NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:19:39 GMT <![CDATA[Protectors of Pine Oak Woods: 40 Years of Green]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green Date: April 28, 2016

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, and learn more about their dedication to preserving and expanding Staten Island parks.This exhibit traces the group’s history and growth through text, photos, and other ephemera. The exhibit runs through June 11, 2016.

The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has led in the creation of the parks and bluebelts indicated by stars on this map.

Dominick Durso/ALMAR Graphics

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f15c0f3a162.jpeg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:25 EDT
<![CDATA[Peepers (2 year-olds) - Early Childhood Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/peepers-early-childhood-series http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/peepers-early-childhood-series Date: April 28, 2016

Through hands-on activities, observations, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

This program will take place indoor and outdoors (weather-permitting) for children and their caregivers.

Space is limited. Registeration requested. Please call (718) 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Start time: 10:45 am

End time: 11:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 10:45 am 11:15 am 40.58840179443359400, -74.13909912109375000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:45 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Northern Forts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/central-park-tour-northern-forts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/central-park-tour-northern-forts Date: April 28, 2016

Did you know that the north end of Central Park has a rich history that includes the British having been stationed here during the American Revolution, and American troops stationed there during the War of 1812? Recent archaeological and historical investigations in the area have revealed even more information about how the "Fort Landscape" was used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, before this area was part of Central Park. This season, join our guides and learn the history of this part of the Park, get insight into the studies in the area, and appreciate the recent restorations undertaken by the Conservancy.

Highlights of this tour include McGowan's Pass, Fort Clinton, Nutter's Battery, and the Harlem Meer.

The tour route involves many hills and stairs, and some uneven terrain. The tour starts at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues), and ends near the park perimeter at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.79679870605469000, -73.95149993896484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564242ad5ee65.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Break in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/spring-break-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/spring-break-in-prospect-park Date: April 28, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.

  • Nature Exploration, 12–4 pm
    Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free
    Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
    Blooming Naturalist, 1–2 pm: So you think you are a naturalist? Join Alliance educators to make your own nature journal, learn how to use binoculars and field guides.
    Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.
    Animal Encounter, 3–3:30 pm: Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.
  • Spring Recess, 2–4 pm
    Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation
    It's time for spring planting! Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House where you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant an herb seed to take home.
  • Carousel Rides, 12–5 pm
    Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Plus membership
    Celebrate the start of spring with a first ride of the year on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Join the Alliance at the $125 level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park),Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park),The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000; 40.66429901123047000, -73.96389770507812000; 40.66370010375976600, -73.96419525146484000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/nature-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/nature-exploration Date: April 28, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.

Thursdays and Fridays, 12–4, beginning Friday, April 7

  • Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!
  • Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.
  • Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Curious as to how Snappy the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:06 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 28, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun.

Equipment will be provided.

The Bryant Park Jugglers use the park throughout the year. They are a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Lawn (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.75350189209000000, -73.98370361328100000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57102489e50b8.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Hatha Yoga and Meditation]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/hatha-yoga-and-meditation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/hatha-yoga-and-meditation Date: April 28, 2016

This hatha yoga and meditation class focuses on whole body fitness for strength, health, well-being, and balance. You'll learn yoga techniques to initiate relaxation and influence changes within our physical and emotional responses to stress.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 12:30 pm 1:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Pen and Pillow Making Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/pen-and-pillow-making-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/pen-and-pillow-making-workshop Date: April 28, 2016

Come join us for a fun afternoon of socializing and gift making! We will guide you as you create a Mother’s Day pen and pillow.

No artistic experience necessary, but you’ll be surprised by your hidden talents! All supplies will be provided.

This event is FREE and open to all adults.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: 7185236912

Location: Detective Keith Williams Field House (in Detective Keith L Williams Park)

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Q121 Detective Keith L Williams Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.84460067749023400, -73.93869781494140000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56def68c6d62b.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:15 EDT
<![CDATA[Sherman Creek Stewards: Garden Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/sherman-creek-stewards-garden-crew http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/sherman-creek-stewards-garden-crew Date: April 28, 2016

Like many New Yorkers, you may love the idea of raising your own garden but lack the knowledge, space or confidence to do so. Garden Crew is the perfect opportunity to dive into the soil and figure it all out! Here you’ll learn about plant maintenance and care throughout the seasons while helping to beautify Sherman Creek Park.

New members are required to attend an Orientation Session, held on the first Saturday of the month. Call 917-291-6436 or email volunteer@nyrp.org for more details.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (917) 291-6436

Location: Swindler Cove (in Sherman Creek)

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M300 Sherman Creek 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.85842514038086000, -73.92292785644531000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Adult + Junior Tennis Program]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/holiday-adult-junior-tennis-program http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/holiday-adult-junior-tennis-program Date: April 28, 2016

During the holiday season, the Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience. Our accomplished staff of tennis professionals gives players personal attention while they acquire game fundamentals and increase their skill level.

Advanced registration is required. Please register here.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground)

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B068 Parade Ground 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.65119934082031000, -73.97010040283203000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering for Kids]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-bronx-orienteering-for-kids http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-bronx-orienteering-for-kids Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited for compasses.

On this program, your Urban Prk Ranger guide will teach the basics of using an orienteering compass and challenge participants to navigate through the park.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.85166235434100000, -73.82469034195000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f991e369928.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Art-Making: Art-Making: Leafy Mobiles]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/family-artmaking-festooned-hiking-staff http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/family-artmaking-festooned-hiking-staff Date: April 28, 2016

Join us for Spring Vacation Week—also Arbor Week!—for tree-inspired art workshops and a natural science exploration that will bring us closer to these leafy giants.

These programs are geared to children between the ages of five and 10, with a parent or caregiver.

Leaves are exquisite organs that generate food and energy for trees and plants. At this workshop, we'll take a closer look at new springtime leaves, examining their intricate network of veins, and compare the sizes and shapes of different trees’ leaves. Using air-dry clay, paints, and wooden supports, celebrate their fine details and immortalize their gentle dance in the springtime breeze by preparing a mobile of leafy impressions.

