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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on February 28

February 28, 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, February 28, 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 February 28. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Interactive Story Hour - Kumon of the West Village
February 28, 2015 - West Village

A special storytime event with Laura DiSiena, author of Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts DiSiena will read from her zany yet educational picture books. They are perfect for children who love learning new things about topics as varied as animals, rainbows, and transportation! Books will also be available for purchase and signing. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Kumon math and reading programs and take part in activities relating to the storytime session. Light refreshment will be served. All attendees will be entered in a raffle. For ages 2-8.

Arts of the African Diaspora - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through February 28, 2015 - Crown Heights

Connect to the past and the future by creating a craft that celebrates the traditional and contemporary customs of people of African descent.

Outdoor Survival Workshop - Wave Hill
February 28, 2015 - Bronx

Do you have the courage to survive in the great outdoors? It takes grit, skills, and maybe even a little help from a paper clip. Join environmental educator, Carl Heitmuller, from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum for a hands-on Survival 101 workshop. Discover how the simplest everyday materials like fishing line, duct tape, or Chap-stick can aid your survival. Venture outside to build a debris shelter from natural objects, then warm up with hot cocoa in front of the fireplace in the Ecology Building. Space is limited; reservations are recommended, at or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. This workshop will take place both indoors and outdoors. Program is free with grounds admission: $8; $4 students/seniors; $2 children ages 6-18.

New Beginnings: Lunar New Year Festival - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 28, 2015 - New York

Mark the year of the ram, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, with over 21 different activities throughout the museum. Families can enjoy music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and workshops, multi-sensory and hands-on gallery demonstrations, drop-in art activities, a tea ceremony, and bilingual storytimes. This year's event marks the 100th anniversary of the Met's Department of Asian Art with traditions from across Asia. New Beginnings: Lunar New Year Festival is made possible by the Great Circle Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and the Anna Pardini Memorial Fund. It is presented by the Museum's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative and the Education Department in consultation with Cool Culture.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 28, 2015 - Tribeca

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self. Adapted, designed and directed by Jim Morrow, with music by Steven Naylor and narration by Gordon Pinsent, the hour-long production features the imaginative approach to storytelling through theatre that has earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Ages 3 and older.

Walter Martin - Symphony Space
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

If you're looking for kids songs with a cool edge this is for you. This multi-instrumentalist from indie-rock band The Walkmen plays feel-good music for kids inspired by early rock ‘n roll. His debut kids album We're All Young Together features collaborations with members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, so it's sure to be parent friendly too. His songs tackle topics from family to love, childhood to zoo animals, and even The Beatles!

IMPROV 4 KIDS NYC LIVE! - Broadway Comedy Club
February 28, 2015 - Midtown

Hilarious and interactive musical improv for families. Skits and songs are based on audience suggestions and participation.

Film Screening: Brooklyn Boheme - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through February 28, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Boheme, the acclaimed 2011 documentary by Brooklyn resident, writer and historian Nelson George and award-winning film director Diane Paragas tells the story of the robust and very active black arts movement in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill from the mid-1980s through the 1990s. Screenings take place every Sunday in February at 3pm in the Brooklyn Historical Society's Great Hall.

Lunar New Year Family Festival - Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
February 28, 2015 - Little Italy

Head down to MOCA to celebrate the New Year and usher in the year of the sheep. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese traditions and the arts inspired by nearby Chinatown and the five boroughs. Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance, try your hand at traditional folk arts, participate in zodiac themed arts and crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along with Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers.

Lantern Night Hike - Central Park
February 28, 2015 - Upper Manhattan

Discover Central Park and the Belvedere Castle at night. The Rangers will discuss history and nocturnal wildlife on this night hike from the Castle to the wild places in the woods. Registration is required. To register visit on Feb. 18.

HERE WE STAND: Honor Black History - American Museum of Natural History: LeFrak Theater
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Experience globally-minded, groundbreaking artists create history to celebrate Black History Month. Legendary hip-hop artist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis, and renowned director Jamal Joseph together with the Oscar-nominated Harlem-based IMPACT Repertory Theatre and New Orleans' Uptown Music Theatre premiere "From the African Village to the Urban Village."

