Activities for kids: April 8–14

Monday

     With the Fort Washington branch of the NYPL closed for renovations, the library’s bookmobile provides access to the its riches.

     At the bookmobile you can sign up for a library card, browse a small collection of books for people of all ages, speak with a librarian to get reading recommendations, reference services, and return and renew books.

     What’s more, the bookmobile is proof that reading takes you places!

     Mondays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the YM & YWHA in Fort George at 54 Nagle Avenue. Also in Hudson Heights on Wednesdays. The Fort Washington branch was expected to reopen last summer and is now set to reopen this summer, though budget cuts may imperil that plan.

 

 

     Join the Urban Park Rangers for an opportunity to view the much-anticipated solar eclipse.

     Though only partially visible from here, the moon will pass directly in front of the sun, casting a shadow that will surely make for a memorable viewing experience. Learn more about eclipses and why they occur.
     The next solar eclipse visible in the state will be in 2044.
     Take a pair of our safety viewing glasses or take a look through the solar lens telescope.
     Free. Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 in Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.
 
 

     Craft the world of a novel on a single page — yes, you can do it! Welcome to the place where less is more. We’ll look at the shortest stories from around the world, and explore the limitless possibilities of micro-fiction.

     The workshop from Uptown Stories is open to young authors from 10 to 14 years old.

     $800 or pay what you can. Monday afternoons from 4 to 6 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 25.

 

 

     Get ready to run faster and jump higher, one frame at a time.

     Take your stories and transforming them into comics in this Uptown Stories workshop for creative kids ages 10 to 14.

     You’ll imagine an ordinary day (or the wildest story you can come up with) and use comic-book language, illustration, and frames to share with everyone the next super-adventure.

     You don’t need to be an artist to join us – just share your best ideas. In the two-hour sessions you’ll learn all the steps to comics illustration and development, including pin-ups, single-frame and multi-frame pages, using pencils, pens, paints, crayons, or other art materials.

     $800 or pay what you can. Monday afternoons at 4:15 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 20. The summer session runs Monday through Friday, August 26 through 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

Tuesday

     Look, listen, sing, and have fun with storytime at the Met cloisters. The museum and Literacy INC shares tales through picture-book readings in English and Spanish connected to objects in the  Cloisters’ collection.

     Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Participants will receive a free book with onsite registration.

     Space is limited; first come, first served.
     Free with Museum admission; admission is pay as you wish for New York state residents, and free for children under 12 with an adult. Tuesday mornings at 11:30 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Are you Team Peeta or Team Gale? Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah?

     Katniss has us almost ripping out pages to find out who she picks, and Belly has us almost ripping out our hair. Whichever team you rep, we can all agree that romantic relationships are at the core of many of our favorite stories.

     In the Romance Unleashed workshop, Uptown Writers will teach you how to woo your readers and leave them wanting more. You’ll explore how love and desire drive plot forward, craft characters with greater depth, and make our love stories epic.

     Whether you want to create outlandish romantic fantasy or real and true love, the skills you learn in this four-part set of classes will add a new dimension to your writing. For ages 12–18.

     $800 or pay what you can. Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 21.

 

 

Wednesday

     With the Fort Washington branch of the NYPL closed for renovations until summer 2024, the library’s bookmobile provides access to the its riches.

     At the bookmobile you can sign up for a library card, browse a small collection of books for people of all ages, speak with a librarian to get reading recommendations, reference services, and return and renew books.

     What’s more, the bookmobile is proof that reading takes you places!

     Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Moriah Center in Hudson Heights at 90 Bennett Avenue. Also in Fort George on Mondays.

 

 

     The Polo Grounds weren’t far from Inwood, so imagine you’re there for some afternoon, midweek baseball.

     You’ll get to see the Fordham Rams (11-19, 3-3) take on the Columbia Lions (12-12, 7-1).

     Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 in Satow Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.

 

 

     If you can’t wait to turn the page, the writer has succeeded in telling you a great story. What does it take to develop characters, settings, dialogue, and plot elements that have you on the edge of your seat?

     This Uptown Stories workshop answers those questions and more. You’ll break down the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what you’ve learned with some on-the-spot writing.

