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!
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Scandinavian Sing-Along - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through January 12, 2013 - Midtown
Scandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children's songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann will introduce children to English versions of these songs, play musical games, and perform a selection of songs in modern, jazzy arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out.
Vibe Normann is a Danish musician living in New York with a background in classical and Danish folk music. She has a special love for the Danish children's songs that she grew up with, and has performed all over the eastern United States. Normann will be accompanied by pianist Sean Wayland.
Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
January 12, 2013 - Midtown
Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.
Family Film: 'The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends' - The Morgan Library & Museum
January 12, 2013 - Midtown East
What if you suddenly saw Peter Rabbit run through Mr. McGregor's lush rows of cabbages, losing his jacket and shoes before making it home safely? In these excerpts from the beautifully animated BBC series inspired by Beatrix Potter's illustrations, favorite characters spring to life. Following the film, children will be invited to share their thoughts with a member of The Beatrix Potter Society.
KamiKaze FireFlies - Symphony Space
January 12, 2013 - Upper West Side
The KamiKaze FireFlies are a Los Angeles based two person vaudeville smack-down featuring Rob Williams (formerly of the renowned comedy troupe The Flaming Idiots) and Casey Martin (formerly of the acrobatic show Barely Balanced).
Whether spinning gigantic metal cubes, juggling, stilt-walking, performing daring stunts, breathing fire, or breaking into contortionist backbends, their performances incite awe and laughter for the whole family.
To see the KamiKaze Fireflies perform, visit their website at kamikazefireflies.com and watch them on YouTube.
Family Art Project: HIbernator's Den - Wave Hill
January 12, 2013 - Bronx
Get to know the local hibernators through sleepy tales of the season. Then make your own furry bear, bat, toad, or hedgehog mask, or fashion a dreamy, woodsy home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target.
How Do They Do That? - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 12, 2013 - Upper East Side
Peek at technique and learn how works of art were created through handling tools and materials. Each afternoon program is divided into thirty-minute sessions, between 1-4pm. Meet in the galleries. This program is for visitors of all ages. This month you'll learn about Fantastic Furnishings. Meet in Gallery 548, 1st floor.
Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian An - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
January 12, 2013 - Midtown
Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north. Join Chris Potts in January for Gudrun of Laxdæla's Saga.
'The Adventures of Maya the Bee' - Culture Project
January 12, 2013 - Greenwich Village
The new revamped production, back after its first successful run at 45 Bleecker, will feature the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. The production will feature a sparkling new set and props by Joe Silovsky and the original dazzling array of puppets from Poland, as well as new staging by Will Pomerantz to the glorious jazz-themed score by Nancy Harrow.
At the Kids' Table: How the Kitchen Has Changed - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 12, 2013 - Upper West Side
What does eighteenth-century Tupperware look like? How about a nineteenth-century toaster? In this program, you'll go on a family scavenger hunt in the museum to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then you'll cook together, making cinnamon toast from scratch--everything from grinding the sugar to making butter by hand. You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1813...to 1913...to 2013. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
'I, Malvolio' - The Duke on 42nd Street
January 12, 2013 - Times Square
The puritanical party-pooper of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" finally has his say in British scribe Tim Crouch's poignant one-man show. A hilarious, charged, and often unsettling rant from a complex man full of pride, passion, rage, and humiliation, "I, MALVOLIO" is a compassionate deconstruction of one of classic literature's most misunderstood characters.
Through beautiful and sharp-witted language, brilliant acting and fearless improvisation, Tim moves his audience to laughter and tears, while giving voice and vindication to a character who was "notoriously wronged."
National Dance Institute Open House - National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts
January 12, 2013 - Harlem
National Dance Institute Center for Learning & the Arts opens its doors to the community for an afternoon of fun and festive activities. Children and adults are invited to participate in exciting high energy dance classes, enjoy a performance by children of NDI, and explore the new, state-of-the art facilities of the NDI Center.
