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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON AUGUST 20

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by Daily Kids Events Editor August 20, 2014

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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, August 20, 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 August 20. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

'Macbeth' by Giuseppe Verdi - THE EAST 13TH STREET THEATRE
August 20, 2014 - East Village

Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, which offers role debut and training opportunities to emerging opera artists, celebrates its eleventh season of high-quality, affordable NYC performances with a Shakespearean summer. The first Shakespeare play that Verdi adapted for the operatic stage, Macbeth is an opera in four acts with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and is based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

International Contemporary Circus Festival - Marcus Garvey Park
August 20, 2014 - Harlem

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents a special evening of circus! Bring the family for a fantastic evening under the stars and enjoy world class performers on stage as well as throughout the venue. This evening brings the circus outside the tent and into the park! Tonight's entertainment is provided by THROW2CATCH, Loki Circus Theater, Puppets To Go, Big Apple Circus, and Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler.

Tap Dance Performance at CMOM - Children?s Museum of Manhattan
August 20, 2014 - Upper West Side

Enjoy tap dancing performances throughout the summer in conjunction with the exhibit, JAZZED! The Changing Beat of 125th Street. Today's tap specialist Andrew Nemr leads his quartet in a unique and virtuosic display of "olde tyme jazz: with tap dance percussion.

Front Row Cinema - South Street Seaport
August 20, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

Enjoy screenings of family favorites South Street Seaport's See/Change Summer 2014 series of family programming with this free outdoor film series. Space is first come, first served. Tonight: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, PG).

Leggo my Legos - New York Public Library, New Amsterdam branch
August 20, 2014 - Tribeca

Children are invited to sink their little hands in to piles of blocks. Also, bring a toy car and drive around our tiny town we have on the floor!

I wonder why? A Science Story Time - New York Public Library, Inwood branch
August 20, 2014 - Inwood

Kids ages 3-7 discover how things work and learn scientific principles through stories.

Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage - INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Through August 24, 2014 - MIdtown

For many animals, the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. This temporary show will explore the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Using digital imagery, artifacts and interactive elements, visitors will explore color, shade, shapes, and learn how they can fool the eye. Through August 24

City as Canvas - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 24, 2014 - Upper East Side

City as Canvas provides a visual account of graffiti and street art in New York City during the 1970s and 80s, showcasing works from the pioneering collection of Martin Wong (1946-1999). Wong, a noted East Village artist in the 1980s and friend to many graffiti writers, amassed a collection of hundreds of works on paper and canvas, which he donated to the City Museum in 1994. This exhibition, which showcases these works for the first time, traces the origins of this urban self-expression and the era of "outlaw" street art, which became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. It features examples of paintings and sketch book work by artists including Keith Haring, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, Futura 2000, among many others.

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 24, 2014 - Upper West Side

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the New-York Historical Society presents the groundbreaking traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, organized by the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history. Textiles were integral to the Civil War�physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally�and linked soldiers and civilians. Among the exhibition highlights on view at New-York Historical is a large-scale silk banner for the 39th Regiment New York State Veteran Volunteers (ca. 1861). Through a wealth of artifacts drawn from around the nation, the exhibition will invite visitors to see and acknowledge the human experiences beneath the veneer of Blue and Gray.

Exhibit: Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies - Wave Hill - Glyndor Gallery
Through August 24, 2014 - Bronx

With his Fireflies series of photographs, Gregory Crewdson frames that fleeting moment when the sun slips away and the beguiling insects begin their electric dance. From one image to the next, there is a multiplicity of movement, a sense of the unexpected and the uncanny. The intensity of light is generated from the riveting insects, balanced by the waning sun. Moving into total darkness, the landscape fades away and lightening bugs become the focal point. Light is a pivotal element in Crewdson's large oeuvre and is masterfully controlled and scripted in other series such as Twilight or Dream House. Yet here he launches us into a balmy summer evening by capturing the fireflies' spontaneous sparkle. In its simplicity and directness, this series is a departure from the large-scale photographs for which Crewdson is known. It was created in 1996, when Crewdson was living alone in his family's cabin in Becket, Massachusetts. That summer, he ventured out each evening with camera in hand to observe the fireflies' mysterious mating ritual. At the end of August, he moved on to other projects. Ten years later, he revisited the series with renewed interest, and began to print a total of 61 images. A selection of the black-and-white prints was exhibited in 2006 with a limited-edition catalogue. This is the first time the entire Fireflies series has been shown all together in one exhibition. The acclaimed photographer has exhibited extensively throughout the world. This year, the series Beneath the Roses is on view at Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The 2012 film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters documents the remarkable process of making this series. His works are in significant public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He divides his time between New York City and his studio in Western Massachusetts. ON view through Aug. 24.

Story Time in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 28, 2014 - Upper East Side

Start with a book, then learn to look! After hearing stories in the library's special corner for kids, explore the Museum on a self-guided gallery hunt. For families with children ages 3-7. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Toddler Story Time in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 29, 2014 - Upper East Side

Start with a book, then learn to look! After hearing stories in the library's special corner for kids, explore the Museum on a self-guided gallery hunt. For families with children 3 and younger. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Madeline Storytime - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

Listen to the iconic lines of Madeline and meet some new Madeline characters as well in these summer story times. In conjunction with the exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

MoMA Art Lab: Movement - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2014 - Midtown

At the MoMA Art Lab you families can explore movement in art through a range of activities that are fun and exciting for kids of all ages. visit the website for more information.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 07, 2014 - Bronx

Celebrate great American gardens of the early 20th century and the extraordinary women who designed them. This garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design, as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller's Garden in the Haupt Conservatory - an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine - and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetry, music, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture. Through Sep. 7.