     You’ll work with your peers, too–giving advice and feedback, while hearing what they have to say about your work. Not only does this workshop make you a better writer, but when you understand the process, it makes you appreciate your favorite writers even more.

     For writers ages 8 through 12.

     $800 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 22. The summer session runs Monday through Friday, July 29 through August 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

     There’s always more to learn, fiction writers! Build on the skills you already have and dig deeper into the qualities that give all the best stories that extra pop.

     Whichever genre of fiction you prefer (historical, fantasy, realistic, etc.) is welcome. You’ll focus on the fine details that will take your writing from good to great: natural, character-driven dialogue; proper pacing; inciting incidents; raising the stakes; plot-twists; and, of course, the art of the satisfying ending.

     You’ll also rely on your favorite fiction writers for inspiration, and discover new works worthy of your attention.

     This workshop is for students who are familiar with the basics of fiction writing, and who would like to grow as writers. For ages 12 through 16.

     $800 or pay what you can. Wednesday evenings from 5:45 to 7:45 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 22. The summer session runs Monday through Friday, August 5 through 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

Thursday

     Help your preschooler develop listening, language, and literacy skills every week in a private garden open to everyone.

     Librarians from the Inwood branch of the NYPL, along with volunteers from Literacy in Community, read books and lead songs and dances. The programs are in English and Spanish. Toddlers build connections to the neighborhood as they explore the garden’s goldfish pond and flora.

     Free. Thursday mornings at 11 in the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden at the confluence in Broadway, Riverside Drive, and Dyckman Street. Through October.

 

 

     Tired of being inside? Do you want to be wild and break out of the limitations that are always being set?

     Poetry is the answer.

     Strap on your shoes, grab your pen, and meet at the P.S. 187 school yard to go on a poet’s adventure.

     Poetry is a way of seeing things outside the boxes they are always being put in. You’ll be rejuvenated by the nature of Fort Tryon park and emboldened by our resilient neighborhood. You’ll explore the wilds of language out in the world, allowing a stream of poetry to flow from the river of possibility.

     For ages 8 to 13.

     $800 or pay what you can. Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 at P.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs in Hudson Heights on Cabrini Boulevard just above 181st Street. Through May 23.

 

 

     For many of us, picture books are what first sparked a lifelong joy for reading and crafting stories.

     From Max’s wild rumpus to Sam-I-am’s obsession with green eggs and ham, these books stay in our hearts long after the last page has been read.

     In this bilingual workshop, you’ll revisit your favorite children’s books through the eyes of a writer and illustrator, getting to the bottom of what makes them so memorable. Then you’ll develop and write our own books, mapping out characters, plot, and narration. You’ll consider pacing, illustrations, and the special details you can add to keep readers coming back.

    You can create a story from scratch, explore a cultural children’s story that has been shared with you, or dive into a timeless fairy tale, transforming it into a fascinating page-turner that’s all your own. For ages 8 to 11.

     $800 or pay what you can. Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through May 23.

 

 

Saturday

     Take park in an Uptown rite of spring.

     The three-acre Heather Garden becomes the spot to welcome the new season during the annual Shearing of the Heather, with its parade and celebration in Fort Tryon Park.  

     Take your musical instruments and bagpipers in the garden. Learn why Fort Tryon Park has the largest heath and heather collection in the northeast. 

     Kids can make flower-themed crafts, take home some propagated heathers, get their faces painted, and celebrate spring while enjoying the garden’s beauty and panoramic vieews of the Hudson River and Palisades.

     Free. Saturday from 10 to 1 in the park near the entrance at Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.

 

 

    Do some digging, then get in some riding with your BMX buds and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America, with the help of the New York City Mountain Bike Association.

     There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages in the morning. Every volunteer receives a free 20-minute clinic and, in the afternoon, a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 to 3. Even better, bikes and helmets are provided, so you don’t need your own.  

     Uptown is the home of the city's first mountain biking course, 3 miles of trails of varying difficulty and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a dirt jump park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels.

     Free. Saturday morning from 10 to 3 in Fort George at the BMX trailhead in Highbridge Park, on Fort George Avenue, just northwest of the Buczek Ballfield. Monthly on the second Saturday.

