Animal Odyssey - Riverside Library
January 29, 2015 - Upper West Side
Join the staff of the New Canaan Nature Center for an awesome animal adventure. The workshop will start out with invertebrates and insects and work its way through the wonders of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Programs will take participants on a hands-on journey throughout the animal kingdom. Each week will feature up close visits from one or two live animal ambassadors, plus investigations and experiments using real animal artifacts to discover more about a variety of amazing creatures, big & small. Programs are tailored for children ages 6 and older.
Limit to 25 participants, please register by phone or in-person.
Start With Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 29, 2015 - Upper East Side
One of The Met's regular family programs for families with children ages 3-6. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. January's theme is Shape and Pattern.
Select Saturdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31. See website for details.
Free Play At MoMath - The National Museum of Mathematics
January 29, 2015 - Murray Hill
For one afternoon, admission to MoMath will be completely free for all visitors. A great opportunity to enjoy all your favorite exhibits or try out the museum if you've never visited before.
Turning Music into Gold - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 29, 2015 - Upper East Side
Performing on period instruments, the endlessly inventive Ensemble Caprice spotlights the rich and fascinating culture of the court of Rudolf II in Prague. Known as the most interesting European city of its time and where scientists, artists, musicians, and alchemists mixed and mingled to outrageous and resplendent results.
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.
Breastfeeding Support Circle with Andrea Syms-Brown - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side
Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, leads this breastfeeding circle which is popular for its a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today. Brown bag your lunch, come by, nurse and snuggle with your baby. An opportunity to meet other new moms and guided by Andrea Syms-Brown, explore the joy, and unravel the mysteries of breastfeeding and mothering in modern times.
'Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 03, 2015 - New York
This exhibition brings together emerging and mid-career artists whose work explores different means of perception. Artists on view include: Aziz +Cucher, Omar Chacon, Christian Faur, Bradley Hart, Richard Klein, Daniel Rozin, Al Souza, and Devorah Sperber.
For better or worse, our lives are increasingly played out on a screen. From checking directions to playing a game on the latest bestselling app, digital technologies are a part of our everyday lives. Just as individual “pixels” are pieced together to create a larger image or message, this exhibition brings together visual artists whose works explore the intersection between art and technology, or who break down the very materials they work with into individual parts.
Visitors are encouraged to look carefully: what you see from far away may strongly differ from what you view up-close. Each artwork is intended to be examined from different distances and viewpoints.
RAPUNZARELLA WHITE A Fairly Fractured Tale - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through May 09, 2015 - Manhattan
Following a successful run in The Midtown Children's Musical Theater Festival, this show reopens at the 13th Street Rep in January.
Written by June Rachelson-Ospa and Daniel Neiden it follows three baby triplets, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White who are kidnapped by an angry witch. Each Princess is catapulted into her own fractured fairy tale, awaiting rescue by their own personal, bumbling and, of course, musical, Prince.
Described by the creators as a comic take on the Princess waiting for a Prince genre this sassy musical production will entertain parents as much a little ones.
For ages 4 and older.
Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 15, 2015 - Upper East Side
Every Sunday families are invited to explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3–10.
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.
Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through June 15, 2015 - Upper West Side
Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole.
For ages 3-9
Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona
The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.
Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side
Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive.
Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.
Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s - St. Paul's Chapel
Through July 24, 2015 - Lower Manhattan
Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free too! Most films are rated PG13.
Schedule subject to change, check website for details.
Jan. 23: E.T. (PG)
Feb. 27: West Side Story (unrated)
Mar. 27: Goonies (PG)
Apr. 24: Adventures in Babysitting (PG-13)
May 22: King Kong (1933 - unrated)
Jun. 26: Back to the Future (PG)
Jul. 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side
From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events.
The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History.
Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.
MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown
Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.
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.