It’s August 3rd- it’s hot sticky and we’re still smack in the middle of summer. If you are the go-to-activities director for your brood and running out of things to do- that will keep the restless natives from staging a mutiny we’ve got some cool down, fairly cheap actvities that will help you entertain the kidlets and appear to be the parent who still has lots of tricks in her summer goody bag!
Help your kidlets satisfy their “kneads” by working with some air-dry clay and getting in touch with their tactile side at Clay Day.
Address: Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace
Age Appeal:2-10 years
Free with admission
Information: 718-273-2060, www.statenislandkids.org
Picture book time
Kids will get some one-on-one time with a librarian who will share favorite picture books, and provide kids with the wonder of books and the joy of reading.
Where: Tottenville Library
7430 Amboy Road
Age Appeal: 3+ years
Information: 718-984-0945 www.nypl.org
Kids will get a lil Story time and engage in a fun craft.
Address: West New Brighton Library 976 Castleton Avenue
Age Appeal: Up to 7 years
Information: 718-442-1416 www.nypl.org
Small Talk about BIG Issues
Teens get to express themselves and talk aboutâ€¦.What’s on their mind? What’s happening in their world and join in the discussion at their library.
Where: St. George Library 5 Central Avenue
Age Appeal: 12-18 years
Information: 718-442-8560 www.nypl.org
Boogie Woogie Wednesdays
At this week’s Chinese Ribbon Dancing kids will dance to the beat of music from all around the globe. Learn Chinese Ribbon Dancing, Indian Odisi Dance, Salsa and African-American Step Dance. Every Wednesday includes an extra hour to visit the museum, from 5-6pm and a free pizza snack for all before we start boogying. What a fun way to slip family time into your busy weekday schedule. Sponsored by Con Edison.
Where: S.I. Children’s Museum 1000 Richmond Terrace
Age Appeal: Children – All ages
Cost: Free Museum admission starting at 5pm
Information: 718-273-2060 www.statenislandkids.org
The Budos Band
The Budos Band’s energy and passion drives their live performances from start to finish. With their eclectic array of influences like the Cairo Jazz Band, J.C. Davis, Mulatu Astatke, and Black Sabbath, The Budos Band brings an explosion of sound and styles with the juxtaposition of tight rhythms, blistering breakbeats, and blaring horns, creating “instrumental, Staten Island afro-soul,” according to the New York Times. Their third album, Budos III, expresses the band’s tight-knit and creative bond that they have come to share since the ten-piece ensemble’s inception in 2003. With the tight musical vision shared between the members, The Budos Band has been successful with album sales and worldwide tours, playing at rock clubs and large festival stages. Reaching out to a variety of fans, their music is enjoyed by a fan base that spans all genres and ages. With each show, they hypnotize audiences with their riffs, as the percussions and horns create rhythms that blend together, keeping the audience wanting more.
Where: Tappen Park Canal, Water and Bay Streets
Age Appeal: All ages
Information: 212-360-2777, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Summer Golf Lessons
Fun for boys and girls, ages six to 16, learn to play golf. The free golf lessons and use of equipment, held in public parks and on citywide courses, makes the sport of golf accessible to kids of all skill levels throughout New York City. The goal of the program is not only to teach the basics of the sport, but also to develop self-esteem, discipline and sportsmanship. The program gives kids a chance to improve their skills and ultimately try out for the CityParks Intermediate Program and Junior Golf Academy-specialized programs for dedicated young golfers available at the CityParks Junior Golf Center, a facility in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that also offers programming for new or first-time youth golfers from New York City.
Where: Silver Lake Park, Baseball Field Hart Blvd & Revere St.
Age Appeal: 6-8 years