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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: May 5th-7th

May 4, 2017

Hi everyone!  May has arrived and get ready for a fun busy weekend here in NYC.


Governors Island is now open daily until October 1st and this weekend you can take the kids and check out the NYC Holi Hai FestivalChildren’s Book Weekend and the long running weekend only event play:groundNYC.  Also this weekend enjoy Amelia and Her Paper Tigers at The Waterfront Museum, Free Comic Book Day, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights at The Atrium at City Point, Bang on a Can Marathon at the Brooklyn Museum, New Parent Play Date at SPARK, LC Kids at the Atrium Season Finale, Nivelli’s War at The New Victory Theater, Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2017 at BAM, Spellbound Theatre: Up and Down Again at the Old Stone House, the 16th Annual Irish Arts Center NYC Dance Festival at Riverside Park South, Family Movie: Sing! at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library and Treehouse Shakers: Olive & Pearl at BAM.

Also check out some long running events like DUMBO Boulders at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater, Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks,  NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre,

There is so much going on this weekend so check calendar and have a blast with the kids. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Happy May!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday May 5th

New Parent Play Date at SPARK (DUMBO)
Fridays 10-1130a. $15/per session. Friday morning play date offers an open session for parents and caregivers with young children ages 0 to 24 months. Meet other parents and caregivers, while your babies and toddlers explore sensory materials. Join for the whole session, or for just a portion of it. Walk-ins welcome. Admission free with Passport Membership.

Treehouse Shakers: Olive & Pearl at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday May 5th 11a and ongoing at 11a until Monday May 8th.  See website for details.  Run time: 45min.  For ages 2-5y.  Full Price tickets start at $20.  Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl being raised by her Granny. Told through puppetry, theater, dance, and live music, this magical tale takes the youngest theatergoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight.  Note: This event is presented by Treehouse Shakers. BAM house, ticketing, and membership policies may not apply.

Family Movie: Sing! at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Friday May 5th .  Free.  Sing!  A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.  G and PG rated movies, titles announced on or near the show dates. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Rebel Playhouse: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre (Garment District)
Fridays at 6p, Saturdays at 230p & 6p and Sundays at 230p until May 21st.  For ages 6+.  Tickets: $27 for child & $37 for adults. Purchase tickets here.  Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to present the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy.  In “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow, and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This one act musical explores themes of diversity, understanding, friendship, and love. “Old Turtle…” made its world premiere at The Barter Theatre performed by the Barter Players in 2015, and this production will mark its New York premiere!

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Saturday May 6th

DUMBO Boulders Reopens at the Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday May 6th 9a-8p.  Day Pass is $9 includes rental gear.  Kids 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult to supervise and spot. No more than 3 kids per adult.  DUMBO Boulders is located under the Manhattan Bridge in iconic Brooklyn Bridge Park on the DUMBO waterfront.  We are currently in a soft open phase with the following hours: M-F 12n-8p & Saturdays-Sunday 9a-8p.

Spellbound Theatre: Up and Down Again at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday May 6th 10a & 1115a.  General Public: $15 each.  Season Pass holders: $12.  See website for information on the Season Pass.  A construction site comes to life with interactive materials and machines used to construct a surprising project.  This one-of-a-kind performance features digging, lifting, rolling, stacking, measuring, and bulldozing…all the things that 2-5 year olds love best!

Free Comic Book Day (various locations)
Saturday May 6th.  Find a participating shop for Free Comic Book Day here.  Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

LC Kids at the Atrium Season Finale (UWS)
Saturday May 6th Storytime at 11a & Music Performance at 1230p.  Free. Runtime: 120 minutes, For ages 2-6y. LC Kids at the Atrium Season Finale featuring The Nuts Keep Rolling by Eric Litwin and If You Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley Sonia De Los Santos.  We say goodbye to another fantastic season of free family programming in the Atrium with a special triple-header featuring three Lincoln Center fan favorites. We start with back-to-back storytimes featuring Eric Litwin (Pete the Cat, The Nuts) and Elise Parsley (Magnolia Says Don’t). Then soulful singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos lights up the stage with a joyful set of songs in English and Spanish.  See website for all the details.

Bang on a Can Marathon at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday May 6th 2-10p.  Suggested admission is $16 before 5 pm; free after 5 pm, courtesy of Target First Saturdays.  The 30th anniversary edition of the Bang on a Can Marathon brings a night of unique, boundary-pushing performances to the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays. The 2017 Marathon features eight hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time, side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.  See the website for the schedule of events.

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Sunday May 7th

Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights at The Atrium at City Point (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday May 7th 11a-1p.  Free.  Award-winning kindie musicians Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights will celebrate the release of their new album, Brooklyn Baby!, with a free family show right in the heart of Joanie’s home borough of Brooklyn.  Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights will perform songs off their new album, Brooklyn Baby!, along with plenty of interactive tunes from Joanie’s previous albums. This free, all-ages event not only celebrates the release of Brooklyn Baby!, it is also a tribute to all the families who live in the spectacular melting pot metropolis that Joanie calls home.  Brooklyn-based musician/composer/vocalist Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills will join Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights as a special guest at this show.  Everyone who purchases a Brooklyn Baby! CD at this show will receive a free Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights shirt.  Joanie will raffle off several Brooklyn Baby! CDs, as well as the Bedazzled Pizza box she hand decorated for the band’s recent photo shoot.  After the show fans are invited to join Joanie Leeds & The Nightlightsfor a meet-and-greet with autographs, lemonade, and butter cookies at the Flying Tiger store, just steps away from the City Point Atrium performance space.

Aleph Bet Ship Exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sundays 12n-4p and Mondays-Thursdays 1-3p 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.

