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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on January 19

January 19, 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 19, 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 19. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

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.

Let's Join Hands - Brooklyn Children's Museum
January 19, 2015 - Crown Heights

Learn about how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined hands with people of all colors on a march for his people’s freedom. Explore the big ideas of diversity and tolerance through storytelling and songs. Create a craft inspired by Dr. King’s message to take with you.

The Peacemakers: The Music of Karl Jenkins - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
January 19, 2015 - Midtown

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, DCINY teams up with Welsh composer Karl Jenkins to debut new works. The program includes the U.S. premiere of Jenkins’s Healer and his works Llareggub and The Peacemakers, performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.

Civil Rights Weekend Scavenger Hunt - New York Historical Society
January 19, 2015 - Upper West Side

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the special exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, families take a deeper look at the courageous people who marched for equal voting rights as they match faces to the names of heroes from the Civil Rights Movement. For children ages 8 and older.

Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - BAM
January 19, 2015 - Brooklyn

BAM hosts the 29th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the largest public New York celebration of the great civil rights leader. This annual event brings together artists and civic leaders to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year, BAM welcomes activist, academic, and author Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker and a performances by Sandra St. Victor from her new album Oya's Daughter. Come and honor King's enduring legacy in this uplifting tribute to one of the great leaders of our time. The event will be followed by a book signing with Dr. West for his forthcoming book The Radical King, a new collection of Dr. King's writings, which Dr. West edited and introduces. Seating for the tribute and complementary film screenings is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. For further information, please call venue.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem - Big Onion Tours
January 19, 2015 - Harlem

At the center of African-American history and culture, Harlem is one of New York's most significant neighborhoods. This tour explores the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch village in the 1600s, through its transformation into the "Capital of Black America" by the 1920s. Today Harlem remains an important hub for African-American business, politics, art and culture. Harlem features a wide array of historic churches, theaters, clubs and homes. Stops vary but could include: Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver's Row, the Apollo Theater, the Big Apple Nightclub, and sites associated with W.E.B. Du Bois, the Harlem Renaissance, Madame C.J. Walker, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and many others. See website for details. You can pre-pay or turn up on the day.

Seneca Village Tour - Inside Central Park at W. 85th St.
January 19, 2015 - Upper West Side

Learn the history of Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners, established on land that would become part of Central Park. Route involves moderate inclines and a few stairs. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated. Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees). Groups of seven or more must schedule a Custom Tour three weeks in advance, see website for details.

Getting Creative with Art: Martin's Mosaic - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 19, 2015 - Upper West Side

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born to be a great leader. Honor his memory by creating a mosaic of his portrait using recycled materials.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 19, 2015 - Upper West Side

Head down to CMOM for art activities, community service and workshops to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Build a mosaic of the great man himself, create a story book to honor him and Coretta Scott King and help with CMOM's community outreach projects. See website for workshop details and times.

Charles H. Tally Holiday Monday Family Programs - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 19, 2015 - Upper East Side

Day off from school? Travel the world at the Met. For families with children ages 3–11. Events run at the Carson Family Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2015 - Chelsea Recreation Center
January 19, 2015 - Chelsea

Join NYC Parks, Partnerships for Parks, and your fellow New Yorkers to volunteer to spruce up Chelsea Recreation Center in honor of MLK's Day of Service. Projects include painting and will all be held indoors. Space is limited, so please register in advance if you plan to attend. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian or chaperone.

Wild Kratts Live - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 19, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Martin and Chris Kratt, the real-life stars of PBS's Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts, present a theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series. Always ready to help animals that need them, Martin and Chris engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts adventure, tapping into the powers of some of their favorite animals to save the day. The brothers encounter some amazing facts about animals as they rescue their animal friend and return it to its natural home. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding "creature" fundamentals, and the infectious excitement of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families. For ages 4 and older. One hour before the show there will also be educational activity in the lobby.

