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Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: July10th-13th

July 9, 2017

Hi everyone!  Now that 4th of July is over there are lots of new Summer events starting up so get ready for another busy week.


This week head out and enjoy the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Connective Project in Prospect Park, SummerScreen in McCarren Park, Stettheimer Summer Mondays at The Jewish Museum, Kids Camp: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image, Art Playgroup for Babies at Private Picassos’ Art Studio & Shop, Movies Under the Stars: The Lego Batman Movie in Red Hook Recreation Area, Dance Discovery with Broadway Performer Angel Reed at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, StoryTime in Bryant Park and Movies Under the Stars: Snow White in Carroll Park

Don’t forget to check out long running events like 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.

There are lots more going on this week so check out the calendar and have fun!  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the week!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Monday July 10th

Kids Camp: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday-Tuesday July 10th-11th 1130a.  Run time 87 minutes.  Rated PG.  All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA.  Something nefarious is afloat in the depths of Bikini Bottom: King Neptune’s crown has been stolen, and the prime suspect is Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob’s boss at Mr. Krabs’ Krabby Patties. Despite the overwhelming evidence against Mr. Krabs — not to mention having been turned down for a long-awaited promotion at the restaurant — SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) refuses to believe that his boss is responsible and teams up with his best friend, Patrick (voice of Bill Fagerbakke), on a mission to Shell City, where he hopes he can exonerate Mr. Krabs and return the crown to its rightful owner.  Of course, this is no easy task; once outside the safety of Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob is faced with the overwhelming dangers of the sea, not the least of which being a cyclops that many believe to be responsiblefor the deaths of countless other unfortunate sea-creatures who ventured outside county lines. Among those who lent their vocal chords to the film include Scarlett Johansson, Jeffrey Tambor, and Alec Baldwin.

Stettheimer Summer Mondays at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Mondays 1–4p. Free with Museum Admission and RSVP.  Ages 3 & up. Location: Floor 4 Studio.  Join us in our art studio for exciting art projects inspired by the brilliant paintings and theater designs of Florine Stettheimer. Explore a new project each week on Mondays in July.  July 10: Use a variety of mixed media and found objects to create colorful scenes inspired by Florine Stettheimer’s whimsical paintings.  See website for information on future Monday projects.

Movies Under the Stars: The Lego Batman Movie in Red Hook Recreation Area
Monday July 10th 830-1015p.  Free.  Location: Field K.  Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film!  From the creators of  The Lego Movie, this 2017 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film focuses on the DC Comics character Batman (Will Arnett) as he attempts to overcome his greatest fear to stop the Joker’s ( Zach Galifianakis) latest plan. The film also features Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.  Know Before You Go.  You should come before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

See all Monday events.


Tuesday July 11th

Storytime at The Battery (Battery Park City)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 930-1030a until August 17th.  Location: Battery Urban Farm in The Battery Manhattan.  Free and open to the public.  Stories are geared toward children ages five to eight years old, but accessible for children ages three and older, so bring the whole family!  Drawing inspiration from books like The Carrot Seed and The Grouchy Ladybug, Storytime at The Battery will give children their first introduction to urban farming with activities like planting seeds, touching the soil, crafting, or tasting new and delicious herbs and vegetables.  July 11 – The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and The Empty Pot by Demi.  July 13 – Wangan’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter.  See website for the full schedule.

StoryTime in Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Tuesdays 1030-1130a until August 15th.  Free.  Meowsic and stories make up this hour of fun, made special by Bryant Park’s own Cali Co Cat.

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.

See all Tuesday events.


Wednesday July 12th

Summer Kids Matinees: Hidden Figures at the Museum of The Moving Image (Astoria)
Wednesday-Sunday July 12th-16th 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.

SummerScreen in McCarren Park (Williamsburg)
Wednesdays until August 9th.  SummerScreen is a FREE event! Doors at 6pm – Music at 7pm – Films at sundown.  SummerScreen is Brooklyn’s longest running film and music series.  Now in it’s 12th year, SummerScreen brings crowds to Williamsburg’s McCarren Park on Wednesdays in July + August to enjoy a lineup of cult classic movies, live music, and food & drink from local vendors.
July 12th Office Space.  See the website for the schedule of movies.

Movies Under the Stars: Snow White in Carroll Park
Wednesday July 12th 830-1030p.  Free.  Join NYC Parks and New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for this free family film!  Considered one of the greatest American animated films of all time, Snow White tell the story of a young girl pursued by a jealous queen. She runs away to the forest and hides with the dwarves. But, the queen soon learns of this and prepares to feed her a poison apple. Based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, it was the first full-length cel animated feature film and the earliest Disney animated feature film. This beloved film has had a significant cultural impact, resulting in popular theme park attractions, a video game, and a Broadway musical.  Know Before You Go: You should come before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

See all Wednesday events.


Thursday July 13th

Dance Discovery with Broadway Performer Angel Reed at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Thursday July 13th 2p & 3p. Free with Museum admission. Ticketed*  Weekly Thursday workshops invite you to explore dances that span across a multitude of styles and time periods through interactive workshops with dance teaching artists and dance educators.  Dance with us in a creative and exploratory environment set to live music with Angel Reed. Angel debuted in the original cast of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages, where she was nominated for an Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer. *Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Art Playgroup for Babies at Private Picassos’ Art Studio & Shop (Park Slope)
Thursdays 4-5p.  Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot. For 12-18m.  Enrollment info: $10/child, $15/two siblings.  Let your child explore art materials in our whimsical Art Studio!  Leave the mess of homemade finger paint, playdough and sensory bottles with us.  We’ll prepare safe, non-toxic art materials for your toddler to explore. This playgroup is perfect for babies who are still exploring with their mouth.  Come dressed for a mess!  Also happens on Mondays 1015-1115a.  Please note that since there is a high demand for this playgroup, payment will be required to officially hold your spot.  Send an email to studio@privatepicassos.com for more information.

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.

See all Thursday events.


Ongoing Events

The Connective Project in Prospect Park
Ongoing until July 17th 9a–8p.  Free.  Location: The Rose Garden.  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.

Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Williamsburg)
Ongoing until Sunday July 16th at various times.  Free but some fees for activities.  The Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and San Paolino di Nola is one of the oldest Italian American Feasts in America.  See website for the schedule of events.  Location: N 8th St.

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+.

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.

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!