What’s Happening?: Fun events and activities around the Bronx

Seal in the water
Get the chance to see seals in the Long Island Sound at Pelham Bay Park.
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The Bronx Museum

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‘Cosmos Gates’ Film Screening I

Feb. 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Visit The Bronx Museum for a screening party of “Cosmos Gates,” a film featuring various aspects of The Bronx’s history. Discover unseen footage of historical sites in the borough and see learn how people used to live through home videos dating back to the 1930s.

Curator-led Tours: Swagger and Tenderness

March 18, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Take a trip to The Bronx Museum for a guided tour of Swagger and Tenderness, a portrait exhibition by John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres. Spend the afternoon learning about the exhibition from guest curators at the museum.


Van Cortlandt Park

February Forest Restoration Fridays

Feb. 24, 10 a.m-1 p.m.

Join the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance at this weekly program, where members of the community can help maintain the forests in this Bronx park. Learn about the importance of the forest while doing hands-on work, like tree removal and planting.


Bronx River


Winter Birding with NYC Audubon

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Join NYC Audubon and the Bronx River Alliance on a walk along the Bronx River, where you’ll get to see a variety of beautiful birds that live around and depend on the river. You’ll also develop an understanding of biodiversity and wildlife in an urban setting like the Bronx.

Soundview Park Restoration and Lanternfly Hunt

March 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join NYC Parks Stewardship and the Teddy Bear Project to help restore the Soundview Butterfly Garden. This is a hands-on, entirely outdoor event where participants will learn how to spot and remove Lanternfly egg masses. They will also be trained on how to identify and remove invasive plants. Meet at Soundview Butterfly Garden at the corner of Colgate Ave and Lafayette Ave, and be sure to dress appropriately. Register for the event and learn more here.


Wave Hill

Family Art Project: Sounds of Winter Stillness

Feb. 25 and 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kids can explore the winter concepts of dormancy, hibernation, and stillness through an arts and crafts project at Wave Hill. Create different kinds of animals that experience hibernation using a mix of found and natural materials.

Public Garden & Conservatory Highlights Walk

Feb. 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy a casual walk through Wave Hill’s gardens. Spend 45 minutes observing nature and learning about the gardens with a tour guide.

Concert: Warp Trio

Feb. 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy an hour-long concert by the Juilliard-trained musicians that make up Warp Trio. Listen to them perform a variety of music, ranging from rock to jazz, at Wave Hill.

Visit Wave Hill for fun family activities this month. Photo courtesy Getty Images.

Family Art Project: A Growing Season

March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Get ready for spring gardening by creating a DIY flower pot at Wave Hill. Kids will be able to design and decorate their own flower pots using upcycled cardboard boxes. They’ll even be provided with soil and a seed to start growing their very own special plant.

Art Conversation: “Spade & Brush: Painting the Material Culture of the Garden”

March 5, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Meet painter and horticulturist Rebecca Allan and design historian Sarah Lichtman for an interesting conversation on how we relate to each other and the natural environment using painting and horticulture. They’ll also discuss historical art about gardens and plant life from important historical artists. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to register here.

Family Art Project: Fibonacci Pinwheels

March 11, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Combine math with arts and crafts at this fun and interactive event at Wave Hill. Kids will learn how to identify math in the natural world by creating their own pinwheels inspired by the Fibonacci Sequence. Decorate your paper pinwheel with natural decorations, including flowers and seeds.

Winter Workspace 2023: Open Studios

March 12 and 19, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Artists can take advantage of Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace, where they’ll have access to free studio space to experiment with art and nature.


Poe Park

Learn to Draw

March 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit the Poe Park Visitor center for a free beginner- and adult-friendly drawing class. Participants will learn about fundamental art concepts like light and shadow techniques, as well as basic drawing techniques like scaling and composition. You’ll also get to practice what you’ve learned through observational drawing.

NYC Parks Presents “Everything Women”

March 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Visit the Poe Park Visitors Center for an art show all about women, featuring women artists. The show is part of the center’s month-long March Showcase.

