Hi everyone! This weekend is the last week of Summer and it is a busy one here in NYC.


This weekend head out and enjoy Brooklyn Book Festival: Children’s Day in MetroTech Commons, Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists on Governors Island, Worlds Fair Nano at the Brooklyn Expo Center, WWI History Weekend on Governors Island, 5th Avenue BID Street Festival in Sunset Park, Tinkergarten Free Trial Class in Fort Greene Park, Young Crafts with Bobbi! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library, Rockin’ Out at the Jalopy Theatre, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Wingate Park, Autumn Leaves Storytime at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Hudson River Park’s Submerge, The Great Irish Fair of New York at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Flatbush Frolic, The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, The ShopUp Back To School Shopping at 501 Union, Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Days at Borough Park Brooklyn Public Library and the last weekend of The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

Also check out some long running events this weekend like Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater, 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 and play:groundNYC on Governors Island.

There are more events on the calendar so check it out and start planning the weekend.  Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday September 15th

Tinkergarten Free Trial Class in Fort Greene Park
Friday September 15th & 22nd.  Free.  For 18-36m. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Anna Ray, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Registration is required. Sign up at https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/anna.ray Visit https://tinkergarten.com/classes for more times and locations. Also there is a free trial Sunday September 17th 10-1115a in Fort Greene Park for 18m-5y.

Autumn Leaves Storytime at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Friday September 15th 1030-11a.  Free with museum admission.  For children 6 and under.  Celebrate the arrival of autumn with our monthly storytime. Listen to stories about the changing seasons and hunt for flowers and leaves inside and outside of the museum. Afterward, make a leaf rubbing to take home. An optional brief tour of the period rooms will follow.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Wingate Park
Friday September 15th 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.

Young Crafts with Bobbi! at the Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 430-515p until September 29th.  Join Bobbi on Fridays to create a fun craft each week! Ages 3-6!

See all Friday events.


Saturday September 16th

Brooklyn Book Festival: Children’s Day at MetroTech Commons (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday September 16th 10a-4p.  Free.  Don’t miss the BKBF Children’s Day (ages 2-11) in MetroTech Commons. Children’s Day celebrates the power of storytelling and the importance of literature in children’s lives. Bring the kids and enjoy readings, art projects, and workshops, as children’s and middle-grade authors present new and beloved children’s books. Families will have a fun-filled day outdoors meeting costumed characters, joining musical performances, and browsing the Children’s Marketplace of booksellers. See the website for all the details on events for children.

IABS Charities Presents: The Great Irish Fair of New York at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Saturday September 16th 10a-8p.  Tickets: $20 general admission and $45 VIP.  The Great Irish Fair is a family friendly event celebrating New York City’s great Irish-American heritage and culture featuring traditional & contemporary Irish Music national and international Irish bands, great food, Irish dancing, Irish goods and children’s activities and attractions!

Hudson River Park’s Submerge (Tribeca)
Saturday September 16th 11a-4p.  Free.  Location: Pier 26 at N. Moore St. Hudson River Park’s NYC Marine Science Festival. SUBMERGE celebrates NYC’s coastal waters by bringing marine science to life. Join us for citizen science, free hands-on activities, kid-approved science entertainment and presentations by renowned scientists. Enjoy kayaking, fishing and activities galore!

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists on Governors Island
Saturday September 16th & 23rd 11:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 3pm daily.  $20 per ticket (15% discount for purchases of 3 or more tickets with the code FAMILY).  Location: Colonels Row.  The show was originally created in the Summer of 2016 and had a workshop production on The Highline in New York City. Capacity for each show is limited to 18 audience members at a time and is intended for audiences ages 8+. Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore Governors Island’s breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers. Hailed by The New York Times for “blur[ring] the boundaries between the imagined and the real,” Trusty Sidekick Theater Company presents WE ARE ALL TOURISTS, an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families. Please arrive to House 410A on Colonels Row of Governors Island by the tour’s start time. As it is a promenade experience, latecomers will not be able to join the tour.

Southwest Brooklyn Fall Festival (Red Hook/Carroll Gardens)
Saturday September 16th 12n-5p.  Free.  Location: Columbia Street & Union Street. Celebrating the best of Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, and the Columbia Waterfront. In exactly one month we will be having our annual Fall Festival to celebrate all that is the Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and Columbia Waterfront. Come join us from 12-5 on September 16 to interact with local small businesses, enjoy some entertainment, eat some yummy food, and spend time with your neighbors!

