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    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING

    • 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    An introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults. Space is limited. Location: ROCKEFELLER PARK CHILDREN’S GARDEN  

    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • CHESS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN*

    • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    BEGINNERS: (5-7 YRS) 3:30–4:25PM. INTERMEDIATE: (7 YRS & UP) 4:30–5:30PM. 14 SESSIONS, $210. Beginners learn to speak the language of chess through thoughtfully designed activities that explain why the pieces move the way they do. Intermediates learn to better their opening, middle and end–game positions by studying great games of the past. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/16
    • Games & Sports
    • SOCCER FOR CHILDREN

    • 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    AGES 5–7: 3:30–4:15PM. AGES 8–11: 4:30–5:15PM. Kickstart your afternoon with soccer! Practice the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and overall gameplay. Meet new friends while engaging in games and drills focused on balance, coordination, movement and awareness. Closed-toe shoes required.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • GARDENING CLUB*

    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    CHILDREN’S GARDEN. 9 SESSIONS, $120. Discover the fun and rewards of planting flowers, vegetables and herbs, plus watering, weeding, and composting. Learn about BPC Parks’ green practices firsthand. For ages 6–10. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • ELEMENTS OF NATURE DRAWING

    • 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • KINDIE ROCK AT PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 11:00am

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am

    Professional musicians from our Stories & Songs program lead rocking story times and sing-alongs at Preschool Play on Wednesdays!

    • 10/17
    • Music & Dance
    • ADULT CHORUS

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • FIGURE AL FRESCO

    • 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • Lawn games and art

    • 3:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm

    • 10/17
    • Parks & Rec.
    • WEDNESDAYS IN TEARDROP

    • 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Explore unique Teardrop Park while enjoying energetic lawn games and creating dynamic art. Artists and educators lead individual and group creative projects using clay, collage, paint and more. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! For ages 5 and up.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • VOLLEYBALL AFTERWORK

    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Location: Esplanade Plaza
    Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Shake off the stress of work and join other adults for some friendly competition at drop-in volleyball. A great opportunity to meet new friends! Scorekeeper and ball provided.

    • 10/18
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL ART

    • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into masterpieces of creativity and delight. Age-appropriate projects planned by an art educator/artist. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! (Location: ROCKEFELLER PARKHOUSE)

    • 10/19
    • Exercise
    • TAI CHI

    • 8:30am - 9:30am

    Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

    Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide an inspiring background for the ancient flowing postures. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. No program on 10/5.

    • 10/19
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • Drawing in the Park

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • DRAWING IN THE PARK

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • MORNING MEDITATION

    • 9:45am - 10:15am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 9:45am - 10:15am

    Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system.

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • SENIOR EXERCISE

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with various fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in rhythmic movement and aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come join the group and workout to great music!

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PARENT & BABY YOGA*

    • 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION. REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. SESSION 1: 1–2:15PM. SESSION 2: 2:30–3:45PM. Enjoy yoga in a safe, supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies – newborn through crawling. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Special Event
    • MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION*

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Location: Asphalt Green
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION* FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. Enjoy nutrition information, preparation demonstrations and tastings. Each week includes helpful research findings, healthy recipes, portion planning and shopping tips for the season. Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on cuisines of many cultures, fermenting food for better health. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • BASKETBALL FOR CHILDREN - AGES 5–6

    • 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    # AGES 5–6: 3:30–4:15PM # Develop your coordination and balance, perfect your dribbling and jump shot, and play! Adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes are paired with fun games and challenging drills to improve any skill set. Closed-toe shoes required. No program on 10/8.

    • 10/22
    • Nature
    • BIRD WATCHING CLUB: FALL SESSION*

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    6 SESSIONS, $90. Participants will become familiar with the birds that reside yearlong in Battery Park City– as well as those that migrate through on their way to southern destinations. Bird watching is an excellent activity to help children focus and hone their observation skills while celebrating these fascinating creatures! Fun projects will augment the study. For 1st – 3rd graders. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/23
    • Music & Dance
    • ZUMBA JUMPSTART

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Join a fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of salsa, merengue, hip hop, and more! Enthusiastic instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new steps each week. Bring your friends!

    • 10/23
    • Exercise
    • FALL INTO FITNESS

    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There is no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than to join Battery Park City Parks programming leaders for power walking throughout the parks and taking in the fall foliage and brisk air.

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.