Black History Month Storytime - Barnes & Noble Union Square
February 28, 2015 - Union Square

In celebration of Black History Month Barnes and Noble will host a special storytime based on two children's books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos called "I am Rosa Parks" and "I am Jackie Robinson."

Celebrate Black History Month Storytime - Barnes & Noble: Citygroup Center
February 28, 2015 - Midtown

Storytime and activities based on the children's books "I am Rosa Parks" and "I am Jackie Robinson."

Celebrate Black History Month Storytime - Barnes & Noble: 86th and Lexington Avenue
February 28, 2015 - Upper East Side

Storytime and activities based on the children's books "I am Rosa Parks" and "I am Jackie Robinson."

Hablemos de la Historia y del Arte: Buildings that Have Shaped New York City - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

In this Spanish language program, families will examine paintings of New York buildings and will uncover the historical events and everyday lives that have transformed these spaces and community. Families will also create cut-out paper buildings and develop a story for each floor. Ages 4-10. Free with RSVP (required): e-mail or call.

Children's Screening: SESAME STREET: DINOSAURS - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
February 28, 2015 - Midtown

Have you ever heard of an Elmosaurus? How about a Telly Rex? Join Sesame Street’s curious red monster Elmo as he explores dinosaurs. What did dinosaurs eat? How did they move? What did they look like? And what would happen if Elmo, Telly and Abby became dinosaurs? ROAR! Running time: 40 mins. Reservations are required. You must be 18 years or older to make a reservation. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled. By phone or via e-mail at

Tours for Fours: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: People in Art - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 28, 2015 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore modern and contemporary art in this program for four year olds and their families. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. A different theme is explored each month. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Note: Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four.

Family Art Workshops: Make Your Mark: Painting - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 28, 2015 - Midtown

Discover different ways contemporary artists make marks with paint, then experiment with creating your own paintings in the studio. For kids ages 5-7 and their adult companions. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30am.

Citibabes Drop Off Pajama Party - Citibabes
February 28, 2015 - Tribeca

A three hour drop off pajama party on Citibabes by the popular Project Playdate. Includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time and more. Email Amanda at for more information about the event. Playdates proceeds are donated to help New York moms in need.

Game On! - Chelsea Recreation Center
February 28, 2015 - Chelsea

Celebrate the incredible achievements of female athletes at this annual event commemorating National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Join the fun with sports demos and clinics, fitness classes, games and giveaways. Girls AND boys will get to play sports like volleyball and soccer with collegiate athletes. No prior athletic experience necessary. Plus, there'll be fun fitness classes that adults can do, so the whole family can get their pulses racing. You'll also hear the inspiring stories of women who made their mark in the world of athletics, so this is the perfect event for your young aspiring athletes. Special note: Activities include aquatic sports for kids, so if you're interested, please ensure your kids bring a swimsuit, swim cap and towel for the swimming pool. Those items are mandatory to participate. Arrive early to receive a free t-shirt. RSVP is strongly encouraged, but not required (via phone).

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! - Children's Museum of the Arts
February 28, 2015 - Soho

Celebrate the beloved children's book author's birthday at this day of art-making, reading, and fun. Workshops include: Gallery Workshop: -Based on Dr. Seuss' book, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet, young artist will make wearable appendages from the animal kingdom, from duck's feet to deer antlers, all to express their appreciation (and envy!) of creatures great and small. Fine Arts Studio: -Cat in the Hat Pop-Up: Make your own three-dimensional Pop Up Cat that will jump out from your tall hat. -Seuss Character Printmaking: Create your own stamp print of a Seussesque creature complete with its dozen legs. WEE Arts Studio: -Readings of Dr. Seuss's most famous works throughout the day. Media Lab: -Geisle's Menagerie at the Clay Bar: From Sneeches to the Lorax, Horton, Yertle and the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss's zoological canon provides Clay Bar inspiration. -Rhymes & Reading in the Sound Booth: Read and record original Seuss text AND lay down some rhymes of your own. -Stop Motion Seuss: Oh the places you'll go when you enter the Media Lab. Seuss inspired stop motion animation workshops will knock your fox in socks off. All workshops included in the price of admission.

