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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JANUARY 20

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 20, 2014

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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 20, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening January 20. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Penguin Expedition for families with children on the autisum spectum - Central Park Zoo
January 20, 2014 - Upper East Side

Penguin Expedition is a program for families with kids on the autism spectrum. Explore penguins through your senses! Play penguin games, meet an animal guest, and take a special visit to the penguin exhibit so you and your family can discover what makes penguins so cool and fun! Ages 4-8, with one adult. Tickets admit one child with one adult.

'Still Awake Still!' - The New Victory Theater
January 20, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Getting kids to sleep can be rough and tough, but not for Miss Ivory Tinklefinger! With nothing but a great grand piano and her sweet singing voice, the famous Queen of Sleep can calm the rowdiest of children, that is, until treble ensues... Much to her dismay and to the audience's delight, her piano produces more than just notes at this particular performance. Commissioned by the Sydney Opera House, STILL AWAKE STILL! is a marvelously madcap cabaret for kids that will have you encoring, not snoring!.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! - Prudential Center
January 20, 2014 - Newark

Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, and others of your favorite friends take part in this skating spectacular you?ll remember forever. Playing Prudential Center for eight shows Jan. 15-Jan. 20.

Gilded New York: Jewelry Making - Museum of the City of New York
January 20, 2014 - Upper East Side

Get inspired by the jewelry and costumes worn by New York?s elite in the late 19th century on view in Gilded New York, then create accessories that represent your own personal style. No reservations required!

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
January 20, 2014 - MIdtown

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! 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. Tickets must be purchased in advance watsonadventures.com. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT (946-4868).

The Music of Karl Jenkins: A 70th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall - Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
January 20, 2014 - Midtown

DCINY honors the 70th birthday of Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins with an evening comprised entirely of compositions by the honoree. Homages will include the US premiere of Jenkins’s The Bards of Wale, the well-known masterpiece Stabat Mater, and "Benedictus" from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

Program:
Stabat Mater
“Benedictus” from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
The Bards of Wales (US Premiere)

African American Leaders Scavenger Hunt - New-York Historical Society
January 20, 2014 - Upper West Side

Through a series of fun activities kids ages 6 and older can meet the inspiring and brave African American leaders who helped shape our nation and civil rights legislation. Families will search through New-York Historical's collections finding objects and documents related to James McCune Smith, Pierre and Juliette Toussaint, Frederick Douglass, and, of course, Martin Luther King Jr.

Journey to the North - Museum at Eldridge Street
January 20, 2014 - Lower East Side

The Museum at Eldridge Street tells the story of millions of Jewish immigrants leaving home and finding hope in America. On Monday, January 20 from 1-2, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, we'll read Eloise Greenfield's The Great Migration: Journey to the North a story about the African American exodus from South to North during the last century. Afterwards, families will make a mural and explore the Eldridge Street Synagogue. The program is designed for children ages 7 and older with an adult. Reservations are recommended.

Tweet - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - SoHo

Any adult of a certain age asked to define tweet in 2013 is likely to answer that it is a "short communication of 140 characters or less." Yet before 2006, tweet was primarily used to describe the chirp of a bird, a sound generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound. In New York City, you witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. People tweet, text, and email on the go. The simple act of looking around as you go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society. The exhibition Tweet asks everyone to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around, enjoy nature, and see the birds. All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

Eight Strokes & the Moving Word - Chen Dance Center
Through February 13, 2014 - Chinatown

As part of its educational programming, Chen Dance Center presents Eight Strokes & the Moving Word, a one-hour performance with live narration, audience interaction, video, and excerpts of both traditional and contemporary dance performed by H.T. Chen & Dancers. The work takes its title from the eight basic strokes of calligraphy, an exquisite art that has been a source of inspiration over the years for choreographer H.T. Chen. Through the arts, the audiences also learn about China and its folklore.

New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - Manhattan

This popular annual model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal's 100-year history. This year's show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum's collection depicting notable train cars from railroading's past. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts. Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum's kid-sized scavenger hunts?just ask at the cash-wrap!

You Make the Call: Learn To Be An NFL Official - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through February 28, 2014 - Upper West Side

In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII coming to MetLife Stadium and the New York and New Jersey area, the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the National Football League are offering children and their families an exclusive look into the world of NFL officials with this new interactive exhibit and program. Go "under the hood" and make the correct call in the You Make the Call booth--a stylized rendition of the sideline instant replay systems used by real NFL officials; discover how the uniforms worn by the officials have changed over time; and sneak a peek inside the NFL's control room in Manhattan where officiating personnel monitor all games. The exhibition will also help families understand how developing both executive function skills including planning, organizing, and focusing on task, and physical fitness lead to valuable leadership and social success.

