Bronx Children’s Museum Newsletter

Saturday, July 13th:
Bronx River Festival
Burke Ave. & Bronx River Pkwy.

Prepare your picnic basket and schedule your family for a day by the Bronx River! Festivities include nature scavenger hunt, capoeira arts, field games, free community paddles, free bike rentals, guided Ramble tours, face-painting, community resource info, tree planting, live entertainment and NYC Parks play mobile. This event was reschedule from June 8th due to inclement weather.

Saturday, July 13th:
Stadium Street Fair
River Ave.
between 161st & 158th St.

Our bus won’t be there, but our BCM staff will help you create a piece of artwork.

Thursday, July 18th:
Bronx Youth Fair
St. Mary’s Park
between St. Ann’s Ave.
& 147th St.

Create a piece of artwork with BCM.

Children’s Museum
Saturday, July 20th:

City Water Day
Governor’s Island

City of Water Day is the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s way to bring together everything about the water that is exciting and fun, from port commerce to environmental education to active recreation.  The event is a celebration of the potential of the waterfront. Help BCM paint a mural celebrating water!

Friday, July 26th:
Feast of St. Theresa’s
2855 St. Theresa Ave.

Participate in art activities with BCM, go on carnival rides, and play games at the 17th Annual Feast of St. Theresa.

Bronx Events

Wednesdays, June 19th-November 27th:
New York Botanical Garden’s Greenmarket
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd.

Every Wednesday from June 19–November 27, The New York Botanical Garden’s Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh and nutritious baked goods and other specialty items. And, the market accepts EBT cards, FMNP, and WIC  in addition to cash and debit or credit cards.

Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear “what’s fresh” at the market each week by calling 718.362.9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. For weekly recipes, produce updates and information about weekly special events, read the Garden’s blog, Plant Talk.  Admission and parking are free for shoppers of the Greenmarket.


Saturday, July 6th:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Have fun turning discarded materials into usable works of art. For kids and adults. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear clothes that can get messy. Every Saturday in July.
Saturday July 6th-Sunday, July 7th:
Target Free Weekend: Welcome Home Weekend
Wave Hill House
W. 249th St. & Independence Ave.

Wave Hill House reopens to visitors this festive weekend, after a two-year renovation of this historic mansion. Built as a country home, Wave Hill House has a distinguished history that aligns closely with the garden’s mission of helping people connect with the world of nature. Join us in celebrating the occasion with free activities for all ages, all weekend. Enjoy house tours, plein-air wellness, music, a collaborative quilting project and an especially welcoming Family Art Project as it returns to Wave Hill House’s Kerlin Learning Center.
DEADLINE: Thursday, July 11th:
NYC Summer Quest

NYC Summer Quest is a free, five-week, full day summer learning program that provides elementary and middle school students with fun, hands-on enrichment experiences while strengthening their academic skills. DOE teachers and educators from community-based organizations collaborate to offer students Common-Core aligned instruction, enrichment activities, sports and recreation, and field trips. Last summer, 90% of parents surveyed reported that NYC Summer Quest was a good balance of fun and learning, and 90% of parents would recommend the NYC Summer Quest program to other parents.

For Summer 2013, the program will be offered in 11 schools in Community School Districts 7, 9, and 12 in the South Bronx. The following Bronx schools and community-based partners have been selected to offer the program:

  • PS 5 Port Morris/LEAP (Learning thruogh an Expanded Arts Program)
  • PS 153 Jonathan D. Hyatt/YMCA of Greater New York – Bronx
  • PS 179/BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
  • PS 63 Author’s Academy/BELL
  • PS/IS 218 Rafael Hernandez Duel Language Magnet School/BELL
  • CS 211/Children’s Aid Society
  • CS 300 School of Science and Applied Learning/Good Shepherd Services
  • JHS 162 Lola Rodriguez de Tio/Oasis Children’s Services
  • South Bronx Academy for Applied Media/Partnership with Children
  • Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science/Wingspan Arts
  • IS 313 School of Leadership Development/Oasis Children’s Services

All elementary and middle school students attending public school in Districts 7, 9, and 12 are eligible to sign up through July 11, 2013. Capacity is limited. Priority enrollment is offered to students who attend the schools listed above.

If your child attends one of the schools listed above, contact your school principal or parent coordinator to learn more and to apply. If your child attends an elementary or middle school in Districts 7, 9, and 12 and you would like further information, please email:

Thursday, July 11th:
CityParks PuppetMobile Presents Little Red’s Hood
River Park in Bronx Park
E. 180th St. & Bronx Park S.

Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale updated with a modern sensibility that will appeal to kids. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Also showing July 17th at Mount Hope Playground and July 22nd at Haffen Park.

Sunday, July 14th:
Freshwater Fishing
Crotona Nature Center

Crotona Park East & Charlotte St.

Mastering any new skill requires practice and patience. Fishing programs help develop these skills while connecting you with nature. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.

Monday, July 15th:
Summerstage Kids Presents: Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo
Haffen Park

Hammersly Ave. & Ely Ave.

Bugs aren’t gross—they’re great! Let our giant cockroach puppet teach your students why insects are the coolest creatures around. We then take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with our butterfly-themed show, “The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle.

Tuesday, July 23rd:
Bronx River Movie Nights
Vidalia Park

E. 180th St. between. Daly Ave. & Vyse Ave.

Bring the kiddies and a blanket for Disney’s Ice Age 4 under the stars.  Don’t forget your popcorn! Rain date July 25.

Saturday, July 27th:

Free Summer Movie Series at Fordham Plaza
Fordham Plaza

189th St. at Third Ave. & Park

Bring the family and a blanket for a free outdoor screening of  “Megamind.”

Tuesday, July 30th:
Bronx River Movie Nights
Concrete Plant Park

Bronx River between Westchester Ave. & Bruckner Blvd.

Bring the kiddies and a blanket for an outdoor screening of Disney’s Happy Feet Two.  Don’t forget your popcorn! Rain date August 1.

“River on the Go”

The “River on the Go” exhibit will be out of action beginning July 18th so our artists and educators can spend the summer re-designing the bus to incorporate information about the High Bridge and Harlem River. Look for Justin the Beaver and his new friends in the fall!

Museum News

Where Is Justin the Beaver?

Since its opening in 2011, the Bronx Children’s Museum staff and its “River on the Go: Where is Justin the Beaver?” mobile exhibit have inspired almost 13,000 visitors at 36 educational institutions and 55 community events. To follow Justin’s path through the Bronx, take a look at our map!

Creative Activities
Instead of using plastic water balloons, cool off this summer with these homemade, reusable water sponges from Make & Takes.

Several packs of new sponges
Zip ties


1) Cut each sponge lengthwise  into thirds.

2) Group together 8-9 sponge strips.

3) Now center a zip tie around all the sponges and pull the tie through the hole. Pull the zip tie tight, as much as you can until it won’t go anymore. Then cut off the excess zip tie.

4) Fluff up the sponge strips to make a nice looking water toy.


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