Kids' Night Out: Purim Mania! - Jcc Manhattan
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Kids' Night Out at the JCC is a fun way for your child to enjoy a night out while you enjoy a night off. Kids meet new friends and catch up with old ones. Activities include dinner, games, and more. Feb. 28th event theme is Purim.

Free Ice Skating Day - Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
February 28, 2015 - Chelsea

Come and try out the Sky Rink for free for one day only. Open to kids and adults of all ages and skill levels. Free hot chocolate and coffee will be available as well as a chance to win travel for two to Hawaii. There will also be special demos of the state-of-the-art ProSharp skate sharpening machinery at the Skater's Edge Pro Shop, located in Sky Rink's lobby.

Trash to Treasure Craft Camp - La Maison d' Art
February 28, 2015 - Harlem

A workshop organized by A.Bernadette, an organization that works with artisans in Uganda to create accessories out of recycled materials. This family event will explore Urban Gardening. Learn about composting with worms, making your own planters from recycled soda bottles, and talking all about healthy food choices.

Annual Sword Swallowing Day - Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square
February 28, 2015 - Times Square

Todd Robbins will lead a group of sword swallowers at a free performance to celebrate World Sword Swallowing Day. The show will start at 1:30pm with an official "swallow" at 2:28:15pm to coincide with the 2/28/15 date. More than a dozen sword swallowers will risk their lives when they "drop swords" during the 8th annual World Sword Swallower's Day celebration, founded by the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI) and co-sponsored by Ripley's Believe It or Not! In all, more than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch…hopefully without a scratch.

R&R Shabbat @ The JCC – February 28th - Moving Our Bodies Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Saturday theme is Moving Our Bodies Day at this regular Shabbat afternoon family event. Activities include: Clowning around with Amber, community cinema: 42nd Street, move your body with Popfit kid, the body is our temple spa with Sheila K. Lewis, community concert: Brown University A Cappella, and more.

R&R Shabbat @ The JCC – February 28th - Moving Our Bodies Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
February 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Saturday theme is Moving Our Bodies Day at this regular Shabbat afternoon family event. Activities include: Clowning around with Amber, community cinema: 42nd Street, move your body with Popfit kid, the body is our temple spa with Sheila K. Lewis, community concert: Brown University A Cappella, and more.

Urban Family: Design Secrets for Apartment Living - NY Kids Club - Battery Park
February 28, 2015 - Battery Park

Join interior designer, Melinda Orlie-Katsiris of Rightsized Rooms, in a discussion regarding designing for families in urban living spaces. Many families are making the choice to stay and raise their children in cities, such as New York City. While there are many benefits to this, one challenge many families face is the squeeze of apartment living. As featured in the November 2014 issue of "Small Room Decorating," Melinda will help you learn how to make the most of every square foot, find and redefine space, and finally solve the often resulting uneven ratio of people to bedrooms.

'Mini Golf Mayhem' Kids Night Out - NY Kids Club - Battery Park
February 28, 2015 - Battery Park

At this Mini Golf Mayhem Party, children will be able to play this precision club and ball sport and channel their inner Rory McIlroy! The gym will be transformed into a miniature golf range and children will golf in teams as they listen to their favorite tunes and practice their putting skills. For parents too: come put your sports skills to the test, sip sparkling apple cider and golf way past your bed time!

Through March 01, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Chen's body of work explores the intersections between American heritage, historical and personal narratives, and politically engaged themes such as feminism, race relations, and colonialism. In Memory Prints, relief etchings are part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. The exhibition unearths the emotional landscape of an inter-generational American family's multiple pasts, present and future.

