It’s getting cold, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep your kids occupied this weekend with some awesome activities! You can get your fill of musical treats starting with the Big Jeff Halloween Routine on Friday. On Saturday, How I Became a Pirate the Musical shows in Brooklyn; Carnegie Kids hosts a fun-filled journey of discovery of classical music and on Sunday the Billy Kelly Show is sure to crack up your kids (and you!). Head down to Battery Park to test your fishing skills and enjoy some Native American story-telling and crafts. Enjoy the great outdoors and all of its creepy, crawly creatures at Fort Greene Park. At the New York Hall of Science this weekend, you and your little artists can get creative with bubble art!
The Billy Kelly Show
A fictionalized telling of the invention of the straw, a 7-minute adventure tale of a cardboard box named Johnny, floating goats digging on Mozart, and an unabashed devotion to milk are just some of the oddball topics Billy Kelly has chosen to write songs about over the course of his three kindie CDs. Kelly’s live show is equal parts dancing and laughing, which, at the very least, will make for some hilarious home video footage. Sunday. 2:00 pm. Upper East Side. JM Family Members: $15 Adult/ $11 Child General Public: $18 Adult/ $13 Child. Ages 2 – 8. Event details.
Experience the thrill of catch and release fishing, discover the variety of marine life on the Hudson River and listen to story-teller Perry Ground as he regales audiences with his story, “The Edge of the Turtle Island,” and other Native American stories about rivers, lakes and oceans. Mythological beings, brave people and humorous animals all depend on water in these stories, told with wampum from the Hudson River. Saturday. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Carnegie Kids: Class Notes
ClassNotes transforms everyday classical music into a wild rollercoaster of colorful sounds and emotions. Get on board as these young, charismatic teaching musicians take you and your kids on a full-throttle ride of extraordinary discovery through active listening and storytelling. Saturday. 11:30 am – 12:15. Bowery. Free. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Big Jeff Halloween Routine
Celebrate the holiday with children’s entertainer “Big Jeff” DeSmedt! “Big Jeff” DeSmedt is the hardest-working six-foot-six-inch singer-songwriter in family music. His blend of humor, learning and “super-interactive” audience participation has been captivating young audiences across the New York Metropolitan area for the past ten years. Friday. 3:30 pm. SoHo. Free. All ages. Event details.
How I Became a Pirate
This exciting musical, based on the award-winning children’s book by Melinda Long, tells the story of Young Jeremy Jacob, Captain Braid Beard and his mates. When young Jeremy Jacobs and his exceptional digging skills are recruited by Captain Braid Beard for treasure burying purposes, Jeremy thinks the pirate life is for him. Until he realizes that the simple things in life, like a kiss and a warm tucking in at night are those that are most important. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Saturday. 1:00 pm. Prospect Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Creepy Crawly Creature: Crafts and Facts
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild under the tutelage of Urban Park Rangers! Learn, explore and create about creepy crawly creatures at Fort Greene Park. Sunday. 1:00 pm. Fort Greene. Free. All ages. Event details.
Little Makers: Bubble Trouble
Design and make your own bubble blowing tool and use it to create colorful bubble artwork. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and soap bubbles. Sunday. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Corona. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission ($5 per family for members). All ages. Event details.
— Aya Takemoto
Photo courtesy of Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Kids).