar has more events for this weekend so check it out and start planning the weekend! Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend & stay cool!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday July 21st

Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Friday  July 21st 1030a & Sunday July 23rd 11a and on going at various times until August 18th.  See website for details.  Free.  Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades PreK – 3.  This summer, Theatreworks USA presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Pete the Cat, based on the book series of the same name, by James and Kimberly Dean.  Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond and Music by Will Aronson.  When Pete gets caught by the cat-catcher rocking out after bedtime, he is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners. The whole family is immediately taken with Pete, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of school approaches, Jimmy is unable to complete his art assignment. When Jimmy is given a second chance to complete his assignment, Pete turns out to be the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship.

Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time PBS Kids at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday-Saturday July 21st-22nd 1130a.  90 minutes. NR.  Reserve your seat with a donation of only $1-3, with all ticket sales benefitting education programs at your local PBS station!  Join the Kratt brothers on a rollicking new “what if?” adventure! This month, Aviva unveils her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Now the Kratts crew can jump back in time and finally meet extinct creatures like the Dodo bird and the mysterious Tasmanian Tiger. Please note: This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater, but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Owl Heads Park
Friday July 21st-4-5p. Free.  For all ages.  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 Carnaval 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.

Come Out and Play at The Archway (DUMBO)
Friday July 21st 7p.  Free and all ages. Bring your imagination!  Don’t miss this annual highlight! For a fourth year, Come Out and Play After Dark will turn the streets of DUMBO into a giant arcade, with social party games, life-sized physical video games and wild new street games. We’re talking “Lost in Time,” where players use a smartphone app to role-play as crack journalists and track down all-American poet Walt Whitman, who has become unstuck in time and lost in DUMBO; “Higher than the Stars,” described as a game about night as a space in which to explore identity and what it feels like to sneak out of your house at night when you’re 13 to hang out with friends; and “Super Skinny Soccer,” a game that squeezes all the fun and excitement of soccer down to six players, six minutes and a three-foot-wide pitch.

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Saturday July 22nd

All Ages Skate Sesh in Hudson River Park (Chelsea)
Saturday July 22nd 10a-4p.  Free.  Location: Pier 62 Skatepark (cross at W. 23rd St.).  All Ages Skate Sesh is an open formatted free event for all that would like to participate. This event will showcase the athleticism of skateboarding and the diversity of its participants as well as the rewards it can achieve. Legendary skateboarders James Murphy, Jaime “Puppet” Affamoudo, and Jami Godfrey will be in attendance.

Future Saturdays: Food From Farm to Kitchen at BLDG 92 (Navy Yard)
Saturday July 22nd 11a-3p.  Free.  Register here. Future Saturdays: Farm to Kitchen is a fun-filled exploration of food from the farm to the dining table, taking place Saturday July 22nd from 11a-3p. City Growers will lead composting and honeybee workshops. Kids of all ages will plant vegetables to take home with Seeds in the Middle. Chefs will offer cooking and nutrition demos throughout the event. Face-painting, music, and games round out this farm-fresh day of fun

Come Out & Play Family Day on Governors Island
Saturday July 22nd 11a-4p.  Free and open to the public.  Come Out & Play Family Day offers games designed specifically for families and children of all ages, brought to the festival by ESI Design, one of the world’s foremost experience design firms. All of the games connect together with a fun story line about Time Travel — complete with an official Time Travel Agency, games throughout time, a growing timeline, and imminent threats to the space-time continuum! Play just one or two games, or try them all of for an epic Time Travel adventure.  Games are suitable for everyone, especially ages 6 to 11. Guardians must co-sign waivers for any player under 18 years of age.  All games will run multiple times, so you’ll be able to play no matter whether you come early or late — or travel from the past or the future.  There is also a Come Out & Play Field Day on Governors Island in Nolan Park on Saturday 11a-5p!  See website for more information.