    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING

    • 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    An introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults. Space is limited. Location: ROCKEFELLER PARK CHILDREN’S GARDEN  

    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • CHESS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN*

    • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    BEGINNERS: (5-7 YRS) 3:30–4:25PM. INTERMEDIATE: (7 YRS & UP) 4:30–5:30PM. 14 SESSIONS, $210. Beginners learn to speak the language of chess through thoughtfully designed activities that explain why the pieces move the way they do. Intermediates learn to better their opening, middle and end–game positions by studying great games of the past. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/16
    • Games & Sports
    • SOCCER FOR CHILDREN

    • 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    AGES 5–7: 3:30–4:15PM. AGES 8–11: 4:30–5:15PM. Kickstart your afternoon with soccer! Practice the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and overall gameplay. Meet new friends while engaging in games and drills focused on balance, coordination, movement and awareness. Closed-toe shoes required.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • GARDENING CLUB*

    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    CHILDREN’S GARDEN. 9 SESSIONS, $120. Discover the fun and rewards of planting flowers, vegetables and herbs, plus watering, weeding, and composting. Learn about BPC Parks’ green practices firsthand. For ages 6–10. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • ELEMENTS OF NATURE DRAWING

    • 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • KINDIE ROCK AT PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 11:00am

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am

    Professional musicians from our Stories & Songs program lead rocking story times and sing-alongs at Preschool Play on Wednesdays!

    • 10/17
    • Music & Dance
    • ADULT CHORUS

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • FIGURE AL FRESCO

    • 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • Lawn games and art

    • 3:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm

    • 10/17
    • Parks & Rec.
    • WEDNESDAYS IN TEARDROP

    • 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Explore unique Teardrop Park while enjoying energetic lawn games and creating dynamic art. Artists and educators lead individual and group creative projects using clay, collage, paint and more. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! For ages 5 and up.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • VOLLEYBALL AFTERWORK

    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Location: Esplanade Plaza
    Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Shake off the stress of work and join other adults for some friendly competition at drop-in volleyball. A great opportunity to meet new friends! Scorekeeper and ball provided.

    • 10/18
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL ART

    • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into masterpieces of creativity and delight. Age-appropriate projects planned by an art educator/artist. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! (Location: ROCKEFELLER PARKHOUSE)

    • 10/19
    • Exercise
    • TAI CHI

    • 8:30am - 9:30am

    Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

    Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide an inspiring background for the ancient flowing postures. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. No program on 10/5.

    • 10/19
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • Drawing in the Park

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • DRAWING IN THE PARK

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • MORNING MEDITATION

    • 9:45am - 10:15am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 9:45am - 10:15am

    Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system.

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • SENIOR EXERCISE

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with various fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in rhythmic movement and aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come join the group and workout to great music!

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PARENT & BABY YOGA*

    • 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION. REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. SESSION 1: 1–2:15PM. SESSION 2: 2:30–3:45PM. Enjoy yoga in a safe, supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies – newborn through crawling. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Special Event
    • MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION*

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Location: Asphalt Green
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION* FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. Enjoy nutrition information, preparation demonstrations and tastings. Each week includes helpful research findings, healthy recipes, portion planning and shopping tips for the season. Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on cuisines of many cultures, fermenting food for better health. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • BASKETBALL FOR CHILDREN - AGES 5–6

    • 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    # AGES 5–6: 3:30–4:15PM # Develop your coordination and balance, perfect your dribbling and jump shot, and play! Adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes are paired with fun games and challenging drills to improve any skill set. Closed-toe shoes required. No program on 10/8.

    • 10/22
    • Nature
    • BIRD WATCHING CLUB: FALL SESSION*

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    6 SESSIONS, $90. Participants will become familiar with the birds that reside yearlong in Battery Park City– as well as those that migrate through on their way to southern destinations. Bird watching is an excellent activity to help children focus and hone their observation skills while celebrating these fascinating creatures! Fun projects will augment the study. For 1st – 3rd graders. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/23
    • Music & Dance
    • ZUMBA JUMPSTART

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Join a fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of salsa, merengue, hip hop, and more! Enthusiastic instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new steps each week. Bring your friends!

    • 10/23
    • Exercise
    • FALL INTO FITNESS

    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There is no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than to join Battery Park City Parks programming leaders for power walking throughout the parks and taking in the fall foliage and brisk air.

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.

    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING

    • 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:15pm - 3:45pm

    An introduction to organic gardening for children 3-5 years old with accompanying adults. Space is limited. Location: ROCKEFELLER PARK CHILDREN’S GARDEN  

    • 10/16
    • Kids & Family
    • CHESS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN*

    • 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

    BEGINNERS: (5-7 YRS) 3:30–4:25PM. INTERMEDIATE: (7 YRS & UP) 4:30–5:30PM. 14 SESSIONS, $210. Beginners learn to speak the language of chess through thoughtfully designed activities that explain why the pieces move the way they do. Intermediates learn to better their opening, middle and end–game positions by studying great games of the past. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/16
    • Games & Sports
    • SOCCER FOR CHILDREN

    • 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:15pm

    AGES 5–7: 3:30–4:15PM. AGES 8–11: 4:30–5:15PM. Kickstart your afternoon with soccer! Practice the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and overall gameplay. Meet new friends while engaging in games and drills focused on balance, coordination, movement and awareness. Closed-toe shoes required.

