Hi everyone!  OK, I originally thought the Summer was long but now it has zipped by.  Hard to believe there are just 2 weekends before Labor Day weekend.

This weekend you need to take the family and check out the 27th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest, Citi Summer Streets 2017Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Nintendo Summer of Play in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, Battle of Brooklyn Colonial Day and Cookout in Fort Greene Park, NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island, The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Green Day! at Brooklyn Bowl, Celestial Exploration! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: The Ten-Year Test at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, BK Block Party in Albee Square, North Slope Summer StrollFamily Funday Sundays with New York Liberty in Madison Square Garden, Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image, Ayazamana Dance Group at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Serpent Day at the Staten Island Zoo and and the last weekend of The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks.

Don’t forget to check out the long running events happening this summer like Traveling in the New York City of Tomorrow at the NY Transit Museum, New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery, Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Check out the calendar for more events and have a wonderful weekend! Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the Summer before it flies by!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

P.S. Remember to check in with venues that have weekly events to see if they are still happening since it is that last scramble for vacation time before school starts!

Friday August 18th

Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Friday August 18th 1030a & 1p (last day!).  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.

Nintendo Summer of Play in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza
Friday-Sunday August 18th-20th 11a-7p.  Free.  Play games that offer social competitive fun together with family and friends and snap photos in front of colorful visuals full of characters like Mario and the Inklings from the Splatoon™ series. Choose from a wide variety of Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games from beloved franchises.  Please visit the website for all the details.

Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday-Sunday August 18th-20th.  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.

Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: The Ten-Year Test at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday August 18th 2-230p.  Free with Museum admission.  Join young talent from Brooklyn Children’s Theatre as they perform a retelling of the true story of how New York became the first major city to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid as an official school holiday.

See all Friday events.

Saturday August 19th

Citi Summer Streets 2017
Saturday August 19th 7a-1p (last one).  Free.  On Saturday August 19th 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 here to find out more and check out all of the free activities.

Battle of Brooklyn Colonial Day and Cookout in Fort Greene Park- CANCELED
Saturday August 19th 10a-3p.  Free.  Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center.  Join us for a day of colonial cooking and activities! Stop by the Fort Putnam Redoubt beside the Visitor Center for cooking demonstrations from the colonial times: bread-making, spit cooking, and Dutch oven cooking. Play colonial games, take a picture by a wagon, visit a Revolutionary War Colonel’s tent, and write a letter to your loved one with a feather quill and ink.  Stop by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy tent in front of the Visitor Center between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to read Selene Castrovilla’s children’s books about the Battle of Brooklyn and the American Revolution. Scheduled storytime readings of her books will take place on the half-hour (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.).

27th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest
Saturday August 19th 12n-4p.  Free.  Location: W10th – W12th Streets (between the beach and the boardwalk). Amateur and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages are invited to participate on the 27th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest.  Registration for sand sculpting is free and will begin at 12:00 noon at the Brooklyn Community Services booth located on the boardwalk at West 12th Street.  The competing sand sculpting categories are: family group, adult group and individual adult. Each contestant team will have a sand dune and receive a free beach pail to fill with water supplied by the NYC Parks Department. There are cash prizes and bragging rights for the top winners.

BK Block Party in Albee Square (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday August 19th 2-4p.  Free.  Join our carnival-themed block party on August 19th for carnival games, music, jugglers, stilt-walkers, hula hoopers, plus cotton candy, popcorn and carnival eats.  The next BK Block Party will be September

North Slope Summer Stroll
Saturday August 19th 5-9p.  FREE outdoor giant block party from Dean to Sterling. Bouncy house, climbing wall, TD Bank pop-up park, face painting, Fitness on #theother5th classes, vintage cars, Ping Pong and music.  DON’T MISS THE 2nd Annual Pizza Eating Contest with Artichoke Pizza on 5th, near St Mark’s Place at 630p.  See the website for the schedule of events.

See all Saturday events.

Sunday August 20th

NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governors Island
Sunday August 20th 10a-5p.  Free.  Location: Picnic Point.  The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic on Governors Island. With views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, things and other original VW’s circa 1950s-1970s, this car show is a one of a kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Green Day! at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday August 20th doors 12n & show 1230p.  Admission: $10 per person (child or adult). Children under one are free.  Each workshop is 60 minutes long and is specifically designed for children 7 and under, but all members of the family are welcome to this family show.  The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a weekly family concert series hosted at Brooklyn Bowl and the Capitol Theatre, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll.

Serpent Day at the Staten Island Zoo
Sunday August 20th 12n-3p.  Free with Zoo admission.  Slither into the zoo for an afternoon with our awesome snake collection.  Zoo staff will proudly display our amazing reptiles, with presentations and demonstrations.. outside of their glass tanks!  Lots of snake feedings and opportunites to touch these beautiful creatures.  Snake photo-ops await!

Ayazamana Dance Group at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Sunday August 20th 2-230p.  Free with Museum admission.  The Ayazamana Cultural Center and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture. Ayazamana Dance Group will perform traditional dances from different regions of Ecuador—sharing with us greater access to Ecuadorian culture through music and dance.

Family Funday Sundays with New York Liberty in Madison Square Garden
Sundays in August at 3p.  Tickets: $15-$153.  Bring the entire family to The Garden for an action packed afternoon cheering on the New York Liberty and participating in pregame and postgame activations and giveaways*! Each Sunday home game will include our Family Fun Zone presented by Fidelis Care on the concourse and a different family-friendly on-court activity.  Sunday, August 20th: Autograph signing and meet and greet with four Coaches: Bill Laimbeer, Katie Smith, Herb Williams and Teresa Weatherspoon!

See all Sunday events.

All Weekend

Celestial Exploration! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday-Sunday August 19th-20th 10a-5p.  Join us as we celebrate outer space by highlighting Solar Eclipse and Aviation Day on August 21st! Explore the sky through interactive science activities. Bring home a full day of expansive fun and interstellar memories!  See the website for schedule of events.

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday August 19th-20th 1230p & 230p (last weekend!).  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.

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.  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.

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.

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.

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!