Hi everyone! Happy Rosh Hashanah! It is hard to believe Autumn is here since its so warm out and there is a lot to do this weekend.
This weekend head out and enjoy the 8th Annual World Maker Faire at the NY Hall of Science, the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic, New York Transit Museum’s 24th Annual Bus Festival, the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, The 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair at The Wycoff Farmhouse Museum, Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists on Governors Island, Discover Gardening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre, Drumming in the Dark: Autumn Equinox Celebration at Grand Army Plaza, Spellbound Theatre: Grow! at the Old Stone House, Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park, the 35th Annual Queens County Fair at Queens County Farm Museum, FAD Market at City Point, Fall Family Day: Rhythms of Latin America in Carnegie Hall, Shelebration® Saturday! at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Hootenanny Art House Anniversary Celebration at The Bell House and The 15th Autumn Moon Festival & Parade.
Also check out some long running events this weekend like play:groundNYC on Governors Island, Halloween Harvest at Luna Park, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater, Transforming Food at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum.
Have a blast this weekend.
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday September 22nd
Tinkergarten Free Trial Class in Fort Greene Park
Friday September 22nd 1030-1130a. Free. For 18-36m. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Anna Ray, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Registration is required. Sign up at here. Visit the website for more times and locations.
Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park
Thursday-Friday September 21st-22nd 12n-4p. Free. Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Rosh Hashanah holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Nature Exploration 12–4p at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. 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, 12-5p. Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets. Enjoy a ride on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Also going on is 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.
Autumn Equinox: Discovery Hike at Greenbelt Nature Center (Staten Island)
Friday September 22nd 1-2p. For ages 5+. Free. Welcome the arrival of autumn! Take in the sights, scents, and sounds of the waning summer, and look ahead to what awaits the forest in fall!
Drumming in the Dark: Autumn Equinox Celebration at Grand Army Plaza
Friday September 22nd 630p. Free. A family friendly event. Please bring kids, dogs, drums and percussion instruments.
Saturday September 23rd
Spellbound Theatre: Grow! at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday September 23rd 10a & 1115a. Tickets: General Public: $15 each. Season Pass holders: $12. Purchase tickets here. “The seasons change and so do I…” Follow the life cycle of an apple seed through four seasons in this lovely, interactive performance for very young children. Young audiences and the storyteller plant a seed together and help it grow, while learning gentle and charming songs and ASL signs to help tell a story of seasonal growth. Created and performed by Lauren Sharpe
Discover Gardening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Saturdays 1030a-1230p until October 21st. No programs October 7th. Free with Garden admission. This is a drop-in program for families with children of all ages. Drop in and practice gardening skills alongside Discovery Docents in the Hamm Children’s Learning Courtyard inside the Discovery Garden. Water and weed fruit and vegetable beds, plant a seed, and learn about what’s growing! Create a plant-inspired craft to take home. All programs are outdoors and canceled in inclement weather.
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists on Governors Island
Saturday September 23rd 11:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm & 3pm daily. $20 per ticket (15% discount for purchases of 3 or more tickets with the code FAMILY). Location: Colonels Row. The show was originally created in the Summer of 2016 and had a workshop production on The Highline in New York City. Capacity for each show is limited to 18 audience members at a time and is intended for audiences ages 8+. Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore Governors Island’s breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers. Hailed by The New York Times for “blur[ring] the boundaries between the imagined and the real,” Trusty Sidekick Theater Company presents WE ARE ALL TOURISTS, an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families. Please arrive to House 410A on Colonels Row of Governors Island by the tour’s start time. As it is a promenade experience, latecomers will not be able to join the tour.
The 6th Annual Breukelen Country Fair at The Wycoff Farmhouse Museum
Saturday September 23rd 1-5p. Admission is Free! Paid tickets are required for some activities and to purchase goods or food. Paid tickets and pony passes can only be purchased at the fair. Admission is Free! Paid tickets are required for some activities and to purchase goods or food. Paid tickets and pony passes can only be purchased at the fair. Join the Wyckoff Farmhouse museum for a day-long extravaganza of crafting, creating, and hands-on fun celebrating Breukelen’s agricultural roots! Families and friends—learn from the past and present how Breukelen grows! The 2017 Country Fair will feature: Pony Rides (must buy pony ticket, limited), Puppet Show (free), House Tours every 30 minutes from 1:30 p.m. .to 4:30 p.m. (1 ticket), Face Painting (2+ tickets), Children’s Races (free), Garden Demos (free).
Shelebration® Saturday! at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday September 23rd 1-3p. Free. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Runny Babbit, the lovable star of Shel Silverstein’s New York Times bestselling poetry book, is back! Join us for an afternoon of family fun: Play Runny Babbit-inspired word games, Create a group poem, Add a leaf to our Giving Tree, Make rabbit ears, Read a Shel Silverstein poem on stage.
Sunday September 24th
Hootenanny Art House Anniversary Celebration at The Bell House (Gowanus)
Sunday September 24th doors 1030a, show 11a-1p. This sing-along is all ages and kids under 1 are free. Tickets: $15. Brooklyn’s beloved Hootenanny Art House celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary! Join us for music with Pete Sinjin and friends, dancing, art, a great big cake and lots of special surprises! Please note that strollers will need to be parked outside to make room for everyone inside.
Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday September 24th 11a. Price: $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.
