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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JANUARY 1

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 1, 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, January 1, 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 January 1. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - The Shops at Columbus Circle
January 01, 2015 - Midtown

Visit the sites where famous holiday movies were filmed while making stops at some of the season's most festive New York City locations. Guests on the tour can also enjoy exclusive offers from The Shops at Columbus Circle and The Restaurant and Bar Collection with a VIP Shopping Pass. Tour departs from The Shops at Columbus Circle

Cirque Zíva - The New Victory Theater
January 01, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

Captivating acts of ancient artistry, dazzling showmanship and spectacular costumes are on display in Cirque Zíva. Ensemble performances like acrobatic hoop diving and the whizzing diabolo are punctuated by awe-inspiring solo acts of unparalleled precision. An acrobat of incomparable strength winks at balcony patrons as his chair stack teeters over 30 feet high. A gifted contortionist balances over 60 wine glasses while her body bends impossibly backwards. Neon German wheels, an act enticingly called “A Thousand Hands” and a festive lion dance join the impressive lineup to compete for crowd favorite in this thrilling theatrical experience that is a highlight of the holiday season.

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 01, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

Coney Island Polar Bear Club Annual Ocean Swim - Coney Island
January 01, 2015 - Coney Island, Brooklyn

The historic Coney Island Polar Bear Club (CIPBC), the nation's original winter bathing club, will embrace 2013 with its annual New Year's Day Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean in Coney Island. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, is expected to attract more than 2,000 winter bathers. The Polar Bears will gather at the Riegleman Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue before charging into the ocean. Pre- and post-swim parties will be held at Coney Island establishments including Peggy O'Neills, Tom's Coney Island, Ruby's, the Beach Shop, Lola Starr and Popeye's. The annual New Year's Day CIPBC swim raises money for Camp Sunshine, an organization that supports children facing life-threatening illness and their immediate families. (More info at http://www.crowdrise.com/ConeyIslandPolarDip.) The CIPBC will also partner with Coney Recovers, an initiative of Alliance for Coney Island, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting "the People's Playground" and improving quality of life for the entire Coney Island community, including storm relief. Attendees are encouraged to make donations at http://coneyrecovers.org/polarplunge. Founded in 1903, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the nation's original polar bear/cold water swimming club and swims every Sunday during winter months.

THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET PERFORMS G. BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 03, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town.

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

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Lonesome George - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

A native of the Galapagos Islands and the last of his species, the Pinta Island tortoise known as Lonesome George became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions. When he died of natural causes in 2012, more than 40 years after being discovered on Pinta Island, the Museum worked with the Galapagos National Park Service, State University of New York College of Environmental Services and Forestry, the Galapagos Conservancy, and a team of master taxidermists to preserve Lonesome George for future generations. Before the tortoise is returned to Ecuador, he will be on exhibit here at the Museum for a limited time. Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy

Swamp Juice - Barrow Street Theatre
Through January 04, 2015 - The West Village

Jeff Achtem’s wildly inventive puppet show, which won an Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, crosses the pond and washes ashore at the Barrow Street Theatre for a limited six week run. Conceived and created by Achtem, who also stars, “Swamp Juice” introduces us to an enchanting cast of characters inhabiting a strange world that could be described as a mash-up of South Park, Dr. Seuss and Charles Dickens. A virtual whirligig of motion, crazed sound effects and otherworldly dialogue, Achtem stirs up his delicious brew right before our eyes, in front of a bare lightbulb. His puppets are created from bits of rubbish and standard household items. At the show’s remarkable finale, retro 3-D glasses allow audience members to virtually leap into the world of the shadow puppets. “Swamp Juice’s” original score is composed by David Henry, Nick Carver and Tristan Kelley. Achtem, whose Bunk Puppets is based out of Melbourne Australia, will also offer a number of hands-on workshops for parents (and their children) on how to turn the junk around the house into gorgeously filigreed shadow puppets. Please contact the theatre for more details.

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas - Vital Theatre
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

Based on the book of the same name this production is a must-see for Fancy Nancy fans. What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? In this merriest of stories from best-selling author and illustrator team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2015 - Upper East Side

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and daily lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display. Gallery 305.

