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Things RPs May Like to Do This Weekend With Kids - Sat-Sun Aug 23-24, 2014

SATURDAY, AUG 23, 2014

Story Pirates - Musical
Where: The Drama Book Store, 250 West 40th St, Manhattan, NY
When: Saturday, Aug. 23 at 2pm
Fee: $22 online  [Use Coupon NY1Story for $3 off]  |    Age: All    |  Website

Story Pirates’ live show is a crazy sketch comedy musical based on stories written by elementary school kids. The actors incorporate improv in every show, and often perform stories written by kids who are in the audience as a celebration of their words and ideas.  See the video describing the shows on the bottom of this article.


“Wild Minds” Exhibit
Where: NY Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
When: Saturdy, Aug. 23 through Sep. 30.
Fee: $11 for adults, $8 for kids   |    Age: All    |   Website

Through videos, games and displays, discover the similarities between human and animal cognition.

Exhibits include:
Is This Thinking? – Using a large, touch screen monitor, weigh in on whether the animal behaviors you observe (via video clips) are hard-wired or require “thinking.” After recording your opinions, you can hear what scientists think the behavior demonstrates.
Wild Minds at the Zoo – A video display showing how zoo animals are provided with ways to exercise their brains.
Brain Power – A display of five plastinated brains from a parrot, dog, chimpanzee, dolphin and a human compares brains by size & complexity.
Get-the-Peanut Experiment –How you would get the peanut out of the tube. View a video of children and apes taking this challenge.
Birds with Big Brains – Consider how you would get a piece of meat (lodged in a small basket) out of a tube, using only a straight piece of wire. This is the same experiment originally solved by Betty the Crow.
Remembering Numbers at a Glance –Take the same numbers and spatial memory test posed to a chimpanzee and see how you compare.
Learning Colors, Shapes and Numbers – Learn about Alex, the famous African gray parrot known for his skill at cognitive challenges.
Is That Me I See? – Watch a video showing dolphins examining themselves in front of a mirror. Do they recognize themselves?
The Thinking Octopus – After watching a video of a mimic octopus (a species of octopus with a strong ability to mimic other creatures), try to guess the type of poisonous animal being mimicked.
Mimicking Sounds for the Environment – After watching a short clip about the lyrebird, determine the sounds being mimicked by the bird.
What Dogs Want – Listen to a variety of barks and try to figure out what the dog is communicating.


Fringe Jr: My Monster Friend
When: Saturday, Aug 23 at 1:45pm
Where: The Theater At The 14th Street Y 344 East 14th Street, New York NY
Cost: $13 | Age: 5-10 years | Website

Bilingual English/Italian musical comedy about a doctor who orders brain online and creates an Italian monster friend. 



Fringe Jr: Alienne-The Musical Adventures of My Little Martian

When: Sunday, August 23, 2014 at 12pm
Where: The Theater at the 14th Street Y  --- 344 East 14th Street (at 1st Avenue) , New York NY
Cost: $13   |   Ages: 5-10 years  |   Website

Alienne is a Martian teenager who wants to be a human. Funny aliens, robots, astronomer, and a space witch complete the show.



Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 9:30am to 1:00pm
Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium -  Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY
Fee: FREE for Kids Day activities, concert costs extra   |    Website   |    Ages: All 

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess is the largest single-day, tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping performers, celebrities and some of the best tennis players in the game coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.  The event is free, the concert has a fee. 


Family Field Day
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Pier 6 Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York NY
Fee: Free    |     Website    |     Ages: All
Pier 6 Family Field Day invites children and parents to come play games of all shapes and sizes from volleyball, basketball, and soccer clinics to potato sack and relay races with celebrations on each of the park's active piers. 


Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse Pier 2 floating dock, Brooklyn NY
When: Saturday, 10am - 3pm
Fee: Free    |     Age: All    |  Website

Kayak on the water from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children must be present with guardians. No experience is necessary.


