If you’re not going to be headed to the beach, BBQ’ing, or headed to see some nearby fireworks, here are some ideas to keep it local over the weekend in the Bronx.
Catch a concert on the 4th in Van Cortlandt Park. Free concert with the BAE Jazz and Dixieland Band: A HOLIDAY SALUTE TO GEORGE M. COHAN. FREE, www.bronxensemble.org, July 4 2pm
Create a fun Family Art Project at Wave Hill. Create a leafy or budding impression on an everyday canvas bag that you can take everywhere! Make your mark by cutting out shapes and stamping simple nature prints. Create it as a memento of your time at WaveHill or to show off your love of nature. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. www.wavehill.org Saturday and Sunday 10AM‒1PM
Learn to build a minions scooter at Home Depot. Children learn how to build a Minions Scooter. FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. FREE at All Home Depot locations, www.homedepot.com, July 4th 9 am to 12 pm
If you’re looking to do something a little different than the usual summer BBQ, hit up the New York Botanical Garden to experience the colors, textures, smells, and tastes of Frida Kahlo’s Mexican kitchen. Cooking demonstrations feature recipes inspired by those Frida served to family and friends, using nutritious, garden-based ingredients. Visitors can explore and tend to the plant staples of Mexican cuisine growing throughout the Family Garden: beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles, herbs, and more! www.nybg.org, All Weekend
Hop on the Bronx Seaside Trolly and head over to Bartow Pell Mansion Museum for some music, tour of the mansion, and light refreshments. This Friday The Night Owls will bring their funky, yet elegant, piano sound to the June First Friday! Music & Trolley at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM). The Night Owls are an instrumental piano trio in the tradition of Vince Guaraldi, Ramsey Lewis, and Horace Silver. Their sound mixes taste, funkiness, and elegance with popular appeal. From TV theme songs to New Orleans grooves, from West Coast jazz to 70’s pop tunes, The Night Owls provide a wide range of music that will satisfy both the most discerning listeners as well as people who just want to have a great time.www.bpmm.org, July 3rd 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Head over to Joyce Kilmer Park for an outdoor film screening. Grab a blanket and join the Bronx Museum of the Arts for a free outdoor screening of the film White Wedding. Devoted groom-to-be Elvis sets out on a 1,800-kilometer South African road trip in order to give his fiancée, Ayanda, a European-style dream wedding, but finds that getting there won’t be easy thanks to his best friend Tumi and a wandering English doctor named Rose. Meanwhile, as Ayanda begins to question Elvis’ commitment, her opinionated mother weighs in with her own thoughts about choosing European tradition over African tradition, and a handsome old boyfriend shows up with a suspicious agenda. Free, www.bronxmuseum.org, July 3rd 6 to 10 pm
Take the kids to Orchard Beach for a Kids Tide Pool Exploration. New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. During this exploration, kids of all ages can get an opportunity to explore the small creatures that inhabit Orchard Beach. Fish, invertebrates, and shore birds of all varieties are a treat to enjoy. FREE, www.nycparks.org, July 5 11:00 am to–1:00 p.m.
On Thursday, dance barefoot in Van Cortlandt Park and learn Ling Tang Dance (Chinese). Enjoy learn-as-you-go traditional dances with live music from around the world and cool, clean grass for your toes and this wonderful series (every Thursday until August). FREE, www.vcppark.org, July 2nd 6:30 to 8pm