Hi everyone! June has arrived and there are lots of fun events to enjoy with the kids this weekend.
This weekend check out Go Green! Brooklyn Festival in McCarren Park, Figment Festival on Governors Island, The World Science Festival: Science in the Square, Beam Block Party 2017, FAB Friday Kid Concert: Anza’s Spanish Sing-Along at Putnam Triangle Plaza, Spellbound Theatre: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors at the Old Stone House, Pirate School! at the Waterfront Museum, Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y, The World Science Festival: The Great Fish Count all over NYC, Brazilian Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, La MaMa Kids Annual Family Play-Date, China Institute Children’s Book Festival, Child’s Play NY Presents: The Crucible in Maroney Theater at St Francis College, Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School and The World Science Festival: Ultimate Science Sunday at NYU Kimmel Center.
Also check out long running events like The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center in Central Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday June 2nd
FAB Friday Kid Concert: Anza’s Spanish Sing-Along at Putnam Triangle Plaza (Clinton Hill)
Friday June 2nd 10a. Free. Perfect for children ages 12 months – 5 years to sing along, dance, play, and enjoy being outdoors, it’s sure to be a FABulous time! Anza’s love of music and children is ever so present during this group sing-along! In partnership with Busy Bodies Brooklyn, join the FAB FRIDAY KIDS’ CONCERT fun on the Plaza as Anza’s Spanish Sing-Along features songs, guitar, flute, animal puppets and bubbles to make learning basic Spanish words fun, social and engaging.
The World Science Festival: Science in the Square (Times Square)
Friday-Saturday June 2nd-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.
Shadow Box Theatre: Play it Safe at PS 3 The Bedford Village School (Bedford Stuyvesant)
Friday June 2nd & 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.
Cirque-tacular Presents: Spring-A-Ding-DING! at the 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Friday June 2nd 7p, Saturday June 3rd 11a & 2p. Run Time: 70 Minutes (No Intermission). Tickets: $28 General Admission, $50 VIP – Priority Seating, Choice of Magnet or Signed Cast Poster & a Concession and $100 Family 4 Pack. Brianna is back! Spring bursts to life through the adventures she shares with a fresh cast of amusing woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance, and can’t-believe-your-eyes specialty acts. Families and audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy amazing things at Spring-a-Ding-DING!
Saturday June 3rd
The World Science Festival: The Great Fish Count (various locations)
Saturday June 3rd 9a-430p. Free admission. From Lemon Creek in Staten Island to the shores of the Bronx River, New York’s waterways are teeming with life — and it’s up to you to find it! Led by top marine scientists and biologists in 17 sites across New York’s five boroughs, Westchester, and New Jersey, the Great Fish Count gives attendees of all ages the chance to strap on a pair of waders, cast a net, and discover the underwater world in their own backyard. See website for details on locations all over NYC.
Beam Block Party 2017 (Red Hook)
Saturday June 3rd 11a-3p. Free admission. For all ages. RSVP here. Location: outside Beam Center. Join our inaugural Beam Block Party, where students and teachers from all over NYC and the Beam staff will showcase projects, experiments and thingamajigs. We will eat, celebrate and boogie-down, maybe learn something from one another. See what Beam Center does all year when we are not in the woods.
La MaMa Kids Annual Family Play-Date (East Village)
Saturday June 3rd 11a. $10 Tickets for Kids & Adults. Fun- filled Cabaret Performance With Slant Performance Group. SLANT has curated another dynamic event, this year’s theme is a contemporary take on the stone soup story. SLANT wanders into town, broke and hungry and the only way to get a healthy meal is to start making stone soup. One by one, colorful denizens bring their original spice to the stage and the soup becomes a sumptuous feast that celebrates New York City’s vibrant culture. Included is the ever popular Forty Seconds Street open mic where anyone can sign up and be a star for or 40 seconds. See website for all the event details.
The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center in Central Park
Saturdays 11a-12n until September 11a-12n. Free. Rain or shine. Near 72nd St. & 5th Ave. The stories are appropriate for children six years old and up. Parents or guardians are asked to sit with their children. Each summer on Saturday morning for the past 60 years, New Yorkers of all ages have listened to Andersen tales and other stories, folktales, and fairytales from around the world told by a group of brilliant storytellers at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park. This landmark New York event continues this summer, with storytelling happening every Saturday from June through September. See the website for the schedule of performers.
