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THIS WEEKEND'S KIDS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN MANHATTAN

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by Directories Editor - Weekly July 10, 2013

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The choices for finding fun kids and family activities in New York City are never ending. Whether your family prefers concerts, museums, theater or gardening, check out this weekend's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

'Wanda's Monster,' A Family Musical - Vineyard Theatre
Through September 08, 2013 - Upper East Side

Back by popular demand, this warm-hearted musical introduces an imaginative little girl named Wanda and her unexpected bond with a fuzzy purple monster as she learns acceptance and friendship. Based on the award-winning children's book by Eileen Spinelli, featuring music and lyrics by singer, songwriter and superstar children's recording artist LAURIE BERKNER, including fan favorites Monster Boogie, and Wanda, Whatcha Wanna Do, plus brand new classics and book by Barbara Zinn Krieger. Best for children 2-10 years old. Save $3 with code NYMETRO

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
July 10, 2013 - Battery Park City

Join other school-age children for active lawn games and art projects. Parks Programming Leaders plan games based on their understanding of child development stages, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are welcome to suggest games, and Parks Programming Leaders are always prepared to help get the games started with perennial favorites such as Tug of War, Red Light Green Light, Mr. Fox, Asteroids, Wiffle Ball and Four Square. Each week enjoy a different art project. Projects range from group murals and building cities from recycled boxes, to individual clay and wood constructions, masks, capes and mobiles inspired by nature in the park. For children 5 and older. Make new friends! All supplies are provided.

Drop-In Chess - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
July 10, 2013 - Battery Park City

Drop in to play the popular strategy game and get pointers and advice from an expert under the trees in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, adjacent to the Park House. An experienced and enthusiastic chess instructor leads lessons in the popular strategy game for children and young people ages 5-18 in small groups. Beginners and all ability levels are welcome. Chess instructor Michah Saperstein has been teaching chess to children for 6 years, and has developed a coaching style which emphasizes creativity and imagination in children.

Sunset Wednesday - Wave Hill
July 10, 2013 - Bronx

This summer, transport yourself from the bustle of the city streets to a lush, summer oasis where the breezes blowing off the Hudson pair perfectly with a glass of wine. Make your way to Wave Hill on Wednesday evenings July 10-Aug. 14 for an experience unlike any other. Unwind with an outdoor yoga class, take a guided stroll through the gardens, or simply put your feet up and take in the summer sun setting over the Palisades. Enjoy a relaxing dinner on the Terrace from the newly renovated Cafe, or bring your refreshments to the Great Lawn as local Bronx musicians fill the air with their sweet songs of summer. From smooth Latin grooves and classical guitar, to Garifuna rhythms and Caribbean jazz, by the end of the night these performers will have you tapping your feet and humming along. Bring your own chair, but please leave blankets at home. The grounds will remain open until 8:30pm. Free shuttle service to and from Metro-North and the #1 subway. Registration opens day-of at 9:30AM at the Perkins Visitor Center. Schedule: 6pm Sunset Yoga (Sunset Yoga, $23/person including admission to the grounds) Registration opens day-of at 9:30AM at the Perkins Visitor Center All other programs free with admission to the grounds. 6:30pm Guided Garden Walk 7pm Live Music Check wavehill.org/visit for complete listings of music each Sunset Wednesday.

Fashion and Fabric Design - Museum of the City of New York
July 10, 2013 - Upper East Side

Do you have your own sense of style and color? Would you like to learn how to create your own special fabric designs? First, explore the exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced with your family and look at Burrows photographs, drawings, and garments. You will think about the creative process of Stephen Burrows by learning about the methods, style, and techniques of his work. Using inspiration from the exhibition, each child will create a line sheet, a page that highlights many different ideas and styles within one theme. Then each child will choose one design and make an original creation on fabric to take home. Drop by anytime between 11am-3pm to participate. No reservations are required.

Catch and Release Fishing - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
July 10, 2013 - Upper East Side

Catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer is a favorite family and community pastime. Fishing poles are available to borrow at the Charles A. Dana Center, located on the north shore of the Meer. Picture ID required; instruction and bait are provided with the poles. The Harlem Meer is a thriving aquatic ecosystem that supports a wide variety of fish, waterfowl, turtles, plants and microorganisms. Some of the fish living in the Meer include largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel. All fishing is on a "catch-and-release" basis only, meaning that all fish caught must be put back into the water immediately. Free for families and individuals. Groups of five or more people must make reservations at least two weeks in advance. For more information, call 212-860-1370. Group reservations are taken for Monday to Friday only, for either of the following two-hour sessions: 10:30am-12:30pm, or 1:30-3:30pm. Recommended for children ages 5-15 and accompanying adults. Note: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations require persons 16 years of age and older to obtain a fishing license. For more information on this regulation and where you can buy one, please visit www.dec.ny.gov.

