Weekend Family Fun in Brooklyn and New York City

Weekend Events: Muppet Vault, SpaceFest, Madison Square Kids, Mil’s Trills, and Much More!

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Check out the Space shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid's Spacefest

Happy Friday Brooklyn! There’s so much going on this weekend : the museums are busy with some fabulous celebratory events: the Intrepid Museum hosts SpaceFest, the New Museum is busting out at their Block Party, El Museo del Barrio celebrates with their own Block Party with salsa, Queens Museum of Art celebrates Colombian culture with their festival, and the Whitney offers a family event for the always fabulous Yayoi Kusama. Kids Create! is still going strong at the Brooklyn Bridge Park and it’s a totally fun way to spend the day at the Park. On Saturday, head to Madison Square Park for Madison Square Kids or if staying local is your style and if you’ve got a Sesame Street lover on your hands (I do!), head to Williamsburg for Muppet Vault. If the weather goes well, I’ve always loved the sand sculpting contest at Coney Island: it’s a fun way to spark creativity for your kids. Sunday, there’s Mil’s Trills at Littlefield or Mario the Magician at Space on White.  And there’s loads more so look below and take your pick! Don’t forget to visit our music listings and events calendar for more fun activities! Have a great weekend!

ONGOING

Saturday, July 20th – September 15: 10:30am — 4:30 pm
Boating Opens for the Season
Starting this Saturday, you can get out on the water for kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 1 Boat Basin. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time. Boating will recur every Saturday until September 1, 2012.
Details: Saturdays, June through September 15 (except for September) FREE More info.

All Summer
Williamsburg Flea
The Williamsburg Flea is a Sunday ritual for our family: with super finds and delicious food vendors, you can spend a whole day just noshing and looking. Located between North 6th and North 7th Streets just south of East River State Park, the Flea is a must-see destination when you get off the ferry. Take a moment to take in the fabulous skyline as well.
Details: Sunday, 10am-5pm, Rain or Shine East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

All Summer
Smorgasburg
For gourmands everywhere, Smorgasburg in Williamsburg has become a destination to taste artisan foods and snatch up unique housewares.  Every Saturday at the East River, thousands come to see and taste the vendors’ wares and chow with their friends.
Details: Saturday, 11am-6pm, Rain or Shine  East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 + 7 St.)

All Summer
Food’s up
One of the best changes to Brooklyn Bridge Park last year was the addition of great food vendors. What is still missing: shade! A lot of the vendors will be opening this weekend so it’s a perfect time to head to the park, or hop on the ferry or just chill and score a great lunch. I will be heading to my favorites Bark Hot Dogs and Ditch Plains and summer wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream from Uncle Louie G or Blue Marble. The full list of park vendors and their operating hours is here.

All Summer 10am — 6pm
Field Station: Dinosaurs
9 minutes from Manhattan and 90 million years back in time… That’s what Field Station: Dinosaurs is! My son and I had the opportunity to visit this outdoor attraction a few weeks ago and we absolutely loved it! Field Station: Dinosaurs is a world-class family attraction that combines cutting-edge science with the creative minds of great artists and teachers to create a one-of-kind experience that’s thrilling, educational and fun. There are over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) that come to life. It’s like a museum, outdoors. And it’s totally cool!
Details: Secaucus, NJ. Cost: $20/adults; $17.50/children 3-12; FREE/children 2 and under. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays in July and August at 1pm & 3pm
Sundays in July and August at 2pm

Macy’s Fishing Clinics at Prospect Park
The decades-old Macy’s Fishing Contest has become the new and improved Macy’s Fishing Clinics! This exciting program offers kids quality fishing instruction. Children 15 and under will learn about the recreational sport of fishing, fishing safety, and fish-friendly techniques, all while casting their lines on a spectacular summer day in the Park! Kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Details: Prospect Park. Call (718) 287-3400 x303 for details.

All Summer Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 4pm
Habana Works at Habana Outpost
Habana Works is a non-profit organization that provides free, hands-on programs that celebrate urban environmentalism as a means of contributing to an educated, happy and engaged community in downtown Brooklyn. A major part of Habana Works is The Kid’s Corner. This is a weekend program that offers free, creative crafts and workshops that teach environmentalism, wellness and community to neighborhood children. All Kid’s Corner activities are held outdoors in the Habana Outpost courtyard. The Kids Corner staff creates recycled art with kids for FREE and will make your visit as a parent a much more enjoyable experience.
Details: 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 13th – open ended
The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
We are so excited about the “beary” good show that will be held at the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre! In The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, our favorite Bear Country citizens come to life on the Off-Broadway stage. In addition to teaching life lessons during the show, there will be a mini dance party and face painting afterwards. It’s going to be “bear”mazing! We have all seen it a couple of times and it’s super cute for the kids.
Details: Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre. 10 West 64th Street and Central Park West. Tickets start at $34.95. 866.811.4111.

