I joined my grandkiddies at the Summer Reading Kick-Off: The Universe on Wednesday at 4 at the Tottenville Library which was decorated with everything “Universe”.  Even the fabulous Library staff  were sporting Martian ears!

Entertainment was provided by an animated musician from Rockness Music who drew the children into the performance by singing about space, robots and Martians--they laughed, sang, danced, jumped up and down and enjoyed an afternoon that ended with giveaways and popsicles. The children had lots of fun as evidenced by the photos.







Sunday was the most relaxing afternoon I have had in a long time at the Annual White Party Fundraiser hosted by the Friends of Seguine Mansion and George Burke. The mansion is stunning inside and out with peacocks roaming around the grounds and mingling with the guests. Seeing everyone dressed in white--women in beautiful hats and men in white suits, was stunning. The afternoon garden party took me back to a quieter, more peaceful time as we soaked up the warm weather, cool breezes underneath the trees, chatting, sipping, and therapeutic, if only for a day! A classical guitarist provided music from the porch as we mingled and enjoyed sangria, iced tea and a fine luncheon and later on, coffee and desserts.  

On Sunday, Virginia Sherry, founder of the Native Plant Society of Staten Island, opened up her yard and garden to “Our Second Plant Swap".  It was a great gathering with fellow plant and flower lovers sharing clippings and starter plants as well as hints and stories about how to better grow your garden with native plants, shrubs and trees. To learn about the Native Plant Society of Staten Island, visit the website: nativeplantsocietyofstatenisland.org and/or join their Facebook group.

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Camp Creativity Jungle Journey for kids 3+ tales place on Wednesday 6/26 from 10-12 at any of the Staten Island Michael’s stores. Your kids will take an imaginary trip into the jungle as they enjoy creating colorful birds. $3 admission; supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. To register, call:

718-720-0377 for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-692-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

Bring your children for an afternoon of fun on Wednesday from 2-6 for the Summer Reading Kick Off at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. Beginning at 2, you will celebrate the end of school, the kickoff of summer and St. George Library’s Birthday with reading with games, activities, refreshments and giveaways. At 3, join in the fun with Tommy and Tommy Juggling Time. They will perform for you, and then spend some time teaching you to juggle together. The session includes a juggling ball-making workshop; you can take home what you make. If you have ever wanted to step right up and join the circus, now’s your chance! Best for ages 4+. Children are also invited to participate in a STEAM activity related to our Blast Off! Summer Reading theme. We will also share readings appropriate for all ages. Teens can stop in and have some friendly competition with their friends with video games, lawn games, giveaways and more, weather permitting. Join the library staff outside for fun and games like corn hole.

"If you Build It" LEGO Club for Kids takes place on Wednesday at 4 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Create your own LEGO masterpiece! LEGO fans of all ages are welcome. Space is limited; first come will be first served.

On Thursday, 6/27 at 2, bring the children to Summer Reading Kick-Off: Urban Cowpoke Fandango at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. Former NYC Urban Park Ranger, Hopalong Andrew, celebrates nature and the richness of city life, the energy, diversity, and sense of possibility, with the fun-loving “can-do” spirit of the American West. His programming is filled with music and movement celebrating city life and urban wildlife.

Attend the Summer Sunset Concert Series featuring Grounded 4 Life and Freepass  on Thursday at 7 at Lemon Creek Park, 175 Johnston Terr.

On Friday 6/28 at 3:30, challenge your friends and other kids at Wii Love Gaming! as you play cool Wii games at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. For ages 5-11.

The Tavern Terrace Outdoor Concert Series continues on Friday from 6-11 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Beer, barbecue and music all summer long! The Terrace will be open Friday and Saturday evenings all summer long, featuring live music each Saturday! The Tavern Terrace at Historic Richmond Town is fun for the entire family! Bring a blanket and have a picnic! Enjoy classic outdoor games and cool down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat!

Movies Under the Stars will present “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” on Friday from 8:30-11 at Wolfes Pond Park, Cornelia and Chester Avenues.

