Hi everyone! If you are in NYC this weekend get ready to have a blast with the family!
This weekend take the kids and enjoy Citi Summer Streets 2017, The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Family Day in Central Park with They Might Be Giants: Kids and CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba, Civil War Weekend on Governors Island, Coney Island Music Festival, Stay Late on Governors Island, Spellblound Theatre’s Free Family Art Days: Seeds and Stories at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library, dOGUMENTA at Brookfield Place, Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks, Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Suzi Shelton at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Bhangra Family Dance in Battery Park City, Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: All of Us at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival in Wagner Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Carl Shurz Park, Eloise on the Big Screen at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at at the Jalopy Theatre, Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork and the last weekend of Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches.
Also check out the long running events happening this summer like Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery, Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Family Discovery Weekends at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park and The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday August 11th
Summer Kids Matinees: Queen of Katwe at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday August 11th 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.
Brooklyn Children’s Theatre Performance: All of Us at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday August 11th 2-230p. Free with Museum admission. When a group of children separate themselves based on their cultures for a class project, their teacher throws in some twists to help them understand each other better. Brooklyn Children’s Theatre and their young cast perform this thoughtful story of difference and understanding.
Stomp, Clap, & Sing with Suzi Shelton at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Friday August 11th 330-430p. Free. Suzi Shelton is a music and movement specialist, teacher and family performer. She has been rocking parents and kids alike for over 10 years in such prestigious venues as Spymphony Space and The White House Easter Egg Roll, the Lincoln Center Tree Lighting, BYOK at 92YTribeca, Tribeca Film Festival, as well as her local Brooklyn hot spots- The Bellhouse and Hip Tot Music Fest.
Stay Late on Governors Island
Friday August 11th 530-10p. Free. Stay late with the Trust for Governors Island the evening of Friday, August 11 for a special FREE celebration of the summer. The Island will remain open to the public until 10PM and visitors will have the rare opportunity to wander the Island’s park spaces after hours and savor the sunset and colors of the season from the Hills. Little Eva’s, Governors Island Beer Co., Fish Fry, Blue Marble, and Mister Softee will have food and drinks available for purchase at Liggett Terrace. Island Oyster will also be open at Soissons Landing. Sunset revelers of all ages are welcome! See the website for the special ferry schedule for Evening Hours on August 11.
Saturday August 12th
Citi Summer Streets 2017
Saturdays 7a-1p until August 19th. Free. On Saturday August 12th and 19th nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for everyone to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully. You can water slide, soar through the air on a zip line, dance, get fit, immerse yourself in a public art and architecture tours or just stroll along and experience the city’s streets in a new way—all for free. Please visit nyc.gov/summerstreets to find out more and check out all of the free activities.
Free Family Art Days: Seeds and Stories at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday August 12th 12n-130p. No need to RSVP, just drop in! Spellbound Theatre’s Free Family Art Days are opportunities for families to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of different art forms. Each month our storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a theme. These events are free for the public and presented in partnership with local businesses, libraries, and community centers.
Coney Island Music Festival
Saturday August 12th 130-9p. Free. Food, vendors, games & more. We’re taking over the streets! Join us on Surf & Stillwell Avenues for a full day of events for everyone. See the website for the full schedule of events.
CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park
Saturday August 12th 3-4p. 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. This is part of Family Day. Also check out They Might Be Giants: Kids, Science, and Beyond / Bill Childs of Spare Rock, Spoil the Child Radio from 3-5p.
Bhangra Family Dance in Battery Park City
Saturday August 12th 630-830p. Free. Location: Esplanade Plaza. Come join the energetic musical party and learn Bhangra, a fusion of traditional Punjabi-style folk dance and music with Western hip-hop and pop influences. Shaan Mutiyaaran Di will lead the dances to the selected beats of DJ Sunny Entertainment.
Sunday August 13th
A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Carl Shurz Park (UES)
Sunday August 13th. Free admission. Show based activity at 1030a and first showtime 11a. Another show based activity 130-2p and second showtime at 2p. A Midsummer Night’s Dream hosted by EMIT. EMIT is A mobile educational theatre program dedicated to bringing literary comprehension to all learners and abilities through immersive theatre. Location: Carl Schurz Park. Use park entrance at East End Avenue and E. 86th Street. Follow balloons and signs to the performance location opposite the Gracie Mansion lawn. Raindate: Monday August 14th 4p.
Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday August 13th 11a. Tickets: $5 kids/$10 adult/$25 family. Suzi Shelton is multi award-winning singer/songwriter who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families in NYC and beyond for more than a decade. She has performed at such prestigious venues as The White House, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Park and Symphony Space in NYC, to name a few, and is a favorite among the hip tot set in her home turf of Park Slope, Brooklyn. In addition to her live performances, Suzi produces a weekly video series on Youtube, and a monthly interactive online show which can be viewed from any computer right in the comfort of your own home. Suzi’s family shows are filled with smiles, laughter and joy, and make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.
Eloise on the Big Screen at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Sunday August 13th 2p. Free with Museum Admission (seating is first come, first served). All Ages. Join us at the Museum to munch on popcorn and watch Eloise at the Plaza, starring Julie Andrews as Nanny, with special appearance in the film by illustrator Hilary Knight! This film brings Eloise and The Plaza to life and features many of the characters from the beloved books.
Sunset TankerTime at PortSide NewYork (Red Hook)
Sunday August 13th 5p-12a. Free. During TankerTime, PortSide NewYork opens the main deck of the tanker MARY A. WHALEN to the public for passive enjoyment. We provide hammocks, tables, chairs, stools, info about the ship, and books from our maritime library to read while aboard. during Sunset TankerTime on Second Sundays, we introduce a jam session that starts at 9 pm with musicians playing music in the various traditions of the Mediterranean. Ends at midnight. If you are a musician of that type, come on over! The MARY A. WHALEN’s homeport is Pier 11, Atlantic Basin next to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn. As of June 1, the NYC ferry stop for Red Hook is right next to us. The Sunset TankerTime will be Sept. 10th.
36th Annual Battery Dance Festival in Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Starting Sunday August 13th 7-9p and ongoing until August 18th. Free. Celebrate the 36th year of New York City’s longest running public dance festival presented by Battery Dance. Enjoy six days of exciting international and local dance company against one of the most beautiful backdrops in the city. See the website for schedule of events.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens)
Saturday-Sunday August 12th-13th 9a-5p. Free. Rain or shine. Our 27th anniversary HKDBF NY 2017 features events for the entire family, an opening day parade at noon on Saturday and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday. Racing both days from 9am-5pm. Racing prizes this year include eight round trip tickets to Hong Kong provided by DELTA. Some of the attractions taking place during the festival include several new races, the Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary Invitational, the Hong Kong Family Invitational, the Hong Kong Educational Invitational. See the website for schedule of events.
Civil War Weekend on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday August 12th-13th 10a-430p. Free. Presented by the National Park Service. Meet Union soldiers in the Soldier’s camp, watch musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and listen to Civil War music performances! Artillery Demonstration and Small Arms Demonstration: Watch us fire a real 1860s-era cannon and demonstrate a variety of muskets soldiers would have used during that time period.
dOGUMENTA at Brookfield Place (Battery Park City)
Friday August 11th-13th 8a-1p & 4-8p.Free to attend. All ages welcome. RSVP guarantees entry. Walk-ons will be let into the exhibit on a first come, first served basis. Click here to register. America’s first art exhibition for dogs, dOGUMENTA, opens at Brookfield Place New York this August! Not by or about dogs, dOGUMENTA is a curated art show for dogs. The exhibition invites artists to create work addressing the canine sensibility through a variety of media—from sound and sculpture to kibble and squeaky toys. The concept for dOGUMENTA was born during art critic Jessica Dawson’s New York gallery walks with her rescue dog, Rocky. It was clear that Rocky saw art differently than humans, ignoring New York Times reviews and artist resumes and engaging directly with the work. Dawson realized that Rocky had something to teach human art lovers, and that he and his friends deserved an exhibition of art all their own. dOGUMENTA offers an unprecedented opportunity for the creative community to engage with a new breed of art lover and to consider its new points of view.
Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until August 27th. Free. Handheld games were just as popular in the past as they are in the present. So put down the remote or controller and join Prospect Park Alliance to learn classic handheld games from the past like graces, hoops, quoits, horseshoes, and 9-pin bowling.
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday August 12th-13th 1230p & 230p (see website for additional showtimes). 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: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Robert Southey’s beloved Folk-Tale from 1837. Adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.
Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Fridays 7p until August 25th and Saturdays & Sundays at 1p until August 27th. Tickets: $20, $25 & $59.50. Gruff! The Musical is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff that calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. Gruff! The Musical takes place in a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard. A young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Troll Valley – the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on Earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her on a quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in Troll Valley. The fate of the world hangs in the balance! Produced in association with Doppelskope.
Theatreworks USA: Pete the Cat at Lucille Lortel Theatre (West Village)
Friday August 11th 1030a & 1p and Sunday August 13th 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.
New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in The Battery (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays & Fridays-Sundays at 7p until August 20th. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Monday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 11a & 1p until August 27th. 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.
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.
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!