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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on August 20


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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.

"Princess & the Pea" - Galli Seaport
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

An uplifting, interactive remake of the original Brothers Grimm story about a romantic prince who travels the world to find a true princess to marry. Many so-called princesses come along to impress him but only the royal princess pea test will reveal the truth.

Summer@theCenter: Exploring Governors Island - Governors Island
August 20, 2011 -

Join the Center for Architecture Foundation and openhousenewyork to explore Governors Island, including its historic forts and Victorian houses, and learn about past uses and future plans for the island. Stay for the afternoon to enjoy all the island has to offer: bike rentals, mini golf, beach bar-n-grill, and an afternoon Jazz Age Lawn Party (separate tickets required). Preregistration required.

Family Art Project - Fishy Fun - Wave Hill
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

Focus on friends with fins, especially the popular goldfish in the Aquatic Garden. Turn colorful paper bags into fantastic 3-D fish that swim through the air and float home with you. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

The Great Summer Zoofari - A LEGO Wildlife Expedition Build Zone - Bronx Zoo
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

LEGO sculptures on display and Zoofari passports distributed daily throughout the park. At the Build Zone at Dancing Crane Plaza, children and families can create their own animal sculptures (Thursday and Fridays) and help complete a LEGO mystery mural (Saturdays and Sundays). Free with zoo admission. Today: LEGO Certified Professionals will be on hand at Dancing Crane Plaza to work with visitors.

The Great Summer Zoofari - African Art Workshops - Bronx Zoo
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

Workshops with The Museum for African Art/Tabilulu Productions at Dancing Crane Plaza. Participants can enjoy African crafts and music. Free with zoo admission. Today: guests can make musical shakers. African musician Papa Susso will stop by at 1pm.

Family Program: Sidewalk Art - The Skyscraper Museum
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids will sketch a blueprint for a building they know, such as their home or school, then use colorful chalk to draw their buildings on the sidewalk in front of the museum, creating a colorful and creative city skyline. RSVP by emailing

Wacky Tower Art Installation - Children's Museum of Manhattan
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 5 and older can create towers and wacky shapes with wooden sticks and colorful tape.

'Inside Job' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians, and journalists shows that the 2008 global financial Armageddon was no accident. This documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships that have corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. Rated PG-13.

Film Screening: Sesame Street: Elmo's Travel Songs and Games' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Elmo, Abby, and Elmo's dad Louie are on a road trip, but Elmo feels like it is taking a very long, long time to get there. Elmo's dad shows them there are lots of fun games to play, stories to tell, and songs they can sing to pass the time. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tech in the Plaza: Secrets of the Cell Phone - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Discover the secrets of the cell phone's internal assembly and what makes it the most popular and versatile mobile device. Take it apart yourself as the museum's staff guide you through the process piece by piece. No reservation required and space is limited.

Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Bash - Children's Center at 42nd Street Library
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Winnie-the-Pooh is turning 90 on August 21! Help celebrate this momentous occasion with face painting, balloon animals, and crafts. Bring in your favorite stuffed toy and have your picture taken with Winnie.

Come Meet Curious George - Barnes & Noble Bay Plaza
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

A special storytime with Curious George. The adventurous monkey will enjoy read-alouds and activities. Be sure to bring your camera.

Schacht Free Day of Weaving - Textile Arts Center
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Join the Schacht Spindle Co. for a free day of weaving where you'll learn how to weave on the Schacht Baby Wolf Loom. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day, and there will be a raffle to win a Schacht Cricket Loom.

Flamenco Among the Flowers - New York Botanical Garden
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

The Garden comes alive with the sounds, rhythms, and movements of flamenco, the traditional Spanish art form using live music and performers from various ethnic, cultural, and artistic backgrounds. In the Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall. Saturdays and Sundays through August 21.

Docent Tour of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - New York Botanical Garden
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

A guided tour of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. Flowing fountains, elegant arches, and gorgeous Mediterranean plants evoke the iconic architecture and gardens of this Islamic palace city.

