Hi everyone! The kids are back to school today and the weather is so cool out so it really feels like Fall is coming.
This weekend head out and enjoy the New York Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House, Go Fish! featuring Dan Zanes & Friends in Wagner Park, Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair in Riverside Park South, Stay Late on Governors Island, Puppet Playtime at the Jalopy Theatre, Bubbles the Clown at the Flatlands Brooklyn Public Library, African Film Festival, Inc.’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day Celebration on Governors Island, Back-to-School: Healthy Start September at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Mid-Autumn Festival & Open House at the China Institute, Gracie Square Art Show in Carl Schurz Park, Movies in the Park: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Washington Square Park, Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork, Greencycle Swaps: Back to School at the Leonard Brooklyn Public Library, Happy Birthday, Ed Center! in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Movies For Tots at the Kips Bay New York Public Library, Movies Under the Stars: Moana in Tilden Playground and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Sounds-Portation Bingo at the New York Transit Museum, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC on Governors Island and the last weekend of Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
Have a fabulous weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday September 8th
Movies For Tots at the Kips Bay New York Public Library
Fridays 11a in September. Free. Children can enjoy a short cartoon or film on DVD. Suitable for a younger audience. For ages 0-5 with a parent/caregiver
Bubbles the Clown at the Flatlands Brooklyn Public Library
Friday September 8th 3-4p. Free. The fantastic antics of Bubbles the Clown will keep you smiling. Performer Elaine Gil encourages the entire audience to get involved, making this a delightful experience for the whole family.
Stay Late on Governors Island
Friday September 8th 6-10p. Free. Stay late with the Trust for Governors Island the evening of Friday, September 8th for a special FREE celebration of the summer. The Island will remain open to the public until 10PM and visitors will have the rare opportunity to wander the Island’s park spaces after hours and savor the sunset and colors of the season from the Hills. Little Eva’s, Governors Island Beer Co., Fish Fry, Blue Marble, and Mister Softee will have food and drinks available for purchase at Liggett Terrace. Island Oyster will also be open at Soissons Landing. Sunset revelers of all ages are welcome! See the website for the special ferry schedule for Evening Hours on September 8th.
Movies Under the Stars: Moana in Tilden Playground (East Flatbush)
Friday September 8th 715-845p. Free. Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film! This computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure shares the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people. This wonderful film features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and music composed by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. Know Before You Go: You should come before 7:15 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.
Saturday September 9th
Go Fish! featuring Dan Zanes & Friends in Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Saturday September 9th 10a-2p. Free. Experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing and discover the variety of marine life thriving in the Hudson River! Skilled anglers will be on hand to assist. Rods and bait provided or bring your own. All ages are welcome. Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Observe the day’s catch in aerated tanks and discover what you can do to steward the recovery of the Hudson. This event includes a project and bird watching. There will be catch-and-release fishing 10a-2p, art projects 11a-2p, bird watching at 11a and a family performance at 12p with Dan Zanes & Friends. See the website for all the details of the event.
New York Bike Jumble at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday September 9th 10a-4p. Free. Join us at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn for back-to-school bargains on new and used bicycles, accessories, and repairs! Gear up for commuting season, test out a new ride, and buy your children early holiday gifts. Park Slope will be buzzing with the sound of happy cyclists!
Mid-Autumn Festival & Open House at the China Institute (Financial District)
Saturday September 9th 11a-3p. Event Fee: FREE for all attendees, but advance registration is requested. Register here. Come celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at this event for families and children of all ages. Discover the stories and traditions of one of China’s biggest holidays while sampling tasty mooncakes, making arts & crafts, learning about China Institute’s fall classes, and touring our exciting exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. All Day: Chinese Arts & Crafts, Mooncake Tasting and Chinese Snacks, Children’s Film Screenings, Traditional Chinese Games and Fall Class Info Sessions (Children & Adult). See the website for the full schedule of events.
Greencycle Swaps: Back to School at the Leonard Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday September 9th 12n-3p. Suggested donation: $10 a family. Town Square is a qualified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit institution. Your donation will be tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Since 2009, Town Square has been promoting environmental consciousness at the local level through our Greencycle Swaps. We firmly believe that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Join us to to recycle, reuse and reduce! Drop off your cleaned gently-used & working items, browse the selection & fill a bag to take. No need to bring things to take things. Out of consideration for others, we may limit what you take to the greater of 1 bag or the total number of bags of items that you bring. We also do not allow taking donated items to resell. Why? Because many donors make this request. And all remaining items are donated to local homeless shelters for our neighbors truly in need.
Movies in the Park: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone in Washington Square Park (Greenwich Village)
Saturday September 9th 715p. Free. Bring a blanket and join us at 7:15pm on the park lawn. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (rated PG run time 2hr 32 min). Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please be advised that per new NYC Parks regulations, the films must be Closed Captioned as well. (CC). Viewer discretion is advised for children…especially those who read well! Thank you.
