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E N T E R T A I N M E N T

Looking to get out of the city? Take a car or public transit to get to any of the below destinations and feel like you're not in Kansas anymore:

Alley Pond Golf Center (and Alley Pond Park!)
Play a round of Mini Golf then go across the street to the Alley Pond Park! You'll find playgrounds, barbeque areas, and courts and fields galore!
$6 under 13/$7.50 for adults per round
https://alleypondgolf.com
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/Q001/

Queens County Farm Museum (psst... it's very close to Alley Pond Park)
Dates back to 1697 and isn't just a museum! There are events for kiddos, animals, a farmers market, plus it's where our Head of Design and Production Rebekah got hitched! General admission is free to individuals and families, except during special events.
http://queensfarm.org/index.html

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (and a beach!)
This is one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species (if you're into that sort of thing). It cover 20 square miles and is a hop, skip and a jump away from several of the newly re-opened beaches in the city.
http://www.nycaudubon.org/queens-birding/jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/rockaway-beach-and-boardwalk/facilities/beaches

E V E N T S

A Virtual Field Trip to The Jim Henson Exhibition
What?! Jim Henson?! Sign us up! Let the Museum of the Moving Image take you through exhibitions LIVE, virtually. Includes Sesame Street, the Muppets, and his fantasy films and series The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth ("you remind me of the babe..."), and The HBO classic Fraggle Rock.
Wednesday, August 19th, 4:00 PM.
https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/virtual-field-trip-jim-virtual-20200819

39th Annual Battery Dance Festival -Virtual Edition
A different type of dance everyday for a week!  Free Online Performances you can view on Youtube.
Friday, August 14 - Saturday, Aug 22. 7PM each day.
https://batterydance.org/battery-dance-festival/

Free Art Workshops for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
CMA’s (Children's Museum of the Arts) Inclusive Saturday Classes provide free workshops for kiddos with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends.
https://cmany.org/schools-and-community/access-programs/inclusive-saturdays/
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R E S O U R C E S

Special Education 101
Free online workshop for parents and professionals!  They'll cover the IEP development process, program and placement options, and provide advocacy tips and due process rights for navigating this process during remote learning.
Thursday, August 20, 4:00PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-education-101-registration-116167581363

Prepping for a Very Different School Year: Strategies for Parents with PBS
Join PBS KIDS top child development and education experts. They will answer questions and talk about the “little things” that make a big difference, whatever school looks like for your family.
Tuesday, August 18th, 3:30 PM
https://www.pbs.org/parents/back-to-school-event

AOTA Back to School Guide for Teachers and Parents
This free back to school guide covers so many questions we all have about heading back to school during covid.
https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/Practice/back-to-school/Back-to-School-Guide-Full.pdf

A list of NYC playgrounds with shade!
Let's face it, the sun is great and all... but it can be WAY to hot for us and our kiddos. These shady playgrounds in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens offer a break from the sun, but no shortage of fun.
https://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/nyc-playgrounds-shady-shaded-trees-cover-from-sun

A  B I T   O F   F U N

Shenik, our Communications Maven, sent us this and couldn't stop laughing! P.S. You have to turn up the sound- it's the best part!