 

 

     It’s time for you to be the master of your universe!
     In the Creating Otherworlds workshop from Uptown Stories, you’ll explore worlds of your own creation, inhabited by beings that only you can imagine. You’ll work together—whether you prefer fantasy, science fiction, magical realism or dystopia—to bring your ideas to life.
     With your instructor Shamie Cuthbert, you’ll map out stories rich in symbolism, unleash our hidden storytelling skills, and be each other’s sounding boards along the way.
     If you’ve ever dreamed of another world, this is the workshop to make it happen. For ages 8 to 11.

     $800 or pay what you can. Saturdays from 11 to 1 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through June 8.

 

 

     Enjoy a musical version of the wiggly story The Very Hungry Caterpillar when Sarah Almodovar narrates Eric Carle’s classic children’s book to the accompaniment of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra.
     The reading will be in English and Spanish.
     Free. Saturday morning at 11:30 at the school yard of P.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs (where it’s also family gardening day) in Hudson Heights on Cabrini Boulevard just about 181st Street. Rain date: Sunday.

 

 

     The end of the season is getting nearer, so each game has extra meaning.

     This weekend, the Elis (13-15, 5-4) visit the Lions (14-12, 8-1) for a three-game stretch of conference play.

     Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Alumni Day.

     Sunday at noon. All games in Satow Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.

 

 

     Get out and support Uptown’s women’s softball team.

     It’s a conference match-up when the Crimson come to play the Lions (12-15, 7-2) in an Ivy League duel.

     A double-header starts Satuday afternoon at 12:30, with the second game beginning at 3.

     The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 12:30. All games in the Columbia Softball Stadium at Baker Field in Inwood on 215th Street.

 

 

 

     Let your kids explore life in colonial New York at Manhattan’s oldest remaining house, where the Morris-Jumel Mansion offers family-day programming with a fun, hands-on activity for children and their care-givers.

     This month: Seeds. The Lenape people used the three sisters’ planting method in the 1600s in the area around-present day WaHi. In Indigenous American culture, corn, beans, and squash were planted together, as they nurture each other's growth similar to sisters in a family. This program uses dried versions of them for kids to create our own mosaics.

     All materials will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are not required outdoors; masks are optional inside the Museum.

     Free. Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Lower WaHi. On the second Saturday of the month.

 

 

     Welcome you to Snobby Poetry, should you be up for the challenge.

     You’ll find a band of self-motivated, uber-supportive misfits who read, write, and share poems. They love words, rhyme (only when used sparely, thank you), observation, and Walt Whitman (obviously).

     Poetry is an illogical measuring device, filled with seemingly impossible comparisons and instructions; that is why they are called to write it. These are the liars who tell the truth.

     If this sounds like you, or if you’ve already taken a class with Jane LeCroy and want more, Snobby Poetry is your workshop. For ages 14 to 16.

     $800 or pay what you can. Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through June 8.

 

 

Sunday

     Peek at technique and learnthrough handling tools and materialshow medieval manuscripts were illustrated.

     Stop by the Cloisters for hands-on demonstrations and conversations with educators and conservators during demonstrations of medieval art that repeat every 30 minutes. For visitors of all ages.

     Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult. Note: Space is limited; first come, first served.

     Free with admission. Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 at the museum in Fort Tryon Park. Monthly on the second Sunday.

 

 

Uptown activities

     Where are you going?

     Use a compass rose to help you get there. A video from the Hispanic Society will show you how to make one with a potato, some paint and a few more household objects.

     You’ll also learn a bit about maps through the centuries and how explorers used them to travel to places they’d never seen.

 

 

    

     Here’s a way to make your next outing with the kids a little different.

     Print out a family scavenger hunt booklet and take a walk through Fort Tryon Park’s historic estate remnants.

     Find, draw, and map natural marvels and constructed treasures while you explore the path network that leads from Billings Lawn to the Palisades Overlook.

     The booklet is provided by the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Fort Tryon Park Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt 2020 Fort Tryon Park.pdf
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     Drawing a building is easy when you break it up into shapes.

     See for yourself with some help from the Center For Architecture, which created an instructional lesson and video on how to draw Manhattan’s oldest house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The site of a famous meeting held by George Washington, the Jumel Terrace landmark is said to be haunted.

Draw the Morris-Junel Mansion
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     Need something new for the kids to do?

