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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: June 19th-22nd

June 18, 2017

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for another busy week here in NYC.


This week take the kids and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Like Father Like Son & Make(r) Music New York at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Storytime with Jon Burgerman & Oliver Jeffers! at Books are Magic, Night at the Museums 2017, Hudson RiverKids: Alastair Moock in Hudson River Park Pier 62 & 25, Summer Reading Street Fair at the Hudson Park New York Public Library, Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live in Riverside Park South, Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie from Jerry Joy Music at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Make Music NY: The Rock-A-Silly Band at Private Picassos Studio & Shop and Make Music New York events citywide.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Live at The Archway, Music in the Grove in Fort Greene Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park, Preschool Play at Wagner Park,  Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

Look at the calendar to see what else is happening this week and have a blast!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Have a great week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday June 19th

Jack & Friends Presents: Folk Music with Katy Stone at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Monday June 19th 330-430p (last one!).  Free.  Learn a new folk song each week with Katy Stone, along with a fun set of singalong favorites! She will be joined by friends to perform harmony driven songs that celebrate spring & summer. Ages 3-5.

Storytime with Jon Burgerman & Oliver Jeffers! at Books are Magic (Cobble Hill)
Monday June 19th 4-5p.  Free.  UK artist Jon Burgerman will host an incredible story time with his newest picture book Splat! He’ll also be joined by special guest author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers for an afternoon reading and artsy activity!  RSVP here.

Hudson RiverKids in Hudson River Park Pier 62 (Chelsea)
Mondays 630p.  Free.  Rain location: Pier 40 Lobby. 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 from May 22 through to Sept 14, 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! This year the shows will take place at BOTH Pier 25 in Tribeca AND Pier 62 in Chelsea.  June 19th: Alastair Moock and will also performa at Pier 25 Thursday June 22nd at 630p.  See website for information on future performances.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday June 20th

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Like Father Like Son at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday June 20th 11a-12n.  Free.  Location: Plaza.  Veteran children’s musician Lou Gallo and his son Frank Gallo have formed kindie supergroup “Like Father Like Son”.  Their debut album, scheduled to be released later this year, is produced by & featuring Dean Jones, with a little help from the amazingly talented Katie Ha Ha Ha, and Lou’s longtime friend Brady Rymer.  They sing songs spanning the gamut from reworked classics “Banana Boat Song” and “Rain Rain Go Away” to Frank’s quirky tunes “Sharks and Dinosaurs” and “I Got a Beard”.  “She’s a Dog” was the first song they collaborated on, when Frank was only Two years old.  The album is rounded out with some heart warming songs written by Lou: “Little Bit of Time”/”Like My Dad”.

Summer Reading Street Fair at the Hudson Park New York Public Library (West Village)
Tuesday June 20th 230-430p.  Free.  We are closing Leroy Street (between Hudson and 7th Ave) and filling it with FREE neighborhood fun for Summer Reading! If it rains, the event will still go on inside the library. Please join us!  Featuring: Bubble Dad, The Children’s Museum of the Arts, Hudson Guild, Friends of JJ Walker Playground / Green Below 14,Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, The Imagination Play Project, Music for Aardvarks (performance at 3:30 pm), Ozobots, face painting, Little Bits and more!

Night at the Museums 2017 (Lower Manhattan)
Tuesday June 20th 4-8p.  Free. Spend the evening visiting museums & historic sites in lower Manhattan, where New York’s history and culture begin.  The museums and historic landmarks of Lower Manhattan are an American treasure. Explore one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world – 15 sites all within comfortable walking distance of each other. This annual event takes place rain or shine.  Pick up your Night at the Museums Guide on June 20 at any of the participating institutions. You can print a map from this site to start.  Experience the growing and vibrant food scene in Lower Manhattan. Visit downtownny.com/getlow to find out how to get discounts, freebies, and other surprises at 35 restaurants across the district. This is available only on Tuesdays through August 29.  See the website for the list of venues.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday June 21st

Music in the Grove in Fort Greene Park
Starting Wednesday June 21st 10-11a and ongoing until August 2nd.  Also concerts on Sunday July 16th & 30th 11a-12n.  Free.  Get ready for our first kids concert of the year! Bring your blanket and set it down by the trees just south of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument for this free concert catered to children 0-8  years old.  Our series this year starts off with Brooklyn’s own Suzi Shelton.  See the website for all the future performances.

