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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN MANHATTAN-APR 20

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by Directories Editor April 20, 2013

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The options for finding fun family activities in New York City are limitless. Below we've compiled the best of today's events. Whether your family prefers music and museums or theater and libraries, check out today's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Comedy Magic Show - Broadway Comedy Club
April 20, 2013 - Midtown West

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and amazement with a one-hour magic show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. The bi-weekly magic show will feature a rotating line up of talented magicians, including comedy magician Randy Masters. The comedy magic show combines sleight of hand, mind reading stunts, and plenty of audience participation. Suitable for all ages. Broadway Comedy Club hosts a bi-weekly Saturday afternoon magic show, suitable for the whole family! Performance dates: Feb. 2nd, Feb. 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, April 6th, and April 20th.

Family Weekend Workshop - The Physics of Flight - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 20, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Today: explore the physics of flight, and the many ways to defy gravity.

'Peter Pan in the Big Apple' - Joria Mainstage Theater
April 20, 2013 - Midtown West

A modern musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, wherein the characters attempt to take on the Big Apple.

Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Chorus - Symphony Space
April 20, 2013 - Upper West Side

This well-known and nationally touring performer from the PBS KIDS Emmy Award-winning show "Between the Lions" infuses a fresh sound into children's music with high-energy shows that get kids to jump, play, sing, and dance through a collection of hip, exuberant songs with roots in reggae, world music and rock and roll. Aaron and NYC members of his One World Chorus will also sing new songs from the acclaimed CD Welcome to the Village!, a globe-shrinking collection of songs featuring the voices of hundreds of children from New York, Los Angeles, Portland and a school near Nairobi, Kenya. With the One World Chorus project, he hopes to make the world a little smaller. "When kids sing together, I hope that they enjoy sharing the gift of music and learning a valuable discipline that can be used to promote positive change in the world," he says.

WHUD Kids' Fair - Westchester County Center
April 20, 2013 - White Plains

The WHUD Kids Fair presented by Maria Fareri Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, features hands-on activities and games, Children's Theater and Educational Activities. Some proceeds benefit The H.O.P.E. for Youth Foundation and Children's Charities in the Hudson Valley. Every booth inside the Kid's Fair has a fun and educational activity. There will be special exhibits, demonstrations, and entertainment, plus a special performance from Carole and Paula, the stars from "The Magic Garden." See WHUD's website for list of activities whud.com.

Family Art Project: Flags and Kites for Earth Day - Wave Hill
April 20, 2013 - Bronx

Visiting Artist Miwa Koizumi, who in her own work repurposes found plastic bottles to dazzling effect, will show families how to make simple kites and festive flags out of colorful plastic bags to celebrate Earth Day. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Sheep Shearing Day - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
April 20, 2013 - Pocantico Hills

Watch and ask questions as the farmers shear wool from Stone Barns' flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Enjoy family-friendly wool and weaving activities all day long: visit sheep and wool education stations, watch spinners at work, learn to comb and card wool, and experiment at the mini-loom and felting stations. Join farmers and educators for tours of the farm and demonstrations like egg collecting, pig feeding, and planting seedlings in the field. Artisanal lunch items and treats will be available for cash purchase from award-winning food vendors all day. Rain or shine. Tickets are required, and go on sale March 18.

New York City Green Festival 2013 - Javits Center
April 20, 2013 - Midtown West

It's time once again to celebrate sustainability in the Big Green Apple. The nation's largest and most trusted green living event will kick off its 12th year by bringing the New York City green community together at the Green Festival for the second time. Featured at the weekend-long show will be leaders in the environmental community, an organic beer and wine pavilion, a dedicated Green Kids' Zone, and a unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses, featuring the latest and greatest in sustainable products and services. Held in the LEED-certified North Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Center, Green Festival is the only green event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to sustainability, ecological balance and social justice using co-producer, Green America?s green business standards. Green Festival will launch its first New York City business-to-business (B2B) Green Trade Day on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 3-7 P.M. at Javits Center North. The afternoon will allow retail and wholesale buyers to conduct business with Green Festival exhibitors before they open its doors to consumers. Free admission for anyone who rides his or her bike and parks with the bike valet. $15- 25 for a full weekend pass. Tickets can be purchased online at greenfestivals.org.