New Year's Calendar Construction - Skyscraper Museum
January 12, 2013 - Lower Manhattan
Start the New Year right by making an architectural calendar: a 12-sided rhombic dodecahedron. Kids will learn about geometric shapes used in architecture and then construct a 3-D calendar for 2013 that celebrates skyscrapers and geometry. Ages 7+.
Family Art Labs - Rubin Museum of Art Education Center
January 12, 2013 - Chelsea
Participants explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions and then create their own works of art.
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Family Overture Series - City Center
January 12, 2013 - Midtown West
This season runs from Jan. 4-Jan. 20 and features three fully-staged productions including "The Mikado," "H.M.S. Pinafore," and "The Yeomen of the Guard." But along with the productions is the Family Overture Series, which is offered on three consecutive Saturdays and comes included with the price of your matinee ticket. Hosted by artistic director Albert Bergeret, the 45 minute sessions aim to immerse children in the worlds of the plays, and incorporate history, plot summary, and musical appreciation.
'Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 12, 2013 - Upper East Side
See a free screening of "Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures" at the 73-seat High Definition Theater. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Remaining tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening on a first come first served basis. Admission will be closed to ticket holders 15 minutes after the screening begins.
Sesame Street's new Claymation series features Bert and Ernie, everyone's favorite best friends. Join them as they search for buried treasure as "Pirates," ride horses in the "Wild West," and swim with fish in the "Deep Sea." The adventures continue as they help out an Arctic friend in "Penguins," run from dinosaurs in "Cavemen," and cook up a mess in "Bakers." 50 minutes, rated G.
Sci-Tech Workshop: Bot Building - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 12, 2013 - Upper East Side
Calling all robot builders: Build your very own working robot! Using motors, screws, and recycled materials you'll learn how to assemble and power-up your very own personalized robot to take home. Reservations of up to four (4) children aged 8 and up can be made by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the event date.
Hands-on Nano Demos - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 12, 2013 - Upper East Side
Just how small is small? Uncover the fascinating world of nanoscience and nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities that explore the properties, structures, materials and scale of this important field of science. All activities require general admission to the lab. Best suited for ages 7 and up.
The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through January 13, 2013 - Midtown
The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is a Magic Show with a mind of its own. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, as the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces. As the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself, this out of control show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families on the market today.
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney - Hudson River Museum
Through January 13, 2013 - Yonkers
In 100 books, Jerry Pinkney has turned his artist's eye and hand to the story - a classic, a folktale, a fable - and readers all over the world saw something new, something they wanted to read and to remember. Pinkney is the master of the American picture book. More than 120 watercolor illustrations by the artist, who lives in Westchester, will be on view in the first major overview of his career as a designer and illustrator in "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney." The exhibition follows his 2010 award of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." The Hudson River Museum is the only New York showing for this exhibition on national tour, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Pinkney has found it interesting to trace how the chapters of his life have knitted themselves into his art, touching on the cultural themes of the African-American experience. He uncovers, again and again, the energy in a small moment that surprisingly can change a life or turn an event in history. Most recently in his almost wordless adaptation of the Aesop fable, "The Lion and The Mouse," two creatures on a faraway African plain choose not the hard chase and bloody battle but, instead, exchange kindnesses. Fascinated with wildlife, Pinkney, in many books including "The Brer Rabbit" in "The Last Tales of Uncle Remus" shows us the human qualities of an animal as he shows us the animal in its natural setting. Pinkney, Philadelphia born and bred, and now a long-time New Yorker, has illustrated children's books since 1964, but it was not an easy path. Blacks were not expected to be able to forge careers in the art field. Trained as a commercial artist at a vocational school, he persisted and won a scholarship to the Philadelphia College of Art where his work took on the shading and detail for which he is now renowned, and he where he began to use color to convey mood and emotion. He has most often worked on children's books that celebrate multiculturalism and African-American heritage, as he took on the task of reshaping the perceptions of the stereotypes of blacks. He designed the first nine stamps of the US Postal Service's Black Heritage series. Art critics will look at the color of Pinkney's illustrations, the scarlet curve of Little Red Riding Hood's cloak, the golden blade of grass on the Serengeti plane. Sociologists will look at Pinkney the little boy, who without a visit to a museum or an art class, drew at home on the back of wallpaper samples. What the viewer will see though, in "The Art of Jerry Pinkney" is his wish: "It has always been my intent for my work to continue to breathe after publication. My hope is that (museum visitors) will believe that Jerry Pinkney cares deeply for people, making art, and visual storytelling." The exhibition includes a 96-page illustrated catalog that provides new scholarship into Pinkney's work in essays by the exhibition's co-curator Stephanie Haboush Plunkett, Dr. Gerald L. Early, and others. On view through January 13, 2013.
Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
Through January 13, 2013 - Lincoln Center
The Big Apple Circus presents Legendarium, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone big tops and get a first-hand view of beauties, daredevils, and clowns from another era.
Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days.
The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze, a captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise, an agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors, a swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability!
The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop, the stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks, a jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms!
Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts, majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks, and what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?
It's all led by an affable ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear. So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive big tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!
Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 13, 2013 - Bronx
Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas, stroll the spectacular grounds, and decorate (and eat!) gingersnaps.
Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains zip over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed as you get up close to G-gauge trains.
'Angelina Ballerina The Very Merry Holiday Musical' - McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through January 13, 2013 - Upper West Side
Based on the characters created by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig, the Angelina Ballerina The Musical creative team returns with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Morss, and direction and choreography by Sam Viverito.
Building Connections - Center for Architecture
Through January 19, 2013 - Greenwich Village
Building Connections, the Center for Architecture Foundation's annual exhibition of K - 12 student design projects during the 2011-12 school year. The exhibition covers a wide range of topics in architecture, from NYC landmarks and bridges to designs for new Olympic stadiums and resort islands.
Preschool Art Class - Arts in Action Studio
Through January 22, 2013 - Upper West Side
Founded and directed by Angela Tripi-Weiss, who provides a unique, sequentially-structured fine art education.
Preschool artists will embark on an exploration of how they feel while creating laughable long lines, silly sassy shapes, fabulous forms, and colossal kaleidoscopes of colors using many of the art materials that artists use to express themselves.
These classes are designed to expose your child, ages 3 to 5, to a variety of fun art materials, and the many exciting ideas and concepts that artists employ while creating their own art. They will tell their own visual stories through art based activities that foster fun, and an understanding of concepts of line, shape, form, and colors in a fun filled way.
Afterschool Art Class - Arts in Action Studio
Through January 23, 2013 - Upper West Side
Founded and directed by Angela Tripi-Weiss, who provides a unique, sequentially-structured fine art education. Arts in Action teaches a visual language as a means of communication that's fun to learn.
'The Velveteen Rabbit' - DR2 Theatre
Through January 27, 2013 - Union Square
Based on the book by Margery Williams and adapted for the stage by Kevin Del Aguila ("Click Clack Moo," "Altar Boyz"), this wonder-filled production is a testament to the power of a child's imagination. With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props transform into a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy, and of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 27, 2013 - Midtown
Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters brings together for the first time twenty-two letters, including the famous Peter Rabbit letter, from important American private holdings as well as from three major institutional collections: the Morgan, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University. The letters will be supplemented and enhanced with more than eighty related items, including Potter's privately-printed "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and other printed books, original artwork, manuscripts, and early children's toys and games inspired by Potter's stories.
