July’s Fun Finish: Weekend Events July 27 – 29


Kids and their families are invited to Stuyvesant Cove Park for Solar One’s Family Day. Make ecologically sustainable cardboard animal masks, estuary puppets, leaf people, watercolor paintings and more. Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23rd St and the East River, Manhattan.

Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance

Bring your dancing partner and swing the night away! South Beach, Sand Lane and Capadanno Blvd, Staten Island. Friday, July 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn How to Build a Rain Harvesting System

If you don’t have one in your garden, you need one! This hands-on workshop will take you through all the steps involved in building a basic rain harvesting system and teach you about the importance of water conservation. Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tranquility Garden, 267 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn.

Summer Reading about Nature

Join the Greenbelt Educators for a read-aloud of a non-fiction and a fiction book about nature. Then join them for a short hike to experience the sights and sounds of the forest. Afterward, enjoy silent reading of a nature book of your own, or borrow one of theirs. Make sure you stick around for an optional run through the lawn sprinklers. The program is geared toward children ages 4-8. Registration required. Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue, Staten Island.

Ping Pong in the Park

It’s time to start competing (or just having fun) in the spirit of the Olympics. Think you’re a volleying champion? Put your skills to the test at the Bryant Park Ping Pong Court on Friday, July 27, anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Paddles and balls will be provided free of charge to those of all skill levels. Bryant Park, near 42nd St and 6th Ave, Manhattan.

Community Garden “Each One – Teach One”

Ever wanted to learn about carpentry, gardening, planting or composting? If so, come to Padre Plaza, Success Garden, Bronx on Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn these skills and more!

Latin Dancing Under the Stars

Not into swing? Try latin-style! Visit Windmuller Playground (in Lawrence Virgilio Playground), Queens, for an evening of music, face painting for children, a raffle drawing, and Latin dance instruction under the stars. Friday, July 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is the philosophy and practice of aligning breath, physical activity and a wide range of exercises developed in China to promote energy circulation in the body. Start your Friday with natural—rather than caffeine induced—energy at Cloisters Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. Friday, July 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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