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Upcoming Weekend Activities

2014 July 24

The end of July means the middle of summer in the city, so get out and enjoy all that NYC has to offer! Check out our sustainable activity suggestions and let us know if we missed something in the comments section.

EarthCapades Eco-educational Circus: Bring your kids to watch the amazing tricks and flips of this circus troupe as they teach ecological diversity, the inherent right for all species to live in a safe and healthy environment, and how your little ones can be a hero for our planet today. Sunday, July 27th, noon to 1 p.m.

They Will Surf Again: Adults and children with all forms of disabilities are invited to an adaptive surfing clinic on the beach for a thrilling, one-of-a-kind experience. Volunteer swimmers and lifeguards are also welcome. Rockaway Beach, Sunday, July 27th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Birding Canoe Adventure: Intermediate canoers are invited to explore the Hutchison River Estuary and the Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary on the eight-mile paddles as you learn to identify the birds making homes on the bay. Pelham Bay Park, Sunday, July 27th, 11 a.m.

Garden Pollinators Walk: Join the American Museum of Natural History in a walk as you observe local pollinators, from everyone’s favorites (like honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies) to those more often overlooked (like solitary bees, beetles and other native pollinators). Free admission to Wave Hill until noon. Wave Hill, Saturday, July 26th, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Dragonflies Demystified: Bring your kids and your binoculars to learn about dragonflies and their special secrets, followed by a hike through the Greenbelt to let your little ones experience the colorful critters up close and personal. High Rock Park, Sunday, July 27th, 1 p.m.

Sandcastle Contest: Bring your bucket and tools to build sandcastles at this 20th annual contest with Urban Park Ranger activities and prizes for several age categories. Rockaway Beach, Sunday, July 27th, noon to 2 p.m.

Conservancy Garden Tour: Learn about the thousands of trees, flowers, shrubs, and perennials that decorate the Conservatory Garden from the horticulturalists who take care of this landmark within the Park. Central Park, Saturday, July 26th, 11 a.m. to noon.

Thunderbird American Indian Mid-summer PowWow: Enjoy a weekend of intertribal Native American dance competitions featuring 40 Indian Nations at the 317-year old Queens County Farm, the largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland in the city. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Queens County Farm Apple Orchard, July 25th – 27th, various start times.

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