'The Velveteen Rabbit' - DR2 Theatre
Through January 27, 2013 - Union Square
A joyous testament to the eternal power of a child's imagination, this classic tale comes to life for a whole new generation in a wonder-filled, interactive production created by Kevin Del Aguila. With a little bit of nursery magic (and a whole lot of audience participation), three actors and their simple props transform into a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Cinderella Brunch - The New York Palace
Through January 27, 2013 - Upper East Side
The New York Palace will begin serving a magical Cinderella Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 1. Featuring whimsical entrees and delights for all ages, the themed brunch will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-2:30pm.
As part of The Palace's enchanted Cinderella Brunch, Prince Charming will make special guest appearances each Saturday and Sunday to spread delight to diners of all ages. Guests can pose for a photo with Prince Charming and try on a special Cinderella slipper. Guests can enter a daily drawing to win four tickets to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" on Broadway.
All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 27, 2013 - Bronx
Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Parents: bring your camera for a photo op with Thomas to capture the special day. Daily, Jan. 1-27.
Navigating the Path to Parenthood Between Fertility Treatments and Adoption - Spence-Chapin Services
Through January 28, 2013 - Upper East Side
When faced with infertility, couples and singles are faced with more possibilities to build their families, but also more confusion, risk, and unknowns. For most families, the transitions between different paths to parenthood can be painful and unclear.
This will be a presentation and discussion focused on the emotional decisions involved in pursuing fertility work, deciding when to stop or when to keep going, how and when adoption can become a part of the conversation, and how thoughtful decisions and planning ahead can help make your journey to parenthood just a little bit smoother.
Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through January 30, 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.
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 30, 2013 - West Village
The Children's Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum, the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE's artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering "Wild Style" graffiti writer and hip hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination.
RAMMELLZEE's legend grew in a Tribeca loft known as the "Battle Station," where the artist conceived a new vision for the future – a self-made mythology, known as Gothic Futurism, with its own set of heroes and villains, which he called Recyclers and Trashers or more notably, Garbage Gods and Monster Models. For over 30 years, RAMMELLZEE inhabited the universe he created, building layer upon layer of legend and legacy.
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE's artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery's ceiling are RAMMELLZEE's legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to "break free."
In addition to his visual artwork, RAMMELLZEE is well-known for his contributions to hip-hop lyricism and vocalization, as illustrated in the documentaries Style Wars and Wild Style, as well as the hip-hop single Beat Bop, which was produced by Jean-Michael Basquiat and consists of a 10 minute narrative rap by RAMMELLZEE and K-Rob that is considered to be one of the most essential hip-hop recordings ever made.
Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through January 31, 2013 - Upper East Side
Playtime with Sammie and Tudie is a 'mommy and me' style class. The interactive class includes themed week such as ducks, butterflies, teddy bears, fish, and dinosaurs. Great for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package.
11th Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Transit Museum Shop in Grand Central Terminal
Through February 10, 2013 - Midtown
The New York Transit Museum presents its Holiday Train Show at its store in Grand Central, with a brand new layout wherein model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North on a 34' long, two-level "O" gauge layout.
Vintage model trains from the museum's collection will also be on display joined by stunning New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central's heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel.
'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through February 23, 2013 - Times Square
Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved tale from his Chronicles of Narnia series. In this creative adaptation, two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch. She has placed the land of Narnia under enchantment and now it is always winter, but never Christmas. Audiences will be drawn into the theater's "magic circle," where children and animals, fauns and mythical creatures come to life in this enchanting tale.
Free Baby Play Group - Franciscan Community Center
Through March 12, 2013 - Upper West Side
This free baby class for parents and caregivers meets on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. It will include toys, music, and relevant topics for discussion. Come out of the cold and make some new friends.
R&R @ the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 23, 2013 - Upper West Side
R&R Saturdays are free at the JCC. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in your community. Workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, and both indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. All are welcome.
Spy: The Secret World of Espionage - Discovery Times Square
Through March 31, 2013 - Times Square
Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a new exhibition launching in May at Discovery Time Square. This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it's like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works: how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.