Saturday, July 20th — November 2012
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th — January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22th at 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm
Weekend Family Programs at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Come explore Pier 6 and Main Street with the Playground Associates who lead educational based activities. There are different themes each weekend. Please note: This weekend, participants can Go Green! Reduce, Reuse and Have fun! Go Green at The Brooklyn Bridge Park with activities using recyclable materials.
Details: Pier 6 and Main Street, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 222-9939. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th — Sunday, July 22nd: various times
Ropes, Whips, and Songs About Cows at Canal Park Playhouse
Champion trick roper twirler, bull-whip master and premiere showman of the western arts Chris McDaniel brings the excitement of the Wild West to Canal Park Playhouse. Filled with rope tricking, whip cracking, gun spinning, and songs from the Wild West, McDaniel takes audiences on an action-packed adventure through the legendary frontier. Please note: The performance schedule is Fridays at 7PM, Saturdays at 1PM, 4PM & 7PM and Sundays at 1PM & 4PM.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Recommended for ages 3 –11. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th — Sunday, July 22nd: various times
SpaceFest at Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
SpaceFest will celebrate the opening of the museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion. Through July 22nd, NASA will present over three dozen exhibits, displays, and educational demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space exploration. Visitors will learn about current missions in earth and space science, the rockets that take humans to explore the solar system, and the NASA research enhancing aeronautics. How exciting that this event will provide an opportunity for guests to meet current and former astronauts!
Details: Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: General admission: $24 adults; $20 seniors/college students; $19 kids ages 7-17; $12 kids ages 3-6; FREE kids under age 3 – additional fees for admission to the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Contact: 212-245-0072. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd: various times
Junior Engineer: Bridge It! at the New York Transit Museum
The Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges carry enormous amounts of weight with cars, subways, and even bikes all crossing at the same time. Ever wonder how they’re made to be so strong? Explore the science and history of these incredible 100-year old bridges as you fashion a super strong bridge of your own to span our map of the East River
Details: Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. FREE with museum admissions. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd at 7:30pm
The Vertical Player Repertory presents: Water Music at The Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1
Staged excerpts from: A View From the Bridge by William Bolcom, Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini, and Tales of Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach.
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, The Granite Prospect. Rain Dates July 28 & 29. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th — Sunday, July 22nd: various times
Lincoln Center Festivals: Hand Stories at Clark Studio Theater
Theatre de Vidy Lausanne sends the Chinese puppeteer Yeung Faï with “Hand Stories”, which uses puppets, video, and hightech effects to tell his own life story, including his grandfather’s death during the Cultural Revolution. Yeung Faï, fifth generation descendant of a Chinese puppetry lineage now residing in Europe, approaches this age-old tradition by adding European modern drama techniques, as well as integrating multimedia and music concept to bestow puppet shows with brand new expressions. Yeung is responsible for stage design, sculpturing and manipulating the puppets in “Hand Stories.” There’s no conventional puppet performing stage on the pitch-black stage to be complemented by multimedia images produced by Taiwanese visual artist YEH Yi-lan to create the “emptiness” in traditional Chinese splash-ink painting. Having puppetry blood pumping through his veins, Yeung has a keen insight into human after leading a tumultuous life, and by combining elements of theater into his act, this puppetry progeny from the East is setting new standards for this art on the stage in the West.
Details: West 65th Street Rose Building, 7th floor (at Amsterdam Avenue). All are welcomed. Cost: $50. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th — Sunday, July 22nd: various times
Dekalb Market’s Family Fun Day
Presented by Urban Space and Youngwoo & Associates, Dekalb has an assorted mix of events happening at this perfect summer destination! Dekalb Market is the go-to destination this weekend for entertainment for all ages including; live music (2-5PM), face painting, a bouncy castle, raffle giveaways for $50 Dekalb Market gift certificates with KRRB tote bags, free samples from select food shops, shopping specials from retail stores, and the weekend market. The best part? Entry is free! More information.