    • 10/16
    • Parks & Rec.
    • GARDENING CLUB*

    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    CHILDREN’S GARDEN. 9 SESSIONS, $120. Discover the fun and rewards of planting flowers, vegetables and herbs, plus watering, weeding, and composting. Learn about BPC Parks’ green practices firsthand. For ages 6–10. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • ELEMENTS OF NATURE DRAWING

    • 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of Wagner Park’s verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Kids & Family
    • KINDIE ROCK AT PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 11:00am

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 11:00am

    Professional musicians from our Stories & Songs program lead rocking story times and sing-alongs at Preschool Play on Wednesdays!

    • 10/17
    • Music & Dance
    • ADULT CHORUS

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.

    • 10/17
    • Art & Culture
    • FIGURE AL FRESCO

    • 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

    Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • Lawn games and art

    • 3:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm

    • 10/17
    • Parks & Rec.
    • WEDNESDAYS IN TEARDROP

    • 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Location: Teardrop Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

    Explore unique Teardrop Park while enjoying energetic lawn games and creating dynamic art. Artists and educators lead individual and group creative projects using clay, collage, paint and more. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! For ages 5 and up.

    • 10/17
    • Games & Sports
    • VOLLEYBALL AFTERWORK

    • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Location: Esplanade Plaza
    Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Shake off the stress of work and join other adults for some friendly competition at drop-in volleyball. A great opportunity to meet new friends! Scorekeeper and ball provided.

    • 10/18
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL ART

    • 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

    Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, paint, and everyday recyclable materials, transforming them into masterpieces of creativity and delight. Age-appropriate projects planned by an art educator/artist. Materials provided. Dress for a mess! (Location: ROCKEFELLER PARKHOUSE)

    • 10/19
    • Exercise
    • TAI CHI

    • 8:30am - 9:30am

    Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

    Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide an inspiring background for the ancient flowing postures. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. No program on 10/5.

    • 10/19
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • Drawing in the Park

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    • 10/20
    • Art & Culture
    • DRAWING IN THE PARK

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: South Cove
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided.

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • MORNING MEDITATION

    • 9:45am - 10:15am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 9:45am - 10:15am

    Start your morning with a peaceful mind. Primordial Sound Meditation can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and strengthen the immune system.

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/22
    • Exercise
    • SENIOR EXERCISE

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with various fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in rhythmic movement and aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come join the group and workout to great music!

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • PARENT & BABY YOGA*

    • 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 1:00pm - 3:45pm

    FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION. REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. SESSION 1: 1–2:15PM. SESSION 2: 2:30–3:45PM. Enjoy yoga in a safe, supportive environment while learning postures and exercises specifically suited for new parents and babies – newborn through crawling. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Special Event
    • MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION*

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Location: Asphalt Green
    Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    MEET ME IN THE KITCHEN: HARVEST TIME NUTRITION* FREE PROGRAM: REGISTRATION REQUIRED, SPACE IS LIMITED. Enjoy nutrition information, preparation demonstrations and tastings. Each week includes helpful research findings, healthy recipes, portion planning and shopping tips for the season. Nutritionist Lauren C. Kelly offers creative twists on cuisines of many cultures, fermenting food for better health. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/22
    • Kids & Family
    • BASKETBALL FOR CHILDREN - AGES 5–6

    • 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm

    # AGES 5–6: 3:30–4:15PM # Develop your coordination and balance, perfect your dribbling and jump shot, and play! Adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes are paired with fun games and challenging drills to improve any skill set. Closed-toe shoes required. No program on 10/8.

    • 10/22
    • Nature
    • BIRD WATCHING CLUB: FALL SESSION*

    • 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

    6 SESSIONS, $90. Participants will become familiar with the birds that reside yearlong in Battery Park City– as well as those that migrate through on their way to southern destinations. Bird watching is an excellent activity to help children focus and hone their observation skills while celebrating these fascinating creatures! Fun projects will augment the study. For 1st – 3rd graders. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Tour
    • MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS*

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic and ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org. * Registration required. Call 212-267-9700 or email registration@bpcparks.org

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • PRESCHOOL PLAY

    • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Location: Wagner Park
    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Play is the cornerstone of early childhood development. Meet other toddlers, parents and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing songs and hear stories too! Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play!

    • 10/23
    • Music & Dance
    • ZUMBA JUMPSTART

    • 10:30am - 11:45am

    Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

    Join a fitness dance party with upbeat Latin music of salsa, merengue, hip hop, and more! Enthusiastic instruction creates a fun community of dancers who learn new steps each week. Bring your friends!

    • 10/23
    • Exercise
    • FALL INTO FITNESS

    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Location: 6 River Terrace
    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There is no better way to celebrate the change of seasons than to join Battery Park City Parks programming leaders for power walking throughout the parks and taking in the fall foliage and brisk air.

    • 10/23
    • Kids & Family
    • SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    • 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Location: Rockefeller Park
    Time: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

    Time to get moving! Stretch out those little legs and have fun kicking, running, and learning soccer basics. Closed-toe shoes required. For ages 3-4.