Selma NYC - AMC Empire IMAX
Through January 19, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

Inspired by the film’s message of resilience and hope and its historical significance, 27 African-American leaders in the New York business community have come together to create a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see “SELMA” for free at participating theaters in New York City. Students provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating New York City locations for free admittance. Participating theaters in Manhattan: AMC EMPIRE IMAX 25 AMC LOEWS 34TH STREET 14 AMC LOEWS KIPS BAY 15 AMC LOEWS LINCOLN SQUARE 13 AMC MAGIC JOHNSON HARLEM 9 BOW TIE CHELSEA CINEMAS 9 CITY CINEMAS EAST 86TH STREET CINEMA REGAL BATTERY PARK STADIUM 11 REGAL UNION SQUARE STADIUM 14

Selma NYC - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
Through January 19, 2015 - Harlem

Inspired by the film's message of resilience and hope and its historical significance, 27 African-American leaders in the New York business community have come together to create a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see "SELMA" for free at participating theaters in New York City. Students provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating New York City locations for free admittance. Participating theaters in Manhattan: AMC EMPIRE IMAX 25 AMC LOEWS 34TH STREET 14 AMC LOEWS KIPS BAY 15 AMC LOEWS LINCOLN SQUARE 13 AMC MAGIC JOHNSON HARLEM 9 BOW TIE CHELSEA CINEMAS 9 CITY CINEMAS EAST 86TH STREET CINEMA REGAL BATTERY PARK STADIUM 11 REGAL UNION SQUARE STADIUM 14

- City Cinemas East 86th Street Cinema
Through January 19, 2015 - Upper East Side

Inspired by the film's message of resilience and hope and its historical significance, 27 African-American leaders in the New York business community have come together to create a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see "SELMA" for free at participating theaters in New York City. Students provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating New York City locations for free admittance. Participating theaters in Manhattan: AMC EMPIRE IMAX 25 AMC LOEWS 34TH STREET 14 AMC LOEWS KIPS BAY 15 AMC LOEWS LINCOLN SQUARE 13 AMC MAGIC JOHNSON HARLEM 9 BOW TIE CHELSEA CINEMAS 9 CITY CINEMAS EAST 86TH STREET CINEMA REGAL BATTERY PARK STADIUM 11 REGAL UNION SQUARE STADIUM 14

What's Your Dream? MLK Event - Eldridge Street Synagogue
January 19, 2015 - Lower East Side

This Martin Luther King Day, put your dreams into words and art. A reading of the award winning story, What Do You Do With An Idea? and art workshop where kids will make collages inspired by Martin Luther King's ideas, his famous speech and their own dreams. RSVP required. Ages 4-10.

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.

Kid's Crafts - CANCELLED - Mulberry Street Library
Through February 07, 2015 - SoHo

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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.

Everything About A Family (Almost) - TADA! Youth Theater
Through February 16, 2015 - Chelsea

TADA! Youth Theater professionally produces original Off-Broadway musicals performed by talented kids for family audiences. This production was conceived and created by the young ensemble and is all about family. A musical revue about how quirky, fun, endearing- and irreplaceable a family can be.

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.

Women and Girls' Soccer - Battery Park City Parks
Through February 22, 2015 - Battery Park

Soccer develops agility, speed and stamina, and also teaches the importance of teamwork even in the heart of the winter. Whether you are an aspiring athlete, trying to stay warm or simply want to try a new sport, all are welcome to participate in this weekly event at BPC. For ages 12 and older.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: The Migration - Arsenal in Central Park
Through February 24, 2015 - Upper East Side

In the midst of tremendous upheaval—two world wars and the Great Depression—a vast movement of people, some 6 million African American descendants of the Antebellum South, fled the racial segregation and discrimination of Jim Crow laws for northern and western U.S. cities. The "Great Migration," as it is commonly termed, caused a seismic societal demographic shift and left an indelible mark on the urbanization of America. Twenty-two artists share their interpretations of this historical epoch and its impact.

WINTER AFTERSCHOOL SPORTS & GAMES - Battery Park City Parks
Through February 27, 2015 - Battery Park

Don't let cold weather stop you from taking part in your favorite sports. Come down to Battery Park City after school for free soccer, flag-football, hockey, and more. For ages 7 and older.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, 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 CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, or call.

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.

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.

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.

Lit Talks for Readers with Regina Teltser - Bank Street Bookstore
Through December 28, 2015 - Morningside Heights

Bank Street Bookstore's bookseller extraordinaire Regina Teltser leads biweekly read-alouds for ages 9 to 17. Featuring dramatized readings for middle-graders and young adults and discussions on theme afterward.

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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