Mad Sq. Kids: David Weinstone and the Music for Aardvarks Band - Madison Square Park
July 11, 2013 - Gramercy

Madison Square Park Conservancy presents its 11th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am, June 11 to Aug. 8. Alastair Moock and Friends bring their rompin' family music concert to the Mad. Sq. Kids stage! The Boston Globe calls Alastair one of "Boston's best and most adventurous songwriters." 5 star family entertainment.

2013 Ridge Hill Summer Concert Series - Shadows of the 60s - A Tribute to the Four Tops - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
July 11, 2013 - Yonkers

Enjoy shopping, eating, and listening to great music al fresco on Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Hosted by WFAS-FM, the show starts at 6pm, with an opening act featuring local talent from WFAS's popular Music Lounge. In Shadows of the 60s - A Tribute to the Four Tops, Dave Revels and company pay tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, performing the group's hits spanning three decades, from the 1960's to the 1980's. Considered by many to be the best male vocal group and lead singer ever produced by Motown, The Four Tops hold the distinction of being the longest-lived group in rock/soul history (41 years) without personnel change (1956-1997). The Four Tops reigned supreme from 1964-1967 under the songwriting team of Holland Dozier Holland. Rain date: July 15. About Westchester's Ridge Hill Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open. And soon, Ridge Hill will see the opening of Frannie's Goodie Shop. Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.

Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
July 11, 2013 - Battery Park City

Spend an afternoon in the park playing lawn games, using everything from parachutes to dozens of asteroid-balls, and making different art and craft projects every week from May through October. The fun is facilitated by Battery Park City Park's programming leaders. Everybody plays. All materials and supplies provided.

From a Child's Perspective - Washington Irving's Sunnyside
July 11, 2013 - Tarrytown

Parents and children are invited to travel back to the 19th century and explore the home of Washington Irving through a child's eyes. Play games, hear stories, race through a scavenger hunt, and participate in hands-on-activities and crafts. Enjoy a full day in the life of the estate's youngest residents and explore Sunnyside as a family home, specially set with period toys and children's clothing. Eight dates through July and August.

New Preschool Open House - Iken Science Academy
July 11, 2013 - Upper East Side

Learn about Iken Science Academy, a new preschool for kids ages 3-5. RSVP to neweastsidepreschool@gmail.com.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
July 11, 2013 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

CMA Pier Pop Up @ Hudson River Park - Hudson River Park, Pier 25
July 11, 2013 - Tribeca

Children's Museum of the Arts partners with the Hudson River Park Trust to provide free hands-on arts programming throughout the summer. CMA will bring a wide variety of art-making and art-appreciation activities to various piers, providing a range of programming options for ages 1-12. Each week CMA's activities will include one individual mixed media project and one larger-scale collaborative project, inspired by the unique waterfront environment.

Summer Soccer Ball Mastery Sessions - Pier 40, Courtyard East Field
July 11, 2013 - New York Harbor

Gotham Girls FC offers Summer Soccer Ball Mastery Sessions with professional coach and freestyle-soccer teacher Vincent Grady. Sessions will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 through August 22, 2013 (no session July 4) from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Pier 40. Cost is $20 per session, on a pay-as-you-go, drop-in basis. Come for one session, or come for many. All girls and boys ages 6-18 welcome. Kids will be broken into age-appropriate groups to work on juggling, 1v1 moves, and ball mastery in a fun, supportive and positive environment. No prior registration required. Bring water, a soccer ball, and a willingness to have fun. Tuesdays 5:30-7pm on Rooftop Field; Thursdays 5:30pm-7pm on Courtyard East field.

RiverFlicks for Kids: 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' - Hudson River Park's Pier 46
July 12, 2013 - Manhattan

This outdoor series features family-oriented movies. Films are rated PG. Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30pm). In "Pirates! Band of Misfits," Aardman Animations brings you a tale of a pirate captain on a mission to defeat his rivals. This quest takes him and his crew on adventures from the streets of old London to the shores of Blood Island.

