Just a short bus ride away, you can take in Scandinavian culture.
To get there, just hop on the M34 (or M34A) Select Bus Service from Waterside, and you’ll soon find yourself at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (58 Park Avenue) – the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States.
It offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Programming includes: Art exhibits, film screenings, concerts, readings, lectures and language courses.
And: For an engaging day with your kids, the center has Saturday children’s activities.
“Each Saturday afternoon, Scandinavia House presents our Saturday Art Workshops, which invite children to work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library. Nordic fairy tales are full of fantastic characters and magical settings – this November we delve into stories and storytelling through practices in 3-D visual arts.”
This Saturday, your kids can experience crafts and storytelling, with:
“In Scandinavian folklore, the forests are full of trolls and little gnomes. Trolls are often said to be able to change their appearance and did so in order to trick humans — sometimes it was believed that if a child was being naughty, she or he had been replaced by a troll baby! This Saturday, we will make simple marionettes (puppets with strings) that are troll versions of ourselves.”
“In this popular ongoing children’s series, some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center present exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.
In ‘Elves, Trolls, and Giants, Oh My!’, Robin Bady and Regina Ress will tell tales about dodging elves, ducking giants, and defeating trolls, in stories that delight while reminding us that bullies can be defeated.”
Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births.
The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.
Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son.
This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.
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In August, Waterside has FREE Monday night movies the whole family can enjoy – with our spectacular NYC water and city views as a backdrop! Movies begin at dusk.
Popcorn and an assortment of beverages are also provided.
Join us for:
August 20th – Waterside’s Audience Choice*! (7pm): “The Wizard of Oz” (SPECIAL EVENT: Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum joins – with trivia, a costume contest, free collectable postcards & other Oz goodies.)
Friday, August 24th – “Labyrinth” (7:30pm) (Note: Rescheduled from August 13)
Get ready for an exciting performance of Bollywood and Traditional Indian Dance and Music – followed by an interactive dance lesson! Ajna Dance Company delivers visually stunning and culturally rich performances that engage, educate and inspire – with dances that blend the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement. Ajna has appeared on NBC and ABC’s Good Morning America, The Food Network, and performed at countless NYC landmarks including The United Nations, Macy’s, and Barclays.
Kimya’s playful vocals paired with her eclectic musical compositions will capture your heart. She’s a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack. Kimya has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times which described her as “a veteran of the scrappy anti-folk circuit, with stream of consciousness songs that balance the caustic and the childlike”.
George Gee’s 8th album is: “Swing Makes You Happy” – and that’s exactly what this show will do! When the George Gee Swing Orchestra plays popular songs from the Swing Era, you’re sure to feel more pep in your step. George Gee Swing Orchestra’s appearances include MTV, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and ABC’s Good Morning America. (Note: This show will take place rain or shine! If it rains, we have an indoor space to sway and swing in!)
August: “Waterside Summer Movie Series” – Mondays (see below for times)
August brings you to the plaza for movies the whole family can enjoy. With over six acres (including landscaped gardens facing the East River), Waterside is the ideal location from which to take in the film, the amazing views, the complimentary refreshments, and, have a wonderful evening in the city – with the feel of an urban retreat.
Take a journey into worlds of animated toys, goblins and re-gain your child-like wonder:
August 20th – Waterside’s Audience Choice*! (7pm)
Being shown at Waterside by popular demand – “The Wizard of Oz”! This beloved, iconic 1939 musical is based on the work of L. Frank Baum.
SPECIAL EVENT: In addition to the film, Marc Baum of the All Things Oz Museum, a non-profit organization devoted to Oz, will join us. He will bring free collectable postcards and other Oz goodies.
Marc Baum will lead us in All Things Oz Trivia Contest – bring your knowledge, your courage and your heart. There will also be a best Oz costume. Both activities will feature prizes for the winners!
Friday, August 24th – “Labyrinth” (7:30pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 13)
Starring the iconic David Bowie and a pre-Academy Award-winning Jennifer Connelly, this Jim Henson musical fantasy tale has a teenage girl, tired of babysitting her baby brother, wish him away – only to have him captured by the evil Goblin King!
Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics, the beautifully animated From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of a high school couple’s innocent love and the secret surrounding their births. The film evokes both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered. Written by Academy Award Winner and the legendary founder of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first creative collaboration between father and son. This English language version features the voices of Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Gillian Anderson, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bruce Dern.
Tuesday, August 28th – “Toy Story” (8pm) (Note: Rescheduled from Aug 6)
Toys come to life in this ever-popular 1995 film about a cowboy doll threatened by a new spaceman figure. Will the cowboy lose his place in a little boy’s heart? Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
Join Waterside for these irresistible events!
All events are free and take place on the plaza (25 Waterside Plaza, NY, NY 10010.) Limited seating is available, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.