Space is limited.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d473e0a21e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Brooklyn: Scavenger Hunt]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-brooklyn-scavenger-hunt http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-brooklyn-scavenger-hunt Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Use all of your senses and explore the park searching high and low for clues with the Urban Park Rangers as your guide.

Nature scavenger hunts are a great way to connect to the natural world and get moving outside.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.60469818115234400, -73.92980194091797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fc1f9cd0d86.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Brooklyn: Gather around the Campfire]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-brooklyn-campfire http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-brooklyn-campfire Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited!

Join us for campfire activities around a colonial hearth. Learn about campfire safety and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park)

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B032 Fort Greene Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.69219970703125000, -73.97480010986328000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fc1eec35496.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Queens: Insect Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-queens-insect-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-queens-insect-exploration Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us, and the importance of parks to provide habitats for them.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park)

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Q458 Fort Totten Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.79520034790039000, -73.77839660644531000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fc1feb5a4ac.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Staten Island: Insect and Pond Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-staten-island-insect-and-pond-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-staten-island-insect-and-pond-exploration Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty or wet as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects and other invertebrates to discover their important connection to us, and the importance of parks to provide habitats for them.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park)

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.53085327148437500, -74.17777252197266000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57029c92277b7.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Patterned Scarf-Knitting Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/knit-a-fibonacciinspired-scarfadults http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/knit-a-fibonacciinspired-scarfadults Date: April 28, 2016

Participants will create a Fibonnacci-inspired striped scarf with two different colors of yarn. Select your contrasting or complementary colors for your piece. This is a pattern using a sequencing numerical pattern that produces an intersting affect. For those experienced in knitting, and wish to learn a fun technique.

Students bring own materials (#8 knitting needles, #4 color worsted weight yarn-two contrasting or complementary colors of your choice).

This is a class for those with serious interest in learning to work with two colors and creating an interesting numerical sequencing pattern for interesting effect.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Manhattan: Birding Bonanza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-manhattan-birding-bonanza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/kids-week-manhattan-birding-bonanza Date: April 28, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Take the kids to the park to enjoy a guided bird walk, perfect for young birdwatchers, with the Urban Park Rangers.

Bring your own binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: First Avenue at 112th Street (in Thomas Jefferson Park)

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M047 Thomas Jefferson Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.79309844970703000, -73.93730163574219000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f99226378de.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Ed Center Open Hours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/ed-center-open-hours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/ed-center-open-hours Date: April 28, 2016

The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours four afternoons a week, on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays!

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

Photo by Alexa Hoyer

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Environmental Education Center (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 3:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.70428673171300000, -73.98938399553300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56b39ce479a04.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:53 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/3-to-6-club Date: April 28, 2016

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:36 EDT
<![CDATA[Teen PASS]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/teen-pass http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/teen-pass Date: April 28, 2016

When school is out, Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff.

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Westside Collaborative middle school. Check each individual site for specific program schedules.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602746

Location: Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park),Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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R008, B126 Faber Pool and Park, Red Hook Recreation Area 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64023590087890600, -74.13526916503906000; 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:34 EDT
<![CDATA[Community Boatbuilding at Brooklyn Bridge Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp Date: April 28, 2016

The experienced boatbuilders of the Village Community Boathouse will lead volunteers in constructing a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat in Brooklyn Bridge Park's Community Room at 99 Plymouth. Named after the Lower Manhattan street that now ends at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Whitehalls were the water taxis of their day, speedily ferrying passengers across the East River and to and from ships at anchor in the harbor. The shape and dimensions of this boat are drawn from a Whitehall built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1890.

Regular boatbuilding sessions will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon until May 22. Spectators are more than welcome and volunteers are encouraged to join. No experience is necessary.

For more information or to sign up, please email info@villagecommunityboathouse.org or register here.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 724-6432

Location: 99 Plymouth Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.70405696345800000, -73.98930621147200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d07b0d24f5.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Birding Tours of Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/spring-birding-tours-of-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/spring-birding-tours-of-bryant-park Date: April 28, 2016

Located in the heart of midtown, Bryant Park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. On these guided tours, discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow!

Presented in partnership with New York City Audubon.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Heiskell Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57101f313b7be.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:59 EDT
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Rodent and Insect Prevention]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/greenthumb-workshop-rodent-and-insect-prevention http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/greenthumb-workshop-rodent-and-insect-prevention Date: April 28, 2016

Join an overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), focusing on how to deal with insects and rodents in gardens. See what techniques Land Restoration Project/GreenThumb uses, as well as simple things you can do in your own garden. Afterward we will do some IPM in the garden.

Please RSVP here.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: Townsend Garden

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<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run - Brooklyn Bridge Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-brooklyn-bridge-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-brooklyn-bridge-park Date: April 28, 2016

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that empowers local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, and dogs—all are welcome!

On-site registration begins at 6:45 p.m.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.69260025024414000, -74.00189971923828000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a1567c3826.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature at Night Hike]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/nature-at-night-hike http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/nature-at-night-hike Date: April 28, 2016

Hike after dark and discover animals that wake up as the sun goes down. This program is suitable for children ages 8 and older, accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required. To register, please call (718) 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 7:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.58449935913086000, -74.12509918212890000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Art Talk: Figures, Fountains & Peacocks: Lachaise Garden Sculpture, 19201935]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/garden-art-talk-figures-fountains-peacocks-lachaise-garden-sculpture-19201935 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/garden-art-talk-figures-fountains-peacocks-lachaise-garden-sculpture-19201935 Date: April 28, 2016

Marking the one-year anniversary of the installation of the two proud bronze Gaston Lachaise peacocks, overlooking the formal garden on loan from the Lachaise Foundation, Executive Director Paula Hornbostel discusses the sculptures, the artist, and more.