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Sunday September 17th

Flatbush Frolic
Sunday September 17th 11a-6p.  Free.  Flatbush Development Corporation’s Annual Flatbush Frolic Street fair is fast approaching! For the last 40 plus years, the Frolic has grown into one of New York City’s premiere street fairs, attracting over 20,000 visitors and over 150 vendors from all over Brooklyn.  This year the Flatbush Frolic will feature food, dance, live music, a pizza eating contest, craft fair, children’s area, main stage, beer garden, a non-for-profit area, local businesses and more!  This event is not to be missed. Frolic with us!

Rockin’ Out at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday September 17th at 11a.  Tikcets: $5 for kids, $10 for adults, $25 for families. Mo Phillips rides a cloud skateboard throughout the land, singing songs for crazy people and their parents, meant for laughin’ and dancin’. If you like cuttin’ rugs and crackin’ up, then this is prolly the show for you. (He came 2,500 miles to see you, Brooklyn!)

5th Avenue BID Street Festival (Sunset Park)
Sunday September 17th 11a-6.  Free admission.  Our annual Street Festival that goes from 44th street to 59th street on 5th Ave in Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. Hundreds of ventors, local businesses and nonprofits set up stands to offer their goods and services.  Festival-goers can purchase food, music,, jewelry, clothing, gift items, toys and enjoy pony rides, free popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, balloons and more!

The ShopUp Back To School Shopping at 501 Union (Gowanus)
Sunday September 17th 12n-6p & Monday September 18th 10a-5p.  Free entry.  The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but we encourage you to RSVP as we will be sending pre-event information for all registered attendees. You also have the opportunity to reserve a limited addition tote bag to pick up at the event. Register here.  The ShopUp is a live shopping event by Babyccino featuring more than 25 independent children’s boutiques from around the world under one roof! After ShopUps in LA and London, the online Babyccino world be brought to life and return for its third year in Brooklyn. This will be your one-stop-shop for the most original and creative toys, gifts, stylish clothes and accessories, home decor and everything in between. In addition to one-of-a-kind independent boutiques, The ShopUp has the entire family in mind with sweet activities to keep your little ones entertained, drinks & nibbles to recharge your shopping batteries, discounts and prizes to win, and lots of fun and inspiration!

Spellbound Theatre Free Family Art Days at Borough Park Brooklyn Public Library
Sunday September 17th 2-330p.  Free. No need to RSVP, just drop in! Free Family Art Days are opportunities for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms.  Each month our storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme.  These events are free for the public and presented in partnership with local businesses, libraries, and community centers. Sunday September 17th: “Once Upon a Time” – featuring a performance of The Last Coin.

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All Weekend

The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Starting Thursday September 14th and ongoing daily until Sunday September 24st.  The Feast of San Gennaro opens every day at 11:30 AM and closes at 11PM Sundays through Thursday’s and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.  See website for full schedule.  Free.  The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from September 14, through September 24, 2017, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.  Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Saturdays & Sundays until October 29th at various times (also open September 21st & 22nd).  Free admission.  The Halloween Harvest Experience is included with the purchase of an all day wristband! See website for hours. Yo ho ho, to Luna we go! Calling all mateys, me harteys and buccaneers! Halloween Harvest begins Saturday, September 16! #AhoyLuna Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends until October 29th and Enjoy your favorite Halloween Harvest Experience activities like: face painting, pony rides and the best Pumpkin Patch in NYC! Enjoy all the events you know & love, like magic shows, arts & crafts, story time, music & games, marching bands and more! Also Our annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest Saturday October 14th (see website for details) and carving of our Giant Pumpkin by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Saturday October 22n (see website for details).

Worlds Fair Nano at the Brooklyn Expo Center
Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p.  Tickets: $55-$350. Experience the future! Join us for a whirlwind two-day festival filled with mind-blowing technology, futurist talks, interactive art, live music, food, and more. At Worlds Fair Nano, we believe the future should be fun.  See the website for all the event details.

WWI History Weekend on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday September 16th-17th 10a-5p.  Free.  Join the World War I Centennial Committee for New York City for WWI History Weekend. This two-day event is free and open to the public as we honor the centennial of U.S. entry into World War One in 1917. Come see dozens of reenactors in vintage uniforms, both men and women, and learn the history of the Great War. There will be vintage Army vehicles, ambulances, equipment displays, a tent encampment, author talks, and demonstrations. Meet General John J. Pershing and the Ebony Doughboys reenactors who represent the famous Harlem Hellfighters regiment. Events are held in conjunction with the National Park Service in Castle Williams and the Parade Ground. Talks and lectures inside Pershing Hall. The event is open to all ages, kids and families welcome.

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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater
Saturdays-Sundays September 16th-October 8th at 1030a.  Tickets:  $20/adults & $15/children. Polkadots is recommended for ages 5 and up! Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

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.

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.

To see all the events click here for the calendar!