Hi everyone! NYC Public schools open Thursday but you still have a few days to enjoy events here in NYC.

This week take the kids and enjoy a Back To School Bash 17’ at Habana Outpost, Omar’s Summer Send-Off Party at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, R.E.A.D. to Pepper at the St. Agnes NYPL, Labor Day in Prospect Park, Bitty Book Buddies at Epiphany New York Public Library, Hudson RiverKids with Mil’s Trills in Hudson River Park Pier 25, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Build with LEGO and DUPLO at the Kings Bay Brooklyn Public Library and Movies @ the Library: Beauty and the Beast at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library.

Also check out the long running events like the Open Play at Money Do! Yoga, Drop in Play at SPARK, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Free Yoga StoryTime at Karma Kids Yoga Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the last week of Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Check calendar to see everything that is happening this week.   Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Happy Labor Day and enjoy the week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday September 4th

Back To School Bash 17’ at Habana Outpost (Fort Greene)
Monday September 4th 11a-2p. Free. Dance, win prizes, get your face painted, adorn yourself with glitter tattoos, and create some cool art! The event is FREE and so are all of the giveaway goodies like recycled notebooks, pencils, rulers, and much much more!  Special features include Blue Poppy face paint, a sky-high stilt walker, a Big Silly Guy, Habana’s famous human-powered Bike Blender, and special raffle items to get kids and parents ready for the school year!  Habana To Go will also offer 1/2 off their Kid’s Menu as a Back To School Bash special!

Labor Day in Prospect Park
Monday September 4th 12n-4p.  Join Prospect Park Alliance on Labor Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel.  Nature Exploration, 12–4p: Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free.  Join Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more! Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.  Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3 pm.  Carousel Rides, 12-p. Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets.  Race Around the Farm Yard, 2–4p at Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation.  Join Prospect Park Alliance to get out and get moving in the Lefferts yard! The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.

Omar’s Summer Send-Off Party at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Monday September 4th 2-6p.  Free.  End your summer right!  A party hosted by Omar Olusion, come celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows.  Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained!  Please note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel, ride other attractions, and purchase items from the concession stand.

See all Monday events.

Tuesday September 5th

Open Play at Money Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Tuesdays 1230-6p.  Drop in $10 (per caregiver/child pair) Additional Sibling $6.  Packs also available for purchase.  See website for information.  Recommended for ages 0-5y.  Move and play! Make friends in space that’s perfect for little ones and toddlers to explore and climb. Come and go any time during the day. This play time is designed to get parents, caregivers and the kids out of the house, connecting with each other and having fun! They can enjoy moving around in our kid-friendly environment, and weather permitting, we make a splash with the backyard’s water table too!

Build with LEGO and DUPLO at the Kings Bay Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesdays 3-4p until November 28th.  Free.  For children ages 3-12.  Join us for our weekly LEGO club to meet other builders and make new friends. Come help us think up new things to build – towers, house, cities, vehicles, monsters? Collaborate with your friends and get creative. DUPLO bricks will be available for toddlers and preschoolers.

R.E.A.D. to Pepper at the St. Agnes NYPL (UWS)
Tuesdays 330p in September.  For ages 5-11.   Please sign in for a first come, first served 15 minute slot. Come read to a therapy dog! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can’t wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend!

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday September 6th

Family Movie at the 53rd Street NY Public Library
Wednesdays 1130a until September 27th.  Free.  Location: Theater.  Come and join us to watch some movies.  Wireless listening device is needed to hear the film. Please come a few minutes early to borrow one with your library card or State/City identification card. You may use your own headphone.  This week the movie is: Air Bud World Pup – Rating NR, Runtime 83 minutes, Release Year 2000.  See website for the all the movie titles.

Yoga StoryTime at Karma Kids Yoga (West Village)
Wednesdays 1130a-12n.  Free.  For infant to 6yr old.  Storytime comes alive with puppets, songs and yoga poses. Carefully selected stories that naturally lend themselves to yoga! As we read we’ll come across animals and elements of nature that we know from yoga…we’ll stop the story, do the yoga pose, then continue with our story.

Movies @ the Library: Beauty and the Beast at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday September 6th 230-430p.  Free.  Rated PG. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.  Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday September 7th

Bitty Book Buddies at Epiphany New York Public Library (Kips Bay)
Thursdays & Mondays 1045a starting September 7th-28th (no program on Thursday 9/21). Free.  A fun and interactive program for babies and toddlers ages 0-36 months. Limited to 30 children. First come, first served. Hear stories, sing songs, play with puppets, shake your sillies… and make new friends! Music & toys will be provided before and after the program – meet other caregivers/parents in the neighborhood, while your baby makes new friends!  Please note that the Monday session takes places before the library opens to the public. Doors open @ 10:30am and close at the start of the program, approximately 10:45am.

Hudson RiverKids in Hudson River Park Pier 25 (Tribeca)
Thursdays 4p until September 14th.  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 week the performance is Mil’s Trills & September 14th is The Pop-Ups!

NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Thursday September 7th 7p.  Free.  Location: Harbor View Lawn.  More Art premieres Andrea Mastrovito’s hand-animated silent film, combining music and community engagement.  Resetting Friedrich W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film Nosferatu in contemporary New York City, Mastrovito and his team of 12 artists have created over 35,000 original drawings to replicate the beautifully eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. The reimagined storyline and title-cards of NYsferatu were made in collaboration with recent immigrants and English as new language learners.  The film is accompanied by an original musical improvisation by The Michael Leonhart Orchestra.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

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.

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.

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!