Hey Mother Nature — who asked you for all this rain? Can we get a few NICE days, please?? Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be many thunderstorms in the forecast for the upcoming week, so it’s time to get your family out of their rain boots and back into their bathing suits! Here’s our family fun lineup for this week:
Thursday, August 16
Have you ever wondered why some of our most popular superheroes are often named after animals? The Dongan Hill Library is getting a visit from a New Canaan Nature Center naturalist who will give participants an up close look at several creatures with an array of “super” qualities that makes each a “wildlife superhero” in its own right. Get more info on this special summer reading celebration here.
Friday, August 17
Movies Under the Stars
Catch a family-friendly flick in your local park every Friday and Saturday in the summer (and select weekdays as well)! Check our calendar for details on which films are showing where. This weekend’s lineup includes Avengers: Infinity War, The Lion King, The Emoji Movie and Rampage.
Saturday, August 18
FDNY Summer Block Party
FDNY’s annual summer block party combines fire safety with fun. The annual kid-friendly event takes place in every borough and features food, games, music, firefighters and fun. It’s a one-of-a-kind chance to explore the firehouse and EMS station and meet with fire safety education teams. Kids will also get to meet the FDNY Fire and Life Safety Mascots, Hot Dog and Siren. Staten Island’s Block Party will take place on Saturday, August 18 at Engine 153 / Ladder 77 at 74 Broad Street from 11am to 4pm.
Sunday, August 18
Special Trip Sunday – Land of Make Believe
This family-friendly amusement park has a waterpark and rides for all ages. Reasonably priced, with free parking, free picnicking, and short lines, it’s worth the drive (which is just over an hour/hour and a half) into New Jersey. Visit their website for more info.
Monday, August 19
Chances are, your family has been out and about so much this summer that you haven’t had much time for cleaning lately. Why not make it a team effort? The Intentional Mom offers ten great tips for getting kids motivated to clean here. Happy scrubbing!
Tuesday, August 20
According to geocaching.com, Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered—and according to their site, there are 3,325 geocaches around Staten Island. Remember the Great Pokemon Go Craze of 2016? Well, Geocaching is like that — only better and fun for everyone (not just walking zombies with smart phones).
Wednesday, August 21
S.I. Parent Signup Day
We know, we know. We’re a little biased on this one. But can you blame us? We just don’t want you to miss out!
• Sign up for our weekly newsletters and get the scoop on the weekend’s best events, enter the coolest giveaways, get the hottest deals from local businesses, and much more.
• Join our Birthday Club and get ten FREE tokens at Fun Station for your birthday! Plus we’ll give you birthday shout-out in the magazine during your special month.
• New addition to the family? Announce it in the magazine!
• Enter this month’s contest to win the Fenrici Backpack of your choice. Two winners will be selected!