We love this time of year. The weather is still gorgeous but not too hot and there are tons of fun activities going on for this kids. This weekend, we are really excited for the Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science where kids can check out tons of crafts, cool science projects (hello, robots!), DIY crafts and all around creativity. The Bryant Park Fall Festival is also kicking off this weekend with performances by Bessie’s Big Show and Pinkalicious as well as the First-Ever Student Film Festival on Governors Island where kids can enjoy a screening of student-made and produced short films ranging from action flicks, documentaries, animated and experimental films. Don’t forget about the Brooklyn Book Festival with oodles of fabulous literary events for families and adults. You can also sample some local fare or check out handmade jewelry at one of the several Brooklyn markets (The DeKalb Market, Smorgasburg, The Brooklyn Flea and the Northside Market) as well as check out our events calendar for even more local activities.
Friday, September 16th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Inked Up: Printmakers and the Parks
This exciting exhibition highlights 30 artists from the Art Students League. On display will be interesting prints like bridges, skylines and creatures that have been designed using linoleum blocks, metal plates, and stone slabs. Details: Arsenal Gallery, Arsenal Building, 830 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, Central Park at 64th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th from 9:00am – 4:00 pm (Games)
Friday, September 16 at 12 pm (Wheelchair Softball Clinic for Kids)
Saturday, September 17th 9:00am (Games) and Championships start at 1:00 pm
Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament
The NY Mets, Major League Baseball, the Parks and Recreation department and the Wheelchair Sports Federation are sponsoring a fantastic fitness event with this wheelchair softball tournament. The teams will include men and women of various ages who will use a 16” clincher softball. Details: Citi Field (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Photo Safari at Belvedere Castle
Explore the gorgeous area of Central Park through a photography workshop that will focus on how to take pictures of trees, flowers and landscape. Through this class, you will also learn the art of scouting for an image and planning. The class is limited to 8 participants and costs $100 per participant; for a $10 discount use code: “parks10.” Details: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) Mid-park about 79th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th, Saturday, September 17th, Sunday, September 18th from 11:30am-7:00pm
Still Hip has daily playgroups in their fun playspace. Participants are simply asked to help set up and clean up the space, but there will always be someone in the store to help. Drop-ins for $3 (or 10 for $25) will always be welcome as long as there is space. Cost for 20 week session: Details: 283 Grand Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th from 12:00pm–1:00 pm
Tavern and its Green
Discover and learn more about iconic restaurant located in Central Park. This will also include a discussion about Sheep Meadow, the Children’s District, the parks statues and its trees. For directions, please call (212) 874-7874. Details: Tavern on the Green (in Central Park). Inside the Park at 67th Street, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th at 4:00pm
Funky Family Folk Fridays
Families love Niko and every Friday he will be playing NikosKids originals as well as a few folk standards. There is also a suggested donation of $10 for this performance. Details: Couleur Café, 435 7th Avenue, between 14th & 15th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Friday, September 16th from 4:00pm to 12:00am
The Tree Story Exhibition
Created by Leila El-Kayem, this exhibit is designed to use storytelling and drawings to re-connect people with the trees that surround them. The exhibit will also allow participants to tell their story by writing on a leaf that will then be hung onto the tree as part of the exhibit. Additionally, every illustration from The Tree Story will be sold and proceeds will be given to MillionTreesNYC to protect the trees of New York. Details: CultureFix, 9 Clinton Street, NY, NY, Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 8:00am-3:00pm
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, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 8:00 am- 10:00 pm
The DeKalb Market
Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, the DeKalb Market opened last week bringing together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs. Located on a old containers and barren land, they are creating a new green space for downtown Brooklyn by housing vendors in 22 re-purposed shipping containers. Expect to find food vendors that range from soul food to vegan, boutique vendors like our favorites Rasany and Hank & JoJo, along with artists and makers of all kinds. The space will also be used for events and performances, making this market a potential hub day and night. Details: The Dekalb Market at 332 Flatbush Avenue- at Willoughby. The market is open 7 days a week. The Flatbush frontage has the Dekalb Avenue subway entrance to the W and Q trains and the Fulton Mall has the Hoyt Street entrance to the 2 and 3 trains. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Summer on the Hudson: Pedal Stops with Bike New York & Bike and Roll NYC
Bike New York & Bike and Roll NYC have partnered to provide a Pedal Stop in Riverside Park. At these pedal stops families can obtain rider-assistance and cycling information for free. Details: 71st Street Basketball Courts (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Newcomer to the Brooklyn Flea group- this outdoor market has 100 + food vendors- packaged, cooked, raw and more as well as farmers, kitchenwares, a kids activities area by Moomah, chef demos and more. This outdoor market is open rain or shine. Details: 27 N 6th Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 10:00am – 11:00am
Enjoy this full body military-style workout with the Central Park Conservancy. This free workout is designed for individuals over 18 and advanced registration required at centralparknyc.org/mp. Details: North Meadow Recreation Center (in Central Park), Manhattan. For additional information, please click here.
