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Seven Weeks Of Free Family Activities Kick Off At LIC Landing

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Crowd at Mr. Andy performance. Photo via GPA.

July 11, 2016 Staff Report

A seven-week program of summer fun for families launched at LIC Landing in Hunters Point South Park today.

“Summer Kids at LIC Landing” will run from July 11 through August 24, bringing music, crafts, animal shows and more to the Long Island City waterfront. The series is presented by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and the Gantry Parent Association.

“The Conservancy has been looking for ways to provide more programming for many of the younger residents of our community,” HPPC President Rob Basch said in a statement. “Finding a partner like the Gantry Parent Association provided a perfect opportunity to work with an organization that is dedicated to supporting the children and their parents in our community.”

Highlights of the lineup include exotic animal presentations July 19 at 4:30 p.m. and August 16 at 2 p.m. GPA President Jen Theien said the group Party Pets will present the animals, which could include anything from snakes to tarantulas to turtles and hedgehogs.

Mr. Andy, a New York City-based kids’ musician, will teach interactive music classes on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Kids can also learn show tunes and choreography with “Broadway for Kids” on July 18 and Aug. 15 at 4 p.m.

On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., the Court Square Library will present a read-aloud Story Time in the Park event.

The Jessica Lang Dance Studio will offer class demonstrations geared for kids as well as parents and caregivers. The studio will also perform on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the HPPC’s LIC Henge Party, according to the organization.

“Summer Kids at The Landing is a great opportunity to bring the community together,” Theien said in a statement. “The programs that we are bringing to The Landing are some of the most popular around LIC, and our hope is that all families will take advantage of these free activities.”

Theien estimated that there were more than 100 people at the first Summer Kids event with Mr. Andy this morning.

“I’m shaking, giddy over this,” she said Monday. “It was amazing.”

A full lineup of the Summer Kids series provided by the HPPC is listed below. Events are still being scheduled and additional programming will be posted at the HPPC Facebook page and GPA Facebook page.

Mr. Andy (Interactive Music Class)
July 11th – August 18th
Monday’s at 10:00am
Thursday’s at 3:30pm

Court Square Librarian (Read Aloud)
July 13th – August 24th
Wednesdays at 4pm

Arts & Crafts with Leonie
(Limit 12)
Wednesdays at 10:30am
7/13, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24
Fridays at 10:30am
7/15, 8/12, 8/19

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Jessica Lange Dance Studio Class Demonstrations
Tuesdays at 10am
7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23

Henge Party with a performance by Jessica Lange Dance Studio
Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30pm

Jessica Lang Dance Studio Family Friendly Dance Class
Tuesdays at 4pm
7/26, 8/9, 8/23

Exotic Animals
Tuesday 7/19 at 4:30pm
Tuesday 8/16 at 2pm

Broadway for Kids (Ages 8 and up)
(Limit 12)
Mondays at 4pm
7/18, 8/15

Beauty Counter Mommy Make Overs
Tuesdays at 7:30pm
7/26, 8/16

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