Make(r) Music New York at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday June 21st 4-5p.  Free.  Location: Plaza.  Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across New York City that takes place each June 21 – the longest day of the year.  Join in at the Central BPL, where you’ll learn how to make music with maker technology (littleBits and Makey Makeys), then participate in a live performance!  Rain Location: Information Commons Lab.

Make Music NY: The Rock-A-Silly Band at Private Picassos Studio & Shop (Park Slope)
Wednesday June 21st 4-6p.  Join us for a FREE concert with the Rock-a-Silly Band!  We’re so excited to host Patrick and his fabulous band in this year’s Make Music NY.  Rock out in front of the Studio from 4-6pm.  We’ll have a SPECIAL art project for concert goers inside the Studio as well.  Concert is free; art activities will be $15/project.  Check the website for other Make Music NY events happening citywide.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday June 22nd

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live in Riverside Park South (UWS)
Thursdays 1030-1115a until June 29th.  Free.  Great for kids 5yrs & under!  Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories & sing along encouragement on our comfy & danceable turf lawn right by the big locomotive.  Weather looking iffy? Wanna know if the event is still on?  Check the Summer on the Hudson Twitter feed or visit the website 2 hours before the event.

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Louie from Jerry Joy Music at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday June 22nd 11a-12n.  Free. Louie Miranda has been dazzling the hearts of children, parents & teachers everywhere he goes. He is unique, original & loved by an ever growing population across the country! He has played with numerous ensembles performing music in a wide variety of styles.

Live at The Archway (DUMBO)
Thursdays at 6p through September.  Free.  Live at the Archway is always all ages, and always rain or shine (which works because we’re under the Manhattan Bridge!) Headlining acts play at 6:30pm.  The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge is a public plaza on Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in DUMBO.  Live at The Archway is a Weekly Cabaret Below the Manhattan Bridge — with free performances, interactive art experiences, beer & wine from our landlocked Lighthouse, and a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting from June through September.  This series, brought to you by the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse, showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, presenting an eclectic, dynamic range of music and performance genres over 17 weeks, including sizzling salsa, Colombian cumbia, modern dance from Italy, Afrobeat, swing dancing, flamenco, a special reunion by a Japanese DUMBO pop band and more.  Thursday June 22nd: This week at Live at the Archway, learn the foundational cornerstones of Hip Hop from dance all stars at H+, then test them out at a DJ dance party. Plus live art making with Zach Seeger.  See the website for details on future performers.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until October 22nd.  Free with Museum admission.  Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.

Shakespeare’s Richard III in Carroll Park
Wednesdays through Sundays at 730p until June 25th.  Free.  The award-winning Brooklyn theatre company, Smith Street Stage, returns to Carroll Park for its eighth year of free outdoor Shakespeare-under-the-stars. This summer’s production will be Richard III, and all tickets are free, no reservation required.  Richard III tells the story of a country in turmoil and a madman lusting for power. As the ruthless and charismatic Richard claws his way to the throne, a nation is forced to the breaking point in this chilling tale of a tyrant, his enablers, and those who attempt to resist.  The stage will be set at the east end of Brooklyn’s beautiful Carroll Park, along Smith Street. Ground seating is open to the public, as well as a limited number of chairs. Many theatre-goers bring picnic blankets, some bring chairs of their own. For more information, visit www.SmithStreetStage.org

Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Thursdays 530-645p until August 24th and Saturdays 10a-3p until August 26th. Free.  Location: Pier 2.  Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.  See the website for all the 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 City)
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10a-12n until October 31st.  No program on  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)
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.

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.

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!