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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: August 25th-27th

August 24, 2017

Hi everyone!  It is hard to believe that the last weekend of August is here and get ready for another busy weekend.


This weekend head out and enjoy the Battle of Brooklyn: Commemoration in Green-Wood, KoKoNYC: 10th Annual South Slope Derby, the 41st Annual Brighton Jubilee, Kids Food Festival: NYC Summer 2017 at Westfield World Trade Center, Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Movie Night Showing: Bee Movie at Narrows Botanical Garden, Build a Better World Interactive Concert at Stephen A. Schwarzman Building NYPL, North Slope Summer Strolls Two, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Historic New York: Colonial Life in Fort Greene Park, Battle of Brooklyn: Tales and Tunes in Green-Wood, Wash Day at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, The Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagan at the Jalopy Theatre, CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Travers Park, The 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, Let’s Dance and Spin at Children’s Museum of Manhattan and New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Some of the long running events are winding down this weekend so if you haven’t seen these you should try to check them out like Traveling in the New York City of Tomorrow at the NY Transit Museum, Handheld Games of the Past at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Pinkalicious, The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre and  Gruff! The Musical at McGinn/Cazale Theatre and Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks.

That is just some of the events for this weekend so check out the calendar to see everything and have a fabulous weekend.  Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a great weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday August 25th

Build a Better World Interactive Concert at Stephen A. Schwarzman Building NYPL
Friday August 25th 2-430p.  Free.  Best for children ages 4 to 12 years old.  For participants of the Children’s Center’s summer reading program.  Please note that the celebration will be held in the Bartos Forum.  A Summer Reading Celebration!  Presley and Melody’s Interactive Music production combines the power of music and reading, with singing, reading, dancing, and continuous audience participation.  The creative interactive musical experience transforms fans from spectators to participators, as children become stars on stage.  Nurturing songs of kindness, love, and acceptance convey how to build a better world!  REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR SUMMER READING LOG!

Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Friday August 25th 3-4p.  Free.  Multi-award winning children’s artist, Lucy Kalantari, brings delightful jazz age inspired music everyone can enjoy! Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life.

New York Classical Theatre: Macbeth in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Friday-Sunday August 25th-27th 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 @ Fulton Ferry Landing on Pier 1.  Please note that folding chairs & lawn furniture are prohibited in Brooklyn Bridge Park except for seniors & those with disabilities. We suggest bringing  a blanket!

Movie Night Showing: Bee Movie at Narrows Botanical Garden (Bay Ridge)
Friday August 25th start time is at sundown, approx 8:15 – 8:30. Bee Movie: rated PG.  Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.

See all Friday events.


Saturday August 26th

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Saturday Aug 26th 930a-1230p:  Interactive Games and Family Activities – free for all!  See website for more details.  930a-4p: Watch the pros practice (Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand, Court 17 and Practice Courts 1-6).  10a-1230p: Festival Stage hosted by Radio Disney – free concert featuring Skylar Stecker, Spencer Sutherland, Aja9, Summer Valentine and Sky Katz.  Schedule here.  12n: Gates open to Arthur Ashe Stadium.  1p: Stadium Show begins – Great seats for $10 & $25.  3p: Stadium Show concludes.

KoKoNYC: 10th Annual South Slope Derby
Saturday August 26th 1130a-5p.  Free.  Every year in the end of August you can experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.  Since 2008, our Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encourages children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the race, kids test drive their gravity racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Derby participants get to race their cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.

Historic New York: Colonial Life in Fort Greene Park
Saturday August 26th 1-230p.  Free.  Location:  Event will take place by the Fort Putnam Redoubt beside the Visitor Center.  Fort Greene, Brooklyn, holds an important place in the history of the Colonies and the American Revolution. Learn about the traditions, dress, and games of the colonial people and Native Americans who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.

North Slope Summer Strolls Two
Saturday August 26th 5-9p.  Free.  Giant block party from Dean to Sterling on 5th Ave. Bouncy house, climbing wall, music, giant games, pop up park, face painting, eating and drinking and dancing. All activities are free.  See website for schedule of events.

