Celebrate Brooklyn!: eighth blackbird with special guest Will Oldham / The Bill Frisell Trio with special guest Sam Amidon - Prospect Park Bandshell
June 18, 2015 - Park Slope
Part of Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.
Grammy award winning Eighth Blackbird, team up with Will Oldham on a program that will include Frederic Rzewski’s powerful spoken word piece “Coming Together,” as well as arrangements of Oldham’s songs, material by Bryce Dessner, and other works.
The other part of this double bill will see a performance by Bill Frisell, known as the Miles Davis of guitar, and folk revivalist Sam Amidon.
New York Philharmonic: Concerts in the Park - Central Park: The Great Lawn
Through June 18, 2015 - Central Park
Arrive early to secure a spot on the Great Lawn to enjoy the fantastic New York Philharmonic orchestra perform works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Saint Saens.
A summer highlight.
Summer in the Square - Union Square
June 18, 2015 - Union Square
Every Thursday during the summer catch a mix of kids, music and dance performances in Union Square.
10am, Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids: Read and play yoga together for ages 0-6. Build literacy skills and healthy bodies in this action-packed class.
11am, a special musical act, show or performance. This week it's Kidville's Rockin' Railroad: This popular class for ages 0-5 explores music, instruments and noise making. With a funky soundtrack and puppets.
2pm: Story time in the Activities Pavilion from Strand Bookstore.
3pm, 14th Street Y and PopFit Kids: A fun class that includes cardio, strength, flexibility, endurance and balance.
Plus the Children's Activity Pavilion which is open 9am-6pm every Thursday. Come and read, learn and play. Featuring over 200 books, crafts, games and activities.
MOCACREATE: DIY Toys - Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Through June 20, 2015 - Little Italy
This exhibition-related program is in conjunction with the Museum of Chinese in America's latest exhibition, 'Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong.' Explore the whimsical world of Tyrus Wong's toys and create your own toy using recycled materials, paint, and clay, design toys as gifts or toys for play.
Enjoy MOCACREATE drop-in art workshops at the Museum every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-4pm.
Keeping it Green for Families in Central Park - Central Park Conservancy
Through June 21, 2015 - Central Park
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Led by environmental educators, projects are located throughout the Park.
Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Ages 5 and older. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.
Open Play - Extreme Kids and Crew/AMP Space
Through June 21, 2015 - Red Hook
This popular space opens its doors to children with disabilities and their friends and families. Children can play in the sensory gym, swing on swings, jump into the ball pit and sit and read.
Legally Blond,Jr. The Musical - Tarrytown Music Theater
Through June 21, 2015 - Tarrytown
Ellie Woods has it all, but her life turns upside-down when her boyfriend dumps her to get serious about his life at Harvard Law. Ellie uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. She soon realizes her true potential.
KulturfestNYC Presents: 'The Bed' and 'Blishem' - Museum of Jewish Heritage
Through June 21, 2015 - Battery Park
Adrian Schvarzstein is a clown, actor, circus and theatre director who will be performing his street theater act about a man with a traveling bed.
Celebrate Father's Day at CMA - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 21, 2015 - Soho
Bring dad to CMA for a day of art-making fun for the whole family. Or leave him at home and surprise him with a unique handmade gift! A week of activities including creating photo albums and DIY ties in the Fine Arts Studio, dot marker cards in the WEE Arts Studio, busts of dad at the Clay Bar, "If I Were a Dad..." Found Object Portrait Animation, and more.
Summer Sports Experience - Highbridge Recreation Center
Through June 24, 2015 - Washington Heights
A free program focused on developing sports skills across different types of spots. Kids will play a variety of sports each day, and can come every session, or just once.
EatPlayGrow Wednesdays - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through June 24, 2015 - Upper West Side
EatPlayGrow is a program with workshops every Wednesday for children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers. The program is designed to teach families how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.
June 3, 10:45 am. My Five Senses Yoga workshop, 4 and younger.
June 3, 12:15pm. My Five Senses Collage, 4 and younger.
Using a mixture of textured collage materials, children and adults will create unique masks that help build teach and emphasize the importance of using all five senses when making food choices. Can you use all the senses?
