Activities for kids: September 19–25

Monday

     With the Fort Washington branch of the NYPL closed for renovations, the library’s bookmobile provides access to the library’s 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 Avnue. Also in Hudson Heights on Wednesdays.

 

 

     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 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.

     For ages 8 to 12.

     Monday afternoons from 4 to 6 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. No class October 10. Through November 28.

 

 

     At the Young Men's Project, you can look for answers to questions many guys are wrestling with.

     What does it mean to “be a man” in the world?

     Can I be masculine and emotional?

     Fierce and kind?

     Athletic and artistic?

     Answers to these kinds of questions differ depending on who’s asking — friends, family, teachers. You don’t want to be judged, or bullied, or defined. You want to know: How do I just be me?

     The workship is where you’ll find some answers and camaraderie. You’ll channel your frustrations and anxiety into action and understanding. Your time will be filled with film, music, prose and poetry, movement, stillness, and urban hikes.

     Organized by Uptown Stories, this workshop is for participants ages 12 to 15.

     $25. Monday afternoons, starting from 4 to 6 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. No meeting on September 26. Through November 28.

 

 

Tuesday

     Take a journey into the deepest, darkest corners of our mind, where your imaginations make us shiver, squirm, and silently scream. 

     Yes, you’ll be writing your own page-turning horror stories and screenplays, the kind that make your pulse raise and your hair stand on end.

     You’ll visit works by masters of the genre, like Edgar Allen Poe, Shirley Jackson, and Stephen King, while discovering newer voices like Steven Graham Jones, Victor LaValle, and Carmen Maria Machado. And because horror can’t be contained to the written page, you’ll check out selected scenes from movies like Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, Shaun of the Dead, and Get Out.

     For ages 12 to 16.

     Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through December 6.

 

 

Wednesday

     With the Fort Washington branch of the NYPL closed for renovations, the library’s bookmobile provides access to the library’s 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 Hudseon Heights at 90 Bennett Avenue. Also in Fort George on Mondays.

 

 

     Girls, we’re facing challenges we haven’t seen in more than two generations. Our roles as women—in the home, at work, as citizens—is all at once advancing and retracting, driven by forces that may seem beyond our control. In the face of all that is going on around us, we can say this with all certainty: your voice is the answer to what comes next.

     Take your unique perspective to the writers’ table, and be surrounded by girls who have opinions, dreams, fears, and frustrations, just like you. Come get inspired by women writers and artists, past and present, who speak truth to power and each other. You’ll get in-depth on how far women have come, where we are now, and what you want your future to be. Using whatever writing style suits each of us best, we’ll unflinchingly take on a world that often underestimates our individual will and collective might.

     For ages 11 to 15.

     Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 6 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. No class on October 5. Through November 23.

 

 

Thursday

 
     Hear a story in an Uptown garden as the New York Public Library shares tales, sometimes with songs, clapping, movements, and puppets.
     Free. Thursday morning at 11 at the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden at 236 Dyckman Street at the confluence of Riverside Drive and Broadway.
 
 
 
 

    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 your own book, mapping out characters, plot and narration.

     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. This is a bilingual workshop: all Spanish and English speakers are welcome.

     Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through November 17.

 

 

Friday

     Get out your hooks and start on a winter scarf when you join a crochet community.

     Susana Corniel will coach beginners and intermediate crafters in this no-pressure get-together.

     The program requires an NYC Parks Recreation Center membership. Become a Member Today.

     Free. Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 at the Highbridge Recreation Center in Highbridge Park near 173rd Street.

 

 

     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. Join a group that’s strapping on their shoes and grabbing their pens and going on a poet’s adventure.

     Poetry is a way of seeing things outside the boxes they are always being put in. You’ll be renewed by the nature of Ft. Tryon park and emboldened by our resilient neighborhood as you 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.

     Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 starting. Meet in the school yard of P.S. 187. No meeting on November 11 or 25. Concludes December 2.

 

 

Saturday

     Get ready to run faster and jump higher, one frame at a time, as you take your stories and transforming them into comics.

     Choose an ordinary day (or the wildest story you can imagine) 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 bring your best ideas. You’ll learn all the steps to comics illustration and development, including pin-ups, single-frame and multi-frame pages, using any pencils, pens, paints and other art materials.

     For ages 10 to 14.

     Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Concludes November 19.

 

 

     You are invited to Snobby Poetry, should you be up for the challenge. Join a band of self-motivated, über-supportive misfits who read, write, and share poems.

     It’s a group who loves 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 you are called to write it. Poets 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 the workshop for you.

     For ages 14 to 16.

     Saturday afternoons from 1 to 3 starting at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through November 19.

 

 

     Join a free baseball clinic to prepare yourself for next year’s league play.

     Participants will take part in drills designed to
improve the fundamentals in base stealing, hitting, pitching, fielding, and catching. Clinics will continue indoors for winter
training.

     Open to youth between the ages of 9 and 14. To register, email Sandy.Requeno@Parks.nyc.gov. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

     Free. Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3:30 at the diamond in Highbridge Park near 177th Street. Through October 29. No clinic on October 22.

