Battery Park City Parks Conservancy  offers public programs and events for almost everyone. From May 1 through October 31, we sponsor music, dancing and storytelling, fishing days, bird watching and  garden tours, art for all ages, sports, games and play programs. Our diverse  programs aim to connect people with the parks as well as with each other.  Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of age, gender, experience,  or skill. All supplies are provided.

Some programs require a fee to participate. Please see the listings for  specifics. Fees are collected to help offset the expense of materials and  expert presenters. We take pride in the quality of every program and event. We  appreciate your generosity and support in helping Battery Park City Parks Conservancy provide leisure time activities that are valuable, engaging and  welcoming to all.

Please note: There are No Programs on these 2014 Federal Holidays:

Memorial Day: May 26
Independence Day: July 4
Labor Day: Sept 1
Columbus Day: Oct 13

Calendar of Events (pdf version)




Parent & Baby Yoga-Sept/Oct*
Mondays, Sept 8-Oct 27, 2014, 1-2:15pm or 2:30-3:45pm, 6 River Terrace, $157 fee
Yoga for new parents and their babies (newborn through crawling). 

Preschool Art
Thursdays, May 1-Oct 30, 2014, 10:30-noon, Rockefeller Park
Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, wood, and paint with projects designed by an art educator/artist. Dress for a mess! 

Preschool Play
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, May 5-Oct 29, 2014, 10am-noon, Wagner Park
Join other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on the lawn. Toys, books and play equipment provided. 

Soccer for Preschoolers
Tuesdays, May 6-Oct 28, 2014, 2:30-3:15pm, Rockefeller Park
Have fun kicking, running, and learning the basics of soccer. For children age 3-4. Close-toed shoes required. 

Stories & Songs-Tuesday class*
Tuesdays, Sept 9-Dec 16, 2014, mornings, 6 River Terrace, $315 fee
For babies and children up to 3.5 years old, with accompanying adults. Musicians lead interactive singing and music-making each week. 

Stories & Songs-Wednesday class*
Wednesdays, Sept 10-Dec 10, 2014, mornings, 6 River Terrace, $315 fee
For babies and children up to 3.5 years old, with accompanying adults. Musicians lead interactive singing and music-making each week. 

Young Sprouts Gardening
Tuesdays, May 6-Oct 28, 2014, 3:15-3:45pm, Rockefeller Park
An introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults. Learn to plant and do nature projects. Please arrive on time, as space is limited. 


*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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Art + Games
Thursdays, May 1-Oct 30, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm, Rockefeller Park
Afterschool art activities and lawn games. For children age 5 and up. 

Childrens Basketball: age 5-6
Mondays, May 5-Oct 27, 2014, 3:30-4:30pm, Rockefeller Park
Adjustable height hoops for children age 5-6, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Close-toed shoes required. 

Childrens Basketball: age 7 and up
Mondays, May 5-Oct 27, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, Rockefeller Park
Adjustable height hoops for children age 7 and up, plus fun drills to improve your skills. Close-toed shoes required. 

Drop-In Chess
Wednesdays, May 7-Sept 24, 2014, 3:30-5pm, Rockefeller Park
Play this popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. For ages 5-15. 

Explorers Club-Sept/Oct*
Mondays, Sept 8-Oct 27, 2014, 4-5:30pm, 6 River Terrace, $240 fee
Investigate the natural world of plants, weather, and animals that surround us in the park. For children in 1st through 5th grades. Offered spring and fall. 

Gardening Club*
Tuesdays, May 5-Oct 28, 2014, 4-5pm, Rockefeller Park, $130 fee per 2-month cycle or $350 for advanced registration by May
For children age 6-10. Discover the fun and rewards of planting flowers, vegetables and herbs. Learn how to weed, compost, and water. Learn BPCPCs green practices firsthand. 

Soccer for Elementary Schoolers, age 8-11
Tuesdays, May 6-Oct 28, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, Rockefeller Park
Learn to pass, shoot, and improve skills through fun drills and scrimmages. Close-toed shoes required. 

Soccer for Elementary Schoolers-age 5-7
Tuesdays, May 6-Oct 28, 2014, 3:30-4:15pm, Rockefeller Park
Learn to pass, shoot, and improve skills through fun drills and scrimmages. Close-toed shoes required. 

