Can you believe it's already August? As you gear up for back-to-school season, savor the last of summer vacation weekends by bonding over watching the Olympics and taking advantage of the warm weather for outdoor activities like catching hometown athletes at your local ball park, including the Rockland Boulders vs. Kansas City.
Paddle for Autism Awareness allows everyone, including children with autism, to enjoy learning how to kayak together. Also, children with special needs and their parents can play and swing on multi-sensory equipment at Space No. 1.
Outdoor Fun: Watch a jousting match and see quirky shows at the NY Renaissance Faire, or grab a picnic blanket to dance to family-friendly music at the Nature-Palooza Family Concert (Make sure the kids don their swimsuits because sprinklers will be set up!).
Then, see which Dragon Boat wins the race on the Hudson, catch fireworks, go on an underground railroad tour, enjoy live music, and more at the Peekskill Celebration.
Nearby, get up close and personal with other types of reptiles—like a 7-foot alligator—at the zoo's Rainforest Reptile Shows, or catch Erik's Reptile Edventure where kids learn about reptiles, amphibians, and bugs.
The Animal Kingdom: Did you know a hummingbird can flap its wings about 40-80 times a second? Learn more about this bird at the Brooklyn Children's Museum and take home a working hummingbird feeder too. Then head to the beach to learn about an endangered bird called the piping plover and play educational games, or hunt for bats, moths, and nocturnal insects on a hike at dusk. Meet and pet the Nature Center's live animals, and also discover exotic African species like the electric catfish at the Maritime Aquarium.
Live Performances: Be awed by tricks of local favorite Mario the Magician who will be accompanied by a jazz band, learn basic techniques of the Jamaican drum, and sing along with the Doodlebops and Caillou who'll also deliver wacky jokes and show off their funkiest dance moves. Discover the story of legendary English outlaw Robin Hood as his adventures come alive on stage, or get to know Nino the clown and his Italian family circus, Zoppe.
Wind down at CMOM where kids sculpt their own creatures at the Clay Bar, or sit down for Sunday Story Hour at the DiMenna Children's History Museum.
Bonus: Active duty military personnel and their families get free admission to participating museums through Sept. 3. Plus, everyone can take advantage of free ferry rides to Governors Island and Staten Island.
See Below for: Latest posts on our new blog, our extensive guide to berry-picking farms near you, and a parent's guide to the Olympics.
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents
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