This coming week will see some super activities available in the NY Metro area. This list will cover activities available to children ages preschool to Tween in all of the NY Metro neighborhoods!
NY Metro Activities for Parents and Children
For the littlest of littles in your life!
Taste Of Tinkergarten – Fort Tryon Park – Billings Lawn
Date: August 25, 2015 through September 02, 2015
Hours: Aug. 25, Sep. 2; 9:30-10:30am
Ages: Pre-school & younger
Address: Margaret Corbin Drive – Fort Washington, NY 10040
Description: A chance to try out a Tinkergarten class for ages 18-36 months for free and find out why the outdoors is one of the healthiest classrooms there is. You’ll get to experience the flow of a class and a sample the fun learning activities that are on offer in each class. In this taster class kids will try fun sound activities called magic petal potion and egg carton treasure box.
Meeting point at Billings Lawn
Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess – Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Date: September 03, 2015 through September 24, 2015
Hours: Thursdays, Sep. 3- 24; 4-6pm
Ages: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
Address: Riverside Drive at West 89th Street – Upper West Side, NY 10024
Description: Play as your favorite game piece and navigate the chess board, turning chess into a team sport.
Young Sprouts Gardening – Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: Children’s Garden
Date: May 02, 2015 through October 29, 2015
Hours: Every Tuesday, May 5 through Oct. 5, 3:15-3:45pm
Ages: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
Battery Park City, NY 10282
Description: A gardening program for children ages 3-5 years and an accompanying adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown. Children will see a variety of plants, butterflies, insects, worms, and birds – all part of the natural cycle of the garden. Feel cool water on a hot day and the different textures of leaves and plants in the garden. They will smell herbs (lemon verbena, dill, mint, and basil) and flowers (lavender, marigold, and scented geraniums). Each week there is a new, garden-theme.
For the Young Elementary to Tween Age Children
Youth Basketball Clinics – North Meadow Recreation Center
Date: April 04, 2015 through October 31, 2015
Hours: Every Saturday through October 31, 10am-2pm
Ages: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Teen
Mid-Park at 97th Street – map it
Central Park, NY 10025
Description: Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities. Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm
Wednesdays in Teardrop Park – Teardrop Park
Date: May 06, 2015 through October 28, 2015
Hours: Wednesdays, May 6 through Oct. 28; 3:30-5:30pm
Ages: Young elementary, Tween
Address: Park Place West – Battery Park City, NY 10282
Description: Come down to Teardrop park for fun-filled afternoons of art projects and games for ages 5 and older. Each week children can enjoy a different art project; drawing, sculpting, and creating group projects such as murals. The art portion of the afternoon will be led by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy’s Artist/Educators. BPCPC’s Parks Programming Leaders (specially trained Play Leaders) plan games based on their understanding of the various stages of child development, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are always welcomed to suggest games. Parks Programming Leaders are prepared to help get games started with perennial favorites such as red light green light, Mr. Fox, asteroids, Wiffle Ball and four square. All art materials and play supplies are provided.
Art Trek – The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: July 01, 2015 through August 31, 2015
Hours: July 1- Aug. 31; Tuesdays and Thursdays; 3:30-4:30pm; Saturdays, 11am-12pm, 2-3pm
Ages: Young elementary, Tween
Price: Free with museum admission; $25, $17 seniors, $12 students, free for children younger than 12
Address: 1000 Fifth Ave. – Upper East Side, NY 10028
Description: Travel through time and around the world on a Museum adventure. Discover favorite works of art as you look and learn together. For ages 7-11.
Summer of Treasures Program Series – Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Date: August 01, 2015 through August 31, 2015
Hours: Daily in August (excluding Aug. 15-16 and 25); 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Ages: Young elementary, Tween
Price: Free with museum admission: $11, $7 seniors; free for children younger than 1
Address: 212 W. 83rd St. – Upper West Side, NY 10024
Description: In August enjoy workshops and activities with a treasure theme.
Trash to Treasure: Recycled Fashion Design: Aug. 1-2, 19-23; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm Design accessories made out of re-purposed materials! Explore famous fashions from NYC designers and use recycled materials to create accessories like belts using VHS tape and necklaces using old bottle caps. 6 and older. Sign up required.
CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience: Aug. 4, 10-11, 17-18; 2pm, 3pm and 5pm; 5 and older; sign up required. Embark on a 3D journey to explore the art and architecture of mosques from around the world.
Doodling Doubloons: Aug. 5-9; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 5 and older; sign up required Design your own unique pirate coins using clay and melted crayons.
Treasure Map Making: Aug. 12-13; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 6 and older; sign up required. Fact or fiction? Find inspiration in the facts and folktales of pirate lore as you create your own treasure map. Use painting and drawing techniques to make your map look like an antique pirate’s map.
X Marks the Spot Game Design Workshop: Aug. 26-30; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm; 6 and older; sign up required. Following a treasure map is like playing a game. There are directions, rules and a goal. In this workshop, learn the about game design and create your own inspired by school-yard games, card games and board games.
Venue Description: Hoping to motivate children and families to learn about themselves and the various cultures of the world, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) houses a variety of interactive exhibitions and programs. Over 80 workshops, classes, and performances are offered FREE with admission to the museum each week. The museum boasts four priority areas: its early childhood education program, which prepares children for kindergarten; creativity in the arts and sciences to encourage creative and analytical thinking; healthy lifestyles programs that address the physical and emotional feelings within a family; and the exploration of world cultures, which provides children with an awareness of our diverse society. Additional programs and exhibits include the celebrated PlayWorks? floor for preschoolers; Gods, Myth and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece, which is designed to introduce art, science, and literature to children; and the Healthy Living programming, created with healthcare providers to encourage good nutrition and daily exercise. Current limited-time programs include Amusement Park Science and American Dreamland: Artwork by Philomena Maran.