Activities for kids: May 23–29

Monday

    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? Here’s a workshop answers those questions and more.

     You’ll breakdown the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what we’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 ages 8 to 12. Sponsored by Uptown Writers.

     Monday evenings from 4:45 to 6:45 at the Cornerstone Center of Our Saviour’ Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through June 13. No meeting on May 30.

 

 

Tuesday

     Come be part of the revolution!

     This workshop is for those of you who are sick of following the rules, and people telling you how writing must be done. We’ve had enough! Let’s upend everything this semester, rewriting the rules that limit our creativity.

     You aren’t the first to get rowdy. Renee Gladman, Gertrude Stein, and Italo Calvino are just a few of the experimental writers who will inspire us to cross genres, develop writing rituals, and create the rules that work for us.

     The workshop is for anyone who has struggled with the writing process or who would like to break out of the traditional writing box. You’ll play games, move around, and get a better understanding of when to turn off (and on) our brains. ¡Viva la Revolución!

     For ages 10 to 14. Sponsored by Uptown Writers.

     $25. Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Cornerstone Center of Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through June 14.

 

 

     Calling all aspiring defenders of our one and only planet!

     The Earth Defenders is the Uptown after-school program for 4th to 5th graders to learn about environmental and social justice themes through reading and conversation.

     Hosted by Word Up Community Bookshop, the series is facilitated by two teaching artists, Renzo Moyano and Em Hirsch. Register here.

     $15. Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 online. Through June 21.

 

 

     The difference between a good writer and a great writer is the willingness to step outside your comfort zone; this workshop will push you towards greatness.

     Regardless of your preferred writing genre—and this group welcomes them all—the writers gather with two goals in mind: improving our own writing and supporting each other. In short, come to work.

     During the first half of the workshop, you’ll be challenged with advanced craft exercises, playing with voice, point-of-view, challenging word counts, and unreliable narrators, among others.

     For the second half of the workshop you’ll take everything you’ve learned and apply it to a single writing project of your choice. Expect to write at least two pages a week on your own time, and share your work with the group every other week.

     For ages 13 to 18. To sign up for this workshop, you must have either already participated in an Uptown Stories class or get permission from the instructor. Please contact Kate at kate@UptownStories.org for more information.

     $25. Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Cornerstone Center of Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Aveneut at 189th Street. Through June 14.

 

 

Wednesday

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     Join Fort Washington Library’s staff for a virtual read aloud and book chat of two or three of the librarians’ favorite picture books. 

     The program is geared toward children from infants to 5 years old. Both the parent or caregiver and child must be present during the program. 

     Register here.

     Free. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 online.

 

     Girls, with all its beauty and all its shortcomings, the world is about to be yours.

     You’re going to be faced with more choices than your mothers and grandmothers could have ever imagined. Your voice will have as much power as any other woman’s has had in human history, and countering that will be generations-old ingrained bias and inequality. They’re hard to see at times, but we feel the weight of them everyday.

     This is the workshop where you rise to the challenge our predecessors laid before us. You will take an in-depth look at current events, expectations and trends that are directly affecting you and your fellow women warriors. ’ll discuss role models and heroines, past and present. Your writing projects will pour from our hearts and heads, addressing our own experiences and those of others who self-identify as girls and women

     For ages 12 to 15. Sponsored by Uptown Writers.

     Wednesday afternoons from 4:45 to 6:45 at the Cornerstone Center in Our Saviour’s Atonement Church in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street. Through June 15.

 

 

Thursday

     Ready to save the planet?

     The Earth Defenders is the Uptown after-school program for middle schoolers to learn about environmental and social justice themes through reading and conversation.

     Hosted by Word Up Community Bookshop, the series is facilitated by two teaching artists, Renzo Moyano and Em Hirsch. Register here.

     $15. Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 online. Through June 16.

 

     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 what inspires you, and discover how you're going to change in the world. During this girls-only workshop, 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.

     Any and all kinds of writing are welcome, from real-life to poems to fiction. You just need bring the unique girl you are. All awesome girls (and those who self-identify as a girls, women, trans, or gender nonconforming) need to apply soon because space is limited, unlike your potential.

     For ages 8 to 11. Register here.

     Thursday evenings from 4:45 to 6:45 at the Cornerstone Center in Our Saviour’s Church of the Atonement in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

Friday

     Get your hands dirty when you help the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Inwood Hill Park.

     Volunteers will learn how to identify plants and help restore the forest to create a healthier ecosystem.

     Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Take a bottle of water, too.

     Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

     Free. Friday morning from 9 to noon in the park; meet at the Payson House on Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue.

 

 

    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.

