Hi everyone! Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and ready to have some fun this week.
Today take the kids to Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Seabee STEM Informational Static Display at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Memorial Day in Prospect Park and a Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery. Also this week take the kids and enjoy the last week of Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and check out CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at PS 152 Annex, Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School, The World Science Festival: Science in the Square, Go With the Flow, Eat Like the Colors of the Rainbow at the New Lots Brooklyn Public Library, Baby Breakfast at Habana Outpost, Dragon Boat Festival with Music from China at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Hopalong Andrew Singalong in Underwood Park, Hudson RiverKids: Story Pirates at Pier 62, Build with LEGO at the Washington Irving Brooklyn Public Library and Manhattanhenge 2017.
Also check out long running events like Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday May 29th
Seabee STEM Informational Static Display at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Monday May 29th 9a-5p. Free. U.S. Navy Seabee Historical Foundation will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) informational static display for visitors at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier. See the website for all the Fleet Week events.
Memorial Day at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Monday May 29th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join us at the Children’s Museum in remembrance and patriotism this Memorial Day. Star-Spangled Wind Chime: Celebrate the American flag in honor of Memorial Day by designing your own patriotic wind chime at 10am & 1pm drop-in for ages 5 & younger. Also Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad: Celebrate Memorial Day with a fun and fabulous fruit salad at 11am & 12pm for ages 6 & older (due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.)
Brooklyn’s 150 Kings County Memorial Day Parade (Bay Ridge)
Monday May 29th 11a. Free. Sponsored by the United Military Veterans of Kings County. The parade route is from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service.
Memorial Day in Prospect Park
Monday May 29th 12n-4p. Free. Join the Prospect Park Alliance this Memorial Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the 1912 Carousel.Nature Exploration 12–4pm at Prospect Park Audubon Center (Free) Programs are: Nature Play, 1–2 pm: Join Alliance naturalists and learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and develop self-reliance, creativity and problem-solving skills through different outdoor play-based activities. Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees. Nature on the Go!, 3pm–4 pm: An Alliance naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project! Annual Memorial Day Potato Planting, 1-4pm at Lefferts Historic House $3 suggested donation). Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House, and get a taste of what life was like on a Flatbush farm in spring. Join us in planting our annual potato crop, race against friends and family in organized potato sack races and take a tour of the Lefferts historic rooms. Also enjoy Carousel Rides, 12–5p ($2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets).
Memorial Day Concert in Green-Wood Cemetery
Monday May 29th 230-5p. Free. The concert is free, but RSVPS are recommended. Please make an optional donation with your reservation, to help Green-Wood continue to offer these events free of charge. RSVP here. It’s a NYC favorite, now in its nineteenth year! Bring a blanket and enjoy this free early summer performance. The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by the band’s inimitable founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale. Each year we feature the works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein, and many others. Enjoy the beautiful landscape with your fellow New Yorkers, as well local vendors selling food and drink throughout the day.
Tuesday May 30th
Baby Breakfast at Habana Outpost (Fort Greene)
Tuesdays 10a-12n until August. Free. The courtyard of Habana Outpost is transformed into a toddler wonderland complete with toys, water table and supervised art projects geared towards children 4 and under. Meet your neighbors and watch your babies make new friends!
Kids’ Discovery Stations at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays-Fridays 1015a-1215p until June 2nd (last week!) . Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for schools and families with children of all ages. Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate and classify plants, touch a carnivorous plant and learn how it eats, or go on a monarch and milkweed exploration in the meadow! All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.
Dragon Boat Festival with Music from China at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday May 30th 4-530p. Free. Music From China on the erhu (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), and daruan (bass guitar). The trio performs masterpieces from the time-honored traditions of Chinese classical and folk music in observance of the 端午节 Dragon Boat Festival. Refreshments will be provided after the program.
Wednesday May 31st
Hopalong Andrew Singalong in Underwood Park (Clinton Hill)
Wednesdays 10a weather permitting. Outdoor sing-a-long! $10/family. Hopalong Andrew’s sing-a-longs are geared towards all ages, singing the great folk songs, fireside ballads, and cowboy favorites of the silver screen. Think Roy Rogers meets Pete Seeger and Jesse Fuller – a 1-man band, with guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vintage Samsonite suitcase drum. He’ll get you to sing along, dance along, play along, and have an all-Americana good time. Check his Facebook page for a weather update if it looks like rain.
Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Wednesday-Friday May 31st-June 2nd and Monday June 5th at 1030a. Tickets: $10 individual, pre-paid, $15 at door (group tickets $8). Recommended for Pre-K thorugh 3rd Grade. Safety, Smarts, and Friendship. Chicken Little, Goosey Lucy, Ducky Lucky and the Grown-Ups will have the children laughing and singing along as they learn to “Play It Safe” in the city streets and country roads while making true friends along the way.
Go With the Flow, Eat Like the Colors of the Rainbow at the New Lots Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesdays 430-6p until June 28th. Free. Join us for a 5 week fun packed dietary program which educates parents and children on the importance of nutrition and healthy eating through literacy and colors. We aim to foster good nutrition and health in the East New York community. The New Lots Library will collaborate with a registered dietitian. Registration is required for this program. There is room 25 children and their families. Ages 3-12
Thursday June 1st
CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at PS 152 Annex (Flatbush)
Thursday June 1st 930-1030a. 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.
