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The Comedy Club with Tara Tandlich
Teens learns the finer points of humor in a special workshop on stand-up comedy with comedy writer Tara Tandlich.
Ages: 12 to 18
2147 Barnes Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
Favorites from the Treasure Chest
Toni Gustafson presents an introduction to traditional puppets from Europe, featuring the Mexican folktale, Senor Coyote Acts as a Judge; the Japanese classic The Robe of Feather; a Japanese Kamishibai performance of Momotaro, the Peach Boy; and a puppet performance of the Italian Tarantella with audience participation.
Ages: 4 to 12
280 West 231st Street
Bronx, NY 10463
A moon bounce, rides, dance contests, a balloon sculptor, carnival games, flower-making, face painting, sand art, lanyard beads, a DJ, and puppet show are all on the schedule.
Ages: 2 to 7
Gunther Avenue and Burke Avenue
Bronx, NY 10469
Bruckner Blvd and Buhre Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
I Scream for Ice Cream
Back by popular demand, a special workshop brings alive the history of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite dessert. Following a brief discussion about the production and storage of ice in the 18th century, participants hand-crank a batch of ice cream and sample the sweet results. Reservations are suggested, but not required.
Broadway at West 246th Street
Bronx, NY 10471
Herbal Delights, Naturally
Kids can go on an herbal scavenger hunt to smell, taste, and touch more than 40 herbs in the garden’s collection; sample a healthy herb snack; and pot up an herb to take home.
Ongoing Daily except Mon 7/1/08 – 7/27/08; check with location for exceptions.
Cost: Free with Garden admission
200th Street and Kazimiroff Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10458
Ages: 1 to 2
5540 Mosholu Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
Kids can meet Gustafer Yellowgold, the friendly creature who comes to Earth from the sun, during a multimedia program launched from the imagination of illustrator/singer/songwriter Morgan Taylor.
Ages: 3 to 18
1385 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10469]
Picture Book Hour
Storytime for little ones.
Ongoing Each Tue 1/1/03 – 6/20/10; check with location for exceptions.
Ages: 3 to 8
2556 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
When Bri was a baby, we took her to three movies. The first two she did good, but when we went to see a movie in Imax and I had to walk out, she let us know the days of getting through a movie was over. But, a small theatre that is good for testing out the whole movie trip is The American Movie Theatre in Parkchester. It’s small, usually very uncrowded (even more-so during the day) and it’s not a trip all the way downtown for nothing.
After the movies take a seat on the benches around the waterfountain and have lunch. Or be bad and spend some mula in Childrens Place and Macys. If you’re not up for eating outside, Unos is right on the corner.
Even though all of the FREE classes have no openings for the summer session, I’m still copying and pasting the art classes for youths at the Bronx River Art Center.. Keep checking back at their site for the next session and take advantage of some free classes!!!
Bronx River Art Center
FREE Art Classes
July 7th – August 15th
Fine Arts Classes
FREE Classes for Youth (ages 5-8):
Work from life and your imagination using water-based paints and mixed-media to create colorful one-of-a-kind artworks. On nice days, students may paint outdoors in our community garden.
Instructor: Sam Bornstein
Beginning Drawing & Printmaking
Draw images and designs and then make multiple copies using linoleum blocks, and other printing techniques. This class is a great introduction to drawing, and the prints could be used to make greeting cards, t-shirts and posters.
Instructor: Abigail Deville
FREE Classes for Pre-Teens through
Young Adults (ages 9-21):
Students will be introduced to the basics of ceramics from hand-building to glazing and firing. Students will make masks, serving bowls and decorative figurines and ceramic tiles for indoor or outdoor display.
Instructor: Reuben King
FREE Classes for Teens through
Young Adults (Ages 13-21):
“Legal!” Graffiti Painting
Are you constantly working on a tag or graffiti style in your sketchbook? Consider taking this Experimental Graffiti class! Explore the history of Graffiti Art in the Bronx by touring famous sites. Learn new and different techniques to project your unique vision without vandalizing private property.
Instructor: Courtney Burstion
Mixed Media Collage and Outdoor Sculptural Installation
This class will explore ecological, environmental and social issues through public art works produced directly in the neighborhood surrounding The Bronx River Art Center. Through these installations, students will cultivate creative expressions of their concerns, beliefs and personal histories within the context of the urban environment.
Instructor: Abigail DeVille
From what I read they also have after school programs but contact them for fee information.
On the Queens side of the Whitestone Bridge, there is Whitestone Park. A nice sized park with lots of room for picnicking and the same park that my father used to swim in the water right under the bridge. But right across the water, on the other side of the bridge, there is also a spot to check out. Behind the Whitestone Motel and the MTA Toll Bridge building, there is the path to the park. Many people BBQ, play soccer, and hang out. It’s a cool place to bring the kids, a picnic and let them run free. Take them over to the water and let them explore the strange sea creatures that roam around (how ugly is that horseshoe crab!). After a long day of chillin out, if you walk towards Home Depot on the opposite side of the highway you will find the mango guy. Treat you and the kids to some fruit or a shake made on the spot.
Take the Q44 to the Home Depot stop or any stop BEFORE it crosses the bridge (you get a few more chances) and walk down as if you were going to the hotel. Ask around for the best shortcut to the park.