Go Green! Brooklyn Festival in McCarren Park (Williamsburg)
Saturday June 3rd 12n-5p. Rain or shine. Free. Go Green! Brooklyn Festival will celebrate our 10th Anniversary in McCarren Park with the North Brooklyn community and local environmental programs. Park-goers can engage with and learn about sustainability initiatives while sampling local food, participating in live-action art projects, and enjoying musical performances for all ages! Live Music and Theater for all ages by IS 318 Rock Band, Baby DJ, Rock’n’Rollo, Thunder, Sunshine Band, Wildlife Theater and more! Children’s Pop-Up Playground! Free Fitness Workshops curated by Breakin Boundaries. Free Charging Stations at Brooklyn SolarWork’s solar pavilion. Green Educational displays by local schools. Greencycle Swap, Repair Café and Upcycling Stations. Volunteer park clean ups with Good.Clean.Fun, Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint and NAG.
Sunday June 4th
Spellbound Theatre: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Sunday June 4th 10a & 1115a. Tickets: $15. This one-of-a-kind storytelling performance follows a lost toy, Catbear, as he travels through the tunnels of New York City on six different subway lines, looking for his owner. Each train has its own story, and Catbear experiences all the sights and sounds of New York City before landing home again. Interactive and intimate, this show is ideal for children ages 2-5.
Brazilian Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SOHO)
Sunday June 4th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Celebrate Brazilian culture with us on Sunday, June 4. We will have special workshops and performances inspired by Brazilian artistic traditions. Master percussionist Scott Kettner, will demonstrate influences of Brazilian folk music tradition of Maracatu de Baque Virado and its relationship to New Orleans and Mardi Gras Indian rhythms. See how a loop pedal works in this interactive solo performance. Workshops include: Upcycled Self Portraits, Making Tamaracas, Tropicália and more. See website for the full schedule of events.
The World Science Festival: Ultimate Science Sunday at NYU Kimmel Center (Greenwich Village)
Sunday June 4th 10a-6p. This indoor event is free and open to all ages. Ride a hovercraft, control an underwater rover, and face off with virtual reality dinosaurs. This is Ultimate Science Sunday, an action-packed day of robots, catapults, wind tunnels, telescopes, and so much more! Explore floors of interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and games during this immersive science event that you won’t want to miss. See the website for all the event details.
China Institute Children’s Book Festival (Financial District)
Sunday June 4th 11a-3p. Free. In honor of International Children’s Day and in conjunction with BookExpo America & BookCon, China Institute presents a family festival celebrating some of the most beloved Chinese children’s stories. Children of all ages will be able to explore classic and contemporary books and stories through a puppet show, author readings, pop-up exhibition, movies, costumed characters, e-book launch, games, crafts and more!
Pirate School! at the Waterfront Museum (Red Hook)
Sunday June 4th 2p. Advance Tickets here or call the Smarttix Box Office at (877) 238 5596. Adults $15, Kids $13. Tickets at the door: Adults $18, Kids $15. During Pirate School! the bumbling professor Billy Bones teaches youngsters how to be good pirates with lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like Buccaneers; cannons boom, skulls talk, cutlasses drop and pets run amok. Ultimately Pirate School! aims to satisfy children’s universal curiosity about the briny Buccaneers of yore while subtly boosting their self-esteem and citizenship skills by prompting them to be more empathetic, responsible, courageous Corsairs.
Child’s Play NY Presents: The Crucible in Maroney Theater at St Francis College (Brooklyn Heights)
Saturday June 3rd 7p & Sunday June 4th 6p. Tickets: $5. For ages 8+. Salem. 1692. Women are accused of witchcraft and the town has turned on itself. The surge of mass hysteria sweeps a new nation leaving it irrevocably scarred. Religious zealots, teenage girls, a farmer and his wife are among the number whose lives are forever changed by the witch trials. Written as a response to the McCarthy era and the “naming of names” and apt in today’s times. Performed by Child’s Play NY students ages 12-15. Reserve tickets here. Families of children in the show will have priority seating, after that we call reservations in the order that we received the ticket request.
Figment Festival on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday June 3rd-4th 10a-5p. Free. The event will happen rain or shine. FIGMENT NYC is an explosion of creative energy: a free annual participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Come on out, and bring whatever you need for a day of fun. Expect Art and activities in every medium available… especially the art and activities that YOU bring! Click here to see a full schedule of last year’s registered artwork and activities. FIGMENT is a free, volunteer-run non-profit event; we do not accept corporate sponsorships. Throughout the summer, also check out FIGMENT NYC’s season-long projects, the City of Dreams Pavilion 2017, and the Artist-Designed Miniature Golf Course. Both will be open daily starting June 3, 2017. See the website for all the details.
Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink (Central Park)
Daily 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.
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.
play:groundNYC on Governors Island
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-3p until October 1st. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.
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!