'Mulan the Musical' - La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre
Through September 13, 2014 - Bowery

China's world-renowned female percussion group, The Red Poppy Ladies bring to life the classic story of Mulan. By artfully combining dynamic drumming, colorful projections, traditional Kung Fu, and dance, the timeless story of one young girl's bravery is brilliantly reinterpreted into a rich, visual and unique theatrical experience.

Family Adventures - Focusing on Nature - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 19, 2014 - Bronx

The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is a fun, beautiful space that captures the imagination of children, and brings out their inner explorer. Children are invited to learn about the natural world around us, and investigate how technology has changed the way we view it. They will explore the world through a "new lens," while learning about how observations of nature have been shared throughout time. Through Sept. 19.

Science at the Fairs - NY Hall of Science
Through September 27, 2014 - Corona

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World�s Fair, NYSCI is collaborating with Queens Historical Society curator, Richard Hourahan, to bring the history of science at the World�s Fairs to NYSCI with a photo exhibit. Get a snapshot of how science was viewed and presented to the public 75 and 50 years ago. The ideas, the excitement, and the latest achievements, hopes and fears are told through a compelling series of black and white photographs and audio and video excerpts of the presentations, exhibits and visitors who flocked to the fairs. The exhibit runs through Sept. 27.

The ARt of Zero: Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Gunther Uecker & Friends - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through September 28, 2014 - Purchase

In the wake of devastation wrought by World War II, European artists who called themselves Group Zero, attempted to re-harmonize the relationship between humankind and nature, proclaiming the "zero hour" of postwar art. In the 1950s, two of the artists -- Heinz Mack and Otto Piene -- developed a new visual language to create "new art for a new age," exploring light, movement, and structure, using materials and technology taken from science and industry. Representing the "incommensurable zone in which the old state turns to the new," these artists used the meaning of the number "zero" to signify "nothing," an erasure of the past; and its circular form to represent "everything," a promise for the future of humanity, art, and technology. Works by Getulio Alviani, Hartmut Bohm, Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Lucio Fontana, Heinz Mack, Almir Mavignier, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, George Rickey, Jesus Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, Luis Tomasello, and Gunther Uecker in The Art of Zero are selected from the permanent collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art. The Art of Zero is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Assistant Curator Avis Larson. July 13 through Sep. 28.

Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans - New-York Historical Society
Through October 13, 2014 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Madeline's publication, the New-York Historical Society honors the beloved schoolgirl and her creator Ludwig Bemelmans with an exhibition of more than 90 original artworks. In addition to drawings from all six Madeline books, the exhibition features Bemelmans' drawings of the old Ritz Hotel in New York, murals from a rediscovered Paris bistro, panels from the Onassis yacht, and a cache of fabrics based on an early picture book.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

Spiders Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through November 02, 2014 - Upper West Side

Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in a new exhibit that features live spiders, larger-than-life models, fossils, and more. In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spiders' anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live spiders representing approximately 20 species-including the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world; the western black widow; and the fishing spider-the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close. Visitors will also be able to learn about spiders' key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Mommy & Me Class - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through December 23, 2014 - Upper West Side

This program helps strengthen, the spiritual, emotional, and physical bond between parent and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures the class is ideal for mommies and babies 4 weeks to crawling. Class also includes infant massage and various exercises that assist the development of your child's motor skills. Mommy and Me Yoga will help carry you smoothly through the busy early months of caring for a new baby. Please note that we are a 1 flight walk up, and someone is always at the studio to help you carry your stroller.

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2014 - Upper West Side

Immerse yourself in the toe-tapping, original sound of American jazz as the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem present this all-new exhibit celebrating the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz during the famed Harlem Renaissance. Enter the intimate "jazz club" and listen to the warm sounds of Ella Fitzgerald; make your way to the "theater" and try out Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's famous stair dance; and meet Duke Ellington and his famous jazz orchestra in the "ballroom." Through special daily and weekly programs and demonstrations, families have the opportunity to construct Big Band-era style instruments, make wearable tap shoes, create record covers using vintage jazz albums, record their own rendition of an Ella tune and learn the Lindy Hop. A combination of daily live piano presentations by young musicians and weekly live performances by leading jazz artists and dance companies will allow families to experience how this genre continues to influence culture today.

IMPROV 4 KIDS - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 31, 2014 - Midtown

Enjoy hilarious interactive Musical Comedy based on audience participation and suggestions.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.

AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through January 04, 2015 - Times Square

Marvel's AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Visitors of all ages are granted S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. headquarters and taken deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here visitors will have open access to a vast array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel's The Avengers. Visitors will also be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America's Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki's Scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York. NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man's suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner's transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America. Entry by timed ticket only

'Great White Shark' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Known mostly for being an ocean predator, the great white shark is misrepresented, misunderstood, and on the verge of extinction. This film explores the great white's place in our imaginations and in our fears while focusing on the plight of sharks around the world and the fate of sharks at the hands of the planet's greatest predator of all: humans. As the demand for shark fin soup rises, every year tens of millions of sharks are killed primarily for their fins. Some shark populations have been reduced by 99 percent, and many oceanic sharks face extinction.

The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society - New-York Historical Society
Through February 08, 2015 - Upper West Side

Salon style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the 19th century salon style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.

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