Earth Day Grand Central 2013 - Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
April 20, 2013 - Midtown East

Enjoy three days of live performances, activities for kids, sustainability talks, and interactive displays about keeping the earth clean and making your own life more green. All events are free and open to the public.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
April 20, 2013 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
April 20, 2013 - Midtown

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

Tours for Tweens - The Museum of Modern Art
April 20, 2013 - Midtown

Explore MoMA's collection and special exhibitions. Kids and adults participate together. The topic for April is "Larger Than Life: Claes Oldenburg." *Preregistration is required and will take place online beginning at 10:30am ten days before the program.

Family Film - Early Disney: Shorts - The Museum of Modern Art
April 20, 2013 - Midtown

"Goldie Locks and the Three Bears," 1922. USA. Directed by Walt Disney "Puss in Boots," 1922. USA. Directed by Walt Disney "Jack the Giant Killer," 1922. USA. Directed by Walt Disney Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model. Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Admission is free. Tickets are distributed on the day of the program only, on a first-come, first-served basis, at the reception desk in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, at 4 West 54th Street (near Fifth Avenue), from 10:00–10:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Tickets are also distributed at the information desk in the museum's main lobby.

Search for the Cure: A Scavenger Hunt - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
April 20, 2013 - New York Harbor

On April 20, 2013, Teens for the Cure will host Search for the Cure - A Scavenger Hunt, a fun-filled event for teens and tweens. The scavenger hunt will take place on board the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. This new and exciting experience will include a professionally organized scavenger hunt and additional activities that will encourage teens to get involved in the crusade against breast cancer. Register for Search for the Cure online today for only $25 per individual. You may participate in the scavenger hunt as an individual, by joining an existing team or by forming your own team (5 to 6 individuals per team). For those signing up as an individual or a team of less than 5, please note that you may be partnered with other teens to create a scavenger team of 5 to 6 persons. Take the $100 Challenge! Each participant who raises $100 by April 15th will receive free registration. All participants will receive a goody bag. The winning teams and top fundraisers will receive prizes courtesy of Butter Lane Cupcakes, Hearts, Modell's Sporting Goods, Magnolia Bakery, National Basketball Association, New Balance, and more. Special Guest Miss Teen USA Logan West.

'A Mermaids' Tale, The Family Musical' - Stage 72 @ The Triad Theatre
April 20, 2013 - Upper West Side

Based on the novel "The Sea Fairies" by L. Frank Baum, this exciting and entertaining family musical has been called "Oz Beneath The Sea" and is currently celebrating eight months off-Broadway. The music is catchy, the story keeps kids entertained, and there is a lot of audience participation.

American Girl Downward Doll Yoga - Karma Kids Yoga
April 20, 2013 - West Village

Bring your favorite American Girl doll along for this special yoga class. The class will explore pint-sized poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists as you help your American Girl doll into yoga poses, partner poses, and group poses. Meet other American Girl dolls through playing fun yoga games. You'll also decorate a yoga mat for your doll that they can practice on and keep forever. Kids and American Girl dolls should dress for yoga and crafts. For ages 7 and older.

NYTB - GOOSE! - Florence Gould Hall
April 20, 2013 - Upper East Side

Kids and adults alike will love the antics of their favorite nursery rhyme characters including Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, Little Miss Muffet, and a host of others kicking up their heels in Keith Michael's clever, fun-filled ballet set to Vladimir Shinov's original score.

Look and Listen - The Museum of Modern Art
April 20, 2013 - Midtown

Search for sounds in works of art, then put pastel to paper as you explore music and movement in this drawing workshop. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Preregistration will take place online ten days before the first session of each program beginning at 10:30am. To receive registration and program information, sign up for the Family Programs E-news (moma.org/e-news).

Transformations & Explorations: From The Scream and Beyond - Art Workshops With Pratt Art Instructors - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
April 20, 2013 - Upper East Side

Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. The third installment of art workshops for kids with Pratt Institute art educators explores MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image. Working with several printmaking techniques, kids will, like the pop artist Andy Warhol, transform the images of Edvard Munch's Madonna, The Scream, and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm with their own personal versions or interpretations of the original works. About the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute The mission of undergraduate Art and Design Education is the preparation of students of art and design as accomplished teachers of a diverse population of learners in urban schools, museums, early childhood, and community programs. Throughout the curriculum, practice is directly connected to, and supported by, pedagogical theory with an emphasis on reflection and the development of critical thinking skills. The department's graduates transform art classrooms into studios where students can discover their potential as learners. For more information, visit pratt.edu/academics/art_design.