43rd Annual Atlantic Antic
Sunday September 24th 12n-6p, Free. Rain or shine. THE ANNUAL ATLANTIC ANTIC™, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is the oldest and largest street festival in Brooklyn, New York! On this beautiful autumn day in Brooklyn, the Atlantic Antic™ brings together hundreds of thousands of people to Atlantic Avenue to celebrate the longstanding tradition of food, art, music, shopping, festivities, and fun! Spanning four neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn) from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, the Atlantic Antic™ brings together people from all ages and diverse backgrounds to celebrate in the heart of Brooklyn! From start to finish, Atlantic Avenue is transformed into a sea of entertainment offering something for everyone. Comprised of local Atlantic Avenue Merchants’ trendy restaurants and boutiques and vendors from all over the country, the Atlantic Antic™ features live music stages that showcase free outdoor performances from various cultural genres. Families can enjoy an entire block dedicated to kids! Pony rides, bounce houses, face painting and many other children’s activities make the festival fun for the entire family! Also check out the New York Transit Museum’s 24th Annual Bus Festival.
Fall Family Day: Rhythms of Latin America in Carnegie Hall
Sunday September 24th 12n. Free. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Carnegie Hall celebrates families by offering free, interactive, and fun musical activities in its Resnick Education Wing. Families have the opportunity to enjoy live performances, build handmade instruments, and sing and dance with professional musicians. Let energetic rhythms guide you on a journey through Latin American music at the Fall Family Day. This event runs from 12 PM to 4 PM. Drop by for a visit or stay through the day for a musical adventure of your choice.
The 15th Autumn Moon Festival & Parade (Chinatown)
Sunday September 24th 12n-5p. Free. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival marks the fall equinox. Traditionally, families go out to admire the big autumn moon, eat elaborate moon cakes and light pretty paper lanterns. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Better Chinatown Society’s fete features cultural performances, arts and crafts and food vendors.
8th Annual World Maker Faire at the NY Hall of Science (Flushing)
Saturday-Sunday September 23rd-24th 10-6p. Online advance (until September 22nd) Day ticket $35 for adults & $25 for 3-17yr olds. At the door adult $45 and $30 for 3-17y olds. Weekend tickets available for purchase. See the website for additional information. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. See the website for the schedule of events.
Amazing Maize Maze at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays-Sundays September 23rd until October 29th 11a-430p (weather permitting, last ticket sold 430p) Maze admission: $10 adults, $5 kids age 4 to 11, free for kids age 3 and under. Ready to be amaaazed? Kids and adults alike will have fun finding their way out of this 3-acre corn labyrinth! The adventure begins with a “Stalk Talk” to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles, and making your way out of the maze. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it! See website for additional Maize Maze events in October.
35th Annual Queens County Fair at Queens County Farm Museum
Saturday-Sunday September 23rd-24th 11a-6p. Admission: $10/day adult, $5/day child 12 & under. Purchase tickets here. Additional fees for: hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, carnival rides, midway games, The Amazing Maize Maze, craft & food vendors. One of our most popular events of the year! Don’t miss this traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts & crafts, and more. The fair features pie eating and corn husking contests, pig races, hayrides, carnival rides, midway games, and top-notch children’s entertainment. Dance the day away at the Beer Garden with the Shannon Breeze Irish band. Check out the Con Edison Ecology booth where you can adopt a worm for your home compost bin, get gardening & recycling tips, and create free crafts for kids. Enjoy live music on our main stage with the Gas House Gorillas until 1:30pm followed by Something Special Big Band! Our corn maze opens this weekend, and we’ll have craft and food vendors at the farm all day. See the website for all the details.
The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Ongoing daily until Sunday September 24th. The Feast of San Gennaro opens every day at 11:30 AM and closes at 11PM Sundays through Thursday’s and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. See website for full schedule. Free. The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from September 14, through September 24, 2017, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century. Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.
FAD Market at City Point (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday September 23rd-24th 11a-6p. This fall FAD Market takes up residence at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn in its newly opened event space, BKLYN STUDIOS. FAD Market brings you a stunning lineup of over 50 independent designer makers showcasing unique handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. An exciting lineup of interactive activities, artist collaborations and special guest partnerships! September 23+24 | NY Textile Month: Join us as we celebrate New York Textile Month with a special exhibition of 10 New York-based artists and a specially curated selection of textile and fabric makers. The Textile Arts Center presents interactive demonstrations of loom weaving, screen printing and machine knitting. Non-profit textile recycling company FABSCRAP brings a pop-up fabric shop and an education booth, and textile studio WE GATHER will host a Community Cloth Project where members of the public can collaborate in the creation of a zero-waste rug.
Halloween Harvest at Luna Park (Coney Island)
Saturdays & Sundays until October 29th at various times. Free admission. The Halloween Harvest Experience is included with the purchase of an all day wristband! See website for hours. Yo ho ho, to Luna we go! Calling all mateys, me harteys and buccaneers! Halloween Harvest begins Saturday, September 16! #AhoyLuna Join Luna Park in Coney Island on weekends until October 29th and Enjoy your favorite Halloween Harvest Experience activities like: face painting, pony rides and the best Pumpkin Patch in NYC! Enjoy all the events you know & love, like magic shows, arts & crafts, story time, music & games, marching bands and more! Also Our annual Halloween Harvest Dog Parade & Costume Contest Saturday October 14th (see website for details) and carving of our Giant Pumpkin by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Saturday October 22n (see website for details).
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical at Linda Gross Theater
Saturdays-Sundays until October 8th at 1030a. Tickets: $20/adults & $15/children. Polkadots is recommended for ages 5 and up! Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
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.
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.
To see all the events click here for the calendar!