Activities for kids: September 14–20

• The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum posted a long list of activities for education and entertainment.

• The The bike trails in Highbridge Park are still open. Be sure to stay in very small groups.

• Parks activites: To encourage social distancing, Margaret Corbin Drive, in Fort Tryon Park, is now

   closed to vehicles. Take a quiet walk amid blooming trees! Here’s more on offer in the parks.

• Kids can use the NYPL’s free online tutoring and anyone can visit the NYPL’s online collection.

• Children are known to be susceptible to Pediatric Multi-Symptom Inflammatory Syndrome. To protect your child. Learn more:

   Se sabe que los niños son susceptibles al Síndrome Inflamatorio de Síntomas Múltiples Pediátricos. Para proteger a tu hijo. Aprende más:


Check organizers’ latest schedules before going


     Musical Storytimes are short children’s tales sung by the delightful Stephanie Bell with accompaniment by the tuneful Jonathan Bell and co-starring the handsome Walter Bell. 

     A different story is featured every week.

Sept. 8 Favorite Things
Sept. 15 Medley: Rain, Rain Go Away, Oh, Mr. Sun, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Sept. 22 Old MacDonald Had a Farm & Pretty Horses
Sept. 28 You are my Sunshine

     Free. Tuesday mornings at 10 on Inwood Art Works’ social media feeds.



     Take a hike with the Urban Park Rangers for live adventures in the park. Last week the webcast came from Inwood Hill Park.

     From scenic hikes to nature exploration activities, these live broadcasts wll entertain the whole family. 

     Free. Tuesday mornings (weather permitting) at 11:30 here online.





    Learn how to make an East African Chapati, a seasoned corn flatbread, and a no-egg wrap while learning about African and Lenape cultivated plants and foodways.

     September 29 Seasoned Corn Flatbread

     October 6 No Egg Wrap

     The Traveling Kitchen for Kids is an activty for the family to enjoy together. Register here.

     Free. Tuesday afternoon, now on September 22, at 3:30 online.


     Learning doesn’t have to stop when the city’s on pause. The Y is here to help.

     The Family Literacy Program @ Home invites you to join to read stories, explore  feelings, discuss characters and plots, and create poetry. 
Click here to register with Zoom. Questions?  Contact Katherine Higuera-McCoy, director of elementary programs, at

     Free. Tuesday evenings at 5 through the YM & YWHA in Fort George.




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

     The POW! class takes your stories and transforms 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.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoons from 4:20 to 5:50. Through December 16.




     Give your children the chance to explore yoga outdoors.

     Parent & Me is open to any caregiver and their child, led by Christina Shablak, a certified children’s instructor. All children are welcome with a parent or caregiver.

     Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat, and note that the ground is sloped with uneven spots. Rain or wet ground cancels. Register here (the page hasn’t been updated lately).

     Free. Saturday mornings at 9 starting Saturday on Abby’s Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Through September 26.



     Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with storytellers Reza and Josefina.

     In this program, they will take an imaginary journey down the Hispanic Society Museum’s old maintenance elevator, virtually visiting the museum’s art galleries. Come prepared to sing, hear stories, meet new friends, and move to the beat.

     For families with children from 3 to 8 years old.

     Celebremos Hispanic Heritage Month con los narradores  Reza y Josefina! Juntos haremos un largo viaje  imaginario en el viejo ascensor del museo y visitaremos virtualmente las salas de la Hispanic Society. Vengan preparados para cantar, conocer nuevos amigos y moverse al ritmo de la música. !Nos veremos en zoom!
     Para familias y niños entre 3 y 8 años.
Regster here for the Zoom ln.

     Saturday morning at 10:30.






     Your stories and illustrations are the next must-read issue. This workshop goes deeper into the art of  making comic books, so you can expand upon adventures and epic stories in progress or start a whole new storyline.

     You'll build on the skills you learned in the intro class.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3:30. Through December 19.



On-line tutoring

     With kids at home all the time, Patience and Fortitude will get parents only so far!

     The New York Public Library offers ways to keep your family occupied and engaged no matter their age.

     Pre-school: Ideas for playing at home, from music shakers to no-mess finger painting.

     Pre-teens: A range of chapter books that meet the requirement for 30-minute independing reading.

     High school: Books and videos chosen for teens who want more than just an assignment to fulfill.

     The full list of resources is here.



