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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: July 31st-August 3rd

July 30, 2017

Hi everyone!  Hard to believe August is practically here and that means the end of some fun events and the start of some so get ready for a busy week.


This week the Thursdays Free for Kids at the Carousel in Prospect Park starts up and kids can also check out the Brooklyn Public Library’s Kidsmobile in Prospect Park Childrens Corner.  This is the last week to check out Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater and catch the last Music in the Grove in Fort Greene Park.  Also happening this week is Stomp, Clap & Sing with Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Discover Gardening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Kids Camp: Trolls at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Bilingual Birdies: French at the 67th Street NYPL, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Maria Hernandez Park, 88th Precinct’s National Night Out 2017 in Fort Greene Park, Harry Potter’s Birthday Party! at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, ¡Bienvenidos! Spanish Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari! at Lark, and CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba in Underwood Park.

Don’t forget to check out long running events like Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery, Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of The Moving Image, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Kids to the Rescue! at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Storytime at The Battery, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Storytimes at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Check out the calendar for all of this weeks events!  Also follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Happy August!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday July 31st

Kids Camp: Trolls at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday-Tuesday July 31st-August 1st 11a.  Run time 92 minutes.  Rated PG.  All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA.  A new candy-colored animated family comedy from the creators of SHREK.  Turns out the boldly coiffed Trolls are just as annoyingly optimistic as you’d think, constantly singing and dancing. Meanwhile, the fellow residents of their brightly colored world — the Bergens — are the polar opposite: Dour pessimists… who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs.  Yikes. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake(!)) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.  Naturally, high-spirited hijinks and adventures ensue.

¡Bienvenidos! Spanish Sing-Along with Lucy Kalantari! at Lark (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Mondays 11-1145a.  $10/family.  Learn Spanish in song with your child as Lucy guides you through delightful tunes both new and familiar. Explore colors, numbers, animals and go on a mini-adventure during story time with illustrated books in Spanish.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party! at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Monday July 31st 12n-530p.  Free.  Location: Youth Wing.  Join us at the Central Youth Wing to celebrate Harry Potter’s 37th birthday!  We’ll also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first publication of “Philosopher’s Stone” by Bloomsbury in the UK! (Publication Date June 26 1997). There will be many activities throughout the day, including wand making, spellbook inscribing, fortune telling and more!  The event will culminate in a dramatic reading of scenes from Cursed Child by Librarians and volunteers!

See all Monday events.


Tuesday August 1st

Stomp, Clap & Sing with Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday August 1st 11a-12n.  Location: Plaza.  Shine and the Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth.

Bilingual Birdies: French at the 67th Street NYPL
Tuesdays 1130a until August 22nd.  Free.  Classes are 45 minutes long each.  This summer Bilingual Birdies will take everyone on a magical journey to learn a new language by taking an imaginative vacation to the beach, jungle, and sporting events! Children ages 0-6 will explore these super fun themes while our Bilingual Teaching Musicians lead the adventure using their guitar, drumming, puppets, and movement games. All families will receive a free Bilingual Birdies CD download and instruments will be provided for everyone during the class.

88th Precinct’s National Night Out 2017 in Fort Greene Park
Tuesday August 1st 12n-7p.  Free.  Join the 88th precinct for National Night Out! Enjoy games, rides, and gather information from community organizations!  Event will take place on the corner of Dekalb Avenue & Washington Park

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday August 2nd

Music in the Grove with John Samson in Fort Greene Park
Wednesday August 2nd 10-11a (last one!).  Free.  Come out for a concert that will lift spirits and make smiles! 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.

Discover Gardening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Wednesdays 1030a-12n until August 23rd.  Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages.  Drop in and practice gardening skills alongside Discovery Docents in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard inside the Discovery Garden. Water and weed fruit and vegetable beds, plant a seed, and learn about what’s growing!  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba in Maria Hernandez Park
Wednesday August 2nd 11a-12n & 1-2p.  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.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday August 3rd

CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba in Underwood Park (Clinton Hill)
Thursday August 3rd 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.

Brooklyn Public Library’s Kidsmobile in Prospect Park Childrens Corner
Thursdays 1030a-1p until August 17th.  Free.  Look for Brooklyn Public Library’s Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, at Prospect Park Childrens Corner! Get a library card, check out books, hear stories, and/or make crafts!

Thursdays Free for Kids at  the Carousel (Prospect Park)
Thursdays 12n-5p in August.  Children under 12 ride free on Thursdays in August, thanks to our friends at Astoria Bank. Normally:  $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets.  Kick off summer with a ride on the Park’s beautiful 102 year-old carousel.  Located in the Park’s “Children’s Corner,” the Carousel features 51 magnificently carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of the time, and restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990, the Carousel promises that classic summertime amusement will be available for generations of fun. In addition, the Prospect Park Carousel is one of the few in the world that is wheelchair accessible.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Performances will be Tuesdays-Thursdays 12n & 2p until August 3rd (last week!)  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+.

New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery (Battery Park City)
Monday July 31st-Sunday August 20th, excluding Thursdays at 7p.  Free.  120 minutes, no intermission.  No tickets required!  Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Ambition goes unchecked by moral restraint and destruction befalls all but a lucky few. This classic story of the perils of ultimate power is fueled by the supernatural forces that haunt the castles and forests of early Scotland.  Meet @ Castle Clinton.

Theatreworks USA Presents: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Monday-Tuesday July 31st-August 1st and Thursday-Friday August 3rd-4th 1030a & 1p 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.

Kids’ Discovery Stations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays-Fridays 1030a-1230p until August 25th.  Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for camp groups and families with children of all ages.  Explore plants and use real science tools alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden.  All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.

Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Tuesday-Friday August 1-4th and additional dates in August.  See website for details.  All screenings begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $15.  Ticket purchase includes Museum admission.  Recommended for ages 10+.  Dir. Mira Nair. 2016. 124 minutes. DCP. Rated PG. With Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo. Based on a true story, director Mira Nair’s stirring film introduces us to Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the Uganda slum of Katwe whose life changes rapidly after she learns the game of chess in 2011. With the support of family and community she finds out what it means to dream big.

Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays 2p until October 6th.  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!