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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JANUARY 14

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

'Shen Yun 2012' - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Classical Chinese dance and music combine in a colorful and exhilarating show where dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes, a live orchestra, thunderous drums, and spectacular backdrops showcase 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Shen Yun has performed to acclaim in more than 100 cities worldwide. At the core of Shen Yun's performances is classical Chinese dance, and China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles round out the evening along with masterful vocalists and musicians. In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture's creation more than 5,000 years ago to contemporary tales of courage; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.

Family Workshop: Design a New York City Skyscraper - Museum of the City of New York
January 14, 2012 - Upper East Side

Learn the basics of urban architecture design in an exploration of the exhibition "Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment." Participants will examine some of Roche's most influential plans and models and consider each building's function, the needs of the people who use it, and its location. The workshop ends with an opportunity to design and build your own three-dimensional model of a New York skyscraper inspired by Roche's ideas on architecture as being one with the natural and built environment.

Children's Workshop with the Salvadori Center: Dragon Style - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

As the Scandinavian Art Exhibition of 1912 made a splash in America, architects in the Nordic countries were developing their own distinct style of architecture that combined elements of the past and present. Join educators from the Salvadori Center for a closer look at connections between the art on view in "Luminous Modernism" and some of the buildings designed and styles developed around the same time. How do you combine a Swiss Chalet with a Viking ship? You do it Dragon Style! This style of Norwegian architecture, popular between 1880 and 1900, combined motifs from Viking and medieval art with vernacular elements from the more recent past. Families will explore elements of the past to incorporate into their own modern building models. Mario Salvadori (1907-1997), a world-renowned structural engineer and Columbia University professor of engineering and architecture, founded the Salvadori Center in 1987. He believed that the built environment contains the essential knowledge that a person needs to be a lifelong learner and an informed, active member of society. Using the urban landscape of buildings, tunnels, and bridges, the Salvadori Center introduces children and adults alike to the wonder, beauty, and logic of architecture and engineering.

Key Wilde & Mr Clarke in Concert - Symphony Space
January 14, 2012 - Upper West Side

The duo's upbeat, quirky tunes are performed against the backdrop of gorgeously illustrated animations, filled with fantastical stories of dogs who think they are frogs and fish that can fly. Add to this mix a love for old-time string bands, punk rock, obscure folk tunes, Hank Williams, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan, and you have a performance the kids won't soon forget. Parents' Choice Gold Award winners for their book-CD "Rise and Shine," the band's latest release is the EP "Hey Pepito." Watch the duo's hit music video "I Had a Little Dog" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jjsGbnXAf8&feature=related

MAD Saturday: Family Day - Museum of Arts & Design
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Children can explore MAD's galleries and open studios while they discover art, meet artists, watch films, and be creative.

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Rita Auerbach presents "Stories from Sweden & Beyond" featuring mythical creatures and fantastic adventures.

'Miss Ophelia' - The Duke Theater
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Part of The New Victory's Zoem! New Dutch Theater festival, "Miss Ophelia" is the story of the soft-spoken Ophelia. She is rather ordinary, but one day Ophelia experiences something quite extraordinary. In this charming stage adaptation of Ophelia's Shadow Theatre by Michael Ende ("The Neverending Story"), two talented and nimble performers use lively storytelling, imaginative homespun puppetry, and a sentimental score to dramatize this heartwarming tale. When Ophelia stumbles upon a shadow that "belongs to no one," she takes the solitary silhouette under her wing. When more shadows arrive, she tucks them into her tiny purse. Soon, unforgettable friendships are forged as Ophelia and her sidekicks share a poignant journey that delights long after the lights dim.

Performance: Branch Dances - Wave Hill
January 14, 2012 - Bronx

Wave Hill has commissioned award-winning choreographer Merian Soto to return to the Bronx, her artistic home, to develop a site-specific project during a one-year residency. Soto's project is Wave Hill's 2011-2012 generated@wavehill commission, a program that provides artists the opportunity to create temporal work for the grounds. Over the next 12 months, Soto will develop and perform Branch Dances at Wave Hill. This year-long work consists of four outdoor performances, one each season. Branch Dances at Wave Hill performances are slow and meditative, yet powerfully communicative. Soto works with her team of five dancers ― Beau Hancock, Shavon Norris, Jumatatu Poe, Olive Prince, and Marion Ramirez ― and percussionist Robert (Tigger) Benford, to connect body, mind, place, and elements to stillness. She selects locations that respond to seasonal aspects of the landscape, taking advantage of Wave Hill's brilliant foliage, sweeping vistas, and sculptural trees. Audiences are invited to slow down and enter a state of heightened receptivity to nature. Visitors who attend the whole series will gain an enhanced experience of seasonal change, as well as a deeper understanding of body and self as part of nature. On the grounds.