     The Hispanic Society of America offers several coloring pages, each based on one of the most famous paintings in the museum’s collection. Recognize the Duchess of Alba? Download the pdf below.

      And here’s a recap of the Society’s summer camp for kids.

      For adults, the society has posted several lectures here.

¿Necesita algo nuevo para que hagan los niños?
      La Hispanic Society of America ofrece varias páginas para colorear, cada una basada en una de las pinturas más famosas de la colección del museo. ¿Reconoces a la duquesa de Alba? Descargue el pdf a continuación.
       Para los adultos, la sociedad ha publicado varias conferencias aquí.

Color Your Day with Hispanic Society Kids
hsml-kids-coloringbook-final.pdf
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     Uptown Ink is the magazine that celebrates the best of creativity and storytelling from  Uptown Stories writers by giving them a platform to write what’s next and share it with the world.

     At the end of every semester, Uptown Stories collects students’ work to be published in a printed anthology. For many of our students, this is a transformative experience: being a published author in a real book, for sale at Word Up Community Bookshop and on Amazon. Typically, each anthology contains over 500 pages of short stories, poems, essays, screenplays, manifestos, songs, and other free forms of youth expression.

     Want to be part of it? Find out more here.

 

    

     The Little Lions Camp is a kid-centered, fun-based summer camp with a focus on keeping kids physically and creatively active.

     Programming features an ever changing combination of classic PE games, backyard favorites, sports, and special surprises to keep kids happy, active, and engaged. A highly trained, eclectic staff that uses physical education ensures that the games change and that counselors tailor programming to fit children’s needs and likes.

     The camp is sponsored by Columbia University. Register by April 16 for a discount.

     Two sessions: Mondays through Fridays August 5 through 9, for tie dye week; and August 12 through 16 for a superstar theme. At the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood in 218th Street.

 

 

 

     Women’s collegiate softball continues with a mid-week game.

     Columbia hosts Ionos in a non-conference matchup.

     Wednesday afternoon, April 17, at 4 at the Columbia Softball Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 215th Street.

 

 

 

     Join an early celebration of Earth Day in an interactive experience.

     Kids can bring life into the world through gardening, and in this workshop you can plant your own seeds and decorate your own plant pot. You’ll also find out how to make the earth a cleaner, greener space.

     For kids 6 to 17. NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers will join in on the fun and bring awareness to the ecosystems in Highbridge Park.

     Free. Thursday afternoon, April 18, from 4 to 6 at the Highbridge Recreation Center in the Lower WaHi portion of the park, near Amsterdam Avenue and 173rd Street.

 

 

    Discover what it was like to live in New York before honking, double-parking, and exhaust fumes.

     Car-free Earth Day takes place around the city and includes two stretches Uptown. Look for special programming and events  at the annual event.

     Fort George Dyckman Street from Broadway to La Marina.
     Inwood St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st Street to 190th Street.

     Saturday, April 20, from 10 to 4.

 

     The Friends of Inwood Hill Park mark Earth Day with a series of events celebrating our planet. Enjoy live music and interactive activities for all ages.

10 a.m.–1 p.m. Education and advocacy

10 a.m.–noon Morning planting

10 a.m.–noon Guided ecology hike

10–11 a.m. Guided kids’ hike

10 a.m.–noon Invasive Species Removal

10:30 a.m.–noon Inwood Canoe Club riverfront cleanup

11 a.m.–noon Musical forest

1–3 p.m. Shoreline clean-up

1–3 p.m. Street trees stewardship

1–3 p.m. Guided hike

2:30–3:15 p.m. Yoga

3:30–4 p.m. Drum workshop

     Free. Saturday, April 20; start at the park’s entrance at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street unless otherwise noted. Some events require registration but are still free, and the plans go ahead rain or shine.

 

 

     Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn how to identify plants traditionally used for making cordage—ropes.

     You’ll get the chance to try your hand at creating this essential tool yourself, and to experiment with different crafts that require cordage.

     Free. Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Inwood Hill Park near 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

 

     It’s senior day for the Lions’ lacrosse team as they end the season at home against the conference rival from Cambridge.

      The Crimson come to Columbia for the Lions’ final home match this year.

      Saturday afternoon, April 20, at 1 at Wein Stadium in the Columbia Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.