The Berenstain Bears Live - MMAC
Through March 01, 2015 - Upper West Side

See Bear Country come to life on stage while learning about the importance of honesty, health, and safety. Appropriate for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs of all ages this live musical production is filled with fun songs and dancing. The Berenstain Bears learn important life lesson in this an adaptation of three of The Berenstain Bears' most beloved books: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School. Brother gets a bad grade on a test at school. At first, he tries to hide his troubles but soon realizes opening up to his family is the best way to help solve his problems. Sister gets a little carried away as she starts saying "Hello" to everyone she meets at the Village Green. Finally, when Doc Grizzly points out that the Berenstain Bears are eating way too much junk food, it is a tough pill to swallow, especially for Papa, who rips his overalls (exposing his red polka dot underwear) trying to show off how fit he is. Everyone's secret is revealed when Mama finds Brother's test, Papa's junk food wrappers, and Sister's new friend, Mr. Frog. In the end, it becomes clear to each of the Berenstain Bears that what truly matters is family.

Family Art Project: Family Art Project: Give the Winter Bird a Home and a Feeder - Wave Hill
Through March 01, 2015 - Bronx

Learn about how local birds survive the winter. Which ones stay and which ones go? Using recycled materials, make a little home or feeder for those who stay, and decorate it with natural materials to welcome in your new feathery friends. 10am-1pm. Feb. 28: Program and admission to the grounds are free until 12pm. March 1: Program is free with grounds admission: $8; $4 students/seniors; $2 children ages 6-18.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme - Barclays Center
Through March 01, 2015 - Prospect Heights

In Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey presents Circus Xtreme, Ringmaster Andre McClain guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin. The show will thrill as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts of the show, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free-running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15-foot transparent tower - and this is just one act. During this exhilarating show, personal introductions to the performing pachyderms allow audiences to be on a first name basis with their magnificent animals.

Caring for Your Newborn Baby - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through March 01, 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.

Galli's Cinderella 2015 - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through March 01, 2015 - Chelsea

The classic tale, told with songs and music in a production suited to children ages 4 and older. As with all of Galli Theaters show, Cinderella is interactive, giving the young audience a chance to help the characters and actively participate in the performance.

Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through March 01, 2015 - Midtown

Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family.

Celebrate Purim Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through March 01, 2015 - Upper West Side

Celebrate Purim at CMoM with a weekend of workshops and fun. Learn about the story of Esther and meet celebrated author Roni Schotter as she reads from her book, Purim Play. Create your own unique masks to become a master of disguise and get silly improvising a skit with the New Victory Theater.

Kids Food Festival 2015 - Bryant Park
Through March 01, 2015 - Midtown

A fun food festival just for kids and their families. Come and celebrate the joy of cooking and eating in Bryant Park. The aim of the festival is to educate about balanced food choices in a fun and engaging environment that empowers children to make healthy choices. Entertainment includes free cooking demos, sampling, live entertainment, scavenger hunt and cookery classes from celebrated chefs. Rozanne Gold, Gail Simmons, Bill Yosses, Bill Telepan and Daniel Holzman are just some of the names appearing. Live non-food performances by the Dirty Sock Funtime Band and Baby Loves Disco will also be highlights. Entry is free but tickets are required to cooking classes, $25 each. See website for schedule.

Twelfth Night - The Players Theatre
Through March 07, 2015 - Greenwich Village

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, Twelfth Night has it all. Think courtship, costumes, comedy, music and mistaken identity. Come and see one of NYC's best Shakespearean companies bring to life the Bard's greatest comedy

Through March 08, 2015 - New York

Brooklyn-based design studio Stereotank won a competition to create a public art installation for Valentine's Day and HeartBeat is the result. The large sculpture consists of a massive heart glowing to the rhythm of a strong, deep and low frequency heartbeat sound which changes its rate as visitors approach, move around and engage with it. The audience is invited to play, listen, dance and feel the vibrations of the heart while enjoying the warm pulsating light.