Registration is requested; please call (718) 885-1461 or email info@bpmm.org.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 7:30 pm 9:00 pm 40.87186431884765600, -73.80553436279297000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Adult Basketball League]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/adult-basketball-league http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/28/adult-basketball-league Date: April 28, 2016

This program is for ages 18 and over. This is a seven game season, with games on Wednesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each team will make the playoffs. Participants must be members of the Recreation Center.

For more information regarding individual or team play, please contact David Deas at (718) 353-7853.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 353-7853

Location: Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2016-04-28 2016-04-28 8:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.83439636230469000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:23 EDT
<![CDATA[Will Eisner "The Spirit" Retrospective Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month Date: April 29, 2016

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's "The Spirit." Arguably the most influential person in American comics, Will Eisner as artist, entrepreneur, innovator, and virtual storyteller, enjoyed a career that encompassed comic books from their early beginnings in the 1930s to their development as graphic novels in the 1990s.

On display at the Poe Park Visitor Center gallery, the exhibit will feature artworks from Will Eisner's estate, which will include comic strips of "The Spirit", Eisner's graphic novels "A Contact with God", "Dropsie Avenue", "Life Force", and more.

There will be a discussion with Ray Felix of The Spirit's Femme Fatales as part of Women's History Month: "P'Gell", "Sand Sarif", and more.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Senior Games Prep Meet-Up Clinics: Track and Field]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/senior-olympics-prep-meetup-clinics-track-and-field http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/senior-olympics-prep-meetup-clinics-track-and-field Date: April 29, 2016

NYC Parks is hosting its first ever Senior Games!

Brooklyn's Senior Games takes place May 11-14 at St. John's Recreation Center. Recreation Center members age 50+ must register with a Brooklyn Recreation Center to compete.

Competitions include: Bowling, Tennis, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Shuffle Board and Table Games. A Torch Relay will stop at all the Brooklyn Recreation Centers, beginning May 10 and ending at the opening ceremony for the Senior Games on May 11.

To prepare for the Senior Games, Recreation Center members are invited to clinics like these from October to April. Each month, a different sport will be covered in these weekly clinics. The first week of each month is open to the public.

The Senior Games is sponsored by New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton. Pre-registration is required. To find out more, please call St. John's Recreation Center at (718) 771-2787.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 771-2787

Location: St. Johns Recreation Center

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2016-04-29 2016-04-29 8:00 am 9:00 am 40.67350006103515600, -73.93479919433594000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5627a574ea8dc.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:38 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga for WellnessSpring Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/yoga-for-wellnessspring-series http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/yoga-for-wellnessspring-series Date: April 29, 2016

Ann Casapini brings twenty years of experience as a certified instructor to lead offerings that invigorate and rejuvenate. Each gentle level-one class includes an overall workout, a specific area of focus, a short meditation, and deep relaxation. Ten classes; class size limited to 12.Please bring your own mat.

Registration and pre-payment is required. Pleasse call (718) 885-1461 or email info@bpmm.org.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:45 am

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 8:30 am 9:45 am 40.87186431884765600, -73.80553436279297000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Chroma Botanica: Ellie Irons & Linda Stillman]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/exhibition-chroma-botanica-ellie-irons-linda-stillman http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/exhibition-chroma-botanica-ellie-irons-linda-stillman Date: April 29, 2016

Chroma Botanica: Ellie Irons & Linda Stillman showcases the work of two artists that use natural plant pigments in their artwork to explore wild and cultivated environments, as well as the complex relationships between people and plants. The show includes the artists’ ongoing personal work, as well as new companion pieces that utilize plant life and research gathered in New York City parks and public spaces over the past year.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Arsenal building elevator is currently out of service. We appologize for the inconvenience.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.76720046997100000, -73.97129821777300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57069918a250b.jpeg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Hoops for PEACE]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/hoops-for-peace http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/hoops-for-peace Date: April 29, 2016

This sporting event will feature teens and NYPD Officers representing South Brooklyn playing basketball for peace.

Elected officials and officials from both Parks and NYPD have been invited.

Halftime entertainment will be provided by local talent and prizes will be awarded for contest winners.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 485-4633

Location: Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)

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B270 Brownsville Playground 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.65660095214844000, -73.90200042724610000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Eco Art Social: Tree Like Me]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/eco-art-social-tree-like-me http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/eco-art-social-tree-like-me Date: April 29, 2016

This Arbor Day, learn about how trees' bodies are like our own by creating life-sized artwork. Then go hiking to seek out shapes in nature!

This program is suitable for children ages three to five years old, accompanied by an adult.

Eco Art Social is an inclusive gathering where attendees engage in participatory artistry and craft that cultivates creativity alongside environmental and ecological awareness. Topics range to include the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.58840179443359400, -74.13909912109375000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Protectors of Pine Oak Woods: 40 Years of Green]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green Date: April 29, 2016

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, and learn more about their dedication to preserving and expanding Staten Island parks.This exhibit traces the group’s history and growth through text, photos, and other ephemera. The exhibit runs through June 11, 2016.

The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has led in the creation of the parks and bluebelts indicated by stars on this map.

Dominick Durso/ALMAR Graphics

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f15c0f3a162.jpeg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:25 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Manhattan: Birding Bonanza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-manhattan-birding-bonanza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-manhattan-birding-bonanza Date: April 29, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Take the kids to the park to enjoy a guided bird walk, perfect for young birdwatchers, with the Urban Park Rangers.

Bring your own binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.79707717895508000, -73.95149230957031000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f992845087a.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Cardio & Body Strengthening]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/shape-up-nyc-cardio-body-strengthening http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/shape-up-nyc-cardio-body-strengthening Date: April 29, 2016

This total body workout addresses muscle strength and endurance while keeping the heart rate up to burn calories and strengthen the cardio respiratory system. Continuous movement to great music makes it fun!