 

 

     Here’s an Earth Day workshop for kids.

     Foraging As A Metaphor is a walking class that identifies edible and medicinal plants uses sketching to deepen our connection to the natural world.

     Teachers point out that sketching plants is an effective method for increasing familiarization due to the keen process of seeing when sketching.

     For ages 7–12. Sketch supplies will be provided.

     Free. Sunday, April 21, from noon to 1 on the Dongan Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Celebrate spring in a community garden when the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra presents Atmospheres | Atmósferas.
    The program begins with Mizzy Mazzoli’s “Violent, Violent Sea,” a work for chamber orchestra that explores the juxtaposition of dark and light. Explore urban ornithology in the city of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico in Angélica Negrón’s “Lanzarse.” Keep things local with Washington Heights composer Paul Brantley’s  musical love letter to Fort Tryon Park: “Linden Terrace” with Washington Heights internationally acclaimed soprano Jennifer Zetlan as soloist. Our program concludes with Aaron Copland’s iconic “Appalachian Spring.”
     Before the concert, everyone is invited to a meet-the-instruments petting zoo. Even the youngest music lovers can learn about the instruments and their musicians.
     $20; college students and seniors, $10; 18 and younger, $5. Sunday afternoon, April 21, at 3 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on 181st Street at Fort Washington Avenue.
 
 

     Hailing from South Korea, the six boys who make up OnlyOneOf, the latest and greatest K-Pop band to tour the world. And they’re stopping in Washington Heights.

     $77.33 to $173.33 (includes fees, surcharges, and commissions). Sunday night, April 21, at 7 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     Prepare for Earth Day with a back-to-nature skill: Growing  your own food.

     Learn how to transform empty egg cartons into seed trays, and kickstart your own at-home garden. Trays and seeds will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

     The two-hour event aims to minimize food insecurity by showing Uptown residents how to grow their own food.

     Free. Monday afternoon, April 22, starting at 4:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Take your kids to the park for Kids’ Week during Spring Break.

     The Urban Park Rangers will lead kids lead an excursion to explore the shell middens, salt marsh, and rocky outcroppings of Inwood Hill Park and learn a bit about the Lenape. Wear comfortable shoes for this one-hour event.

     Free. Tuesday afternoon, April 23, at 1. Meet at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

     Flowers are more than a pretty sight.

     Kids will find out the role they play in nature with the Urban Park Rangers, who lead a hands-on ninety-minute trek through Manhattan’s only untouched forest. The walk will show how pollinators such as insects, birds and bats play an important role in creating a balanced ecosystem.

     Free. Wednesday afternoon, April 24, at 1. Meet at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

     Find out what makes raptors some of the world’s most successful predators at a screening of Raptors: A Fistful of Daggers, from Thirteen and Nature. Part one will be screened Thursday, and part two on Friday; each part lasts an hour.

     Come out early to join the Urban Park Rangers for some raptor related fun and explore the world of raptors through activities for all ages.

     Free. Thursday and Fridays afternoons, April 25 and 26, at 4: Urban Park Rangers presentation. 6:30: Screening. In Fort Tryon Park on the Dongan Lawn.

 

 

     Even when school’s out, the parks are still the city’s natural classroom.

     In this program for Kids’ Week, the Urban Park Rangers show off  nature in a hands-on and fun way. From stick bugs to snakes, you can meet the animals that call the forest their home.

     Free. Friday afternoon, April 26, from 1 to 2:30. Meet at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

     Sketch from works of art in The Met Cloisters galleries and experiment with different drawing approaches. Build your skills with a teaching artist and share your works of art with other teens.

     Thinking of applying to an art high school or college? These classes are a great way to build a portfolio.

     Museum admission is free, with registration, for teens as part of this program. All experience levels welcome; all materials provided.

     Free with registration. Saturday, April 27, at noon in Fort Tryon Park. On the last Saturday of the month.

 

 

     The season’s final conference matchup at home in women’s softball comes at the Ivy League tournament is just two weeks away.

     Watch the Lions host the Elis for the three-game series, starting with a double-header.

     Saturday, April 27, at 12:30 and 3.

     Sunday at 12:30. All games at the Columbia Softball Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 215th Street.