Sunday September 10th
African Film Festival, Inc.’s 10th Annual Family Fun Day Celebration on Governors Island
Sunday September 10th 11a-5p. Free. Come out for an enchanting day of music, film, and dance as African Film Festival Inc.’s Family Day Celebration returns to Governors Island. Fun-seeking individuals of all ages are invited to join African Film Festival, Inc. and the Trust for Governors Island for a day of FREE activities including story-telling, double-dutch, dance and drum, needlepoint and short films — all celebrating Africa and the diaspora.
Puppet Playtime at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday Spetember 10th 11a. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family. This is a high-energy, interactive musical puppet variety show perfect for ages 6 and under! We’ll tell stories, sing songs, and play games with lots of tactile props (musical instruments, rainbow scarves, parachute, etc.). And, of course, there will be lots and lots of meet-and-greets with new puppet friends. This show is highly interactive – the kids will be just as much part of it as the puppeteer!
Happy Birthday, Ed Center! in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday September 10th 1-5p. Free. Location: Pier 1. Celebrate the Environmental Education Center’s second anniversary! Join us as we celebrate the Ed Center’s anniversary with special crafts and activities during Open Hours. Throughout the day, we’ll have puppet shows, animal feeding, and yummy snacks! And don’t forget our special craft project: turtle masks!
Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair in Riverside Park South
Sunday September 10th 1-6p (rain date: September 17). Location: Pier I. Free. Enjoy a BIG day of county fair magic in Manhattan. There will be carnival rides and games, awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more! See House of Yes aerialists and sideshow performers’ beautiful and fascinating acts! Laugh with host Ambrose Martos! Hear live music from Mariti Garrett and Bette Smith and more. Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free at the Stop & Swap with GrowNYC! See the website for all the details.
Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork (Red Hook)
Sunday September 10th 5p-12a. Free. During TankerTime, PortSide NewYork opens the main deck of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN to the public for passive enjoyment. We provide hammocks, tables, chairs, stools, info about the ship, and books from our maritime library to read while aboard. During Sunset TankerTime on Second Sundays, we introduce a jam session that starts at 9pm with musicians playing music in the various traditions of the Mediterranean. Ends at midnight. If you are a musician of that type, come on over! The MARY A. WHALEN’s homeport is Pier 11, Atlantic Basin next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. 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). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
Screening: Follow that Bird at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday-Sunday September 9th-10th 12n. Tickets: $15 (Free for members at the Film Lover level and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum. Dir. Ken Kwapis. 1985, 88 mins. Digital projection. With Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Big Bird made his big-screen debut 30 years ago in Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird. Featuring a cast of Sesame Street regulars as well as a star-studded array of cameo guests including Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Waylon Jennings, the movie follows Big Bird’s journey back to Sesame Street after a well-intentioned social worker places him within a family of birds, far away from his friends.
Back-to-School: Healthy Start September at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday September 9 10a-7p & Sunday September 10th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join us for a weekend of activities, workshops and performances that help us and our children find fun and easy ways to stay healthy, energetic and stress free this new school year. Health for Life with NewYork-Presbyterian: Saturday September 9th 2p & 3pm for all ages*. Meet experts from NewYork-Presbyterian and collect fun and easy tips for making healthy lunches and snacks for your kids. This program and the EatSleepPlay™ exhibit are sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian. Back-to-School Recipes with The Creative Kitchen: Sunday September 10th 2p & 3pm. For all ages. Chef Cricket Azima from The Creative Kitchen shares fun and easy recipes you can do with your kids! *Due to limited space, some of these free events require tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event. See the website for all the details.
Gracie Square Art Show in Carl Schurz Park (UES)
Saturday-Sunday 10a-5p rain or shine. Free. The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy is proud to present the 45th Annual Gracie Square Art Show. Staged in one of the prettiest and peaceful waterside parks in New York City, the Art Show attracts over 100 regionally and nationally celebrated artists. Buy one-of-a-kind paintings, photographs, and sculptures for your home and office. Enjoy sandwiches, sweet treats and a beverage from Yura at East End Avenue at the Gracie Square Art Café . Bring the whole family for a day of inspiring activities including: Our volunteers lead kids through hands-on art projects, teaching the basics of drawing and painting and expanding creative horizons.
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th. 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.
Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until September 30th. $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to help make tasty treats in the Lefferts wood burning hearth. Roll up your sleeves and help churn butter, grind corn and mix ingredients. Depending on the day, we will be making either herb butter for popcorn or Mrs. Lefferts’ apple fritters for all to share.
Sounds-Portation Bingo at the New York Transit Museum
Saturday-Sundays 130-215p until September 10th. Free with Museum admission. For ages 4+. If you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to transportation in New York City, join us for a few rounds of bingo when we’ll match sounds of city travel with images and objects found at the Museum.
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.
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.
To see all the events click here for the calendar!