NYC weekend activities

Ecofriendly Activities

With just a few weeks until the start of school, take the family out to enjoy what’s left of summer in the city! Check out our free ecofriendly activity suggestions and let us know if we missed something in the comments section.

<a href=”http://conferencehouseparkconservancy.org/calendar.htm” target=”_blank”>Dunes, Drawing and Dendrology: Drawing ‘Chalk and Talk'</a>: Receive basic how-to instruction for exploring and capturing the varied landscapes of natural areas onto paper. No need to being art supplies as drawing material are provided in this introductory workshop. Conservancy House Park, Friday, August 15th, 10 a.m. to noon.

<a href=”http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/16/entomology-exploration” target=”_blank”>Entomology Exploration</a>: Join the Urban Park Rangers in an exploration of the shores of the Harlem Meer as you and your little ones enjoy the abundance and diversity of insects, including dragonflies, honey bees, damsel flies, and lady bugs. Central Park North, Saturday, August 16th, 11 a.m.

<a href=”http://socratessculpturepark.org/programevent/saturday-greenmarket/” target=”_blank”>GrowNYC Greenmarket</a>: Pick up farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, drop off your <a href=”http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2014/08/nycs-first-family-promotes-composting/” target=”_blank”>compost</a>, and enjoy the Manhattan skyline as you visit the farmer’s market in one of the city’s few free outdoor art exhibitions. Free Art Bus is also on call to shuttle visitors to many of LIC’s other famous art venues. Long Island City, Saturday, August 16th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

<a href=”http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/route/activities.shtml” target=”_blank”>Midtown City Picnic</a>: Enjoy free samples, discover creative cooking, and learn about healthy school food in this Midtown picnic, and then follow it with a free bike rental. The picnic is a part of the annual Summer Streets program, when seven miles of NYC are closed off to cars for pedestrian and cyclist enjoyment. Park Avenue, Saturday, August 16th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

<a href=”http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/08/17/nocturnal-wildlife” target=”_blank”>Nocturnal Wildlife</a>: Join the Urban Park Rangers as they guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the city, identify the nocturnal residents that call the park home, and teach you about the ecology and myths that surround these mysterious animals. Blue Heron Park Nature Center, Sunday, August 17th, 8 p.m.

<a href=”http://www.prospectpark.org/calendar/event/pop-up-audubon” target=”_blank”>Summer Fishing</a>: Children have the opportunity to learn about aquatic ecology, fishing safety, and how to use a rod and reel in this catch-and-release fishing program at Prospect Park Lake! Be prepared to get their paws dirty, because kids get to collect their own bait as well! Prospect Park Wellhouse, Saturday, August 16th, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

<a href=”http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/wildlife-theater-from-the-central-park-zoo-8/” target=”_blank”>Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo</a>: Inspire the little ones in your life to learn more and care more about our natural world through an interactive performance using drama, puppetry, games, and songs. From penguins to polar bears, dinosaurs to butterflies, children leave the theater with a new wonder for the world around them. Poe Park, Friday, August 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Ecofriendly Weekend Activities

Don’t let the chance of rain dampen your summer weekend fun! Get out and enjoy our urban nature at one of these ecofriendly events.

Art Ride! Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Exhibit at Fort Tilden: Go on an exciting, interactive bicycle tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula, followed by a free guided tour of the Rockaway! arts festival. Rockaway Waterfront, Sunday, August 3rd, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Central Park Moonlight Ride: Take a relaxing nighttime sojourn through Central Park highlighting its beautiful ponds, waterways, vistas, and structures by moonlight. Central Park, Friday, August 1st, 10 p.m.

Firefly Pajama Party: Your kids will have the chance to learn about fireflies in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere as they try to catch (and then release!) the last fireflies of the season. Fort Tryon Park, Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Fort Tilden Beach Cleanup: Learn about the variety of shore birds that make their home on our beaches as you provide vital cleanup to the areas where these protected birds, like oystercatchers and piping plovers, lay their eggs. Van transportation provided from Union Square. Fort Tilden Beach, Saturday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count: Help New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation collect a variety of wriggly and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the surface of the water by counting their catch to provide data for annual wildlife monitoring. Various locations, Saturday, August 2nd, various start times.

Green Thumb Fall Planting and Season Extension Workshop: Learn how to make the most of your vegetable garden by extending the harvesting season into the winter months through utilizing simple planting techniques. Phoenix Community Garden, Saturday, August 2nd, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony: Have a unique cultural experience at the park as you help acclaimed dancer Aeilushi Mistry bring peace and harmony to the shoreline as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti Ceremony. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday, August 2nd, 4 p.m.

Qualia Gardens Installation and Performance Art: Join Brooklyn-based art collective Leimay in an exploration of the garden space as a place of constant regeneration, rebirth and contemplation. Gil Hodges Community Garden, Friday, August 1st, 7 p.m.

