NYC Parents: FREE (or low-cost community) stuff to do with kids this weekend June 1-2

Culture is something we cannot buy but it is something we can support. At BABY DOES NYC we believe in supporting the arts and exposing our children to our rich indigenous culture. We support 1% for Culture because NYC is the metropolis of global culture. It's here where trends begins. This weekend, spend some time taking in what local communities have to offer. 


Howl! Festival
Prowl the annual Howl! Festival, beginning with a reading of Allen Ginsberg's poem that inspired the arts fest. During the rest of the weekend, the Lower East Side’s bohemian roots are celebrated around Tompkins Square Park (the city’s ’60s counterculture epicenter) with concerts, poetry readings and art shows. Mini golf, mask-making and a midway with carnival booths add to the fun during the Great Howl! Out Loud Carnival for Kids (June 1, 2 11am–7pm). Check for a complete schedule. All ages. FREE. 

Sing for Hope (free pianos)
For 16 days, service organization Sing for Hope will scatter 88 artist-decorated pianos (one for each key, get it?) in outdoor public locations throughout the five boroughs. Passersby of all ages are encouraged to pull up a bench and tickle the ivories. At the end of the project, the instruments will be donated to schools, hospitals and other community institutions that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to buy one. Locations vary; visit for details. FREE.

Art.Write.Now National Exhibition
Come see the artwork of some seriously talented teen artists at the Art.Write.Now National Exhibition. Featuring 473 Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning pieces ranging from poetry to fashion design and created by teens across the country, this event will surely inspire your budding artists to get creative themselves. Ages 8 and up. FREE. Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School for Design.



EGG Baby. The Rockdoves' music touches on everything from urban living and nature, to the value of friendship, family, and home. Drawing inspiration from folk, blues and rock 'n roll, they offer an exciting, interactive live performance that delights audiences with its blend of education, comedy, movement and storytelling. At a Rockdoves concert, children are performers, too, as they transform into animals, dance to fun grooves, sing, shout and cheer.

DUMBO. 72 Jay Street. DUMBO, Brooklyn. $20/$10 sibling. F train to York St,  A/C trains to High St. Reserve you space(s)now! RSVP Required: More info at:


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