Our first fall weekend is upon us and yet we still have some of the rituals of summer to continue enjoying: boating at Brooklyn Bridge Park, noshing at not one- but two Smorgasburgs as a new one opens in DUMBO to complement its sister in Williamsburg, a ride on Jane’s Carousel and free weekend workshops at Kentler and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Have you always wanted to try the trapeze, or is your kid dying to try an Olympic-sized trampoline? Try out both daring activities at Streb’s Open House. Many gyms and studios have open houses and free demos this weekend- it’s your chance to fly!
Have a fabulous weekend! Don’t forget to visit the events calendar and and music listings for even more activities!
Saturday, September 5th – September 15th: 10:30am — 4:30 pm
Boating Opens for the Season
Starting this Saturday, you can get out on the water for kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 1 Boat Basin. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time. Boating will recur every Saturday until September 1, 2012.
Details: Saturdays, June through September 15 (except for September) FREE. More info.
Through November 18
The Williamsburg Flea is a Sunday ritual for our family: with super finds and delicious food vendors, you can spend a whole day just noshing and looking. Located between North 6th and North 7th Streets just south of East River State Park, the Flea is a must-see destination when you get off the ferry. Take a moment to take in the fabulous skyline as well.
Details: Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Through November 17
For gourmands everywhere, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a destination to taste artisan foods and snatch up unique housewares. Every Saturday at the East River, thousands come to see and taste the vendors’ wares and chow with their friends.
Details: Saturday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)
Opening this Sunday- Through November 17
Smorgasburg happens every Sunday on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse, from 11am to 6pm. Packaged and prepared foods, purveyors from New York City and across the region, and other food-related vendors (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of 75-100 vendors. Click here to apply as a vendor. Runs until November 18th.
Details: Sunday (Starting Sept. 9), 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine | The Flea’s Giant All-Food Market Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.)
One of the best changes to Brooklyn Bridge Park last year was the addition of great food vendors. What is still missing: shade! A lot of the vendors will be opening this weekend so it’s a perfect time to head to the park, or hop on the ferry or just chill and score a great lunch. I will be heading to my favorites Bark Hot Dogs and Ditch Plains and summer wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream from Uncle Louie G or Blue Marble. The full list of park vendors and their operating hours is here.
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays from 10am — 6pm
Field Station: Dinosaurs
9 minutes from Manhattan and 90 million years back in time… That’s what Field Station: Dinosaurs is! My son and I had the opportunity to visit this outdoor attraction a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it! Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. There are over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) that come to life. It’s like a museum, outdoors. And it’s totally cool!
Details: Secaucus, NJ. Cost: $20/adults; $17.50/children 3-12; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.
Through November 2012
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?! They will be enthralled…and so will you. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.
Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.
Through November 5th: various times
Century of the Child: Growing By Design Exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
Taking place in The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor. MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children. The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
Details: 11 West 53 Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: (212) 708-9400. Visit the website for more information.
Through December 2nd: various times
Spiders Alive! at The American Museum of Natural History
Among the live spiders visitors will encounter are the goliath bird eater; the western black widow; and species from other arachnid orders, including African whip spiders. Spiders Alive! will explore spiders’ silk, venom, and little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry. The exhibition will include larger-than-life models, videos, interactive exhibits, and fossils.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Ticket includes museum admission and Spiders Alive exhibit: $25 adults; $14.50 children; $19 seniors/students. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.
Through Sunday, September 30th
Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney Museum of American Art
Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Yayoi Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career. The AMAZING Fireflies on the Water is being shown in the Museum’s Lobby Gallery in conjunction with the Yayoi Kusama retrospective. Timed tickets are required to view Fireflies on the Water and can only be reserved on the day of your visit at the admission desk. The show is being billed as “all ages”- if you are concerned, see photos of the exhibit here before going.
Details: 945 Madison Ave (at 75th St) (212) 570-3600
Dancewave Free and $5 Trial Classes
Check out free classes for kids up to 36 months, and $5 classes for 3 years and up. A great time to see what your kids’ dancing feet can do!
Fri Sept 7, 10 – 10:45
Creative Movement: 18 – 28 mos
Fri Sept 7, 11 – 11:45
Creative Movement II 27-36 mos
Sat Sept 8th, 9:45 – 10:30
Creative Modern I/II 3 – 6 years
Sun Sept 9th, 10 – 10:30
Creative Ballet I/II 3 – 6 years amat Dancewave,
Details: RSVP@dancewave.org . Dancewave, 45 Fourth Ave (and Dean Street) Their full schedule for classes of ALL ages is here.
