Sprinklerfest Returns to Snug Harbor on July 21

With Food, Games, Waterslides, and Free Family Fun

Release date July 12, 2017

Staten Island, NY – Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is excited to announce the annual Sprinklerfest for Friday, July 21 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM on the South Meadow Lawn of Snug Harbor’s campus at 1000 Richmond Terrace, between Building P and the Connie Gretz Secret Garden.  Though initially scheduled for July 14, the event was postponed due to an inclement weather forecast.  Admission is free for all.  Sprinklerfest is supported in part by NYC & Co and the Richmond County Savings Foundation.  As in the past, the main attraction will be two acres of open sprinklers for kids of all ages to enjoy.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Sprinklerfest,” said Larry Anderson, Snug Harbor’s Director of Performing Arts and Public Programs.  “Now in our seventh year, this free event has become a family tradition.  Each year we try to offer something different and this year we are excited to have a double water slide, live DJ, and the return of Patrick and the Rock a Silly Band.”

Other Sprinklerfest attractions include kid-friendly games from Empire Blue Cross, a rock-climbing wall from the New York Police Department, crafts from the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other fun activities with ArtLab, the NYC Compost Project, the Greenbelt Conservancy, and Assemblymember Matt Titone.  Participants will be able to picnic on the grounds.  Harbor Eats, Snug Harbor’s outdoor café, will have burgers, tacos, salads, and snacks for sale, and there will be a variety of other food vendors present.

Snug Harbor’s full lineup of attractions will be open that day, including the renowned New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and three new exhibits at the Commons Galleries in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art: Points of View by David Saul, Almost Like We Know by David Loncle, and Mexico/Staten Island by Irma Bohórquez-Geisler.  Snug Harbor’s partner organizations on campus (the Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, and the Noble Maritime Collection) will also be open and supporting Sprinklerfest with kid-friendly activities.

Children should wear washable play clothes or swimwear. Some seating will be available, but accompanying adults are encouraged to bring beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. A cooling center will be set up in Building P adjacent to the South Meadow for sporadic relief from the heat and sun.