The Light Princess - The New Victory Theater
Through March 08, 2015 - Midtown

Two witty wisemen sing a story of a young princess cursed by a wicked witch to float through life indefinitely. Twirling above the stage, through the kingdom and into a magical forest, she must find a way to come back to earth by her sixteenth birthday or be doomed to defy gravity forever. Directed by Allegra Libonati, this production from the acclaimed American Repertory Theater showcases the brightest talents of Harvard's graduate acting program. Funny, romantic and cleverly choreographed to delightfully upbeat original songs, this whimsical new musical will have you giggling in the aisles.

Can Do Duck: The Musical - The Culture Project
Through March 08, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This q-wacky sounding musical follows the story of two families, a human family and a duck family, as they learn to try new things, work as a team and love and accept their differences. Based on the popular children’s book series, The Can Do Duck, that has positively influenced and helped people overcome challenges all over the world. This musical aims to inspire the audience with with a "can-do" attitude. For ages 3-11.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place Winter Garden
Through March 14, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

A six-week variety showcase over breakfast in Hudson Eats. Kids and parents are encouraged to participate in everything from storytimes, puppet shows and musical performances. For ages 8 and younger. Feb. 7: Rolie Polie Guacamole Puppetsburg Feb. 14: LuAnn Adams, Storyteller Bilingual Birdies Feb. 21: Mister Marc & DJ Mikey Palms Seth Dale, the Charming Magician Feb. 28: Lloyd H. Miller WonderSpark Puppets March 7: Vered Bill Gordh March 14: Mario the Magician Mil's Trills

CirKiz, A Cool Kid's Dance Party - Cielo
Through March 15, 2015 - West Village

CirKiz is a cutting-edge dance party for kids. Created by nightclub veterans and DJs for the next generation of electronic music fans to celebrate music, dance & community. Each exclusive NYC nightclub is transformed into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can listen & dance to DJs, see live performances and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. CirKiz events are focused on kids 6-12 years of age, however all children and parents accompanied by them are welcome. There will be a special performance by THE DREAM LAB which fuses alien science to human bodies to create a mesmerizing experience for audiences throughout the galaxy. DJ Natalie, 8-year-old DJ Alden and his dad DJ Jesse will be back providing the soundtrack. Kids MUST be accompanied by a parent or Guardian. Adults MUST be accompanied by a kid.

Transform! Where Tradition meets Tomorrow-Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through March 21, 2015 - Murray Hill

Children will devise ways to respond to and represent the ideas behind the video and multimedia works on view in the exhibition: Voyage to the Virtual, using traditional materials and techniques found in printmaking, painting, and collage. Completed pieces will be photographed and projected onto objects and surfaces as children experiment with new and unusual methods of displaying artwork. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. Ages 6-11.

The 2014/2015 Season of R&R: Shabbat at The JCC – Family Day - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 21, 2015 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special and join with your community to enjoy workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor & outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. All are welcome. March 7 R&R has a special Purim theme.

Breastfeeding Workshop - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through March 22, 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.

New York International Children's Film Festival 2015 - IFC Center and other theaters
Through March 22, 2015 -

Explore the world without leaving New York City. Every year, New York International Children's Film Festival presents hundreds of the best new films from around the world for kids and teens ages 3-18. Highlights include US and North American feature film premieres of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (Japan), BBC’s Enchanted Kingdom 3D (UK), Mune (France), and Moomins on the Riviera (France), the US premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various Countries), the east coast premiere of the new Aardman feature Shaun the Sheep the Movie (UK). For complete listings see website. NYICFF is offering NYMetroParents readers a special discount on tickets to the festival when purchased online. Use special code BAP15 for $2 off each ticket.

Hayes Greenfield: Give Me A Sound! - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through March 22, 2015 - Chelsea

If your kids love music or noise making you won't want to miss this. Award-winning musician and educator Hayes Greenfield presents a fun, creative, and highly interactive sound experience for families and kids of all ages. The audience plays the role of the orchestra and chorus, with Hayes Greenfield serving as maestro for a splendid sonic journey that harnesses kids' sheer love of making sound. No instruments are necessary because all sounds are made by participants' hands, arms, legs, feet, and voices, as they tap, clap, rub, stomp, and vocalize. If kids want to bring instruments, however, all are welcome, especially hand-held percussion instruments like pots and pans, shakers, sticks, tambourines, triangles, cymbals, and party noise makers. Working and playing with sound enhances children's abilities by developing focus, concentration, active memory, creative flexibility, self-regulation, socialization, and hand/eye coordination, while raising self-esteem. Beyond all that, it's just plain fun!

