Hi everyone! I hope you are ready for a fun weekend here in NYC!
This weekend head out and enjoy Citi Summer Streets 2017, Rooftop Celebration and Senegalese Dance Workshop with Papa Sy at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, a Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn’s 4th Annual International Day of Friendship at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Columbus Park, Space & Science Festival at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Silent Summer Dance Party in Rockefeller Park, Sunday Story Time with Rowboat Watkins at PowerHouse on 8th, Movies Under the Stars: Sing in Sunset Park, Music in the Garden: Samba New York! at the Queens Botanical Garden, The Uni Project at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Soar With Reading at The Strand, Family Sundays at Rubin Museum Of Art, Friday Night Fireworks! in Coney Island and Free SummerStarz Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3 in WNYC Transmitter Park.
Also check out the long running events happening this summer like Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Have a great weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday August 4th
Space & Science Festival at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (UWS)
Friday-Sunday August 4th-6th 10a-6p. Join us for the Space & Science Festival—a week of talks, films, special guests from NASA and cutting-edge displays. Hear from innovators forging new paths on this planet and off it, meet astronauts, and get a look at NASA technology, including a Mars rover concept vehicle. Activities on Pier 86 are free, except for the exhibition Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? Activities and presentations in the Museum and Space Shuttle Pavilion are free with Museum admission. See website for all the event details.
Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday August 4th and additional dates in August. See website for details. All screenings begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $15. Ticket purchase includes Museum admission. Recommended for ages 10+. Dir. Mira Nair. 2016. 124 minutes. DCP. Rated PG. With Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo. Based on a true story, director Mira Nair’s stirring film introduces us to Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the Uganda slum of Katwe whose life changes rapidly after she learns the game of chess in 2011. With the support of family and community she finds out what it means to dream big.
Friday Night Fireworks! in Coney Island
Fridays at 8p. Free. Join us every Friday night until September 2nd for a spectacular show that lights up the Coney Island skyline.
13th Annual Free SummerStarz Movies: Kung Fu Panda 3 in WNYC Transmitter Park (Greenpoint)
Friday August 4th 8-1030p. Free. 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! Movie starts at sunset, around 8:00 p.m. Kung Fu Panda 3: Living large and loving life, Po (Jack Black) realizes that he has a lot to learn if he’s going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor (Dustin Hoffman).
Saturday August 5th
Citi Summer Streets 2017
Saturdays 7a-1p until August 19th. Free. On Saturday August 5, 12, and 19 nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully. You can water slide, soar through the air on a zip line, dance, get fit, immerse yourself in a public art and architecture tours or just stroll along and experience the city’s streets in a new way—all for free. Please visit nyc.gov/summerstreets to find out more and check out all of the free activities.
Silent Summer Dance Party in Rockefeller Park (Battery Park City)
Saturday August 5th 2-6p. Headphones are free. Deposit is required. Get out in the sun and dance! Join us for our Silent Summer Dance Party with the help of Quiet Events. Put your headphones on and the sounds of the party pulse to life as you groove to your choice of live DJs or a set playlist. Food trucks on-site with festive fare.
Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday August 5th 4p. Free. Location: Pebble Beach. Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Presented with Brooklyn Arts Council. The Aarti ceremony is traditionally presented each morning and evening in order to convey gratitude and ask for protection from mother river. As we enter Hurricane season, please join us to decorate palm leaf lamps and set them assail along the East River. Audience members are also invited to join in the traditional percussion ensemble led by Paulomm which accompanies the ceremony. Guest performing artists will also present their work.
Music in the Garden: Samba New York! at the Queens Botanical Garden
Saturday August 5th 4-5p. Free with Garden admission. Jam with Samba New York! as they perform and dance to joyful music inspired by the famous samba schools of the Rio Carnaval in Brazil.
Movies Under the Stars: Sing in Sunset Park
Saturday August 5th 8-10p. Free. Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! This animated musical comedy tell the story of Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. This wonderful film features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly. Know Before You Go: You should come before 8:00 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.
Sunday August 6th
The Uni Project at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Lower East Side)
Sundays 11a-3p until August 13th. Free. Location: Hester Street Crossing. Come read, draw, and explore with the Uni every Sunday in front of the Hester Street Playground in Sara D Roosevelt Park.