Van Cortlandt Park Invasive Removal: Volunteer to remove invasive exotic vegetation to help maintain the livelihood of this restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Van Cortlandt Park, Friday, August 1st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo: Inspire the little ones in your life to learn more and care more about our natural world through an interactive performance using drama, puppetry, games, and songs. Bloomingdale Park, Friday, August 1st, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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“Green” Weekend Activities: March 16-18 | NYC

Whether you choose to spend St. Patty’s day outdoors partaking in the festivities, or indoors catching a show or making free art, this promises to be a great weekend filled with a diverse range of new things to try!

31st Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom: Kick off the spring gardening season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with this daylong conference exploring the many ways we can cultivate and celebrate sustainable innovation in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, and making do with less. This free event features exhibits and workshops on the cutting edge of sustainable urban gardening—from growing food on roofs and windowsills to reducing your garden’s carbon footprint. No preregistration is required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day’s workshops. Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Adult Art Workshop — Botanical Paper Making: Join Greenbelt resident artist Kathy Trimarco for a relaxing afternoon of the ancient art of papermaking using a variety of botanical accents. Participants will learn how to make several sheets of paper and create a decorative date book cover embellished with pressed leaf specimens. Saturday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Generation to Generation—BombaYo: Head to the BronxWorks Heights Senior Center at 200 West Tremont Avenue for an intergenerational community project designed for preserving cultural traditions through song, drums and dance. Sunday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Greening from the Ground Up: Pratt Center for Community Development in partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation, LISC NYC and State Farm is pleased to present this free event, featuring EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck as the keynote speaker. Registration is required. Friday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: Go green – literally – at the St. Patty’s Day Parade. The parade marches north on Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street. March 17, 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

SPRING ALIVE! – Dixon Place: A world premiere interactive theatrical experience starring Broadway performer and recording artist Spring Groove. SPRING ALIVE! uniquely combines the Folk, Pop, Ecstatic and Meditative Mantra music genres into an entertaining and humorous journey as Spring travels the globe in search of everything from glowsticks to gurus. Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Eco-Crafts: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in an alternative way by bringing your children to learn about conservation through eco-crafts. Urban Park Rangers offers this program to encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe and supportive atmosphere. All supplies will be provided, and the event is free of charge. Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m.

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Sustainable Weekend Suggestions | NYC

Want a healthier body and mind, and a greener planet to boot? Look no further than our upcoming weekend activities!

Compost Harvesting and Street Tree Care – Join the NYC Compost Project in this hands-on workshop on how to harvest and use finished compost. Prior experience with composting is helpful, but not required. Saturday, March 10, 1:00 p.m.

Fitness and Nutrition Book Camp – Spring is right around the corner, so there’s no better time to get yourself into tip-top shape. Learn how to eat healthy, and participate in yoga and low-impact fitness as well. Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies – Admire the beauty of nature and the advanced cameras that capture all of its intricacies in prints taken by the Museum of Natural History’s research staff using X-rays, lasers, infrared photography and other high-tech means. Exhibit runs until June 24, 2012

ReLeaf Workshop – Join an interactive workshop on street tree pits, porous pavements, green and blue roofs, and other “green infrastructure” projects being used throughout New York City. Friday, March 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stop ‘N’ Swap – Find new homes for things you no longer need and take home items that you can use. By recycling already-made items, you’ll be helping prevent waste from production, packaging and transportation. Saturday, March 10, 12:00 p.m.

The New York Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show – Now in its 10th year, the nation’s largest exhibition of orchids offers insights into the mystery of these spectacular flowers and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Runs until April 22, 2012

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Eco-Friendly Weekend Activities | NYC

Sometimes it takes a Leap Year to remember that certain things don’t have to happen once every four years – like trying out one of Greening the Apple’s suggested eco-friendly neighborhood activities! Check out our top recommendations and feel free to share your own in the comments section.

Annual Wollman Open: Head over to Wollman Rink in Central Park to cheer on some local skaters in the 13th annual basic skills competition. Events take place from 7:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4.

Central Park Promenade Tour:  Meet in front of Samuel F. B. Morse statue, inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street for many surprises: a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind and a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water are just some of the sites you’ll visit on this east-to-west walk through the park. Saturday, February 4, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Clothing and Textile Recycling:  Textiles can be dropped off weekly at 8 select Greenmarkets: 97th Street, Union Square (Monday and Saturday only), Grand Army Plaza, Fort Greene, McCarren Park, Inwood, Tompkins Square and Jackson Heights.  Collections accept clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36″ x 36″ or larger and other textiles. Click here for the full schedule of textile recycling stations.   

