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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: July 28th-30th

July 27, 2017

Hi everyone!  Can you believe the last weekend in July is here.  The summer is flying and get ready for another busy weekend.


This weekend head out and enjoy Music in the Grove on Sunday: Kids Concert with Hopalong Andrew in Fort Green Park, Make It Rooted! at the High Line, South Slope Summer Strolls, Garden Story Time in the Discovery Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 39th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer POWWOW at Queens County Farm Museum, Summer Reading: The Lions Lego Zone at at the NY Public Library, The Wizard of Oz at The Actors Fund Arts Center, Kids Rock: Family-friendly Event in Rockefeller Plaza, 7th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island, Parent Paint & Play! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks, Movie Night: Buddy at Narrows Botanical Gardens, Family Weekend: Double Dutch at Lincoln Center, Birding: Osprey Watch in Marine Park, NY Transit Museum’s Beach Bound: Coney Island and Lollipops for Breakfast at Flushing Town Hall.

Also check out the long running events happening this summer like Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre,  play:groundNYC on Governors Island,, Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater, Tending to a Growing Garden at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park, Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches.

There are more events on the calendar for the weekend so check it out and have a blast! Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday July 28th

Summer Reading: The Lions Lego Zone at at the NY Public Library (Midtown)
Fridays July 28th 1015-11a & 11-1145a until September 1st.  Free.  Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children’s Center at 42nd Street.  Space is limited.  Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis starting at 10:00 AM.  Bring your imagination and join us for fun with LEGOs!  Kids and their grown-up will have a chance to show off their building skills with LEGOs provided by the Library.  Blocks of various sizes will be provided for children ages 2-4 and 5-11.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Space is limited.  Please bring along a camera to take a pictures of your creation!

The Wizard of Oz at The Actors Fund Arts Center (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday July 28th 4p.  Tickets: $10 adults, $7 kids under 12.  Join us for the main event of the summer! For the first time ever, Brooklyn Acting Lab is producing a full summer production! Our 4th-9th grade summer musical ensemble, along with Dorothy, the Witch, the munchkins, and everyone else in Oz, will take you on the adventure of a lifetime down the Yellow Brick Road!

39th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer POWWOW at Queens County Farm Museum
Friday July 28th gates open 6p and performance times 7-10p, Saturday July 29th gates 10a and performance times 12n-5p and 7-10p, Sunday July 30th gates 10a and performance times 12n-5p.  $10.00 / adult; $16.00 / adult weekend pass. $5.00 / child (age 12 & under); $7.00 / child weekend pass.  FREE for Farm Members.  New York City’s oldest and largest powwow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian Nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. A large selection of unique Native American jewelry, art, crafts, and food will be available for sale.

Movie Night: Buddy at Narrows Botanical Gardens (Bay Ridge)
Friday July 28th 830p.  Free.  Rated G. Start time is at Sundown, approx 8:30 (ish). This is a fact based story about a socialite and her husband who live in a mansion with a brood of animals including chimpanzees who are raised as her children. When she discovers an ailing baby gorilla, she decides to care for it as well. Years later, the gorilla is fully grown and its strength is sometimes out of control. However, the gorilla shows love for his mistress and obeys her commands. That all changes when she is invited to display the gorilla and chimps at the Chicago World’s Fair. Accidentally freed by one of the chimps, the gorilla terrorizes the Fair.

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Saturday July 29th

Make It Rooted! at the High Line (Chelsea)
Saturday July 29th 10a-1p.  Free.  Location: 16th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 16th Street & 10th Ave.  This program is geared towards children ages 0-12.  Where do our roots come from? Our communities are made of many cultures rooted in New York. Explore different traditions and ecosystems through dance, art, music, and storytelling. Make It Rooted! is in collaboration with Abya Yala Arte y Cultura. Portions of this program will be in English and Spanish.  See the website for the schedule of events and to register.

Kids Rock: Family-friendly Event in Rockefeller Center (Midtown East)
Saturday July 29th 10a-1p.  All activities are free & open to the public.  Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from face painting, giant foosball and Connect 4® games, a popsicle stand, mini LEGO® build stations, a photo booth, and live music, all taking place throughout the iconic Rockefeller Plaza.

Birding: Osprey Watch in Marine Park
Saturday July 29th 10-1130a.  Free.  New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Family Weekend: Double Dutch at Lincoln Center (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday July 29th-30th events at various times and all are free.  After a 30-plus year hiatus, Double Dutch returns to the plazas of Lincoln Center. Join us for a historic two-day event celebrating Double Dutch and the women of color who’ve contributed to the cultural fabric of NYC through this competitive sport turned art form.  Double Dutch Demonstration with members of the National Double Dutch League™ at 1030a and 1230p.  Open to all ages and levels, this live demonstration teaches the basics for jumping between the ropes.  Location: Josie Robertson Plaza.  Also check out Double Dutch Open Jump led by the National Double Dutch League™ at 11a.  Music provided by The Lower Eastside Girls Club Avenue D-Js.  This is your chance to jump in and find your rhythm in the ropes! Participants of all ages and levels can showcase and refine their skills at jump stations across the plaza.  Location: Josie Robertson Plaza.  Pick Up Your Feet: The Double Dutch Show at 330p in the David Rubenstein Atrium.  A nostalgic look at Double Dutch through the eyes of passionate, young New Yorkers as they traversed the sport, and NYC, in their journey to the 1981 World Invitational Double Dutch Championship at Lincoln Center.  Screening introduced by Skip Blumberg, filmmaker.  On Sunday check out the Double Dutch Summer Classic National Competition with music provided by DJ Nina Azucar at 12n in the Josie Robertson Plaza.  Teams from across the country showcase their speed, skill, and artistry as they vie for the championship in this official competition organized by the National Double Dutch League™, the official organizing body for the sport.   See the website for all the events and details.