Battle of Brooklyn: Tales and Tunes in Green-Wood
Saturday August 26th 7-10p.  $20 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $25 for nonmembers. Children under 5: Free.  Mark the 241st anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a truly revolutionary night. Stroll Green-Wood’s dusk-lit landscape as Revolutionary War reenactors illuminate life at the time of our country’s battle for survival: setting up camp, cooking, socializing, and steeling themselves for the next day’s battle. There will be dance demonstrations, festive music, 18th-century food to sample, and storytelling about battles won and lost amidst the glow of a campfire. The songwriting duo Charming Disaster will provide musical interludes.

See all Saturday events.


Sunday August 27th

41st Annual Brighton Jubilee
Sunday August 27th 10a-6p (rain or shine).  Free.  Location: Along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place to Coney Island Ave turning down towards the beach.  Come down and enjoy stages of live musice.  The Jubilee is our only fundraiser and is a Brooklyn tradition that celebrates diversity. The multi-block festival features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merchandise and informational booths, as well as kiddie rides and delicious food.  Established 40 years ago, the Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music.

Battle of Brooklyn: Commemoration in Green-Wood
Sunday August 27th 11a-3p.  These events are free, excluding the trolley tour which is sold out, but please register online so that we can gauge response. Register here. The Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now a part of Green-Wood, was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Green-Wood hosts a morning of commemoration to honor all those who served to defend the young Republic. See parades, cannon fire, horses, and re-enactments. This is a great event for kids and families!  See the website for the full schedule of events.

CityParks PuppetMobile: Cinderella Samba at Travers Park (Jackson Heights)
Sunday August 27th 11a-12n.  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.

The Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagan at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday August 27th 11a.  Tickets: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family of four.  Emily Eagen hosts all-ages sing-a-longs. Grown-ups who love to sing can come together and harmonize, while kids learn these songs and sing along. Families leave with songs they can keep singing together.  Favorites from the Great American Songbook – old-time, gospel, country, and bluegrass songs, ranging from the soulful to the silly to the sentimental, songs that both kids and adults love, will be sung.  Chairs will be set in a big circle, with the option to be in the center of the sound, or to sing from the sidelines. Special guest musicians will share songs and anchor the harmonies. Songbook with lyrics will be provided. You do not have to bring children to attend.  Follow up with a delicious brunch at the Jalopy Tavern next door.

Wash Day at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Sunday August 27th 2-4p.  $3 suggested donation.  Cool off from the summer sun at Lefferts Historic House by helping Prospect Park Alliance get the dirt out of our 19th-century reproduction clothing the non-electric way: using tubs, washboards and bar soap.

See all Sunday events.


All Weekend

Kids Food Festival: NYC Summer 2017 at Westfield World Trade Center
Saturday-Sunday August 26th-27th 10a-4p.  General admission is free! The Kids Food Festival welcomes families with children of all ages, interested in learning about balanced food choices in a fun and engaging environment that empowers children to make these decisions for themselves! Appetites of all sizes will be satisfied with: Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt, The James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion: ticketed hands-on cooking classes with our featured chefs* Kids Food Festival Community Performance Area: free performances including cooking demos and live entertainment.  *Tickets for hands-on classes include admission for one child and two adult companions.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Let’s Dance and Spin at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday August 25th 10a-5p, Saturday August 26th 10a-7p & Sunday August 27th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  The Children’s Museum looks at the art of spinning in our brand new exhibit, Let’s Dance! Explore our video interactive Dance Portal to learn the different ways we can turn and spin. Spin on Spooner boards, balance on ballet turn boards and design your own fidget spinner that really spins!

The 12th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island
Saturday-Sunday August 26th-27th 11a-5p.  Tickets start at $55 (children under 12 are free).  The Jazz Age Lawn Party, now entering its 12th year, is New York City’s original prohibition-era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of about fifty friends and fans in 2005, who came together on Governors Island to revel in the music of the Jazz Age, as performed by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. This historically sold out event attracts 20,000 fans over two weekends, who come together to discover music and zeitgeist of the 1920s and 1930s, learn the hottest dance steps of the time, frolic in their flapper dresses and glad rags and enjoy sophisticated bites and vintage-inspired cocktails in a romantic, playful setting. For tickets visit here.

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday August 26th-27th 1230p & 230p.  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).  Robert Southey’s beloved Folk-Tale from 1837, adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.

Traveling in the New York City of Tomorrow at NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday August 26th-27th 130p-215p.  Free with Museum admission.  We’ll take a look at some practical and fantastical transportation technology ideas, then use craft materials to design vehicles for the 21st century and beyond! For all ages.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!