Funny Ha Ha: Can art be critical and humorous? Decide for yourself at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery’s upcoming group show, which explores different approaches to using humor in art. Saturday, March 3, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Garlic Mustard Pull at Van Cortlandt Park: Head over to Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center to help remove Garlic Mustard plants around the park. Students earn community service hours. Layers, shoes, long pants, and long sleeves are highly recommended. Please note that this is a sunshine only event. Please check the Facebook link below for up to the minute cancellations.

Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling: Since we just blogged about eCycling, it seems appropriate to promote GrowNYC’s collection boxes for rechargeable batteries and cell phones, stationed at Greenmarkets across Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. For a complete list of hours and locations, click here.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Queens: The Queens St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a high-spirited local affair. It’s held weeks earlier than the Manhattan parade, which makes it a great warm-up. Many New Yorkers prefer the Sunnyside version because it is less crowded, less touristy, and a neighborhood event ( the great local pubs don’t hurt, either). Join some prominent figures (such as Mayor Bloomberg) this Sunday, March 4, for the 2 p.m. kick-off.

Volunteer: Find volunteer opportunities in your area as an easy way to shake up your weekend plans (while also lending a hand).

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Sustainable Weekend Activities | NYC

Art and adventure, inside and out—NYC has got it all this weekend!

A Vision for Long Island City – Big things are happening in LIC, home of the Socrates Sculpture Park. Take a visit to the Noguchi Museum and see how four artists foresee development in this burgeoning area of Queens. Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Forclosed: Rehousing the American Dream – A look at proposals by architects and designers that offer new ways of thinking about cities and suburbs. Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

LIFE: Kids Nature Film Series – Love nature documentaries? Come out to see the final day of an award winning nature documentary series, hosted by The Prospect Park Alliance. Friday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Hunt for Tom & Huck’s Lost Treasure! – Join Staten Island OutLOUD to hunt for “nuggets of knowledge” on the trails near the Greenbelt Nature Center. It will be an easy walk, and all ages are welcome! Sunday, February 26, 2:00 p.m.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter – If our warm winter hasn’t been warm enough for you, stop by the American Museum of Natural History this weekend to frolic with 500 butterfly specimens in a balmy 80 degree vivarium. Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Winter Seals and Waterbirds of New York Harbor – Back by “pup-ular” (their word, not ours) demand. Don’t miss your chance to see New York City harbor seals like you’ve never seen them before! Sunday, February 26, 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 a.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities: February 18th and 19th

There are lots of things to celebrate right now (Black History Month, Mardi Gras, mild winter weather) so get out there and try something new this weekend. As always, the City has a diverse range of eco-friendly activities to offer for families and children alike.

Anansi the African Spider Man: Listen to cherished African tales of the mischievous Anansi the Spider and discover the beauty of the African culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Create your own Anansi spider to take home. Saturday, February 18, 2:00 –3:30 p.m., ages 5 and under. 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Bryant Park: This Mardi Gras, the coolest party north of New Orleans will be at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. This bash promises masks, music, and more for kids of all ages. There’ll be a parade of all the dressed up revelers (remember: purple, gold, and green are the traditional Mardi Gras colors), beads galore, warm apple cider, and chocolate coins. Everyone’s invited and, of course, it’s all free. Magician R.J. Lewis, an old hand at Le Carrousel, will host and perform magic tricks, and music will be supplied by Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band. Saturday, February 18, 1:00 –2:00 p.m.

Compost & Healthy Soils Workshop: Are you passionate about composting but want more from your bin? This Q&A session provides the practical tips, advice, and encouragement you need to take composting to the next level, whether you are just starting out or have been digging in for years. Saturday, February 18, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Festival of the Vegetables: A whimsical series of brief, witty poems, piano pieces, and dances that reveal the secret life of vegetables—stories of bravery, bounciness, and a Veggie Wedding!—each introduced by a couple of silly, yet eloquent produce clerks. Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Genealogy Workshop with Wilhelmina Kelly: This presentation by renowned genealogist Wilhelmina Kelly will explore the basics of genealogy, with tips on how to research Revolutionary War ancestors. Attendees should bring any family information they have already located. Space is limited so sign up as early as possible in order to reserve a spot. Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m. 

Peace Ride: Take a leisurely peaceful bike ride with Time’s Up, NYC’s Direct Action Environmental Organization, to some of downtown Manhattan’s peace sites. You will visit: Point Thank You, Robert Wagner Park, The Labyrinth for Contemplation, Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere, Vietnam Vet Memorial and the site of the Mother AME Zion Church (first church in NYC built and led by African Americans). Sunday, February 19. Meet at Gandhi Statue, SW corner of Union Square (across from Staples), 11:00 a.m.

The Urban Divers Nautical Exposition: Celebrate Black History Month with these spectacular nautical exhibitions, which feature an impressive collection of artifacts, accessories, historic naval armament and costumes. An enriching, entertaining, and interactive cultural experience is promised to all in attendance. Sunday, February 19, 1:00 –4:00 p.m.

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