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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on April 25

April 25, 2015   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, April 25, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 25. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Art Trek - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

For families with children ages 7–11. Travel through time and around the world on a Museum adventure. Discover favorite works of art as you look and learn together.

Artistic Dreams International: Art Workshop - Hamilton Grange Library
Through April 25, 2015 - Upper Manhattan

The ADI visual arts program teaches children to explore mixed media visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) Children learn to explore who they are and find their strengths. Through ADI's brief art history lesson before each art making process, children are able to learn about historical and contemporary artists and movements. ADI holds art exhibits at the end of the workshop to allow the students to take pride in the work that they have done and share it with family, friends, and the entire community. Registration required. See website for details. For ages 5-12.

Street Games 2015 - Thomas Jefferson Park
April 25, 2015 - East Harlem

Now in its eighth year, NYC Parks Street Games festival is a fun way to introduce the games you played as a child to your own kids. One thing's for sure, you'll enjoy it as much as they do! Ditch the screens and have some fun with classic, low-tech games including: • Stickball • Pogo Sticks • Hula Hoops • Double-Dutch • Hippity Hop • Yo-Yos • Skateboarding Clinics • Handball • Wheelchair Basketball • Soap Box Derby (located behind the main stage) • Learn To Ride Your Bike (must bring your own bike) • Street Hockey • Jumbo Games • Relay Races • New York Red Bulls Skills Challenge • Kickball • Ultimate Disc • Roller Blading There will also be food and drink vendors, live music and entertainment, including several performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Sheep Shearing Festival - Stone Barns
April 25, 2015 - Pocantico Hills

At the end of a long and cold winter, celebrate the arrival of spring. Learn about wool and sheep. Observe professional weavers and spinners.

Tribeca Family Festival and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day - Tribeca Film Festival
April 25, 2015 - Tribeca

This family street fair is an annual favorite for New York kids and their parents and part of the celebrated Tribeca Film Festival. Come and enjoy live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, games and activities, gaming food and drink. Families can also create their own movie pitch, step in front of a green screen and learn cooking secrets from an expert New York City chef. Don't forget to check out the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day which forms part of the street festival. Kids can try their hand at a vast array of sports activities, games, and contests. Local athletes, mascots, and sports personalities will be on-site to engage fans in one-of-a-kind athletic fun. Putt a hole in one, throw a touchdown, sharpen your fencing skills, hit the perfect slap shot, watch ultimate Frisbee tricks or learn how to throw the perfect pitch...we’re taking sports to the street in Tribeca!

Don Quixote - Prudential Hall
April 25, 2015 - Newark

Thrill to the bravura dancing of the comedic classic Don Quixote, in celebration of NJ Ballet’s 56th year.

At the Kids' Table with Sarah Lohman: How the kitchen has changed - New York Historical Society
April 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

Learn about historical gastronomy with this workshop led by Sarah Lohman. 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 New-York Historical Society to uncover the kitchens of the past. Then you will cook, making cinnamon toast like folks would have 200 years ago. But you'll do everything from SCRATCH, grinding sugar and churning butter by hand. You'll find out how much the kitchen has changed from 1815 to 2015. For ages 8 and older.

SCI-TECH WORKSHOP: WHAT RUNS ON THE SUN? - Sony Plaza Atrium, Sony Wonder Technology Lab
April 25, 2015 - Midtown

Create your very own green machine. Grab some gears, wheels, and tools and get busy building your own solar powered toy racing car to take home. Reservations of up to five children ages 8 and older can be made. RSVPs open for this event beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Baby Animal Encounter - The American Museum of Natural History
April 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

Spring is the season for discovery and the beginning of new life for creatures around the world. Meet some of nature's wildest and cutest youngsters, and learn how they grow and learn to adapt to their unique habitats. Jarod Miller will introduce you to a diverse group of babies, large and small, from across the animal kingdom.