Wednesdays at Teardrop
Wednesdays, May 7-Oct 29, 2014, 3:30-5:30pm, Teardrop Park
Energetic lawn games and art projects, ranging from designing cities to making animal headdresses. Art supplies provided. For school age children, age 5 and up. 


*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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Drop-In Chess
Wednesdays, May 7-Sept 24, 2014, 3:30-5pm, Rockefeller Park
Play this popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. For ages 5-15. 

Teen Drumming Circle
Tuesdays, June 17-Aug 26, 2014, 4-5:30pm, Rockefeller Park
Drop in on a drumming circle led by master drummer Maguette Camara from Senegal. Drums provided. 


*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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Drawing in the Park
Saturdays, May 3-Oct 25, 2014, 10am-noon, South Cove
Sketch and paint the Hudson River and parks with an artist/educator. Materials provided. 

Elements of Nature Drawing
Wednesdays, May 7-Oct 29, 2014, 11am-1pm, Wagner Park
Enjoy drawing in the gardens with an artist/educator. Materials provided. 

Figure al Fresco
Wednesdays, May 7-Oct 29, 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm, South Cove
Learn figure drawing outdoors with an artist/educator. Materials provided. 

Garden Tour: Wagner Park
Wednesdays, May 14, June 18, Sept 17, Oct 15, 2014, 1pm, Wagner Park
Tour the Wagner Park gardens with a Parks Conservancy horticulturist. Learn about innovative organic gardening on a public scale. 

Manhattan Island Relay Swim
Saturday, Sept 13, 2014, 10:30am, South Cove
Co-sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation. For information, visit www.nycswim.org. 

Tai Chi
Fridays, May 2-Oct 31, 2014, 8:30-9:30am, Esplanade Plaza
Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with instructor Alex Hing. No experience necessary. 

Volleyball After Work
Wednesdays, June 4-Sept 24, 2014, 6-7:30pm, Esplanade Plaza
Join other adults for fun games. Scorekeeper and balls provided. No experience necessary. 


*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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Bird Watching
Saturdays, May 10, Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, 2014, 11am, Wagner Park
Join a birder/naturalist to see the variety of birds that nest and rest in the parks. Novice birders welcome. Binoculars and field guides provided. 

Go Fish Family Performance with Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke
Saturday, Sept 20, 2014, 12:30pm, Wagner Park
Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke perform fun music from their latest CD Animal Tales. 

Go Fish Family Performance with Michael Hill & Friends
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014, 12:30pm, Wagner Park
Michael Hill & Friends delight anglers with Fishing Blues. 

Go Fish!
Saturdays, May 10, Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, 2014, 10am-2pm, Wagner Park
Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Art projects, bird watching, and a musical performance, too. 

Public Art Tour with Workshop: Rector Gate
Sunday, Sept 21, 2014, 2pm, Rector Park West
Learn about Rector Gate with a contemporary art historian. This art tour includes an art making activity for families: creating a fanciful tower or archway. 

Public Art Tour: The Real World
Sunday, Sept 7, 2014, 2pm, The Real World, Rockefeller Park
Join a contemporary art historian for a tour of The Real World by artist Tom Otterness. 

Public Art Tour: Wagner Park
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014, 2pm, Wagner Park
Join a contemporary art historian for a tour of the parks public art collection, including works by Jim Dine and Louise Bourgeois.Meet at the brick building. 

Stories for All Ages: Julie Pasqual
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014, 11am, Teardrop Park
Julie Pasqual Tells Just A Little Scary, exciting stories that make you wiggle, squiggle, and shout with fright and delight, just in time for Halloween. 

Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Fridays, July 11-Aug 22, 2014, 6:30-8pm, Wagner Park
Join a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided, or bring your own. 

Walks & Talks: Dave Taft: Wildlife Tales of the City
Sunday, Sept 28, 2014, 2pm, 6 River Terrace
NYC Naturalist Dave Taft, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, discusses growing up with bats in Brooklyn and wild turkeys in Battery Park. Look for birds and rare native plants reintroduced in BPCPCs gardens. 


*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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*Registration required. Call 212.267.9700 x366 or email emccarthy@bpcparks.org


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