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BARD IN THE PARK - Hudson River Park - Clinton Cove
Through September 13, 2019 -
Celebrate the solstice with free BARD IN THE PARK! Bringing Shakespeare to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night’s Song.
Shabbat in the Lot - JCC Harlem
Through September 13, 2019 - New York
Join JCC Harlem in our beautiful outdoor space for an al fresco community gathering. These dinners are welcoming to families of all configurations as well as individuals looking for Jewish community. You bring yourselves and we will provide a delicious catered dairy dinner, music, and activities to keep your little ones busy with activities as we welcome in Shabbat and kick off the weekend together. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hudson RiverKids - Hudson River Park - Pier 25 and Pier 62
Through September 19, 2019 - Tribeca
Hudson RiverKids brings together hands-on learning and entertainment with a multitude of interactive programs and performances all made with kids especially in mind. Come join the fun – we take play seriously! Recommended for ages up to 6 years old.
2019 PERFORMANCE LINE UP:
- June 3 & 6 - Bilingual Birdies
- June 10 & 13 - Mike Messer and the Afterschool Special
- June 17 & 20 - Drag Queen Story Hour
- June 24 & 27 - Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
- July 1 - Sweetbeatz
- July 8 & 11 - Ramblin Dan and the Free Wheelin’ Band
- July 15 & 18 - Mister G
- July 29 & August 1 - City Stomp
- August 5 & 8 - The Pop Ups
- August 12 & 15 - Suzi Shelton
- August 26 & August 29 - Children’s Museum of the Arts
- September 5 - Sweetbeatz
- September 16 & 19 - Story Time in HRPK Elisha Cooper reads River
Yoga in the Park - Randall's Island Park
Through September 19, 2019 - Randall's Island
Stretch, breathe, and find your inner peace at evening yoga classes. Bring a mat. Tuesdays, April 30 -Sept 17, 6:30-7:30pm, Sunken Meadow Picnic Area Thursdays, May 2-Sept 19, 6:30-7:30pm, East River Picnic Area (south of 103rd St. Footbridge) (no program July 4)
Kids Yoga with Sacred Sounds Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through September 19, 2019 - Greenwich Village
Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are!
Please bring your own yoga mat.
Storytime in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 20, 2019 - Upper East Side
The Met Fifth Avenue - Children's Reading Room in Nolen Library, Uris Center for Education
Free; Museum admission not required for the library portion of this program.
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. For families with children ages 3–6. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Hudson River Nature Walk - Hudson River Park- Pier 45
Through September 22, 2019 - Greenwich Village
Location: Meet at the Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45
Approximately 1 hour
Distance: 1 1/2 miles to 2 miles
Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the Park’s esplanade.
Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Park Naturalists will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.
SHELL-EBRATE OYSTERS - Hudson River Park - Pier 25
Through September 22, 2019 - Tribeca
Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside Park staff to support oyster research efforts. You can register here to take part in Shell-ebrate.
Did you know that the Estuary Team discovered massive oysters in our estuarine sanctuary?
City Parks Foundation Presents 'Puss In Boots' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through September 22, 2019 - Upper West Side
City Parks Foundation presents the all-ages show Puss in Boots at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, March 19 - September 22, 2019. A classic story with a twist, Puss in Boots is the tale of two friends – Fergus Mundingle and his sly cat Puss – who are tired of their dull and penniless lifestyle. Looking for a change, Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend willing to help at any cost. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit cityparksfoundation.org/swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre
SummerStage 2019 - SummerStage in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield
Through September 24, 2019 - Central Park
City Parks Foundation is thrilled to announce the 2019 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 100 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. This year’s festival will showcase 200 renowned artists and rising stars from around the world to local neighborhood parks, presenting distinctly New York genres -- salsa, jazz, and hip-hop -- alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, contemporary dance, and much more.
Capital One is the festival’s new multi-year title sponsor (Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage) and its official bank and credit card. A presenting sponsor since 2015, Capital One has helped SummerStage bring more than 500 artists to 800,000 audience members in parks all around New York City. The Family Day concert will be held in Central Park on July 14 at 3:30pm.
Photo by Mark Doyle
Fairy and Folk Tales From Around The World! - Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 28, 2019 - Central Park
Since 1957, on Saturdays during the summer, New York City's children have clustered around Hans Christian Andersen's statue near Conservatory Water in Central Park to hear his and others' fairytales, folk stories, and stories, told by a dedicated group of professional storytellers. Children are asked to sit with parents or guardians. Storytellling is held rain or shine.