Staten Island Beach Fest

When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: various beachfronts on Staten Island
Cost: Free  |    Ages: All    |   Website

8/23, 8/24 Flareplay Video Gaming Truck by the Beach


Saturday Storytime at B&N
When: Saturday, Aug 23 at 10:30am
Where: Barnes & Noble 2245 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island NY 10317
Cost: FREE   |    Ages: All     |    Website


Stories at the Statue: Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling
When: Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 from 11:00am to 12:00p
Where: Hans Christian Andersen Statue 72nd Street & Fifth Avenue in Central Park, New York NY
Cost: FREE   |    Ages: 6yrs+     |    Website 

For the past 58 years, New Yorkers of all ages have come to the Hans Christian Anderson Statue in Central Park to listen to Andersen tales and other fairytales from around the world told by a group of brilliant storytellers.  This Saturday: 
Julia Morris and Jen Celestin reading Thumbelina The Old Woman


Princess Particular - the Musical
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm (repeats every 2 weeks until December 13, 2014)
Where: The Secret Theatre 44-02 23rd Street, (between 44th Road and 44th Avenue), Long Island City NY
Fee: Children - $10; Adults - $15  |    Age: 3-10   |    Website

Princess Particular really wants to become a ballerina, while her parents, the King and Queen, want her to concentrate on her Princess duties. Will Princess Particular's dream come true?! 


Scavenger Battle at Brooklyn Navy Yard
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 63 Flushing Avenue (at Carlton Ave)., Brooklyn NY
Fee: Free    |    Website    | Age: All

Bring your family and friends to play an interactive scavenger hunt full of pop culture trivia, gaming and history. 

FREE | Registration recommended


Animation Lessons - at Museum of The Moving Image

When: Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Museum Of The Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria NY
Cost: Free with paid museum admission   | Age: 7yrs+   |   Website

With help of museum staff, children will make their own media projects using pencils, crayons, cameras, computers, and tablets, they will be able to create a character sketch, draw a flipbook, make a short animated video, and more.


Word for Word at Bryant Park
When: Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York NY
Cost: Free   |   Ages: All    |    Website

Bryant Park Reading Room Featuring Captain Underpants!  In case of rain, event is held indoors


SUNDAY, AUG 17, 2014

Brighton Beach Jubilee - 38th Annual
When: Aug 24, 2014 from 10am to 5pm
Where: Brighton Beach Ave to water.

The Jubilee is a Brooklyn tradition that celebrates diversity. Established 38 years ago, the Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music. Stretching along Brighton Beach Avenue and turning down Coney Island Avenue toward the Atlantic Ocean and Famous Riegelman Boardwalk, the Jubilee Festival is the event of the year. ndreds of diverse merchandise including local crafts, international food, kiddie rides, and multiple stages of entertainment.

See this video from the 2013 Brighton Beach Jubilee:



Little Makers: Chill Out with a Fizzy Drink

When: Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street, Corona NY
Fee: $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission
Website  |   Age: 18months+

Tots explore the science behind citrus fruits and invent their own drinks. This workshop is recommended for children ages 18 months and older and takes place in Maker Space of NY Hall of Science. 


KidAround Series at South Street Seaport

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2pm-4pm
Where: South Street Seaport South Street, New York NY
Cost: Free   |   Age: All    |    Website  

KidAround! at the South Street Seaport has kids characters, games, music and more. The host, Stacey Peasley won award for Best Party Entertainer. Party sounds like tons of fun!


Baby Boogie Dance Jewish Dance Party in Riverdale

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 10:30am to 12:00pm
Where: Kidaroo Playhouse 3603 Fieldston Rd, Riverdale, NY
Fee: $15 children or $20 family    |    Website    |    Age:  Newborn-6yrs

Morning disco dance party for children and parents alike! Dance your heart out with kids to Jewish melodies while also playing in the playhouse tht has toys, books, puzzles, snacks,  a diaper station and a chill out room. 


VagabondFringe Jr: Vagabond

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Where: The Theater at the 14th Street Y  --- 344 East 14th Street (at 1st Avenue) , New York NY
Cost: $13   |   Ages: 4-10 years  |   Website

ExtraTeatro presents a musical show. Join an Amerian and Italian vagabond as they entertain the crowd with a musical and comedic performance. They may not speak the same language, but they can definitely amuse the kiddos! 


Hip Tot Family Day in Park Slope
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Greenwood Park in Park Slope -  555 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn NY
Cost: FREE   |    Age: All    |   Website
Bring your tots and children to an awesome End of Summer Party at the park with author Caron Levis reading Stuck with the Bloo, live music and craft activities. It’s always FREE and always FUN!

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