June 7, 2011

Madison Square Park

How To Have Fun With The Fam In Flatiron’s Grassy Knoll

By Nancy Ryerson

Oh, Madison Square
Park – how we adore you. From trees
and squirrels, a playground, free concerts and crafts to of course, the sweet
summer diversion of Shake Shack—what more could a kid ask for? And the best
part is, all the warm weather events for families (well, minus the Shake Stacks)
are completely free! Here’s a guide to enjoying Madison
Square Park
from June to August. — 

All of June: Shake
Shack Custard Calendar

Shake Shack
releases its weekly special custard flavors one month at a time. Check back
each month for its rockin’ new specialties. Share one with your kid – or get
your own! (We vote for the latter.) Don’t forget to queue up in the
quick-and-easy B line if you are solely jonsing for something cold.

Monday- Boston Cream Pie
Raspberry Granola Crunch
Strawberry Cheesecake
Black Raspberry
Honey Roasted Peanut
Coffee & Donuts
Banana Bread


Tuesday, June 7 –
October 15

Square Kids Explore

2 – 4:30 pm

Meet at the playground to pick up a scavenger hunt
worksheet, and then learn about the history of the park, its monuments (have
you seen the GIANT white head on the lawn lately?), and the flora and fauna
that grace the grass. If you want to explore when a playground associate isn’t around,
you can print that particular week’s worksheet off the Madison
Square Park
before you arrive and hunt on your own.

Tuesday, June 7 –
October 14, Tuesday – Saturday

in the Park

10 am – 2:30 pm; 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Head to the playground for fun crafts throughout the summer.
Events to look forward to: Sea salt watercolor painting on June 10, drawing
petroglyphs on June 15, learning how to eat a rainbow of healthy foods on June
17 and making your own clay park sculpture on June 29. Check out the Madison
Square Park calendar
for further details and a full list of activities.


Tuesday, June 14
Dirty Sock Funtime Band

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Rock out to all kinds of musical styles with this fun,
kid-friendly musical group.

Thursday, June 16
K & Friends
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Introduce your kids to new cultures while dancing to Robbi
K’s interactive jazz, pop and world music.

Tuesday, June 21
Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The critically acclaimed Music for Aardvarks Band plays
tunes geared towards kids growing up in urban environments.

Thursday, June 23
Peas ‘N Butter Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Even if your tots don’t like actual peas, they’re sure to
enjoy Hot Peas ‘N Butter’s unique blend of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, jazz, folk
and rock in this fun and engaging performance.

Thursday, June 28
Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Known for their upbeat tunes, Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah
Blahs will bring a smile to your little one’s face.

Thursday, June 30
Rox Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Come out and jam to this veteran of the kid’s rock scene.
Audra Rox has been playing catchy tunes for more than 11 years.


Tuesday, July 5

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Listen and laugh to Astrograss’s blend of bluegrass music
and humor.

Thursday, July 7
Deedle Dees Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Deedle Dees mix rock-n-roll with history lessons and
social topics for an interactive and educational concert.

Tuesday, July 12
Pop Ups Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Pop Ups present a puppet musical called PASTA, in which
two friends hunt through the magical land
of Brooklyn in search of the
perfect pasta sauce ingredients.

Thursday, July 14
Koral Family Rock Band Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Adults and kids alike will enjoy Bari Koral’s catchy pop tunes.

Tuesday, July 19
Jimmies Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Jimmies like to think of every day as a holiday, and it
shows in their silly, upbeat music.

Thursday, July 21
Fishing in America Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

This pair earned a Grammy nomination for their folk/pop
tunes that tell stories and celebrate family life.

Thursday, July 28
Itty Biddies Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The Itty Biddies take children and parents on a musical tour
of the U.S.
with catchy songs and lots of audience interaction.


Tuesday, August 2
Luna Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Groove to family-friendly, Latin-flavored music in both
English and Spanish with Moona Luna.

Thursday, August 4
Suzi Shelton Band

10:30 am – 11:30 am

This rock-and-roll family friendly band has even performed
at the White House. Come and enjoy Suzi’s original songs, accompanied by her
six-year-old daughter.

Tuesday, August 9
on Fleas Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

The fun and friendly Dog on Fleas keep its energy level high
as it plays fresh tunes.

Thursday, August 11
Etkin’s Timbaloo Concert

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Kids won’t get bored listening to Oran Etkin’s engaging

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