We love the New York Public Library on rainy days! In addition to the weekly storytimes and free jazz concerts, there are always special events for all ages at branches throughout the city. Coming up:
Cool Rain Forest Connections
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 4 p.m.
127 Amsterdam (between 65th & 66th street)
The Central Park Zoo Wildlife Theatre comes to the library via an intrepid Jungle Explorer and her puppet sidekick, Youcan the Toucan, who lead the audience in a poem and geography lesson and present a humorous play, The Adventures of Captain Cocoa. Targeted for ages 4 to 8 years old, but we’ve found that well-behaved (or ready-to-step-outside-when-needed) tots and babies are welcome at all kids’ library events.
More info on Cool Rain Forest Connections
Centennial Weekend Festival
May 20 -22
Children’s Center at 42nd Street (@ Fifth Avenue)
This weekend the original New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue (now known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) celebrates its’ 100th birthday with a full roster of events, many of them kid-focused, including a magic show, a kids’ concert, free ice cream, lego lions and more.
Schedule of Centennial Festival Events
Of course libraries aren’t the only place for free indoor entertainment. This Wednesday, May 18th, Giggle (352 Amsterdam Avenue between 76th & 77th Street) hosts its monthly free Music Together class at 4 pm.
More info on Giggle events
And don’t forget these kid-friendly indoor public spaces and drop-in classes for getting out of the apartment but staying dry.