     We’re strapping on our shoes and grabbing our pens, then meeting 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. We’ll be rejuvenated by the nature of Fort Tryon park and emboldened by our resilient neighborhood. We’ll explore the wilds of language out in the world, allowing a stream of poetry to flow from the river of possibility.

     Please note: Masks will not be required for this class. Guardians will be required to fill out additional paperwork related to COVID-19 protocols before their student can attend.

     For ages 8 to 13. Register here.

     Friday afternoons from 4 to 6. Meet at the Hudson Cliffs schoolyard in Hudson Heights on Cabrini Boulevard. No class on May 27. Through June 17.

 

 

Sunday

     Get out on the water this summer!

     Paddle the Hudson with the Inwood Canoe Club on a guided 20- 25-minute kayak trip, just north of the GWB. Since the club’s summer Open House began in 2002, it has offered the only walk-up kayaking program in Uptown, and serves over 1,000 visitors every summer.

     If you plan on paddling, complete your 2022 season waiver before to your first visit.

Here are some guidelines:

     • You must be able to swim

     • The club supplies the boat, paddle, and PFD (life vest); no prior experience needed

     • Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet

     • Don’t take many valuables; you will need to leave them at the boathouse or supply your own waterproof bag

     • Sign the waiver in advance; paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

     • No pets

     Free. Sunday morning at 9 at the end of Dyckman Street where it meets the Hudson. Through September 4.

 

     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. and which special details you can add to keep readers coming back again and again.

     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. Sponsored by Uptown Writers.

     $25. Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 at Word Up Community Books in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. Through June 12.

 

 

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
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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
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     Hike the Heights!

     This annual trek of our hills and dales takes you on the Giraffe Path, perfect for kids who want to get out (and parents who want them to get active this summer).

     Free. Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the Sunken Playground in Edgecomb Park, in Lower WaHi, on 167th Street at Edgecomb Avenue.

 

 

 

     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 dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow and crafts.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in pre-Covid years. Mark the event’s twentieth anniversary and discover the region’s original heritage.
     Free. Sunday
, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

     Outdoor concerts return to historic Uptown homes this year on four Mondays.
     Demetrius Daniel Tromboetry starts the series with spoken word fused with a New Orleans-style gumbo of musical genres such as blues, jazz, hip hop, gospel, Latin and rock.
     Take a chair or blanket to sit on in the farmhouse gardens.
      Free. Monday evening, June 6, at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Musuem in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on June 20; and on June 13 and 27 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi.

 

 

     Help your veggies and herbs thrive and produce delicious flavors by learning how to feed them with compost.

     In this workshop, you will learn how to make compost with food scraps and prepare compost teas. At the end, you will take home a bag with compost and compost tea to inspire your work.

     Sign up here.

     Free. Two sessions Thursday evening, June 9, at 6 and 7 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on Saturday at noon and 1.

 

 

     The OKRA Dance Company highlights the revived legacy of Pinkster, celebrated by freed and enslaved Africans, which flourished for over two hundred years during the height of colonial America, most notably in Albany and New York City. 

     Learn more about this unique facet of the city’s past through this family-friendly, interactive performance of song, dance, and storytelling.

     Take lawn chairs or blankets to sit on in the farmhouse gardens.

     Free. Friday night, June 10, from 6 to 8:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

    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, June 11, 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.

 

 

     Make the most of living on an island.

     Wade into the Hudson River to collect and count species of fish at this interactive seining event in partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

     Counting fish helps naturalists maintain populations and keeps the rivers healthy.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, June 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 in Fort Washington Park at the 172nd Street Beach.

 

 

     Using scissors with card stock paper, children will learn how to make transformational pieces by cutting a 2D paper to create 3D forms.

     The event is based on a paper show of work by artist Nadema Agard (Cherokee/Lakota/Powhatan). It features interpretations of the four sacred colors of the Medicine Wheel of Native America and contemporary versions of traditional  abstract painting done on parfleche (rawhide containers) by Lakota and other women of Northern Plains nations.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, June 11, at 1 in Bruce’s Garden in Isham Park in Inwood on Park Terrace East (not West!) and 215th Street.

 

 

     The American Youth Orchestra will be performing music by Bernstein, Rossini, Mozart, and Haydn. 

     The concert will feature guest flautist Fanya Wyrick Flax performing Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Impresiones de la Puna. Soloists Zakariah Massoud and Ana Mateo-Jerez will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Violins in A Minor and Catalina John-Melendez will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, June 11, at 4 at I.S. 52 in Inwood, on Academy Street at Vermilyea Street.

