Front Row/Cinema – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The South Street Seaport’s Front Row/Cinema is in full swing for their outdoor movie series!. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with the kids, enjoy great food and drinks from the local vendors and meet other FiDi Families. There are a ton of food trucks to order snacks from and an outdoor bar for some adult beverages. So, grab a blanket and head out early to grab a seat at the Seaport for a screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”. Introduce the kids to this 1982 classic film, starring Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, as they help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.
Poets House at Governor’s Island. For three weekends this summer, Poets House, one of the great places for poetry on the globe―a 60,000-volume free poetry library and literary hub―in Lower Manhattan, will create a poetic summer outpost in one of the historic houses of the island’s Colonels’ Row. Kids of all ages will have the chance to participate in an interactive art and poetry exhibit for all ages.
Toddler Music with Irka Mateo (new times and updates). Children’s programming throughout lower Manhattan has enjoyed an upswing in the last several months. And, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is no exception. They have introduced children’s films, arts and crafts and most recently, added renowned Taino musician Irka Mateo to their weekly lineup. Drop in with your toddlers and learn about Taino culture through stories, song, movement, and hands-on activities.
Teen Drumming Circle. Calling all tweens/teens…Join Master Drummer Maguette Camara from Senegal at this weekly activity geared towards the big kids. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and it’s free…drums provided.
Children’s Basketball Program. As many families in Lower Manhattan know, the Battery Park Conservancy offers a ton of children’s programming in many of the parks that make up the downtown park scene. They offer classes for every age and every interest possible. One of favorite classes is the basketball program for toddler and older kids. Join FiDi families and friends as we participate in a weekly basketball program sponsored by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Kids will play basketball with adjustable-height hoops, enjoy fun drills to improve skills and learn about good sportsmanship. Close-toed shoes required.
South Street Seaport Museum. Established to promote the preservation of ships, this museum offers a display of historic ships, changing exhibits, tours, films, and harbor sails aboard 19th-century schooners. There is also a Children’s Center, which offers a wide variety of activities for kids that range from learning to tie knots and raise sails to going on an overnight sailing trip.
Messy Art for Toddlers (FREE). If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, in the morning, head over to Nelson A. Rockefeller park. Join the folks from the Battery Park City Conservancy and young artists for messy art with paper, clay, wood and as well as paining projects and all around fun, which is perfectly timed to get the kids hungry for lunch.
Front Row/Cinema – Fantastic Mr. Fox. The South Street Seaport’s Front Row/Cinema is in full swing for their outdoor movie series!. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with the kids, enjoy great food and drinks from the local vendors and meet other FiDi Families. There are a ton of food trucks to order snacks from and an outdoor bar for some adult beverages. So, grab a blanket and head out early to grab a seat at the Seaport for a screening of “Fantastic Mr. Fox“. The story of a sly fox that simply can’t resist returning to his farm raiding ways and his journey that ensues. Voiced by George Clooney with other recognizable stars such as Meryl Streep and Bill Murray.