Happy almost Father’s Day weekend! If you’re like us then you’ve been in-doors all week. With the weather to reach 80 degrees this weekend we can’t wait to take advantage. What are your plans for the Father in your life? No, plans? Make your way to the Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival at the New York Botanic Garden. Who can resist a BBQ?
Also, this weekend the 2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge: Rally to End Gun Violence is happening as well as a lot of outdoor activities like FAB Friday free activities and concert for kids at the Putnam Triangle Plaza, Brooklyn Pride 2014, World Cup Soccer Under the Archway, Bubble Battle NYC 2014 in Union Square, Celebrate Brooklyn: Ozomatli’s Ozokidz at Prospect Park Bandshell, The 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governors Island.
Saturday June 14th
2nd Annual March Across the Brooklyn Bridge – A Rally to End Gun Violence
Sat June 14th 10a-1230p. Free.
Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for their 2nd annual march for a safe future for all children. 10am pre-rally march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Gather at Cadman Plaza and march in an united front. Once at City Hall Park, the group will listen to speakers.
Brooklyn Pride 2014 (Park Slope)
Sat June 14th 11a. Free.
The 2014 Festival starts at 11am on 5th Avenue between 3rd & 9th Streets. The Parade will kick off at 730p. The parade starting location is Fifth Ave at Lincoln Place. The General Holding Area is Fifth Ave between Lincoln and Sterling, and Douglas St from Fifth Ave to Fourth Ave. Kids Space will be open at the Old Stone House 11a-5p and There will be bouncy houses, clown painting, music and more for the children. Open to all!
World Cup Under the Archway (DUMBO)
Sat June 14th 12p: Colombia v. Greece; 3p: Uruguay v. Costa Rica; 6p: England v. Italy. Free.
The DUMBO Improvement District is thrilled to bring back epic World Cup Viewing Parties at The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge! In partnership with ESPN and Rooftop Films – we’ll show more than 60 hours of competition – starting this Saturday – June 14 from 12-9pm and Monday – June 16 from 12-9pm including the USA v. Ghana game at 6pm. Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy local food vendors and the thrill of it all. No vuvuzelas!
Bubble Battle NYC 2014 in Union Square
Sat June 14th 3-5p. Free.
From the creators of Pillow Fight NYC: Millions of bubbles fly through the air as we converge for a magical bubble battle! Loosely based on the Dr. Seuss Classic The Butter Battle Book. Bring bubble toys, bubble generators, bubble solution, and plenty of AA batteries. We will meet, fill our weapons and pull the trigger! Be creative with your contraptions and take sides: butter side up or butter side down!
Celebrate Brooklyn: Ozomatli’s Ozokidz at Prospect Park Bandshell (Park Slope)
Sat June 14th 4p. Doors open at 3p. Rain or shine. Free.
Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert. The Grammy-winning, TED-Talking, fiercely political, and devotedly multi-cultural L.A. party band Ozomatli, known for its “effortless mashup of musical styles,” (NPR Music) set its sights on the littlest revelers a few years ago with the album OzoKids. They’re here for our annual homage to the trailblazing children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, a Brooklyn native who was the first to populate his distinctly urban stories with young people of color. The band is a supercollider of hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, and anything else you might hear driving through the melting pot of Los Angeles with your windows down. They bring the same inclusive approach to their kids’ music, and it’s a perfect match for our Keats celebration. His extraordinary books, like The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and Apt. 3, were a precursor to the ethnically diverse worlds of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and they stand alongside the greatest entertainment for children ever created. Along with music, the day will feature readings of Keats’ work by Park Slope’s own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars), great food for all ages, and of course the great Park Slope tradition of on-site stroller parking.
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Sunday June 15th
Pier Kids: Block Party with Brooklyn Children’s Museum at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sun June 15th 11a-1p. At Pier 6 lawns. Free.
Transform the park into an outdoor museum with building “Block Parties”, and learn about health with the larger-than life Stuffee puppet. Art activities start at noon.
Hip Tot Family Day at Prospect Park’s Lakeside Rink
Sunday June 15th 12n-3p. Free.
The first in the FREE Hip Tot Family Day series at Lakeside will kickoff this Father’s Day, June 15th, from noon to 3pm. Ska legend and dad, Vinny Nobile, will get the crowd jumping with his bouncy trombone tunes. Local author, Ty Allen, will read When I Close My Eyes, about a little girl and her incredible imagination. Arts and crafts will be provided by Little Nest Preschool! You can find all the FREE Hip Tot Family Day fun at Lakeside on the terrace above the skating rink and water play area.
Central Park Family Performance Festival
Sundays starting June 15th 12n-1p until August 31st. Free. Performances are 60 – 90 minutes long. At the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade
Each summer, the Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, this year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, in-Park adventure, puppetry, and more! Programs happen in the Park’s most natural playground, The Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade (located inside the Park near West 106th Street). Pack a picnic, grab your blanket, and get ready to discover Central Park in a whole new way! All ages are welcome. No advance registration. In the case of inclement weather programs will be canceled. For more information, click on the links below. For day-of weather-related changes and accessibility information, call 212-860-1370 or check the event on our online calendar. Sun June 15th: Father’s Day with the Storycrafters. See website for full schedule.
Pictures Come to Life Performance at the Guggenheim Museum (UES)
Sun June 15th 130p. For families with children ages 4–10y. $15 per family (includes museum admission for 2 adults and 4 children); $10 for members, Learning Through Art families, and Cool Culture families; free for Family Members. Space is limited. Performances will take place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater. This Father’s Day, join storyteller, illustrator, and educator Jeff Hopkins while he takes families on an exciting illustrated journey of the exhibitions on view. After getting inspired, stop by our Open Studio to make art!
Rolie Polie Guacamole CD Release Party at Brooklyn Central Public Library (Prospect Heights)
Sun June 15th with shows at 2 & 330p. Tickets purchased in advance, $15 each or 4 for $45. Tickets purchased day of show, $20. To purchase tickets click here. The beloved Brooklyn kindie rockers, Rolie Polie Guacamole will release their fourth album, “Triathlon” on June 15th, 2014 at the Dweck Center in the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. “Triathlon” features all original songs–their first all-original album since their 2010 disc, “Time For Hummus.” The songs include themes such as staying active (“Triathlon,” “Running Through America”), things kids love (“Bubbles,” “Blocks,” “Peek-a-Boo,” “Snow Ball Fight,” “Snow Angel”), odd animal songs, (“Kangaroo & Billy Too (a joey named Billy),” “Don’t Poop On Me Pigeon”), and fan favorite, “Botanic Garden”. Rolie Polie Guacamole is: Frank Gallo (vocals & guitar), Andrew Tuzhilin (bass &vocals), Christian McCarthy (guitar & vocals), Peter Barr (Drums). Triathlon features guest appearances by Amelia Robinson (of Mil’s Trills), Grammy Award winner Justin Lansing, Nikki Verost, Patrick McClellan, and Lou Gallo.
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