Happy Friday!

To celebrate this wonderful Friday ATG is happy to share information from mommypoppins.com about free events—- just look below!

1.Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Upper West Side 

Wednesday, July 25-Sunday, August 12
Another genre-spanning fest with more than 100 music, dance and other live performances. Kids should enjoy the interactive Tangle on July 26-29, when visitors will help experimental Polyglot Theatre company weave colorful elastics around poles in Josie Robertson Plaza. The Roots of American Music Festivalon Saturday, August 11-Sunday, August 12 is also a great option for families. Sunday, July 28 is Family Day with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Chinese acrobats and the aforementioned Tangle

2.Central Park Film Festival – Upper West Side
Monday-Friday August 21-25
The area between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive
Again this year, The Central Park Conservancy’s Film Fest will be held on the west side of the iconic green space. This year’s theme is cult films meaning many of them aren’t very family friendly, unless you really want to introduce your brood tothe antics of gang from the 70s flick Animal House or Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.  There is  Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, which could fit the bill for for older kids.

3.Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Great Creek Rd. (off Rt. 9), Oceanville, 609-652-1665. Refuge headquarters features changing wildlife displays: Open weekdays 10-3. Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days sunrise to sunset (check website for periodic closings). Entrance fee supports refuge operations. Brochures available at self-service info center. 
   46,000 acres of coastal area in southern New Jersey is actively protected and managed for migratory birds. The refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. An eight-mile auto trail and nature trails lead visitors through tidal salt marsh, field and woodland habitats visited by more than 275 species of migratory land and water birds. 

4. The Center for Contemporary Art

The new identity of the Somerset Art Association. 2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2345. Mon.-Sat. including evening hours. Free, wheelchair accessible. Housed in an historic c. 1912 former schoolhouse with floor to ceiling windows, The Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a vibrant, contemporary cultural center through arts education, exhibition and community outreach that will inspire creativity and enhance people’s lives. The Center presents high quality exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and under-represented artists in a variety of media and subject matter. Year-round programming includes a full range of studio classes and workshops taught by professional teaching artists in a variety of media for children, teens and adults, summer art camps, birthday parties, bus tours to tri-state area museums, lectures and community outreach programs.

5. Discover in the Discovery Seashell Museum! 

2717 Asbury Ave. Ocean City, NJ ( 609) 398 2316
See some of the rarest and finest seashell specimens in the world. In the Shell Yard more than 10,000 varieties of seashells can be seen. Admission is Fre

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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