September 17th and September 18th from 10:00am- 3:00pm
Open Studio at Barking Cat Studio
One of the studios we hear consistent praise for, Barking Cat is having a grand re-opening week celebration. You can enter to win a free workshop, do some free arts and crafts and meet their staff. To sweeten the deal they are also offering treats and balloons for your kids! Details: Barking Cat Studio, 65 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, (718) 855-8050. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fort Greene (Saturday) and Williamsburg (Sunday)
The Brooklyn Flea
One of our favorite marketplaces, the Brooklyn Flea is a great place to check out hundreds of unique and handmade vendors featuring vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, crafts and food. This outdoor market is open rain or shine.
176 Lafayette Ave. (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.)
East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Check out the latest market to hit Williamsburg. Featuring artisanal and handmade goods, crafts, local musical acts and a DJ, Northside Market is an innovative new space to check out local and international goods. The pop-up market also features a cool artist gallery and even has such 25-30 food vendors such as Cantina Royal, Dub Pies, Robicelli’s (Cupcakes), Lots O’ Lobstah, and Cookie Road. We really love that this 4,100 square foot indoor space is air-conditioned and that every week throughout the summer you can expect to find something new like candy walls or mini golf. Check their twitter account (@NorthsideMkt) for up-to-the minute details! There is also a ramp for easy stroller access. Details: Northside Market, 135 Kent (corner of Kent Avenue and North 6th Street). To learn more, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, September 18th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, celebrates art, science, DIY culture and creativity whose mission is to “inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages.” This year the innovative Faire will also include over 500 crafts people as well as a crafts pavilion, 450-plus hands-on exhibits, science demos, art-technology and a village devoted to 3-D printing. Some highlight include Deconstruction Zone where you kids can actually take apart and break radios, VCRs, DVDs, etc to see the insides and how they work, Lockpick Village where you kids can play with locks and tools, The Anywhere Organ, an interactive musical sculpture where every note is controlled by a computer and robots everywhere. A must-see event, this is a fantastic way for your kids to explore and learn by both watching and testing out incredible scientific and artistic projects. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth (2-17), $20 for seniors (62+), $15 for students (with a valid ID) and two-day passes ($20-50), as well as family packages are also available. Details: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), 47-01 111th Street, Queens, New York. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th at 11:00am
Saturday Story time
Each Saturday, Greenlight hosts a fun story time with popular authors. This week, Nina Crews, a Brooklyn-based children’s book author and illustrator, will be reading from her newest book Jack and the Beanstalk. Through this classic story, Jack has adventures with magic beans, a sky-high climb, and a giant take place around and above the streets and buildings of our neighborhoods. Crews will also read from her books The Neighborhood Mother Goose and The Neighborhood Singalong. Details: Greenlight Bookstore 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 11:00am-3:00pm
First-Ever Student Film Festival on Governors Island
A fun screening of student made and produced short films (about four minutes each), this film festival includes live action flicks, documentaries, animated and experimental films. Kids can drop in anytime between 11:00am to 3:00pm and also enjoy video-making and art activities with CMA’s teaching staff. Details: Governor’s Island, Children’s Museum of the Art’s Our Lady of the Sea Chapel. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17h and Sunday, September 18th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, or from 12:00pm to 6:00 pm
Weekend Family Programs with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Playground Associates
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is hosting a fun series with educational based activities. Themes vary from week-to-week but may include recycling, rocks, weather, park collages, boats, and more. Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm
School Fest 2011
This exciting event is the only school fair in NYC where you all find schools (day care to high school, private & public) in one location. At the event, you can meet with prospective teachers, see student performances and enjoy free workshops with Joyce Szuflita of NY School Help (normally $30 pp, $45 for a family) to help families understand the intricate NYC public school structure and application process. Details: Harry Van Arsdale Campus, 257 N 6th Street near Driggs Avenue.
Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
Lefferts Historic House 2nd Floor Tours
Through this interactive tour, you and your family can learn more about the 19th century family life at the Lefferts Historic House. Tour highlights include viewing artifacts from 19th century and checking out a fully furnished 1820s bedroom. Details: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th from 2:30pm –3:30pm
At this fun workshop, you can learn more about the past through creating fun projects like needlepoint, and writing your New Year’s resolution with quill & ink. Details: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn, For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th – Various Times
Bryant Park Fall Festival
We all know Bryant Park for their incredible summer film series but they also have a kid-friendly fall festival featuring free dance performances, concerts, theatre and hands-on workshops. This weekend, Kids Club Thirteen will be on-hand for Bessie’s Big Show and Pinkalicious. Details: Bryant Park. For additional information, please click here.
