Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn on July 17
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BCM Explorers Day - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 30, 2019 - Crown Heights
There’s tons to explore at BCM and Tuesdays are dedicated to the permanent exhibits. Together with your child, can you find an authentic West Indian Day Parade costume? Have you met the Madagascar hissing cockroaches in the greenhouse? Can you try your dance moves in Global Beats? Check out the exhibits here.
Regal Summer Movie Express - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
Through July 31, 2019 - Sheepshead Bay
At multiple locations around town, Regal Cinemas offers $1 movies for little ones on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings this summer. A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting The Will Rogers Institute.
July 2-3: Despicable Me 3 and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
July 9-10: Lego Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
July 16-17: SmallFoot and The Secret Life of Pets
July 23-24: The Lego Movie and Captain Underpants
July 30-31: Sing and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Music in the Grove Kids Concerts - Fort Greene Park
Through July 31, 2019 - Fort Greene
These hour-long concerts bring parents and children of all ages together with some of the finest talent in Brooklyn for a romping, stomping good time.
Meet up just south of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Performances are free and open to children and caretakers of all ages.
Here is a schedule of performances:
June 26: Mills Trills
July 10: Soul Science Lab
July 17: Esther Crow
July 24: Astrograss
July 31: Moona Luna
August 7: Vered
July 7: Suzi Shelton
July 14: Kotchanga?
July 28: Rolie Polie Guacamole
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Environmental Education Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park by visiting the Environmental Education Center's 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and more.
Summer Reading Storytime at Brooklyn Bridge Park - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
The Brooklyn Public Library presents weekly stories and songs for kids.
Brooklyn Heights children’s librarian will read stories from the library’s summer reading list, plus a whole lot more.
Photo by Paula Berg
Waterfront - Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo
Through July 31, 2019 - Dumbo
This exhibition and multimedia experience brings to life the vibrant history of Brooklyn’s coastline through stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems for visitors of all ages.
Waterfront traces a personal, local history of the borough’s waterfront while also exploring the coastline’s global significance. The exhibition engages with important debates about the shoreline’s future by taking on the waterfront’s most pressing contemporary topics including sea level rise and gentrification.
A Queer Look at Brooklyn - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the student interns that make up BHS’s Teen Council focus on the LGBTQ history of Brooklyn.
The stories chosen by this year’s Teen Council stretch back to the time of Walt Whitman, who published his first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855 in the Rome Brothers’ print shop in Brooklyn Heights, through the early 2000s, when a collective called DUMBA gave LGBTQ artists and activists a home in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Each of the five stories featured in the exhibition explores themes of race, class, activism, health, and community.
As budding historians, the Teen Council interns conducted extensive research in BHS’s library and archives, using primary sources like the AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection. They also conducted their own interviews with the founders of Circle of Voices, a non-profit organization of Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color, and with Debbie Griffin-Daza, the anti-violence activist and former co-owner of the Starlite Lounge.
Navigating New York - New York Transit Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
New York’s transportation history happened in phases, from early ships, trains and passenger ferries to more modern subways, trains, buses and cars. Transportation maps highlight the story of New York’s growth through the increasingly connected transportation system. Indeed, mass transit helped make the greater New York region what it is today. Navigating New York draws on the New York Transit Museum’s collection, artistic renderings, historic maps, guidebooks and digital technology that refresh our view of the city and show how transportation has catalyzed its development.
Block Lab - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through July 31, 2019 - Crown Heights
BCM’s Block Lab invites visitors to develop spatial reasoning, engineering, and language skills with the Imagination Playground block set. Experience the fun in the play space where big blue blocks build new worlds and kids make all the rules!
New York Musical Festival - Various Locations
Through August 04, 2019 -
The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. Selections include My Real Mother and Head and Heart, created by an all-female team.
Art Force 5 - Governors Island
Through August 04, 2019 - New York Harbor
The Art Force 5 welcomes young and old superheroes-in-training to make their own superhero action figure and customized cape. A huge comic book exhibit depicting the history of comic books alongside equal rights will delight both comic novices and enthusiasts. Visitors will be invited to paint a tile that, when joining forces with hundreds of others, will make some beautiful public art celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. All free, all fun, and open to all ages.