     The NYPL offers free online homework help from one-on-one tutors, daily from 2 to 11 p.m. through a partnership with Brainfuse.
     Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Explore more from the Library's academic resources 24/7, including
its wide array of online learning aids for all ages and teaching resources for educators.



     Ever wanted to create elephant toothpaste? 
     So maybe not. What about lip balm and ice cream? You can do all those on Science Saturdays with Kaitlyn Miller, the science intern at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood, when she leads experiments you can do at home.
     Saturday on Dyckman at Home.
     ¡La pasante científica de DFM, Kaitlyn Miller, liderará experimentos científicos que puedes hacer en casa! A partir del 11 de julio, tendrás la oportunidad de crear pasta de dientes de elefante, bálsamo labial y helado. Asegúrese de sintonizar en nuestros canales de redes sociales y en Dyckman en Casa.

Virtual learning

     So you’re stuck doing chares at home when you’d rather be playing in the park.

     How about a little experiment?

     Turn an egg into a rubber ball … make nectar for hummingbirds … maybe figure out how focus binoculars.

     They’re all here, courtesy of the Greenbelt Conservancy, our friends in Staten Island who take care of the parks and open spaces on Richmond.



Uptown coloring pages


     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
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.

      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
Adobe Acrobat document [717.7 KB]

     Have someone at home who needs a bigger stage?

     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre offers a 35-minute musical theater introductory class to take kids through a typical vocal warm-up, stretches, dance warm-up, and even some funny tongue twisters and other facial and speech exercises. The troupe’s artistic director, Colleen Hawks-Pierce, leads, with guest appearances by Uptown teens.

     Free. Watch it here.



     With miles of trails and the best vistas in Manhattan, Uptown is lucky to have amazing parks. Getting out in one can help you relax and excercise at the same time.

     Just be sure to follow these common-sense guidelines:

  • Go out in small groups no bigger than three, making sure that everyone remains at least 6 feet from each other at all times. 
  • If you go out at night, stay near the street, and go with a friend — and maintain that distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Bike or stroll  on the Greenway along the Hudson or Harlem Rivers. 
  • Do not engage in team sports or other group games. 
  • Use playgrounds at your own risk. Although playground bathrooms remain open and are disinfected daily, the playground equipment is not disinfected. Avoid using playground equipment, but you do, take wipes to sanitize anything you or your child may touch and play on equipment only if you can remain at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household.

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

     In this bilingual workshop, you’ll revisit our 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 own 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.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 7 to 12. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 starting September 21. Through December 7.



     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 breakdown the parts of fiction writing each week and test out what you’ve learned with some on-the-spot writing.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 12. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Monday evenings from 4:30 to 3:30 starting September 21. Through December 7.


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

     Regardless of your preferred writing genre— the workshop welcomes them all—the group gathers with two goals in mind: improving your own writing and supporting each other.

    In short, we’re here to work.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 13 to 17. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Tuesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 starting September 22. Through December 1.



     A line of poetry is more than words in a row on a page.

     It’s a certain number of words, drawn in a certain way that invites the reader to see something original in the ordinary, similar in a way to how an artist uses line to make a picture that lets you see the subject in a new way.

     The workshop will use surreal pictures to encourage your own surreal connections that lead you to a poetic line of thinking. Poetry asks us to take risks as readers and writers. It’s the most daring form of writing. Lines represent boundaries, and in poetry we find them and cross them.

    Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6 starting September 23. Through December 2.



     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 writing-intensive 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 to bring the unique girl you are. All awesome girls (and those who self-identify as a girl) need to apply soon because space is limited, unlike your potential.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 11 to 15. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 starting September 23. Through December 2.



     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. Put on your mask, meet in the P.S. 187 school yard and 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 a resilient neighborhood. You’ll explore the wilds of language out in the world (safely!), allowing a stream of poetry to flow from the river of possibility. 

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations. For ages 10 to 14. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 starting September 24. Through December 3.



     It's time for you to be the master of your universe!

     Comes explore worlds of your own creation, inhabited by beings that only you can imagine. Whether you prefer fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, or dystopia, you’ll work as a team to bring your ideas to life.

     Map out stories rich in symbolism, unleash your 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 where you can make it happen.

     Part of the Uptown Stories workshops that will spark young writers' imaginations held online using Zoom. For ages 7 13. Register here.