International Mud Day will be celebrated on Saturday 6/29 from 10-2 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. This holiday brings people together from around the globe for one purpose—TO GET DIRTY. Wade in our mud pool, cook up a pie in the mud kitchen, create a mud masterpiece and more!  All ages welcome.

Bring your children ages 3+ to Kids Club Pop-Up Fireworks on Saturday from 10-12 at any of the Staten Island Michael’s stores. They will enjoy making paper pop up fireworks. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $3 admission. To register, call:

718-720-0377 for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-697-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

Start Summer Vacation for FREE Admission Day on Saturday from 10-5 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.

Enjoy a morning of non-competitive Beach Volleyball with the park rangers on Saturday at 10 at Great Kills Beach, 3270 Hylan Blvd.Ages 10 & up are welcome to participate.

Participate in Meditation on the Lawn on Saturday at 1 at Alice Austen Park, Hylan Blvd. and Edgewater St.

Art in the Park: Pottery Series will be on Saturday from 2-3:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. Hand craft your own pottery out of clay from Staten Island with ceramic sculptor Eder Perez for the first class in this two-part series. Part 2 will take place 7/27. Best for ages 10+. Pre-registration is required by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

On Saturday at 2, bring the kiddies, ages 5+ to Space Science at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. for fun space-themed science experiments for kids!

The MakerPark Radio’s 2nd Anniversary Block Party takes place on Saturday from 2-7 at MakerPark, 450 Front St. including FREE bounce house, face painting and games!  Bands and DJs featuring Hungry March Band and Children’s music from Lard Dog & The Band of Shy, 20 Vendors, Food from HoBrah Tacos, Italianisimo, Seppe Pizza Bar, Eggers Ice Cream, etc! Beer tent by Flagship & Killsboro Brewery.

Bring the kids to Game On! Event on Saturday at 2 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. Elevate your gaming skills with our info-packed guides and activities at this interactive event for game-loving young readers. Event activities will not include gaming devices. Customers are invited to bring personal devices and hang out after the event to game play with the help of our official gaming guides.

Enjoy a Campfire on Saturday at 7 at Great Kills Beach, 3270 Hylan Blvd. The National Park Service will host a blazing campfire on the beach that will include an evening of music and stories. Bring a blanket or beach chair.

Movies Under the Stars presents “The Avengers” at the Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field on the FDR Boardwalk and Beach on Saturday at 8:30.

Bike, run, walk or birdwatch during Freshkills Park Open Hours on Sunday 6/30 from 10-2, at Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave.  Six miles of roads will be accessible for the event. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent one for free. Staff and volunteers will be there to answer questions about the landfill-to-park project. For those who have attended Discovery Day in the past, Open Hours is something new. Access will be limited to the asphalt roadways around the mounds. Visitors must provide their own transportation or travel by public transit.

Attend Arts & Crafts on Sunday at 10 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave.  Join a park ranger to build a wooden bird house that you can take home for your yard. All supplies will be provided and all ages are welcome. Reservations are required; please call 718-351-6970.

Baby & Me Storytime featuring Hello, World! Solar System takes place on Sunday at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. Your children 0-24 months old will participate in activities building language skills as the staff reads a book.

NYC LAUGHS presents #LITP Laugh Track 5K Costumed Run in Wolfe’s Pond Park, 420 Cornelia Ave. on Sunday at noon. Run dressed as your favorite sitcom character. Afterwards, as part of the free outdoor summer comedy series, catch the stand-up comedy performance featuring Todd Barry begins from 2-4.

The 11th Annual Polish Festival takes place on Sunday from 12-8 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. This festival is an undertaking of the Polish-American community of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church to acquaint the Staten Island community with Polish culture, music, traditions, arts, and crafts.  The festival features live performances by singers and dance groups representing traditional music and dance as well as raffle drawings and basket prizes.  To provide guests with a taste of Poland, traditional cuisine is served throughout the day including kielbasa, pierogi, golabki (stuffed cabbage), baked goods and Polish beer.  There will be face painting, bounce houses and activities for the children and sporting contests. Admission is $10 which includes a raffle ticket; kids up to 12 are FREE. Don’t forget to stop by at the Gillani Homes booth and have a picture taken with your favorite real estate agents! Following are photos from last year.

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