Natural play strengthens children's self-confidence and arouses their senses—their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.
The Tarpmaster and I went to the People's Climate March on Sunday. (The boys had other plans.) We got to Central Park West and and 72nd Street before 11 AM. The subway going there was packed with other people also going to march. CPW was really packed, from Columbus Circle (which we heard was also packed) up to at least 86th Street, possibly 96th. It's pretty amazing when the crowd goes as far as you can see!
The New York City Department of Transportation is taking the current biking boom seriously! They're sponsoring two fun-sounding events in early August.
Art Ride: Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Public Arts Festival at Fort Tilden
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Metroppolitan Waterfront Association is once again holding its annual City of Water Day celebrating the water that surrounds and is essential to New York City. This year, the City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 10am-4pm, on Governors Island and in Maxwell Park in Hoboken. Thousands of people will participate in an array of fun and educational activities.
For more info, go to the City of Water Day website.
NYC Wildflower Week comes back this year for the week of May 8-10. This is a wonderful series of events that bring attention to the city's endangered and vanishing plants and natural environments. This year there will be more than 30 events in all 5 boroughs. Check out the website at nycwildflowerweek.org for more information—coming soon or sign up for the mailing list to get an advance sneak peek.
The summer edition of the Urban Park Rangers' publication Outdoors in NYC is now available in PDF form. It lists all the free weekend events that the Urban Park Rangers offer in parks throughout the city. These programs enable adults and families to experience the natural world in new and unexpected ways. They include canoeing, fishing, hiking, special programs for kids and families, and wildlife viewing.
It's May and that means flowers—the 6th annual NYC Wildflower Week is here. This year, they're expanding their programming to all of NYC's nature, including salamanders, birds, and mushrooms along with our native wildﬂowers.
Events range from botanical walks and garden tours throughout the five boroughs to children's activities. See the full schedule of events here.
This year's City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 20th. We've had great fun at this event in past years.
Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, this will be the sixth annual festival, a day of free entertainment, education, and activities that celebrates the potential of New York City's waterfront. The events will take place on Governors Island and in Liberty State Park.
The Prospect Park Audubon Center has some fun family activities to celebrate Earth Day this Sunday.
From 1-4 PM there will be presentations by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on responsible fishing, discover tours, lakeshore clean-up, live bird and animal encounters, recycled instrument making, and a performance and parade by Bash the Trash.
Bright Horizons invited Brooklyn child- and parenting-related bloggers to tour their new facility on Kent Avenue in trendy Williamsburg. I attended and must say the place is very nice, and they make a real effort to feature natural materials, calm earth tones, room for gross motor play, and nature and science themed playthings.
The gym-like playroom features a kid-sized climbing wall in addition to a dance area and a variety of other items designed to encourage exercise.