This instructor is part of the NYC Parks Fitness Instructor Training Program.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Exploration Hike]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-staten-island-nature-exploration-hike http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-staten-island-nature-exploration-hike Date: April 29, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly guided hike, filled with learning activities and fun group games. You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes. All are welcome, but this program is geared towards ages 12 and under.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Clinton Avenue and Prospect Avenue (in Goodhue Park)

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R169 Goodhue Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.63890075683594000, -74.09770202636719000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:10 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park Date: April 29, 2016

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park at 65th Street).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.76910018920898400, -73.97409820556640000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/575f1abebf753.jpg Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:00:23 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Break in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/spring-break-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/spring-break-in-prospect-park Date: April 29, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance during Spring Break for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Carousel.

  • Nature Exploration, 12–4 pm
    Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free
    Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.
    Blooming Naturalist, 1–2 pm: So you think you are a naturalist? Join Alliance educators to make your own nature journal, learn how to use binoculars and field guides.
    Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.
    Animal Encounter, 3–3:30 pm: Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.
  • Spring Recess, 2–4 pm
    Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation
    It's time for spring planting! Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House where you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil and plant an herb seed to take home.
  • Carousel Rides, 12–5 pm
    Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Plus membership
    Celebrate the start of spring with a first ride of the year on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Join the Alliance at the $125 level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park),Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park),The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000; 40.66429901123047000, -73.96389770507812000; 40.66370010375976600, -73.96419525146484000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/nature-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/nature-exploration Date: April 29, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.

Thursdays and Fridays, 12–4, beginning Friday, April 7

  • Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!
  • Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.
  • Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Curious as to how Snappy the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:06 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 29, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun.

Equipment will be provided.

The Bryant Park Jugglers use the park throughout the year. They are a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Lawn (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.75350189209000000, -73.98370361328100000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57102489e50b8.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Walk: Notable Trees of Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/garden-walk-notable-trees-of-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/garden-walk-notable-trees-of-wave-hill Date: April 29, 2016

Wave Hill’s landscape includes magnificent old trees, rare species, and native beauties.

Wander through the gardens on this special walk with Director of Horticulture Louis Bauer to see some of his favorites in the living collection.

This event is free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.89910125732422000, -73.91190338134766000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d47e0c6041.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Stewardship Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/stewardship-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/stewardship-day Date: April 29, 2016

Let's celebrate Arbor Day by volunteering! Become a Greenbelt steward by learning to maintain and beautify the park. This program is suitable for children ages 8 and older (children under 14 must accompanied by an adult).

Registeration is required. To register for this event, please call (718) 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.58840179443359400, -74.13909912109375000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Brooklyn: Birding Bonanza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-brooklyn-birding-bonanza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-brooklyn-birding-bonanza Date: April 29, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited. Take the kids to the park to enjoy a guided bird walk, perfect for young birdwatchers, with the Urban Park Rangers.

Bring your own binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.60469818115234400, -73.92980194091797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fc165f60a7e.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Queens: Urban Wildlife]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-queens-urban-wildlife http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-queens-urban-wildlife Date: April 29, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

In the midst of New York City, you can find an amazing diversity of wildlife—more than just rats and pigeons. Learn more about urban wildlife in the city through fun activities and group games with the Urban Park Rangers.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.74638748168945000, -73.84501647949219000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Staten Island: Meet the Critters at Blue Heron]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-staten-island-meet-the-critters-at-blue-heron http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-staten-island-meet-the-critters-at-blue-heron Date: April 29, 2016

Immerse your kids, and yourself, in the natural world. Come out to the Blue Heron Nature Center and meet the center's education animals up-close. Learn about the adaptations and behavior for many types of different animals you can find in NYC's parks.

All are welcome, but this program is geared towards ages 12 and under.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park)

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.53085327148437500, -74.17777252197266000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Adult + Junior Tennis Program]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/holiday-adult-junior-tennis-program http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/holiday-adult-junior-tennis-program Date: April 29, 2016

During the holiday season, the Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience. Our accomplished staff of tennis professionals gives players personal attention while they acquire game fundamentals and increase their skill level.

Advanced registration is required. Please register here.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Prospect Park Tennis Center (in Parade Ground)

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B068 Parade Ground 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.65119934082031000, -73.97010040283203000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Week Bronx: Insect Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-bronx-insect-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/kids-week-bronx-insect-exploration Date: April 29, 2016

School is out! Get outside and get excited.

Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search for amazing insects to discover their important connection to us, and the importance of parks to provide habitats for them.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.89110183715800000, -73.89399719238300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f9a4a9ce9d2.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-fencing Date: April 29, 2016

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center.

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Pre-registration is required at manhattanfencing.com or by calling the Manhattan Fencing Center at (212) 382-2255. Drop-ins will only be accepted if space allows. You must be aged 16 years or older to participate.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 382-2255

Location: Fifth Avenue Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571018db1f1dd.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park Date: April 29, 2016

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the park has to offer. Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the lake, and Strawberry Fields.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue), and ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.77249908447265600, -73.96700286865234000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56423e4f3f7a0.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: April 29, 2016

During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally-closed Hallett Nature Sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the Central Park Conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife.

The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes. This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.76570129394531000, -73.97609710693360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f00ec84d426.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:21 EDT
<![CDATA[Teen PASS]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/teen-pass http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/teen-pass Date: April 29, 2016

When school is out, Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff.

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Westside Collaborative middle school. Check each individual site for specific program schedules.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602746

Location: Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park),Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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R008, B126 Faber Pool and Park, Red Hook Recreation Area 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64023590087890600, -74.13526916503906000; 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:34 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/3-to-6-club Date: April 29, 2016

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:36 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop Up Aquarium!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/pop-up-aquarium http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/pop-up-aquarium Date: April 29, 2016

Join NYC Parks and the NY Aquarium for a Pop Up Aquarium experience in your neighborhood park! Open for all ages!

