Hi everyone! The last full week of Summer break for NYC public school kids is here. August flew by so fast!
This week take the kids and enjoy Kids Camp: The Secret Life of Pets at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, a Baby Storytime at Teardrop Park, a Transportation Workshop for Kids at the Tompkins Square NYPL, Roller Rink Free Admission in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hudson RiverKids with Mister G. in Hudson River Park, Summer Reading Closing Celebration!: Magic with Guy Ferrar at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library, Movies Under the Stars: School of Rock in Leif Ericson Park, The Ribbles Build a Residence at the Riverside NYPL, The New York City Unicycle Festival: One Wheel the West Side, Stewart Nachmias Musical Puppet Show at Washington Irving Brooklyn Public Library and the last week of Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum.
Also check out the long running events like the Little New Yorkers at DiMenna Children’s History Museum, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, the Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan,
Enjoy the last week of break!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday August 28th
Kids Camp: The Secret Life of Pets at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday-Thursday August 28th-31st 11a. Run time 87 minutes. Rated PG. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA. In this animated romp, Max and Duke are two dogs begrudgingly sharing a Manhattan apartment with each other and their beloved owner, Katie. Always competing for her affection, the pair must set their rivalry aside when they uncover the scheme of a maniacal bunny named Snowball bent on destroying the lives of loved pets everywhere. With the help of a ragtag group of commando companions, the two scruffy heroes might just have what it takes to foil the diabolical plot and preserve the life they love. Featuring an all-star menagerie of comic voices, including Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, Dana Carvey, and Jenny Slate.
Roller Rink Free Admission at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
Mondays, Fridays 3-6p & Sundays 10a-12n. Free admission. Rental fees: Roller Skates $6, Skate Mate $6. See website for more skate times and admissions. Brooklyn Bridge Park Roller Skating provides family fun in the heart of Brooklyn. Clean, Fun, Friendly & Safe!
Hudson RiverKids in Hudson River Park Pier 62 (Chelsea)
Mondays 4p until September 11th (no performance September 4th). 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! This year the shows will take place at BOTH Pier 25 in Tribeca AND Pier 62 in Chelsea. August 28th: Mister G. and he will also performa at Pier 25 Thursday August 31st at 4p. See website for information on future performances.
Tuesday August 29th
Stomp, Clap & Sing with Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday August 29th 11a-12n. Free. Location: Plaza. Multi-award winning children’s artist, Lucy Kalantari, brings delightful jazz age inspired music everyone can enjoy! Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life.
Baby Storytime at Teardrop Park (Battery Park City)
Tuesday August 29th 1130a. Free. Join us in the great outdoors while a librarian shares books and songs with babies and their caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Limited to the first 50 babies and their caregivers. First-come first-served. Please Note: If it rains, storytime will be held in the Batter Park City Library.
Little New Yorkers at DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays and Fridays from 330-415p. Free with museum admission. For ages 3-5y. Each class will include time with historic toys, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, story readings, and a related craft project. August 29 and September 1: Pet Show! By Ezra Jack Keats ~ This week we are exploring family pets. We will read Pet Show! by beloved New York City author Ezra Jack Keats. Children will create a craft to take home.
Wednesday August 30th
Stewart Nachmias Musical Puppet Show at Washington Irving Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday August 30th 3-345p. Kids love this unique show as Stewzo performs funny songs with his guitar and comedy routines with his cast of wacky ventriloquist puppets and characters. Lots of surprises, magic, and audience participation.
The Ribbles Build a Residence at the Riverside NYPL (UWS)
Wednesday August 30th 3p. Free. Best for children ages 5 and older. he ABCs: architecture, building, and construction. Soon after their lovely insect nuptials Mr. and Mrs. Ribble are expecting a baby Ribblet, and they need a new home for their family! Mr. Ribble wants to go big with a four-grasshopper garage, but Mrs. Ribble convinces him to build a dream home that is more environmentally and neighborhood friendly. By playing interactive games and discovering basic building techniques the audience will help draw a ground plan while Thia Tweet the bird architect and Gerry the Ant Contractor from Brooklyn assist the Ribbles in building a new home for a better world! Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.
Movies Under the Stars: School of Rock in Leif Ericson Park (Dyker Heights)
Wednesday August 30th 730-815p. Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! See the wonderful musical comedy that spawned the hit Broadway show! Directed by Richard Linklater, this delightful film stars Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a struggling rock singer and guitarist who’s kicked out of his band and gets a job as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After witnessing the musical talent in his students in their music class, Dewey forms a band of fourth-graders to attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands and pay off his rent. Know Before You Go: You should come before 7:30 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.
Thursday August 31st
The New York City Unicycle Festival: One Wheel the West Side (various locations in Manhattan)
Thursday August 31st starting at 10a. Free. One Wheel the West Side. Unicycle riders will meet up in Battery Park at 10 am and journey up the West Side before rolling to Central Park for a loop. Some riders may return to Battery Park via an east side route. All ages and abilities welcome. See the website for more details.
Transportation Workshop for Kids at the Tompkins Square NYPL (Lower East Side)
Thursday August 31st 3p. Free. Recommended for children in Pre K and Kindergarten. Children will learn about transportation and how we get around by land, by air, and by water. They will engage in hands-on activities including creating boats and airplanes!
Summer Reading Closing Celebration!: Magic with Guy Ferrar at the Brooklyn Heights Public Library
Thursday August 31st 4-515p. Come celebrate the end of Summer Reading with some magic! Magician Guy Ferrar will entertain us with his hysterical magic show and magic tricks!
Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays 10a-12n in August, September & October. No program on 9/4 and 10/9. Free. Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!
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.
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.
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. 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.
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!