Can you believe there’s only a few summer weekends left? Soon enough the kids will be back at school and free, outdoor kids events will be numbered. So take advantage of this weekend’s impressive lineup of kid’s entertainment that doesn’t cost a dime from a big sprinkler party and fishing clinic to a Central Park concert and the free kid’s festival that kicks off the U.S. Open.
Asphalt Green Sprinkler Day
As summer temperatures soar, Asphalt Green is offering the community a chance to cool off – and get wet – at the first-ever Asphalt Green Sprinkler Day. Kids and adults can come and play for free in the high-powered sprinklers on the athletic field at the nonprofit organization’s Upper East Side campus. Flavor ice treats will be available for free, but bring your own towels. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Story Laurie Concert in Central Park
Round up the toddlers before summer is over and venture out to see Laurie McIntosh live in concert. Her subject matter centers on two primary themes: the outdoor world (specifically, bugs!), and reading, both topics that define summertime for kiddies everywhere. Sun., 12 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Summer Fishing Clinic
City kids can learn to fish at this catch-and-release clinic. Bait and tackle is provided (but feel free to bring your own), along with instruction on fishing and activities that’ll teach you about the estuary. Fri., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Lower East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Stacey Peasley Concert at South Street Seaport
See this award-winning songstress who brings stories, songs, games and more to the stage for free at this afternoon outdoor concert. Sun., 4 p.m. South Street Seaport. Free. All ages. Event details.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Get in the swing of the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. The all-day event is jam-packed with fun and healthy activities. Kids can run an obstacle course, learn to juggle, and of course play tennis on the same courts on which the tennis masters battle during the U.S. Open. The day ends with a concert at — where else but — Arthur Ashe Stadium featuring Hunter Hayes, Karina Rae, MKTO and more. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Flushing. Festival/free, stadium show/$13.50-$44. All ages. Event details.
Stories and Stilts
Get ready for a unique lineup of performances inspired by the Transcommunality exhibition at BRIC House Gallery, which you can check out before the shows start. Amphibian Stage Productions will perform Tad-Poles: Cuetons Mexicanos, featuring costumes, storytelling, live music, discussion and stilt dancing at 12 p.m. Then from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. you can take part in a Stilt Walking Workshop for all ages, lead by The Brooklyn Jumbles. Plus, there will be snacks and refreshments. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Brooklyn. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Asphalt Green