Weekend Listings: June 23 & 24


Bring your own kite or purchase a new one to send soaring at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Brooklyn Kite FestivalFREE

Enjoy Native music and dancing from Ecuadorian dance troupe Ayazamana at the National Museum of the American Indian's Inti Raymi celebration. FREE

Kick off the Carroll Park Kids' Concerts series with a performance by Karen K & the Jitterbugs. FREE

Discover aquatic life with live performances, craft making, microscopic explorations of the Harlem Meer and, of course, catch-and-release fishing at Central Park's Family Fishing Celebration. FREE

Scope out King Neptune presiding over wacky floats, marching bands, drill teams, vintage cars and scantily clad seafaring sirens at Coney Island's Mermaid Parade. FREE

Learn to scale a rock-climbing wall, try out stand-up paddling and take an "Essentials of Camping" mini-class in the REI Adventure Zone, part of Central Park's Adventures NYC 2012. FREE

Cast a line, get a fish nibbling and reel in the catch at the Summer on the Hudson Fishing Festival in West Harlem Piers Park. FREE

Celebrate Spanish language and culture with arts and crafts workshops, face painting, storytelling and more at Instituto Cervantes' El Día E, Día del Español. FREE


Let kids participate in a 1K or 100-meter dash, followed by food and family activities at the Governors Island Kids' Scramble. FREE

Stroll through Green-Wood Cemetery, go on an architecture-themed scavenger hunt, make arts and crafts or simply enjoy a picnic on the lawn at Green-Wood Historic Fund Family Day. Family of four $15.

Budding photographers can use a variety of images clipped from the New York Times to create personal zines in saddle-stitched booklets at Photoville NYC's Kiddy Zine workshop. FREE

Take in the scenes from Sydney Taylor's classic All-of-a-Kind Family book series at Museum at Eldridge Street's Preservation Detectives walking tour. FREE

Kids can create their own comic-book version of Monkey King: A Story From China at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.


Meet and take pictures with Dora the Explorer, watch wacky circus acts, and check out over 150 rides and attractions at State Fair Meadowlands. $9, kids 12 and under $7, children under 34 inches free.

Little sluggers can practice their batting skills, play Yankees and Mets trivia games, and meet their favorite players, coaches and mascots at Delta Dugout in Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall.

Peruse handmade toys, kids' clothes and Little Hero capes, then grab a bite from a local food truck or snap pics in the free Magnolia Photo Booth at Brooklyn's Renegade Craft Fair. FREE 

Little cinephiles can take in two family-friendly films this weekend, Take Me to the Balloony Bin! and Crazy & Thief: at BAMcinemaFest. 

Celebrate children's author Eric Carle's birthday by listening to readings of books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and creating a unique painting at the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

Explore the relationship between art educator and young artist in "Art Forms: 75 Years of Arts Education," a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Free with museum admission.

SOURCE CREDIT: TIME OUT NY KIDS 2012 : Go to Time Out New York Kids

Saturday June 23

Sunday June 24

The above is just a snippet of the family fun happening this weekend - for full events listings see here.

This Weekend

June 21, 2012; 5:00 am by UrbanBaby
Moey’s Princess Ball
Dress up in your sparkly finest and rock out to joyful songs like Give Yourself a Kiss (a musical version of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White) — the most enthusiastic dancing princess in the crowd gets a pink feather boa and Moey’s new Princess Revolution CD. Plus, check out face painting with Face Art by Melissa, balloon creations by the Ballooniac and photos by Bitten by a Zebra Photography.
When: Fri. 6/22, 11am-12pm; Free.
Where: Bloomingdale’s 59th St., Young World, 8th floor, moeysmusicparty.com.

See family-friendly independent flicks like Crazy & Thief which follow two wide-eyed kids’ voyage through the streets of Brooklyn and beyond, or The Black Balloon’s lone journey.
When: Sat. & Sun., 6/23-6/24; $13/Adults, $10/Kids.
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, bam.org.

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Celebrate the longest day of the year in Swedish tradition, complete with maypole and the Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Kids can make midsummer wreaths, play games and sample Swedish delicacies.
When: Fri. 6/22, 5-8pm, family dance 6:30-8pm; Free.
Where: Wagner Park, Battery Park City, bpcparks.org.

Brooklyn Kite Festival
Go fly a kite — buy one on site or bring your own, and watch them soar above the Manhattan skyline.
When: Sat. 6/23, 10am-2pm; Free.
Where: Pier 1’s Harbor View Lawn, Brooklyn Bridge Park, brooklynbridgepark.org.

SOURCE CREDIT: http://blogs.urbanbaby.com/newyork/