Events great for kids, March 27–April 2

Friday

     Do you have a child who asks lots of question? If she is interested in the really important ones—how do we know what’s right and wrong? what is beauty? what exists?—here’s a series of discussions for her.

     The Gotham Philosophical Society hosts a weekly workshop for 8- to 10-year-olds who want to find the answers in a fun, collaborative and student-centered way.

     $375. Concluding Friday afternoon at 3:30 until 5 at the Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, in Hudson Heights on 175th Street at Fort Washington Avenue.

 

 

     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Into the Woods, a musical by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine.

     Friday at 7; Saturday at 3 and 8, Sunday at 4 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street. Next Friday through Sunday too.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend

     Let your kids search for Easter eggs! The annual neighborhood event includes a bake sale.

     Saturday morning on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park; enter from Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.

     Here’s the lineup:

10          1-year-olds
10:30    2-year-olds
11           3-year-olds
11:30     4-year-olds
Noon    5-year-olds
12:30    6- to 9-year-olds

 

 

     Take your kids to a community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends.

     Free. Saturday mornings at 11 at the Word Up Community Book Shop, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

     Bonjour, mes voisins et mes amis!

     The world is getting smaller and more multi-lingual, so here’s a chance for your children to learn a romance language.

     Sonia Gautier, a teacher of French for non-French speaking children and a native of Paris, founded of Nos Petits Cheris, which offers complete language immersion, and will share her program Uptown.

     Children will learn to work in a group, building new vocabulary, discovering French songs and familiarizing themselves with the French alphabet and numbers through different activities. ​No prior French experience is necessary.

     The course runs for ten weeks on Saturday afternoons through May 3 from 2 to 3.

     Space is limited. Please sign up at: futureprints2@gmail.com or call (646) 685-3438. $225 for the course, or $30 per session.

 

 

Planning ahead

     Do you have a child who’s interested in soccer? The Uptown Soccer Academy has what you need.

     The group meets twice a week on the Dyckman Fields for practice. Children ages 6 through 16 learn the basics and hone their skills. In the winter, practice moves indoors. There’s a summer camp, too.

     To find out where winter practice is held, contact the academy.

     Free. Monday and Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 6.

 

 

     A program to help children learn to read, LINC Read a Loud, starts with a story about a rabbit on a farm. The session includes activities and readings for the entire family.

     Wednesday afternoon, April 5, from 3:30 to 5 at the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     If you missed last week’s Easter egg hunt in Fort Tryon Park, you have another chance to search for eggs stuffed with chocolates and goodies.

     Inwood’s egg hunt offers 3,500 eggs scattered through the lawns, nooks and crannies of Isham Park. Don’t be late, because those eggs go fast.

     Saturday morning, April 8, at 10 in Isham Park in Inwood.

 

 

 

 

      Let your kids get creative as they make their own Chia pets.

      Saturday, April 8, from 11 to 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Do you think reptiles and amphibians are cool or creepy? Gain a new appreciation for these misunderstood creatures.

     Find out how reptiles and amphibians play an important role in the Upper Manhattan ecosystem with the Urban Park Rangers.

     Free. Tuesday afternoon, April 11, from 2 to 3:30 in Inwood Hill Park near the corner of Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street.

 

 

     Explore the natural world around you with Storefront Science.     

     Learn how to identify different trees and insects. Test and play with various science tools through interactive games for children during this two-hour exploration session.  

     Free. Tuesday through Friday afternoons, April 11 to 14, at 2 at the Anne Loft Playground on the Inwood side of Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Get outside and get acquainted with nature when you show your kids how to visit the park to enjoy a guided bird walk. It’s  perfect for young birdwatchers.

     Take your own binoculars, or ask a park ranger to borrow a pair. You never know what you may observe on a nature walk in the woods.

     Free. Thursday afternoon, April 13, at 2 in the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park near the intersection of Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street.

 

 

     Word in the Heights is a teen open mic for spoken word artists, singers, rap artists, and others who want to share their voices and talents.

     Sign up to perform or come and enjoy a night of performances and music, by youth, for youth. Hosted by Word in the Heights alum Jilly Jillz.

     Free. Friday night, April 14, from 6 to 8 at Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165 Street. Also on May 12 and June 9.

 

 

     A holiday tradition happens on the grounds of the neighborhood’s most historic home.

     The annual Easter egg hunt is open to all.

     Free. Saturday, April 15, from noon to 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Mark Earth Day by getting your hands in the soil to take care of our parks.

     You help will make you a great park steward. Plants, tools, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

     Free. Saturday, April 22, from 10 to 2 in Fort Tryon Park. Enter through the Heather Garden, from Margaret Corbin Circle in Hudson Heights.

 

 

 

     Have a creative kid at home? This hands-on workshop will show her how just about anything can be animated and brought to life as a puppet.

     A puppeteer will show kids how objects they might readily discard—bottles, cans, paper tubes—will come together to create magical creatures. Every participant will create an original puppet in this family-friendly workshop.

