Whether it was your kids' first time seeing fireworks and they want more or they slept through yesterday's show, this weekend offers many more chances to catch the fireworks. Bring a blanket, chairs, and picnic dinner to a concert and fireworks at the park, watch the summertime fireworks extravaganza, or head to the amusement park and catch the show from the beach boardwalk (read: no need to pay admission to the amusement park!). And if you didn't get enough grub from the holiday's barbecue, head to Governors Island for the annual Cookout NYC.
On Stage: Enjoy a puppet show about an independent cow that follows her dreams, jam with African, Latin, and Caribbean rhythms at Sunset on the Hudson, or gather in the park for storytelling adventures. Nearby, learn more about the Fourth, from stars and stripes and freedom to apple pie. Plus, we're excited to revisit the wonderful world of The Wizard of Oz, premiering Tuesday, July 10 at the Theatre at Westbury.
Play the Part: Use your imagination to play pirate at the Siege of Sleepy Hollow where you'll hunt for treasure, see mermaids, and meet a talkative parrot. Then, get in the spirit for the Summer Games by testing your strengths and skills against the ocean's top athletes at Ocean Olympics. On the farm, see how wool is turned into yarn, watch the sheep, and have a snack.
At the Transit Museum, explore old subway cars and discover what it takes to work underground, or learn what chemists, physicists, and biologists do at the NY Hall of Science.
All About Nature: Do you know what 537 pounds looks like? Head to the zoo to help a giant tortoise (who weighs just that) celebrate his 90th birthday. Then learn about otters Edie and Bert with interactive games and activities. Play with frogs and bugs before helping to release hundreds of ladybugs in the garden, or hear about the Ladybug Girl and Bingo's adventure as they go camping.
The Greatest Show on Earth: Barnum turns 202 this year—watch the comical stage show "Barnum's World of Wonder and Magic." Nearby, the National Circus Project brings its best, most hysterical acts for a fun family show.
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Enjoy the weekend!
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents
July 9-13, 2012
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