Police Appreciation Weekend - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will salute the contributions of the brave men and women of law enforcement with a variety of demonstrations illustrating their unique capabilities. Among the groups putting on demonstrations will be the NYPD Emergency Service K-9 Unit, NYPD Scuba Unit, NYPD Mounted Unit, NYPD Bomb Squad, and NYPD Youth Division. Additionally, a restored 52-foot-long NYC Harbor Police Boat will be docked along Pier 86. All activities are free with admission to the museum. Police appreciation weekend pays tribute to New York City's police officers and organizations. The museum offers free admission for police officers and a 50 percent discount for family members accompanying a police officer.

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
August 20, 2011 - Bronx

Featuring fresh, local produce from Alex's Tomato Farm, and includes fruits, vegitables, herbs, cut flowers, and live plants. EBT accepted. Every Wednesday and Saturday, rain or shine, through November 9.

3rd Annual Fly NY Kite Festival - Riverside Park South
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Check out kite-flying demonstrations by the American Kiteflyers Association. Bring your own kite to fly on the pier or create your own at kite-making workshops with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Learn how to fold paper ergonomically by professional origami artists and enjoy live music.

REI Adventure Zone - NYC Summer Streets
August 20, 2011 - Manhattan

REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) will provide New Yorkers a taste of the outdoors through a number of interactive activities that support a healthy, active lifestyle. REI will provide several dynamic activities for all walks of life, including a 25-foot rock climbing wall, bike rentals, and PrAna yoga. Instructors will be on-site to give tips and share their climbing knowledge with all participants (no experience is necessary to try out the wall). Bike rentals are located on Spring Street (equipped with Mobile Bike Techs).

'Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra' - The New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 - Bronx

The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra — the legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain — are re-imagined in a large-scale, multipart exhibition.

Michael Aranella and the Dreamland Orchestra present the Jazz Age Dance Party - Governors Island
Through August 21, 2011 - New York

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra bring hot jazz and open-air merriment for the whole family. This Jazz-Age Lawn harks back to the 1920s for an afternoon rendezvous of live music and dance, instruction in period dances, picnicking, and games. This event requires tickets. They are $7 in advance or $10 on Governors Island. For more information, visit

"Green Currency: Plants in the Economy" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) are co-hosts of this inaugural juried botanical art show, the first medal-awarding international exhibition in the United States. The show features 43 works depicting botanical specimens used as medicine, food, clothing, or shelter. The pieces were selected from an ASBA-record 258 entries from among artists representing 14 states and 8 countries. Esteemed international contemporary botanical art collector Dr. Shirley Sherwood chairs the award jury panel. An illustrated catalog is available. In the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery through August 21.

Colors 'a la Cart' - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Families are invited to explore a collection of natural dye sources, centuries-old dyeing recipes, and paints made from natural dyes in this program presented in collaboration with the exhibition "Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands."

Meaningful Maps - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Families will use a treasure map to search for hidden secrets throughout the museum, learn about the kinds of maps people make in the Himalayas, create their own maps, and plot a path to one of their favorite places.

Game Days - West Harlem Piers Park
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Enjoy free game equipment, including lawn bowling and a giant tic-tac-toe board.

Story Time & Kitchen Play Date - Taste Buds
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

In this drop-in program, kids can enjoy a free storytime at 4pm, then color a masterpiece or get cooking (choose from three unique recipes each week; $20 per culinary creation).

Spanish Storytime - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

An interactive storytime for speakers of Spanish, English, or both. Children and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

'Happy Feet' 4-D Experience - Madame Tussauds New York
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins faced with a diminishing food supply. Mumble sets out on an adventure to appeal to the better nature of humans and tries to reason with them to stop stealing the fish. Using courage and bravery, the banished Mumble soon realizes that his toe-tapping talent isn't a burden, but a gift to be treasured - and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony.

Tar Beach - 14th Street Y
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Can't make it to the beach? The Y's rooftop will be open for sunbathing and relaxing. Bring your own towel, sunscreen, and bottled water (no other food or beverages permitted).

The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Children ages 2-4 and their adult companions look, touch, and explore together, then create projects inspired by Himalayan art.

