Free kayaking, Family Day at Stuyvesant Cove

Participants enjoy a kayaking event at Stuyvesant Cove Park held in June. Photo by Marisa Buxbaum/Solar One

Participants enjoy a kayaking event at Stuyvesant Cove Park held in June. Photo by Marisa Buxbaum/Solar One

Community residents are invited to a free kayaking event at Stuyvesant Cove Park on Saturday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants must know how to swim, be at least 18 years old or attend with a parent or guardian, and must sign insurance waivers. All equipment is provided free. Participation will be on a first-come, first-paddling basis. Provided by Long Island City Community Boathouse. The event is a joint project of LICCB, the New York City Water Trail Association, and Urban Swim, in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club with the support of Solar 1 and NYCEDC.
In addition, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Solar One’s long-running series of monthly “Family Day” events for children and their parents kicks off with an Interactive Plant Fair for Wildflower Week. For Family Day: Creatures, kids can make flower costume, collages and paintings, make seed bombs and plant wildflowers they can take home, get their faces painted and much more. RSVP to

Other upcoming events in the neighborhood:

Waterside Plaza Dance Festival on August 17

The Waterside Plaza Dance Festival will take place on August 17 starting 5 p.m., featuring talented local dance companies and choreographers performing outside on the Plaza. This year performance groups are creating original site-specific work that showcases the unique landscape of Waterside Plaza’s outdoor space. Rain date is August 18. For more information, call (212) 340-4208 or email

Movies at Waterside continue through August 26

Waterside Plaza presents RCN Monday Night Movies on August 19 and 26. Films will start at dusk (usually around 8:15 p.m.) outside on the Plaza. Co-sponsored by RCN, admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (212) 340-4208 or email:

Stuyvesant Strolls on Wed., Aug. 21

On Wednesday, August 21 from 6-7 p.m., Solar One will host Stuyvesant Strolls, a guided,  sunset tour through Stuyvesant Cove Park. This is a great opportunity to discover the wide variety of plants and wildlife native to New York City.

Kids Summerfest in Stuyvesant Town on August 25

The next scheduled event for young residents of Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village and their guests is Kids Summerfest II, which will feature The Airborne Comedians, mini golf, and more on Sunday, August 25 at 3 p.m. on the Oval.

See listings for more local events, including theater, concerts, comedy, kids’ events and more on the Town & Village Blog Around & About page.

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