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Weekend Events: Dan Zanes, Field Day, Dragon Boat Family Day and Much More!

July 13, 2011

This weekend we have an exciting line-up of free movies like Despicable Me at Pier 46, free music by Soul Understated at the Brooklyn Museum (with the cost of admission) and Dan Zanes with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and free theater like Henry V on Governor’s Island. There are also fun and interactive events like the City of Water Day at Harlem River Park and Field Day on Governor’s Island. Pack a lunch and enjoy these fantastic and (many of them free) family activities this weekend!

Pier 6 Open with New Fishing Area
The lawns are open weekly Thursdays through Sundays
The 15,000 square feet of lawn space is now open on Pier 6. The gorgeous space features a 1.6-acre destination playground called the “The Water Lab” complete with sprinklers, ropes, a sand box, swings and slides, a volleyball court, an outdoor food court and a new fishing area located along the north edge of Pier 6.

Every Friday through July 29th at 7 pm
Waterfront Workouts: Belly Dance with Dodge YMCA
A movement class taught by teachers from Dodge YMCA that focuses on strengthening and toning the core muscles while dancing to Middle Eastern music. Details: Pier 1, Promenade (Main Street and Brooklyn Bridge Plaza)

Fridays in July, 15, 22, and 29
Stories and Squirts! at 10am

Author Jen Nails will be leading a writing workshop to kids ages 8 and up. Every 15 minutes, she will squirt everyone with a water shooter. Come hot, well-rested, and ready to write. Bring a pen and notebook (and squirt gun if you want). The class will focus on creating memorable characters, beginnings, middles, and ends, and what makes a good story. At the end of the workshop, she will ask a trivia question, and the participant who answers correctly will win a signed copy of her book Next to Mexico. This event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwood Playground. Details: Greenwood Playground. E 5th Street at Greenwood Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, July 15th at 10:30am
Townsquare and Greenpoint YMCA present TWO FREE concerts
Free concerts by Taikoza, a Japanese drum concert and Ballet Los Pampas, a musical tango act that will take place at McCarren Park. Organizers recommend that you bring a towel and a hat for the heat. If it rains, the concert will take place at the Greenpoint Y (99 Meserole Ave between Manhattan Ave & Lorimer Street. Details: McCarren Park (Lorimer St between Nassau Ave & Driggs Ave).  For more information, please contact the Greenpoint Y (718.389.3700;kimberlyd@ymcanyc.org) or Town Square (347.559.1410info@townsquareinc.comIf it rains, the concert will take place at the Greenpoint Y (99 Meserole Ave between Manhattan Ave & Lorimer St).

Friday, July 15  from 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Free Friday Night Jam: Soul Understated
Expect this skillful ensemble to adeptly and seemingly effortlessly weave together soul, jazz, funk and gospel, like so many threads in a tapestry, and Ms. Poole does not miss a beat, adding scat and exotic vocals to the mix “like the final spices in an excellent gumbo.” Details: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 15th at 7pm
(also showing on July 18, 19, 20, 21 & 24)
New York Classical Theatre presents Henry V
The city is renowned for its free theater and this year the New York Classical Theatre Company is putting on their production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V. The performances are held on Governors Island so families will have to meet at Battery Park and travel abroad Statue Cruises that will be made available starting at 3pm each day of performance. Special wristbands, distributed 5:00-6:30pm on the day of each performance in front of Castle Clinton, will be required for ferry transportation to Governors Island. Limit 2 wristbands per person. A fantastic FREE cultural event to check out this summer. Details: Meet at Battery Park (in front of Castle Clinton) and Governors Island. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 15th at 7:30pm
Shirley Caesar with Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir
Celebrate Brooklyn!, New York City’s longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festival, is holding a fun concert in Park Slope with 11-time Grammy-winner Shirley Caesar. Dubbed The First Lady of Gospel, Caesar’s music includes a mix of hip hop, church and quartet. The concert is free but Celebrate Brooklyn! requests a $3 donation so that they can continue to offer exciting shows every year. Details: Prospect Park Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Friday, July 15th at 8:30 pm
Hudson River Park Riverflicks for Kids
You and your family will love checking out a fun and FREE movie screening at Hudson River Park. This week Despicable Me (PG) is showing as well as a musical performance by David Ippolito before the movie. At the movie, there will also be free popcorn! Details: Pier 46, Charles Street and West Street. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th from noon to 5pm
Dragon Boat Family Day at the New York Hall of Science
This one-day event will allow you and your children to learn more about the exciting world of dragons. The event will include interactive displays like a paddle machine where you can try paddling and get some tips from the racing experts, a Lion Dance performance and a Chinese folk dance performance. You will also be able to watch kung fu masters perform Chinese martial arts and check out a 40-ft long teak boat and meet athletes who compete in dragon boat races around the world. The event is free with admission to the museum. Details: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens, NY 11368. For additional information, please call (718) 699-0005 ext. 323 or click here.