This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world. This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Drawn to Language - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 11, 2015 - Soho

Bringing together emerging and mid-career artists whose work relates to the material qualities of language, Drawn to Language gives words visual form. Letters, words, or phrases are transcribed, visualized, verbalized, symbolized, morphed into patterns, scrambled, or even erased. While the works in the exhibition vary conceptually ? from amusing to political to philosophical ? each work is defined by its use of words to create an image, a deeper meaning, or both. Visual artists have long been interested in the intersection between art and language. From ancient calligraphy to illuminated manuscripts, some of our oldest surviving texts are an amalgamation of these two forms of communication. Visual artists can be ?drawn to language? in a variety of ways. Whether used for additional emphasis, to define pure meaning, to further a narrative, or simply to make a joke, language is an increasingly important element in visual art. The artists in this exhibition use new materials, processes and techniques to entice the viewer to examine language in new ways. Artists on view: Adam Ames, Erik Den Breejen, Anne Lise Coste, Jenny Holzer, Samual Jablon, Jack Pierson, Michael Scoggins, Gary Simmons, Leah Singer, and Hank Willis Thomas

Big Apple Circus presents: 'Metamorphosis' - Lincoln Center
Through January 11, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Step right up and enter a magical world of Metamorphosis with this all-new show from NYC's hometown circus. Witness astonishing acts and startling transformations that transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! Appearing before your very eyes: The thrilling flyers of the trapeze, swooping and swirling through circus skies! The razzle-dazzle of the rolla-bolla, an act that teeters right on the edge of equilibrium! The dynamo of the diabolo, the whirling double?tops of the Big Top! An aerial space-age acrobatic adventure ? an ascent to amazement! The risky rhythms of the Risley team, twisting and turning, topsy-turvy! The cadenzas of camels and horses, and the exuberance of playful pooches, out to dazzle with delight! The cunning conjurors of the quick-change act, defying belief and inspiring awe! The incredible flexible limbs of the contortionist in an act that will literally bend your imagination! And Francesco the Clown, captivating the crowd with his musical merriment and gentle humor. Under the direction of maestro Rob Slowik, the renowned Big Apple Circus Band provides as always the live and glorious tunes of the sawdust spectacular. And finally, our irrepressible, magnificent Ringmaster, the illustrious and incomparable John Kennedy Kane will summon the spirits of the circus universe to immerse you in the wonder, the joy and the astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS!

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

Into the Third Dimension: 3D Printing for Young Artists - The Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 11, 2015 - Greenwich Village

For their inaugural collaboration, The Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) and 3DP4E (3D Printing for Everyone), a new company on a mission to empower through design, technology and entrepreneurism, are pleased to present Into the Third Dimension: 3D Printing for Young Artists. The exhibition activates CMA's permanent collection of children's artwork in a new unique way through the 3D printing process. It will feature drawings from CMA's permanent collection alongside a 3D-printed element or detail from each selection.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 11, 2015 - New York

For a Christmas tree with a difference, look no further than delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. Nimble fingered volunteers began folding in July to complete around 1,000 creations that will be displayed on the tree! The theme of this year's 13-foot-tree is "Night at the Museum," inspired by American Museum of Natural History sleepovers and tours featuring places, artifacts, characters, and real exhibits behind the popular movies of the same name. Expect to see a Tyrannosaurus rex, a capuchin monkey with keys, the Rapa Nui Moai statue, and Theodore Roosevelt. The museum is also running origami workshops during the holiday season if you feel inspired to try your hand at the delicate art. The tree is located in the Grand Gallery.

'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 New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through January 31, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Come play and discover things you never knew about everyone’s favorite street – Sesame Street, the show that transformed television by proving it was possible to produce a show that was both educational and entertaining for children. A collaboration of Sesame Workshop and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this exhibition gives fans of all ages the opportunity to experience what it’s like to create an episode of the show and get close to their fuzzy and furry friends from the street. For more than four decades Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder with the help of beloved Muppets like Elmo and Grover and its signature blend of animation, music, and humor. Sesame Street teaches not just ABCs and 123s, but life lessons ranging from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship, and diversity. The children’s program is celebrating 45 years on television with this interactive behind the scenes look at the show.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through January 31, 2015 - Midtown

This Off-Broadway performance is an adventure-packed, imaginative, family-friendly hit. C.S. Lewis' beloved classic leaps off the page, complete with magical creatures, an evil witch and a majestic lion. Just two actors give tour-de-force performances to conjure the world of Narnia, with simple props and costumes. This inventive production invites the audience to travel through the mysterious wardrobe and take a journey of the imagination. No wonder then that it's received both award nominations and great reviews since it opened in 2011. For children ages 6 and older.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through January 31, 2015 - Morningside Heights

Come enjoy a fun, educational and socially engaging story-times with your baby, toddler or preschooler at this popular series featuring special guest authors. On Tuesdays the story hour is accompanied by music. For ages 0-5 years.

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

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

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

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.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - New-York Historical Society
Through February 22, 2015 - Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where movement and sound from four large-scale multimedia screens will make it seem as though trains are roaring through the space. A 360-degree mountainous landscape will be on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, featuring artifacts grouped into ten scenes.

MEMORY PRINTS: THE STORY WORLD OF PHILLIP CHEN - The Museum of Chinese in America
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 08, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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