Chess at Three (Beginners/Intermediate, drop-off) - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 07, 2019 - Park Slope
Introduce your children to Chess at 3! These classes are centered around stories that explain why the chess pieces move the way they do. Your children will learn how all the pieces like to move, some chess theory, and the importance of sportsmanship.
Learn more about Chess at Three at http://chessat3.com.
Chess at Three (Advanced, drop-off) - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 08, 2019 - Park Slope
Does your child already know how all the pieces move? If so, in this class, children will delve deeper into chess theory, figure out difficult puzzles, strengthen the importance of sportsmanship, and hear the occasional hilarious story!
Watercolor & the Sketchbook: Recording the Story of Your Life! - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 09, 2019 - Park Slope
Over the course of this class you’ll start a sketchbook practice, and each week talk about different ways of recording your experiences and dreams. We’ll cover basic art concepts and use multiple media with a focus on watercolor.
Laura Eliason is a Brooklyn-based multi-media artist and teacher whose work engages with themes of visual storytelling, philosophy, and preserving the handmade. Some of her favorite media and techniques to work with include: pen & ink, watercolor, oil paint, dye, crochet, and machine knitting.
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series - Prospect Park Bandshell
Through August 10, 2019 - Prospect Heights
BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival celebrates its 41st season with 29 performances, running from June 4–August 10. The programming, reflective of Brooklyn’s eclecticism and diversity, will feature a wide array of free, world-class performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
Stroller parking will be available on the 9th Street side of the venue. Do not bring cans, bottles, coolers, tents, alcoholic beverages, pets, video cameras, audio recording devices, or professional cameras into the festival site.
On July 5 enjoy music by Mick Jenkins | Leikeli47 | Leven Kali | Joy Postell
On July 6, enjoy music by Oddisee | 47soul | Narcy
On July 12 enjoy the Eventbrite Music Series, Latin Alternative Music Conference (Lamc) Showcase: Gaby Moreno And Van Dyke Parks: Spangled | El David Aguilar
On July 13 enjoy the music of Salif Keita | Courtnee Roze
On July 18 enjoy the music of American Express Women In Music Series: I’m With Her | Darlingside
On July 19 enjoy the music of Bud Light Music Series: Burna Boy | Sampa The Great | Dj Tunez
On July 25 enjoy the Bud Light Music Series: Surprise Headliner | Nilüfer Yanya
On July 26 enjoy the Eventbrite Music Series: Jidenna | Anik Khan | Dj Moma
Terrific Tuesdays - Greenbelt Conservancy: Carousel for All Children
Through August 13, 2019 - Staten Island
Meet the Early Childhood Educators at the Carousel, enjoy a nature activity, and learn about upcoming programs throughout the summer and fall. Free and suitable for ages 3-5 with chaperone. Registration recommended. Carousel rides cost $2.25 per spin. Call 718-351-3450 or email email@example.com
American Indian Community House - Governors Island
Through August 18, 2019 - New York Harbor
The American Indian Community House will host art exhibitions and artists talks with three Native artists from New York City. In addition, AICH will host a Native story teller, a Native American Youth Council visual project about the history of Native Americans in New York City, Native American musical and theatrical performances and presentations by Native American artisans (jewelry makers, fashion designers and others).
Movie Night in the Garden - Narrows Botanical Gardens
Through August 23, 2019 - Bay Ridge
“The Jewel of Bay Ridge”, Narrows Botanical Gardens (NBG) hosts an outdoor summer movie series on select Fridays. In addition to the magic on the big screen, movie-goers get a spectacular view of the Narrows waterway.
- Black Panther (PG-13), June 21
- Wreck It Ralph (PG), July 12
- Vertigo (PG), July 26
- Wonder Woman (PG), August 16
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (G), August 23
In case of inclement weather, please call 718.748.4810 the day of the movie, after 3pm.
Myrtle Avenue Summer Series Kickoff - Myrtle Avenue Plaza
Through August 23, 2019 - Brooklyn
Art Playgroup for Babies! - Private Picassos
Through August 26, 2019 - Park Slope
Let your child explore art materials in a whimsical Art Studio! Leave the mess of homemade finger paint, playdough and sensory bottles with us. We’ll prepare safe, non-toxic art materials for your toddler to explore. This playgroup is perfect for babies who are still exploring with their mouth. Come dressed for a mess!