Build with LEGO at the Washington Irving Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 4-5p in June. Free. No registration is required. Do you LEGO? Need a creative way to decompress from a long school day? No problem! Join us at our very own LEGO Club where you can take up the weekly LEGO challenge or let your imagination run wild with your very own design.
Hudson RiverKids: Story Pirates at Pier 25 (Tribeca)
Thursday June 1st 4p. Free. In case of rain, Hudson RiverKids will take place in the lobby of Pier 40. Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! In addition to the Hudson RiverKids season running now through to Sept 14th, these fantastic programs will be offered twice per week at two separate locations in order to give your community a better chance in catching the shows!. Story Pirates: Interactive Storytelling will also happen June 5th at 630p at Pier 25 in Tribeca. See website for future performance information.
Half Sun on the Grid on Monday May 29th 813p and Full Sun on the Grid Tuesday May 30th 812p. Free. Arrive a half-hour earlier. For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, that special day comes twice a year, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight. These two days happen to correspond with Memorial Day and Baseball’s All Star break. Future anthropologists might conclude that, via the Sun, the people who called themselves Americans worshiped War and Baseball. For best effect, position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas. Future dates are Full Sun on the Grid Wednesday July 12th at 820p and Thursday July 13th for Half Sun on the Grid at 821p.
The World Science Festival: Science in the Square (Times Square)
Wednesday May 31st-Saturday June 3rd. Free admission. The World Science Festival brings science to the crossroads of the world, Times Square. From May 31 – June 3, the Festival will descend on Times Square with activities, demonstrations, and installations that educate, entertain, and inspire, providing the public a greater appreciation of our ever-changing planet — and our relationship to it. The programming includes an Energy Floor dance area that converts the energy of human motion into useable electricity; a large LED video wall that powerfully illustrates how global warming is fundamentally changing the earth’s topography; talks, demonstrations, and much more. See the website for all the Festival details.
Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park
Open daily until September 4th. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10a-7p and Sunday 10a-6p. Free. One Brooklyn’s coolest summer spots, the Splash Pad is designed for children under 12 and their parents and care-givers. With over 20 water jets, the Splash Pad provides state-of-the-art water play and admission is free to the public.
Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Open weather permitting. Free with Museum admission. See website for Museum hours. For all ages. Outdoors. Open weather permitting. This summer our splashy Dynamic H2O exhibition, in CMOM’s Sussman Environmental Center, is the hot place for children to cool off! With 800 sq. ft. of hands-on interactives and cool colorful graphics, the exhibit offers visitors a fun place to chill while they learn how New York City gets its water and the role water plays in our local environment. An interactive water table helps children trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. The story begins with the water cycle up in the clouds. Children can release a rain shower and place small floating droplets in the resulting river to follow as they progress downstream toward the city. As the water flows past floating lily pads, there’s an area where children can create waterfalls, build dams and pretend to fish. The opportunities for fun and discovery continue as the water streams toward a build-your-own city that awaits future engineers and architects. Children can pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create their own 92 mile aqueduct, and construct a city at the water’s edge! They can even try their hand at water-focused careers playing the role of marine scientist, chemical engineer, or even sewage treatment worker.
Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park)
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10a-12n until October 31st. No program on 5/29, 7/4, 9/4, and 10/9. Free. Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!
Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink (Central Park)
Saturday May 27th 10a-9p and everyday until September 10th at various times and admission & ride prices varies by day. See website. Enter park from 59th St. and 6th Avenue and walk north. Victorian Gardens is a traditional family amusement park featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted rides, games of chance, classic concessions, face painting and live entertainment.
Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing Mondays-Thursdays 1-3p & Sundays 12n-4p until June 15th. Free with Museum admission. For ages 2 and older. Youngsters will go on an ‘underwater’ journey to discover the Hebrew “Aleph Bet” letters, while playing the role of captain, with hats, ship barrels, and a captain’s wheel. Throughout the trip, the young captains will get to explore and experiment with aleph bet letters by shaping letters in sand, playing a magnetic matching game with fish along the ocean wall, relaxing with a variety of aleph bet books in the reading nook, exploring the letters in a giant jigsaw puzzle, and sending the letters up in a wind tunnel.
Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island
Monday-Friday 10a-12n until September 29th. Free Bike Mornings allows visitors to borrow a free bike from Blazing Saddle Bike Rentals for up to one hour every Monday-Friday from 10 AM to noon. Learn more about bike rental here.
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and 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.
Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.
Play Space Spring Schedule at Juguemos a Cantar (South Slope)
M-F 9a-12n and 330-530p until June 2nd. $12 per visit / Sibling $3 per visit. There is no registration required for Drop-In Sessions. You can enjoy our playspace as a DROP IN (pay as you come), with our PLAY PASSES (pre-pay visits), or have a MEMBERSHIP (unlimited visits for 1 month). Juguemos a Cantar Drop-In Play Space offers a social learning environment that includes exploration and interaction for kids 0 to 4y. A large, clean, well-equipped, airy indoor play area full of fun, music, a play kitchen, blocks, trains, doll houses, working bench, tools, puppets, soft play area, ball pit, books, craft table, & more. Monday: Singalong with Damian & his drums (Spanish & English) 1015a, Tuesday: Singalong with Ivan & his drums 1015a, Wednesday: Singalong with Ale (Spanish/English) 1015a, Thursday: Singalong with Tucker 1015a and Friday: Sing Along with Andrew from Rolie Polie Guacamole Band (English) 1030a
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!