News: STEM Apps, Kid Environmental Center Opens and Extended Beach Days

9/3/15 - By Jody Mercier

New York City kids are privy to some of the best museums in the world, and this week, the city's cultural institutions seemed to be trying to outdo one another with great family programming.

The New York Hall of Science launched a suite of apps poised to bring STEM-inspired fun straight to your iPad, while the Staten Island Museum's new location at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center prepares for a grand-opening, Lincoln Center expanded free family programming to the outer boroughs and the Metropolitan Opera kicked off its late Summer Festival lineup.

In other news, don't pack away your sunblock just yet. For the first time in decades, NYC beaches will remain open past Labor Day! With additional funding for lifeguards and other beach workers, New Yorkers can now enjoy the city beaches through Sunday, September 13. NYC public pools, however, still close on Labor Day.

Read on for more news throughout the five boroughs.


  • Brooklyn Bridge Park recently opened a brand-new Environmental Center targeted at school-age kids with educational exhibits and classes. — Dumbo
  • The Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden is such a hit, the Garden is expanding its hours and programming. Saturday evening hours will be extended to 8pm beginning September 12 and another Frida al Fresco event will be added to its calendar. — the Bronx
  • If you want to introduce your kids to opera in a family-friendly way, consider attending the Met Opera's 2015 Summer HD Festival for a free outdoor screening of 10 operas featuring Met stars. — Lincoln Center
  • And while we're talking about Lincoln Center, the performing arts mecca is once again expanding its programming to the outer boroughs with free family events and workshops in Queens and Staten Island this fall. — Staten Island, Queens
  • The Staten Island Museum is nearly ready to move into its new home at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and has a full schedule of grand-opening events planned later this month. — Staten Island
  • The New York Hall of Science launches a brand-new suite of apps with STEM-inspired fun including Playground Physics and Fraction Mash. — Corona
  • Twenty percent of New York State students opted out of standardized tests this past April. Now a social media campaign is gaining ground that aims to send kids to their first day of school armed with an opt-out letter.
  • Sad news for a Park Slope favorite: Bergen Street Comics is closing its doors.  Park Slope

Photo courtesy of New York Hall of Science.