Weekend Recap: CityParks SummerStage

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This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend Family Day in Central Park courtesy of CityParks SummerStage series.For those who are not familiar, City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage is New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing FREE performances to neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. The performances range from Indie, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip-Hop, and R&B, SummerStage brings performers from around the world to your local neighborhood. Did I mention that it’s FREE?

Family Day was a bit different from the usual SummerStage events because this one catered to children and included an entire section dedicated to their entertainment. There was a Disney station which had a spinning wheel, which determined which route you would take into the area. Let’s just say this was someone’s favorite location.

I liked this area because it was fun for children, but it also taught them lessons along the way. The spinning wheel had choices such as: Pat your head, touch your toes, etc. Jaylin really got a kick out of this. He loves these types of games and if you’re not careful you could end up playing for hours 😑. As we maneuvered through the Disney station, the children received gifts as they completed tasks. We received a few Disney DVDs and water bottles, and after stopping at the coloring station we had a chance to play the drums and participate in story time.

 

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The big hit of the day was the music! We had so much fun jamming to Big Chief Monk Bourdeaux, The Rebirth Brass Band, and the Lady Buckjumpers as they played, sang, and danced to so many different jazz tunes. I’ve never been to Louisiana, but on this day I felt like I was in New Orleans instead of Central Park. We had a ball!

If you haven’t had a chance to attend a SummerStage event you should definitely add it to your calendar this summer! Here’s a link to the full schedule for the remaining summer events. Enjoy! https://cityparksfoundation.org/calendar/category/summerstage/

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