Creative Catapult! - Creative Writing Workshop - Bank Street Bookstore
April 20, 2013 - Morningside Heights

Get your pencils out and get your creative juices flowing. Cathy Altman Nocquet returns to Bank Street Bookstore for another free creative workshop. Open to children, teachers, parents, and any one who wants to gear up the fertile factory of their mind. Author of "Write Outside the Lines: a Creativity Catapult", Cathy shares original exercises that get even the most reluctant students writing with zeal. Bring a notebook and a pen and build your confidence while you discover your best ideas.

Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre - Bank Street Bookstore
April 20, 2013 - Morningside Heights

Come to an improvisational audience-participation puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and features special guests.

Mario the Magician & his Suitcase Machine - Metropolitan Room
April 20, 2013 - Chelsea

Join acclaimed children's performer Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart. Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. Mario's old world looks and physical comedy style are reminiscent of his heroes, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, but he puts a thoroughly modern spin on everything he does.

HABLEMOS DE LA HISTORIA Y DEL ARTE: LAS AVES Y SU HABITAT POR JOHN JAMES AUDUBON - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
April 20, 2013 - Upper West Side

Venga y acompañenos! Families look, discuss, and create in this Spanish-language monthly family program, combining time in the galleries with art-making in the studios. In April's program, families will tour Audubon's Aviary and examine how the artist painted birds and their habitat in pencil and pastels. After the conversation in the gallery, families will create their own watercolor paintings of their favorite birds. For more information e-mail Rosa Tejada at rosa.tejada@nyhistory.org.

A Day in the Life Scavenger Hunt - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
April 20, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week by learning about the daily lives of the workers in 1830, many of them immigrants, who ensured that the Mount Vernon Hotel operated smoothly. This scavenger hunt will lead you through the museum's historic rooms, and allow you to experience some of their everyday activities.

Family Volunteer Day - East Meadow, Central Park
April 20, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate Earth Day and help beautify Central Park.

BilingualFest 2013 - W83 Ministry Center
April 20, 2013 - Upper West Side

BilingualFest 2013, the first-ever cross-cultural, bilingual family event that will showcase prominent artists from Chinese-American and Latino-American communities in New York City. A concert and cultural celebration, that features Parents' Choice award winner A Little Mandarin, led by Toni Wang (alittlemandarin.com) with a special appearance by Mencius Youth Orchestra & EastRiver Ensemble (menciussociety.org), and El Taller (tallerlatino.org), led by pioneering artistic director Bernardo Palombo, Sesame Street Spanish programming creator and executive producer of Grammy-award-winner Dan Zanes' Spanish children's album and amazing musicians, Elena Moon Park (rabbitdays.com) and Sonia De Los Santos (soniadelossantos.com), from Dan Zanes & Friends. Highlights include: Chinese lion dance by Sifu Norman Chin's Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Lion Dance School; a Monkey King performance; and the extraordinary salsa duo Cynthia La China and Hector el Guajiro from NYSalsababy.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

'A (Tooth) Fairy Tale' - Vital Theatre Company, McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through April 28, 2013 - Upper West Side

Collecting teeth and delivering quarters is tiring work, and The Tooth Fairy is ready for a vacation. Luckily, she meets a young boy named Samuel who is sick and tired of being a kid, and all the rules that go with it. But when Samuel and the Tooth Fairy arrange to switch places, nothing goes exactly as planned as adventures ensue across the Upper West Side of Manhattan and throughout New York City. A (Tooth) Fairy Tale is a wild, silly adventure filled with shiny quarters, sugary candy, and learning who you're really meant to be. Through April 28. Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm.

Le Grand C - The New Victory Theater
Through April 28, 2013 - Times Square

A collective of 17 daring acrobats perform heart-stopping stunts with skill and distinctive style. With trust as their only safety net, this coterie of agile artists-cum-athletes toss, tumble, and tower into one human formation after another: first a vertical column of men and women stacked head to toe, next a human catapult that shows us what it's like to fly. "Le Grand C" is a portrait of expressive movement, powerful physicality and continuous surprise. Set to traditional French music, every playful yet precise piece from this alluring ensemble will captivate you and your family in this circus with a French twist.

'Shen Yun' - The David H. Koch Theater
Through April 28, 2013 - Lincoln Center

Shen Yun Performing Arts features traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be: a beautiful blend of artistry, energy, and grace. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. A live orchestra blends East and West, thunderous drums shake the stage, and spectacular backdrops transport you to another world. See ancient legends of virtue brought to life alongside modern tales of courage. Hear soaring songs by masterful vocalists that will move and inspire. Experience a sense of grandeur and enchantment like no other with this unique, thrilling, and unforgettable performance.