Come Out and Play Field Day - Governors Island
July 12, 2013 - Governors Island

Every summer at the Come Out & Play Festival (COAP), thousands of people play original games in public spaces across New York. This year's festival will feature Come Out & Play After Dark night games at South Street Seaport, and Field Day and Family Day on Governors Island. The 2013 Come Out & Play Festival kicks off with Come Out & Play After Dark, an evening of night games on Friday, July 12 at South Street Seaport. After Dark transforms the area around South Street Seaport into a big playground through a mixture of projections, installation games and street games. The evening will include everything from big games of zombie tag down alleyways to Field Frogger, a real-world version of the arcade classic. On Saturday, July 13, Come Out & Play will take over the Governors Island Parade Grounds for a day full of original Field and Family Games. Now in its third year, Field Day showcases original field games, sports and social games. Some games make use of new technology like smartphones, and some rely on old-fashioned tech like rubber balls. But each game offers new ways to play and have fun. Games that will be played at this year's Come Out and Play Festival include: Adventure Squad versus the Sky Pirates, Crossfire and Kung Fu Flamingoes. A descriptive list of games can be found below. Family Day offers games designed specifically for families and children. Brought to the festival by ESI Design, Family Day features an immersive, interactive time travel environment that leads to games set in a variety of time periods, from the dawn of the universe to the distant future. In addition to playing original games, families will encounter wacky time travel agents, discover chronological paradoxes and help prevent threats to the space-time-continuum. Games include Spaghetti Standoff, Super Bacon Grab 2, and Battle of the Cardboard Clads. A complete list of Family Day games online at comeoutandplay.org. The Come Out & Play Festival is free to attend. More information about the festival can be found at comeoutandplay.org. Come Out & Play Festival is presented by the Lower Manhattan Community Council as part of the River To River Festival 2013. The annual River To River Festival is produced by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority and South Street Seaport. This festival is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters. rivertorivernyc.com.

Major League Baseball T-Mobile All-Star FanFest - The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York
July 12, 2013 - Midtown

MLB All-Star FanFest will transform the Javits Center into the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world, providing an extraordinary experience for fans of all ages. Visitors will experience attractions including exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics, free autograph sessions with former Mets, MLB legends, and Hall of Famers, memorabilia, and more. All attractions are included with the price of admission.

'The Ugly Duckling' - Metropolitan Playhouse
July 12, 2013 - East Village

This is the story of "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen told with music, dance, and a bit of puppetry. Professional child dancers make up part of the cast. Pointe dancing, colorful costumes, and a story of transformation in an award winning, air conditioned, theater. Not suitable for kids younger than 5.

Yoga Together - Wave Hill
July 12, 2013 - Bronx

Child and parent/caregiver practice fun yoga poses that build strength, increase flexibility and relax the body and mind in this class designed for children ages 3-5 years. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat if possible. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718-549-3200 x245 by 8am on class day for weather updates.

Sensory Friendly Screening: 'Despicable Me 2' - AMC Loews 84th Street
July 13, 2013 - Upper West Side

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy "Despicable Me 2" in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing.

ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers - Summit Rock in Central Park
July 13, 2013 - Upper West Side

ChEckiT!Dance presents the third annual ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival: A Celebration of Female Choreographers, an eco-friendly evening of dance celebrating female choreographers, on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5pm at Summit Rock in Central Park, 83rd Street and Central Park West, NYC. Admission is free. For more information visit checkitdance.com or email checkitdance@gmail.com. The evening will include works from more than 10 female choreographers, at various stages in their careers, from across the United States and abroad. Featured artists include: Stacy A. Donovan/ Improbable Stage Company Brittany Grimm/ Brittany Grimm Dance Quincie Hydock Melissa Jackson/ Innovate Dance Company Lauren Lasorda Lieneke Mous/ Lieneke Mous & Co. Laura Neese/ Kitchen Sink Collective Joya Powell/ Movement of the People Dance Company Erin Pride/ EDP Dance Project Ellenore Scott/ ELSCO Jessica Sector Olivia Wingerath/ Long and Short of It Movement Theatre Allison Brzezinski/ChEckiT!Dance Ashley Sleeth ? work to be shown via video in e-program only The ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival is both a family and eco friendly event. ChEckiT!Dance welcomes dance enthusiasts of all ages to unroll a blanket at Summit Rock, in Central Park, sit back, have a snack and enjoy the show! Patrons are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy dessert compliments of the ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival. Similarly, ChEckiT!Dance has committed to an eco-friendly evening of art and, as such, will not be printing traditional programs. Instead, e-programs will be available for patrons via smartphone. Don't miss this exciting evening of new choreography in Central Park.

Spence-Chapin 2013 Family Day in the Park - Spence-Chapin Services
July 13, 2013 - Upper East Side

Join Spence-Chapin and the African-American Parents Advisory Committee (AAPAC) at this annual gathering for all families touched by adoption. It's an opportunity to reconnect with other adoptive families (domestic and international), adoptees, birth parents, travel groups, interim care providers and Spence-Chapin staff. Don't miss out. To receive an invitation for this and other Spence-Chapin events, send an email to events@spence-chapin.org.

DIY DAYS - Museum of Chinese in America
July 13, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

For kids and teens who love fashion or simply making things themselves, participants will get an up-close look at selected garments and accessories featured in the museum's Shanghai Glamour and Front Row exhibitions and then use their experiences as inspiration for their own original accessories. At the end of the workshop, each participant's work will be photographed and included in a DIY DAY online look book.

Book Signing & Free Children's Event - Pottery Barn Kids
July 13, 2013 - Upper East Side

Pottery Barn Kids Upper East Side hosts a book signing of "socialsklz:-) for Success: How to Give Your Children the Tools to Thrive in the Modern World" with author Faye de Muyshondt and a free workshop for children ages 5 to 12.