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-965-8928

Location: John J Carty Park

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B210W John J Carty Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.61330032348633000, -74.03019714355469000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d15886ac70.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Movies Under the Stars: A Tribute to Prince and Screening of Purple Rain]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/movies-under-the-stars-tribute-to-prince-purple-rain-r http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/movies-under-the-stars-tribute-to-prince-purple-rain-r Date: April 29, 2016

Party like it's 1999 with NYC Parks as we celebrate the artistry of Prince!

Celebrate musical icon, Prince, at this festive party sponsored by Borough President Eric Adams & NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo. The party will be followed by a screening of "Purple Rain". The film tells the story of a young musician tormented by an abusive home, a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his disgruntled band, as his star begins to rise. "Purple Rain" was Prince's acting debut and features contains extended concert sequences.

The party features guest speakers, DJs and "little red corvettes" and begins at 5:00 p.m. The film starts at 8:00 p.m.

Know Before You Go
This film features explicit content and is rated R . You should come before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted. All are welcome!

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-8942

Location: The Lawn at Myrtle Avenue and North Portland Avenue (in Fort Greene Park)

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B032 Fort Greene Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 5:00 pm 10:00 pm 40.69288789980500000, -73.97549664974200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571e92670ecf1.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Recreation Arts Partners: Pop-Up Gallery - 'Visual Pollution: MTA Ad Defacement']]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/brooklyn-recreation-arts-partners-popup-gallery-visual-pollution-mta-ad-defacement http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/brooklyn-recreation-arts-partners-popup-gallery-visual-pollution-mta-ad-defacement Date: April 29, 2016

Join NYC Parks for Brooklyn Recreation Arts Partners Pop-Up Gallery!

Meet Brooklyn artist Iris Ward Loughran, at Brooklyn Recreation Arts Pop-Up Gallery. The exhibit features Loughran's oil painting series, Visual Pollution: MTA Ad Defacement. The series was inspired by altered or vandalized New York City subway ads.

Iris Ward Loughran is a Brooklyn-based artist, urbanist, and organizer. Her work has been presented at Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Art Party, (New York, NY), Mandeville Annex Gallery (La Jolla, CA), ADDO (San Diego, CA), and Art-Fist Collective (San Diego, CA), among others.

Artist Statement
Recognizing that this (damaged ads) can be a form of street art, and individuals can manipulate ads to form whole new meanings, the defacement is taken out of context allowing the viewer to see the vandalism in a whole new light. The actual advertisement, or what some urbanists refer to as visual pollution, is taken out of the image, and we are left with the surprisingly beautiful, painterly defacements.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-8942

Location: McCarren Play Center (in McCarren Park)

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B058 McCarren Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 6:00 pm 10:00 pm 40.72010040283203000, -73.94999694824219000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570c192ddbc65.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Opera For Two: An Intimate Performance of Big Ideas]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/opera-for-two-an-intimate-performance-of-big-ideas http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/opera-for-two-an-intimate-performance-of-big-ideas Date: April 29, 2016

This program will feature 18th Century violin music with works by Leclair, Reger, Barbella, Telemann, and Mozart performed by the duo Black Marble.

Please reserve tickets online at kingmanor.org/events/concert.php.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 206-0545

Location: King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park)

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Q023 Rufus King Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.70299911499023400, -73.80372619628906000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56eac738819a2.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Open Mic Night in the Parlor]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/open-mic-night-in-the-parlor http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/open-mic-night-in-the-parlor Date: April 29, 2016

In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians.

Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine and light refreshments will be served. If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than 5 minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.72769927978515600, -73.99230194091797000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing Date: April 29, 2016

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising, and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest, and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind, and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.

Visit bryantpark.org for the schedule and general infomation about the performances.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Glass Bottle Art]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/glass-bottle-art http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/glass-bottle-art Date: April 29, 2016

Join us for a fun evening of socializing and painting!

No artistic experience necessary, but you’ll be surprised by your hidden talents! All supplies will be provided.

This event is free and open to all adults!

Start time: 7:15 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 393-7370

Location: Roy Wilkins Recreation Center

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Q448 Roy Wilkins Recreation Center 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 7:15 pm 9:00 pm 40.68807220458984400, -73.77011108398438000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56ce225e7aa75.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:15 EDT
<![CDATA[Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco Tribute to Prince]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/lola-stars-dreamland-roller-disco-tribute-to-prince http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/29/lola-stars-dreamland-roller-disco-tribute-to-prince Date: April 29, 2016

Straight from the Coney Island boardwalk, Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco brings a vintage vibe and stellar entertainment to the LeFrak Center at Lakeside. This week, celebrate The Purple One with a tribute to Prince.

Skaters are encouraged to come in costume and strut their roller-dancing skills for prizes.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefrak Center at Lakeside (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-29 2016-04-29 7:30 pm 10:00 pm 40.65729904174805000, -73.96369934082031000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza Date: April 30, 2016

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine, and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market.

EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.67350006103515600, -73.97010040283203000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Will Eisner "The Spirit" Retrospective Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month Date: April 30, 2016

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's "The Spirit." Arguably the most influential person in American comics, Will Eisner as artist, entrepreneur, innovator, and virtual storyteller, enjoyed a career that encompassed comic books from their early beginnings in the 1930s to their development as graphic novels in the 1990s.

On display at the Poe Park Visitor Center gallery, the exhibit will feature artworks from Will Eisner's estate, which will include comic strips of "The Spirit", Eisner's graphic novels "A Contact with God", "Dropsie Avenue", "Life Force", and more.

There will be a discussion with Ray Felix of The Spirit's Femme Fatales as part of Women's History Month: "P'Gell", "Sand Sarif", and more.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: April 30, 2016

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 8:30 am 9:30 am 40.86059951782226600, -73.93379974365234000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:59 EDT
<![CDATA[New York Junior League’s Playground Improvement Project Day in Marcus Garvey Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park Date: April 30, 2016

This spring, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) of the New York Junior League invites you to join them in rolling up your sleeves to help revitalize Marcus Garvey Park.