 

 

     Learn all about useful equipment, techniques, and the best way to set up a great outdoor campsite with the Urban Park Rangers. Over 90 minutes they will share tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.

     You can use them for an extended journey through the woods or just to be more prepared for any situation.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 12, at 1 in Inwood Hill Park at the corner of Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.

    

 

     Now in its seventeenth year, the New York Scandia Symphony presents another series of Scandinavian music concerts outdoors. 

     The conductor, Dorrit Maston, is choosing its playlists and will release them later this spring.

     Take a blanket and a snack to enjoy music with backdrop views of the Hudson River.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, June 12, at 2 on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Also on June 19 and 26.

 

 

     Outdoor concerts return to historic Uptown homes this year on four Mondays.

     This week you can listen to the sounds of Lexiglass, featuring Sweet Lee. Will Glass will be on the drums, Alexis Marcelo on the keyboard, and Lee Odom on the saxophone.
     Take a chair or blanket to sit on in the mansion’s park.
      Free. Monday evening, June 13, at 6:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi in Roger Morris Park. Also on June 20 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and on June 27 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

 

 

     Outdoor concerts return to historic Uptown homes this year on four Mondays.
     This week, Annette A. Aguilar & Stringbeans jam the porch for a performance of Latin Brazilian Jazz.
     Take a chair or blanket to sit on in the farmhouse gardens.
      Free. Monday evening, June 20, at 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Musuem in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on June 27 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi.

 

 

     Outdoor concerts return to historic Uptown homes this year on four Mondays.

     Closing out the series is a jazz performance by the Harlem School of the Arts All Stars.
     Take a chair or blanket to sit on in the mansion’s park.
      Free. Monday evening, June 27, at 6:30 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

     Summer camp is back!

     The Parks Summer Day Camp program lets children ages 6 to 13 to have a fun-filled summer with daily sports, fitness, and outdoor adventures. The city parks’ rich cultural and educational opportunities provide the setting.

     Activities include arts and crafts, field games, sports clinics, computer classes, cultural and educational trips, and nature exploration with the Urban Park Rangers.

     The Uptown camp makes its home in J. Hood Wright Park. Registration closed in the spring.

     The camp runs Wednesday, July 6, through Friday, August 19, from 9 to 5 for $500, or from 8 to 6 for $575.

 

 

     Calling on the brave and bold for a writing adventure!

     This summer you can join a group and write stories that have multiple choices for the reader: different storylines lead them down alternative paths or to alternative endings.

     You’ll get 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 you forge our own way. Fiction or nonfiction, the choice is yours. Which way will your adventure go?

     For ages 10 to 14, Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, July 11 through 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Your kids may not help prepare dinner, but maybe they would help prepare the food before it gets into the kitchen.

     Kids 8 to 13 will find out the secrets of growing vegetables at a bilingual, garden-to-table, literary camp. They will learn urban gardening, foodways, healthy cooking, arts and crafts, and storytelling activities.

     Each student will receive a Grow Kit to start and sustain a mini herb garden at home, an observation activity to continue learning after the program finishes. 

     The outdoor camp is for kids ages 8 to 13. Lunch is provided. Register here.

     Free. Monday through Friday, July 11 to 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

     Film Works Al Fresco continues its summer season this week with movies for kids, screened outdoors.

     In Encanto (2022), a Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. Featuring orginal songs by the most famous man in Inwood, Lin-Manuel-Miranda.

     Seating is limited, so reserve your spot.

     Free. Monday night, July 11, at dusk (around 8:30) at The Hudson restaurant in Inwood, where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River.

 

 

     Let’s journey into the deepest, darkest corners of our minds, where our imaginations make us shiver, squirm, and silently scream. Yes, you’ll be writing your own page-turning horror story or screenplay, the kind that makes 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.

     If your heart is in your throat just thinking about the possibilities, register now – you never know what will happen if you hesitate …

     The workshop is limited to 14 writers between the ages of 12 and 16.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, July 18 through 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Film Works Al Fresco continues its summer season this week with movies for kids, screened outdoors.

     “You're killin’ me, Smalls!” In the summer of 1962, a new kid to the neighborhood is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and manages to make friends with a group of kids. Together, they play on The Sandlot (1993).

     Seating is limited, so reserve your spot.

     Free. Monday night, July 18, at dusk (around 8:30) at The Hudson restaurant in Inwood, where Dyckman Street meets the Hudson River.

 

 

     Lights, camera ... action!

     Let’s make a movie, just you and your friends.

     Using the language of filmmaking to develop a story in your favorite genre, you’ll start by writing mini-screenplays that will be your filming roadmap. Then you’ll get behind the lens to learn camera techniques, editing and tips of the trade from the directors CJ Gardella and Molly Longwell.