The 8th Annual Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival
Saturday July 22nd 3-7p.  Come to the FREE jazz festival in the park! It will be fun for the whole family. The festival is produced by Eric Frazier, whose musical expertise spans the world of Jazz, Swing, BeBop, Salsa, R&B, and more. Come hear a variety of jazz musicians near the Visitor’s Center, including five different vocalists. See the website for more information.

Hot Summer Nights: SWINGIN’ AND STOMPIN’ at On Stage at Kingsborough
Saturday July 22nd 8p.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.  Swingadelic Featuring Swing Dancers from The Rhythm Stompers!  Swingadelic, known as New York City’s greatest “little big band,” delivers the traditional Big Band and Great American Songbook music of Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, and many more popular artists of the era in swingin’ style.  All concerts take place at Kingsborough’s Lighthouse Bandshell. Admission and parking is free and open to the public. Kingsborough’s gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

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Sunday July 23rd

Family Adventure Race – Marine Park
Sunday July 23rd 9-10a & 10-11a.  Register here your race.  Our Family Adventure Races provide a healthy one hour does of fun for all!The times races take place on an obstacle course featuring 12 activity stations, such as javelin throw, jump rope, hurdles, mini climbing wall and more. Team members must find each station and perform the required exercise together before advancing to the next station and a final dash to the finish line. Awards are given too all who participate, which special recognition to the top 3 finishers.  Meet at Marine Park entrance to the Salt Marsh Nature Center.

Storytime: MARLO at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab (Park Slope)
Sunday July 23rd 1030-11a.  Free.  Join us for storytime with author/ illustrator Christopher Browne! He will be reading aloud and signing his debut book, MARLO, and giving us a drawing demo!

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday July 23rd 11a.  Tickets: $5 kids/$10 adult/$25 family.  Join award-winning NYC family performer Suzi Shelton along with special guests and she returns to her favorite theatre in Brooklyn for a monthly family show!  Sip on a coffee or Bloody Mary while your little one delights in the show, and then head next door to the Jalopy Tavern for brunch. Hear new songs, meet new friends and have a grand ol’ time!

Greenlight Bookstore’s Flatbush Summer Street Festival (Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Sunday July 23rd 12n-6p.  Free.  Location: outside the store.  Flatbush Summer Street Festival!! Featuring Rumaan Alam, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Huy Voun Lee, and Eleanor Traubman.  Greenlight represents in our neighborhood at the annual Flatbush Summer Street Festival, hosted by the Parkside Empire Merchants Association. Stroll the festival to enjoy great local music, food, and merchandise, and join us at our booth in front of the bookstore to browse great summer reading, pick up some giveaways, meet local authors, and participate in some fun craft activities!  See the website for the schedule of events.

Hudson River Park’s Pop Up Maker Space at Pier 84 (Midtown West)
Sundays 4-530p until August 27th.  Free.  Pre-registration recommended.  Register here.  Calling all Makers! Tinker, test, and LEARN at Hudson River Park’s outdoor Maker Space for weekly workshops where participants get hands-on experience designing and constructing innovative solutions to marine-focused challenges. Calling all Makers! Tinker, test, and LEARN at Hudson River Park’s outdoor Maker Space for weekly workshops where participants get hands-on experience designing and constructing innovative solutions to marine-focused challenges.

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All Weekend

Celebrate the Caribbean Festival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday July 22nd-23rd 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages.   Celebrate the Caribbean Festival!  Join us for the our weekend-long Celebrate the Caribbean festival. We will celebrate the cultures of the Caribbean islands through performance, celebration, and art.  See the website for all the details.

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.

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday July 22nd-23rd 1230p & 230p & 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.

National Zoo Keeper Week at the Prospect Park Zoo
Friday-Saturday July 21st-22nd 1130a-4p.  Free with Zoo admission.  Celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week and salute Prospect Park Zoo’s talented team of animal care professionals.  Hands-on activities and games challenge visitors to see if they have what it takes to be a zookeeper! Talk to some of our professionals and learn about animal care careers.

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.

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.

Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at McGinn/Cazale Theatre (UWS)
Saturdays & Sundays 11a 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+.

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.

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.

To see all the events click here for the calendar!