Hi everyone!  Are you excited about National S’mores Day on Thursday and another fun week here in NYC?

This week head out and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Alphabet Rockers at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Hudson RiverKids: Suzi Shelton in Hudson River Park Pier 62, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Marion Hopkinson Playground, Broadway in Bryant Park, Story Time in the Park in Brower Park, Building in the Garden in the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Wednesdays in Teardrop Park, Kids Camp: Jumanji at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Summer Sandbox Series in the Carl Schurz Park, Story Time in Madison Square Park and Inspector Flytrap Book Party at the Ottendorfer NYPL

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of The Moving Image, Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery, the Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

This is just some of the events so check out the calendar to see what else is happening this week!  Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Eat lots of s’mores and have a great week.

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday August 7th

Kids Camp: Jumanji at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday-Thursday August 7th-10th 11a.  Run time 104 minutes.  Rated PG.  All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA.  Two kids get *way more* than they bargain for when they sit down to play a seemingly innocent jungle-themed board game. Robin Williams and eye-popping, effects-driven adventure ensue.  See, the game, Jumanji, is a magical one. By playing it, the two inadvertently release Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), a man who’s been trapped inside the game ever since he was a boy 26 years ago. But soon after re-entering the real world Alan is forced to play the game again. But this time, the mischevious game sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now, Alan and the kids must stop the mayhem and get those rampaging animals back in the box.  Good luck with all that, kids.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Marion Hopkinson Playground (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Monday August 7th 11a-12n.  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.

Hudson RiverKids: Suzi Shelton in Hudson River Park Pier 62 (Chelsea)
Monday August 7th 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 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! This year the shows will take place at BOTH Pier 25 in Tribeca AND Pier 62 in Chelsea.  August 7th: Suzi Shelton and will also performa at Pier 25 Thursday August 10th at 630p.  See website for information on future performances.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday August 8th

Inspector Flytrap Book Party at the Ottendorfer NYPL (East Village)
Tuesday August 8th 330p.  Free.  Inspector Flytrap is a mystery-solving Venus flytrap.  When there’s a big mystery to be solved, this self-important plant detective and his assistant, Nina the Goat, are on the case. Read this zany beginner chapter book and join us for some mad-cap activities. Copies available in the Children’s Room.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Alphabet Rockers at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday August 8th 11a-12n.  Free.  Location: Plaza.  Alphabet Rockers make learning come alive through the beats, rhymes, moves and community of hip hop. We make music that makes change.

Summer Sandbox Series in the Carl Schurz Park (UES)
Tuesdays 4-430p until August 29th.  Free.  Music for kids in the playground at 84th Street.  Performances By: Sing-A-Long with Selby – August 8th, Mr. Corbitt – August 15th, Brenda Earle Stokes – August 22nd and Esther Crow – August 29th.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday August 9th

Story Time in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Wednesdays 10-11a until August 23rd.  Free.  Free your imagination, and be swept away in exciting tales of nature and art in out Story Time series. Located on Sparrow Lawn, a host of professional storytellers will capture your imaginations. This event will go on rain or shine.  August 9th – New York Public Library.

Story Time in the Park in Brower Park (Crown Heights)
Wednesdays 1030a-1130a. Free.  Join Brower Park Brooklyn Public Library in Brower Park on the grass and in the shade at the Fountain in front of the Skate Board Park,  for Story Time.  After Story Time, Robyn Berland, Chief Conservator of Brower Park, will guide the children through an activity in planting and maintaining heathly gardens.  Weather permitting of course…

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park (Battery Park City)
Wednesdays 330-530p until October 25th.  Free.  For ages 5 and up.  Energetic lawn games, and art projects, such as clay, collage, painting and group murals. Everything provided.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday August 10th

Broadway in Bryant Park
Thursdays 1230p until August 10th (last one!).  Free.  Location: the lawn.  The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Hosted by 106.7 LiteFM DJs.  Thursday’s show is Today’s show is hosted by Helen Little and includes performances from: Preshow: Brooke Shapiro, Come From Away, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bandstand and Curvy Widow.

Building in the Garden in the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 430-515p until September 28th.  Free.  Build a garden sculpture, or a castle, with our Imagination Playground foam blocks. Collaborate with other kids and make new friends!

STEAM Night: Projects for grades K-6 at the Battery Park City NYPL
Thursday August 10th 4p.  Free.  For grades k-6. Limited to first 20 children. First come, first served. It’s time for Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics!  We will do simple science projects and create!

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery (Battery Park City)
Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday 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.

Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Monday-Friday 1030a & 1p and Sundays 11a & 2p until August 18th.  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.

Kids’ Discovery Stations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays-Fridays 1030a-1230p until August 25th.  Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for camp groups and families with children of all ages.  Explore plants and use real science tools alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.

Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Tuesday-Friday August 8th-11th 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.

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)
Mondays-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.

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!