 

 

     Join the Urban Park Rangers on a walk through Manhattan’s only untouched forest to observe and collect data for the City Nature Challenge.

     That’s a friendly competition taking place April 26–29 among cities around the world to see which is most biodiverse.

     This 90-minute trek will focus on identifying the various species of trees in Inwood Hill Park. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to collect data.

     Wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 27, at 1; meet at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.

 

 

     Celebrate spring by trying your hand at Crafts with Cathy

     She will lead a craft workshop for participants to create their own spring-themed paper wreath.

     The materials are provided first-come, first served, and is open to kids of all ages.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, April 27, from 2 to 4 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     It’s senior day as the Lions’ final home game arrives.

     Columbia hosts Manhattan for a spring afternoon game.

     Tuesday, April 30, at 3 at the Columbia Softball Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 215th Street.

 

 

     U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat invites all high school students in New York’s thirteenth congressional district to participate in the congressional art competition.

     The over-all winner of the district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol with art from other contest winners nationwide.

     Art works entered in the contest may be up to 26 inches by 26 inches (including the frame) and may be up to 4 inches in depth. The competition is open to painting, collage, photography, prints, cgi, and more.

     Free. The deadline is Friday, May 3, at noon.

 

 

     It’s the end of another colllege baseball season in Uptown.

     The Lions finish with a three-game series against their Ivy rival, the Tigers, in a matchup that includes a double-header and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

      Saturday, May 4, at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

      Sunday, May 5, at noon. All games will be played in Satow Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 218th Street.

 

 

     Share ideas and enjoy hands-on gallery activities that bring medieval works of art to life in this activity for families.

     Recommended for children ages 3 to 11 years. Note: Space is limited; first come, first served.

     Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult. Saturday afternoon, May 4, at 2 at the Cloisters museum in Fort Tryon Park. On the first Saturday of the month.

 

 

     A multi-genre musical performance, Crack-a-lackin’ is urban slang for what’s new, relevant, and happening. It’s also a new way to think about classical music.

     The concert celebrates the beauty of classical music by showcasing it in innovative and unexpected ways, highlighting the talents of performers of all ages interpreted through voice, instruments, dance, video and even turn tables.

     The evening culminates with the New York Youth Symphony performing Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

     Free. Sunday evening, May 5, at 5 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     The People’s Theatre Project Academy is a rigorous, multi-year theater and social justice leadership program dedicated to the holistic development of immigrant youth and youth of color.

     Now accepting applicants for the new season, the PTP Academy fosters a sense of belonging, a space where participants can come as they are and grow in their social-emotional learning as young artists and leaders.

     All participants receive a full scholarship.

     Free. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 10, online.

 

 

     Partner with the Urban Park Rangers to help replant the Native American polyculture garden and learn about the indigenous people who used to inhabit Manhattan.

     Wear clothes to get dirty in and take a bottle of water and a snack.

     Free. Sunday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Inwood Hill Park; meet at 218th Street and Indian Hill Road.

 

 

     Celebrate Mother’s Day in Uptown’s crown jewel of a park.

     Spring flowers will be in full bloom, a living bouquet for everyone to share. See how many flowers you can name, and find some new favorites, on a relaxed stroll through the Heather Garden in honor of mothers.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, May 12, at 2 in Fort Tryon Park near the entrance at Margaret Corbin Circle, in Hudson Heights.

 

 

     Lace up your skates for a fun event outdoors when you and your family dance and enjoy an  roller-skating event with music, jumbo games, and much more.

     4 to 5:30 Family skate

     6 to 7 Adult skate

     Free. Friday, May 17, at the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park in Inwood.

 

 

     A joyous culmination of the People’s Theatre Project Academy's year-long journey, the annual We The People performance is a platform for young artists to ignite change through expression. The Uptown cast writes its own narratives drawn from their experiences and social justice.

     Free. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, at 3:30 and 6:30 at the Pregones Theater in the Bronx at Walton Avenue.
 

 

     Colonial Crossroads is a family-friendly interpretation of African and European traditions and instruments that influenced each other during the Colonial period.

     In this Pinkster celebration, you’re encouraged to participate in call-and-response and body percussion techniques. You’ll be led by a musician who uses baroque guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer and recorders to perform European music from eighteenth century, and another musician who represents the African side of Colonial America through stories and songs performed on shekere and djembe.