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am- 5 pm
3rd Annual Coney Island Kite Festival
This weekend, take in animals and rainbows at the 3rd Annual Coney Island Kite Festival taking place on the Coney Island Beach. Kites will be flying between 10 am – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Details: Coney Island Beach from West 8th Street to Stillwell Ave
Saturday, September 8th & Sunday, September 9th at 12pm-2pm & 4pm-6pm
Weekend Family Programs at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Come explore Pier 6 and Main Street with the Playground Associates who lead educational based activities. There are different themes each weekend. Please note: This weekend is skyline crafting, statue of liberty crown and torch making.
Details: Pier 6 and Main Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 222-9939. Visit the website for more information.
The Gym Park Open House
Each day the Gym Park will be hosting free trial classes and Open Play Sessions. Participate in their Open House and enter to win one of 3 prizes: 1. Free Semester of Gymnastics classes or equal classes. 2. Free Birthday Party. 3. Free Open Play 10pk
RSVP: to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gym Park
September 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Go Brooklyn Art
More than 1,800 artists across 46 neighborhoods in Brooklyn will open their studio doors to you. To get started, visit www.gobrooklynart.org. You can create an itinerary of studios and either print out a map of those studios or view them via the iPhone app. You can also visit our main meet point at Borough Hall or one of 30 information spots throughout Brooklyn (including the Brooklyn Museum). I was told that you can then see which ones have “family friendly” art if you are concerned about possible difficult content.
Details: All over Brooklyn!
Saturday, September 8 at 1 PM & 4 PM
Sunday, September 9 at 1 PM & 4 PM
Sarazad and the Monster King
The Monster King is back. Check out the return engagement of this imaginative retelling of the story of Scheherazade or The 1001 Arabian Nights, written by E. J. C. Calvert and directed by Justin Lauro. Join Sarazad and her sidekick Aminal as they travel though Storyland and attempt to tame the wild Monster-King. The audience helps Sarazad and her friends from landing in the Monster-King’s stew pot by traveling over choppy seas, throwing a phalanx of (stuffed) fish and providing wacky sound effects. The New York Times called the show, “an hour of fast-paced fun as Sarazad helps the King discover his inner hero!”
Details: Canal Park Playhouse (508 Canal Street, between Greenwich and West Streets in Tribeca). The regular ticket price is $20. For tickets or more information, call OvationTix on 1-866-811-4111 or visit .
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH
Friday Sept. 7 10:00 a.m.
Free Music Classes with CityStomp
Details: The Commons Brooklyn 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond). RSVP: To reserve a free trial classes write to email@example.com.
Friday, September 7th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Children’s Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events. Head on over for fun, free, and educational activities!
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. Across from the carousel. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 7th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, September 7th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, August 31st from 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Basketball at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Closed-toed shoes required.
Ages 5 and 6: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 3:30-4:30pm
Ages 7 and up: Fridays, June 1-Oct. 26 (except 5/25, 8/31, 10/5), 4:30-5:30pm
Details: North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace, NYC. Two sessions: 5-6 or 7 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.267.9700. Visit the website for more information.
Friday, August 31st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.
Friday, August 31st at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
Saturday Sept. 8 11:00 a.m.
Free Music Classes with CityStomp
Details: St. JME Lutheran Church 283 Prospect Avenue (between 5th and 6th Avenues) RSVP: To reserve a free trial classes write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 1st from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact: email@example.com or visit their website.
Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 – 11:30am
Kids Drawing Class at Kentler
At this free weekend workshop, kids and their adults will look at, discuss, and draw details from the new exhibition at the Kentler, “To Be Young Gifted and Black in the Age of Obama.” Artists will make connections between their own potential and the “age of Obama” by creating current and imagined self-portraits: one as an artist, now, and one as the president, in the future!
Details: Designed for ages 4 & up with their care givers (no drop-offs) Please register in advance!!Send your name, child’s name/age, and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kentler International Drawing Space at 353 Van Brunt Street / (Red Hook) Brooklyn / 718.875.2098
Saturday September 8 from 12-5
Jalopy Theater Descends on Governor’s Island
Come to Governor’s Island on or a great family-friendly event! The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music is sending fifteen local roots bands to perform in various places around the island throughout the afternoon, featuring a wide variety of traditional styles and every instrument from the jug to the harmonica to the kitchen sink! Dancing and singing fun for all ages. The free street music fair takes place along the circular path on the northern side of Governors Island, where attendees can leisurely walk and bicycle between five locations where bands will each play 45-minute sets.