South Slope Summer Strolls 2
Saturday July 29th 5-9p.  FREE outdoor Block party from 12th to 18th Streets on 5th Ave. Bouncy house, climbing wall, TD Bank pop up park, face painting, Fitness on #theother5th classes, vintage cars, Ping Pong and music.  Check out the Bouncy House outside Sidecar near 15th and Climbing Wall between 13th and 14th. Restaurants and Bars will have outdoor seating for eating and drinking. Sidecar, Blackhorse, South and Freddy’s.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

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Sunday July 30th

Music in the Grove on Sunday: Kids Concert with Hopalong Andrew in Fort Green Park
Sunday July 30th 11a-12n.  Free. Come listen to some upbeat, urban cowboy tunes brought to you by Hopalong Andrew, a former Central Park Ranger! 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.  Also check out Community Glass Mosaic Activity at 1230p.

Lollipops for Breakfast at Flushing Town Hall
Sunday July 30th 11a & 2p.  For ages 3 and up.  Tickets:   $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children​. You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. Performed by Bonnie Duncan, and live music by The Gottabees.

NY Transit Museum’s Beach Bound: Coney Island (UES)
Sunday July 30th 11a-5p.  $50 adult/$25 child/$35 for Museum Members.  We will travel aboard the Museum’s vintage Train of Many Metals for its first ride on the Second Avenue line, led by the R-11 prototype originally built for that line in the 1950s. We will ride the length of the Q-line, above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt to Coney Island. Once we arrive at our seaside destination, brave the rides at Luna Park, check out the action on the legendary Boardwalk, or nosh on one of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. You can also take in the Transit Museum’s special exhibit Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island, now on display at the Coney Island Museum. At 4pm, the train will be making a return trip to 96th Street-Second Avenue.

Parent Paint & Play! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday July 30th 11a-4p.  Free with Museum admission.  Who said Sundays had to be lazy? Come on out and join us for a paint and play event! Paint live portraits of your kids and make a print to take home while staying cool with iced cold lemonade you help to make.  See the website for full schedule of events.

Garden Story Time in the Discovery Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sundays 12n-1p until August 6th.  Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Read garden-inspired stories alongside volunteers. Drop in anytime during program hours to join in. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.

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All Weekend

Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Friday July 28th 1030a & 1p and Sunday July 30th 11a & 2p and on going at various times until August 18th.  See website for details.  Free.  Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for ages 5-9.  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.

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.

7th Annual NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday July 29th-30th  11a-5p.  Free.  Location: Colonels Row.  The 7th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will be held on Governors Island in Nolan Park on July 29th & 30th, 2017. The Poetry Society of New York will once again invite attendees to come together for this free two-day festival to celebrate New York’s vibrant poetry community. The event will include over 75 poetry organizations and 250 poets on its main stages; a Vendor’s Village where local booksellers, artists and craft makers will sell their wares; healthy and delicious food options; a beer and wine garden; poetry-inspired installation art throughout; The Ring of Daisies open mic area; The Commanding Officer’s House, an exclusive VIP area offering free refreshments to festival sponsors and Poetry Society of New York members; and, of course, the Children’s Festival! 2017 Headliners include Aja Monet, Sapphire, Deborah Landau, and Patrick Phillips.  See the website for the full schedule of events.

Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays 1030a-1230p & Sundays 1-3p until August 20th.  Free with Garden admission.  This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages.   Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Create a nature-based craft, artwork, or invention with Discovery Docents. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather. Check this webpage for updates.

The Reluctant Dragon at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays & Sundays July 29th-30th, August 5th-6th & August 19th-20th 1230p & 230p and other dates this summer.  See website for schedule.  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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations).  The Reluctant Dragon: Kenneth Grahame’s 1898 English Mystery adapted for Marionettes by Michael Leach.

Transit Gaming Workshop at NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday July 29th-30th 130-215p.  Free with Museum admission.  For 5+.  Build all of the parts you need for a board game inspired by New York City transportation.

Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at McGinn/Cazale Theatre (UWS)
Saturdays & Sundays 11a until August 27th.  Tickets: $49.50-$59.50 and some at $20, $25.  For ages 2 to 7y.  Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Everything About A Day (Almost) at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Fridays 12n until July 28th and Saturdays 2p & 4p until July 29th and also Tuesdays-Thursdays 12n & 2p until August 3rd, .  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+.

Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until Sunday August 13th at various times.  Free.  See the website for locations and times.  For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. In this special six session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-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.

Tending to a Growing Garden at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays & Sundays 2-4p until July 30th.  Free.  Visitors of all ages can come help Prospect Park Alliance take care of the potato plot, herb gardens, and berry patches at Lefferts Historic House by pulling weeds and helping to water the plants.  Bring a hat and a bottle of water, and we will provide the tools and gloves!

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.

To see all the events click here for the calendar!