Events: The Best Kid-Friendly Events Of The Week

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Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open, photo via arthurashekidsday.com

Sports, cars, nature, live music–this weekend the city has something for every interest! Get your game on at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s  Family Field Day, or savor some barbecue and blues tunes at Hudson River Park. Budding tennis stars will love Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to witness the natural beauty of shorebird migration, or travel to Governors Island for the NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam. Punch buggy!

Saturday, August 23

Pier 6 Family Field Day
Brooklyn Bridge Park
10am-1pm
All Ages
Get active at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s special Family Field Day at Pier 6! This lively group of events includes sports like volleyball, basketball, and soccer, as well as fun games like potato sack and relay races. This is a free event

Blues BBQ
Hudson River Park
2pm
All Ages
Combine your family’s love of Blues and BBQ! Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 is hosting this scrumptious festival with America’s best blues and roots musicians along with three of the city’s tastiest barbecue joints (Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, Delaney Barbecue, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que). This is a free event.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
9:30am-4pm
All Ages

Tennis fans and otherwise will have a blast at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park! With free family activities like face painting, 10 and under tennis, hair beading and braiding, and appearances by beloved Nickelodeon characters (Spongebob and Patrick, Dora and Diego), the day will be nonstop fun. Don’t miss the special stadium show at 1pm! Grounds activities are free, stadium shows from $10

9th Annual Shorebird Festival
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
7am-5pm
All Ages

Bird lovers will want to check out this annual Shorebird Festival, which takes places at peak shorebird migration time in the Big Apple. NYC Audubon Members and other birders will hike around the East Pond when birds are in their greatest numbers. Other great activities include an introduction to refuge issues and wildlife management, shorebird photography, more hikes, and a discussion on shorebird identification and behavior. There will be also be coffee (for the parents) and doughnuts. Suggested donation

Sunday, August 24

NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
Governors Island
10am
If your little ones can’t get enough of cars, take them to see this classic VW show! The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged, vintage Volkswagen car show. Enjoy a picnic, a view of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty, as well as 100 Beetles, buses, Dune Buggies, and more. Registration is not required for spectators. This is a free event

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Brooklyn Music School

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For over a century, we at The Brooklyn Music School have strived to make the joy of music, dance and performance accessible to everyone no matter their age, background, or financial status.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In addition to offering affordable in-person and online private and group music lessons, dance classes, after-school programs, and community outreach, we also provide space for </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Brooklyn and NYC artists to perform in our 250-seat Spanish-style theatre. Come by for a night of live music, or join us for a class!</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Visit BrooklynMusicSchool.org to learn more, register for classes, or view our calendar for upcoming events. </span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4b378613-7fff-f89d-3c88-fe6beaabeb55"></span></p>

This Is Cooperstown

<p>Nicknamed America's hometown, Cooperstown has small-town charm and world-class attractions including the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, a must-see for fans of the game and the ultimate homage to America's Pastime. Discover fine, folk, and Native American art at Fenimore Art Museum, acclaimed and varied performances at the Glimmerglass Festival, craft beer at Brewery Ommegang and Red Shed Brewery, fresh cider from the Fly Creek Cider Mill, great restaurants, four-season events, and outdoor fun.</p>

Play On! Studios

<p>Play On! Studios offers theater day camps and after-school classes on the UWS that are guaranteed to give kids a summer full of acting, music, and fun they won't soon forget! Young actors will rehearse and perform in a full production, work with professional NYC actors/teaching artists, build up their skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and play lots of drama games!</p> <p>Creative Drama Camps are perfect for kids entering grades K-4. Campers will work each week to put on a brand-new show! Each session, they will receive a script, rehearse a production, make a set and costumes, and perform their play. Kids will also play drama games, play outside (weather permitting), and have tons of fun!</p> <p>Musical Theater Camps are aimed at kids entering grades 4-9. In Musical Theater Performance Camp, campers put on a complete musical production in a professional NYC theater! Campers will stretch their skills with drama exercises and games, vocal coaching, field trips, and building a professional set. Our incredible teaching artists and campers come together to put on a truly remarkable show!</p> <p>During the school year, classes are great for beginners or more experienced actors - sing, dance, and put on a play! Whether your child is just starting out, or ready for Broadway, we’ve got the class for them. Classes are available for grades PreK-8, after school or on Saturdays! Come play with us.</p> <p> </p>