     $600 or pay what you can. Saturday mornings from 10 to noon starting September 26. Through December 12.



     The Great Saunter (the one-day, 32-mile perimeter walk around Manhattan) did not take place this year.  A Virtual Great Saunter will keep the Saunter spirit alive, letting Shorewalkers members tally their miles and share their walks.

     Walk anywhere—walk with anyone—to complete 32 miles within the 16-day period and you will have completed the Virtual Great Saunter.

     $25 for one; $40 for two; $70 for four. From October 2 through 18 anywhere on earth (or even Bennett Park).




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     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with Washington Heights Artists’ Movement hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. Hosted by Lethy Liriano.

     $10. Friday evening, October 2, starting at 5:30 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.



The 35th festival has been canceled


    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.

     Free. Sunday, October 4, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park. 



    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, a 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. The group’s site appears to be offline and its Instagram account, where they typically confirm trail work days, has not been updated lately.

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



     Celebrate the Latin American tradition of Día de los Muertos.

     These days WaHi is home to many families who came from from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, bringing their traditions with them.

     At this family event you can make paper sugar skulls and other crafts to create a Day of The Dead altar, or offrenda, by leaving notes or gifts for your ancestors or loved ones. The altar will remain on view in the Mansion through the month. 

     Admission to the Mansion is free for all ages every second Saturday for Con Edison Family Day.

     Free. Saturday, October 10, from noon to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.



     Take your mask and join an outdoor drum circle. It’s this month’s family day event.

     Saturday afternoon, October 10, at 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace. Monthly on the second Saturday.



     An art making workshop for kids features printmakin and it’s hosted by the Hispanic Society of America.

     Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

     Hispanic Heritage Month, del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebra la historia, las culturas y contribuciones de los hispanoamericanos cuyos antepasados ​​vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

     Free. Monday, October 12, on the Society’s YouTube channel.



     Spur your child’s creativity with this play-making workshop that explores the archetype of the Trickster in folk tales and poems from around the world, and the expression of the trickster in the guise of nature and animals.

     Children will become Play Makers, collaborating to create a culminating performance in mid-December. The focus of this workshop will be the process of theater creation rather  performance, although the children will create performances to share.

     Participants  will also participate in the process to create their own costumes, props, and backdrops to use in the sessions hosted by Pied Piper.

     For children ages 5 to 13. The workshop will be conducted over Zoom beginning with ensemble building and drama games in late-October and will culminate in an online performance mid-December. Specific dates to follow.



     Discover the cocina Hispana with rice dishes from the Hispanic Society’s collection of cookbooks.

     Mark Aldrich, Associate Professor of Spanish and Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College, will join Philippe de Montebello in this online presentation.

     Prof. Aldrich is an avid paella enthusiast who will demonstrate how to cook a variation of the popular Valencian dish in a video tutorial, which will be followed by a live YouTube conversation about the process, the history of the dish, and the many variations it takes around the Hispanic world.

     To learn more about the Hispanic Society ‘s Collection of Cookbooks, click here.

     Free. Tuesday evening, October 20, at 5 on the society’s YouTube channel.




     The autumn performance from Pied Piper’s merry band of troupers is Robin Hood.

     Uptown kids take all the roles in the timeless tale of taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

     The performance will be virtual in November, with streaming details to follow.






     How did the Morris and Jumel families light the rooms of the Mansion before home electricity became common in the 1870s?

     Discover the history of illumination while creating your own unique candle. Families can select their own scents and colors to make old-fashioned lighting.

     Admission to the Mansion is free for all ages every second Saturday for Con Edison Family Day.

     Free. Saturday, November 14, from noon to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.



     In Eliza Jumel’s lifetime, people decorated their homes for the Christmas season with hand-made paper ornaments and pomanders, or dried oranges with cloves. Try your hand at making one of each to take home with you.

     Admission to the Mansion is free for all ages every second Saturday for Con Edison Family Day.

     Free. Saturday, December 12, from noon to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace in Roger Morris Park.



     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 recent years.
     Free. A Sunday in June
in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.



     The creator of Hamilton and the director of Crazy Rich Asians invite you to the event of the summer, where the streets are made of music and little dreams become big … In the Heights.

     Lights up on Washington Heights. The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside the 181st Street subway stop in Fort George, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines, and sings about a better life.

     Filmed in WaHi, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic tale debuts on Friday, June 18, at screens across town.



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