Hi everyone! July is flying by so fast and hope you are ready for another fun week here in NYC!
This week head out and enjoy Subway Shindig for Families: Subways Got Game! at the New York Transit Museum, Music in the Grove: Kids Concert with The Dad Beats in Fort Greene Park, Summer Movie Under the Stars: The Neverending Story in Prospect Park, Kids Camp: Muppets from Space at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Summer on the Hudson: Children’s Performance Series in Riverside Park South, Summer in the Square Kid Music: Story Pirates in Union Square Park, National Zoo Keeper Week at the Prospect Park Zoo, Art in the Park: Lucy Dunphy Barsness in Madison Square Park, The Toy Museum of NY’s Variety Show at the Kumble Theater, Mondays with Miffy at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Hootenanny with Mississippi Cotten at the Jalopy Theatre, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center and the last day of The Connective Project in Prospect Park
Also this week heck out long running events like Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image, Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Storytime at The Battery, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab.
Have a wonderful week!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday July 17th
The Connective Project in Prospect Park
Monday July 17th 9a-8p. (last day!) Free. Location: The Rose Garden. Create a pinwheel onsite! Everyday at Grand Army Plaza from 11a–7p. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Brooklyn’s Backyard, Prospect Park Alliance is bringing together artists, Brooklyn notables, and the public to create a site-specific art installation, which celebrates the special meaning Prospect Park has in the lives of millions of community members from across the borough and beyond. The Connective Project is an immersive art installation of thousands of pinwheels that will create an evolving, undulating wave of color and beauty that will blanket the two-and-half acre former Rose Garden, a hidden landscape in the Park’s northeast corner that is the focus of future restoration by Prospect Park Alliance. Through June 30, the Alliance will hold an open call for submissions from the public to share artwork, photos, verse or prose that express their love of Prospect Park. All submissions will be featured on an online gallery, while select pieces will be printed and transformed into one of 7,000 pinwheels that will be showcased in the Rose Garden, constructed of weather-resistant, compostable paper made from stone dust.
Mondays with Miffy at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Mondays 1030a-130p until July 31st. Free with Museum admission. 5 & younger. Join Miffy, the Nick Jr. character and internationally beloved bunny created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna, for “Mondays with Miffy” at CMOM. Throughout July, children can read stories, create one-of-a-kind art projects and sing along with Miffy and her friends. Make sure to come early for a chance to meet and take photos with Miffy!
CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (West Village)
Monday July 17th 1030-1130a. 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.
Tuesday July 18th
Art in the Park: Lucy Dunphy Barsness in Madison Square Park (Flatiron)
Tuesdays 10a-12n until August 22nd. Free. Join us on Sol LeWitt Lawn for Art in The Park, where children will be able to explore Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park installation through dance, poetry, music, and visual art. In this workshop, instructor Lucy Dunphy Barsness will show kids that there are so many different ways to interact with poetry. Come along for a Park-sound scavenger hunt, metaphor-based learning game, and many more activities—all in the name of poetry! Art in the Park, held weekly on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm, is a series of workshops led by artist instructors, where children can create their own Art in the Park. Check out the full list of of teaching artists here. We look forward to seeing you in the Park!
The Toy Museum of NY’s Variety Show at the Kumble Theater (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday July 18th starting at 1015a. Tickets: $9. The Toy Museum of NY hosts a fun and interactive variety show with many different acts all featuring toys. The show is a perfect theater experience for children from pre-K through third grade. Running time is 50 minutes.
Hootenanny with Mississippi Cotten at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Tuesday July 18th 1030a. By donation. Join the band and sing along! All ages and voices welcome.
Wednesday July 19th
Music in the Grove: Kids Concert with The Dad Beats in Fort Greene Park
Wednesday July 19th 10a-11a. Free. Come see a performance of playful tunes by four groovy Brooklyn dads! 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. Kids concerts will happen weekly until August 2nd. See website for more information.
Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Starting Wednesday July 19th at 1030a and on going at various times until August 18th. See website for details. Free. Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades PreK – 3. This summer, Theatreworks USA presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Pete the Cat, based on the book series of the same name, by James and Kimberly Dean. Book and Lyrics by Sarah Hammond and Music by Will Aronson. When Pete gets caught by the cat-catcher rocking out after bedtime, he is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners. The whole family is immediately taken with Pete, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of school approaches, Jimmy is unable to complete his art assignment. When Jimmy is given a second chance to complete his assignment, Pete turns out to be the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete as they both learn a little something new about inspiration and friendship.
Summer Movie Under the Stars: The Neverending Story in Prospect Park
Wednesday July 19th 7-11p. Free. Live entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m. and films begin shortly after sundown at Long Meadow North. In celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance present A Summer Movie Under the Stars in partnership with Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema. These free outdoor film screenings on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow will feature live musical entertainment followed by family-friendly films carefully selected by Nitehawk Cinema to highlight park themes such as the famed Prospect Park Zoo, summer camps, Little League Baseball, and the exquisite flora and fauna. About The Neverending Story: On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called “The Neverending Story,” Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by “The Nothing,” a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs his help. See the website for information on future movies.