     Best for ages 5 and older. Presented by Urban Stages. Limited to 20 participants only.

     Free. Saturday, April 22, at noon at the Inwood branch of the New York Public Library at 4790 Broadway.

 

 

     Join Eva Neves, artist and educator, for a workshop on the birds and ecology of the four-acre Cabrini Woods.

     This small woodland hosts a rich diversity of tree and plant species that provide food and shelter for over 20 bird species.      

     Bird watchers will enjoy a unique tree canopy-level view of the woods and learn fun facts about migrating birds through art, acting, and other hands-on activities.

     The workshop is for children ages 5 to 12. Space is limited and registration is required. To save a spot, send an email to RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org.

     Free. Saturday morning, April 29, from 9 to 10:30 at the Cabrini Woods in Fort Tryon Park; meet in Hudson Heights at Cabrini Boulevard at 190th Street.

 

 

     The Kevin Anderson Men’s College ID Camp is a high-level camp held at Columbia University as a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for players who plan to play at the college level. The camp is open to boys entering grades 9 through 12.

     More details here.

     $325. Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at Baker Field in Inwood.

     A camp for high school girls who are interested in playing collegiate soccer takes place on the same weekend, though on Saturday only. Details on the girls’ camp are here.

     $225. Saturday, April 29, at Baker Field in Inwood.

 

    

     Now in its 22nd year, the NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players between the ages of 6 and 18 in the technical, tactical and functional aspects of soccer.

     Players will learn to improve their ability on the field in competitive game situations that will help develop their skill and confidence so they can succeed at every level.

     The academy runs by the week: June 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31, and August 7. More details here.

     $410 per week if paid by May 1; thereafter, $450 per week. Mondays through Fridays at Baker Field in Inwood.

 

 

     Columbia’s Little Lions camp offers sports, athletics, arts & crafts, and team-building games in a collegiate setting.

     Campers will have access to Columbia's top-notch Division 1 Athletic facilities and a caring staff composed of coaches, student-athletes, and teachers who encourage campers to try new things and play together to build comradery.  

     The goal of Little Lions Camp is to provide a memorable summer camp experience while promoting teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence in a safe community. 

     The camp meets Uptown the weeks of July 10 and 17 in Inwood at Baker Field. Details are here.

     Discounted tuition if you enroll by May 1.

 

 

     Explore the natural world around you with Storefront Science.

     Learn how to identify different trees and insects. Test and play with various science tools through interactive games for children during this two-hour exploration session.  

     Free. Friday afternoon, May 5, at 3 at the Anne Loftus Playground on the Inwood side of Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

 

     In folklore, the woodland fairies awaken the forest and bring about spring.

     Join the Urban Park Rangers to observe the fanciful plants and animals which inhabit the forest floor—and search for the fairies’ homes. Then, everyone will get a chance to create their own miniature fairy house utilizing materials from the woods and leave them behind for the fairies. 

     Space is limited and registration is required. If necessary, a lottery will be run to select participants. To register, please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register. Registration opens on April 19. 

     Free. Sunday morning, May 7, at 11 in Inwood Hill Park; the exact location will be shared with registered participants.

 

 

     Mark mother’s day with a salute to the wonder of mom.

     Maria and the Von Trapp kinder of The Sounds of Music are one of the most famous blended families in cinematic history.

     $10; children and seniors, $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, May 7, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broaday at 175th Street.

 

 

     The spring musical of P.S. 187/Hudson Cliffs is The Lion King.

     Friday and Saturday nights, May 12 and 13, at the school on Cabrini Boulevard in Hudson Heights with curtain times to be announced later.

     Spring is coming to its end and the weather is getting irresistable, so celebrate the season by enjoying a little historic friendly competition.

     Field day is open to kids of all ages.

     Free and open to the public. Saturday, May 20, from noon to 3 in Roger Morris Park at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi.

 

 

 

 

     The WaHi Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the season features the Grand Prize winner of the 1st annual Young Artists’ Competition.

     The concert opens with a world premiere by our music director, Chris Whittaker, and closes with Mendelssohn's joyful and exuberant Italian Symphony No. 4.

     Reception to follow for Friends of WHCO.

         Saturday afternoon, May 20, at 3 at the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 181st 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 Shorakapok (“edge of the water”).

     The event features Native American, Japanese, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Korean dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Spanish, African, Brazilian, and Tibetan cultures will also be celebrated with food, music, and dancing. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow, crafts, and visits from Captain Planet.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years.
     Free. Sunday June 4, from 11 to 6, in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

     The classic story Charlotte’s Web becomes a musical with the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.

     Written by Charles Strouse & Joseph Robinette, based on the book by Brooklynite E.B. White

     Saturdays and Sunday, June 10 & 11 and 17 & 18 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street.
 

 

     Now in its 22nd year, the NYC Soccer Academy is committed to training players between the ages of 6 and 18 in the technical, tactical and functional aspects of soccer.

