Picks Of The Week: July 18-20

Jeff Koons, Elephant, 2003. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 36 1⁄2 × 29 × 19 in. (92.7 × 73.7 × 48.3 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons. From whitney.org
Jeff Koons, Elephant, 2003. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 36 1⁄2 × 29 × 19 in. (92.7 × 73.7 × 48.3 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons. From whitney.org

This weekend holds plenty of family parties including the Best Summer Ever Under the Tent at NYSCI, a Block Party for the New Museum, and a wonderful Jeff Koons family opening at the Whitney! Great summer series are hosting fun themed days like Pier Kids’ Great Brooklyn Bridge day and a Harry Potter Creature Feature Sunday at the Scholastic Store. Finally, don’t miss our bonus Hamptons event, a special family party hosted by Citibabes!

Friday, July 18

Best Summer Ever Under the Tent
New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
All Ages
Learn all about living a healthy lifestyle through scavenger hunts, demos, workshops, and more at this great summer series! NYSCI will be doling out helpful tips and tricks regarding fitness and food. Don’t miss out on the special Parkour Workshop with the Movement Creative at 3pm! Free with admission

Saturday, July 19

New Museum Block Party
Sara D. Roosevelt Park
All Ages
Arts and crafts projects, live performances, and interactive tours are all part of the annual New Museum Block Party. Hosted at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the themed family festivities are based on different exhibitions at the museum and include constructing sea creature trading cards, kinetic sculptures, and American landscape postcards. Free

Jeff Koons Family Opening
Whitney Museum of American Art
All Ages
Celebrate the Whitney’s new exhibit “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” with this fun family opening! Kids will love pieces like the giant sculpture of a balloon dog and a larger-than-life Play-Doh sculpture. Families can also enjoy art-making activities, gallery stations, and more. Free with museum admission

Sunday, July 20

Pier Kids: The Great Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Ages 2-8
Join Brooklyn Bridge Park for this special themed Pier Kids! Learn about the history and engineering of the Brooklyn Bridge, then enjoy art and interactive activities based around those concepts. As for every Pier Kids event, arts and crafts and an outdoor pop-up reading room will be available. Free

Harry Potter: Creature Feature Sundays
The Scholastic Store
Ages 8 and up
The Scholastic Store is celebrating Harry Potter for the entire month of July! Each day of the week has a different theme, and this Sunday holds a fun Creature Feature! Guests will get to meet animals of the wizarding world, including an owl, a rat, a snake, or a spider! Free

BONUS Hamptons Event:

Hamptons Family Fun Day
The Country Day School
July 19, 10:30am-2:30pm
All Ages
Don’t miss out on Citibabe’s Hamptons Family Fun Day! Explore premier brands while the youngsters get their faces painted, enjoy music, and do fun activities! If that’s not enough, the first 100 guests will receive special gift bags filled with great brands including Babyganics, PediPed, Diptyque, Green Mustache, C Wonder, and Aden + Anais.

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Plugged in Band

<div>Plugged In is a nonprofit program that offers online programs to student musicians (Ages 10-18) in a non-competitive environment and provides band and individual performance opportunities in support of community and charitable causes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Our programs include:</div> <div> </div> <div>Rock Band Classes</div> <div>Private Music Lessons</div> <div>Summer Camp</div> <div>Digital/Audio Production</div> <div>Songwriting and Recording Workshops</div> <div> </div> <div>Oh and hey parents, we are now offering private music lessons and our rock band program for adults too. Reach out to us for more information. </div>

Music Together

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">Music Together® is for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents/caregiver. The classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children and easy for parents and caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability.</span></p>

Basketball City

<p>Beginning June 2024, Basketball City will be running a full weekly schedule of Summer</p> <p>Basketball Camps. We will have our professional staff of coaches teaching your kids weekly.</p> <p>Our camps are designed to teach kids the skills they need to become a better basketball player</p> <p>by using specific drills and fitness work that focus on the fundamentals of the game in a fun,</p> <p>safe and inclusive environment.  The camps run weekly varying in time and the number of days</p> <p>for ages 6-17. We have 3-, 4- & 5-day options with times ranging from 9-4pm or 9-3pm. Every</p> <p>camper will receive a jersey once they are registered and arrive. We are limiting the number of</p> <p>camp participants each week to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your children. The</p> <p>limited number of campers will also ensure that your child receives individual attention needed</p> <p>to improve their basketball skills. Our camps in the past typically include current and past NBA</p> <p>players and a collaboration with the Jr. Knicks, the National Basketball Players Association, as</p> <p>well as 5 Star Basketball, and our ever-popular Basketball City FUNdamentals Camp along with</p> <p>our Jr. NBA/NBA Cares NBA Draft/Skills Challenge Camp with future NBA talent.</p>