Hi everyone! I can’t believe the last week of September is here! Get ready for another fun week here in NYC.
This week check out Cinderella Samba at PS 305, Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Puppetsburg at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, Beatles and Bob at the Riverside NY Public Library, Little Feet Yoga at Monkey Do! Yoga, Family Movie: Matilda at Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Drop-In Art and Storytelling at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab, Kids Create: Bay Ridge Rocks at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library, Art Around the World at Private Picassos’ Art Studio & Shop and New York City Kids at the Muhlenberg New York Public Library.
Also check out the long running events like First Discoveries for Toddlers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Free Bike Mornings on Governors Island, Preschool Play at Wagner Park, Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules, Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Little People Party at The Backyard, Drop in Play at SPARK and MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Have a great week!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday September 25th
New York City Kids at the Muhlenberg New York Public Library (Chelsea)
Monday September 25th 1030a. Free. Interactive sing-a-long with Music for Aardvark’s Songs Celebrating Growing up in New York City. This program includes a Musician playing guitar and singing songs like Ave A, Taxi, Bagel, Staten Island Ferry and such…guiding the children and parents through movement, rhythm and instrument play. Best for ages 6 month to 4 years old with parent/caregiver. Presented by Music for Aardvarks.
Family Movie: Matilda at Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Monday September 25th 330-530p. Free. This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father (Danny DeVito) and mother (Rhea Perlman). Worse, Agatha Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.
Drop-In Art and Storytelling at Stories Bookshop & Storytelling Lab (Park Slope)
Mondays 4-5p. Ages 6-9 (drop-off) Drop-ins are $15 per child, $10 for siblings. No sign-up or registration is needed. Calling all budding writers and artists! Spend an afternoon with us creating art and writing projects inspired by our favorite books. The stories and projects change each week, and throughout the year we’ll explore a range of subjects, styles and materials.
Tuesday September 26th
First Discoveries for Toddlers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Tuesdays 930-1130a until October 31st. Free with Garden admission. Calling all explorers 2–4 years old (and their caregivers)! Plant a seed, touch a wiggly worm, read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers. Activities rotate seasonally. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.
Puppetsburg at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Tuesdays at 1030-1115a & 12-1245p. Drop in $27 per class. For ages 0-4y. Purchase tickets here. Puppetsburg is an interactive, hipster puppet show for 0 to 4 year-olds. Each class involves a new story about the main character Clementine. The shows are uniquely tailored to the youngest audiences: each muchkin gets personal time with each puppet.
Kids Create: Bay Ridge Rocks at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday September 26th 4-5p. Free. Participate in a neighborhood kindness project and come paint some beautiful Bay Ridge Rocks to hide around the neighborhood. Want to know more? Check out this Facebook page.
Wednesday September 27th
Little Feet Yoga at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Wednesdays 10-1045a. Drop in $20 (individual) Additional Sibling $10. Class packs also available. See website for more information. Little bodies love to move and learn about the world around them! This class is a great introduction to the world of yoga geared for kids moving in the world. We’ll read books and integrate yoga poses, learn songs, play games, play with sound and quiet, develop the art of savasana or rest pose and plant the seeds of mindfulness in little bodies and minds! So much to learn and explore- join us!
Art Around the World at Private Picassos’ Art Studio & Shop (Park Slope)
Wednesdays 330-415p until December 13th (no class 11/22). For 3-5y. $28/drop in. Young artists will travel around the world on an artistic journey, exploring 2-3 dimensional multi-cultural art activities, including Mexican frescos, Kente cloth weaving and Brazilian Carnivale masks. Adult participation
Book Adventures: Captain Underpants Flip-O-Ramas at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday September 27th 4-5p. Free. For kids ages 6+. Learn how to create your own Flip-O-Rama inspired by the Captain Underpants series. Will your creation include robots, talking toilets, or bad guys? Take inspiration from Dav Pilkey’s characters or create your own! We’ll give instructions on how to design your own working Flip-O-Rama to create simple moving animations. Then you’ll use your creativity and humor to create Flip-O-Rama’s that would impress George and Harold.
Thursday September 28th
Cinderella Samba at PS 305 (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
Thursday September 28th 10-11a. Free. 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 Carnival 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. 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 Carnival 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.
Beatles and Bob at the Riverside NY Public Library (UWS)
Thursday September 28th 1030a. Free. A fun musical Jam with various musical props like shakers, stick, and scarves filled with dance and movement to the songs of the Beatles and Bob Marley played live by a singer/guitar player. The class help strengthen the bond of children and their caregivers by sharing a memorable experience of singing and dancing together. Best for ages 6 month to 4 years old with parent/caregiver.
Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Thursday September 28th 11a-12n. For First Five Years ( infant to five years old). Free. Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers in their latest album Chips and Salsa.
Backyard Playtime at Norman & Jules (Park Slope)
Monday-Friday 930a-2p until October 31st. $10/child. Our backyard is intended for ages 6m to 6y. We do not offer drop-offs. Caregivers must be with their children at all times. See website for all the details.
The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p. All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150. Recommended for ages 6m-3y. Open Play! Toys, music, fun & a really big space!
Preschool Play at Wagner Park (Battery Park City)
Mondays-Wednesdays 10a-12n in September & October. No program on 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!
Eloise Storytime at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesdays-Fridays 2p until October 6th. 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.
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.
Dynamic H2O at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Open weather permitting. Free with Museum admission. See website for Museum hours. For all ages. Outdoors. 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.
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.
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!