Sunday Story Time with Rowboat Watkins at PowerHouse on 8th (South Slope/Park Slope)
Sunday August 6th 1130a-1230p. Free. RSVP appreciated: firstname.lastname@example.org or here online. Sunday Story Time with Rowboat Watkins, author & illustrator of Pete with No Pants. About Pete with No Pants: Meet Pete. Pete is gray. He’s round. And he’s not wearing any pants. So Pete must be a boulder. Or is he a pigeon? Or a squirrel? Or a cloud? Join Pete in his quest to answer the world’s oldest question: Why do I have to wear pants? Wait, that’s the second oldest. Born from the one-of-a-kind imagination of Rowboat Watkins, this hilarious book (the asides just beg to be read aloud) about finding out who you are features a satisfying and touching ending that will encourage young readers to be true to themselves as it reminds the adults in their lives to support them no matter what.
Soar With Reading at The Strand (Union Square/East Village)
Sunday August 6th 12n-2p. Free. In partnership with Random House Children’s Books, JetBlue’s Soar with Reading program brings free books to children in need each summer, and New York could be its next stop! Join us in the Rare Book Room as authors R. J. Palacio (Wonder) and Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library) for a meet and greet and book signing. While here, you’ll be able to learn about Soar with Reading and vote for New York in the online #BookBattle contest to bring free books to our city next summer! This event is free and open to the public. Come vote for NYC in the #BookBattle!
Brooklyn’s 4th Annual International Day of Friendship at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Columbus Park (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday August 6th 1-5p. Free. A Day Celebratying Brooklyn’s Diversity. Family-friendly fun & giveaways. It has often been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. International Day of Friendship is celebrated around the world as countries partake in a variety of events to promote peace and unity. With nearly one million foreign-born residents living in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric L. Adams recognizes that Brooklyn is a diverse melting pot, which makes our borough the perfect place to host an International Day of Friendship Celebration. Our mission is to build One Brooklyn: bridging gaps between cultures and making bonds of friendship that connect people in all communities throughout Brooklyn and the world. See website for schedule of events.
Family Sundays at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays 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. August Sundays: Bonds of Protection ~ Create symbols of protection that represent your bond with friends and family. In honor of the Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) this August, we invite you to make your own wearable adornments inspired by traditional rakhi styles, friendship bracelets, and even gau (amulet boxes) from the Museum’s collection.
Rooftop Celebration and Senegalese Dance Workshop with Papa Sy at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday August 5th-6th 11-1145a & 2-245p. Free with Museum admission. For all ages. Help BCM launch its new roof terrace and park with a celebration of Senegalese culture. Join Papa Sy for a dance workshop and story time. Use your imagination to gather around the baobab tree, and use your ears to hear authentic Senegalese music! This program is offered in collaboration with Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance!
Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until August 27th. Free. Handheld games were just as popular in the past as they are in the present. So put down the remote or controller and join Prospect Park Alliance to learn classic handheld games from the past like graces, hoops, quoits, horseshoes, and 9-pin bowling.
Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Fridays 7p until August 25th and Saturdays & Sundays at 1p until August 27th (no performance August 6th). Tickets: $20, $25 & $59.50. Gruff! The Musical is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff that calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. Gruff! The Musical takes place in a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard. A young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Troll Valley – the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on Earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her on a quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in Troll Valley. The fate of the world hangs in the balance! Produced in association with Doppelskope.
Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Friday August 4th 1030a & 1p and Sunday August 6th 11a & 2p and on going at various times until August 18th. See website for details. Free. Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for ages 5-9. 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.
New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays & Fridays-Sundays at 7p until August 20th. Free. 120 minutes, no intermission. No tickets required! Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Ambition goes unchecked by moral restraint and destruction befalls all but a lucky few. This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland. Meet @ Castle Clinton.
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.
Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays 1030a-1230p & Sundays 1-3p until August 20th. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Docents. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.
The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
August 5th-6th & August 19th-20th 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: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.
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.
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Monday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 11a & 1p until August 27th. 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.
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.
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.
To see all the events click here for the calendar!