Category Archives: Special Events

Family Events at Brookfield Place New York

Brookfield Place New York is a setting for discovery and inspiration,  relaxing and socializing. Enjoy a variety of FREE family fun events for you and your little ones.


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Redhawk Native Arts Celebration

Location: Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

This family-friendly event with the Redhawk Native American Arts Council is taking place in conjunction with Tepkik, an installation by artist Jordan Bennett, and will present a variety of activities including art and jewelry-making, Indigenous dance, traditional storytelling with Tchin, and more.

Fri, 9/6 | 12-2PM  (Lunchtime art and jewelry making). MORE INFO

Sat, 9/7 | 10AM – 2PM. MORE INFO

About Redhawk Native American Arts Council: The Redhawk Native American Arts Council is a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council is dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. The council represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures. The arts council also hosts festivals, workshops, theater presentations and educational programs, addressing stereotypes and fostering an awareness of Native cultures from a historical standpoint, with a focus on contemporary cultural practices.


 

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Location: Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

Join us Saturday mornings for performances by magicians, musicians, storytellers and more that are perfect for a pint-sized audience! Entertainment lineup changes every week. Food and beverage options at Hudson Eats are available for purchase.

From 10am-12pm every Saturday, kids can wiggle, dance and singalong with our dynamic children’s performers.  MORE INFO


 

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Parkour on the Plaza

Location: Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place

FREE (Registration suggested)

Join a team of parkour coaches from The Movement Creative who will use fun games and obstacles to empower you to find new ways over, under, and through your environment.
All levels welcome – ages 7-13.

Registration recommended for the following dates: Sep 7thSep 14thOct 5thOct 12th

ABOUT THE MOVEMENT CREATIVE: The Movement Creative offers parkour and movement classes in NYC.’s They blend movement and play with the philosophy and ethos of Parkour, striving to create spaces where people can move with other people that love to move. Members of their community learn from and teach one another, becoming more than a sum of their parts by sharing challenges, playing games and exploring their own and each other’s potential. Join the community and change the way you see the world.

SPECIAL EVENT!! NYC Basketball Kids Player Clinic With Enes Kanter

NYC Basketball Kids

Join Portland Trail Blazers Star Enes Kanter and NYC Basketball Kids for one of the best Summer Basketball Clinics in New York City!

Saturday, June 15th: Enes Kanter Clinic @ John Jay College, W59th St

Ages 5-11 10-11:15AM, Ages 12-17 11:15AM-12:30PM

Portland Trail Blazer Enes Kanter will be in attendance to lead drills, take pictures, and sign autographs for everybody in attendance! The mini camp will offer a small sample of what makes NYC Basketball Kids summer camps so special!

Youth Director Bryan Gamroth and the NYC Basketball Kids staff will be on hand to meet parents and kids. This is a great opportunity for a really fun experience while trying out one of the top youth sports programs in the city.  You won’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

SIGN UP: June 15th Basketball Clinic with Enes Kanter

SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME OFFER
In conjunction with this special event, Kidz Central Station and NYC Basketball Kids are offering a special, limited-time offer until June 15. Enroll for summer and use code KIDZBASKETBALL and receive $100 off per week and your choice of after camp shooting clinic or free late pickup (6pm) at no additional charge. Don’t miss out!

From June 17th – August 29th, NYC Basketball Kids will be hosting 11 weeks of star-studded basketball camps featuring NBA players such as Golden State Warrior Shawn Livingston, Philadelphia 76er Tobias Harris, Knicks legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier, and more! Camp locations at John Jay College, Grace Church School and Nord Anglia International School.

VIEW Basketball Summer Camp Schedule

Lunar New Year Activities For NYC Kids

Lunar New Year

The Chinese New Year 2019 is celebrated on Tuesday, February 5th according to the Lunar Calendar.  This year’s Spring Festival is  the Year of the Pig.  Help your kids celebrate the traditions that are part of China’s most important holiday with these kids’ activities around NYC.