Making Books Sing's 'Wanda's Monster' The Musical - Theater 3
Through May 12, 2013 - Times Square

Making Books Sing presents a new family musical featuring new songs by children's music star Laurie Berkner. The 50-minute musical features Wanda, a spunky 5 year old who believes there's a monster in her closet. Wanda befriends "Monster," with the help from her cool, rock star Granny. Music and Lyrics by LAURIE BERKNER Book by BARBARA ZINN KRIEGER Directed by ADRIENNE KAPSTEIN WANDA'S MONSTER, The Musical is based on the book by Eileen Spinelli with illustrations by NANCY HAYASHI. NOTE: Laurie Berkner will NOT be performing in Wanda's Monster. APRIL 19TH-MAY 12TH Wed - Thurs @ 10:30AM Fri @ 10:30AM & 5:00PM Sat & Sun @ 11:00AM & 2:00PM TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 1ST. FOR TICKETS: www.makingbookssing.org or 646-250-1178 Group rates available.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

Shababa™ Saturday Mornings with Karina - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa™ community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations, and more. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Shababa™ Saturday Club - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish values in a warm, informal communal setting. The staff will engage them through creative and traditional approaches. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Manolo Valdes Monumental Sculptures - The New York Botanical Garden
Through May 26, 2013 - Bronx

Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape of the Botanical Garden, seven towering sculptures by acclaimed Spanish artist Manolo Valdes showcase the relationship between art and nature.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 26, 2013 - Gramercy

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

10-Foot Cops - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting 10-Foot Cops: The NYPD's Mounted Unit, a glimpse into the history and daily lives of officers from New York City's Mounted Police Force. Opening January 26 and running through May 27, the exhibit is on loan from the New York City Police Museum, which is temporarily closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy. NYCPM will reopen in the Spring of 2013. Since its origins in the 19th century, the NYPD's Mounted Police has been regarded as one of New York City's most elite units. Unique, highly visible, and known by their colorful nickname, 10-Foot Cops, these officers are involved in all aspects of policing the city. 10-Foot Cops uses more than 40 original artifacts to explore the lives the men, women, and horses at the heart of this mounted unit. Children can have their picture taken sitting in a saddle and see uniforms, paintings, historic photographs and illustrations. The exhibit also includes a replica of a NYPD horse stable and shorts from the 1940 NYPD film "Training Police Horses" and a clip from the Department's "Inside the NYPD" from 2007. Visitors will come away with an appreciation of the training and dedication required of both police officer and horse alike from the story of the mounted unit's rich history and their continuing day-to-day policing operations in parks, on city streets and at parades and public demonstrations.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through May 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.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through May 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.

Funny Food Art Exhibit - Chelsea Market Concourse
Through May 31, 2013 - Chelsea

Going on now through the end of May at the Chelsea Market Concourse is the Funny Food Art Exhibit. Photographs by Bill Wurtzel from the healthy-eating book for kids, Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts (Welcome Books) by Bill and his wife, Claire Wurtzel. The exhibit includes 40 hilarious photographs of characters, cars, and portraits, made using healthy ingredients from everyday breakfasts you know and love. From laughing bagels, fruity beauties and nutty professors to food-faced celebrities like Mona Lisa (Plumalisa), the show is tasty fun for the whole family. Swing by with the kids and get ready to laugh out loud, especially when they see your face through the Funny Food portrait cut-out! It's healthy and happy fun. The Funny Food book is available at Chelsea Market bookstore, Posman Books. More about Funny Food at funnyfoodart.com. Visit Funny Food on Facebook.

The Cultural Sunday School, Kidschool, Preschool, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Two Sundays a month, tots and teens have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road - China Institute Gallery
Through June 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road will be on view at China Institute Gallery from Feb. 7 through June 9, 2013. The western gateway to China, Dunhuang is one of the world's most esteemed art shrines and cultural heritage sites. The exhibition will explore art and ritual practices from the golden eras of the Northern (420-589) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. Among the highlights will be objects from the art of Buddhist practice including clay sculptures, wooden figures, silk banners, molded bricks, and paper cuts. The exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and Dunhuang Academy under the direction of Willow Weilan Hai Chang and is curated by Fan Jinshi, Director, Dunhuang Academy.