Parent and Me Yoga - Fort Tryon Park: Abby's Lawn
Through September 28, 2019 - Upper Manhattan
Join us for free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor. All children are welcome with a parent or caregiver.
Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat.
Please note: The ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. In case of rain or wet ground, this event will be canceled.
Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze - Pier I, Riverside Park South
Through September 29, 2019 - Upper West Side
The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.
CityParks PuppetMobile: Bessie's Big Shot - Various Locations
Through October 01, 2019 -
CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.
Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.
Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Island Park
Through October 19, 2019 - Randall's Island
Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, rice paddies, and fragrant herbs, and meet the chickens, too! All ages welcome.
Pop Up Library - Four Freedoms Park
Through October 20, 2019 - Roosevelt Island
In cooperation with Uni Project, join us for a fun-filled weekend with this family friendly event! Come sit outside, read, draw, enjoy the view, and explore a curated collection of books and hands-on materials.
Story Time will take place at 12:30pm and again at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Jennifer Minehardt from the Roosevelt Island Public Library will be onsite to read books, play, and give away free goodies!
Free; registration recommended.
The Pop-Up Library will visit the Park on:
Saturday, May 18 & Sunday, May 19; Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16; Saturday July 20 & Sunday, July 21; Saturday, August 17 & Sunday, August 18; Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22; Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20.
Art on the Farm - Randall's Island Park
Through October 20, 2019 - Randall's Island
Join for unique family art projects inspired by the farm.
Hester Street Fair - Hester Street
Through October 26, 2019 - Chinatown
The Hester Street Fair an outdoor community market located on the Lower East Side, specializing in handmade goods, creative products, and artisanal food.
HSF is a launching pad for small, independent businesses and artists. Hundreds of vendors rotate over 60 spots every Saturday and Sunday to create one of the most dynamic outdoor events in New York City. Located at the intersection of Hester and Essex Streets, the Fair is open from 11am to 6pm every Saturday and some Sundays through October of 2019.
Special days include:
April 13 Opening Day (with Stretch Armstrong)
May 5 Baby Food Fest
May 11 Pet Day
June 1 Vintage Day (with Housing Works)
July 6 Independence Day BBQ
July 20 Ice Cream Social
August 10 Back to School Day
Sept 14 Vintage Day (with Housing Works)
Oct 26 Closing Day
Free Arts Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor
Travel to historic Governors Island for free hands-on art-making workshops and art-viewing experiences! On weekends from 11-5 PM, the open outdoor space of Free Arts Island Outpost beckons families to become inspired to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform relationships to art and the art-making process. The 2019 season runs from June 1—October 27, 2019.
NEW YORK VIRTUAL VOLCANO OBSERVATORY - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor
New York Virtual Volcano Observatory brings the experience of exploring a volcano to Governors Island. Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers and kid-friendly activities.
Touch volcanic rock (lava from New Jersey!) and examine rock crystals under a microscope.
Listen to the sound of the volcano, through recordings of actual eruptions and the music it inspired.
Explore volcanoes from across the world and close to home through virtual reality interactions.
Stargazing - The High Line
Through October 29, 2019 - Meatpacking District
Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights.
Stargazing at the High Line takes place every Tuesday, beginning at dusk, between Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, October 29.
Play N Go™ Friday - PS 87
Through November 29, 2019 - New York
Saturday Sketching - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 28, 2019 - Upper East Side
Feeling inspired? Art materials are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk for exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural shapes and spaces.
Open Studio - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through December 29, 2019 - Chelsea
Get creative in the Whitney's Hearst Artspace! Make your own art inspired by works on view in current exhibitions. Each week the museum offers a different project. Floor 3, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. For families with kids of all ages.
Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Upper East Side
For families with children ages 3 and older. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at this drop-in studio art-making program.
Intrepid Adventures - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Hell's Kitchen
Intrepid Adventures are enrichment programs designed to provide children ages 5–12, their siblings and parents/caregivers an opportunity to have fun and learn together. Each Adventure is inspired by a Museum exhibition. Programs are one hour and free with Museum admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the hangar deck.
Space is limited. Register in advance.
'The Wizard of Oz': A Jazz Musical for All Ages - Harlem Rep/Tato Laviera Theatre
Through January 11, 2020 - Harlem
"The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages," with its timeless score and eternal allegories, is a magical experience for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. Based on MGM?s classic motion picture, the stage version mounted here follows John Kane's adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is based on the book by L. Frank Baum, with brilliant songs by lyricist E.Y. ("Yip") Harburg and composer Harold Arlen.
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator - The American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2020 - Upper West Side