Family Story Tours - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

In this fun and interactive tour, kids ages 5 and up will listen to the stories paintings and sculptures tell and learn how the works of art were made.

The Little Explorers Club: Travel the World Together! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Children ages 3-5 explore a new terrain, from the tops of mountains to the depths of the seas. They'll pack their bags, share stories, inspect artwork, and create crafts from around the globe.

Free Tours of St. Patrick's Cathedral - St. Patrick's Cathedral
Through August 31, 2011 - Manhattan

This August, enjoy a free, guided tour of one of New York City's most beloved landmarks, St. Patrick's Cathedral. Learn about the Cathedral in person as a specially trained guide helps you explore the history and traditions that have made St. Patrick's a favorite destination for millions of worshipers and visitors, alike. For example, did you know that the bronze doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral weigh more than 20,000 pounds each but can be opened with one strong hand? And during the hottest months of summer, these doors actually swell in the heat. For tour dates and times, visit the cathedral's website:

"Flowers to Fruits" - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 02, 2011 - Bronx

Nature exploration activities teach kids about pollinators that help flowers become fruits. Make a Nature Field Notebook and discover the diversity of flowers and pollinators inhabiting the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Create a pollinator puppet, pot a plant, and visit the pond to spot frogs, turtles, and other wetland wildlife. Through September 2.

Rockefeller Center Farmers' Market - Rockefeller Center Plaza
Through September 02, 2011 - Manhattan

Rockefeller Center will once again be home to the famous midtown greenmarket. Each week, the Plaza will be brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and baked goods, all from regional farmers.

Mary Poppins - New Amsterdam Theatre
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

See the magical Broadway version of the classic film.

"Sing a Song of Freedom: The Story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty" - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

A half-hour play dramatizing how the writer's poem "The New Colossus" transformed the beloved Statue of Liberty into a symbol of welcome.

Cirque du Soleil Presents 'Zarkana' - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

This epic spectacle features 71 international artists and follows Zark, a magician on a quest to find his lost powers. Along his journey, audience members are plunged into a fantastical and suspenseful world inhabited by surreal and mesmerizing creatures who perform highly-acrobatic feats to original live music and interactive multimedia elements.

"The Magdalene: A Musical Play" - Theatre at Saint Clement's
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

A contemporary musical about Mary Magdalene and her powerful relationship with the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. This ultra-progressive story is inspired by the recent discovery of alternative biblical gospels - "The Gnostic Gospels." In this passionate musical about religion and sacrifice, Mary and Yeshua are destined to become husband and wife, and face together the dangerous and corrupt powers of the time - the Roman Empire and the church - battling not only new religious ideas, but also the opposition to empowering women.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

Now in its 18th summer, the Central Park Conservancy's Harlem Meer Performance Festival features the best in local, established, and emerging artists in the genres of jazz, Latin, gospel, blues, and world music. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy the music from one of the Park's nearby lawns.

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films displayed in settings inspired by the films sets. While touring through the exhibition space, discover iconic items such as Harry's original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder's Map, Gryffindor school uniforms, and costumes worn at the Yule Ball.

'Portraits of Flight: Celebrating 100 Years of American Naval Aviation 1911-2011' - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

The museum, along with the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA), celebrates 100 years of American Naval Aviation with a new artistic exhibition that includes 24 paintings.

'Farm to Table' - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 05, 2011 - Bronx

Introduce youngsters to the source of favorite foods through play in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. They'll play farmer and see real plants under a "windmill," and a "barn," complete with hay, then pretend to harvest fruits and vegetables, using them to "cook" yummy recipes at the nearby "cafe." Through September 5.

Hudson River Park's Big City Fishing - Pier 46
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Beyond learning to fish, the program also provides participants with a firsthand opportunity to learn about the Hudson River environment. Participants will view plankton through microscopes, examine live specimens of fish caught that morning, and identify local species. Rods, reels, bait, and formal instruction are provided. Catch and release only.

'Angelina Ballerina The Musical' - Dicapo Opera Theatre
Through September 11, 2011 - Manhattan

Angelina and friends perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and ballet, to impress a famous visitor.