The Mysterious Hat: Autism Friendly - The New Victory Theater
April 25, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

An autism friendly production of two-time Grammy nominee and kiddie rock superstar, Justin Roberts new show. Revealing new silly songs, discerning diddies and Pop Fly lullabies, THE MYSTERIOUS HAT is a brand new concert experience designed especially for the New Vic. Join the kiddie mosh pit and bop along to catchy compositions of happy harmonies, bursts of brass and hand-clapping choruses that make these rockers America's favorite powerpop poets for the young and young at heart. In order to make the show more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, it has been adapted in the following ways: Sound in the production will be lowered and staff will warn of any upcoming loud noises during the show. Lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark during the performance. A Relaxed Atmosphere allows patrons to talk and vocalize as they wish, as well as leave and re-enter the seating area as needed. An Activity Area will be available with a live video feed of the show, coloring sheets and fidget toys if patrons need to take a break from the seating area. A Calming Corner will be available with fidget toys and bean bag chairs if patrons need a quiet place to relax. Autism Specialists will be available throughout the performance to provide assistance as requested or needed. A Family Restroom (gender-neutral) will be designated.

Annual 5K run/walk dedicated to gorillas - Wildlife Conservation/Bronx Zoo
April 25, 2015 - Bronx

It's time to walk or run for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Help gorillas and other wildlife. The individual run begins at 8am and the family fun run/walk begins at 845am. For more information, visit wcsrunforthewild.org.

The Big Swim - Asphalt Green
April 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

The Big Swim is a free swim meet that supports Asphalt Green's FIT KIDS FIT CITY campaign. The Big Swim takes place every year in the spring. This year, Asphalt Green's FIT KIDS FIT CITY campaign will transform the lives of 31,000 New York City kids through sports and fitness with programs like Waterproofing (a program which provides free swim instruction and water safety training to NYC public school children). Hosted by NY1 anchor/reporter Roger Clark and featuring soccer star Claudio Reyna, the day-long event will include a free swim meet for 1,000 kids, an Olympic exhibition of diving and synchronized swimming, outdoor sports and activities, and a family-friendly luncheon. Prior to the meet, elite athletes – including Olympic diver Cassidy Krug and Olympic synchronized diver Abby Johnston, a 2012 silver medalist – will perform for the crowd. Parents can register their children to participate in The Big Swim® Meet at https://www.clubassistant.com/club/meet_information.cfm?c=1719&smid=6239. Advance registration ends April 19. For ages 6-12

Future Scapes: A Diorama Workshop - apexart
April 25, 2015 - Tribeca

What will the view from your window look like in 50 years? In this family workshop, create tunnel books—or dioramas that fold flat. Children will be asked to imagine looking out a window in the future. They will then use collage materials to create miniature models of the worlds they’ve envisioned. All materials are provided and you are encouraged to take your creations home! For ages 6-12. Registration required.

New York City’s YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day - All of New York City's YMCA Locations
April 25, 2015 - New York

New York City’s YMCAs will host free community events to inspire more kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active as part of a national initiative. All activities are free and vary by location. YMCAs across the five boroughs will feature games, basketball clinics, healthy meal planning, arts and crafts, family yoga, face painting and much more. Check website for schedules.

National STEM Bash - Sylvan Learning
April 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

A chance to try out some of Sylvan Edge's STEM programs. Come down for two hours of free family fun with Robotics, Coding and Math Edge. For Grades 1-6 but all ages welcome. RVSP required via phone by April 24.

Opening Day a Pier 16 - South Street Seaport
April 25, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

A special day of celebrations and activities to open the season on Pier 16. Hang out at the Seaport Museum for arts and crafts, a Seaport scavenger hunt, historic ships, tours, and live music. At Pier 16, learn about sailors' navigation, observe some of the creatures that make New York Harbor a living estuary habitat, and conduct a buoyancy test of your own boat made out of clay. Also, watch the "uprigging" on the schooner Lettie G. Howard in preparation for the spring season and help paint a mural on the new Seaport Storywall. There will also be musical performances and Council Member Margaret Chin will ring in the new season on the lightship Ambrose's bell during a ceremony at 2pm on Pier 16.

Kidical Mass Uptown Bike Ride - Morningside Park
April 25, 2015 - Morningside Heights

A fun, safe, family-friendly bike ride. Join your family and neighbors for a leisurely ride up and around Morningside Park, Central Park North and back to Morningside Park where the Harlem Earth Day celebration will be underway. RSVP required. See website.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through April 26, 2015 - Flatiron

Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2pm family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. March's activity is sculpture. April's activity is mask making and exploring the Rubin's exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks (which opens on March 13). Ages 3 and older.

Youth Wheelchair Basketball - Chelsea Recreation Center
Through April 26, 2015 - Chelsea

Part of Chelsea Recreation Center's sports program for children with physical disabilities. Come out and learn to play wheelchair basketball with the New York Rollin' Fury. There are sportschairs available for use at Chelsea Recreation Center, if needed. Ages 6-21.