June 10, 10:45am, 12:15pm, Go, Slow, Whoa Storytime, 4 and younger.
Learn the importance of healthy eating during this storytime.
June 17, 10:45am, Fabulous Fruits Sing- A- Long, 4 and younger.
June 17, 12:15pm. Fabulous Fruits Basket, 4 and younger.
Create a healthy fruit basket to explore texture, shapes, size, and colors. Discover new fruits and build vocabulary as your sort through a variety of images of delicious fruits.
June 24, 10:45am, 4 and younger, Move to the Beat Drum Circle.
The whole family gets physical as they play in our heartbeat drum circle.
June 24, 10:45am, 4 and younger, Move to the Beat Drum Making.
Design your own drum from various collage materials; connect the drum beats to healthy heartbeats in your body.
Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through June 24, 2015 - Upper West Side
Singing and bonding with your baby is fun! In this class music and massage complement each other to stimulate your baby’s brain and relax his muscles and
organs. Best for babies 0-6 months. Sign up for series or drop-in.
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live - Riverside Park South
Through June 25, 2015 - Upper West Side
Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture with fun-filled live music, dance, and puppetry. Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English.
Bargemusic - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Through June 27, 2015 - Brooklyn
Walk across the gang plank of a renovated coffee barge for a one hour, family friendly, concert.
It's Showtime NYC - Battery Park
Through June 27, 2015 - Battery Park
Come see NYC’s most talented hip-hop and street dance crews perform on Saturday afternoons in May and June.
This pilot program provides legal performance opportunities to street and subway dancers as an alternative to dancing in subway cars. It is a joint program of Dancing in the Streets and the Mark Morris Dance Group with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
If you're interested in performing at one of the upcoming events, please fill out a performance registration form: itsshowtime.nyc/signup
Devil And The Deep - Theatre 3
Through June 27, 2015 - Midtown
A family friendly musical re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved classic, Treasure Island. Set in the mid 18th Century, follow young Jim Hawkins from poverty stricken Bristol, England, all the way to Caribbean Islands as he embarks on a journey that will change his life forever. A boy that dreamt of adventure upon sea will be faced with grave choices, betrayal and lurking danger that will, in turn, make him dream only of returning home. The play examines the parallel desires of Jim and the infamous John Silver and the paths they’ll be forced to take.
Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Purchase
Exhibitions on Kuba textiles have been few. Fewer still have examined the tradition of splendid, long Kuba skirts and overskirts; and none have drawn upon the two great early collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the William Henry Sheppard collection at Hampton University, Virginia, that provide textiles of documented date and provenance.
Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time will, for the first time, bring together unique holdings in this field and contrast documented early Kuba textiles with textiles attributed to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition will lay the foundation of a standard of comparison and historical trajectory for an in-depth evaluation of Kuba textiles. It will establish a cultural context, and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design beyond the Kingdom of the Kuba in the twentieth century.
The exhibition will feature approximately eighty pieces, including approximately thirty-two splendid skirts and overskirts, textiles that range in length from a 48-inch
fragment to a 356-inch full skirt. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by curator Marie-Therese Brincard; Dr. Patricia Darish, independent scholar; Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christina Giuntini, conservator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Verena Traeger, University of Vienna; and Dr. Julien Volper, Associate Curator, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Tervuren. Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Consultant Curator for the African Collection, Marie-Therese Brincard.
On view March 1 through June 28, 2015.
Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through June 28, 2015 - Upper West Side
Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole.
For ages 3-9
Make It: Sew Cool Hand - NY Hall of Science
Through June 28, 2015 - Corona
This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Learn how to hand sew at NYSCI’s Maker Space. Each weekend we will be creating different hand sewing projects such as custom stuffed animals, small bags and embroidery. $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Registration required.
Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through June 28, 2015 - Upper West Side
Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session.
This month Sunday Story Time is diving into the icky and mysterious world of trash! Who takes it all away in a big city and where does it all go? Ages 3-9.
June 7, SMASH! MASH! CRASH! There Goes the Trash!
June 14, Here Comes the Garbage Barge!
June 21, Trashy Town.
June 28, I STINK!