Throughout five weekends in April and May, PIP committee members, New York Junior League volunteers, and external volunteers will spend a day in the park gardening, landscaping, painting, and completing other tasks to help spruce up this well-loved park. We will provide you with breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. Please reach out to playground@nyjl.org with any questions or if you are interested in making a donation to this cause.

Please RSVP if you are interested in participating in one or more park days. Registration closes when capacity is reached or the Wednesday prior to that weekend's park days. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Volunteers ages 13 - 18 will require a parental consent form.

About the New York Junior League Playground Improvement Project
For 25 years, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) has been a New York Junior League signature community project. Our volunteers create safe, beautiful, well-organized and educational play spaces for children and other members of the New York City community. PIP focuses on sites and parks that need major renovation and have the greatest impact on the surrounding community. Weekend cleanup days include landscaping and repairing the parks. We work with over 700 volunteers each season to help improve the park and make a positive impact on the community.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 288-6220

Location: Marcus Garvey Park

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M058 Marcus Garvey Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.80450820922851600, -73.94366455078125000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5705487f01a7e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Queens Parks Trails Club - Trail Maintenance 101]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/queens-parks-trails-club-trail-maintenance-101 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/queens-parks-trails-club-trail-maintenance-101 Date: April 30, 2016

Be a part of the first Queens Parks Trails Club. We are looking for a group of volunteers to help with maintenance and restoration projects on select hiking trails in Queens Parks. This first meeting will be an introduction to the club and a workshop led by the New York New Jersey Trail Conference.

This workshop will provide participants with the skills necessary to properly clear, maintain and improve a hiking trail. Through field work, you will learn assessment of trail conditions, clearing, trail marking, proper use of tools and how to report any trail problems. Be prepared to spend a few hours on the trails around the area as part of the field training.

Make sure to wear your hiking boots; dress appropriately for the outdoor conditions and trail work; pack lunch and plenty of water; and bring work gloves.

Space is limited and registration is required for this event.

Sponsored by the NYC Parks and the New York New Jersey Trail Conference

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-235-4462

Location: Alley Pond Park Environmental Center

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2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.76200103759765600, -73.75360107421875000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Playground 62]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-playground-62 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-playground-62 Date: April 30, 2016

Please note: this event was rescheduled from April 19 due to weather.

This It's My Park season, volunteer with the Boon Church of Overseas Chinese Mission to clean up Playground 62. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Playground Sixty Two (in Playground Sixty Two LXII)

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Q377 Playground Sixty Two LXII 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.73607522840000000, -73.85290233730000000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:48 EDT
<![CDATA[2016 High Rock Challenge]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/2016-high-rock-challenge http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/2016-high-rock-challenge Date: April 30, 2016

The High Rock Challenge is New York City's longest running obstacle race - going strong for 15 years!

The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race is held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly. Two-member teams must run together at all times and compete in mystery events and physical obstacles, which are located throughout the approximately 10-K (and no longer than 13-K) course. Events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork as well as physical and mental stamina.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Henry Kaufman Campgrounds

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2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.59749186051900000, -74.11916279792800000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Community Boatbuilding at Brooklyn Bridge Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp Date: April 30, 2016

The experienced boatbuilders of the Village Community Boathouse will lead volunteers in constructing a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat in Brooklyn Bridge Park's Community Room at 99 Plymouth. Named after the Lower Manhattan street that now ends at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Whitehalls were the water taxis of their day, speedily ferrying passengers across the East River and to and from ships at anchor in the harbor. The shape and dimensions of this boat are drawn from a Whitehall built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1890.

Regular boatbuilding sessions will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon until May 22. Spectators are more than welcome and volunteers are encouraged to join. No experience is necessary.

For more information or to sign up, please email info@villagecommunityboathouse.org or register here.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 724-6432

Location: 99 Plymouth Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.70405696345800000, -73.98930621147200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d07b0d24f5.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Red Hook Recreation Area]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-red-hook-recreation-area http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-red-hook-recreation-area Date: April 30, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Red Hook Conservancy to paint, plant, and perform a general clean-up at Red Hook Recreation Area. We look forward to cleaning the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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B126 Red Hook Recreation Area 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 2:00 pm 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:09 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at McDonald Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-mcdonald-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-mcdonald-playground Date: April 30, 2016

Please note: This project was rescheduled from 4/9/16 due to weather.

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Forest Avenue Business Improvement District to beautify McDonald Playground. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: McDonald Park House (in McDonald Playground)

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R034 McDonald Playground 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 3:00 pm 40.62910079956055000, -74.11550140380860000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Queens Greenhouse Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/queens-greenhouse-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/queens-greenhouse-open-house Date: April 30, 2016

More than 150,000 plants are grown in the Queens Greenhouse each year, and April 30 is the only day this year where you can see where these plants, seed, and flowers come from. Tour the Queens Greenhouse and learn about the diverse array of plants used in City parks.

Gardeners will provide visitors with information on the different species, how to care for them, and where to go to see them throughout the borough. They will also talk about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies the greenhouse employs to minimize and treat pest problems.

No reservations are needed; however, our staff may limit the number of visitors allowed in each house at one time.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 520-5341

Location: Queens Greenhouse & Nursery (in Forest Park)

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Q015 Forest Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 2:00 pm 40.70136642456055000, -73.85708618164062000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fd67635b030.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Mind Body Fusion]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/shape-up-nyc-mind-body-fusion http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/shape-up-nyc-mind-body-fusion Date: April 30, 2016

This class features a low-impact cardio workout, followed by balancing stretches and meditation to raise heart rate, burn calories, reduce stress, and work out every muscle.