Come Out and Play Field Day - Governors Island
July 13, 2013 - Governors Island

Every summer at the Come Out & Play Festival (COAP), thousands of people play original games in public spaces across New York. This year's festival will feature Come Out & Play After Dark night games at South Street Seaport, and Field Day and Family Day on Governors Island. The 2013 Come Out & Play Festival kicks off with Come Out & Play After Dark, an evening of night games on Friday, July 12 at South Street Seaport. After Dark transforms the area around South Street Seaport into a big playground through a mixture of projections, installation games and street games. The evening will include everything from big games of zombie tag down alleyways to Field Frogger, a real-world version of the arcade classic. On Saturday, July 13, Come Out & Play will take over the Governors Island Parade Grounds for a day full of original Field and Family Games. Now in its third year, Field Day showcases original field games, sports and social games. Some games make use of new technology like smartphones, and some rely on old-fashioned tech like rubber balls. But each game offers new ways to play and have fun. Games that will be played at this year's Come Out and Play Festival include: Adventure Squad versus the Sky Pirates, Crossfire and Kung Fu Flamingoes. A descriptive list of games can be found below. Family Day offers games designed specifically for families and children. Brought to the festival by ESI Design, Family Day features an immersive, interactive time travel environment that leads to games set in a variety of time periods, from the dawn of the universe to the distant future. In addition to playing original games, families will encounter wacky time travel agents, discover chronological paradoxes and help prevent threats to the space-time-continuum. Games include Spaghetti Standoff, Super Bacon Grab 2, and Battle of the Cardboard Clads. A complete list of Family Day games online at comeoutandplay.org. The Come Out & Play Festival is free to attend. More information about the festival can be found at comeoutandplay.org. Come Out & Play Festival is presented by the Lower Manhattan Community Council as part of the River To River Festival 2013. The annual River To River Festival is produced by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in partnership with Founding Partners Arts Brookfield, Battery Park City Authority and South Street Seaport. This festival is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters. rivertorivernyc.com.

Major League Baseball T-Mobile All-Star FanFest - The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York
July 13, 2013 - Midtown

MLB All-Star FanFest will transform the Javits Center into the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world, providing an extraordinary experience for fans of all ages. Visitors will experience attractions including exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics, free autograph sessions with former Mets, MLB legends, and Hall of Famers, memorabilia, and more. All attractions are included with the price of admission.

'The Ugly Duckling' - Metropolitan Playhouse
July 13, 2013 - East Village

This is the story of "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen told with music, dance, and a bit of puppetry. Professional child dancers make up part of the cast. Pointe dancing, colorful costumes, and a story of transformation in an award winning, air conditioned, theater. Not suitable for kids younger than 5.

Family Art Project: My Green Heaven - Wave Hill
July 13, 2013 - Bronx

Roll down fragrant, emerald hillsides, marveling at the many tones of green. Explore a world of verdant hues in paint and collage. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Family Art Labs: Making Mountain Music - The Rubin Museum of Art
July 13, 2013 - Chelsea

Visit the shrine room to hear monks chanting and see ceremonial instruments. Listen to music from the region and play traditional Himalayan instruments. Make your own instrument from recycled, natural and found materials. Join a musical parade.

Carving Marvelous Mementos - Bard Graduate Center
July 13, 2013 - Upper West Side

Discover the art of woodworking demonstrated by a professional carpenter and make your own three-dimensional object inspired by one of the antique chairs, tables, and sculpture on view in the BGC Gallery. Reservations are strongly recommended. To Register: Online bgc.bard.edu By e-mail programs@bgc.bard.edu By phone 212-501-3011

'Sleepover,' an original musical - TADA! Youth Theater
Through August 03, 2013 - Chelsea

Pajamas and pillows, songs and snacks, plus a few cute delivery boys? It's a party but it can't start without you.

Inspired by Lin Tianmiao: Works by New York City Students - Asia Society
Through August 04, 2013 - Upper East Side

Inspired by Lin Tianmiao is part of a series of exhibitions that presents the work of New York City students created in response to the great artistic traditions of Asia. This year the exhibition presents student artwork inspired by leading Chinese artist, Lin Tianmiao. Students from four New York City elementary schools visited Asia Society in the fall of 2012 to view the exhibition Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao, which included her two-dimensional works and installations. With guidance from teachers and teaching artists, the students created new works of art based on their observations and reflections. The students' works are displayed alongside illustrations of some of the pieces that motivated them. The elements that were attractive, engaging, and captivating in her works of art varied for each individual. What students chose to emphasize in their own works throws light on both the process of artistic creation and on their own cultures’ personal histories. By displaying these fresh interpretations on traditional arts, the museum hopes to encourage other young visitors to exercise their creativity. Organized by Asia Society in collaboration with STUDIO IN A SCHOOL.

Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 05, 2013 - Midtown West

The new exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store, now open at The Museum of Modern Art, focuses on Oldenburg's early career and brings together a number of the artist's famed soft sculptures: an enormous hamburger seven-feet in diameter; an 11 foot-long ice cream cone; a giant BLT sandwich and a slice of cake; along with smaller sculptures of pastries, cheeseburgers, girls' dresses, and tennis shoes. The exhibition is a very family-friendly environment, for kids of all ages.

Straphangers' Hangout - New York Transit Museum
Through August 13, 2013 - Brooklyn Heights

The New York Transit Museum announced the first session of "Straphangers' Hangout," a new weekly program for 3-5 year-olds with special needs. Through stories, movement, and art making, Straphangers' Hangout will create a fun and welcoming environment for the museum's youngest special needs visitors. Different books, songs and art projects will be offered each week, along with opportunities to explore interactive, kid-friendly exhibits about electricity, subways and buses in New York City. Participants will also have the chance to experience the vintage subway car collection on the museum's platform level. Caregivers participate along with their children and are an integral part of the program. Nancy Schwartz, the museum's special needs educator, will lead the activities, creating a comfortable space for special needs families to explore the world of public transit and have a blast at the same time. Each session costs $10 and participants can sign up for as many or as few as they like. The program runs weekly from July 9 through Aug. 13. Straphangers' Hangout is all about embracing special needs families in a cultural environment where they feel welcome.

Union Square's Summer in the Square - Union Square Park
Through August 15, 2013 - Union Square

Union Square's Summer in the Square is back this year and bigger than ever. Union Square Partnership's free weekly summer entertainment series is held Thursdays in Union Square Park starting June 13. The series offers a vibrant mixture of activities for everyone. This year a partnership with Paragon Sports allows participants to start each morning with a heart-pumping fitness regime for all levels that includes a weekly running club, boot camp from Circuit of Change, and yoga classes from Jivamukti during Fitness in the Square from 7-9am. At 10am, Kids in the Square kicks off in the Pavilion with Yoga StoryTime with Karma Kids, followed by a rotating lineup of the hottest children's performers and acts at 11am on the South Plaza of the park. At lunchtime, enjoy live jazz from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the park's Westside Seating Area. Finally, each Thursday will close at 6pm with free dance lessons and performances by Peridance Capezio Center. A complete schedule of activities and performances is coming soon to unionsquarenyc.org.

106.7 Lite FM Presents Broadway in Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through August 15, 2013 - Midtown

Welcome back Broadway in Bryant Park presented by 106.7 Lite FM, Broadway and Off-Broadway lunchtime performances free of charge. This year's lineup of the "Broadway in Bryant Park" series presented by 106.7 Lite FM is comprised of the most critically acclaimed and popular shows in theater, making it the strongest lineup yet. The on- and off- Broadway lunch hour performances will hosted by 106.7 Lite FM's fan favorite on-air personalities Delilah, Helen Little, Rich Kaminski and even co-hosted by Broadway stars, such as the cast of Tony Award-Winning Best Play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." The performances will run every Thursday, starting Thursday July 11 at 12:30pm through Thursday, Aug. 15 on the Bryant Park Stage. The event is open to the public and absolutely free. The line-up includes talent from several Tony nominated shows and some past winners such as "Pippin", "Kinky Boots", "Once", "Motown: The Musical", "Annie", and "Wicked."

Pajama Party - New York Kids Club W. 68th St.
Through August 30, 2013 - New York

Held every Friday from 6-8pm, pajama parties are a one-of-a-kind thematic "after hours" celebration for children ages 2 and a half to 8 years old, featuring gym exploration, art, story, cooking, games, relays, and more. All parties culminate in a disco dance party and dinner is provided.

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Food is the one thing that unites every culture, race, and generation: over one billion people work in agriculture and every person eats. Food is used as a social ritual, a holiday tradition, a symbol of comfort, a gift, and an excuse to catch up with friends. The curators of this exhibition hope it will encourage visitors (both grown ups and kids) to examine a thing we all do everyday -- eat! -- and think about everything that goes into that act more consciously. The exhibition touches on a lot of serious issues such as the scarcity of food predicted for the future, alternatives to avoid that shortage, and childhood obesity.

A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table - Marcus Garvey Park
Through August 31, 2013 - Harlem

LeAp, or Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum. In May, LeAp launched the largest student exhibition in New York City parks' history with a public art exhibition in Union Square titled A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table. The exhibition is on view in Manhattan at Marcus Garvey Park at 121st Street and Madison Avenue and at Central Park at 85th Street at the basketball courts, in Staten Island at Snug Harbor Cultural Center at Richmond Terrace and Tysen Street and at Willowbrook Park at Richmond Avenue at Eton Place, in Brooklyn at Detective Joseph Mayrose Park at 7th Avenue between 17th-18th Streets and at Kaiser Park at Neptune Avenue and West 27th Street, in Bronx at Van Cortlandt Park at Van Cortlandt Park South and Review Place and Claremont Park at Teller Avenue and Morrise Avenue, and in Queens at Juniper Valley Park at Juniper Boulevard South and 78th Street and at Forest Park at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. Runs through the end of August.

