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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: August 24,25,26

August 23, 2012

You might hear a traditional drum like this- the "Dhol"- at the Eid Celebration with Dance, Music, and Hand Painting at Queens Library

Charles, our Listings Editor, has collected the best picks for family ears for this weekend. He reports, “the show at J&R Jr. is certainly the big show of the weekend but the Ramadan and Bengali celebrations and Chinese Opera show in Queens really intrigue me.  There’s also the Carroll Park show which I have a real fondness for.  I love that playground.” (As do many!).

Have a happy weekend!

Friday August 24th

6:00 pm: Free Friday Family Jam Series at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Join the Sesame Flyers Youth Dance Ensemble as they celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month!  Feel, experience the cultural pride and expressions of Caribbean culture in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Ave (at St. Marks Ave)
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Little ones can join in on a riverside drumming circle led by masters of the art. Kids will learn traditional drumming patterns and African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms. Instruments provided.
Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Pl (between West St and 1st Pl)
For more info, go here.

Saturday August 25th

12:00 pm: J&R Jr. Kids Music Fest Day
Tykes will have a ball watching a slew of kiddie musicians at this J&R sponsored celebration. Among the day’s featured performers are Bari Koral, Karen K and the Jitterbugs and Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Once they’ve gotten their musical fill, kids can participate in free activities from MoonSoup and the Craft Studio.
J&R Junior, Sat noon. 1 Park Row, 2nd Floor (by Pearl St)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: CBA Culture and Arts Center Presents: The Best of Chinese Opera
At this unique performance, all different styles of Chinese opera will come together in a celebration of Chinese culture.
Queens Library, Flushing Branch, Sat 2pm. 41-17 Main St (at Kissena Blvd)
For more info, go here.

2:30 pm: A Ramadan Celebration with Turkish Music, Food and a Surprise for the Kids!
Commemorate the holiday Ramadan with a performance by Turkish musician Seljuk Akdas and traditional Eid refreshments.
Queens Library, Broadway Branch, Sat 2:30pm. 40-20 Broadway (at Steinway St)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Bargemusic Presents: “Music in Motion”
Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both established and emerging musicians perform at Bargemusic on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline.  Neighborhood Family Concerts are a one hour performance, including a Q & A session with the musicians.
Barge Music Fulton Ferry Landing
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Eid Ananda Mela: Eid Celebration with Dance, Music, and Hand Painting
Celebrate the Bengali tradition of Eid with live music, dancing, hand painting, and some sweet treats.
Queens Library, Central Library, Sat 3pm. 89-11 Merrick Blvd (between 89th and 90th Aves)
For more info, go here.

4:00 pm: Carroll Park Kids Concert Series
This Saturday come see With original, interactive songs ranging in style from bluegrass to 80’s punk rock, Key Wilde and Mr Clarke create a zany musical world where pigs grow as big as tractor trailers, little dogs think they are bullfrogs and people can go to the moon in a red balloon. Come out to Carroll Gardens to enjoy the music!
President St (between Court and Smith Sts)
For more info, go here.

Sunday August 26th

10:00 am: Brighton Beach Jubilee
The three stages at this summer fest feature Russian entertainment, rock and roll music and Dads competing in an arm wrestling competition for the title of the “strongest arm in Brooklyn.” Sandy the Seagull, the Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot, will make an appearance, and children can take a spin on kiddie rides and get their faces painted.
Brighton Beach Avenue (at Coney Island Avenue) Brooklyn, NY
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Harlem Meer Performance Festival
Enjoy live lakeside music in the Park’s beautiful northern end at the Central Park Conservancy’s weekly Harlem Meer Performance Festival concert.  This week it’s Cocomama (Latin World).
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Sundae Sermon Dance Party
Spend the afternoon in Harlem at a family picnic while DJs MKL, Tommy Bones, Des Uno and Stormin’ Norman play soulful house music, classics and afrobeats. When your young ones tire of dancing they can do kids yoga, get their faces painted or check out the health and wellness-themed vendors.
Morningside Park, Morningside Drive (from 110th to 123rd Sts)
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Music in the Garden Series: Earth (Eart’ Acte)
Take in the beautiful scenery the Queens Botanical Garden has to offer with a retro soundtrack at this outdoor concert. The band Earth will perform “A Score of Pop Tunes,” featuring classic pop hits from artists like Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.
Queens Botanical Garden, Sun 6pm. 43-50 Main St (at Dahlia Ave)
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)