Breastfeeding Workshop - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), uses 20 years of experience to help moms-to-be to learn how to breastfeed. Topics will include feeding positions and latch on, learn easy solutions to breastfeeding problems, and recognize hunger cues. Learn the skills needed to breastfeed successfully.

The Pinkertonian Mystery - New York Historical Society
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Fancy yourself as an amateur sleuth, Sherlock style? Become Victorian-era detectives in this interactive theater performance. Billed as an immersive and interactive mystery theater experience especially for families and created by Live In Theater. The year is 1875, families will travel throughout the Museum galleries and interact with actors in The Pinkertonian Mystery to solve a crime inspired by the fictionalized criminal mastermind known only as "El Diablo" and the real-life Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Families will be enlisted to help and compete to nab "El Diablo." For ages 8 and older.

Storytime - FAUNA
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Storytime with animals for age 3 and older at this UWS pet store. As well as a story kids will be able to interact with animals from the books read that session and ask questions.

Green Festival New York City - Javits Convention Center
Through April 26, 2015 - Hell's Kitchen

Green Festivals is the largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event in the United States. Come and learn about how to live healthier and more sustainable lives and try out the latest green products and services. From food, fashion and health to energy, construction and design.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session.

Cultural Connections Performance: Small is Big, Big is Small: A Trip with Biriki - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through April 26, 2015 - Crown Heights

Meet Biriki, a lovable character from Italy composed of simple shapes: a heart, a circle, a dot, a triangle, and a crescent. Watch a fun video featuring this whimsical character, and then make your own art project full of shapes. Supported by the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Sakura Matsuri: Celebrating Japanese Culture at BBG - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through April 26, 2015 - Crown Heights

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri festival is popularly referred to as New York's rite of spring and the nation's largest event in a public garden. It features over 60 performances, demonstrations, and exhibits that highlight the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture for all ages. A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture featuring: Taiko Drumming, Cosplay Fashion Show, Tea Ceremonies, Kabuki Dance, Samurai Sword Fighting, Manga Drawing, Vintage Kimonos, Bonsai Kids’ Workshops, Wagashi Sweets, BBG Parasol Society and more!

Ballet Hispanico's Two-Week New York Season - The Joyce Theater
Through April 26, 2015 - Chelsea

The celebrated Ballet Hispanico will perform four different programs in this two week season. This includes the world premiere of Conquer; choreographed by Miguel Mancillas, the New York premiere of Show.Girl; choreographed by Rosie Herrera, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN and El Beso, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Sombrerísimo, Eduardo Vilaro's Asuka, and Good Night Paradise by Ramón Oller.

The Mysterious Hat - The New Victory Theater
Through April 26, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

Two-time Grammy nominee and kiddie rock superstar, Justin Roberts, pulls up in his Yellow Bus with his band of Not Ready for Naptime Players. Revealing new silly songs, discerning diddies and Pop Fly lullabies, THE MYSTERIOUS HAT is a brand new concert experience designed especially for the New Vic. Join the kiddie mosh pit and bop along to catchy compositions of happy harmonies, bursts of brass and hand-clapping choruses that make these rockers America's favorite powerpop poets for the young and young at heart. Move fast before it sells out. Ages 4-7.

A Closer Look for Kids: Full Circle: Searching for Shapes - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 26, 2015 - Midtown

At this regular workshop, families engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. For kids ages 5-10 and their adult companions (everyone participates). Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am, see website for details.

Tours for Fours: Once Upon a Time: Artful Stories - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 26, 2015 - New York

At this regular workshop four year olds and their adult companions look, listen, and share ideas while you explore modern and contemporary art. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am.

Galli's Princess and the Pea - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through April 26, 2015 - Chelsea

A new production by the Galli theater. The old tale gets a modern twist. Prince Prince, is a prince looking for a princess. When he places an ad in the newspaper, the response is more than he bargained for. How can he be sure which of the potential candidates is a real princess? After being tricked one time too many, his mother suggests he employs the “royal pea test.” Sometimes, mom does know best. For kids ages 4 and older.