Galli Theater's Aladdin - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through June 28, 2015 - Chelsea
When Aladdin finds a genie in a lamp, he can make magic carpets fly and dreams of riches come true. But it will take more than a magical genie to win the love of a beautiful princess and save the kingdom.
For ages 5 and older.
Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - New York
Bring your family to the Museum for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. In June the workshops will explore Nepalese artworks on a family tour, and make a mini clay offering in the art studio to show your support for the people of Nepal.
Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Chelsea
Bring your family to the Museum for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. In June the workshops will explore Nepalese artworks on a family tour, and make a mini clay offering in the art studio to show support for the people of Nepal.
Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 28, 2015 - Crown Heights
The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona
The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.
Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through June 30, 2015 - Upper West Side
Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories at this daily workshop for ages 4 and younger.
Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona
In this 3D movie, travel to the Galapagos archipelago and meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Narrated by Jeff Corwin.
Hidden Universe in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona
Go on an amazing journey through the universe in this 3D movie. Travel the terrain of Mars, witness huge storms erupting on the sun, and peer deep inside distant nebulas, huge clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born. The universe is brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes.
Tuesday Crafternoons - New York Public Library, Epiphany branch
Through June 30, 2015 - Kips Bay
Fun and simple craft projects for children ages 3 and older.
This program will take place in the 2nd floor children's room
Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side
Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive.
Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.
Water World: Immersive Dome Experience - The American Museum of Natural History
Through July 11, 2015 - Upper West Side
Take a ride through the solar system and gain a new perspective on our home planet, a unique world colored ocean blue. After passing through Earth's orbit, we'll splash down into the deep oceans to examine life underwater. This 10-minute Geodome experience mixes science visualization and high-resolution video to reveal the many scales at which scientists explore our oceans and marine life.
Pinnochio - Joria Stages
Through July 18, 2015 - Midtown
A modern take on the classic fairy tale for kids. A fun filled hour long musical.
Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s - St. Paul's Chapel
Through July 24, 2015 - Lower Manhattan
Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free too! Most films are rated PG13.
Schedule subject to change, check website for details.
June 26: Back to the Future (PG)
July 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through July 25, 2015 - Midtown
This Off-Broadway performance is an adventure-packed, imaginative, family-friendly hit. C.S. Lewis' beloved classic leaps off the page, complete with magical creatures, an evil witch and a majestic lion. Just two actors give tour-de-force performances to conjure the world of Narnia, with simple props and costumes. This inventive production invites the audience to travel through the mysterious wardrobe and take a journey of the imagination. No wonder then that it's received both award nominations and great reviews since it opened in 2011.
For children ages 6 and older.
Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through July 26, 2015 - Upper West Side
A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture.
Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through July 26, 2015 - Upper West Side
An improvisational, audience-participation, puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and sometimes features special guests. For ages 3-8.
Character Visit - Strand Book Store
Through July 26, 2015 - Union Square
Each weekend, a book character visits the Strand for story time.
June 6-7: Clifford the Big Red Dog.
June 13-14: The Cat in the Hat.
June 20-21: Elmo.
June 27-28: Madeline.
July 4-5: The Cat in the Hat.
July 11-12: Llama Llama.
July 18-19: Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.
July 25-26: Eeyore.
Mad. Sq. Kids Concert Series - Madison Square Park
Through July 30, 2015 - Flatiron District
A series of interactive concerts on the Farragut Lawn. Children can learn simple skills and the appreciation of music from an eclectic mix of today's top children's performing artists. Concerts are rain or shine. Rain location for concerts is held on the southern gravel. Adult supervision is required.
May 28- Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.
June 4- Suz Slezak.
June 11- Audra Rox.
June 18- Alastair Moock and Friends, celebrating the release "All Kinds of You and Me," a collection of songs inspired by Marlo Thomas' landmark "Free To Be You and Me."
June 25- Recess Monkey, with the NYC debut of their June release "Hot Air."
July 2- TBD.
July 9- Danny Weinkauf & His Red Pants Band.
July 16 - Songs For Seeds brought to you by Apple Seeds.
July 23 - The Suzi Shelton Band.
July 30 - Jazzreach presents Yes Indeed!
Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through July 31, 2015 - Upper West Side
A popular daily storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 0-6.