Family Art Project: Freedom Pillows - Wave Hill
January 14, 2012 - Bronx

Make a pillow with your own personal dream of freedom, drawing on the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King and traditional African American quilts. Use a wide array of cloth, yarn and felt to embellish your scene for your dream-time wish. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

'Hanna and the Moonlit Dress' - 14th Street Y
January 14, 2012 - East Village

Woken' Glacier Theater Company and LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture present the premiere of the musical theater adaptation of the famous Israeli children's book "Hanna's Shabbat Dress" by Itzchak Damiel. Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman, and the Moon, in an interactive musical theater experience. Hanna helps a stranger, and in the process accidentally dirties her white dress, newly sewn by her mother for Shabbat. Her distress is relieved, however, when she discovers the magic of a good deed. Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors.

Miss New York USA & Miss New York Teen USA Pageants - Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College
January 14, 2012 - Purchase

Miss New York Teen USA and Miss New York USA, presented by The Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, and K2 Productions. Watch an amazing group of young women take the stage to compete for the crown.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents "The Incredible Journey" - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Two dogs and a cat get lost on a family vacation and must make their perilous way home. Shot on location in the Canadian wilderness, the story is told by the plucky animals themselves. If you only know the title from the 1993 remake, this is the one to see! (Fletcher Markle, U.S./Canada, 1963, Digital; 80 minutes.) Family Film-goers can stop at Indie Food and Wine before or after the film for an afternoon treat like the "indie lunch box," a meal that features a New York State cheddar grilled cheese sandwich on multi-grain bread with an apple and house-made hot chocolate ($6).

How Did They Do That?: Renaissance Tempera Painting - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

Peek at technique and learn, through handling tools and materials, how works of art were created in the European Paintings galleries.

Family Films: Transforming Everyday Objects - MoMa, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

See the following films: - "The Music Box" (2010; USA; directed by Jennifer Oxley and Nicholas Oxley) - "The Big Race" (2004; USA/Madagascar; directed by Phil Aupperle) - "Junji's Film" (2005; China; directed by Linfeng Xue) - "Tchou-Tchou" (1972; Canada; directed by Co Hoedeman). This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Admission is free. Tickets are distributed at the reception desk on the day of the program only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are also distributed at the information desk in the MoMA's main lobby.

Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra Featuring Judy Kuhn: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Music - World Financial Center Winter Garden
January 14, 2012 - Battery Park City

The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra commemorates the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and the 200th anniversary of Castle Clinton with compositions inspired by Lady Liberty; works from historic performances at Castle Clinton by the legendary Jenny Lind; treasures by 19th-century American masters Stephen Foster and Louis Moreau Gottschalk; and a waltz by John Philip Sousa that will lift audiences to their feet. Special guest: three-time Tony nominated actress Judy Kuhn.

Family Matinee: Parsons Dance - The Joyce Theater
January 14, 2012 - Manhattan

The modern dance company presents a family matinee program that features kid-friendly Parsons classics, including "Envelope," "Hand Dance," "Step Into My Dream" (excerpt), "Slow Dance," David Parsons' stroboscopic masterwork "Caught," and Parsons' 2003 classic "Swing Shift," with music by Kenji Bunch.

Make a Mini Float with Macy's Parade Studio Artisans - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 14, 2012 - Upper West Side

Meet the artisans (painters, sculptors, and designers) from the Macy's Parade Studio and learn how they design the amazing Thanksgiving Day parade floats and balloons, from start to finish. Then create a parade float of your own with model magic, paint, and sparkly collage materials.

Sha'Boker - Romemu
January 14, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sing traditional and new songs and tefilot (prayers) together. The service will culminate with an animated reading and storytelling of the Torah portion of the week.

REI Winter Festival - Sara D. Roosevelt Park
January 14, 2012 - SoHo

REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) is calling for snow at its first annual winter wonderland at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, only a few blocks away from its new SoHo store. New Yorkers will get information on where to enjoy the outdoors this winter and get the opportunity to "test drive" the latest ski and snowboard gear. REI will offer warm beverages, outdoor product demos, live ice-sculpting demonstrations, and Burton Boot Pong. You can even make snow angels in an inflatable pool. Participants will receive a lift ticket detailing all the activities, which will be their key to in-store giveaways and discount redemption. Participating partners include Smartwool, Garmin, Columbia, Cascade Designs/MSR, and Burton. For more information on the REI Winter Festival, visit www.rei.com/soho or www.facebook.com/reitristate.

Gingerbread Adventures - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 15, 2012 - Bronx

Children explore the spices that make up a classic gingerbread recipe. Kids can stop inside a child-sized gingerbread playhouse and decorate gingersnap cookies. Daily, check times and pricing at www.nybg.org. Through January 15, 2012.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2012 - Bronx

Experience the wonder of large-gauge model trains and trolleys winding past more than 140 miniature replicas of New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and Radio City Music Hall - all created from plant materials. The show is particularly magical at in the evening, when the lights twinkle. Check times and pricing, and purchase advance tickets at www.nybg.org.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 - Manhattan

Designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with NYC students ages 8-19, this memorial quilt will be on view at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of respect, understanding, and communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three 72 x 50-inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several of the students' original works of art that inspired its content, as well as related works made this summer by the Museum's high school interns.

'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu.

