June 23, 2014

Picks Of The Week: June 26-29


Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Central Park’s Fishing and Water Celebration, the Flax Harvest at Prospect Park, and much more!

By Emily Murphy


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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Photo from madisonsquarepark.org

It’s finally the summer! Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend at fun outdoor events like a special Mad. Sq. Kids concert, Central Park’s Fishing and Water celebration, a family day at Roger Morris Park, and Prospect Park’s special Flax Harvest! If museums are more up your alley, be sure to check out the Magnetic Style activity at Museum of the City of New York, or this week’s Macy’s Sunday Story Time at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum!

Thursday, June 26

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Madison Square Park
10:30am-11:30am
All Ages
Part of the Mad. Sq. Kids series, this free family concert features the fun musical stylings of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band! With an indie pop-rock feel, the band has been named “THE face of kindie music” as well as “The #1 COOLEST kids music.” Free

Saturday, June 28

Magnetic Style
Museum of the City of New York
11am-2pm
Ages 6-12
Explore the museum’s  current “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” exhibit with your family! After examining photographs, sketchbooks, and canvasses demonstrating the unique street art of NYC during the 70s and 80s, visitors can create magnets featuring their own graffiti style during this special event. Free with museum admission

Fishing and Water Celebration
Central Park: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
12pm-3pm
All Ages
Little marine biologists get the chance to embark on some aquatic adventures at Central Park’s Family Fishing and Water Celebration! Ooh and aah over microscopic organisms living in the Harlem Meer, try your hand at fishing, or go on a guided water walk. Other highlights include environment-themed live jams from Billy B. and the tale of New York City’s water supply from Arm of the Sea Theater and their puppets! Free

Family Day
Roger Morris Park: Morris-Jumel Mansion
11am-4pm
All Ages
Get out in the sunshine at Roger Morris Park’s Family Day! Kids can play colonial games, make historical crafts, and take free docent-led tours of the museum to celebrate the beginning of summer. Don’t miss a special musical guest, award-winning flutist and composer Yael Acher, at 2pm! Free

Sunday, June 29

Macy’s Sunday Story Time: Revolutionary Tales
DiMenna Children’s History Museum
11:30am
Ages 3-7
Gearing up for the Fourth of July? This storytime will get little ones in the mood for our nation’s independence day! Youngsters will listen to John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith, then answer which silly tales about our founding fathers were true or not. After that, a stirring true story, Henry and the Cannons by Don Brown, illustrates how a bookseller helped chase the British Army out of Boston during the Revolutionary War. Free with museum admission

Flax Harvest
Prospect Park
1pm-4pm
All Ages
At this fun educational session, children will  get the chance to see the park’s flax crop, help weed, plant, and water it, and then try out the tools used to transform flax fibers into linen cloth. After comparing different weaves and patterns of various textiles, the kiddos can play dress-up in linen clothes for a fun photo shoot on a farm wagon! Suggested $3 donation

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