NYC Parks Presents Roll Out the Red Carpet: Fashion Photography Event

March 11, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Photographers can visit the Poe Park Visitor Center for a free fashion photography event. Practice your photography and put your skills to the test by taking pictures of fashion models in action at a real fashion show.


Pelham Bay Park

Kids Week: Birding for Kids

Feb. 22, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Kids can experience nature in a fun and hands-on way through bird watching at Pelham Bay Park. Urban Park Rangers will teach kids how to identify different kinds of birds based on sight and sounds at this event.

Get the chance to see seals in the Long Island Sound at Pelham Bay Park. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Nature Exploration: Kazimiroff Nature Trail

Feb. 25, 11 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Explore Pelham Bay Park on this hike through the Kazimiroff Nature Trail. Learn about the estuary and forest ecosystems in the area as you hike through this historic trail with the help of Park Rangers.

Seal Exploration

Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Observe seals in the Long Island Sound with the help of Pelham Bay Park’s Urban Park Rangers. You’ll get to learn more about New York City’s wildlife and which spots in the park are best for viewing them.


Crotona Park

Kids Week: Survival Skills for Kids

Feb. 23, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Gain all the skills you need to survive on a deserted island at this workshop! Kids will be able to learn basic outdoor skills, including shelter building, fire making and survival skills.

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

Feb. 25, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Learn how to build a fire using a variety of different materials with the help of Crotona Park’s Urban Park Rangers. The whole family can learn this basic survival skill at this family-friendly event.

Crotona Park Highlights Hike

Feb. 26, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Join the Park Rangers for an afternoon hike through historically significant parts of Crotona Park. You’ll get to see specific sites that were important for the history of the park and for the Bronx as a whole.


Rev. T. Wendell Foster Park and Recreation Center

Latin Dance Fitness

March 4 and 11, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Get moving and improve your health with this fun fitness class! Led by an instructor, this creative and fun workout class makes it easy to get your exercise in by fusing dance and aerobics.


New York Botanical Garden


Learn all about orchids at the New York Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy Getty Images.

The Orchids of the Herbarium

March 18, 19, 25 and 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden to learn all about how orchid specimens are collected, preserved, mounted, and categorized. You’ll get to view tons of stunning orchids on display and even get to create a specimen to take home with you.



Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

Mid Winter Extravaganza Winter Olympics

Feb. 21-24, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Have fun at the start of this week-long recreation of the Winter Olympics at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Tuesday will be spent ice skating, sledding and doing a snowball throw. Families will also have things to do the rest of the week, like playing more kid-friendly sports, watching a movie and winning prizes.


Bronx Library Center

Arte de Tierra y Mar; Earth and Sea Art Exhibition by Esperanza Martell 

Feb. 24, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

Visit the last day of a unique Taino-inspired art exhibit at the Bronx Library Center’s Latino and Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Pieces in the collection are made from natural materials and are inspired by the artwork of indigenous people from the Caribbean. Learn more about the event and register here.


College Avenue Garden

Tree Care and Pruning

Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Learn about the basics of pruning at this free workshop in the College Avenue Garden. Participants will learn about interesting topics like plant biology, different ways to prune a tree, and how to identify a healthy tree. Apply these skills to your own garden, or put them to use around your community. Learn more and RSVP here.


Parkchester Library

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Celebration

March 2, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Join the Parckchester library in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Children will be able to participate in fun Dr. Seuss-themed activities, including arts and crafts projects inspired by the author’s books.


Morrisiana Library

Black Music Legends

Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month through music at this event by the Morrisiana Library. Teenagers interested in music will learn about various Black musicians and the ways that they’ve influenced the art form through popular genres like pop, R&B, jazz, soul and more.


Soundview Library

Women’s History Month Mugs!

March 8, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Visit Soundview Library for an interactive arts and crafts event in celebration of Women’s history month. Attendees will enjoy decorating custom mugs dedicated to important women in their lives.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

March 4, 8 p.m.

Spend the evening at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts for a special concert full of Cuban music from four-time Grammy-nominated orchestra, the Afro-Cuban All Stars. The group will also share the stage with another talented band, La Tipica 73, to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Learn more and get tickets here.

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