Environment, conservation, and sustainability are central to the Island’s identity, and once again The Family Fun Day festival explores the intersection of these important themes, along with art making, another major focus of the Governors Island community.
Again this year, the festival is in Nolan Park in the Island’s historic district. It is a bucolic setting with open grassy areas and surrounded by the charming 19th century cottages that were officers’ homes and are now used by educational and arts organizations that are part of the OpenHouseGI residency program.
Here’s what’s on the schedule, all free, noon to 4pm:
- Improvise with Story Pirates,
- Be amazed and inspired by Mario the Magician and his inventions,
- show off your mad dance moves to Grammy-winning Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets,
- march with Shinbone Alley Stilt Band,
- goof around with
- tell stories with ,
- hone your art skills with Children’s Museum of the Arts,
- make puppets with Lisa Abbatomarco,
- learn about forts with National Park Service rangers,
- become a compost pro with ,
- paint birdhouses to house Governors Island hatchlings
- and let your giggles and your belly laughs flood the park.Other performers and programmers include:Dysfunctional Collective
- Face painting by Agostino Arts
- The Homespun Merry Go Round
- New-York Historical Society
- Spontaneous Interventions
- Billion Oyster Project
- From Manhattan — take the free ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street, near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The first ferry leaves at 10AM. Starting at 11AM the ferry runs every 30 minutes.
- From Brooklyn — take the free ferry from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Starting at 11AM ferries run continuously, approximately every 20 minutes.
- From Governors Island — The last ferries leave Governors Island at 7PM, returning both to Lower Manhattan and to Brooklyn.