Weekend Best Events & Listings June 2nd-3rd 2012

This Weekend's Highlights

Saturday June 2
Science on Site @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
Artistic Detectives @ DiMenna Children's History Museum
Story Time: First Book Fundraiser With Peter Brown @ Greenlight Bookstore
Amble: BBGs June Jubilee @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Kids Comic Day! @ Jim Hanley's Universe

Sunday June 3
Rocket Park Mini Golf @ New York Hall Of Science
Family Art Project - Lanterns For Summer @ Wave Hill
JCC Family Day & Trunk-a-Thon @ JCC Staten Island
Drumming Circle @ City Treehouse
Kid's Corner @ powerHouse Arena

The above is just a snippet of the family fun happening this weekend - for full events listings see here.
SOURCE CREDIT: http://www.newyorkloveskids.com/


Participate in window-box gardening workshops, pot your own lemon balm plant, or listen to live ragtime and fiddle music at Amble: Brooklyn Botanic Garden's June Jubilee. FREE

Sing along to folksy tunes by The Good Ms. Padgett and kooky family band the Ukuladies at the Jalopy Theater. $8, family of four $25.

Munch on strawberry sno-cones and cotton candy, then enter a strawberry-eating contest at the Highland Park Strawberry Festival. FREE

Watch 12 short live-action and animated works culled from countries like Canada, the United States and Australia at IndieScreen's KidsFilmFest. $12, children under 12 free.

Kids can take free kayak rides in the Hudson River, make arts and crafts, and watch live dance, spoken word and music performances at the 19th Annual Red Hook Fest. FREE

Check out music and dance performances, watch a screening of a dance documentary and participate in a hands-on workshop where families can make fashionable wraps at the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday: Best of Brooklyn Block Party. FREE

Take in a series of puppet shows, meet costumed Star Wars characters, cook cheese s'mores with Grissel Monster, play in a bounce house and meet a life-size animatronic dragon at Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival. FREE


Kids can dress up as farmers or farm animals, visit a petting zoo, take in a beekeeping exhibit and get their faces painted at 14th Street Y's Farm in the City Fair. $25 per family, in advance $20.

Check out kid-friendly installations, video art and short films at the Paper Box's Brooklyn Beat Music and Arts Festival: All Ages Day. $5, kids under 12 free.

Rock out to urban-inspired tunes about the subway, garbage trucks and Coney Island at Littlefield's City Stomp Live! $10, in advance $8, children under 2 free.

Watch a slew of kid-friendly bands like Suzi Shelton, AudraRox, and Topsy Bonsai and the Tangs on the Williamsburg PierFREE

Celebrate the very first Lemonade Day by cooling off with cups of citrus-tinged brews sold by city kids at stands all around the city. $1–$2 per cup of lemonade.

Take in a stage show about a Siamese cat who pretends he’s a bird, a llama and a whale in Skippyjon Jones, playing at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. $25.

JUNE 2–3

Spend the afternoon learning about the aqueous life in the Harlem Meer while fishing for largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish and carp at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park. FREE 

Visit a "robot petting zoo," go stargazing, learn about the East River's hidden marine life in Brooklyn Bridge Park and explore interactive stations at the Ultimate Science Street Fair, all part of the 5th Annual World Science Festival. Locations and prices vary.

Little ones can partake in carnival games and arts and crafts, watch musical performances, listen to poetry readings and more at the Howl! Festival in Tompkins Square Park.

Rent a pair of roller skates from the Skate Truck NYC, which rolls through a different city park every weekend. Two-hour rental $15, four hours $20, all day $25.

Dan Zanes
The folksy, kid-friendly artist delights at a special dance party to unveil a charming new collection of dishes featuring quirky tubas, cellos, guitars and bongo drums.

When: Sat. 6/2, 11am.
Where: Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway at 19th St., danzanes.com.

Astrograss for Kids
Albee Summer Square’s summer concert series features live bluegrass, old time and folk music for families. The group’s original songs cover topics like bedtime and the many neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

When: Thurs. 5/31, 10am; Free.
Where: Albee Square (Fulton St. & Bond St.), Brooklyn, fultonstreet.org.

W Hotels Thrill & Chill
Plan ahead, and book a Father’s Day staycation for a deserving dad. He’ll get a 60-minute flight lesson, bottle of whiskey, Barnes & Noble Nook, and of course, a room of his own (maybe he’ll share).

When: Though 6/28.
Where: W Hotels in New York, whotelsnewyork.com.

Bugaboo Cameleon
The iconic modern, multi-terrain stroller is available at a special price point of $799, including a tailored fabric set.

When: Through 8/1.
Where: Select retailers and bugaboo.com.

Kids in the City Guide
Expedia recently launched an online destination guide to 12 U.S. cities like Philadelphia, Portland, Minneapolis and San Diego. Read the recommendations written by top family travel bloggers on what to see, do, eat, and where to stay this summer.

Where: expedia.com.

SOURCE CREDIT: http://www.urbanbaby.com/