     You’ll work together in small film crews, readying your masterpieces for a screening at the end of the week.

     The workshop is limited to 14 cinéasts, ages 10 to 14.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, July 25 to 29, at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th 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 workshop answers those questions and more. You’ll break down the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what we’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. Don’t leave us on the edge of our seats— register now for The Elements of Fiction.

     For ages 8 to 12. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 1 through 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

    

     The Anne Loftus Playground will be closed for a year to get a complete overhaul.

     The playground received $4.2 million in capital reconstruction funding to overhaul the water feature and spray shower, provide ADA upgrades, install new play and exercise equipment and add plantings. A new half basketball court and new climbing equipment will also be added to the playground.

     Re-opening in August.

 

     Girls, you’re facing challenges the planet hasn’t seen in more than two generations. Your roles as women — in the home, at work, as citizens — are all at once advancing and retracting, driven by forces that may seem beyond your control.

     In the face of all that is going on around you, you 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. You’ll get inspired by women writers and artists, past and present, who speak truth to power and each other.

     Using whichever writing style suits you best, you’ll unflinchingly take on a world that often underestimates women’s individual will and collective might.

     The workshop welcomes anyone who self-identifies as a girl, woman, trans, or gender nonconforming, and wants to be part of what comes next.

     For ages 11 to 15. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 8 to 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     Little Lions Camp is the Columbia University Athletics Department’s day camp for children ages 6 through 12.

     Campers will have access to Columbia's top-notch Division 1 Athletic facilities for a kid-centered, fun-based summer experience. Its main focus is keeping kids physically and creatively active through classic PE games, backyard favorites, sports, arts and crafts, and special surprises to keep kids happy, active, and engaged.

     Two sessions: The weeks of August 8 and 15, at the Baker Athletics Complex in Inwood.

     $372 to $465, with swim lessons an additional $45. More info here.

 

     Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale, updated with a modern sensibility that appeals to kids.

     In this story, Little Red is a smart, young city dweller who is obsessed with her smartphone. Wulfric, a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth, crosses paths with Little Red on her travels to deliver her Grandma cupcakes and the trouble begins.

     The story offers a comical lesson on the importance to disconnect from our digital lives and enjoy real life moment with friends and family.

     Free. Thursday morning, August 11, at 11 in J. Hood Wright Park in Lower WaHi on Fort Washington Avenue at 175th Street.

     También en español. Gratis. Jueves por la tarde, 11 de agosto, a las 1 en J. Hood Wright Park en Lower WaHi en Fort Washington Avenue en Calle 175.

 

    

     Here’s your chance to take your writing beyond the page.

     In this workshop, you’ll take on the fundamentals of playwriting, focusing on dialogue and character. You’ll read (and act!) works from playwriting greats to get a sense of structure and how what you see on stage plays out on the page.

     Then you’ll get started writing your own ten-minute play, meant to be read aloud by the class and some guest professional actors.

     The group will also take a trip to Drama Book Shop for play reading, inspiration, and immersion into the world of theater.

     For dramatists ages 12 to 16. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 15 through 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 198th Street.

 

 

     In a workshop about the nature of poetry, young poets will observe and record nature, finding the poetry in the world around them.

     Reading and writing poetry forms a big part of the week, but they will also explore, discover, and create pocket-pals, fairy dwellings, drawings of natural objects, and use all their senses to connect with nature through artistic expression and imagination.

     Field trips in Washington Heights with a poetry focus will yield artful journals filled with creative experiments from which poems, and their minds, will grow.

     For ages 8 to 11. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 15 through 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 198th Street.

 

 

      Each summer since 2015, the Higher Ground Festival brings Northern Manhattan artists together for performances to Uptown audiences.

      The outdoor shows run over a week in August in locations across Hudson Heights and Inwood.

      Set some time aside to watch the premieres just steps from your door.

      When the 2022 dates in August are announced we’ll post them here.

 

 

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

     Join a group of graphic artists who will take your stories and transform them into comics. You’ll take 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.

     Comics may be a quick read, but not as quick as this workshop is filling up. Register now to save your space. For ages 10 to 14.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 22 through 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

     For many of readers, 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 some books so memorable. Then you'll develop and write our yown books, mapping out characters, plot and narration.

     You'll consider pacing, illustrations, and what special details we can add to keep readers coming back again and again. 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.

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

     Register here. For ages 8 to 11.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday through Friday, August 29 through September 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Center in Hudson Heights on Bennett Avenue at 189th Street.

 

 

    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, in Fort Tryon Park.

  

     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.

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

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