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-June*
Mondays, June 2-30, 2014, 1-2:15pm or 2:30-3:45pm. 6 River Terrace, $112 fee
Yoga for new parents and babies (newborn until crawling). 

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-May/June*
Mondays, May 5-June 23, 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. 

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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Art Portfolio Development-High School*
Tues, Wed, Thurs, July 8-Aug 31, 2014, 2:30-5:30pm, 6 River Terrace, $468 fee includes supplies.
Prepare a portfolio of work for art school admission. Draw and paint outdoors and from a live model. Use a variety of media to improve skills. 

Art Portfolio Development-Middle School*
Mon-Fri, July 7-Aug 1, 2014, 10am-1pm, 6 River Terrace. $585 for 3 weeks/$780 for 4 weeks
Create a portfolio for applying to specialized art high schools. Improve skills with a variety of art materials. Get experience giving and receiving supportive critiques from peers. Program includes offsite museum visits. All materials provided. 

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. 

Great Hudson River Swim
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 7:55am, Christopher Street to North Cove
Co-sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation. For information, visit www.nycswim.org. 

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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Almost Summer Celebration
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11am-2pm, Wagner Park
Enjoy a multicultural celebration featuring an exciting pop-rock concert by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Enjoy Hoop of Life Native American dances by Ty Defoe, and a storytelling performance of The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Play Me A Story. Art activities for all ages. 

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. 

Family Dance: Bhangra
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014, 6:30-8pm, Esplanade Plaza
DJ Rekha leads the mucial party accompanied by drunners and dancers. Learn bhangra, a fusion of traditional Punjabi-style folk dance and music with Western hip-hop and rock influences. 

Family Dance: Bluegrass
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6:30-8pm, Esplanade Plaza
Energetic, joyful community dancing for all ages. The Bluegrass Family Dance features The Ebony Hillbillies. Dance caller Eric Hollman leads the square dancing. 

Family Dance: West African
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 6:30-8pm, Esplanade Plaza
Energetic, joyful community dancing for all ages. The West African Family Dance features Mane Kadang, performing music from Senegal, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. Dances are led by Kotchenga Dance Company. 

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 Family Performance with Tom Chapin
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:30pm, Wagner Park
Tom Chapin & Friends play original and traditional folk favorites. 

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 with Workshop: South Cove
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2pm, South Cove
Tour South Cove (public art by the artist Mary Miss) with a contemporary art historian. This art tour includes an art making activity for families: paper engineering on the jetty. 

Public Art Tour: Irish Hunger Memorial
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 2pm, Irish Hunger Memorial
Join a contemporary art historian for a tour of the Irish Hunger Memorial. 

Public Art Tour: Teardrop Park
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2pm, Teardrop Park
Join a contemporary art historian for a tour of beautiful Teardrop Park. Meet at the Rock Wall inside the park. 

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. 

River & Blues: Bettye LaVette
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
Bettye LaVette, the Detroit native and R&B great represents the best in American soul singing with her marvelously sultry voice. 

River & Blues: Christian Scott
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
Trumpet sensation Christian Scott, along with his band, play original compositions inspired by his New Orleans roots, as well as the rock and hip-hop music of his current NYC home. 

River & Blues: Heritage Blues Quintet
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
The Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Quintet brings together African-American music, modern jazz, and Western European harmonies into a strikingly powerful sound. 

River & Blues: Sun Ra Arkestra
Thursday, Aug 7, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
Defying description, this eclectic big band ensemble plays ragtime, be-bop and avant-garde interpretations of the jazz canon. Their prolific leader, Sun Ra, an improvisational jazz pioneer and poet-philosopher, would have turned 100 years old this year. 

River & Blues: The Wiyos
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
The Wiyos blend swing, jazz, blues, and Appalachin music into an amalgam of original songs, many of which are on their latest release One More for the Road. 

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. 

Stories for All Ages: Mary Ann Schmidt
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11am, Teardrop Park
Storyteller Mary Ann Schmidt tells Wise Animals and a Heartless Giant. Her young students tell entertaining stories in which animals and nature are the clever and resourceful subjects. 

Stories for All Ages: Therese Folkes Plair
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014, 11am, Teardrop Park
Therese Folkes Plair tells I Have A Dream and Other Important Wishes. She retells the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. told the world in 1963, and other stories. Make a dream book to take home. Recommended for age 5 and older. 

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. 

Sunset Singing Circle
Fridays, May 2-June 27, 2014, 7-8:30pm, Wagner Park
Sing together! Share rounds and folk songs. No experience necessary. All ages welcome. Bring a favorite song. Led by folksinger Terre Roche. 

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 20, 2014, 5-8pm, Wagner Park
Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice and rejoice in the longest day of the year. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and the Swedish Folkdancers of NY. Make midsummer wreaths, and enjoy childrens games and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music from Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, singer and Scandinavian folklorist. 

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. 

Walks & Talks: Matthew Urbanski: Imagining, Creating, and Constructing Teardrop Park
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2pm, Teardrop Park (rain location: 6 River Terrace)
Matthew Urbanski, landscape architecht and principal with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, designs imaginative places for children and adults, including the enchanting Teardrop Park. All ages welcome. 


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


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Almost Summer Celebration
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11am-2pm, Wagner Park
Enjoy a multicultural celebration featuring an exciting pop-rock concert by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Enjoy Hoop of Life Native American dances by Ty Defoe, and a storytelling performance of The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Play Me A Story. Art activities for all ages. 

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 20, 2014, 5-8pm, Wagner Park
Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice and rejoice in the longest day of the year. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and the Swedish Folkdancers of NY. Make midsummer wreaths, and enjoy childrens games and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music from Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute of Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, singer and Scandinavian folklorist. 


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


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