This instructor is part of the NYC Parks' Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor Training Program.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.50199890136719000, -74.25140380859375000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Pelham Bay Park Tree Planting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/pelham-bay-park-tree-planting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/pelham-bay-park-tree-planting Date: April 30, 2016

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant trees in the forest in Pelham Bay Park! Trees provide so many benefits to New Yorkers such as improved air and water quality, reduced pollution, and lower energy costs. Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques, while furthering the efforts of MillionTreesNYC. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Space is limited and registration is required for this event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 212-360-1463

Location: City Island Circle (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.86036143987800000, -73.80218124389600000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:17 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park Date: April 30, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

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Q004 Astoria Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.77669906616211000, -73.92579650878906000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a15bfb9157.jpg Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:00:41 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: St. Mary's Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nyrr-open-run-st-marys-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nyrr-open-run-st-marys-park Date: April 30, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Eagle Avenue and 149th Street (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.81381420348400000, -73.91180372238200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a15e8eb87f.jpg Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:00:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Recreation Arts Partners: Pop-Up Gallery - 'Visual Pollution: MTA Ad Defacement']]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/xyz http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/xyz Date: April 30, 2016

Join NYC Parks for Brooklyn Recreation Arts Partners Pop-Up Gallery!

Meet Brooklyn artist Iris Ward Loughran, at Brooklyn Recreation Arts Pop-Up Gallery. The exhibit features Loughran's oil painting series, Visual Pollution: MTA Ad Defacement. The series was inspired by altered or vandalized New York City subway ads.

Iris Ward Loughran is a Brooklyn-based artist, urbanist, and organizer. Her work has been presented at Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Art Party, (New York, NY), Mandeville Annex Gallery (La Jolla, CA), ADDO (San Diego, CA), and Art-Fist Collective (San Diego, CA), among others.

Artist Statement
Recognizing that this (damaged ads) can be a form of street art, and individuals can manipulate ads to form whole new meanings, the defacement is taken out of context allowing the viewer to see the vandalism in a whole new light. The actual advertisement, or what some urbanists refer to as visual pollution, is taken out of the image, and we are left with the surprisingly beautiful, painterly defacements.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-8942

Location: McCarren Play Center (in McCarren Park)

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B058 McCarren Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.72010040283203000, -73.94999694824219000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571554330e892.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn to Sail with TASCA's Basic Sailing Program - Spring Session]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/learn-to-sail-with-tascas-basic-sailing-program-spring-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/learn-to-sail-with-tascas-basic-sailing-program-spring-session Date: April 30, 2016

Learn to sail on Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s scenic Meadow Lake with the help of The American Small Craft Association, or TASCA. This comprehensive program includes two lecture classes on the theoretical aspects of sailing and six on-the-water classes. Participants will learn to tie knots, rig a boat, and understand using the wind (as your engine) to sail the boat.

You may attend either the first lecture on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or the makeup lecture on Wednesday, May 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The second lecture is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or the makeup lecture on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will also be required to take a series of on-the-water classes starting the week of May 2. You may choose between evening (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays, or a morning class (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) on Saturdays.

Participants will also be required to complete a successful swim test at a local pool on Sunday, July 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 699-1951

Location: World's Fair Boathouse (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.73580169677734400, -73.83845520019531000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571d56235f609.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Bike Tour: Great Trees of Inwood and Riverdale]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/bike-tour-great-trees-of-inwood-and-riverdale http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/bike-tour-great-trees-of-inwood-and-riverdale Date: April 30, 2016

Join us on a leisurely cycling tour to view some of the great trees of Inwood and Riverdale with professional photographer Benjamin Swett, author ofNew York City of Trees, and Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day. In collaboration with Boogie Down Rides, a Bronx-based bicycling and art project, this nature-based tour begins off-site and ends at Wave Hill. Must bring your own bike.

This event is free, but registration is required, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Please register here.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Inwood Hill Park

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.87300109863281000, -73.92539978027344000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d486f2bdc9.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[In The Shop: Artisan Lotta Helleberg]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/in-the-shop-artisan-lotta-helleberg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/in-the-shop-artisan-lotta-helleberg Date: April 30, 2016

In-store artisan Lotta Helleberg of Inleaf studio offers books, household goods, stationary, and wearables. Her sustainable products are made using local plant dyes, natural leaf printing, eco-printing techniques.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.89910125732422000, -73.91190338134766000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d48fd018fc.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Buds, Buds, Buds]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/family-art-project-buds-buds-buds http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/family-art-project-buds-buds-buds Date: April 30, 2016

Explore some of Wave Hill’s many budding trees and observe the myriad shapes and sizes of these flowery beginnings. Visit and sketch trees nearby. Then, using a wooden base, paper and a variety of natural materials, make your own free-standing, fully budding sculptural tree. Arbor Week event.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d4a50ad356.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Sakura Matsuri 2016 - Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/sakura-matsuri-2016-brooklyn-botanic-gardens-cherry-blossom-festival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/sakura-matsuri-2016-brooklyn-botanic-gardens-cherry-blossom-festival Date: April 30, 2016

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sakura Matsuri, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual cherry blossom festival. Known as New York City’s rite of spring, the weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, including taiko drumming, tea ceremonies, fashion shows, martial arts demonstrations, dance parties, and more.

For a full schedule of activities and to purchase tickets, please visit Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri event page.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 623-7200

Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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B010 Brooklyn Botanic Garden 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.66759872436523400, -73.96179962158203000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570e75145b025.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Tai Chi Chuan]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/tai-chi-chuan http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/tai-chi-chuan Date: April 30, 2016

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this beginner level class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts, and promotes an awareness of its health benefits.