Pre-registration is required. We have a hard maximum of 8 children per playgroup (with 1 accompanying adult per child).
Walk-ins welcome space permitting.
• Come dressed for a mess. While all of our homemade art supplies are washable, its bested to dress in art-friendly clothing. This applies to baby and their grown up :) • This playgroup is designed to be an exploration of new materials for babies and their caregiver, rather than a structured class.
Toddler Art Adventures - Private Picassos
Through August 27, 2019 - Park Slope
Budding toddler artists will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Themes for projects include NYC, outer space, animals, opposites, and much more. This curriculum is a great introduction to a structured class for young artists and will help strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them.
Music & Art - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 28, 2019 - Park Slope
Jazz, rock, folk, classical - just a few of the music genres we’ll explore through art in this *NEW* class! We’ll work on jazz-inspired finger paintings, mark-making to the beat of rock n roll and much more! We’ll also learn about different artists who use music as their muse.
• Drop-off optional for kids over the age of 4.
Move Your Body! - Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
Through August 29, 2019 - Park Slope
Budding artists in this class will use their whole body to make art! We’ll create life-size silhouettes, capturing our bodies in motion, drawings with our feet, and other non-traditional projects. This class is perfect for an active artist!
Drop off is optional.
Rooftop Rhythms at The Box House Hotel in Brooklyn - The Box House Hotel
Through August 29, 2019 - Brooklyn
Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park, Imagination Playground
Through August 31, 2019 - Flatbush
Join Prospect Park Alliance every Saturday in July and August at the Imagination Playground for storytelling adventures brought to life by Tammy Hall. Discover fun and exciting tales as you gather around Peter and Willie, the statue of two beloved Keats characters. Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
Public Art: Bridge Over Tree - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through September 29, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
The newest Public Art Fund installation, Iranian artist Siah Armajani’s Bridge Over Tree, is now open at Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn.
Armajani’s artwork features a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree, inviting us to experience the idea of a bridge in a new way.
Green Team 2019 - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Through October 26, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and make the Park look its best.
Saturdays, May 25-Oct 26, 2019, 10am to 12pm.
All volunteers must fill out a waiver and bring it to their first volunteer activity in the park. Volunteers 18 years old or younger should submit their waiver signed by a parent or guardian before any activity begins; volunteers 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No experience necessary.
Groups with 10 members or fewer are welcome to join in Green Team sessions. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator/Elizabeth Harnett at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a date.
play:groundNYC's The Yard - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor
play:groundNYC is back for their fourth year on Governors Island, stewarding and operating The Yard – a 50,000 square-foot adventure playground stocked with loose parts, tools and space for you to play, imagine, and dream big! This year, play:groundNYC will be offering an adventure club, school field trips, professional development for educators, a ten-week summer camp program and, of course, free play every weekend all season long.
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.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket - Brooklyn Borough Hall
Through December 07, 2019 - Downtown Brooklyn
Buy fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables year-round at your local greenmarket! You can also take part in programs like nutrition workshops, clothing collections, and food scrap collections.
New York Road Runners Open Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
Through December 18, 2019 - Brooklyn Heights
Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2½-3 miles.
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home as bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome.
Friday Drop-Off - Brooklyn Game Lab
Through December 27, 2019 - Park Slope
An opportunity to play Dungeons & Dragons with some of the best "Dungeon Masters" in NYC! They create characters and go on multi-month campaigns with a band of adventurous kids each week - making great friends as they quest for treasure and glory. New players welcome every week.
Photo by Marc Goldberg Photography
Saturday Author Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through December 28, 2019 - Fort Greene
Authors and illustrators of picture books visit on Saturdays to present their new books with interactive readings and drawings, and often activities and crafts too.
Sunday Bookseller Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through December 29, 2019 - Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Neighborhood families are invited to join the booksellers of Greenlight for story time every Sunday morning. Greenlight staff choose their favorite read-alouds to share with the youngest booklovers, with great books ranging from classics and award-winners to the best new releases and local favorites.
Transit Tots - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2020 - Brooklyn Heights
Head to the New York Transit Museum every Thursday for stories, art exploration, and hands-on investigations of fun themes such as animals underground, the people and buildings of New York City, colors and shapes, and, of course, the city's subways and buses! Free with admission. For ages 2-5 and adult companions.
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