Hi everyone! Hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is here and the kids go back to school next week.
If you are in NYC this weekend take the kids and enjoy the The New York City Unicycle Festival: Brooklyn Unicycle Day and NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island, Back To School Bash 17’ at Habana Outpost, 25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition at Pier 84, the Richmond County Fair 2017, Circus Amok in Socrates Sculpture Park, Kids Camp: Captain Underpants at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Cido the Clown at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Tribeca Drive In Dinner and a Movie: Enchanted on Oculus Plaza, Family Sundays: Sugar & Spice at Rubin Museum Of Art and Labor Day in Prospect Park.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like Family Game Night at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library, Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, Sounds-Portation Bingo at the New York Transit Museum, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Splash Pad at Lakeside in Prospect Park and Victorian Garden at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
Enjoy the long weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday September 1st
Kids Camp: Captain Underpants at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday September 1st 12n, Saturday-Sunday September 2nd-3rd 10a & Monday September 4th 12n. Run time 89 minutes. Rated PG. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to CAMBA. es, America’s favorite children’s book superhero is finally getting his own movie, just like the big guys. The mega-best selling series’ special brand of silly, goofy and poopy potty humor is perfectly suited for a cast of today’s funniest and coolest comics. Ed Helms (THE HANGOVER), Kevin Hart (RIDE ALONG), Thomas Middleditch (SILICON VALLEY) and Jordan Peele (GET OUT) are among the voices bringing to 3D animated life the adventures of Captain Underpants. Two grade schoolers (Hart and Middleditch) hypnotize their jerky principal (Helms) into becoming the tighty-whitey clad superhero Captain Underpants. They have to work with him to stop the mad movements of Professor Poopypants and his Turbo Toilet 2000 before they take over the world. High brow it ain’t, hilarious it is.
The New York City Unicycle Festival: Brooklyn Unicycle Day
Friday September 1st meet up at 2p. Free. All ages and abilities welcome. Brooklyn Unicycle Day. Festivities begin Friday afternoon with a mass ride over the Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island. Meet-up at 2 pm next to City Hall (Manhattan) at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. We will roll at 3 pm. Expect to witness a one wheel parade across Brooklyn. See the website for all the details.
Family Game Night at the Park Slope Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 330-530p until September 29th. Free. For kids 6 and up. Younger kids are welcome with an adult. Join us as we turn our basement auditorium into a drop-in game room! Featuring a variety of new and classic board games, LEGO®, Little Bits, and video games.
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Saturday September 2nd
NYC Unicycle Festival on Governors Island
Saturday-Sunday 12n-5p. Free. On September 2 and 3, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus brings the 8th Annual NYC Unicycle Festival to Governors Island! This festival has something for everyone, from long-time unicycle enthusiasts to first-time thrill-seekers, from extreme sports adventurers to circus fans, from avid bicyclists to families looking for the best way to spend a summer’s day in the Big Apple. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding in the Learn-to-ride area. DJ Sky King, famous for DJing New York’s disco roller skaters, lays down the uni groove.All ages and abilities are welcome. Find out more at nycunifest.com
Circus Amok in Socrates Sculpture Park
Saturday September 2nd 3-4p. Free. Circus Amok returns to city parks and green spaces presenting their 22nd celebratory spectacle. Using a blend of traditional circus skills, post-modern dance, and improvisational techniques, Circus Amok provides free public art addressing issues of social justice to audiences of all ages.
Tribeca Drive In Dinner and a Movie: Enchanted on Oculus Plaza
Saturday September 2nd 5-10p. Free. Join us for a free film screening on Oculus Plaza at Westfield World Trade Center. Doors open at 5p & film begins at 730p. Food & drink available for sale. Additional information. First Come, First Served, Limited Occupancy, Please do not bring chairs, blankets or pets, Due to demand, holding seats for guests not yet present after 6:30pm will not be permitted. See website for information on additional screenings.
Sunday September 3rd
25th Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition at Pier 84 (Hell’s Kitchen/Midtown West)
Sunday September 3rd 930a-2p at West 44th Street & Hudson River. Free. Schedule of events: 10a Parade of tugs from Pier 84 to the start line at Pier I at w. 70th St in Riverside Park South, 1030a Race starts (runs from Pier I to Pier 84), 11a Nose to nose pushing contests and line toss competition, 12p amateur line-toss & spinach-eating contests, 1p Awards ceremony. Tugs depart at about 2 PM. Also be right in the action aboard the Circle Line Spectator Boat! See website for all the details.
Family Sundays: Sugar & Spice at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in September. Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Free for children and accompanying adults. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. September Sundays: Sugar & Spice ~ Break the rules and play with your food! Make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi. During this early September festival, chalimidi is offered to one of the most popular Hindu deities, Ganesha, the elephant-headed “Remover of Obstacles.” Try to spot him holding a bowl of sweets in the Museum’s galleries.
Cido the Clown at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Sunday September 3rd 2p & 4p. Free. Location: next to the Queens Zoo. From his red nose to his big feet, Cido is a professional clown to the fullest. This clown magic show is sure to be fun for all! Please note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel, ride other attractions, and purchase items from the concession stand.
Monday September 4th
Back To School Bash 17’ at Habana Outpost (Fort Greene)
Monday September 4th 11a-2p. Free. Dance, win prizes, get your face painted, adorn yourself with glitter tattoos, and create some cool art! The event is FREE and so are all of the giveaway goodies like recycled notebooks, pencils, rulers, and much much more! Special features include Blue Poppy face paint, a sky-high stilt walker, a Big Silly Guy, Habana’s famous human-powered Bike Blender, and special raffle items to get kids and parents ready for the school year! Habana To Go will also offer 1/2 off their Kid’s Menu as a Back To School Bash special!
Labor Day in Prospect Park
Monday September 4th 12n-4p. Join Prospect Park Alliance on Labor Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Nature Exploration, 12–4p: Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free. Join Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more! Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project. Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 3 pm. Carousel Rides, 12-p. Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets. Race Around the Farm Yard, 2–4p at Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to get out and get moving in the Lefferts yard! The whole family can participate in potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.
Omar’s Summer Send-Off Party at Fantasy Forest Amusement Park in Flushing Meadows Park
Monday September 4th 2-6p. Free. End your summer right! A party hosted by Omar Olusion, come celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games, and magic shows. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, passion, amusement, and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained! Please note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel, ride other attractions, and purchase items from the concession stand.
Richmond County Fair 2017 (Staten Island)
Saturday-Monday September 2-4th 11a-6p. Rain or shine. Adult/Child $14, Seniors 65 and up $10. The biggest & oldest county fai in NYC. Fun for all ages. Real Americana! Music, entertainment, aumusement rides, historic exhibits, demonstrations, country crafts, contests, daring acts, petting zoo & fair food!
Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Saturdays-Sundays 2-4p until September 30th. $3 suggested donation. Join Prospect Park Alliance to help make tasty treats in the Lefferts wood burning hearth. Roll up your sleeves and help churn butter, grind corn and mix ingredients. Depending on the day, we will be making either herb butter for popcorn or Mrs. Lefferts’ apple fritters for all to share.
Sounds-Portation Bingo at the New York Transit Museum
Saturday-Sundays 130-215p until September 10th. Free with Museum admission. For ages 4+. If you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to transportation in New York City, join us for a few rounds of bingo when we’ll match sounds of city travel with images and objects found at the Museum.
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.
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!