Lunar New Year

Enjoy this FREE family-friendly performance presented by Arts Brookfield and the New York Chinese Cultural Center.  A dynamic Lion Parade led by lion dancers, traditional Chinese dance and music, a martial arts demonstration, and theatrical players in full make-up and regalia! Saturday, February 9 from 2–3:15PM @Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year: Around the World Camp: Taste of China

February 5 // Half day sessions // Chelsea. Your chefs will learn how to make delicious dumplings from scratch and create tasty sweet and savory treats, from Long Life Noodle Salad to Fortune Cookies.

 

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year Feb 5th – Fashion Camp

February 5 // Half day or Full day sessions // Midtown West. A day of fashion design, sewing, styling and more on Tuesday Feb 5th for the Lunar New Year Public School Holiday.

Family Fun and Birthdays at NFL Experience Times Square

rogerKidz Central Station just had a ridiculous fun time at NFL Experience Times Square (NFLX) and we want to spread the word.  This is a live action experience that involves athletic skills games (e.g., vertical leap, quarterback challenge, blocking dummy, etc) and a wholly immersive 4D surround sound movie theater to bring us the feel of being “in the game.” This is awesome if you are a football fan, but  we learned that you do not need to be a fan or even know much about the game to enjoy the journey.NFL Experience Times Square

On a hot and muggy day, NFLX was the perfect place to get our kids out of the house and out of the sun to release their energy.  When we first arrived, we visited the second floor gift shop and cafe area where Good Morning Football is filmed.  The kids got to sit at the desk and pretend they were tv hosts.

Next, we entered the exhibit, which begins on the fourth floor with a walk down a hallway that introduces the 32 football teams and showcases jerseys and helmets and displays for each NFL conference.  Learn football history here, especially with  an interactive map where we could learn about any team we chose.  This is an example of when you do not need to be a fan.  Kids love pushing buttons and being the one in control of the adventure.NFL Experience Times Square

After taking some fun photographs in front of a green screen, we entered the theater, aka The Stadium, for a short 13 minutemovie.  This was the favorite attraction for both the kids and adults.  During this interactive film, the audience gets to feel like they’re in the game.  There are screens on both sides of you, on the ceiling, and in front of you with speaker systems all around.  The seats move with what’s happening in the film.  If there’s a tackle, you feel it.  When we were watching games take place in snow, it began “snowing” in the the theater and I swear, it felt like snow.NFL Experience Times Square

After exiting the movie onto the third floor, you and the kids can take part in all the skills games.  The kids rushed forward to the tackling dummies and tried with all their might to try to move them.  They tried their hands at the quarterback throwing contest and the vertical jump challenge.  These were the 2nd and 3rd favorites for the kids as their competitive sides were now in full force as they ran around to all the games.  NFL Experience Times SquareThey created or suited up their own football player on screen and then had that player mimic their movements.  They weighed themselves together to compare to offensive linemen.  They stood next to a height chart to see if they could reach Julian Edelman.  Note, short is still tall in sports.NFL Experience Times Square

A Jon Gruden video taught us one of his actual game plays, which he drew up on a visit here.  We walked through the victory tunnel and celebrated our Super Bowl win.  There was another photo op in front of a green screen in which a bucket of Gatorade is spilling you.  The kids loved it!  It was very cool was seeing all of the Super Bowl rings and the Lombardi Trophy in person.  Also, Good Morning Football ends filming at 10AM and players have been known to hang around.  We didn’t see any NFL players during our visit but Sterling Shepard stopped by the day after and posed with lucky fans.  Next time!

NFL Experience Times Square

And we will visit again because the cafe broadcasts games during the season, as well as, other sporting events such as March Madness during the rest of the year,  The location is fantastic on Times Square and the 2nd floor had a perfect view of all the action.  And they serve a full menu (and bar) along with lots of kid friendly options.  My son was also interested in the idea of a birthday party here.  See below for details.

NFL Experience Times Square

Kidz Tips:

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Birthdays at NFL Experience Times Square

ALL PRO – $800

  • Admission for 21 (kids and adults)
  • Kids Lunch Package Options
  • A Birthday Cake! Choice of chocolate, vanilla or Fruity Pebble Marshmallow
  • Paper Goods (plates, cups, utensils)
  • Commemorative photo for all children
  • Dedicated Tour Guide
  • Bounceback return visit admission to NFLX for all children!