Reservations now required for Tuesday story hour via phone the day before.
New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through August 05, 2015 - Upper East Side
Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group is a great way for new parents to share experiences, learn from one another and make friends. Against the familiar backdrop of gurgles and squeals, parents can compare notes on topics from scheduling to strollers. Half the fun is watching the newborns relate to each other.
June topics include:Going back to work, choosing childcare, and traveling with baby.
For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side
From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events.
The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History.
Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.
Summer Sunday Family Tour - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper East Side
A special tour for families to discuss and interact with exhibits at the museum. For ages 5 and older. A different theme every week. See website for details.
Registration required: call or visit guggenheim.org/families.
Wildflower Meadow Tour - Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Through August 20, 2015 - Randall's Island
Come take a tour of our Wildflower Meadow which stretches along the East River near the iconic Hell Gate Bridge. It's home to an array of native and ornamental plants that provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Join an experienced member of the Alliance’s Horticulture Department for a walk and talk about our favorite subject… flowers!
Meet at the Randall's Island side of the 103rd St. footbridge.
Kids Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through August 21, 2015 - Greenwich Village
Bring your little one to yoga class for kids with Sacred Sounds Yoga.
All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Mats will be provided for kids.
Suitable for drop-ins.
Class will be held in the seating nook area opposite the big kids' playground, on the east side of Washington Square Park.
Summer Reading - New York Public Library
Through August 21, 2015 -
This summer, libraries citywide are taking part in a program created to encourage reading during the school break and prevent the "summer slide".
Sign up for reading lists, events and craft activities at your local branch and get reading! There are programs for all ages and this year's event has a superhero theme.
Natural Areas Exploration Days - Randall's Island
Through August 22, 2015 - Randall's Island
Come explore Randall's Island wetlands and other natural areas, guided by experts. Explore the Island's diverse plant and animal communities. For more information: Christopher.email@example.com.
Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Dock
Through August 29, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights
Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children younger than 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.
Parent and Me Yoga - Fort Tryon Park: Abby's Lawn
Through August 29, 2015 - Upper Manhattan
Yoga for children of all ages and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor.
Meet on Abby's Lawn in Fort Tyron Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat. Note that the ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. Will be canceled due to rain or wet ground.
Pinkalicious, The Musical - Vital Children's Company at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre
Through August 30, 2015 - Greenwich Village
This popular musical returns to Bleecker Street. The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann.
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.
For ages 2-7.
The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through August 30, 2015 - Upper West Side
Adapted from the children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this popular show is great for pre-schoolers. Kids will fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.
MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown
Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through September 01, 2015 - Garrison
Don't miss the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performances include Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, and The Tempest. Celebrating its 29th season, the dramatic views of the Hudson combine theater and nature in a beautiful setting. Get the details at hvshakespeare.org.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District
This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.
One World Observatory - One World Trade
Through September 07, 2015 - Financial District
If you have a head for heights you won't want to miss this! Whizz to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then take in the view. There's also dining options and multimedia entertainment to enjoy.
City Splash! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 07, 2015 - Upper West Side
When the weather turns warm CMOM head to this fun water exhibit. It encourages children of all ages to explore and learn more about our environment and the unique properties of water.
Launch boats down a winding stream, investigate tubs filled with water to learn which objects float and which ones sink, learn about evaporation and experiment with sand to create rivers and lakes.
In July CMOM educators will be teaming up with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for some pop-up water experiments and story times. Learn about where your water comes from and where it goes as we explore NYC way down underground.
Scattered Light - NY Hall of Science
Through September 13, 2015 - Corona
Scattered_Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit.
Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.
Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Park Alliance
Through September 26, 2015 - Randall's Island
Come discover the Randall’s Island Urban Farm with these discovery days. Meet the chickens and explore the farm, an expert will be on site to answer questions.
Storytelling in the Park - Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 26, 2015 - Central Park
An annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season. Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine.
For listings see website.
Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Governors Island
Visitors to Governors Island this year will enjoy more arts, cultural, recreational and educational programs than ever before. Governors Island opens to the public on Saturday, May 23 and will be open every day through September 27 apart from July 4.