New York at Night Tour - Bike & Roll New York City
Through August 31, 2013 - Columbus Circle

While Paris may be known as The City of Light, New York should vie for the title. Ride through Central Park for a look at some of its most famous sights, especially beautiful when they are illuminated at night. Then ride down Broadway to New York's most dramatic night time location. Take in the flashing lights, the giant screens, the street artists, the scene. Ride up Eighth Avenue back to Columbus Circle where the statue, the Time-Warner Center, and the Museum of Arts & Design are bathed in light.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.

Summer Art in the Park - Hippo Playground Parkhouse
Through August 31, 2013 - Morningside Heights

The Hippo Playground Project is once again delighted to offer free arts & crafts activities for kids every weekday morning during the summer. Join in as often as possible. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the parkhouse.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

Enjoy a different story every week with DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society. Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Time provided by the Macy's Foundation.

MoMA Art Lab: People - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2013 - Midtown West

In MoMA's latest interactive space, MoMA Art Lab: People, visitors of all ages can discover the ways in which artists represent the human form. Investigate body language through art-making activities, digital play, and other creative explorations. Stop by before or after visiting MoMA's galleries.

'Pinkalicious' the Musical - Culture Project
Through August 31, 2013 - Greenwich Village

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe -- a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Bike & Roll NYC's Inside Central Park Tour - Central Park
Through August 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

This guided tour gives a comprehensive look at one of New York City's most popular tourist destinations. From Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota to the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, guests see it all. Participants will also visit lesser-known sights like Cleopatra's Needle, Sheep Meadow, the Shakespeare Garden, and the Swedish Marionette Theater.

Bike & Roll NYC's Inside Central Park Tour - Central Park
Through August 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

This guided tour gives a comprehensive look at one of New York City's most popular tourist destinations. From Bethesda Fountain to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota to the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, guests see it all. Participants will also visit lesser-known sights like Cleopatra's Needle, Sheep Meadow, the Shakespeare Garden, and the Swedish Marionette Theater.

CMA's Free Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 02, 2013 - Governors Island

With a programming emphasis for children ages 1-12 years, participants can choose from a variety of hands on art projects and art-viewing experiences, including artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, sound design, animation, podcasting, and more. Additionally, select artwork from CMA's permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children's artwork will be on display in building 14 and select children's made films from the unique Media Lab collection will be screened in building 11. Each day a guided workshop will accompany the collection exhibit and film screening to further enrich the art and film viewing.

Playland Amusement Park - Rye Playland
Through September 02, 2013 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites! Admission Prices: - Starting Friday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48") Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long.

From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through September 08, 2013 - Upper West Side

Meet America's founders and see how the nation evolved following the Revolution in this exhibition of art-historical treasures. Portraits of Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Lafayette portray the heroes of the Revolutionary generation. Relive the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in paintings of famous naval battles, ships and commanders. Throughout the exhibition, scenic paintings from John Trumbull's 1808 epic panoramas of Niagara Falls to Childe Hassam's 1918 Flags on 57th Street celebrate the majesty of America's natural features and its cities.

Naturally Curious - New York Botanical Garden - Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 08, 2013 - Bronx

In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, adventure abounds for kids of all ages with art and science activities such as mixing paints and creating science notebooks. Kids will discover their inner scientists and ask questions about the world. Each child will practice problem-solving skills before setting off on an adventure to find medicinal plants. In the tradition of the Renaissance, students will also use an album amicorum, or "Book of Memories," to record any plant observations or descriptions that they make during their visit.

Dinosaur Safari - Bronx Zoo
Through September 08, 2013 - Bronx

The new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. In anticipation of the new exhibit, the Bronx Zoo is offering New Yorkers a chance to vote for their favorite dinosaur species at bronxzoo.com/dino and win tickets to see the dinosaurs. Included in the vote: long-necked Brachiosaurus, the intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex, the gator-like Baryonyx, the massive Triceratops, or the flighted Quetzalcoatlus. Exclusive Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari stickers that can be used with a safari field guide will be given to those who vote. Dinosaur Safari will include a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and will highlight the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement will run from Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 8, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. A 20% discount is offered with online purchases for Monday and Tuesday visits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com/dino.