Birthday MVP Child will also receive:

  • One NFL Team Mini Helmet (Team of Choice)
  • One NFLX Credential & Lanyard

MVP – $1100

  • Full ALL PRO Package benefits PLUS:
  • Birthday Child’s Name Listed on Select Screens
  • NFLX Goody Bags

HALL OF FAME – $1400

  • Full MVP Package benefits PLUS:
  • Birthday Child’s Name Listed on Select Screens
  • Upgrade to Premium NFLX Goody Bags (includes Junior Leather NFL Team Logo Football
  • One Adult Menu Food Platter (feeds five)
  • Open Bar for One Hour

NFL Experience Times SquareTo reserve your party, please request info here.

Best Mother’s Day in NYC

Mother’s Day NYC Kidz Central Station

Mother’s Day in NYC  is a wonderful time to explore family activities all over the city.  Let the celebrations begin next Saturday, on to Sunday, and carryover all the way to the following Sunday!  You can never do enough to appreciate Mom.  Below is a roundup of the best events in NYC.
 

SATURDAY, MAY 12TH

Mother’s Day Breakfast (ages 3+ with adult)

Mother’s Day NYC Prospect Park Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society – Prospect Park Zoo, 9am-11am.   Meet in the zoo before it opens, enjoy a light breakfast, meet an animal close up, and help prepare special treats for the animal moms!

 

Mother’s Day Tea Party Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen – Chelsea, 9am-10am.  This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together.    Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea.  Festive Tea Party attire welcome.

 

Make Mom a Makeup Pouch – Sewing Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC The Fashion Class

The Fashion Class – Midtown West, 3:30-5:30pm. Kids will create a make-up bag or carry-all pouch with zipper and decorations for mom.  The class is perfect for everyone from beginners to advanced sewers.  The workshop begins with a sewing lesson on Singer Sewing machines.  Students learn to cut and pin fabric before sewing.

 

Mother’s Day Parent-Child Workshop: Cherry Blossom Trees

Claire’s Creative Adventures– UES, 4-5:30pm.
Children make a family tree or a beautiful sculpture to don any room!  Join your child in making hands-on projects using unique materials.
**Register by May 11th for this special Mother’s Day event.**

 

 

Mother’s Day with Mozart for Munchkins

Mozart for Munchkins – UWS, 4-5pm. Fun family concert featuring a variety of classical favorites including Vivaldi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and sing-along favorites!

**SAVE 10% WITH COUPON CODE MOZARTMOM**

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 13TH – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Celebration (Ages 3-10 with adult)

Mother’s Day NYC Central Park ZooWildlife Conservation Society – Central Park, 9am-10:30pm.   Families meet animal moms and their babies, make them treats, go on a scavenger hunt, and meet an animal guest. Then make a special Mother’s Day craft and enjoy a treat.

 

Family Brunch Celebrating Moms! (All Ages)

Wildlife Conservation Society – Queens Zoo, 11:30am-1:30pm.  Enjoy a light breakfast and explore the animals. Children will make a fun craft for their moms and the staff will take pictures of the family as a keepsake. All moms receive a gift!

Mother’s Day Tea Party Workshop

Mother’s Day NYC Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen – Chelsea, 9am-10am.  This Mother’s Day class is designed for kids and parents to cook together.    Make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze and brew a refreshing Sun Tea.  Festive Tea Party attire welcome.

 

Mother’s Day with Mozart for Munchkins!

Mother’s Day NYC Mozart for Munchkins

Mozart for Munchkins – UES, 4-5pm. Fun family concert featuring a variety of classical favorites including Vivaldi, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and some sing-along favorites!

**SAVE 10% WITH COUPON CODE MOZARTMOM**

 

 SUNDAY, MAY 20TH

A Mommy Puppet Show

 Mother’s Day NYC Okabaloo

OKABALOO FunArtFaktory – Arts & Fun Center –  Long Island City, 10-10:45am.  It’s a Mommy and Me show date dedicated to “Mother’s Month.”  Enjoy a 45 minute interactive puppet show full of laughs and surprises.