     Free. Tuesday evening, May 21, at 6 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Marking the seventeenth-century commemoration of the seventh week after Pentecost, Pinkster was the first African-American holiday, dating to around 1790–1810.

     This year Pinkster is celebrated a week after Pentecost and features the Pinkster Stroll. A group of Black New Yorkers dressed in historically inspired garb walk from Inwood to the Upper West Side to honor enslaved and free Black people in Dutch New York.

     Send them off on their long walk and discover how the Christian feast of Pentecost evolved into a Black American festival when family and friends and reconnect with their African cultures.

     Free. Saturday morning, May 25, at 10 at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. The stroll proceeds to the New-York Historical Society on Central Park West at 77th Street.

 

 

     You live on an island, so see what it’s like on the water.

     The Inwood Canoe Club hosts a weekly open house for landlubbers curious about kayaking. Each Sunday this spring and summer, the club hosts a guided, 20-minute trip on the Hudson River just north of the GWB.

     Three tours launch each morning from 10 to 11:30. Participants must be able to swim, at least 8 years old (anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian present), and in clothes that can get wet. If you get hooked and master the skills, you could join the club’s Olympic pantheon.

     If you plan to paddle, complete your 2024 season waiver before to your first visit.

     Free. Sunday mornings at 10 starting May 26 at the club, where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River. Through September 1.

 

 

     The grand tour was a continental journey of aristocratic children (and their chaperones) to the cultural capitals of Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

     Visit an eighteenth-century estate to take a vicarious tour with the New York Baroque Dance Company and experience a music and dance program that transports you to eighteenth-century England, France and Spain. The guides are dancers Julia Bengtsson and Patrick Pride and the musicians Paul Shipper, Jason Priset and Dongmyung Ahn.

     The setting is a colonial Dutch farmhouse. More than a performance, the event offers you the chance to dance yourself.

     Free. Tuesday evening, May 29, at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Join this year’s Hike the Heights, an annual celebration of Uptown parks.

     You’re invited to explore the area’s natural treasures by combining physical activity, art, and activities on the Giraffe Path, a trail that connects the Cloisters to Central Park through the cliffside parks of northern Manhattan. Shaped like a giraffe, the trail is formed by connecting paths in Fort Tryon Park, Highbridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park, St. Nicholas Park, Morningside Park, and Central Park. The trail can be hiked in sections or for the entire 6 miles and can be accessed year round.

     Saturday morning, June 1 (it’s National Trails Day), at 9:30 in Inwood Hill Park at the flag pole near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.

 

 

     The annual Drums Along the Hudson began in 2002 as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakkopoch (“edge of the water”).

     The twenty-first anniversary event featured Mohawk Elder Tom Porter, the Thunderbird American Indian dancers, Sri Lankan dancers and drummers.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in pre-Covid years.
     Free. Sunday, June
2, from 11 to 6 in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

    Run down memory lane at Sonic speed! The Sonic Symphony celebrates more than three decades of music from SEGA’s mascot.

     From the classic 8-bit and 16-bit tunes to rock bands and EDM, the concert will take you on a musical journey through the colorful world of Sonic the Hedgehog, performed by a symphony orchestra and rock band.

     $72.36 to $142.56 (includes fees and surcharges). Saturday night, June 8, at 8 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     The twentieth season of the Scandinavian Music Festival presents three outdoor spring concerts performed by musicians of the Scandia Symphony showcasing the musical treasures and cultural heritage of Scandinavia.

     The first week is family friendly, with popular folk tunes and brass quintets from all of the five Scandinavian countries. (Can you name them?)

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 9, at 2 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Incoming sixth-graders are invited to a summer camp featuring yoga and animals.
     The weekly explorations feature hands-on experiences for children in fine arts, writing, dance, and theater. Kids will learn through mindfulness games that teach breathing techniques for calming, focus, and clarity, and basic yoga for stretching, relaxation, and balance.
     Microbes and whales, butterflies and elephants are among the weekly animals.

    Limited to 20 students per week. More than one child? There’s a discount for your family. Scholarships are available too.

