Hudson River Art Outpost. The Children’s Museum of the Arts has partnered with the Hudson River Park Trust to provide free hands-on arts programming throughout the summer. CMA will bring a wide variety of art-making and art-appreciation activities to Pier 25 from July through August, providing a range of programming options for kids of all ages. Each week CMA’s activities will include one individual mixed media project and one larger-scale collaborative project, inspired by the unique waterfront environment.
Date: Tuesday, July 29th (through August 28th)
Preschool Play at Robert Wagner Park. We are so excited to invite FiDi Families to an amazing program for preschoolers…preschool play at Wagner Park. The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy offers public programs and events for almost every age and skill level. Join us every week at Wagner Park with the kiddos and join other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on the grassy lawn. They provide the toys, books, and play equipment and you provide the fun toddlers. The season runs through October 29th and occurs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It is truly a great way to spend time outdoors with kids.
Date: Monday, July 28th
Family Veggie and Yoga Night at Charlotte’s Place. If you are looking for something different to do with your family and looking for some indoor fun, stop by Charlotte’s Place in lower Manhattan. It’s time to break out the Tox Sox …since it’s Yoga time. Practice with your children in this family-focused yoga class! Trinity Wall Street continues their ongoing series of family veggie and yoga nights at Charlotte’s Place, a free space operated by Trinity, and teaches the whole family yoga poses while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The yoga class is led by Tracy Collins who specializes in yoga with children and families. As kids discover the foundations of yoga, adults can sweat away their stresses from the week. Families will share games, create art, sing songs, explore the breath, and connect with one another. This interactive class will lead families on make-believe adventures and into partner poses until yogi’s find their way to chill-out time. With age-appropriate yoga poses, everyone will get their bodies moving and imaginations stirring.
Date: Friday, July 25th
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.
Date: Thursday, July 24th
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.
The museum is a wonderful place to explore, stroll with or without a stroller and introduce little one’s to the culture of the American Indian. Admission to all Smithsonian Museums is free. Take advantage of this beautiful indoor destination in lower Manhattan and support the museum with a visit!
Date: Wednesday, July 23rd (recurring weekly; extended through the end of September!)
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.
Date: Tuesday, July 22nd (every Tuesday thru August 26th)
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.
Date: Monday, July 21st (recurring class through the end of October)