Being Green Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Come celebrate our precious mother earth at CMOM with this weekend of activities. Learn what it means to be green as you listen to stories, plant a garden, and meet some live animals. Most importantly, learn what you can do to make earth a cleaner and greener place. Workshops: Meet the Author: What Does it Mean to be Green? with Rana DiOrio: What steps can you take to protect the earth's precious resources? Rana DiOrio's book What Does it Mean to be Green? has the answers! Listen as she reads the story aloud. April 25, 2pm for 5 and older. Tin Planter Design with A Small Green Space: Transform tin cans into working planters of your own design with A Small Green Space. This New Jersey-based urban landscape design firm is committed to teaching children the value of plants and beautifying our green spaces. April 25, 2m and 3pm, 5 and older. Live Birds of Fauna with Jose Rodriguez: Meet a variety of live birds with Jose Rodriguez from Upper West Side pet store, Fauna. Learn to "be green" as you explore the biology of the animals that share our planet. April 26, 2pm and 3pm, 5 and older. Animal Portraits with Robin Huffman, Gorilla artist: Meet Robin Huffman, artist and animal advocate. Learn about the apes and other animals she paints, and how she has devoted her career to primate conservation. Paint your own animal portrait inspired by her stories April 26, 3pm and 4pm, 5 and older.

Breastfeeding Support Circle with Andrea Syms-Brown - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, leads this breastfeeding circle which is popular for its a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today. Brown bag your lunch, come by, nurse and snuggle with your baby. An opportunity to meet other new moms and guided by Andrea Syms-Brown, explore the joy, and unravel the mysteries of breastfeeding and mothering in modern times.

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through April 29, 2015 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group is a great way for new parents to share experiences, learn from one another and make friends. Against the familiar backdrop of gurgles and squeals, parents can compare notes on topics from scheduling to strollers. Half the fun is watching the newborns relate to each other. April 1: Your Baby’s Temperament. April 8: Sleep. April 15: Traveling With Baby. April 22: Can You Spoil Your Baby? April 29: Helping Your Baby’s Schedule Evolve. For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

Preschool Storytime - Washington Heights Public Library
Through April 29, 2015 - Washington Heights

Storytime with crafts, songs and movement for ages 3-5.

Fauna Afterschool - FAUNA
Through April 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

An afterschool program for kids with an interest in animals. In this workshop kids will participate in various wildlife activities including arts and crafts, animal handling, wildlife documentaries, stories and more. For ages 8 and older. To register for the program, contact Fauna’s Director of Education, Jose Rodriguez at jose@faunanyc.com. Founded in January 2010, Daniel Kopulos, a veterinary technician, opened Fauna as a way to educate pet owners on how to properly care for rare animals. Mr. Kopulos founded the store with the goal to be an awareness and education hotspot for all.

Start With Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper East Side

One of The Met's regular family programs for families with children ages 3-6. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. This month's theme is Outfits and Ornament

Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Soothing your baby, touching gently, but confidently, is one of the most important ways to form and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In this four-week program you will learn effective ways to massage and soothe your baby in the first few months of life. Specific benefits of massage include increased circulation, improved body awareness and sleep patterns, and reduction in discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress. An hour of singing and gentle, loving touch, designed to support brain development and provide comfort to a newborn’s body. Everyone will benefit from this unique learning experience. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend. Each participant will receive written materials to help you continue massage with your baby at home. Classes also include time for questions and discussion of relevant topics. You may drop in for a class, or sign up for the four-week series (to be completed, in any order, within 8 weeks).

Feature Screening: BBC / DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S “LIFE: INSECTS" - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Through April 30, 2015 - Midtown

Every year, a billion monarch butterflies hibernate high in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. It’s an astonishing sight. In the “Insects” episode from the BBC/Discovery Channel series, “Life,” simply filming this remarkable phenomenon from a tripod wasn’t enough. Complex rigging was specially crafted to allow the camera crew to create the impression of actually flying with the butterflies, and to capture aerial shots of thousands of butterflies clustered in the canopies of the trees. It was a daunting task, which is documented in the “making of” excerpt that follows the film. Running time: 14 mins.

'Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 03, 2015 - New York

This exhibition brings together emerging and mid-career artists whose work explores different means of perception. Artists on view include: Aziz +Cucher, Omar Chacon, Christian Faur, Bradley Hart, Richard Klein, Daniel Rozin, Al Souza, and Devorah Sperber. For better or worse, our lives are increasingly played out on a screen. From checking directions to playing a game on the latest bestselling app, digital technologies are a part of our everyday lives. Just as individual “pixels” are pieced together to create a larger image or message, this exhibition brings together visual artists whose works explore the intersection between art and technology, or who break down the very materials they work with into individual parts. Visitors are encouraged to look carefully: what you see from far away may strongly differ from what you view up-close. Each artwork is intended to be examined from different distances and viewpoints.

