Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue, 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org
Drawing in the Park Sketch and paint the river and parks. Materials provided. Saturdays thru July from 10:30am - 12pm. South Cove. Free.
Sunset Jam on the Hudson Master drummers will lead a Friday evening drumming circle for all ages. July 21 & 28, also Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 6:30-8:30pm. Wagner Park. Free.
Daily Fun for Kids A variety of activities take place daily. Check below for programs and visit www.bpcparks.org for more information. Free, unless otherwise noted.
Preschool Play - Mon. - Wed. from 10am - noon. Wagner Park.
Young Sprouts Gardening - Tues. from 3:15-3:45pm. Rockefeller Park.
Preschool Art - Thurs. from 10:30am - noon. Rockefeller Park.
Childrens Basketball - Mon. from 3:30 - 4:30, ages 5-6; 4:30-5:30, ages 7+. Rockefeller Park.
Childrens Soccer - Tues. from 2:30-3:15, 4 year olds; 3:30-4:15, 5-8 years.;4:30-5:30, 9-12 years. Rockefeller Park.
Art & Games - Thurs. from 3:30-5:30pm. Ages 5+. Rockefeller Park.
Dr. Phil's New York Talks and Walks
888-377-4455 www.newyorktalksandwalks.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Brooklyn Bridge for Young Engineers Dr. Phil will play John Augustus Roebling as he takes participants on a 45-minute tour designed especially for kids ages 8-12. Learn how the Roebling family built one of the great marvels of the 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge. Sat., July 22 at 10am and Sun., Aug. 13 at 10:30am. Meet inside Blimpies Restaurant, 38 Park Row, bet Spring & Beekman Sts., across from City Hall Park. $10.
Hudson River Park
River Flicks Films will be shown weekly for kids on Fridays around 8:30pm at Pier 46, West Side Highway near Christopher St., thru Aug. 25. This year's theme is Big Adventures featuring family-oriented movies that are based on adventures. Fri., July 21: Chicken Run (PG). Fri., July 28: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (PG). Free.
The Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green, www.nmai.si.edu
Films for Kids "Onenhakenra: White Seed," Mohawks of the Akwesasne Reservation talk about the role of corn in their culture and show the making of traditional corn soup and corn husk dolls. "How Wesakechak Got His Name," "Wolf Tale: Legend of the Caribou" and "Stories from the Seventh Fire" series. Segments from an animation series include a traditional Anishnabe tale in which Wesakechak, the Trickster, learns that a name of importance must be earned, and a story of how Mother Wolf teaches that creatures of small size can be powerful. Thru July 30, daily at 10:30 and 11:45am. The Screening Room, Second Floor.
Clay Family Workshop Tour the "Born of Clay" exhibition with William Chimborazo and look at different pottery styles. Following the tour make your own clay pot. For ages 7+. Thurs., Aug. 10 from 4:30-6pm. Education Classroom, second floor.
Project City Kids
Free Boat Rides for Kids Bring your kids for an hour-long trip around the New York Harbor. Every Sat. & Sun. at 10am, 12, 2 and 4pm thru Aug. 27. North Cove Marina, $5 adults, children are free. Call to make a reservation.
The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place, www.skyscraper.org
Form and Function Explore how everyday objects can be turned into extraordinary treasures. Turn a window into a stained glass masterpiece or design a frieze for your bedroom borders and learn how architects use design to make buildings into art. Sat., July 22 from 10:3011:45am.
Stack 'em High Using stacking blocks, kids ages 3 to 8 will make shapes like the Empire State Building and the Woolworth Building using kid-sized images. Upon construction, get your picture taken with your building. Sat., Aug. 5 from 10:30-11:30am.
south street seaport museum
Free Fridays This month, Fri., July 21 from 5-9pm, explore the waterfront, past and present. From 5-9pm, visit the exhibitions. From 5-8pm, take part in a family program, "Skyscrapers, Streetscapes and New York Landmarks" and discover New York's landmarks through the art of watercolor. At 7 & 8pm, take a guided walking tour through the Seaport's landmark historic district.
Seaport Sunday Smarts Come down to Pier 16 and drop by the Living Harbor Wet Lab aboard the tall ship Peking. Learn about the critters of the East River. Look through the lens of a microscope and let the creatures be your muse as you create aquatic arts and crafts. This week's theme is The Ocean Floor. Sun., July 23 from 1-4pm. Free with Museum Admission. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.
Snapping & Stretching Did you know that the first chewing gum factory was right here in the neighborhood? Learn about Adams NY Gum #1 and make your own pack of chewing gum. Sat., July 22 from 1-4pm. Free with museum admission. Tickets, 12 Fulton St.. 212-748-8758.
New York Packet presents Calico Jack From Maryland, this duo sings original songs that reflect the lives of those who live around Chesapeake Bay, accompanied by guitar and concertina. Tues., July 25 at 6pm. $5 adults, $2 kids. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet Fulton & Beekman Sts. 212-748-8568.
Melville's Birthday Bash Celebrate the author Herman Melville. Come for cake & lemonade and listen to the story of Moby Dick. Design a whale inspired maritime mobile. Sat., July 29 from 1-4pm. Free with museum admission. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.
Summer Camp at South Street Seaport For two weeks in mid-to-late August, campers will explore the history of New York through exciting workshops taught by artists and museum educators. Each week-long session takes advantage of the Museum's unique resources to investigate topics in marine and environmental science, archaeology and history through a curriculum that involves hands-on learning, creative arts projects and opportunities to explore the city's waterways aboard the 1885 schooner Pioneer. Aug. 14-25. Contact Mark Hayes at 212-748-8757 or email@example.com for more information or to register.
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