'Coney Night Maze' - Monumental-Scale Installation by New York Artist, Donna Dennis - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through September 15, 2013 - Purchase

One of the most popular New York City icons is the Coney Island Cyclone, a 1927 landmark wooden roller coaster, whose jack-knife turns and precipitous drops have thrilled hundreds of thousands of visitors since it opened in 1927. It is the inspiration for "Coney Night Maze," a monumental sculptural installation by artist Donna Dennis that will be presented to the public for the first time at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, from June 7 through September 15, 2013. An opening reception will be held Friday evening, June 7, 2013, from 6-8:30pm. Thirteen years in the making, "Coney Night Maze" draws on the labyrinth of fences, gates, and ramps nestled among the I-beams and columns located beneath the actual Cyclone. Rising to a height of twelve feet, the installation includes an ascending rollercoaster-like track which weaves in and out of the darkness, then descends into the distance, skimming the edge of a rock wall that runs the work's entire 27-foot length. Set in a darkened space and lit by rows of bare bulbs, the hovering Cyclone structure with its dead ends, locked gates, and abandoned ticket booths, evokes a phantasmal nocturnal composition of compressed architecture in which the sound of a rollercoaster is heard faintly in the distance. How does one reach the track and its promise of a ride? Says Dennis, "This artwork is experienced from its perimeter. Maze encourages the viewer to encircle the piece. But because there is a deserted, middle-of-the-night quality about it, it's like going into the realm of the unknown. I've created a work that people will want to get into, but they'll have to use their imaginations to do that." Dennis first visited the Cyclone during the mid-1990s while it was closed for the winter. "Peering in, I saw this wooden, rickety structure with all these layers of fencing and beams," she recalls, "and I was fascinated by the green and red ramps, and how everything lined up. Yet, this being winter, none of the rides worked and there was sense of abandonment, which is why the piece I created captures that eerie sense of desertion, with parts that don't function - almost as if it were on its way out." She began "Coney Night Maze" in 1997, constructing the ramps and boardwalk planks, and incorporating related aspects of urban culture such as a subway turnstile and two small houses resembling subway ticket booths. But it was 9/11 that transformed her thinking. "I began to think seriously about mortality," she said. "When the Towers went down, my work went down, too. It was then - when there was so much talk about security - that fences began to mean something to me. So, in "Maze," I wanted the little houses to be fenced in and protected. I also began to view "Maze" as a fragile wooden structure to be equated with human life, and that led me to consider what we are doing to the Earth." So, she incorporated a large rock wall into the piece that was inspired by the steep rock formations of the New Jersey Palisades. "I liked the contrast between the ancient rocks and this rickety temporary structure." Dennis is best known for creating large-scale works, such as tourist cabins and subway stations, including "Subway with Silver Girders" (1981-82), "Deep Station" (1981-85), and drawbridges as in "BLUE BRIDGE/red shift" (1991-93). Deconstructing her architectural prototypes in a language that is both evocatively detailed and highly formal, her work is steeped in a well of personal emotion. Dennis views her work as stopping places or points of passage on a metaphorical journey through life. In the mid-1970s, the artist first came to the attention of both critics and the public with her large, architecturally inspired installations from her Subway Stations and Tourist Cabins series. During these years, artists became interested in tackling the psychological dynamics of architectural space and its cultural impact on society through ambitious sculptural installations. Along with sculptures and environmental interventions by such contemporaries as Alice Aycock, Mary Miss, and Siah Armajani, the work of Donna Dennis has brought a distinct, influential voice to this movement that specifically addresses vernacular architecture. Dennis has exhibited in major museums throughout the world and created public art works. Her work is in many prominent collections, including those of the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Art Museum, the Microsoft Collection in Seattle, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany, the Indianapolis Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Dennis has exhibited throughout the world in major museums as well as public art installations. "Donna Dennis: Coney Night Maze" is curated by Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and Avis Larson, Assistant Curator at the Neuberger Museum of Art. An illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition, with an essay by Jan Riley, a curator and writer. Support for "Donna Dennis: Coney Night Maze" is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and ArtsWestchester, with support from Westchester County government. The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College engages and inspires diverse audiences by actively fostering the study, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of modern art, African art, and the art of our time. The Museum is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, New York (Westchester).

Federico Uribe: Fantasy River - Hudson River Museum
Through September 22, 2013 - Yonkers

In a summertime extravaganza, the Hudson River Museum presents a dramatic new 3-dimensional landscape - inspired by the dreams of artist Federico Uribe, acclaimed for his fascinating transformations of everyday objects into art. Witness how he creates sculptures, which are not "sculpted," but instead, constructed and woven in ways, curious and unpredictable, intricate and compulsive. A conceptual artist originally from Columbia, Uribe makes individual works and whole-room installations entirely from objects we see around us - shoes, colored pencils, hangers. Red, blue, yellow, a panoply of colors envelopes in this three-gallery display. For the Hudson River Museum, Uribe creates his site-specific installation, "Fantasy River," inspired by the dramatic rolling banks of the Hudson and the world's other great rivers. Filled with blossoming flowers, flying birds, dazzling sunshine, and the flowing "water" of a winding river, this installation, created from new and old materials, provides a spectacular theatrical experience in the Museum's central atrium. Uribe's art is a unique hybrid that resists classification. Watch how he uses the language of pop art to transform the objects of daily life, while tipping his hat to the history and tradition of classical art. Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota, and in 1988 moved to New York to study with acclaimed conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer. As part of his global vision, Uribe's career includes years of work in Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and Miami. On view through September 22, 2013.