FRIDAY JULY 20TH

Friday, July 20th from 10am — 11:30am and 1pm — 3pm
Brooklyn Public Library: Kids Mobile at Prospect Park Kids Corner
Brooklyn Public Library’s colorful Kidsmobile, a children’s library on wheels, is busy at schools, daycare centers, Headstart and after school programs and community events.
Schedule: Prospect Park Children’s Corner at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Across from the Carousel.
Details: Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-253-4948. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 11am — 12pm
Children’s Concert in American Playground: Abomba! and Bomba de Loiza “Vejigantes”
Town Square and the Greenpoint YMCA present a children’s concert in the American Playground (Franklin Street & Milton Street).  We invite summer camps, day care centers, and families to enjoy a delightful field trip at a beautiful local park.  ABOMBA!! is an Afro-Latin & Caribbean adventure through contagious music & upbeat dances.  BOMBA DE LOIZA “VEJIGANTES” are beautiful, colorful characters that lead a festival  in the village of Loiza in Puerto Rico.  Alda and Peter will teach everyone a song to call the “Vejigantes” to come and dance.   Rain venue will be the Greenpoint Y.
Details: Franklin Street & Milton Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. For more info, contact the Greenpoint Y at 212.912.2260/greenpoint@ymca.org or Town Square at 347.559.1410/info@townsquareinc.com.

Friday, July 20th from 11am — 7pm
Kids Create! at the Brooklyn Bridge Park
Join Playground Associates on Pier 6 and Main Street for creative and captivating activities that are fun for the whole family!
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pier 6 and Main Street. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 222-9939. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 5:30pm — 7:30pm
Friday Family Jam Series at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Mainstage performances are from 6:30–7:15pm, with storytelling programs at 5:30–6:00pm and themed pre-show performances from 6:00–6:30pm. Today participants can enjoy Rumba Tap — The Rumba Tap ensemble mixes traditional tap with Afro-Cuban jazz and folkloric music!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue , Brooklyn NY. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th from 6:00pm — 7:30pm
Family Friday Pizza and Movie Night at Charlotte’s Place
Charlotte’s Place hosts their free monthly Family Friday Pizza & Movie Night. This month’s screening is Shrek, where an ogre finds his swamp overrun with fairytale creatures and decides to take matters into his own hands. He makes a deal with Lord Farquaad to bring Princess Fiona back to the kingdom in exchange for a peaceful home. After enlisting the help of a talkative donkey, Shrek rescues the beautiful yet difficult Princess Fiona. On their journey back, they both realize they have more in common than it first appears.
Details: 107 Greenwich Street, between Carlisle and Rector, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: info@trinitywallstreet.org. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th at 6:15pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

Friday, July 20th from 7pm –8pm
Waterfront Workouts: Belly Dance at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
Dance to Middle Eastern rhythms while learning traditional movements and combinations. Class focuses on the core muscles, emphasizing muscular isolations.
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park. All adults welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th at 8pm
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Head to the Municipal Parking Lot for this adaptation is set in an imaginary Windsor Towers, a condo which has just gone up on the Lower East Side. Please note: You are encouraged to bring your own chairs. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
Details: Corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-873-9050. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th at 8:30pm
Hudson River Park’s River Flicks for Kids at Pier 46
This outdoor series features family oriented movies. Films are rated PG. Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30pm). Free popcorn. Today’s participants can enjoy Spider Man, The Movie!
Details: Cross at Charles Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-627-2020. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, July 20th through the Friday before Labor Day at 9:30pm
Coney Island Fireworks
A great summer event for older kids. Fireworks shoot off at 9:30pm every Friday night during the season.
Details: Coney Island Boardwalk at 10th St. For additional information, please visit: www.coneyisland.com/tourism.shtml.

SATURDAY JULY 21ST

Saturday, July 21st beginning at 9:30am
Circle Line Kids Cruises
This summer families can enjoy a 75 minute cruise to the Statue of Liberty with a kid friendly interactive live tour guide. The cruise includes: juggler, magician & balloon artist, live musician, snap a pic with Statue of Liberty, kid friendly interactive tour guide, meet and greet with The Berenstain Bears Live!, kid friendly food & drink for purchase, and prizes and giveaways! Today, attendees can meet Danna Banana!
Details: West 42nd Street & 12th Avenue, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: Adult/$28, Ages 3-12/$20, 2 and under FREE. Contact: (212) 563-3200. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 9:30am — 4:30pm
Bike New York: Pedal Stop
Stop by Pier 1 for these rider-assistance-and-information stations for free bike checks, safety tips, ride suggestions, bike repair, NYPD bike IDs, and bike rentals.
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 10am — 12pm
High Line Kids: Arty Hours at 23rd Street Lawn
Between the rich colors and textures you’ll find in the planting beds to the unique site-specific art works curated by High Line Art, the High Line holds inspiration for creative minds of all ages. During Arty Hours, families are invited to drop-in to experiment with painting, drawing, and building materials from our Art Hub to create their own masterpieces to take home. Then, join for a hunt for High Line Art works spread throughout the park.
Details: On the High Line between West 22nd and West 23rd Streets, NYC. Ages 4 and up. FREE for all. Contact: 212.206-9922. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 10am — 3pm
Madison Square Kids: Family Art Workshop — Art Terrariums at Madison Square Park, Oval Lawn
Explore Pet Sounds, the exhibition by artist Charles Long, and then get creative with our workshop, which was inspired by the exhibition. Enjoy little natural terrariums that include miniature “pipe” art within your green space. Two sessions from 10AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM. The workshop is first-come, first-served. To find us, look for the white MSPC tent by the Oval Lawn. Please note: Adult supervision is required for all activities!
Details: Between Madison Ave. and 23rd Streets, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.538.1884. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 10:30am — 11:30am
Story Time with Carol and Friends
Carroll Garden folks, weekly story time has never been so good! The Friends of Carroll Garden Library present, “Story Time with Carol and Friends” so head on over to join in on the educational fun.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. 396 Clinton Street. For more information, contact: friendscglibrary@gmail.com or visit their website.

Saturday, July 21st from 10:30am — 12:30pm
It’s A Pile Up! at The Whitney Museum
Families are invited to spend time looking at and discussing works of art in Yayoi Kusama. Inspired by Kusama’s accumulation sculptures, participants will add to and transform everyday objects, such as furniture and clothing, to create an evolving still life.
Details: 945 Madison Avenue, NYC. Ages 6–10. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (212) 570-3600 or info@whitney.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 10:45am — 1pm
Family Day at The Center: Explore Governor’s Island at Governor’s Island Ferry Terminal
Tour Governor’s Island’s historic forts, Victorian houses and learn about past uses and future plans for the island. Meet inside the Governors Island Ferry Terminal at 10:45 AM for the 11 AM ferry to Governors Island. Ferries depart promptly on the hour. Bring a picnic or buy it there and stay for the afternoon to enjoy bike rentals, mini golf, beach bar-n-grill, and more! Please note: Pre-registration required. Raindate: July 22nd.
Details: 10 South Street, Governor’s Island. Ages 5 –13. Cost: $20/family of 4; additional persons are $5 each. Contact: (212) 358-6135 or cteegarden@cfafoundation.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to read from their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well. There are always great stories and sometimes activities and crafts too!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st at 12pm
Muppet Vault: The Bird, The Grouch, The Legend! at Nitehawk Cinema
Sesame Street lovers, get excited! Featuring special guests Copper Pot Pictures, the filmmakers behind the upcoming Caroll Spinney documentary, I Am Big Bird! The documentary will feature never-before-seen footage of Caroll on Sesame Street, Caroll working with Jim Henson, behind-the-scenes videos, and more. The event will include screenings of old Sesame Street clips and Big Bird appearances on The Muppet Show and live talk shows, as well as some videos from Caroll’s personal collection.
Details: 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $11 general admission; $9 child/senior. Contact: 718-384-3980. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 12pm — 5pm
Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
Cash prizes for best sand sculptures, entertainment on the boardwalk, information tables.
Details: West 10th to West 12th Streets, Coney Island. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-266-4653. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 12pm — 5pm
New Museum Block Party 2012 at Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Participate in hands-on workshops and enjoy live performances. Head over to the New Museum to participate in tours of “Ghosts in the Machine,” an exhibition about the relationship between humans, machines, and art. All guests will receive complimentary admission to the New Museum on the day of the event. Please visit the website for the complete event schedule.
Details: Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.219.1222. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 1pm — 2pm
Yard Inspections Family Tour at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Step into the shoes of an inspector in-training on this Yard-wide adventure! Follow clues through the Yard to uncover its hidden treasure. Search for industrial cranes, street lamps powered by wind and the sun and much, much more on this hands guided Yard-wide family tour! Appropriate for children ages 6 to 13 and their parents/guardians. Please note: advanced purchase is strongly recommended.
Details: BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $22/adults and $20/children; 10% discount for BLDG 92 members.

