CityParks PuppetMobile

CityParks PuppetMobile

City Parks Foundation offers a traveling puppet show, City Parks Puppet Mobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.

CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage productions to all corners of the city, free of charge. Performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers. Puppet making workshops are also offered where children learn about the art of puppetry and create their own puppets.
In the current production of “Little Red’s Hood”, Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smartphone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass. 
View the schedule here
Cooling off in New York City

Cooling off in New York City

Look out New York City – the temperatures are climbing!  We’re looking at 90°+ degree weather this week and you’re gonna want to keep cool.
Here are some of your options…
Head to NYC Parks summer outdoor pools. There are over 50 free public pools across the boroughs, so there is bound to be one in your neighborhood. The majority of the pools are 3-4 ft deep so even if you can’t swim you can stand and stay cool.  Outdoor pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. This page on nycgovparks gives you full the run-down on what you need to know about going to a public pool from what to wear, what to bring and what not to bring.

Jones Beach is a family favorite with miles of sandy beaches.  Even if you don’t have a car you can get to the beach through the LIRR and a shuttle

Jacob Riis Park Beach
in The Rockaways is about a 30 minute subway ride from Manhattan and is kept relatively clean, thanks to the National Park Service. Did you know its NYC surfer’s beach?

Great Kills Park in Staten Island is a little less well known so the beaches are less crowded and more private. The MTA will get you there, via the Staten Island Ferry.
When the heat index is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries to offer people relief from the heat.  Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave. You can call 311 for the location near you or click here.
Adventures NYC in Central Park June 22

Adventures NYC in Central Park June 22

Beat the heat and join NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine for the 9th Annual Adventures NYC on Saturday, June 22, and discover adventure right here in your own backyard!  Get ready to hike, bike, climb and paddle as we celebrate NYC Parks and the great outdoors.Adventures NYC offers a full day of outdoor adventure…for FREE!  Activities will include:
  • The North Face Zone
  • The STIHL Lumberjack Zone, including a special lumberjack show at 3:30pm!
  • The L.L.Bean Aquatic Zones, featuring Kayaking, Fly Casting, and Stand Up Paddleboarding!
  • Bear Naked Climbing Zone
  • Vermont Adventure Center
  • Mountain Bike Expo
  • Bike Helmet Giveaway, courtesy of NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • Health & Fitness Clinics
  • Outdoor Gear Exhibits
  • Hand Cycling
  • Free Bike Valet Parking
  • Live Music & Entertainment

This annual summer festival is FREE and open to the public.Saturday, June 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Central Park, Bandshell Area

Garden Design: Central Park

Garden Design: Central Park

It’s hard to be a gardener when you live in New York City but great gardens are all around us. Cooper-Hewitt and Central Park Conservancy have partnered to give  a deeper appreciation to the thought that goes into NYC’s park maintenance and how their caretakers see their space as a blank canvas for design. 

Garden Design: The Art of Color, Variety and Form

At this event you can join the curator and gardeners from the Central Park Conservancy for a talk about the landscape design of the Central Park Conservatory Gardens and how it compliments and contrasts with Frederick Law Olmsted’s overall design for Central Park. Learn about how the elements of form and color are rethought and refreshed each year within the garden’s formal planting structure. Hear how the redesign strategies offer the public new and unique views from season to season.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event Address: 
111 Central Park North, Harlem Meer,
New York  New York  NY
Bronx 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration

Bronx 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration

Saturday, January 19, 2013
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Join Bronx Recreation for a day of fun at its 3rd Annual Winterfest Celebration.This event is to kick-off the winter season through Sports, Fitness, and Outdoor Adventure.

This event is FREE for children and families of all ages. Activities will include Sports Clinics, Fitness Demonstrations, Winter Activities and Games, Live Entertainment and much more!

Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center in Williamsbridge Oval
3225 Reservoir Oval East

Location Details:
Between 208th Street and Bainbridge Avenue

Cost: Free

What to do with your Christmas Tree….

What to do with your Christmas Tree….

  After a merry Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your tree. What should you do? You should Treecycle it at MulchFest!

On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, NYC Parks will host the annual MulchFest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations citywide. Bring your holiday tree to one of 80 designated parks to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city or your own garden! There will be 35 chipping sites and 45 drop-off sites throughout the five boroughs. And this year, you can bring your tree to a drop-off site starting January 9 and running through the 13th.