The Civil War in 50 Objects Family Scavenger Hunt - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through September 28, 2013 - Upper West Side

Based on the book "The Civil War in 50 Objects" by Harold Holzer and the New-York Historical Society, this hunt takes families around all four floors of the museum to find hidden Civil War objects over the course of four months. Can you spot the daguerrotype of a former slave? What about the painting of lieutenant Henry B. Hidden? Print out the hunt online at nyhistory.org and bring it in for one free children's admission.

Mornings On The Farm - The Art Farm In The City
Through September 29, 2013 - Upper East Side

Where else in New York City can you begin your day on the farm? With a basket full of hay and goodies, you and your kids can spend the morning feeding, petting, and smiling in photos with more than 50 animals. Enjoy a one of a kind experience at this award-winning indoor farm on the Upper East Side.

As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts - Museum of Biblical Art
Through September 29, 2013 - Upper West Side

Featuring the work of 14 contemporary artists, this exhibition highlights artists' books inspired by the Hebrew Bible and other sacred Hebrew texts. The works on view underscore the relevance of the Bible to present-day book artists and emphasize how these artists garner personally and artistically resonant subject matter from the source materials. Some artists treat the texts as subjects—as inspiration for creating new volumes—while others treat them as objects to be physically altered. Still others explore the boundaries of the single printed page using ages-old techniques such as micrography, illumination, and papercutting.

'The Berenstain Bears LIVE!' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through September 29, 2013 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, "The Berenstain Bears LIVE!" brings everyone's favorite bear family to life in a theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear's grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can't stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. Now in its third smash year, "The Berenstain Bears LIVE!" will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up. Officially approved by the authors themselves, the Berenstain Bears are now singing and dancing across the stage with performances every weekend in NYC. Be sure to join the bears for free face painting and photos after the show.

Fete Paradiso - Governors Island
Through September 30, 2013 - Governors Island

Revel in the nostalgia of vintage French carousels and carnival rides. As the event's promoter's describe, "Fête Paradiso will transport adults and children to a charming Parisian street fair of a bygone era." Fantasies aside, you and the kidlets will enjoy carousels, flying swings, a pipe organ, and an original "bicycle carousel" which, back in its time, was created to encourage Parisiens to use a then-new mode of transport: the bicycle!

Bike and Boat Guided Tour with Bike and Roll NYC - Bike and Roll NYC
Through October 01, 2013 - Midtown West

Sometimes people forget that Manhattan is an island and that the best way to see it is from both on-shore and off-shore. Take a guided tour via a bike and then a boat to really experience New York City. You'll start at Bike and Roll's Battery Park location and ride along the traffic-free bike path along the Hudson. You'll cross to the other side of Manhattan on city streets and pass City Hall before getting on and going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Some of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods are in Brooklyn and some of the best views of Manhattan are from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. You'll see it all. At the bottom of Old Fulton Street, you'll board a NY Water Taxi where your tour continues with amazing close-up views (great for photos) of the South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island with drop-of in midtown. Back on your bike, the final stretch of the ride takes you south along the Hudson River past Gehry's IAC building, the High Line, the Meatpacking District, yachts, marinas, and so much more, until you return to your starting point at Battery Park.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr. Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
Through November 17, 2013 - Bronx

Featuring fresh, local produce Find fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. EBT accepted.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 27, 2013 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Cooking demonstrations, recipe exchanges, and raffles as well as educational programming will take place in the market throughout the season. Every Wednesday John Scardina graces the market with live folk music. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

'Pippin' - Music Box Theatre
Through December 22, 2013 - Midtown

Everything has its season, and this season, Pippin returns to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award� nominee Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) that includes the favorites ?Magic to Do,? ?Glory? and ?Corner of the Sky,? Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston?s American Repertory Theater, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival (Hair and The Gershwins? Porgy and Bess). This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The ABC Of It: Why Children's Books Matter - The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through March 23, 2014 - Midtown

The New York Public Library explores children's literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Curated by noted children's book expert Leonard S. Marcus, The ABC of It features nearly 250 items from across the library's vast collections. Original artwork, correspondence, and recordings accompany books from significant authors from the 1600s to the modern day. It provides a meaningful new context for many of the New York Public Library's treasures: the copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that belonged to Alice Liddell, the child for whom Lewis Carroll wrote it; a rare 1666 illustrated children's edition of Aesop's fables that survived the Great Fire of London; Nathaniel Hawthorne's family copy of "Mother Goose," with annotations stating some passages were too scary to read to their children; the manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden;" Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers's parrot-head umbrella; recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of "Charlotte's Web;" and the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals; among others.


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