Mad. Sq. Kids: Reads - Madison Square Park: Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground
Through September 29, 2015 - Flatiron District
Reading Rangers series will introduce children of all ages to literature through storytelling presented by one of our dedicated partners. Adult supervision is required.
Film: Living in the Ages of Airplanes - NY Hall of Science
Through October 06, 2015 - Corona
This immersive film experience, narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission.
Tuesdays at The Pavillion - Union Square Pavillion
Through October 13, 2015 - Union Square
Regular arts and crafts workshop in Union Square.
Tuesdays at The Pavilion - Union Square Pavillion
Through October 13, 2015 - Union Square
Bring your little ones to The Pavilion in the North Plaza every Tuesday explore fun new topics every month through arts and crafts.
Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
Through October 28, 2015 - Battery Park City
Come down to Teardrop park for fun-filled afternoons of art projects and games for ages 5 and older.
Each week children can enjoy a different art project; drawing, sculpting, and creating group projects such as murals. The art portion of the afternoon will be led by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's Artist/Educators. BPCPC's Parks Programming Leaders (specially trained Play Leaders) plan games based on their understanding of the various stages of child development, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are always welcomed to
suggest games. Parks Programming Leaders are prepared to help get games started with perennial favorites such as red light green light, Mr. Fox, asteroids, Wiffle Ball and four square.
All art materials and play supplies are provided.
YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: Children's Garden
Through October 29, 2015 - Battery Park City
A gardening program for children ages 3-5 years and an accompanying
adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown.
Children will see a variety of plants, butterflies, insects, worms, and birds – all part of the natural cycle of the garden. Feel cool water on a hot day and the different textures of leaves and plants in the garden. They will smell herbs (lemon verbena, dill, mint, and basil) and flowers (lavender, marigold, and scented geraniums).
Each week there is a new, garden-themed lesson, including learning about pollinators, worms, seeds, weather, flowers, birds, and more. Young children will have fun in the garden doing plant scavenger hunts, and reading nature books related to the day's theme.
Youth Basketball Clinics - North Meadow Recreation Center
Through October 31, 2015 - Central Park
Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities.
Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am
Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm
Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm
Seasonal Farmstand - Queens County Farm Museum
Through October 31, 2015 - Floral Park
Find out what's growing at the Farm, and see what's in season each week. Shop from over 50 varieties of vegetables, and get tips on how to make easy, nutritious meals for the family. EBT and food stamp benefits are accepted.
Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2015 - Upper East Side
Gather around to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt (requiring admission fee) in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Open Play Community Day - ATLAS Foundation for Autism
Through December 26, 2015 - Chelsea
It is estimated that 1 in 68 children (in multiple communities) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*. However despite these numbers, families living with autism find it more difficult to get out and about.
Every other Saturday ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300 sq. ft. facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather & connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm.
This event is free but donations of any amount are appreciated will help provide refreshments and materials for Open Play Community Days.
*Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2010.
Frolic! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2015 - Upper West Side
A brand new interactive rock 'n' roll-themed pop-up play space that offers children ages 0-5 a unique set of music, movement and imaginative play experiences that support social, emotional and physical development.
The innovative, 1,500-square-foot play space features a replica of a paint-splattered 1970's Volkswagen minivan, a Rolling Stones-inspired tongue slide, a mini-performance stage and ticket booth, and an interactive video music wall. Little rockers can also mix it up at a baby sensory music mixer, crawl around the soft foam butterfly and whimsical mushrooms, and dance and frolic to a rock 'n' roll soundtrack.
CMOM will be hosting a new program of activities and workshops in the space, as well as making it open to drop-in and play.
LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2016 - Upper West Side
AMNH's new exhibition highlights the incredible life forms on earth and the superpowers that organisms use to survive the most extreme environments.
From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms on our planet have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival.
Co-curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats.
Life-size and larger-than-life models, live animals, videos, and interactive exhibits highlight a variety of 'superpowers' across the tree of life. From surprising strategies for surviving harsh environments to bizarre mating calls, inventive techniques for eluding predators, and extreme examples of parasitism.
Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 10, 2016 - Battery Park
Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values such as beauty, centering, and balance. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time.