Film Forum Jr. - Film Forum
Through March 31, 2013 - Lower Manhattan
A new Sunday matinee series of classic films for kids and their families beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 11am. The series will run for 13 Sundays, January 6 through March 31; all tickets will be $7.
Programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum's Director of Repertory Programming, Film Forum Jr. will introduce children (ages 5 and above) and teenagers to silent and sound classics, as well as modern classics. All movies will be shown in glorious 35mm prints or equally glorious DCP (no Blu-rays and no DVDs).
Film Forum Jr. will kick off with the 1956 French classic THE RED BALLOON. Turn your kids on to the joie du cinema français, as petit garcon Pascal Lamorisse and mind-of-its-own balloon rouge share dialogue-less adventures through the old Belleville section of Paris. One of the most celebrated short films of all time, and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, THE RED BALLOON will be presented in the miracle of “Balloon-O-Rama.”
GERALD MCBOING-BOING, winner of the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, will screen with THE RED BALLOON. Adapted from a story by Dr. Seuss and produced by animation legend John Hubley, GERALD MCBOING-BOING is the story of a little boy who speaks through sound effects instead of language. A GERALD MCBOING-BOING sound-alike contest will follow the show.
Full schedule available at www.filmforum.org/ffjr
Harry Potter: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through April 07, 2013 - Times Square
Back by popular demand, this stop in New York City will serve as the exhibition's return to North America after a yearlong international tour. Since it was last here in 2011, the exhibition has been updated significantly with artifacts from the film series, including the final film.
The 14,000-square-foot experiential exhibition includes dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts film sets and authentic costumes and props from the films. Fans will have a firsthand view of hundreds of artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, the Gryffindor common room, and more.
In addition to the hundreds of original props and costumes from the Harry Potter films displayed during the exhibition's first time in New York, original artifacts from the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will be on display for the first time, including a new vignette dedicated to the epic battle of Hogwarts.
Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 14, 2013 - Bronx
Larry Lederman, landscape photographer and member of NYBG's Board of Advisors, has spent years walking the garden grounds to observe and photograph trees and vistas in all seasons and at all times of day. Lush images featuring their diversity and visual impact are on view in the gallery space.
The New York Botanical Garden is home to more than 30,000 trees, some in woodland, some in groves, and some standing in solitary majesty. Magnificent Trees is lavishly illustrated with photographs by Larry Lederman and accompanied by descriptions by Todd A. Forrest, Arthur Ross vice president for horticulture and living collections at the garden. An authority on the diverse species present across the 250-acre landscape, Forrest details their fascinating histories -- from their vital role in Native American life and culture to their function in neutral territory during the Revolutionary War. Lederman captures their grandeur in hundreds of stunning images and portrays their diversity with photographs that reveal the trees in myriad fascinating perspectives: in landscape views that convey the garden's genius loci; portraits illustrating the architecture and profound visual impact of select trees; remarkable details of flowers, fruit, leaves, and bark; and impressionistic images, abstract in character yet beautiful in composition.
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 31, 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.
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.
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.
’Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Holiday Reading With NBC New York's Anchor Pat Battle - Church of the Intercession
Through December 23, 2013 - Manhattan
One of New York's longest running family holiday traditions is the annual recitation of Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, this year read by News 4 New York's anchor Pat Battle, at historic Church of the Intercession. Lantern procession, wreath-laying at Moore's grave site and reception immediately follow at Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, located across from the church.
Pat Battle joined NBC New York in April 1996. She serves as co-anchor for “Weekend Today in New York” and is one of the station’s New Jersey correspondents. Battle’s reports focus on issues affecting the Garden State, as well as breaking news of the day.
Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) was the son of Dr. Benjamin Moore, the sixth rector of Trinity Parish. In 1822, as a Christmas present for his six children, Moore wrote the poem also known as “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that became a cherished classic. Moore is buried at Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, which is located across from The Church of the Intercession.