Events great for kids, July 24–30

Monday

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

 

 

     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: July 24, 31, and August 7. More details here.

     $450 per week. Mondays through Fridays 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: July 24, 31, and August 7. More details here.

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

 

 

     For experienced high school rowers, a summer-long competitive camp provides training with experienced coaches from a variety of competitive collegiate rowing programs in both sweep and sculling boats.

     Along with rigorous training, participants compete in select regattas throughout the summer season. For those who are considering rowing at the collegiate level, this camp is the perfect addition to develop their talent.

     $1,000. Monday through Friday mornings, 7 to 9, through August 11 at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse in Swindler’s Cove. Enter through the Sherman Creek neighborhood.

 

 

     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, 9 to noon, at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, a floating building just off Swindlers’ Cove in the Harlem River. Enter from the Sherman Creek neighborhood.

 

    

      Wonders of the middle ages await children when they are guided on explorations of medieval art and gardens during workshops guided by museum instructors. Kids will encounter travelers, merchants, and the goods that came with them as works of art come alive through entertaining stories.

     For day campers ages 4 to 12. Maximum group size is 25, including counselors. Each group must be accompanied by an adult leader and at least one other counselor, age 16 or older.

     Appointments are required. Call (212) 650-2280 or email cloister.programs@metmuseum.org.

     $50 per group. Hour-long programs are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday until August 3 in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Take your own hand drum and follow the guidance of a professional drumming teacher when you join this neighborhood drum circle.      

     Djembes, ashikos, congas, bongos, frame drums, doumbeks and tamborines are all welcome, as is any hand drum you might have around.

     The teacher will also bring some extra drums for those who would like to try the class but don’t have a drum.

     All ages are welcome — from kids to adults.

     Free Monday nights through August 30 on Pat’s Lawn in Inwood Hill Park (near Indian Road and 218th Street).

 

 

     Tad is a celebrity archaeologist and adventurer just like his hero Max Mordon … in his dreams!

     The latest installment of Film Works Al Fresco screens Tadeo Jones who, in reality, is a Chicago construction worker.

     One day, however, he is mistaken for a real professor and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi.

     The Spanish film magazine Frames calls tbe film the best in Spanish animation history.

     Free. Monday night, July 24, at dusk on Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.

 

 

Tuesday

     This summer the People’s Theatre Project offers you and your child or grandchild the chance to play games and work together with a professional teaching artist to make theater inspired by the neighborhood’s parks.

     Come by for one or more drop-in classes, and keep in mind the mini camp on August 14–16 from 10 to 11:30. Sign up for the camp at www.ptp.nyc.

     For ages 4 through 10 and an adult family member.

     Free. Tuesday mornings through August 8 from 10 to 11:30 at the Payson Playground in Inwood at 285–287 Dyckman Street. No sign-up needed for these weekly drop-in sessions.

 

 

Wednesday

 

     Sit a spell for a classical music concert.

     Free. Wednesday evening from 5 to 6:30 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     The family showcase at the Dominican Film Festival is open to all ages. Three films highlight the night.

5 p.m. Ovni (U.F.O), directed by Raúl Marchand Sánchez

7 p.m. Tubérculo Gourmet, right, directed by Archie López

8 p.m. Tubérculo Presidente, directed by Archie López

      $15 to $30. Starting Wednesday evening, July 26, at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 176th Street.

 

    

     Help your youngster get a good foundation before school starts. The early childhood math program runs through the end of the summer.

     Kids will find new ways that make math fun with some fun games and interactive activities, led by Carole Mulligan, a retired teacher from the neighborhood.

     Free. Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10 to noon  through August 19 at the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

 

Thursday

     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 haunted.

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

 

 

 

Friday

     Spend a night outdoors with your child and you’re sure to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with your family.

     Camping unplugs us from the diversions of everyday life. This event will include birding, so take your binoculars if you have them. It is organized by the Urban Park Rangers, who oversee the entire event.

Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery.  To enter your family into the lottery please click on  www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register after July 19.

     Free. Friday night at 6 through Saturday morning at Tubby Hook in Inwood Hill Park.

 

 

Weekend

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

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

 

 

 

     Visit a farmhouse for Science Sunday. This week: Let’s Talk About Plants.

     How do plants make food? Find out and do an experiment that separates the colors of the leaves.

     Free. Sunday afternoon from 2 to 3 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

Planning ahead

The duel was postponed from July 8—no new date set yet

    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.

     At the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

 

 

    

     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.

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

 

 

     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/Librería Comunitaria, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

     Garden Camp is a week of exploration, instruction and discovery held in the beautiful Roger Morris Park. 

     Morris-Jumel staff gardener Karen Waltuch leads the group of young plant enthusiasts through activity-based lessons about gardens, bugs, soil, colonial history and everything in between.

     Camp is for any student aged 6–11, and children must be accompanied by an adult. To register your child for Garden Camp, please email publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

     $5 per day, per child. Monday through Friday mornings, July 31 through August 4, from 10 to noon at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park in Lower WaHi.

 

 

     While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them as he tries to survive in a new country.

     It’s the inspiring musical, An American Tail, from 1896, with Spanish subtitles.

     Featuring voice over performances by Christopher Plummer, Dom DeLuise, and Madeline Kahn, as well as a moving and memorable score that includes the billboard hit “Somewhere Out There.”

     Free. Monday night, July 31, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park.

 

    

     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with W.H.A.M. 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. 

     The first monthly musical open mic will be followed by session on the first Fridays of the month. Hosted by Jason Rosario.

     $5. Friday night, August 4, from 6 to 9 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.

 

 

     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 5 and 6, at Baker Field in Inwood.

 

 

     The summer’s final Science Sunday is here, so stop by the farmhouse for a crowd-pleasing lesson: The Physics of Ice Cream. 
     Taste ice cream that you made yourself for this late summer program, when you will learn about the physics of water and what happens as things get really cold.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, August 6, at the Dyckman Family Farmhouse in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street.

 

 

 

 

     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.

 

    

     In a neighborhood where Dominicans and Puerto Ricans live in community, the two groups must learn to put their differences aside and work together to prevent the demolition of their basketball court.

     Should they fail, their beloved basketball court will be demolished by a greedy developer. Los Domirriqueños, en Español, is a 2016 comedy from Puerto Rico.

     Free. Monday night, August 14, at dusk on the Gaelic Field in Inwood Hill Park. Live entertainment starts an hour before the screening.

 

 

     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.

 

 

 

 

 

     Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic fairy tale.

     The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself.

     The production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnaval festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnaval costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

     Free. Wednesday morning, August 30, at 10:30 in Bennett Park in Hudson Heights on Fort Washington Avenue at 183rd Street.

 

 

      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. Woody Allen shot the final scene of Annie Hall as a tribute to the final scene of City Lights.

     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.

 

 

     Explore Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors and fun family activities.

     The Little Red Lighthouse Festival has something for everyone. Just don’t wait too long to get in line to climb to the top — it fills up quickly.

     Free. Saturday, September 30, from noon to 4 on Jeffrey’s Hook under the great gray bridge in Fort Washington Park; enter from Plaza Lafayette in Hudson Heights.

 

 

     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 converge in Fort Tryon Park in the area around the Cloisters.

     Free. Sunday, October 1, from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.   

 

 

     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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