Saturday, September 17th
Kids Club Thirteen presents the PuppetMobile
Master puppeteers tell the story of Bessie the Cow’s dream to join the circus. Don’t miss the pre-show workshop at noon.
China Institute in America
The Shanghai Restoration Project and Le Zhang. Classical Chinese music meets jazz, hip hop, and electronica.
Saturday September 17th 12:30 pm
Madison Square Music: Studio Series – Bluegrass In The Park
A special all-day celebration of a uniquely American musical form. This five-concert event will be staged on the Oval Lawn and feature offerings by our friends at Fatty Crew.
Details: Madison Square Park, Oval Lawn Between Madison Ave. and 23rd St Until 6:30 pm. For more info, go here.
Saturday, September 17th: 1:00 pm
Harlem Artz, Roots & Rhythm Festival
Learn about Harlem’s diverse culture with an afternoon of art and music. Members of the Harlem community, in conjunction with the Harlem Arts Alliance, will display the many talents that make Harlem so spectacular. Finger-painting and game stands will be set up throughout the festival for kids and adults to enjoy. Details: Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 85 Bradhurst Avenue (On 148th St). For additional information, please click here.
Sunday, September 18th
For me, Fall really starts with the Flatbush Frolic, the best block party in Brooklyn. My family goes every year and I’ve participated in the wonderful lineup of kid’s activities at the Cortelyou Tot Lot. Here’s the full line up for the Tot Lot activities which is capped off by the inimitable Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees!:
12:30pm StoryTime and Art with Miss Akilah from FDC
1pm Magic Show for All Ages with the Magic Family
1:30pm Karate for ages 4 and up (www.MidwoodMartialArts.com)
2pm Family First Aid and CPR Demo with Baby Be Safe
2:30 Kids Learn to play Guitar with Ezra Guitar
3pm Gymnastics for Kids (www.MidwoodMartialArts.com)
3:30 Musical Explorers – Big Adventures for Little Musicians (www.MusicalExplorers.com)
4pm Junior Hula Hoop Contest – we’ll bring the hoops, you bring the hips
4:30 Sing along with Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees
But that’s not all! There is also a stage of music for adults (they’ve been told to try to keep it clean) with all Brooklyn based groups including: The Ziggernauts – Brooklyn’s premiere Psychedelic Garage Rock Band), Jake G and the Soul Company, a must see for fans of Soul Music, Sister Helen, four local Flatbush boys playing mean rock, and Billy the Pusha with an alternative sound that will keep your hands clapping and your feet tapping!
Details: 11am-6pm Cortelyou Road between Ocean and Coney Island Avenues SUBWAY: Q to Cortelyou Road. For additional information, go here.
Sunday, September 18th
Kids Club Thirteen presents Vital Theatre Company
Sing along to a medley of favorites from Pinkalicious, The Musical and Uncle Pirate. Celebrate all things pink and meet Pinkalicious herself.
Theatrical and passionate works from the nation’s premier Latino dance company.
Sunday, September 18th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Intro to Kayak Polo
This fun intro session will introduce kids to kayak polo. Instructors on hand will teach families about paddling, the rules of the game, and ball-handling. For those of you that have never been in a kayak before can also take this course where instructors will teach you how to fit the boat and gear correctly, how to wet exit and help you to get comfortable with paddling. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and in order to participate, you must be able to swim and those under 18 must have consent from a parent or guardian, participants under 16 must have a parent or guardian present. RSVP is required at Details: Pier 66, For additional information, please click here.
Sunday, September 18th from 9:00 am –12:00 pm
Walk for Prospect Park Walk-a-thon
Combine a fun day out at Prospect Park and exercise this weekend at the Prospect Park Walk-a-thon. Simply sign up and ask your friends or family members to sponsor you in this 5K walk. For all donations, the Brooklyn Community Foundation will match each dollar raised with one of their own, up to $25,000. Details: Bartel-Pritchard Square, Enter at 15th Street & Prospect Park West. Advanced registration: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. For additional information, please click here.
Sunday, September 18th from 10:00am – 6:00pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
You don’t want to miss this exciting literary fair covering a massive selection of books for both kids and adults and exciting meet and greets with emerging authors. Some speakers include Mary Karr, John Sayles, Pete Hamill, and A.M. Homes. Details: Brooklyn Borough Hall Joralemon and Court Streets, Brooklyn. For additional information, please click here.
Sunday, September 18th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Food Truck Rally
Prospect Park Alliance and the NYC Food Truck Association have partnered up to bring an exciting selection of food trucks every month to Grand Army Plaza. This month Bistro Truck, Joyride, the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Wafels and Dinges and much more will be parked and ready to serve their delicious eats. Arrive hungry! Details: Grand Army Plaza is formed by the intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park West and other streets. For additional information, please click here.