Student split into groups according to their level of expertise, exploring movements at their own pace, whether as beginners or as more advanced students of Tai Chi.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.89910125732422000, -73.91190338134766000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d3816aa08e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Mosholu Parkway: Eastbound Median]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-mosholu-pkwy-eastbound-median http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-mosholu-pkwy-eastbound-median Date: April 30, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Mosholu Parkland to help beautify Mosholu Parkway: Eastbound Median. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Mosholu Parkway: Red Circle

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2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.88049253546200000, -73.88387152883600000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/spring-walk1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/spring-walk1 Date: April 30, 2016

Spring is a vibrant time for nature. Join us as we explore budding flowers, migrating birds, butterflies, emerging mushrooms, and more.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.78490066528320000, -73.93579864501953000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56e08b5d2c58b.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Soil Health]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/spring-soil-health http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/spring-soil-health Date: April 30, 2016

Spring is here and it’s time to prep for the upcoming growing season! Join Queens Botanical Garden's farm staff to learn how to grow healthy plants and care for your soil. We’ll discuss soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and growing season planning tips.

Register online at springsoilhealth.eventbrite.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.82620239257812000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56a29cfac2e6b.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Protectors of Pine Oak Woods: 40 Years of Green]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green Date: April 30, 2016

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, and learn more about their dedication to preserving and expanding Staten Island parks.This exhibit traces the group’s history and growth through text, photos, and other ephemera. The exhibit runs through June 11, 2016.

The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has led in the creation of the parks and bluebelts indicated by stars on this map.

Dominick Durso/ALMAR Graphics

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f15c0f3a162.jpeg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:25 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike (light)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nature-exploration-hike-light http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/nature-exploration-hike-light Date: April 30, 2016

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

Light hikes are leisurely strolls on mostly paved paths. For all hiking programs, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)

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Q015 Forest Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.70069885253906000, -73.85500335693360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f02fefb15eb.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[College Expo 2016]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/college-expo-2016 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/college-expo-2016 Date: April 30, 2016

Join NYC Parks for a free College Expo!

Meet representatives from CUNY, SUNY, private universities, and more at this exciting event. Get information on financial aid, flexible class schedules, and graduate and undergraduate programs. Enjoy guest speakers and plan your education goals with recruitment staff.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 771-2787 ext. 0

Location: St. John's Recreation Center

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2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.67350006103500000, -73.93479919433600000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:38 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Anibal Aviles Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-anibal-aviles-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-anibal-aviles-playground Date: April 30, 2016

Please note: This project has been rescheduled from 4/2

This It's My Park season, join Friends of Anibal Aviles Playground as they beautify the park. We look forward to a great day in the park with you!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anibal Aviles Playground

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M200A Anibal Aviles Playground 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.80118365710000000, -73.96283608150000000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:39 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon: Leaf Litter Critters]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters Date: April 30, 2016

A healthy forest has helpers to ensure the circle of life goes on. Using fun games and experiments, join the Prospect Park Alliance to uncover the secrets of soil creatures, fungus and decomposition.

  • Adventure Hike, 12–1 pm: Prospect Park Alliance naturalists will introduce you to the natural history of Prospect Park and its hidden trails. Recommended for families with children 5 years and older.
  • Nature on the Go!, 1–2 pm: Join Alliance naturalists on a search under the soil to learn about the secret lives of Leaf Litter Critters. Participants can even take home their very own compost bin.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Eastwood (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.66183853149414000, -73.96591949462890000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon II: Plant Clues]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues Date: April 30, 2016

Join Alliance educators to learn what trees and plants tell us about our environment.

  • Discovery Pack, 11 am–4 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. In April, monitor the development of plants that supply food and shelter for birds in Prospect Park.
  • Lakeside Nature Stroll, 12–1 pm: Join Alliance naturalists for a guided nature walk through the meandering paths of the Peninsula and scout for plants that thrive in that unique environment.
  • Junior Naturalists, 1–2 pm: Help Alliance naturalists track the growth of important plant species in this citizen science program.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Let’s lend a helping hand to make our park a better place. Learn how mulch helps trees, spread wood chips or protect the environment by removing damaging litter.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Peninsula (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.65719985961914000, -73.96890258789062000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: April 30, 2016

The North Woods is the largest of the park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City.

Join us for this tour around tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights include: Harlem Meer, Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glenspan Arch, several cascades, and the Pool.

The tour route involves hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. The tour starts at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues), and ends at the Pool (103rd Street and Central Park West).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.79679870605469000, -73.95149993896484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564241ae98fd2.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/central-park-tour-conservatory-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/central-park-tour-conservatory-garden Date: April 30, 2016

From a magnificent iron gate made in 1894 to a sculptural tribute to The Secret Garden, Central Park Conservancy staff takes you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year. Learn about Conservatory Garden's history, design, and botanical specimens, from the professionals who care for it. This tour is bound to give visitors a new appreciation for this special space in Central Park. Route involves a few stairs.

The last Saturday of the month tour is free with registration.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 12:15 pm 40.79349899291992000, -73.95189666748047000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fbdce88695e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:42 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Beach 59th St Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-beach-59th-st-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-park-at-beach-59th-st-playground Date: April 30, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Beach 59th Street Playground Association to beautify Beach 59th Street Playground. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Beach 59th Street Comfort Station (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)

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Q162 Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.58884458283700000, -73.78906667232500000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: It's My Parkat Tappen Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-parkat-tappen-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/its-my-parkat-tappen-park Date: April 30, 2016

Please note: this event has been cancelled. Please check back for rescheduled date.

This It's My Park season, join volunteers from the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership and B.U.I.L.D program to start the It's My Park season with a cleanup and plantings.

Volunteers will help rake leaves, plant, and do overall park beautification.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Tappen Park

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R028 Tappen Park 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.62680053710937500, -74.07689666748047000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Junior Arborist Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/junior-arborist-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/30/junior-arborist-station Date: April 30, 2016

Kids ages five and up are invited to don tree-climbing harnesses and hard hats and ascend into the canopy of our old sugar maple tree to get a birds-eye view of Wave Hill.

On hand to assist budding arborists, as well as to answer questions about the big old trees at Wave Hill, will be arborists from Almstead Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care, a generous sponsor of this program.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-30 2016-04-30 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.89870071411133000, -73.91249847412110000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d49650e3c7.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT