Hi everyone!  Hard to believe the last full week of July is here.  Summer break is going so fast and hope you are ready for another fun week here in NYC!

This week take the kids and check out Arts, Culture & Fun Presents Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers in Bushwick Inlet Park, Hudson RiverKids: Rolie Polie Guacamole in Hudson River Park Pier 62, Dad Beats at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library,  Owl Discovery Hour at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library, Concerts for Kids: Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band in Madison Square Park, Summer Reading: Beakers and Brushes at the Battery Park City NYPL, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Columbus Park, Stomp Clap & Sing with Louie at the Flatbush Brooklyn Public Library, My Reptile Guys in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Summer Reading: Música/Music at the NYP Muhlenberg Library, Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image and Movies Under the Stars: The Secret Life of Pets in Saratoga Park.

Also this week check out long running events like Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Storytime at The Battery, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Head to the calendar for all the events happening this week and have a fabulous week!  Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Have a blast with the kids and stay cool!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday July 24th

Summer Reading: Música/Music at the NYP Muhlenberg Library (Chelsea)
Monday July 24th 1030a.  Free.  Children are immersed in the richness of the Spanish language as they participate in lively educational songs and typical rhymes and movements. Two musicians guide students through using call and response techniques, visual aids, instruments and more. For infants and young children ages 0 to 3 years old with parent/caregiver.  Presented by Mi Manzana

Hudson RiverKids: Rolie Polie Guacamole in Hudson River Park Pier 62 (Chelsea)
Monday July 24th 630p.  Free.  Rain location: Pier 40 Lobby. Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! In addition to the Hudson RiverKids season running from May 22 through to Sept 14, these fantastic programs will be offered twice per week at two separate locations in order to give your community a better chance in catching the shows! Rolie Polie Guacamole will also perform Thursday at 630p at Pier 25 in Tribeca.  See the website for information on future performers.

Movies Under the Stars: The Secret Life of Pets in Saratoga Park
Monday July 24th 830-10p.  Join NYC Parks for free, family-friendly movies in our city’s parks!  In this delightful animated feature, the quiet life of Max (Louis C.K.), a spoiled terrier, is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a an unruly stray whom Max ( Eric Stonestreet) instantly dislikes. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and end up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, Snowball (Kevin Hart), a rebellious bunny, swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.  Know Before You Go:  You should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first come first served basis. All are welcome!

See all Monday events.

Tuesday July 25th

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Columbus Park (Chinatown)
Tuesday July 25th 1030-1130a & 1-2p. 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.

My Reptile Guys in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Tuesday July 25th 11a-12n.  Free.  Join us for an interactive show, featuring 12 amazing reptiles. This event includes a petting zoo session to allow the kids to touch or hold the animals.  Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

Dad Beats at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday July 25th 330-430p.  Free.  The Dad Beats are a power quartet wrapped in a playdate with a hootenanny garnish! Made up of four real live Brooklyn dads, the Dad Beats  traverse surf, rock and country grooves to deliver playful re-imaginings of your childhood favorites.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday July 26th

Stomp Clap & Sing with Louie at the Flatbush Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday July 26th 11a-12n.  Free.  Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of styles.

Summer Reading: Beakers and Brushes at the Battery Park City NYPL
Wednesday July 26th 4p.  Free.  Students explore scientific concepts through the lens of artists who integrate science in their practice. Students get an in-depth look at how artists use a variety of themes like physics, math and technology in their work. Best for children ages 4 and older.  Presented by Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Movies @ MetroTech (Downtown Brooklyn)
Wednesdays in July starting at 7p.  These free, family-friendly film screenings take place every Wednesdays in July. You bring your blanket, we’ll provide the free popcorn. Movies start at 7:30pm.  July 26: Zootopia

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday July 27th

Concerts for Kids: Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Thursday July 27th 1030-1130a (last one!).  Free. Location: Farragut Lawn.  Dance, jump, clap, and sing-along at our weekly interactive Concerts for kids. Join us for this week’s Mad. Sq. Kids Concert. Let the sun-filled pop beats and smart, crafty lyrics of Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band take you on a musical journey. This celebrated act is one that all families can enjoy.  Rain location: Farragut Monument.

Owl Discovery Hour at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday July 27th 230-330p.  Free.  Meet live owls and get an in-depth look into the fascinating world of these common – but seldom seen- local inhabitants! Enjoy up-close observation of their amazing nocturnal hunting adaptions.

Arts, Culture & Fun Presents Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers in Bushwick Inlet Park
Thursday July 27th 7-830p.  Free.  To Brooklyn from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains…City Stompers with Kitty & The Cosmic String Coalition.  On the road to Newport Folk Festival, Kitty & The Cosmic String Coalition come from Virginia to play a Square Dance for all at Bushwick Inlet Park!  Join the ruckus. Bring the whole family. All dances led by City Stompers’ Megan Downes.  Teen phenom Kitty Amaral brings her fiery fiddle to NYC for the first time! Joined by City Stompers’ favorite Virginian Danny Knicely on accoustic rhythm guitar and Aimee Curl on upright bass. Come over to Bushwick Intel Park for an evening of Southern Appalachian traditional music. Stomp your feet, hold hands with your neighbors and learn how to traditional mountain square dance with each other.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
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+.

Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Monday-Friday July 24th-28th 1030a & 1p (except July 25th there is only the 1030a show & 630p opening night) 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.

Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image (Astoria)
Tuesday-Friday July 25th-28th.  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.

Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays 2p until October 6th.  Free with Museum admission.  Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.

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.

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!