The Ohmies: 'Morning Wish Garden' - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Dance, stretch, and giggle with Bella Butterfly and Carlin Caterpillar on their journey to wake up Mr. Sun. Along the way, The Ohmies lead the audience in a series of yoga-inspired dance exercises as they make new friends and shake off their worries. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit

FIGMENT Sculpture Garden - Governors Island
Through September 25, 2011 - New York

See 17 amazingly creative, interactive, and sustainable sculpture projects on display.

‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious’ - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore the neighborhood where Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live. Encounter new challenges, materials, and ideas and learn like Curious George - through direct experience and problem-solving! Based on H.A. and Margret Rey's classic stories and the PBS KIDS® television series, feed children's natural curiosity as they explore early science, math, and engineering through hands-on play.

Sundae Sermon - Morningside Park
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Harlem's feel-good music and film series features a wide array of acclaimed international and local NYC DJ's spinning positive vibrations by way of soulful house, disco, classics, Afro-beat, Latin tunes, and more. There is dancing for all and activities for children, including face painting, hula hoops, and ball games.

The Great Summer Zoofari - A LEGO Wildlife Expedition - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari of LEGO block wildlife sculptures that will be on display throughout the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The expedition brings to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and threats to their survival, and aims to imspire visitors to help build a future for wildlife. Each guest will be given a complimentary Zoofari passport to help them plot their adventure through the zoo and guide them to each of the LEGO displays. Participants can stamp their passport at each of the six stations located throughout the park as they enjoy all of the LEGO creations including a tiger, Chilean flamingos, a gorilla mother and child, penguins, a giraffe, and Khansi spray toads, while learning about the real animals and WCS's work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. There will be a Build Zone construction area and interactive activities where visitors will be able to construct their own LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Certified Professionals on one weekend each month of the program. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts and activities with the Museum for African Art, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Bank of America Explorer Zone - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Hands-on activities and educational displays teach visitors about the tools of conservation. Visitors will learn how field scientists track animals in the wild with camera traps, how gorilla conservationists use data to determine which habitat areas to safeguard, and facts about animal diets. At the lunch tray station, kids can try their hand at preparing "lunch" for gorillas, tigers, and bears. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Disney Vacation Club Adventure - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild. From animal mask decorating to storytelling from the savanna, plus meet Camp Safari Mickey. At the Dancing Crane Pavilion. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

Kayaking On the Hudson - Riverside Park South
Through October 10, 2011 - Manhattan

Join the Downtown Boathouse for 20 minutes of instruction, then explore the Hudson River first-hand. Participants must wear proper attire and know how to swim.

Young Sprouts Gardening - Children's Garden, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Tots will plant seeds, water the garden, and pick (and eat!) fresh greens and vegetables that are all organically grown without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Picture books and simple crafts help celebrate the marvelous sensory experience of being in a garden.

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
Through October 26, 2011 - Manhattan

Sing, listen to stories, and play with other toddlers, parents, and caregivers on the grassy lawn.

Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Spend an afternoon in the park playing unique lawn games, using everything from parachutes to hundreds of asteroid-balls, and making creative art and craft projects under the sun.

Children's Basketball - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. 3:30pm for ages 5-6; 4:30pm for ages 7 and older.

'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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

The Berenstain Bears Live! in 'Family Matters: The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Watch Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear as they sing and dance their way through a few life lessons. Face painting and photo opportunities with the Bears follow each performance.

Drop in Playtime - The Art Farm in the City
Through October 31, 2011 - Manhattan

All ages can drop in for animal time, arts snd crafts, and creative play in the playroom. Drop off available for ages 2½ and up.

"Imaginocean" - New World Stages
Through November 09, 2011 - Manhattan

A new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor John Tartaglia, "Imaginocean" follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship.

Morningside Park Farmers Market - Morningside Park
Through December 10, 2011 - Manhattan

The market features fresh, local foods, including local produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, locally produced and sourced cured meats, artisanal pasta made from local grains, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers, and a variety of specialty foods. Occasional family-friendly events include apple tastings and live music.

"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.

Grandparent/Grandchild Program - New York City Police Museum
Through December 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in activity play in the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.

'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.

Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.

"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

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