Stories for All Ages

Storytelling – humankind’s oldest art form – teaches as well as entertains both young and old. Tucked away in the nooks of magical Teardrop Park, this event will excite your imagination and encourage an interplay between the stories being told and the unique features of the park.  Sitting on the park’s green grass, listeners embark on a wonderful journey as Laura Simms weaves adventure-filled stories showing how people and animals share the natural world around us.

Described by the New York Times as “Irresistible!  A major force in the revival of storytelling in America,” Laura Simms returns to Battery Park City Parks Conservancy on May 9th. Laura has a cutting-edge performance style that bridges ancient oral tradition and performance art. Her storytelling is meaningful and uncannily entertaining at the same time. With a dynamic voice and range of characterizations- along with warmth and humor, Laura’s technique will surely delight both children and adults!

Laura SimmsLaura Simms is an award winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation. She is a Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace Institute at Rutgers University Newark under the auspices of UNESCO. She performs worldwide for adult and young audiences.

 

 

Sunset Singing Circle

Sunset Singing Circles are a relaxing way to end the busy week and a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and sing in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. So raise your voice and join singer/guitarist Terre Roche as the sun sets over the Hudson River for enchanted evenings of folk songs and more. Novice and experienced singers of all ages are welcome.  Players of acoustic instruments are encouraged to add their skills to the mix.

As Terre says, “Sunset Singing Circles are one of my very favorite events!  New Yorkers, sitting in the grass, watching the sun go down over the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, singing This Land is Your Land and other favorites — or just listening.  Soulful, fun and surprising — people tell me what a great time they have unwinding from the work week.”

Each season – 2015 is the fourteenth – BPCPC produces a songbook that people know or can easily learn.  The songbook ranges from classic American folksongs like “Down in the Valley,” to songs of the 1960’s, to future classics like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Attendees are encouraged to bring their suggestions to add to the songbooks for 2015.

Terre Roche has played guitar since the age of eleven, and with her two sisters, Maggie and Suzzy, produced 12 albums as The Roches. Terre’s first solo album, The Sound of a Tree Falling, was described by Sing Out! as “…luminous…enchantingly hypnotic…playing [that] is both complex and foundational, setting up solid but delicate rhythmic structures for each song on which her vocals can soar.”

*Sunset Singing Circle will not meet 5/22 and 6/19

Play at the Park House

Drop by the Rockefeller Park House and have fun playing in the park! Adults and children can borrow toys and play equipment to use free of charge. Smaller kids can let their imaginations go wild with the play kitchen and pretend food or invent a game with hula hoops, bouncy balls and blocks. There are many fun kids’ books available for those who wish to sit on the grass and enjoy a quiet read. Older children, teens and adults can play billiards, Ping-Pong, Chess or Scrabble. Stop in and challenge your friends to a game of knock-hockey, basketball, or backgammon!

Play at the Park House

Drop by the Rockefeller Park House and have fun playing in the park! Adults and children can borrow toys and play equipment to use free of charge. Smaller kids can let their imaginations go wild with the play kitchen and pretend food or invent a game with hula hoops, bouncy balls and blocks. There are many fun kids’ books available for those who wish to sit on the grass and enjoy a quiet read. Older children, teens and adults can play billiards, Ping-Pong, Chess or Scrabble. Stop in and challenge your friends to a game of knock-hockey, basketball, or backgammon!

Advanced Group Swimming Lessons

Learn advanced skills such as the turns that link the four competitive strokes and the butterfly. All swimmers will need to bring a towel, a swim cap, goggles and a lock.

This ten-class series is held on each Sunday from March 22nd through May 31st, 2015, 3:15-4:00 pm.

This class is open to swimmers ages 6 and up. $220 for Members, $250 for Non-Members.

To register call 646-210-4292 or email.

 

 

Intermediate Group Swimming Lessons

Learn intermediate swimming skills such as full underwater body rotations and the breast stroke. All swimmers will need to bring a towel, a swim cap, goggles and a lock.

This ten-class series is held on each Sunday from March 22nd through May 31st, 2015, 2:30-3:15 pm.

This class is open to swimmers ages 6 and up.

To register call 646-210-4292 or email. $220 for Members, $250 for Non-Members

 

Advanced Beginner Group Swimming Lessons

Practice basic strokes and learn important new skills such as butterfly kicking on back and front, freestyle touch-ups and the backstroke. All swimmers will need to bring a towel, a swim cap, goggles and a lock.

This 10 session class meets Sundays, March 22nd through May 31st, 2015, 1:45-2:30pm.

For ages 6 through adult. $220 for Members, $250 for Non-Members.

To register call 646-210-4292 or email.

Beginner Group Swimming Lessons

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School is offering this ten-class series, held on Sundays from March 22nd through May 31st, 2015, from 1:00pm to 1:45pm.

Get comfortable getting in the water and learn important basic skills such as breathing, kicking on front and back, elementary treading and freestyle. Swimmers will need to bring a towel, goggles and a lock.

Ages 6 – Adult. $220 for Members, $250 for Non-Members

To register call 646-210-4292 or email.

2015 Annual Art Exhibition

All are welcome to visit the Battery Park City Parks’ Conservancy’s 2015 Annual Art Exhibition at 75 Battery Place (at 2nd Place). View artwork created by participants of all ages from the Conservancy’s free art programs such as Figure al Fresco, Elements of Nature Drawing,  Art + Games, and Preschool Art.

The exhibition will be on view weekdays from 2pm-4pm from January 26 through March 27.

*Artwork above by Sejal Gala

Just for Children!

Starting in January 2015!

This January Battery Park City Parks Conservancy has lots of fun ways for kids to learn, stay busy and have a ton of fun! Click below to learn more about each of the exciting programs we’re offering at 6 River Terrace, the BPC Ball Fields and the Communist Center at Stuyvesant High School!


JFC Stories & Songs

Tuesday, 9:40am-10:20am. 6 months to 3.5 years.
Tuesdays, 10:30am-11:10am. 13 months to 3.5 years.
Tuesdays, 11:20am-12noon. 13 months to 3.5 years.

Wednesdays, 9:40am-10:20am. 6 months to 3.5 years.
Wednesdays, 10:30am-11:10am. 13 months to 3.5 years.
Wednesdays, 11:20am-12noon. 13 months to 3.5 years.


JFC Chess for Children

Beginners, Age 5-7
Intermediate, Age 7 & Up


JFC Block PlayBlock Play for 3-4 Year Olds
Block Play for 5-7 Year Olds


JFC Learn to Swim Learn to Swim


Winter Sports and Games Small

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at the BCP Ball Fields!


 
 
 

There’s also fun for grown-ups too!

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