Caring for Your Newborn Baby - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through May 03, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown (Intl Board Certified Lactation Consultant) helps pre and post-natal parents to find the humor and joy in care routines for their new baby. Andrea will teach the workshop using anecdotes and props for hands-on learning, making the workshop a fun and indelible way to learn and remember new skills.

The New York Spring Spectacular starring The Rockettes, Laura Benanti and Derek Hough - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 07, 2015 - Midtown

This all new show stars the legendary Rockettes, Derek Hough, Laura Benanti, and the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne. Billed as a whirlwind adventure across New York City, the production celebrates the wonder of springtime in Manhattan with a story about three New Yorkers who change each other's lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Exuberant and energetic, it features all new Rockettes dance numbers, 3D effects, live action puppets and a fun soundtrack of both new songs and classic hits. Spring Spectacular is sure to be an instant hit with dance and musical theater fans, as well as Rockettes aficionados. This brand-new live theatrical production is led by an award-winning creative team that includes Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Warren Carlyle as director and choreographer, Tony Award winning director and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Diane Paulus and American playwright and Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner as the show's co-creative directors and up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon. Previews start March 12, opens on March 26.

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers: The Heart of the Giant and other tales - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through May 09, 2015 - Murray Hill

On select Saturday mornings 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. For ages 7 and older. The Sea Nymph and Other Water Tales: April 11. Join Melissa Heckler and Therese Folks Plaire for an hour of magical water stories from the rivers to the seas of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. The Hop Giant and Other Tales of the North: May 9. Robin Bady and Linda Humes tell funny and fantastic tales of giants, trolls, elves, and the other strange folk – large and small – from Nordic folklore.

RAPUNZARELLA WHITE A Fairly Fractured Tale - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through May 09, 2015 - Manhattan

Following a successful run in The Midtown Children's Musical Theater Festival, this show reopens at the 13th Street Rep in January. Written by June Rachelson-Ospa and Daniel Neiden it follows three baby triplets, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White who are kidnapped by an angry witch. Each Princess is catapulted into her own fractured fairy tale, awaiting rescue by their own personal, bumbling and, of course, musical, Prince. Described by the creators as a comic take on the Princess waiting for a Prince genre this sassy musical production will entertain parents as much a little ones. For ages 4 and older.

One Funny Mother: I'm Not Crazy!! - The Players Theatre
Through May 09, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Have you ever gone un-showered for days, fought with your husband over who works harder, picked a child’s nose or had a kid pee on you? Then, you won’t want to miss Dena Blizzard’s hilarious, truthful look at the life of the average mom will make you realize that YOU’RE NOT CRAZY... MOTHERHOOD IS! The show promises to be a great girl’s night out or date night (to prove to your husband how normal you really are).

New York City Children's Theater: 'A Band of Angels' - Theater 3
Through May 10, 2015 - Midtown

This production commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the musical along with the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The story focuses on Ella, a pop-culture obsessed teenager living in the present day, who is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers and gain a new appreciation for history and education. The show includes traditional African-American spirituals which will be performed a cappella. The 70-minute musical, directed by Colman Domingo ( "Selma", "The Butler" and "Scottsboro Boys"), is suitable for ages 8 and older. New York City Children's Theater was previously known as Making Books Sing.

CMOM Kamishibai - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.

Hello from Japan! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 16, 2015 - Upper West Side

Hello from Japan! is a new interactive exhibit in CMOM’s Lower Level Gallery. It will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words. The museum will be running fun Japanese workshops to support the exhibition. Everything from manga artists and food, to traditional Japanese storytelling. See website for activity details.

Free Saturday Art Classes - Inwood Public Library
Through May 16, 2015 - Inwood

A free art workshop from Creative Art Works. Kids are invited to travel back in time and explore the art, literature, music and social impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Students will examine works of artists of the time and learn about the ways these artists recognized and honored their heritage and culture. They will look to their own lives, cultures and neighborhoods as inspiration for many of their own artworks. Students will develop a practical understanding of the value of teamwork, diversity and critique through exploring artistic techniques including sculpting, painting, etching, collage and more. For ages 4-14.

