Thursday, June 26, 2014

The New Vic's Summer Fun Countdown

Even as an adult, the feeling of school letting out for summer is magical! Today is the official last day for NYC public schools, so we figured it only made sense to put together our guide for making the most of the season with your brood. Below is our countdown guide to summer, including 20 ideas for activities, books to check out and more!

For starters, we've curated 20 songs for our #newvic summer playlist-- tunes about surfing, lyrics about the sun and songs that just remind us of cruising toward the beach with our windows rolled down! Add it to your Spotify playlists today and listen all summer long! 


Over on Pinterest, we have 19 boards where we're always pinning craft ideas, inspirational photos and printable worksheets from our designers' desks. Give us a follow and bookmark our profile for great rainy day ideas.

18 holes! As a kid, I loved going to mini golf, and then the driving range when I got older, with my golf-loving grandpa. For an activity that is fun for multiple generations, we love Flushing Meadows Mini Golf!

Isango Ensemble will present a reimagined The Magic Flute in our 2014-15 season. With South Africa as the show's setting, its a totally new experience. Learn together about Mozart, his life in Europe in the 1700s, and read the story of The Magic Flute so you're prepared for this brand new version of his opera when you come to see it in November! You might also want to get acquainted with Mozart's music if you aren't already-- begin with the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center!

When I was a kid, summer always meant extra time spent with my mom. I loved hearing her stories from when she was a kid. She told me about how she swam from one end of Canandaigua Lake to the other on a family vacation, and how she and my aunt would make BLTs every day for lunch when the weather was hot. Why not try to tell your kids at least 16 of your own stories this summer? Here are some tips.

Have you browsed our 2014-15 season yet? Spend some time watching all of our trailers, getting to know the companies and deciding on which of the 15 amazing shows you'll be seeing at the New Vic next season!

Sure, you have plans for the USA's Independence Day, but how about Bastille Day on July 14? Celebrate the commemoration of the French Revolution on 60th street with French food, mimes, can-can dancers and more! 

Manhattenhenge returns on July 13! Watch as our city's buildings perfectly frame the setting sun. If you've got kiddos who get a kick out of this sort of astronomical event, make sure to check out The Old Man and The Old Moon this September!

Did you know that kids, ages 12 and younger get free admission to the Met? Plan a day to visit and make sure you check out the Temple of Dendur, every kid's favorite part the museum!

An 11-year-old will love The Light Princess. Add the fairy tale, written by George Macdonald, to his or her summer reading list. If you enjoy the story about a princess who "loses her gravity," make sure to join us for the musical theater adaptation in February 2015!

In my town growing up, all kids on summer vacation could redeem one free game of bowling every day throughout the summer-- and, boy, did I bowl a lot. See if your local bowling alley has similar deals for kids and enjoy those 10 frames!

You probably already have the 9 basic ingredients you need to whip up a batch of basic chocolate chip cookies! All you need is butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips! Why not try a baking project together?

Have an antsy 8-year-old? The fast-paced, fantastic Lionboy trilogy (upon which our January show from Complicite is based) might just get them to love reading!

It's only a 7-minute ferry ride to NYC's Governor's Island. This summer's events on the island include a Poetry Festival and a Unicycle Festival! Learn more and get planning your trip!

Sunday, July 6 is the FREE Global Family Day at Central Park's SummerStage! Our pals, the Acrobuffos will be there, helping to lead the fun. 

Remember that NYC has 5 boroughs to explore! We love heading to Staten Island for a ride on the ferry, a visit to their zoo and a stop by some of the amazing Italian bakeries on the island. The New York Botanical Garden is also a sometimes forgotten gem up in the Bronx!

For a 4-year-old, campfire stories don't get better than The Snail and the Whale. The story touches on nature, friendship and more. You can also see the stage adaptation of the tale this October at the New Vic!

Can't wait for our new season? You're in luck! There are 3 chances this summer to see a show at the New Vic. Get your tickets now for Victory Dance; tickets for our public performances are just $10!

South Street Seaport is undergoing a lot of changes-- take the 2 train downtown and see the evolving market with your kids! Little ones will love Imagination Playground and if you've got big kids in tow, maybe share a treat from Carpe Donut! Confections are generally around $2.25. 

We hope our list helps you have 1 memorable summer with your family! If you try out some of our suggestions, make sure to tell us all about it on Twitter, or tag us in your Instagram posts!

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