Wake Up, Daisy!
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Central Park, West 79th Street & West Drive
New York, NY
Suggested Ages: 3 to 9
The historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is back in action with modern take on Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes and music tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as her “Squad-parents”, from Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx who grant her the gifts of courage, knowledge, and a second chance. When an unwelcome guest shows up and casts a curse on her, Daisy’s life is forever changed, but through the support of her friends and an adventure throughout the city, Daisy’s strong self-determination and vivid imagination may be all she needs to break the curse.
Capacity is limited for social distancing. Unassigned seating on benches in a small theater (grown-ups are encouraged to sit in the back). Stroller parking available in the lobby. Near the lovely Shakespeare Garden.
Thursday-Sunday 11 am & 1 pm
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From 10:00am-4:30pm, book one-hour or three-hour open skating sessions. From 5:30-10:00pm, enjoy dazzling lights, live DJs,…More info
See screenings of documentary films on a big screen in Central Park. Presented by by National Geographic.
Tuesday, August 16: The Territory (premiere screening)
Wednesday, August 17: America’s National Parks
Thursday, August 18: Fire of Love
Friday. August 19: JANE
Gates open at 6:30 pm. Pre-show programming and music from 6:30 pm until film…More info
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Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer. Try to hook largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.
Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.
See our guide to Central Park.More info
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