Design Tales - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through March 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

Design Tales is a free literacy-based design program for pre-school children and their caregivers that incorporates storytelling, design vocabulary, and hands-on activities. Kids will explore design basics for preschoolers between the ages 2–5. Caregivers are invited to participate in interactive reading sessions that focus on design based books. These sessions will engage your littlest designers in visualization, creative play and inspire hands-on activities lead by a museum educator. Registration required.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through March 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Drop in and try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross stitchers will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs or make a handcrafted gift for someone! This program is designed for kids who are 6 and older.

CMOM Kamishibai - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through March 27, 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.

Sensory Friendly Screening - AMC Loews 84th Street
Through March 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Feb. 14 SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS: SPONGE OUT OF WATER March 28: HOME

Sensory Friendly Screenings - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
Through March 28, 2015 - Harlem

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Feb. 14 SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS: SPONGE OUT OF WATER March 28: HOME

Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through March 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture. Special events: March 14, 4pm: Todd Tarpley, author of My Grandma's Ninja, followed by a book signing. March 28, 4pm: Brian Schatell, author of Owl Boy.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through March 29, 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. February's activity is creating your own Lotus flower mosaic, March is sculpting. Ages 3 and older.

Monday Madness - New Amsterdam Library
Through March 30, 2015 - Tribeca

A fun craft, short movie, or a surprise activity. For ages 3-12. The New Amsterdam Library will be closed from Feb. 9-22 to facilitate branch improvements so please check website before attending.

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through March 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.

Art Trek - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 04, 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.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
Through April 12, 2015 - Midtown

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. For ages 7 and older.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

A fun afternoon for Harry Potter Fans. Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met. Kids must be accompanied by adults. All-adult teams are allowed to compete separately. Ages 10 and older.

Scandinavian Sing-Along - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through April 18, 2015 - Murray Hill

Scandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children’s songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann introduces children to English versions of these songs, plays musical games, and performs a selection of songs in modern, jazzy arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out. For children ages 1-7. Danish jazz pianist Nikolaj Hess will accompany Normann. About Vibe Normann Vibe Normann is a Danish musician living in New York with a background in classical and Danish folk music. She has a special love for the Danish children’s songs that she grew up with and has performed all over the Eastern United States. About Nikolaj Hess Nikolaj Hess is a New York/Denmark-based pianist, composer, producer, and arranger with more than 100 releases as a bandleader, composer, and producer.

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 19, 2015 - Bronx

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic hanging displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

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.

'Cinderella': A Musical by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell - The Players Theatre
Through April 26, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This beautiful musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell is based on the beloved classic fairy tale. Poor Cinderella, she works all day, has to deal with those awful step-sisters and then sleeps in the cinders. But, don't be too sad because Cinderella is one smart cookie. She'll make it to the Prince's ball and capture his heart. Step into the magical world of Cinderella and see if the shoe fits. Meet mice that sing and dance, a fairy godmother and a magic pumpkin. A delight for all the family.

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.

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.

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 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.

'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.

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 Heart of the Giant and Other Tales from Norway and Denmark: March 14 Laura Simms retells fairytales about a giant whose heart is found and a kingdom that is saved by a prince, princess, and a beautiful wolf, a special saga about a witch in a boat of stone, as well as Danish and Norwegian folktales. 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.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 15, 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.

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.

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.

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

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, 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, or call.

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

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.

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. Feb. 27: West Side Story (unrated) March 27: The Goonies (PG) 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.

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.

Fractured Fables Puppet Theater - Bank Street Bookstore
Through December 31, 2015 - Morningside Heights

Come to an improvisational audience-participation puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and usually features special guests. For ages 1-5.

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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