The Piccolini Trio's "Circus in a Trunk" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through January 31, 2012 - Tribeca

A trio of clowns arrive at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never arrives. This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out of an antique trunk. Combining contemporary- and classic European-style clowning, The Piccolini Trio brings to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy. Part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series, audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Café, open from 10am-6:30pm on weekends for ticket holders only. The pre-fixe brunch is available for an additional $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Galli's 'Frog Prince' - National Comedy Theatre
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Children and adults will be delighted by the silly antics of the princess, the king, and a very animated frog. This play - while incredibly humorous - leaves audiences spellbound by the life lessons it reveals.

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Meet with other moms, babies, and a lactation specialist from the 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.

Prenatal Yoga - Destination Maternity Flagship
Through January 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This class provides relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy and will help the mom-to-be adjust to her rapidly changing body. Yoga postures will strengthen the spine to counterbalance the growing abdomen, open the hips to prepare the body for labor and delivery, and empower her to face childbirth with confidence and courage. All levels welcome.

"Welcome to Tourettaville" - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through February 04, 2012 - Manhattan

In this musical, a young boy growing up with Tourette Syndrome befriends four aliens who inspire him toward self-acceptance. The show utilizes actors of all genders, abilities, and special needs, making it an all-inclusive theater experience.

'Building Connections 2011' - Center for Architecture
Through February 11, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation's architecture and design education programs during the 2010-2011 school year. This year's exhibition also commemorate the Foundation's 20th anniversary of K-12 built environment education programs.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

Park Here's Mommy Mornings - Openhouse Gallery
Through February 15, 2012 - NoLita

Openhouse Gallery provides moms with an escape from winter in a private, safe, and warm space. Park Here's Mommy Mornings at the pop-up park features mom and kids yoga, trunk shows, musical singalongs, arts and crafts workshops, and organic coffee and tea. For more information on specific daily activities, call or visit the website.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

Bilingual Birdies: Spanish Program - Ottendorfer Public Library
Through February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

A Spanish language and live music program for children ages newborn to 5 years old with a parent/caregiver. The bilingual musicians teach through music, movement, puppetry, and games.

Ice Skating at Citi Pond at Bryant Park - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Skate away at NYC's first and only free-admission ice skating rink. The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and can accommodate up to 500 people. There will be themed family-friendly and children's events throughout the season complete with giveaways and promotions.

Galli's 'Aladdin' - National Comedy Theatre
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Street urchin Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and a genie who will do his bidding, but a wicked magician tries to trick him. Kids will be invited to help so that Aladdin and his princess can find happiness.

'The Bully' - Vital Theatre Company
Through February 26, 2012 - Upper West Side

A bus mix-up strands Lenny, the nerd, and Steve, the bully, at the wrong school where they both get picked on for being "the new kids." The boys have to work together to get back to their school and begin to learn that they might not be so different after all.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through March 10, 2012 - Manhattan

Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: www.theamazingmax.com.

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

'Make Art (in) Public' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through March 31, 2012 - SoHo

This exhibit includes works by artists such as Keith Haring, Swoon, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Remed, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Moondog, and Tranqui Yanqui. The exhibition explores the accessibility of the arts for the public; the ways in which public art is a product of and a contributor to the cultural fabric of communities big and small; as well as the positive impact of the arts on building and bettering society.

'Remembering 9/11' Exhibit - New-York Historical Society
Through April 01, 2012 - Upper West Side

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the New-York Historical Society presents this special exhibition, which includes a selection of several hundred photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition "here is new york: a democracy of photographs"), as well as letters written to policemen and firemen; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from The New York Times "Portraits of Grief" series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial. When the renovated and transformed New-York Historical Society opens fully to the public on November 11, 2011, "Remembering 9/11" will be joined by a permanent installation of photographs from "here is new york" in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Approximately 1,500 photographs by 790 contributors will be on display, along with a large fragment of a fire truck destroyed during the 9/11 attack.

Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center - Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Take a spin around this world-famous rink, below the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and other festive decorations. Check the website for special events.

'The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis' - The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Through April 22, 2012 - Washington Heights

In 1831, a hoard of luxury goods - including more than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century - was unearthed on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. More than 30 of the life-sized chess pieces (thereafter known as the Lewis Chessmen), today arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world, will be on display in this exhibit, which takes the form of the endgame of a famous chess match. The fallen pieces, organized by type, are displayed in auxiliary cases along the edges of the room. The Lewis Chessmen are known in popular culture from their appearance in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

'Storytelling in Japanese Art' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of storytelling through paintings and illustrated books, which continues today in the popular art of manga (comic books for children and adults). Showcasing more than 90 vibrant works drawn from the New York Public Library and other local collections, as well as works from the Metropolitan's own holdings, this exhibit traces the rich history of illustrated narratives that thrived in the medieval and early modern periods of Japan. The focus of the exhibition is some 20 rare, illustrated handscrolls called emaki.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: "Pinkalicious, The Musical" - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

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 her predicament.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.

"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized recreation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper into our own solar system and what they might reveal. And explore some possible missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, and even establishing colonies on Mars.

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.

Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

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