16th Annual Irish Arts Center NYC Dance Festival at Riverside Park South, Pier I (UWS)
Sunday May 7th 1-7p.  Admission: FREE.  Reservations encouraged, but not required.  Reserver here.  We return to Riverside Park South to kick off the Summer-on-the Hudson series and celebrate all aspects of Irish dance and culture. Enjoy a day filled with performances from top Irish dance companies, and plenty of opportunities for the whole family to join in with participatory workshops, music sessions, céilís, Irish language lessons, children’s crafts, and more. Festival favorites, Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe, Donny Golden Dancers, Darrah Carr Dance, and Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance return along with new dancers and troupes. Come with or without your dancing shoes— the entire day is free and open to all!  See the website for the event schedule.

Best of BAMkids Film Festival 2017 at BAM (Fort Greene)
Sunday May 7th 2p.  General Admission: $10, members $7 and children 12 and under $7.  Part of BAMkids series BAMkids Movie Matinees.  A selection of the most popular films from this year’s BAMkids Film Festival, including the “BAMmie” award winner for best short film as selected by the 2017 festival attendees.  See the website for films that will be shown.

Amelia and Her Paper Tigers at The Waterfront Museum (Red Hook)
Sunday May 7p at 2p.  Tickets: $10/child & $13/adult + fees online.  Purchase here.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door if available. Adults: $15 & Youth under 18: $13.  Two explorers, tasked to investigate the achievements and mysteries behind one of America’s greatest aviators embark upon a journey they are not likely to forget, through comedy, music, audience participation, and circus arts.  This biographical adventure highlights Amelia Earhart’s determination and courage to challenge the status quo and follow her dream. Perfect for kids from 0-100, the show aims to inspire young people as they begin to claim greater independence. Using acrobatics, song, dance, and primary sources about Amelia’s life, the production addresses what it means to break the social mode and face one’s fears. Produced by Bond Street Theatre and directed by Gretchen Van Lente, the play is performed by Heddy Lahmann-Rosen, and Ilanna Saltzman. Bond Street Theatre initiates creative programming that inspires and educates youth, addresses human rights issues, heals communities affected by poverty and conflict, and promotes the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful future. The company has initiated innovative theatre programs in over 40 countries worldwide.

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All Weekend

Treehouse Shakers: Olive & Pearl at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday May 5th 11a and ongoing at 11a until Monday May 8th.  See website for details.  Run time: 45min.  For ages 2-5y.  Full Price tickets start at $20.  Olive & Pearl tells the story of a young girl being raised by her Granny. Told through puppetry, theater, dance, and live music, this magical tale takes the youngest theatergoers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight.  Note: This event is presented by Treehouse Shakers. BAM house, ticketing, and membership policies may not apply.

Nivelli’s War at The New Victory Theater
Saturday May 6th 2p & 7p and Sunday May 7th 12n & 5p.  For ages 8+.  Tickets start at $16.  Performance Facts: 65 minutes with no intermission.  From Cahoots NI in association with the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.  At the end of WWII, Ernst, a young evacuee from Frankfurt, finds himself alone and far away from home when he meets the mysterious Mr. H, a stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Fast friends, they set off down a road fraught with danger, hunger and uncertainty to return the young boy to his family. Original music and dreamlike stage effects help tell this dramatic story of two survivors who become each other’s ally, protector and confidant. Inspired by a true story, NIVELLI’S WAR is a vivid and moving theatrical account of an incredible journey and magical friendship.

Children’s Book Weekend on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday May 6th-7th 10a-5p.  Free.  The Empire State Center for the Book will host a Children’s Book Weekend on May 6 & 7 to celebrate Children’s Book Week and the opening of the 2017 Summer Season of Governors Island. The event which will include fourteen authors reading stories from their books over the course of the weekend. The readings take place on the hour from 11am to 4pm at the Center for the Book’s pop-up site at house 4B in Nolan Park.  Authors including Jeff Baron, Melanie Hope Greenberg and Robin Newman will read from their books. Their books will be available for sale and autographing. Parents and childcare givers are encouraged to bring blankets to sit upon while the authors read from the house’s front porch.  See the website for schedule of events.  Also check out the NYC Holi Hai Festival on Saturday.

play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p.  Free.  There is a Family Play area, open to all ages, adjacent to our Junkyard play area. Adult supervision is required.  Please note that the ages for both the Junkyard Play area (6 and older) and Family Play area (5 and under) are recommended.  We have 50,000 square feet of space in which we supply young people with materials for building, exploring, imagining and destroying. Some tools provided are nails, hammers and saws, paint, tires, wood, fabrics and more. Expect your child to get messy! Our junkyard play area is for kids only, with a  recommended age of  6 and up. Parents can enjoy a grassy area with some shade to enjoy some time relaxing. Please note, while we do not allow parents into the older kids area, children are free to come and go. It is up to each family to decide if the parents stay waiting outside the playground or choose to go enjoy other parts of the island for a while. Please note there are  play:groundNYC playworkers in the JunkYard at all times. Note: Shoes: Closed toe and thick soled shoes are required to enter our junkyard play area. In order to reduce risk of injury, rubber shoes (i.e. Crocs) and shoes with cut-outs (i.e. Keen sandals) and soft soled-shoes (i.e. Converse) are NOT permitted.  See the website for all the details.

New York, New Year at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday May 6th-7th 2p & 4p and at various times until May 21st.  See website for the schedule.  Tickets start at $10.  Tess isn’t in Missouri anymore. Will she find her place in NYC?

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays now until August 20th 1230p & 230p.  For 3y+.  Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10.  No credit cards accepted.  Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.

Family Discovery Weekends at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays-Sundays 1030a-1230pn until June 4th except May 27th-28th.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Free with Garden admission.  Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Garden docents.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until June 25th.  Free with Museum admission.  Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+.  Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

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.

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 two 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!