Building Connections 2013 - Center for Architecture
Through March 01, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Building Connections is an annual exhibition of K-12 student design work completed during the Center for Architecture Foundation's Learning By Design:NY and Programs@theCenter programs. The exhibition highlights the students' hard work and talent, while also showcasing the Center for Architecture Foundation's design education methodology through a dynamic display of models and drawings.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - Bryant Park Citi Pond
Through March 02, 2014 - MIdtown

Bring your own skates and go for a spin on the ice, grab a snack, and then do some shopping. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is a true winter wonderland.

Dear Diary: Update All - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through March 16, 2014 - Purchase

With the advent of social networking and mobile communications, the diary has evolved from private medium to a forum for public consideration and collaborative thought, where the personal becomes a platform for social interaction, reflection, and activism. A new exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art addresses private versus public space, how we connect and interact, as the personal and private are merged with the public. "Dear Diary: Update All," will be on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College from January 4 through March 16, 2014. The exhibition of 20 international artists and 30 artworks explores how artists express their individual and collective identities, and the relationships among memory, document, and fiction. The mixed media exhibition presents work that uses online data, remembrance, handiwork, genetics, gaming, and Google to mark the discord, beauty, and banality that occur each day. According to Jacqueline Shilkoff, the Museum's Curator of New Media, Dear Diary will be "an exciting forum for ideas and interaction." Adding another dimension to the show, students from Purchase College, SUNY will be on site during Museum hours to engage in conversation with visitors about the exhibition as well as help them navigate the show and interact with the artwork. "The artists express an astounding range of poetic philosophical expressions," Shilkoff adds. Among the artworks in the exhibition is the installation "A Charge for Privacy" (2013), an electronic phone charging station created by Nick Briz, Paul X. Briz, and Ramon Branger. The work is intuitive, featuring the familiar routine of charging a phone battery and offering viewers to charge their phones. The artists, however, introduce a barrier: an agreement to the terms of use for this charging station. From this entry point, our digital history stored in our phones creates voluntary (and involuntary) representations of ourselves. Another piece, Editor Solitario (2011) by Colombian artist Oscar Munoz, focuses on the interrelation of images and memory, exploring the ephemeral and vulnerable nature of human life. It is a black-and-white projection onto a table depicting photographs: formal portraits and family snapshots, celebrity photos, painters' self-portraits, postmortem photos, and police sketches. An unseen subject extends an arm to place photographs on the table, removing some, exchanging others, pausing, covering, and quickly removing them. Munoz combines personal and cultural histories, merging found images of the living with found images of the dead in an ambiguous narrative of individual and national memory, loss, and hope. Other artists and collaborators in the exhibition include: Kannan Arunasalam, Chloe Bass, Nick Briz, Paul X. Briz, Ramon Branger, Victor Castro, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Chris Collins, Eric Eberhardt, Zach Gage, Mark McKenna, Amanullah Mojadidi, Molleindustria, Oscar Munoz, Laura Splan, Aalam Wassef, YoHa with Matthew Fuller. Generous support for "Dear Diary: Update All" is provided by Marcy Kahn. Additional funding is provided by RBC Wealth Management, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. The Neuberger Museum of Art will present various programs in conjunction with the exhibition.

The 2013/2014 Season of R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC – NOVEMBER 2nd – Sol Lewitt Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 22, 2014 - Upper West Side

An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a members of a community, R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and it's all free. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in community, workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, crafts, spa experiences, and indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults with guaranteed fun for the whole family.

The ABC Of It: Why Children's Books Matter - The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through March 23, 2014 - Midtown

The New York Public Library explores children's literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Curated by noted children's book expert Leonard S. Marcus, The ABC of It features nearly 250 items from across the library's vast collections. Original artwork, correspondence, and recordings accompany books from significant authors from the 1600s to the modern day. It provides a meaningful new context for many of the New York Public Library's treasures: the copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that belonged to Alice Liddell, the child for whom Lewis Carroll wrote it; a rare 1666 illustrated children's edition of Aesop's fables that survived the Great Fire of London; Nathaniel Hawthorne's family copy of "Mother Goose," with annotations stating some passages were too scary to read to their children; the manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden;" Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers's parrot-head umbrella; recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of "Charlotte's Web;" and the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals; among others.