Saturday, July 21st from 2pm — 3pm
Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour at Imagination Playground in Prospect Park
Join in the fun every Saturday in July and August! Gather around Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures.
Details: Ocean Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 287-3400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st from 2pm — 7pm
Crown Heights Kids Day 2012
Free rides, prizes, and entertainment for all of the kids in the community! Kids Day is an annual event that takes place in Crown Heights Brooklyn. One stretch of Franklin Avenue from Sterling Place to Park Place is converted into a carnival for a day with games, rides, prizes and more. And best of all IT’S COMPLETELY FREE!!!
Details: Franklin Ave. between Park Pl. & Sterling Pl., Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st at 2:30pm
Art Works at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Visit the Totally Tots area with your little ones to see what’s in store for that budding Picasso!
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue. 718. 735.4400. Ages 5 and under.

Saturday, July 21st from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Race Around the Farmyard at Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park
The whole family can participate in potato sack races, stilts, and other old fashioned games. Talk about a fun Sunday afternoon!
Details: Willink Entrance at Flatbush and Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Telephone: 718.789.2822. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st at 3pm
Jungle Run at The Scholastic Store
Celebrate the release of Tony Mitton’s Jungle Run. Cheetahs, hyenas, and giraffes will compete in a wild animal race! You’ll then practice your stomping and pouncing skills for a round of Jungle Charades! Afterwards, you’ll eat animal crackers and create your own personalized jungle puppet.
Details: 557 Broadway, NYC. Ages 3 –7. FREE for all. Contact: 212-343-6166. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, July 21st at 5:30pm
The String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Fort Greene Park
Join in for the welcome of The String Orchestra of Brooklyn for their annual summer concert in the Park! Based at the St. Ann Church in Brooklyn Heights, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn is a group of musicians who are dedicated to appraising the virtuosity of the strings family. This year, they are bringing you a classic: take advantage of this incredible opportunity and join us in listening to the most widely recognized Beethoven symphony of all! Bring dinner and a blanket to this year’s performance of the classic, dramatic, unmistakable Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. There’s also an instrument petting zoo starting at 5:30pm.
Details: Fort Greene Park