The 4th Annual New York Children's Theater Festival - The Players Theater
Through May 17, 2015 - Greenwich Village

The New York Children's Theater Festival is New York's only non-profit festival dedicated to the development of theater for youth. It provides a birthplace in New York City for new live children's entertainment, and serves as a platform for writers and creators who are passionate about developing innovative theatrical experiences for children. The Festival has already reached over 3,000 audience members and launched successful productions such as Go Green! and Molly Bloom Lately. This year's productions will be The Sock Who Lost His Mate, Sue Ology & the Case of the Possibly Haunted House, Help Save the Monkey!, and The Meanest Birthday Girl. In addition to the productions, the festival offers free post show workshops, crafts and family entertainment. More details to be released closer to the time. Tickets on sale on March 15 on theatermania.com or by phone.

The Trials of Alice in Wonderland - TADA! Youth Theater
Through May 17, 2015 - Chelsea

Based on the classic books by Lewis Carroll, this original musical follows Alice and all the usual suspects in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Come and see TADA!'s version of Alice's adventures. If you're interested in getting involved yourself, book tickets for the 4pm shows on May 3rd or 9th. TADA! Teaching Artists will invite you on stage to learn a song and dance.

Family Art Workshops: Storytelling through Art - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 17, 2015 - Midtown

Visit The Migration Series to discover how Jacob Lawrence shared a story from history through his art. In the studio, discuss stories of your family’s history and work together to illustrate one in this drawing workshop. For kids ages 8-10 and their adult companions. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session. See website for details.

Science Experiment for Kids! - Chatham Square Library
Through May 19, 2015 - Chinatown

Put on your lab coats and join this new science program for children. Kids will conduct experiments that are interactive, safe, and give them an introduction to basic science concepts through a fun activity. Paired with books from the library's collection to better facilitate learning. Ages 3-12. Please feel free to contact Allie Affinito at alessandraaffinito@nypl.org or 212-964-6598 with any questions/concerns. No registration required.

Puppet Playtime - Scandinavia House
Through May 21, 2015 - Murray Hill

Join Nicola McEldowney, professional puppeteer, and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games. From stories with a Nordic theme to group sing-alongs, puppets can inspire all kinds of creative play and adventures of the imagination.

Night Lights at Wave Hill - Night Lights
Through May 24, 2015 - Bronx

The public is invited to experience the enchantment of the garden landscape after dark under an array of night lighting. Under beautiful lights, viewers can see Wave Hill as the sun sets over the Palisades. This is a rain or shine event.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

Featuring up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, this annual favorite returns. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

Breastfeeding support group - 92nd Street Y
Through May 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92Y Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement. Come when you can.

'How to Talk to Children & Teens About Sex': FREE Parenting Workshop Series - Henry Street Settlement Parent Center
Through May 27, 2015 - Lower East Side

The Parent Center is teaming up with Planned Parenthood of NYC to provide a workshop series for parents of children all ages. This workshop series, titled “How to Talk to Children & Teens about Sex,” will focus on concrete skills to teach kids about sexuality, talk openly about safety and risk, and communicate parental values. Part One: Talking to Your Children about the “Facts of Life” Workshop will show parents how to start the conversation & answer tough questions. February 25, 10am-12pm Part Two: Child Development & Sexuality Explore child sexual development, and how to help children and teens stay healthy & responsible. March 25, 5:30-7:30pm Part Three: Opening the Lines of Communication Will focus on how to establish and keep lines of communication open. April 22. 10am-12pm Part Four: “It Takes More than Talk” Will further explore open communication and the importance of parental monitoring. May 27, 5:30-7:30pm Please note, parents are not required to attend every workshop. To register, please call Tera Gurney or e-mail at tgurney@henrystreet.org.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble - Tribeca
Through May 30, 2015 - Tribeca

Saturday Storytime in the Children's Section.

Bargemusic - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Through May 30, 2015 - Brooklyn

Walk across the gang plank of a renovated coffee barge for a one hour, family friendly, concert.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper East Side

Every Sunday families are invited to explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3–10

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories at this daily workshop for ages 4 and younger.

Storybooks and Art - The Jewish Museum
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper East Side

Listen to a story from the museum's library of children’s book favorites, then participate in an art activity in the galleries.

Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

A popular daily storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 0-6.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

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 sometimes features special guests. For ages 2-8.

The Art of Networks - NY Hall of Science
Through May 31, 2015 - Corona

This art exhibit brings together 20 visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as refugee migration flows, Chinese political connections and subway and bike sharing systems. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this field. In addition to the compelling graphical visualizations, visitors will be able to manipulate the data in selected projects through a technology interface.