Cleve Gray's Threnody: Forty Years - A lamentation on the loss of life in the Vietnam era - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through March 23, 2014 - Purchase

Forty years ago American artist and abstract expressionist Cleve Gray was commissioned to create a site-specific painting for the inauguration of the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College in 1974. Threnody (1972-73), the 22-foot tall, 250-foot long artwork in 28 panels, turned out to be an extraordinary project - a lament for the dead on both sides of the Vietnam War. At the time, college students across the country were demonstrating against the conflict in Vietnam, a war they felt to be unjust and inhumane. Gray saw the significance of the Museum's location on a college campus. An active anti-war advocate himself, Gray saw this as an opportunity to support the students and express his hope for humanity's spiritual and emotional healing. As part of the Neuberger Museum's 40th anniversary celebration, Gray's monumental artwork will once again be on view, in "Cleve Gray's Threnody: Forty Years," organized by assistant curator, Avis Larson. Generous support for "Cleve Gray's Threnody: Forty Years" is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and Purchase College Foundation. Threnody features 28 contiguous panels installed in the museum's Theater Gallery, effectively converting it into a cathedral with tall vertical forms engaged in a "dance of death and life." "Threnody considers opposites - male and female, love and hate, conflict and peace," notes Larson. She points out that Threnody continues to have an impact on viewers forty years after it was first exhibited. "In many ways we are facing similar issues relating to war and the loss of innocent lives, in addition to the many other situations we have to confront here in the United States, such as gun violence." A "threnody" is a classical song of mourning, a lamentation. In 1975, when explaining the piece, Gray wrote: "I felt that tragedy had been manifested more intensely during those years and in the preceding decade than at any other time in American history. Iniquity, futile death, and destruction surrounded us with little relief. This sense of tragedy in the sixties and seventies insisted itself upon me as the subject matter for the walls I had been asked to paint in the Neuberger Museum, for I felt that the heroic space encompassed by these walls required a heroic subject." Threnody marked a turning point in the artist's investigation of a radically simplified, vertical image, and the large-scale calligraphic gestures that became the hallmark of his mature paintings. To prepare, Gray created several hundred color studies and over 100 figure studies over a period of about 18 months. About his approach to large-scale logistics, Gray wrote that he "had a 20' x 20' easel constructed...it had a hoist so that it could be raised to the vertical position." In addition, he used very large brushes, sometimes janitors' push brooms, and plastic swimming pools in which to mix his paints. Rhythmically spaced motifs in the 28 panels suggest a diversity of imagery, and most vividly, perhaps, a procession of solemn dancers. "The depiction of tragedy often requires an element of hope, so I chose a positive red for the central figure of the 'apse' wall. Unexpectedly but inevitably this figure became the climactic point of the room. In the midst of death it had to offer the hope of life, just as blood is both the palpitating fluid of life and the fleeting evidence of death." Larson believes that the reinstallation of Threnody "impresses upon us the need for humanity's spiritual and emotional healing as we now face the devastation of current wars and the loss of life on both sides. Threnody offers our students and the general public a place conducive to contemplation and meditation." Threnody is part of the Neuberger Museum's permanent collection, and has been exhibited from time to time, most recently in 2007, and before then, shortly after 9/11. On view from January 12 through March 23.

A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling - Museum of Chinese in America
Through April 13, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: "81 Bowery," "Shut-Ins," and "Tenements."

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids ages 5-10 and their families participate and engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. A new theme is introduced each month.

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

Admission is free. No registration. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; participants must be present to receive a ticket. Programs begin in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, at 4 W. 54th St. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 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. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.

Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.

Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm

Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.

'Mysteries of The Unseen World' - American Musem of Natural History
Through June 30, 2014 - Upper West Side

As AMNH's first digital 3-D film, Mysteries of the Unseen World is a new giant-screen adventure that transports audiences to hidden dimensions too small, too fast, or too slow for the human eye. The film, which is narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, uses time-lapse and high-speed footage culled from video recordings of research happening in today's laboratories, where existing and emerging technologies are yielding exciting new images of long-unseen worlds. Audiences will share experiences once reserved for scientists and see a whole new universe of wondrous nature, daily events that escape the naked eye, even secrets crucial to our survival. The film also allows visitors to view the world as though they had x-ray vision, or infrared vision like mosquitos, and peer into a world of wonders too small for the human eye to see—from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body down to items on the nanoscale. The film will screen in 2D film and 3D digital at the museum through June.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Power of Poison will explore poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Inviting visitors to explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases, the exhibition will include an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries, and a theater where live presenters will share dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection. A gallery of history's most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra's legendary snakebite to Napoleon's alleged death by arsenic, will lead visitors into the Understanding Poison theater. Here presenters will use props, animations, and audience volunteers to explore a real-world poisoning case that will highlight the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. Next, visitors will encounter a large-scale tableau of other puzzling cases and can solve the mysteries using an iPad game. For instance, visitors can discover what poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard Cook's ship in 1774.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

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