     $500 per week. Starting Thursday, June 27, through Wednesday, July 3 (weekend excluded), then weekly starting July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 184th Street in Hudson Heights. Through August 9.
 
 

     Delve into the history of butter-making during the colonial period.

     You’ll step back in time to discover the traditional methods and techniques used to produce this essential staple, learning about the process from churning cream to separating the butter from the buttermilk.

     After exploring the historical background, roll up your sleeves and create your very own batch of creamy butter to take home. This immersive event promises to be both educational and delicious, offering a fun and interactive way to connect with the past while enjoying a tasty treat.

     Materials for the 90-minute event are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

     Free. Tuesday evening, July 23, at 5:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Girls, it’s time.

     Time to be smart, time to be creative, time to let your voice be heard. Every girl has a story that she needs to shout from the mountain tops—that includes you.  

     Come write, discuss, and revel in what you love in this Uptown Writers’ workshop. During this girls-only writing intensive, you’ll get energized by a few lady rebels from history, and be surrounded by girls who are ready to take on the world, just like you.

     The class will take field trips to the Met Cloisters, The Met Fifth Avenue, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

     Any and all kinds of writing are welcome, from real-life to poems to fiction. All awesome girls (and those who self-identify as a girl) in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to apply.

     Monday through Friday afternoons, July 29 to August 9, from 2:45 to 4:45, in Lower WaHi at 600 West 168th Street (at Broadway).

 

 

    Embark on a poetic journey in wich nature becomes your muse.

     In this Uptown Writers’ workshop, you’ll a vibrant group of young poets to venture into Upper Manhattan’s flourishing summer landscapes to find poetry in the world around you.

     As you write and read poetic verse you’ll discover what’s beneath every rock, leaf, and flower; open yourself to all of your senses, and use what you find around you to create drawings, fairy dwellings, pocket pals, and whatever calls your imaginations.

     For ages 10 to 14.

     Monday through Friday, August 5 through 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meeting in the P.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs schoolyard in Hudson Heights on Cabrini Boulevard above 181st Street.

 

 

     Go back to the roots of animation, using just watercolors, ink, pencils, and the magic of flip books.

     In this Uptown Writers’ workshop, you'll look at examples from flip book artists that tell pocket-size stories that will mesmerize you. You’ll also learn how animators use layers of hand illustrations to bring stories to the screen, then break down the stories’ movements, bringing your world to life in your own flip book.

     For ages 8 to 11.

     Monday through Friday, August 12 to 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Aveneu at 189th Street.

 

 

    The Medieval Festival was the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. But its sponsor, the Washington Heights & Inwood Development Corporation, announced on March 11 that it will no longer organize the event.

    The corporation canceled last year’s festival owing to costs, and more recently decided refocus its resources on better ways of assisting Uptown residents.

     In the past, lords, ladies, knights, and commoners brought to life the customs and spirit of the middle ages, transforming Fort Tryon Park. Visitors walked into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags, greeted by period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The day concluded with a joust among four knights on horseback.

     The free festival brought tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood each autumn for decades.

     There’s no word if a new sponsor will step in to organize the festival.

 

 

     Caballito Negro’s Birds, Bees & Electric Fish features flute and percussion in a family concert. It’s the autumn performance in the Inwood Art Works community concert series.

     Sunday afternoon, October 27, at 2 in the Good Shepherd Auditorium in Inwood on Broadway at Isham Street.

 

 

 

     This Thanksgiving take your kids to the spot where Manhatta became Manhattan, and honor the memory of the Lenape people and the blessings of their land we now call home.

     Shorakkopoch Rock in Inwood Hill Park is said to be the site where Peter Minuit bought the island from the Natives who lived here.

     To find it: From the intersection of 214th Street and Indian Road, follow the path that runs along the water; the boulder is on the far side of a large, open field.

 

 

     Is your teen interested in the sciences? Maybe she’s thinking about a career in medicine?

     If so, consider the Lang Youth Medical Program at the Columbia Medical Center. It’s a free opportunity to expose high school students to the science of medicine and aims to inspire teens to achieve their college aspirations through hands-on learning and mentorship.

     It’s open only to students in WaHi who attend a Community School District 6 school at meets on seventeen Saturdays through the year and during the entire month of July. Find out more here.

     The deadline for the next session is in March.

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