• 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
    Tuesday-
    Raspberry Granola Crunch
    Wednesday-
    Strawberry Cheesecake
    Thursday-
    Black Raspberry
    Friday-
    Honey Roasted Peanut
    Saturday-
    Coffee & Donuts
    Sunday-
    Banana Bread

    ALL SUMMER ACTIVITIES

    Tuesday, June 7 –
    October 15

    Madison
    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
    website
    before you arrive and hunt on your own.

    Tuesday, June 7 –
    October 14, Tuesday – Saturday

    Art
    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.

    JUNE CONCERTS

    Tuesday, June 14
    The
    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
    Robbi
    K & Friends
    Concert
    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
    David
    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
    Hot
    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
    Billy
    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
    Audra
    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.

    JULY CONCERTS

    Tuesday, July 5
    Astrograss
    Concert

    10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

    Thursday, July 7
    The
    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
    The
    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
    Bari
    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
    The
    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
    Trout
    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
    The
    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.

    AUGUST CONCERTS

    Tuesday, August 2
    Moona
    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
    The
    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
    Dog
    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
    Oran
    Etkin’s Timbaloo Concert

    10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

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