 

 

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
Adobe Acrobat document [5.6 MB]

     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
Drawing-Buildings-Activity-Final-2020-2.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [386.3 KB]

     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
Adobe Acrobat document [717.7 KB]

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      Formed in 2018, the Leadlights ensemble performs chamber music with a modern twist. Its summer concert series, Rising in the Heights, plays out on Upt0wn sidewalks and concludes with an early autmn performance, when Morgan Boyle, an NYPL librarian, reads Coquí in the City, by Nomar Perez.

     Free. Friday evening, September 30, at 5 at the Word Up Community Bookshop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

 

     Uptown neighborhoods and the NYPD team up to build bridges with kids for a partnership walk and resource fair.

     Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the George Washington Educational Campus in Fort George on Audubon Avenue at 193rd Street.

 

 

 

 

     The Lions’ field hockey returns home after a road trip to open Ivy League play in town when the Columbia hosts Cornell.

     Saturday morning, October 1, at 10 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

     A farmhouse is the perfect place to celebrate the best season of the year.

     Enjoy autumn games throughout the farmhouse and gardens, and snack on apple cider and doughnuts (maybe even apple cider doughnuts!).

     Free. Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

     You’ll think you’re strolling down the yellow brick road, but New York isn’t Kansas. So when the Lions host the Tigers, it means that Columbia opens its football season at home against Princeton.

     $13 to $32. Saturday afternoon, October 1, at 1 at the Baker Athletic Complex on 213th Street in Inwood.

 

 

    The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners bring to life the customs and spirit of the middle ages, transforming a slice of Upper Manhattan into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Visitors are greeted by period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The day concludes with a joust among four knights on horseback.

     The festival brings tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood, so expect crowds and limited parking.

     Free. Sunday, October 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Fort Tryon Park.

  

 

    Delaware crosses the Hudson to take on Columbia’s field hockey team in a non-conference match-up.

     Sunday afternoon, October 2, at 1 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

     Here’s a call to the brave and bold for a writing adventure. Meet up with a group this autumn that will write stories that have multiple choices for the reader: different storylines lead them down alternative paths or to alternative endings.

     You can take inspiration from a few examples like Jason Shiga’s Meanwhile and Ryan North’s To be or not to be, then you’ll build worlds of our own.

     Dig into key writing techniques and learn some new approaches while we forge our own way, whether through fiction or nonfiction, the choice is yours. Which way will your adventure go?

     For ages 10 to 14.

     Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 starting October 4 at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through December 6.

 

 

    Do some digging, then get in some riding with your BMX buds.

      Meet up for a day of work and play in the woods and learn what it takes to build, maintain, 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.

     Updates on trail work posted are on the New York chapter’s web site.

     Free. Saturday morning, October 8, 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.

 

 

     Made famous in The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, the shorekeeper at Jeffrey’s Hook invites you to a party.

     Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with readings of the famous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, Urban Park Ranger presentations, and the chance to climb to the top.

     Patch reported in September that the lighthouse itself may not be open to visitors because of safety issues. Built in 1880 and in its current site since 1921, the structure shows rusting metal that needs to be repaired, but there don’t seem to be any plans to do so soon. The rest of the festival would still go on.

     Free. Saturday, October 8, from noon to 4 in Fort Washington Park.

 

 

 

     Come see the hometown team when Columbia hosts Wagner on the gridiron on a week off from league competition.

     $13 to $32. Saturday afternoon, October 8, at 1 at Wein Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex on 213th Street in Inwood.

 

 

 

     Monmouth and Columbia battle for a field hockey victory this weekend.

     Sunday afternoon, October 9, at 3 at the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

     Get off Netflix and back into a real theater.

     Movies at the Palace are back, screening the favorite films of 2,000 Uptowners who cast their ballots in the winter.

     This month’s film is Coco.

     Free. Sunday, October 16, around noon at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     The Lions return to conference play in field hockey when Columbia hosts Dartmouth in the season’s only match under the lights.

      Friday evening, October 21, at 6 in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     Columbia resumes Ivy Leauge play for Homecoming when the Lions host the Big Greet of Dartmouth.

     $13 to $32. Saturday afternoon, October 22, at 1:30 at Wein Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex on 213th Street in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

 

     Catch a game under the lights when the Lions welcome the Elis on an autumn Friday night.

     $13 to $32. Friday evening, October 28, at 6:30 at Wein Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex on 213th Street in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

 

     Say farewell to Columbia’s senior field hockey players when the Lions take on the Tigers in the season finale.

     Saturday afternoon, November 5, at 1 in the Baker Athletic Complex in Inwood on 213th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     Columbia and Cornell battle in the Empire State Bowl to close out the 2022 regular season. That means it’s also the players’ club senior day.

          $13 to $32. Saturday afternoon, November 19, at 1 at Wein Stadium in the Baker Athletic Complex on 213th Street in Inwood.

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