Face to Face - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 09, 2013 - SoHo

For twenty-five years, The Children's Museum of the Arts has provided children of all backgrounds the creative tools needed to promote self-expression and esteem through visual and performing arts. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CMA is proud to present Face to Face, an exhibit that offers a fascinating exploration of self-identity through still, moving, and living portraits, as portrayed by children using traditional methods of painting and drawing as well as technology. The main exhibit will consist of 40 portraits selected from CMA's Permanent Collection of children's art from over 50 countries, dating back to the 1930's. These pieces represent a range of historical moments, cultures and medium and will be hung salon style throughout the gallery. To incorporate CMA's philosophy of hands-on art-making, the exhibit will be accompanied by a variety of interactive installations that examine the texture, shape and sound of portraits. CMA will set up hands-on stations that will encourage visitors to become part of the exhibit, including reimagined versions of a typical self-portrait station. The CMA Media Lab will also create a photo booth in which visitors can take photos that will be projected on the wall. These photos will stream into a montage that will be accessioned into the collection and will also serve as a fascinating time-lapse of the exhibit as a whole. Face to Face also offers aspiring young artists the opportunity to submit their own works for a chance to become part of the museum's Permanent Collection. CMA will accept 25 original original works, in honor of 25 years of operation, to be selected by the museum's curatorial team. One selected piece will be chosen by an online viewer's choice campaign, hosted through CMA's website and social media platforms. To explore dimension, the exhibition will include a large-scale Pin Impression Board, offering several panels for visitors to experiment with and view their face as artwork. CMA will also present their first ever Artist-At-Work station in the Fine Arts Studio. Here, guest artists will volunteer their time and allow visitors to observe them in action as they create original portraits.

Wynn Newhouse Awards' Artists Exhibit - The Palitz Gallery at the Lubin House
Through June 13, 2013 - Upper East Side

Works of eight Wynn Newhouse award winning artists, all with disabilities, will comprise an exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in Manhattan, to be held April 15 through June 13, 2013. An informal reception for current and past winners, judges, and friends of the program will be held at the gallery in May. The Wynn Newhouse awards (wnewhouseawards.com) are bestowed upon exceptionally accomplished fine artists who have risen to the top tiers of their profession despite being challenged by infirmities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The award was established in memory of collector Wynn Newhouse, who recognized and championed the talent and creativity of artists with disabilities. The awardees were chosen in January by an invited panel of judges who are highly respected in both the arts and disabilities communities. More than 35 artists were nominated for the 2012 award. In total, eight artists were chosen to receive the prestigious award and accompanying monetary prize. This year's judges included: J. David Farmer, Director, Dahesh Museum; Mark Parsons, Artist, Pratt Institute; Kathryn Price, Curator, Williams College Museum of Art; and Ealan Wingate, Director, Gagosian Gallery.

'Pippi' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the encore run of its hit 2007 production, Pippi beginning January 15, 2013 at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. More info from the press release: Pippi is a fresh retelling of the classic "Pippi Longstocking" tales by Astrid Lindgren, adapted for the stage by award winning playwright, Zakiyyah Alexander. The production features nearly two dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. In addition to the brilliant artistry of the production, kids and families will enjoy the incredible adventures of quick-witted and super-strong Pippi as she overcomes bullies and burglars, all while fending off social conventions that threaten to prevent her friends from being creative. "We welcome kids and families to enjoy this revival of 'Pippi,'" said Alison Tocci, President of City Parks Foundation. "The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is one of the most enchanting children's theaters in the country and a perfect place to honor Astrid Lindgren, Sweden's legendary author of children's literature." Pippi is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre's Artistic Director Bruce Cannon, with original set design by Kevin Roach and a dynamic score from Darryl Kojak.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 30, 2013 - SoHo

An opportunity for children with physical disabilities ages 7 and older and their able-bodied siblings or friends to participate in a drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum's art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.If a child with a physical disability doesn't have a sibling to attend the session with him or her, the child may bring along a friend instead. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participants. This program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist(s). This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and the OT work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants;?if your child requires dedicated one-on-one attention you should consider bringing a paraprofessional or other adult to help facilitate your child's experience. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children, though they are welcome to stay if they wish or remain close by in another part of the museum. To sign up for a session, discuss your child's needs with the program director in advance of the session. Contact Rachel for more information at rrapoport@cmany.org.

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.

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.

'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.


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