Saturday, July 16th from 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Summer on the Hudson: Pedal Stops with Bike New York
Do you have questions about your bike or your biking technique? Bike New York & Bike and Roll NYC have partnered to provide Pedal Stops for free. This will offer you and your family free rider-assistance-and-information to all cyclists. Details: 71st Street Basketball Courts (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
City of Water Day at Harlem River Park
A fun and educational event that will teach children how to revitalize the waterfront. The event will include tons of activities such as a fishing contest, a family picnic, an historical tour, an art exhibit and a course on how to row. Details: Harlem River Park, 135th Street and Madison Avenue. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011 various times
Textile Recycling at greenmarkets
Do you have any old clothes that you have been meaning to donate or giveaway? GrowNYC has the perfect way for you to get ride of your old stuff by donating your old clothing, shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse or recycling. Details: You can recycle at Prospect Park Greenmarket (in Grand Army Plaza) Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn or Fort Greene Park or McCarren Park. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come Out & Play: Governor’s Island Field Day
A fun option to explore another part of the city is at Governor’s Island Field Day. The day includes exciting outdoor games, from wild new field sports to large social games. Details: Governor’s Island. Manhattan Ferry – Free ferries run from Manhattan Friday-Sunday and all Holiday Mondays. Ferries leave every hour between 10 am and 3 pm. The last ferry returns from Governors Island to Manhattan at 5 pm. Brooklyn Ferry – Free ferries run from Brooklyn Saturday-Sunday and all Holiday Mondays. There is no free ferry service from Brooklyn on Fridays. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th from noon-4pm
(also held on July 23rd)
Charlton Street Festival
The Children’s Museum of the Arts will transform Charlton Street into a free street festival with art workshops and other interactive activities. This FREE event includes a bake sale, large-scale sculpture and installation, early childhood programming, stop motion animation workshops, family music time, and mural making. There will also be lessons taught by Collab on how to use a sewing machine and how to create your own tote bag and work with patterns. Super Soccer Stars will also be on-hand to teach young soccer fans the basics of the game. Details: Charlton Street In Hudson Square, Between Hudson & Greenwich Streets. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th at 4 pm; Gates open at 3 pm
Dan Zanes with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra & Bed Stuy Veterans
Dan Zanes is back for another exciting kids’ concert in Park Slope’s bandshell. Dubbed as “the Springsteen for those under 10s,” Zanes is teaming up with the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra and dancers from Bed Stuy Veterans for a fun and lively set. This concert, also celebrating Ezra Jack Keats, will also include some readings of the stories. The event is free but there is a $3 suggested donation Details: Prospect Park Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.

Saturday, July 16th at 8pm
Hot Summer Nights! Free Outdoor Concert Series
Chestnut Brass Company
A series of free outdoor concerts during the month of July takes place at the oceanfront bandshell of Kingsborough Community College. This week, the Grammy Award-winning Chestnut Brass Company will be performing. The ensemble also will play some special selections on their collection of antique brass instruments where you can view them after the concert. Details: Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (end of Oriental Boulevard), Brooklyn, NY. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, July 17th from 1:00pm to 10pm
Giglio Feast in Williamsburg

This ancient feast commemorates Italian history – celebrating the bravery of a Bishop who was greeted with lilies after his safe return. At this festival, you will see fabulous displays of lilies (gigli).  Each gigli is paraded with music and the competition is a serious one. Details: Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 275 N. 8th Street in Williamsburg. The Capo Parade begins at 1pm, followed by the Dancing of the Giglio at 2pm and a Flea Market, Cafe and Bazzar at 8pm. For additional information, please click here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011 from 2pm – 4 pm
Workshop: Yoga in the Rotunda (Iyengar yoga with Nikki Costello)
In connection with the Vishnu exhibit, three yoga instructors will teach a series of two-hour workshops at the museum. There will also be tour of the exhibit after the workshop. Note: Mats will not be provided; please bring your own and this program is not recommended for children. Details: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052. For additional information, please call (718) 638-5000 or click here.

Sunday, July 17th from 4 to 6pm
The Roe Family Singers
Join the Roe Family Singers for a fun family concert featuring bluegrass, roots and folk music. Performing at the Flatbush Farm, you and your family will enjoy a fun afternoon of lively folk music and delicious grub from the restaurant. Details: The Flatbush Farm, 76-78 St. Marks Avenue at Flatbush, in Brooklyn. For additional information, please call (718) 622- 3276 or click here.

Every Sunday from July 10th through August 28th at 7 pm
Waterfront Workouts – Zumba with the Dodge YMCA
Alma Bonilla of Dodge YMCA teaches weekly Zumba classes where you will get to dance to a fusion of Latin and International music. Details: Pier 1, Promenade – Southwest Corner (Main Street and Brooklyn Bridge Plaza). If it rains class will be held at the tobacco warehouse.