Thursday July 20th
Summer on the Hudson: Children’s Performance Series in Riverside Park South
Thursdays 10-1045a until July 27th. Free. Location: Pier I West 70th St. Kids ages seven and younger and their family are welcome to stop for music, storytelling, and theater in the park. Wear sunscreen! Stroller parking in designated area is mandatory. July 20: Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band Live! – fun and intelligent edu-pop.
Summer in the Square Kid Music: Story Pirates in Union Square Park
Thursday July 20th 11a. Story Pirates: Story Pirates turns kids’ original stories into musicals featuring professional actors. Using ideas from the audience, they’ll create a performance to show children how amazing their ideas are! Summer in the Square Kid Music happens weekly until August 10th. See website for all the detail on performers and the Interactive activities all day from 9a-6p on Union Square Park’s South Plaza.
Subway Shindig for Families: Subways Got Game! at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Thursday July 20th 6-8p. $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-17 and seniors. Free for Members. Get your subway game on! Join the New York Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn for an evening of classic board games and kooky contests on July 20th. At this Shindig, the Museum’s fleet of vintage subway cars will host rounds of classic board games like Monopoly, Pictionary, Sorry!, and Scrabble, as well as competitions of subway bowling, ring toss, water bottle flip challenges and of course the classic rock paper scissors.
Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Performances will be Tuesdays-Thursdays 12n & 2p until August 3rd, Fridays 12n until July 28th and Saturdays 2p & 4p until July 29th. See website for details. Tickets: $15/child & $25/adult. Come experience a typical day in the life of a kid! A 1-hour musical revue performed by actors ages 8-18. Suggested for ages 3+.
Piper Theatre Productions: Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical at Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Thursdays through Saturdays until July 22nd at 8p. Free. Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the wildly fresh and funny uplifting musical adventure with a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” and “I Love the Nightlife.” A journey to the heart of FABULOUS. Bring a picnic chair/blanket and visit our concession stand for food and drink (alcoholic and non). Handicap accessible. We love your dogs, but they are not permitted.
Kids Camp: Muppets from Space at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday July 17th 1130a, Tuesday July 18th 12 & Wednesday July 19th 1120. Run time 87 minutes. Rated G. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA. In the sixth Muppets feature film, Gonzo discovers why he’s always felt different from everyone around him– he’s an alien! Desperate to contact his extraterrestrial family, Gonzo lands in the clutches of a secret government organization, causing the Muppets, led by Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzie the Bear, to launch a rescue mission. Wacky shenanigans ensue to the tune of a soul and funk soundtrack featuring songs from the Dust Brothers and G. Love and Special Sauce. Filled with all of your favorite Henson creatures as well as appearances by David Arquette, Andie MacDowell, Hulk Hogan, Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes, MUPPETS FROM SPACE is a rollicking good time. In other words, it’s out of this world!
Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image (Astoria)
Wednesday-Friday July 19th-21st and ongoing various days in July. See website for schedule. All screenings begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $15. Ticket purchase includes Museum admission. Recommended for ages 10+. Dir. Theodore Melfi. 2016. 127 min. DCP. Rated PG. With Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali. The critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film that became a cultural phenomenon, Hidden Figures tells the little-known real-life story of three female African-American mathematicians whose trailblazing work was crucial during the early years of the United States space program, helping to send astronaut John Glenn into orbit in 1962. Based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly.
National Zoo Keeper Week at the Prospect Park Zoo
Sunday-Saturday July 16th-22nd 1130a-4p. Free with Zoo admission. Celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week and salute Prospect Park Zoo’s talented team of animal care professionals. Hands-on activities and games challenge visitors to see if they have what it takes to be a zookeeper! Talk to some of our professionals and learn about animal care careers.
Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays July 11th-October 6th at 2p. Free with Museum admission. Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.
Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Thursday 10a-5p, Sunday 10-530p until August 31st. Free with Museum admission. This is your child’s opportunity to engage with an age-appropriate emergency scene and discover the dynamic police, ambulance and fire departments. Climb aboard life size emergency vehicles for imaginative play, drive to the emergency scene, put out ‘fires’ with a giant wind hose, learn to recognize the uses for medical equipment and much more! Children will also learn to be prepared for any emergency with interactive dispatcher phones, CPR ‘Annie’ and ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ drills. The exhibit will feature scheduled guest visits from our favorite Safety Heroes. This is your chance to meet real-life NYPD police, FDNY fire-fighters, OEM disaster responders and many more. Hear their stories, snap a picture and show your support for the wonderful work that they do. The museum will also be visited by the FDNY smokehouse for hands-on fire emergency education.
Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab (Park Slope)
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 1130a and Tuesdays & Thursdays 1030a. All Ages. No sign-up or registration is needed for Storytimes. Weekday Storytimes with our staff are $5 per family, with further discounted Read-y passes available for sale in our bookshop. See website for details.
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.
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.
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!