Programs are every Sunday through Labor Day weekend, near the Great Hill, Central Park’s most natural playground. Families are invited to pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and get ready to discover Central Park in a whole new way.
Programs begin at noon, and are 90 minutes, which leaves the rest of the day to explore what is arguably the greatest urban park in the world.
Note that while these are FREE programs, the Central Park Conservancy requests an RSVP.
Here’s the schedule for July and August:
I Love the Bugs in Central Park!
Musical Storytelling by Story Laurie
Groove on the grassy hill as Story Laurie weaves wondrous tales and sings witty songs with her enchanting voice to share her wisdom about everything from the bugs in Central Park to those in your backyard.
Wild About Water
Musical Storytelling by Ira McIntosh
Ira McIntosh will take you on a magical musical journey through the wonderful wet world of water. From the mountains to the seas, with Central Park and the Hudson River in between, explore our most precious natural resource with stories and songs.
Tales of Nature
Stories by Story Crafter
Internationally renowned award-winning musical storytelling duo Jeri Burns, Ph.D., and Barry Marshall, aka “The Storycrafters,” present a lively, participatory program of world folk tales and music on the important theme of present and future stewardship and care of parks and natural resources.
Clementine the Hipster explores Central Park
Puppetry by Puppetsburg
Clementine has traveled all the way from Williamsburg to explore Central Park. Learn about water conservation; repurpose litter to make art the Brooklyn way, help to build our very own recycle/reuse robot, and then wind down with a lovely picnic — the remains of which you can compost at home, of course.
Nature in the City
Musical Performance by Billy B
Become a tree, a bird, or a bee as you dance and sing along with Billy B, the natural science and dance man. You’ll learn and sing about nature in the city, biodiversity, energy (and not just the kind you get from sugar!), the importance of trees in our world, and Central Park, of course.
Puppetry by Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theater
Think bugs are gross? Think again! We’ll take you on a 3,000-mile adventure and show you why they’re actually the coolest creatures around. The musical, interactive performance introduces you to metamorphosis and the interdependence of plants and animals.
Nature Songs and Stories
Musical Performance and walk led by George Steele
Discover more about Central Park and the finely tuned way in which Mother Nature works with George Steele as you sing along with him, then head out on an exploratory adventure. The first part of the program is on Great Hill South, and then families set off on an educational exploration of Central Park’s natural environment.
The Case of the Missing Chipmunk
Puppetry by WonderSpark Puppets
When a chipmunk goes missing, only one detective is clever enough, brave enough, and smart enough to solve the case — Mystery Max, who invites kids along as he tracks down the missing chipmunks. Join Max on a wild adventure, and along the way everybody meets crazy characters, make new friends, sing songs, and find clues. Whodunit?
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Musical Puppetry by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater
Hook, Line, and Sinker, Arm-of-the-Sea’s newest show, features iconic, larger-than-life fishermen and fisherwomen, plus a host of handmade special effects revealing the Hudson River Valley’s complex inner life. Aquatic food chains, blue claw crab metamorphosis, striped bass migrations — such scenes unfold beneath the gaze of those who cast for a piece of the action. With whimsical ingenuity, Hook, Line, and Sinker celebrates the timeless art of fishing while offering a connection between the water and the life below.
Hands on activities led by Conservancy Environmental Educators
Explore Central Park’s diverse plant and animal life through hands-on nature activities led by Central Park Conservancy environmental educators.
Additional information on Central Park’s Family Performance Festival website page.
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