Details: Free ferries to Governors Island leave from Manhattan’s Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street and Brooklyn’s Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The East River Ferry provides service to Governors Island from Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO, Manhattan’s Pier 11 and Midtown. See Governors Island’s website for the complete ferry schedule: http://govisland.com/
Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to 5 pm
Monk’s Trunk Annual Sidewalk Sale
Celebrate Monk’s Trunk’s first year in existence with an industrial-sized stoop sale, where you’ll find loads of gently used infant and toddler clothes, children’s books, puzzles, toys, and baby gear at unbeatable prices. Most clothing will run about $2-3, with prices dropping over the course of the day. Come early for the best selection! They will also have a section of clearance toys, books, and gifts: all new items priced up to 60% off their retail value. Profits from this sale will go to the Prospect park Playground Committee. The sidewalk sale is being held in conduction with the annual Hawthorne Street Block Association Street Party, so the entire block will be closed off to cars. (Monk’s Trunk is a children’s consignment shop focused on kids from newborn up to age 8. In addition to children’s apparel and baby gear, they carry overstock toys and a carefully curated selection of bargain children’s books.)
Details: 23 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Saturday, September 8th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too! Please note: this weekend, Author Susanna Reich presents Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat.
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.
Saturday, Sept 8th at 1pm
Roulette Kids – Free Music Funhouse
Brooklyn based Shinkoyo art and music collective founders Matthew Mehlan and Doron Sadja present the FREEMUSIC FUNHOUSE – an all ages, extraordinary extravaganza of wacky sounds, video clones, Frankenstein instruments, and guests galore! Matt and Doron will lead the group in a free multimedia improvisation, discuss why music is fun, free and easy, and teach all in attendance how to use everyday items to annoy your parents.
Details: Free. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn (2/3/N/Q/D/B/R Atlantic/Pacific)
Saturday, September 8th at 12:30 pm
South Slope Music Together Demo Classes at Hootenanny
Babies classes (newborns through 9 months) with Pete.
Details: Reply to email@example.com and tell them which demo you would like to attend! 718-369-0528
Saturday, September 8, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Open House/Free Classes at BAX
Sample FREE dance, theater, and tumbling classes for ages 18 months to 18 years. Join the families of the BAX community. Meet the BAX faculty and staff and register for the Fall Trimester. Enjoy refreshments, tour the facilities, and check out our fun, colorful Playspace for ages 1-4. For full list of trial classes visit their page here.
Note: Classes not available on the sample schedule will be offered as trial classes the first week of the Fall trimester (Sept. 10-15). Arrangements must be made in advance.
Details: pre-registration strongly encouraged due to participation volume.
Saturday, September 8, 10:00am – 4 pm
The park will be filled with vendors selling used bikes, new and used bike accesories as well as events to be announced.
Details: Old Stone House at 5th Ave and 4th Street in Park Slope
Saturday September 8th 1pm – 4pm
Free STREB Open House
Check out the POPACTION School and Espana-STREB Trapeze Academy and what you can do in their warehouse space: try out the trapeze, bounce on their enormous trampoline and whirl on a ring- all aided by instructors. Appropriate for ages 18 months to adults. When we went one year, a lot of adults were lined up to get on the trapeze.
Details: RSVP: 718-384-6491
Saturday, September 8th, 12pm to 3pm
Firefly Movement Lab Open House
Music, dancing, and art-making with fabulous folks and families… Music By: DJ Special of Afro Mosaic Soul
Details: at Freebrook Academy 375 Stuyvesant Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up!
Saturday, September 8 at 6:30 pm
Jane’s Carousel Performance
Watch and listen as eight musicians transform Jane’s Carousel into a whirling stage. This 30-minute, site-specific piece is presented as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music 2012, and was composed by Stephanie Richards.
Details: At Empire Fulton Ferry
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH
Sunday Sept. 9 9:30 a.m.
Free Music Classes with CityStomp
Details: Spoke The Hub 748 Union Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) RSVP: To reserve a free trial classes write to email@example.com.
Sunday, August 26th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss Nina, Jon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, September 9th at 2 pm
Hip Tot Music Fest with Audra Rox
This month the Hip Tot Music Fest will blow the lid off the toy-box with live performances from Audra Rox “Queen of the NY Kid Rock scene,” according to Time Out Kids. Also, savor Plum Organics, free goody bags, local vendors, surprise pre-concert events and giveaways. Plum Organic also sponsors the pre-concert fest featuring performances from The Cool Beans and Jeté Dance Center; a book reading of ‘A City Is’ by Melanie Hope Greenberg ; arts and crafts with The Scrap Kins, Glitter Tattoos with Glitter Tattoo New York, Face Painting with Lady Z; Cardboard castle built by Mini Jake and Makedo and local food from Die Koelner Bierhalle .
Details: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, in Gowanus. $8 kids, $12 adults, $35 family pass for family of 4. Buy tickets here.
Sunday, September 9th at 12:30 pm
Singalong/Drumalong at The Moxie Spot
What Sunday doesn’t call for a good ol’ singalong? If that’s not enough action, try the drumalong.The 1st and 3rd Sundays are DrumAlongs with Ivan and 2nd and 4th Sundays are Singalong with Ari. Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and get your feet grooving.
Details: 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.
Sunday, August 26th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website for more information.