Events great for kids, May 22–28

   

     A bilingual read-aloud program starts with a story about a tiger to promote Together In Getting Everyone Reading (as in: Tiger).

     Free. Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 5 at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood on Broadway at 204th Street. Also on May 31.

 

 

 

 

 

     Celebrate Black Music Month in the Heights with an evening of music trivia. Snippets from songs of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s will be played as individuals compete to name the tune.

     Contact (212) 360-1430 or accessibility@parks.nyc.gov for more information regarding accessibility.

     Free. Tuesday night from 6 to 8 in the Recreation Center of J. Hood Wright Park in Lowe WaHi at 351 Fort Washington Avenue at 174th Street.

 

 

     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 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.

 

 

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.

     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.

 

 

     Spend part of your summer on the Hudson’s edge, helping out with the New York City fish count.

     As part of the annual World Science Festival, volunteers and scientists will wade into the Hudson River to collect and count the species of fish we find.

     How will the site near Jeffrey’s Hook differ from others? Join budding ichthyologists for a hand-on waterside science project.

     Free. Saturday, June 3, from 11 to 1 in Fort Washington Park; enter from Plaza Lafayette in Hudson Heights.

 

 

 

     Explore the natural world around you in the great oudoors! 
     This expedition examines a bunch of plant-based experiments—how they grow, what they look like inside. When you’re done, you may take home your own potted herb. 

     Space is limited to 15 children, ages 5 to 11. Reservations are required; please register by sending an email to RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, June 3, from 1 to 2:30 on the Anne Loftus Playground in Inwood Hill Pakr.

 

 

     One of the most popular events in warm months is the Little Red Lighthouse Frestival.

     Named for the Jeffrey’s Hook Lighthouse, erected in 1880 and moved to its current site in 1921, the festival commemorates the children’s literary landmark The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.

     An Urban Park Ranger will be on hand to provide information about the history of the landmark while you tour the inside. Climging to the top attracts long lines, so the tour is first come, first served.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, June 3, from 1 to 4 in Fort Washington Park; enter from Hudson Heights at 181st Street and Plaza Lafayette.

 

 

     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 Dance Project of Washington Heights presents We Dance United.  

     Students of Dance Project of Washington Heights, ages 3 to 14, will perform ballet, tap and hip hop. The project is a non-profit community dance program offering pay-what-you-can classes for children and families of all backgrounds and income levels.

     $10 to $20; children under 5 free. Sunday afternoon, June 4, at 4 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway and 175th 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, June 9, from 6 to 8 at Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165 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

     $10; students and seniors, $8. Saturdays, June 10 and 17, at 3 and 7, and Sunday June 11 and 18, at 4 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.

 

 

     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.

 

 

   

    Touted as “the greatest known school film festival in the known universe,” The PS/IS 187 Film Festival returns to its cinematic home on the 50-foot screen of the United Palace.

     With popcorn, paparazzi, a red carpet, and awards, the festival features dozens of shorts by K-8th grade students. Sponsored by Hudson Cliffs School.

     $5. Monday night, June 12, at 6:30 at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

     The summer’s new cinema series continues when Film Works Al Fresco presents La Leyenda de la Llorona, an animated adventure comedy (2011, Mexico, 72 mins.).

     Based on a famous Mexican legend, a group of kids must stop the ghost of a woman whose guilt over the drowning of her own children leads her to abduct youngsters who wander the woods at night in this Spanish-language animated adventure, subtitled in English.

     Free. Monday night, June 12, at dusk on the Gaelic Field of Inwood Hill Park.

 

 

     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.

    

 

 

 

 

     The outdoor summer cinema series from Inwood Art Works continues this week with a silent double feature.

     Film Works Al Fresco presents A Dog’s Life and The Kid, both written, directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin, and starring him too.

      The silent pair dates from 1918 and 1921, respectively, and run 33 mines and 53 minutes.

      In A Dog’s Life, the Tramp plays opposite Scraps the dog, who helps him find a better life in the big city. When it was made, it was both the longest Chaplin production and, as he would later claim, the first in which he seriously considered comic plot construction.

     Free. Monday night, June 19, at dusk on the Gaelic Field of Inwood Hill 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.

    

 

 

 

 

 

     A family-friendly performance night welcomes you, and invites you to bring a meal with you to enjoy.

     $3. Saturday night, June 24, at 6:30 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 20 Cumming Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     The Pied Piper Children’s Theatre’s Summer Theatre Intensive is a four-week program for adolescents (ages 12 to 17) who have a special interest in music, theater arts or are planning to pursue this area of study in college as a major or minor.

     In the program, participants receive numerous sessions of individual instruction in several subjects as well as group workshops including acting, dance, combat performance, stage lighting and makeup. Fieldtrips are planned, and the summer culminated in a showcase performance.

     More information and the application are here. The deadline to apply was May 15.

     Thursday, June 29, through Sunday, July 30 at Holy Trinity Church in Inwood at 50 Cumming Street.

 

 

     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.

    

     Tad is a celebrity archeologist 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.

 

 

     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.

 

 

 

     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.

 

    

     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.

 

    

     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.

 

 

 

 

 

      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.

 

 

     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.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

     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.

 

 

     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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