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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 31-Aug 7: Outdoor Activities

July 31, 2010 - by CG Directory Editor

New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

Explore the Woods - Earthplace
July 31, 2010 - Westport

Turn over logs and rocks, shift through old leaves, check out the tree trunks and green leaves. There’s a lot happening in the woods in summer. Take a walk with us. Included with regular admission.

Wonders of Wildlife - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through July 31, 2010 -

Come on over and meet some the world's most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut's backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Critters & Crafts - Earthplace
July 31, 2010 - Westport

A family program with live animal, story & project. There is a different theme each week. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Ages: 3-10. Included with regular admission.

Boy Scouts Take Over Times Square - Times Square
July 31, 2010 -

On July 31, the Greater New York Area Boy Scouts of America are celebrating 100 years of Scouting in a BIG way with a Scout invasion of Times Square! The entire community is invited to join in the fun -- and all events are free! Visit Broadway between 42nd-45th St. and brave the canoe canal, reach new heights on the climbing walls, and test your skills in virtual archery and kayaking –just to name a few! Beginning at 7 p.m., witness a spectacular stage show featuring top local talent and a broadcast of the exciting Centennial Celebration Show from the National Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, VA . Throughout the weekend, a number of local attractions will have special offerings for Scouts, their family, and friends. Learn more at www.bsa-gnyc.org.

Wonders of Wildlife - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
August 01, 2010 -

Come on over and meet some the world's most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut's backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Chris Rowlands' Farmin' Fever - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through August 01, 2010 -

Join us to for a weekend of song, dance, learning and family fun as we welcome Nationally-Acclaimed and Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Naturalist, Chris Rowlands back to Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. Chris is back by popular demand, bringing his original songs, humor and ventriloquism to our stage to delight children, families and all guests alike! All shows are free with admission.

106.7 Lite fm Presents Broadway in Bryant Park 2010 - Bryant Park
August 05, 2010 -

The best of Broadway is presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with this lunchtime series on the Bryant Park Stage. Sponsored by Bank of America, and JCPenney 33rd & 6th, and hosted by Lite fm's on-air personalities, the tenth annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances runs through August 12th. 12:30-1:30pm. Scheduled performers for 8/5 include Avenue Q, Fela!, Million Dollar Quartet.

Harlem Week 2010 - NY City Economic Development Day Free Indoor & Outdoor Public Expo - Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University
August 05, 2010 -

Health, Small Business & Economic Development Seminars in the morning and the afternoon. Health Seminar: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Small Bus. Seminar: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Youth Adult Career Opportunities Seminar: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Indoor Expo Time: 10:00AM - 3:00PM.

Animal Tales - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through August 06, 2010 -

Visit us for story time, a special craft and even an animal encounter each weekday. All activities are free with the purchase of Zoo admission. Families with children under age 6 are welcome.

Animal Enrichment Day - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
August 07, 2010 -

Animal enrichment provides animals with items and activities that enhance their mental and physical well-being. By utilizing different forms of enrichment such as sensory, mobility and dietary, we are able to promote natural behaviors such as scent marking, climbing and foraging. Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enriches animal life. Join us for talks, demonstrations and a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo, and a raffle to win a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo!

Wonders of Wildlife - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through August 08, 2010 -

Come on over and meet some the world's most fascinating animals! Explore exotic places like deserts, rain forests, wetlands and even Connecticut's backyard forests while learning about the amazing adaptations that allow animals to call those places home. Presented at the Zoo's Learning Circle, this event is FREE with Zoo admission.

Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Norwalk

Come fall in love with the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, offering views above and below the water.

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