SUNDAY JULY 22ND

Sunday, July 22nd at 9am
Hudson River Park Wild at Pier 40
Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining experienced Hudson River Park naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. Nature walks last approximately one hour. Nature guides will meet participants at the entrance to Pier 40 at 9am sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Participants can expect to walk about 1 ½ – 2 miles. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities – please be considerate and leave your dog at home.
Details: Hudson River Park, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-627-2020. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 10am — 1pm
Olympic Sports Festival at Aviator Sports and Events Center
Discover a multitude of sports and activities at Aviator’s Olympic Sports Festival featuring opening ceremonies, arts and crafts, water activities, Olympic sports activities and closing ceremonies  Be sure to bring clothes that can get wet, sock, sneakers and a towel.
Details: 3159 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and older. Cost: $15-$21. Contact: gymnastics@aviatorsports.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
Babies and toddlers under 3 years old will be highly entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play as the children’s performers Miss NinaJon Samson, and Vered take turns keeping them busy.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 12pm –3pm
Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure (Boards at Pier 40)
Kiddie cruise is a two hour cruise on The Queen of Hearts with spectacular views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, live music/karaoke, magic shows and more. Children are encouraged to dress up according to the theme for fun- but it’s not mandatory. Bagged lunches are provided for adults and children with a choice of turkey and cheese or jelly sandwich accompanied by chips or pretzels and fruit- very no frills. We went on this and it’s fun for the kids- not so relaxing for the adults. After 45 minutes, I was looking for a way off while the kids ran around like crazy.
Details: Houston Street and West Side Highway, NYC. Ages 2–9. Cost: $35. Contact: 212-987-9200. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 12pm — 2pm
ARTiculate: Art, History, and Stories at the Wycoff Farm Museum
ARTiculate is a four part drop-in family program where families join their children ages 4-10 to explore New York’s oldest house through stories, hands-on activities, and art making. A new theme will be explored each session as we read a popular picture book, learn new stories about the house and the Wyckoff family, and make a hands-on art project using fine arts materials. $8 materials fee per a child each session. Sign up for all four sessions and save, only $25 a student. Parents and guardians (up to two) are free with child participant. Please note: advanced registration encouraged.
Details: 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8 materials fee per child. Contact: education@wyckoffassociation.org. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 1:00pm — 3:00pm
Arts and Recreation at the Audubon Center
Naturalists at the Prospect Park Audubon Center will lead structured, fun and engaging arts activities combined with active play that will have kids up and moving like an animal or pretending to be a bat. Cool, right? Yeah… we thought so too!
Details: Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park. Entrance near Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. FREE for all. Telephone: 718.287.3400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 1pm — 2:30pm
Found Objects Collage Workshop at Film Biz Recycling Brooklyn
Join children’s illustrator and eHow crafting expert Ashley Lucas and get lost in a fun afternoon of ‘collaging’. Bring your own pictures and nostalgia to add if you wish, and take advantage of the amazing variety of paper goods and upcycled items at Film Biz Recycling! Please note: pre-registration required.
Details: 540 President Street. Ages 10 and up. Cost: $15 per person. Visit the website to register and for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 1pm — 6pm
Colombian Cultural Festival: Pablo Mayor and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance at the Queens Museum of Art
July 20 marks the day of independence for the Republic of Colombia. Celebrate with the Colombian community of New York with an easy and fun walkathon followed by a cultural festival featuring live Colombian music and dance performances. Browse informational tables and enjoy hands-on artmaking workshops for the whole family.
Details: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (718) 592-9700. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Nature’s Helpers at Prospect Park Audubon Center
Since it’s so nice out, spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.
Details: Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Telephone: 718.287.3400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Race Around the Farmyard at Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park
The whole family can participate in potato sack races, stilts, and other old fashioned games. Talk about a fun Sunday afternoon!
Details: Willink Entrance at Flatbush and Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Telephone: 718.789.2822. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 2:30pm — 3:30pm
HandiWork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past at Lefferts Historic House
An afternoon of crafts? Sign me up! And if you and your children are anything like me, you’d want to check out this FREE event as well where kids will engage in arts, crafts, and games… just like they did in 19-Century Brooklyn. How’s that for a Saturday afternoon?
Details: Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. Willink Entrance (near intersection of Ocean Avenue and Empire BLVD. FREE for children under 16 years old. $3 suggested donation for adults on the weekends. Telephone: 718.789.2822. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd at 2:30pm and 4:30pm
Mario The Magician’s Family Show at Space on White
ABRACADABRA! Mario the Magician family magic show Join Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart! Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario’s old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does. Mario the Magician is a full-time New York-based performer. He has performed for Lincoln Center, The New York Times, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Discovery Communications, and many other fixtures of the NYC area. Mario has been featured in Small Magazine, the New York Post, MAGIC Magazine, and recommended by the New York Times, Time Out New York Kids, New York Magazine, NY1, and CBS News. Please note: advanced ticket purchase highly recommended.
Details: 81 White Street, NYC. Ages 3-11 years old + their families. Cost: $10/child; $20/adult. Contact: 917.605.0662 or katie@mariothemagician.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 3pm — 4:30pm
Mil’s Trills 2nd Annual Summer Bash: Uke Can Change the World at Littlefield
A World Music Event for Families & Kids a rare opportunity to meet, touch and hear a collection of exquisitely hand-made, exotic instruments from around the globe. From the Australian Didgeridoo to the West African Gyil, Middle Eastern Oud to the Indian Tabla, this popular children’s music series is back with original & traditional songs played by a newly assembled band of world instruments. Bring a drum to partake in an impromptu drum circle, plus learn dance moves with help from the Jamal Jackson African Dance Company and real live mom/Bellydancer! Event may be recorded for promotional purposes. Families are encouraged to bring drums, instruments & shakers. Please note: RSVP suggested.
Details: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and under. Cost: $10 in advance / $15 day of show. Contact: Amelia Robinson: milstrills@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 4pm — 5pm
Waterfront Workouts: Zumba at The Brooklyn Bridge Park
lma Bonilla of the Dodge YMCA leads these high-energy classes on Pier 1 to get you moving. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic fitness program.
Details: Brooklyn Bridge Park. All adults welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd from 6:00pm — 9:00pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot
What a lovely way to end the weekend! Eat, drink, play, and win big! (Well, hopefully.) There will be little prizes for the little kids, who, by the way, can eat for FREE with the purchase of any dinner entree or dinner special. Yum!
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue. Ages 4 and up. Contact 718.923.9710 or visit the website for more information.

Sunday, July 22nd at 7pm
Family Movie Night at Greenwood Playground
Bring snacks, a blanket, and some bug spray! The movie, which is yet to be determined, will be shown on the handball courts.
Details: All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Visit the website for more information.

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