     Players will learn to improve their ability on the field in competitive game situations that will help develop their skill and confidence so they can succeed at every level.

     The academy runs by the week: June 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31, and August 7. More details here.

     $450 per week. Mondays through Fridays at Baker Field in Inwood.

 

 

     The Cubs won the Series so we know it’s not 1985 anymore, but you can still go back to the past in an outdoor screening of Back to the Future. You won't need a road to get there (just the C Train).

     Free and open to the neighborhood. Thursday night, June 15, at 8:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

    

 

 

     Spend some time with Colonial crafts making soap and candles at a Colonial home.

     It‘s Family Day at the spot where George Washington spent the night.

     Free. Saturday, June 24, from 11 to 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

    

 

 

 

 

     Summer camp in a city park gives your kids the chance to meet neighbors they don’t know, burn some calories, work on computers or just play games.

     On top of that, they’re supervised the entire time.

     The lottery to register is here.

     Free. Mondays through Fridays, July 5 through August 18, at J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (shorter times available too.).

 

 

     Mark the anniversary of the notorious Burr/Hamilton duel by witnessing how the fatal confrontation may have transpired between two enemies.

     For additional information, please email publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

     Saturday afternoon, July 8, at 2 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

    

     Columbia’s Little Lions camp offers sports, athletics, arts & crafts, and team-building games in a collegiate setting.

     Campers will have access to Columbia's top-notch Division 1 Athletic facilities and a caring staff composed of coaches, student-athletes, and teachers who encourage campers to try new things and play together to build comradery.  

     The goal of Little Lions Camp is to provide a memorable summer camp experience while promoting teamwork, friendship, and self-confidence in a safe community. Details are here.

     $475; both weeks, $445 each. Mondays through Fridays, starting July 10 and 17, in Inwood at Baker Field.

 

 

     You live on an island, so spend some time on the water!

     Row New York holds camps for kids at all levels of experience, from beginners to competing masters, including para-rowing classes.

     Camps focus on fun, fitness, and teamwork while prioritizing safety on the water. Campers are lead by experienced coaches while learning basic rowing techniques and boat moving skills, on and off the water. For ages 12 through 18. No experience is necessary.

     $750. Monday through Thursday mornings, July 10 through 27, 9 to noon at the Peter Sharp Boathouse, a floating building just off Swindlers’ Cove in the Harlem River.

 

    

     The Kevin Anderson Men’s College ID Camp is a high-level camp held at Columbia University as a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for players who plan to play at the college level. The camp is open to boys entering grades 9 through 12.

     More details here.

     $425. Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, at Baker Field in Inwood.

    

     Whatever you do, don’t think of the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man!

     Celebrate one of the totally awesome films of the ’80s with Ghostbusters, at an outdoor screening on the grounds of a house that’s said to be hautned.

     Free. Thursday night, July 27, at 8 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

 

     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre presents Spellbound: A Musical Play on Words.

     Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, with curtain times to be announced later. At Holy Trinity Church in Inwood, at 20 Cumming Street.

 

 

 

     Columbia’s College ID camp is a collegiate showcase and competitive training program for players who plan to play at the collegiate level.  Camps are open to girls in grades 8 through 12.

     More information is here.

     $425. Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, at Baker Field in Inwood.

 

 

     You live on an island, so spend some time on the water!

     Row New York holds camps for kids at all levels of experience, from beginners to competing masters, including para-rowing classes.

     Camps focus on fun, fitness, and teamwork while prioritizing safety on the water. Campers are lead by experienced coaches while learning basic rowing techniques and boat moving skills, on and off the water. For ages 12 through 18. No experience is necessary.

     $750. Monday through Thursday mornings, August 7 through 24, 9 to noon at the Peter Sharp Boathouse, a floating building just off Swindlers’ Cove in the Harlem River.

 

    

     Goonies never say die, and the rad ’80s film is still alive and kicking.

     Say goodbye to summer at an outdoor screening of Goonies.

     Free. Thursday night, August 24, at 8:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

 

 

 

      Written by, directed by, produced by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, City Lights is a classic of pre-Code silent film.

      A romantic comedy with the Tramp falling in love with a blind girl, the 1931 film is considered by some critics to be one of the best films of all time.

     This screening features live accompaniment from the theater’s organ.

     $10; students and seniors $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, September 10, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

     The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors on a late September Sunday.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners converge in Fort Tryon Park in the area around the Cloisters.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

     If you’re a foodie you won’t dare miss St. Spyridon’s Greek Festival. Homemade Greek specialties are available throughout the event, along with music and boutiques.

     Visitors may dine in or take out. Delicacies including moussaka, spanakopita and fabulous Greek desserts will be available for purchase. Visitors may visit the various boutiques. There will be music on Sunday.

     Friday through Sunday in early November at the church in Fort George at 124 Wadsworth Avenue, between 179th and 180th Streets.

 

 

     What better way to celebrate the holidays than with It’s a Wonderful Life.

     $10; students and seniors, $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

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