Mommy & Me: Yoga - Preschool of the Arts
Through June 01, 2015 - East Village

Specially geared yoga poses for both little ones and adults with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement. Together, babies and adults learn yoga postures and techniques in a fun, relaxing setting. For more information and to sign up please email CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, or call our school at 212-533-1822.

Mommy & Me: Music & Movement - Preschool of the Arts
Through June 03, 2015 - East Village

A mixed movement and music class for toddlers and their caregivers. For the first half of the program children run and play, developing their mindfulness, peer interactions, cooperation skills, and both fine and gross motor skills. After playtime, the children gather together on the mat with a guitar-playing children’s music specialist for songs and movement. Their musical ear and appreciation develop along with general knowledge and language skills as they join in for sing-alongs, musical storytelling and instrument play. For more information and to sign up please email CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, or call.

Sunday Storytime in Mr. Morgan's Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through June 07, 2015 - New York

In this drop-in program families will be transported back to the time of Abraham Lincoln, learn about the boy who became the 16th President of the United States and hear amazing tales of children along the Underground Railroad. Appropriate for ages 3 and older.

Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through June 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole. For ages 3-9

Keeping it Green for Families in Central Park - Central Park Conservancy
Through June 21, 2015 - Central Park

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Led by environmental educators, projects are located throughout the Park. Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Ages 5 and older. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Purchase

Exhibitions on Kuba textiles have been few. Fewer still have examined the tradition of splendid, long Kuba skirts and overskirts; and none have drawn upon the two great early collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the William Henry Sheppard collection at Hampton University, Virginia, that provide textiles of documented date and provenance. Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time will, for the first time, bring together unique holdings in this field and contrast documented early Kuba textiles with textiles attributed to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition will lay the foundation of a standard of comparison and historical trajectory for an in-depth evaluation of Kuba textiles. It will establish a cultural context, and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design beyond the Kingdom of the Kuba in the twentieth century. The exhibition will feature approximately eighty pieces, including approximately thirty-two splendid skirts and overskirts, textiles that range in length from a 48-inch fragment to a 356-inch full skirt. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by curator Marie-Therese Brincard; Dr. Patricia Darish, independent scholar; Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christina Giuntini, conservator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Verena Traeger, University of Vienna; and Dr. Julien Volper, Associate Curator, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Tervuren. Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Consultant Curator for the African Collection, Marie-Therese Brincard. On view March 1 through June 28, 2015.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

In this 3D movie, travel to the Galapagos archipelago and meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Narrated by Jeff Corwin.

Hidden Universe in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

Go on an amazing journey through the universe in this 3D movie. Travel the terrain of Mars, witness huge storms erupting on the sun, and peer deep inside distant nebulas, huge clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born. The universe is brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes.

Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive. Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.

Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s: - St. Paul's Chapel
Through July 24, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free too! Most films are rated PG13. Schedule subject to change, check website for details. April 24: Adventures in Babysitting (PG-13) May 22: King Kong (1933 - unrated) June 26: Back to the Future (PG) July 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events. The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History. Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown

Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

Scattered Light - NY Hall of Science
Through September 13, 2015 - Corona

Scattered_Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit. Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.

Youth Basketball Clinics - North Meadow Recreation Center
Through October 31, 2015 - Central Park

Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities. Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm

Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2015 - Upper East Side

Gather around to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt (requiring admission fee) in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Open Play Community Day - ATLAS Foundation for Autism
Through December 26, 2015 - Chelsea

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children (in multiple communities) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*. However despite these numbers, families living with autism find it more difficult to get out and about. Every other Saturday ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300 sq. ft. facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather & connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm. This event is free but donations of any amount are appreciated will help provide refreshments and materials for Open Play Community Days. *Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2010.

LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2016 - Upper West Side

AMNH's new exhibition highlights the incredible life forms on earth and the superpowers that organisms use to survive the most extreme environments. From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms on our planet have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival. Co-curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats. Life-size and larger-than-life models, live animals, videos, and interactive exhibits highlight a variety of 'superpowers' across the tree of life. From surprising strategies for surviving harsh environments to bizarre mating calls, inventive techniques for eluding predators, and extreme examples of parasitism.

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 10, 2016 - Battery Park

Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values such as beauty, centering, and balance. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time.

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