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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JANUARY 7

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

Kotchegna Dance Company Presents African Heritage Concert - Museum of the City of New York
January 07, 2012 - Upper East Side

The company will perform from a repertoire of 60 regional dances and songs of the Ivory Coast, celebrating the cultural traditions of the peoples of this West African country.

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Jacob Javits Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

The northeast's premier boating event docks this January in NYC, inviting attendees to discover the best in boating at the Javits Center, which is transformed into a nautical paradise to provide the ideal escape for novice and experienced boaters to start thinking about summer fun. The annual Progressive� New York Boat Show offers the unique opportunity to board and compare hundreds of boat brands and models side by side at competitive bargains, and reel in exclusive show specials on the newest marine accessories and electronics. From luxury yachts and family cruisers to fishing boats and personal watercraft, the 2012 show offers something for every on-the-water enthusiast, plus entertainment and education for all ages.

'Hansel & Gretel' - Metropolitan Playhouse
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

A special holiday presentation of the classic fairytale told through music (sung in English) and humor. Aleksandra Kurzak is Gretel, with Kate Lindsey and Alice Coote alternating as Hansel. Robert Brubaker is the Witch who plots to bake them into gingerbread. The Grand Tier Restaurant will introduce prix-fixe menus to run concurrently with the show and pair with its theme. There will be prix-fixe adult and children menus, comprised of authentic dishes that reflect the German fairytale opera. Guests can enjoy delicacies including roasted weisswurst, chicken wiener schnitzel, German almond torte, and gingerbread cupcakes.

AGA-Boom European Clowning - Symphony Space
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

The show, rooted in a distinct European theatrical style, is interactive mayhem that carries audience members to the other side of the funhouse mirror through the art of slapstick, humor of physical comedy, and excitement of childhood.

Watson Adventures' Whodunit Family Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 07, 2012 - Upper East Side

Join Watson Adventures on a unique murder mystery scavenger hunt for kids 10 & up! A crazed killer is on the loose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it's up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that, when completed, reveals his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body in the museum. He sent the hunt to the police and dared them to try to solve it, and now they need your help. You'll get a list of suspects, weapons, and hiding places that are all items in the museum. By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you'll narrow the list of suspects, weapons, and places and provide the police with the evidence they need to catch and convict the killer. No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary; you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This hunt is for ages 10 and older. Each team must include at least one kid and one adult, with a maximum of six per team (more than two people per team is recommended for the best sleuthing). Advance purchase is required at www.watsonadventures.com.

'Rumplestiltskin' - The Duke Theater
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Part of the New Victory's Zoem! New Dutch Theater festival, "Rumplestiltskin" tell the story of how the enchanting Esmiralda becomes frantic when pretentious Prince Edward demands she spin straw into gold. While mourning her dire fate, dear Esmi encounters a "gnome, goblin, whatever you want to call me" and, out of desperation, strikes a dreadful bargain. In this artful and eerie rendition of the fairytale known to Dutch children as "Niemand Weet, Niemand Weet..." ("Nobody Knows, Nobody Knows..."), visceral live music, excellent storytelling, and dynamic theatricality intertwine to turn the classic story into an enthralling, contemporary play.

Family Art Project: Sunrise, Sunset - Wave Hill
January 07, 2012 - Bronx

Looking to the sky's palette of colors infused with shades of dusk or dawn, blend and blur paint and tissue-paper dyes against a silhouette of forest, city skyline, or river and bridge, to create an inspirational scene. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Performance: Branch Dances - Wave Hill
January 07, 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.

'Hanna and the Moonlit Dress' - 14th Street Y
January 07, 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.

Open House: AMNH Master of Arts in Teaching Program - American Museum of Natural History
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

To address a critical shortage of qualified science teachers in New York State, particularly in high-needs schools, and help address the national crisis in student achievement in science, the American Museum of Natural History is launching a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program, the first free-standing program of its kind. With funding from the New York State Education Department and the National Science Foundation, the opportunity offers candidates a full-time, paid Master's degree program with science and pedagogy coursework and real-world teaching experience. The AMNH MAT Program seeks a student body with diverse life and career experiences, such as recent college graduates, veterans, former participants in volunteer corps, and career changers. It is open to college graduates with a bachelor's degree in Earth Science or related discipline or any bachelor's degree with a minimum of 24 credits in Earth Science plus six additional credits in physics, chemistry, environmental science, or biology. Visitors will meet faculty and staff, have questions answered, and go on exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum campus. Check-in at West 77th Street entrance between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. Additional program information can be found at http://www.amnh.org/education/mat.

Professional Bull Riders Invitational Event - Madison Square Garden
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Calling all city slickers! Get ready for an adrenaline-soaked three-day event featuring the top 40 professional bull riders from all corners of the globe, including the 2011 Madison Square Garden Invitational champion Valdiron de Oliveira. These athletes will risk it all for an eight-second ride on athletic animals weighing as much as 2,000 pounds. This event kicks off the Professional Bull Riders (PBR)'s 2012 Built Ford Tough Series, which will culminate in Las Vegas at the 2012 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, October 24-28.

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents 'Explorers' - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

In this delightful 1980s caper, three restless boys find a way to journey into outer space. Science fiction fan Ben (Ethan Hawke), boy genius Wolfgang (River Phoenix), and bored buddy Darren (Jason Presson) travel in a cool see-through space bubble, make contact, and find out an eternal truth: aliens love television. Featuring kids who talk like kids and a real sense of play, director Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "Innerspace") gets what it's like to be a kid and, just sometimes, go intergalactic. (Joe Dante, U.S., 1985, Digital; 109 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).

Sensory Friendly Screening: 'The Adventures of Tin Tin' - AMC Loews 84th Street
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

This special screening allows children with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families to enjoy the new movie in a safe and accepting environment. The auditorium will keep its lights up and turn down the sound, and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout, or sing during the film.

Dance Gotham - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

This annual dance festival returns for its sixth year to present a thrilling range of aesthetics and artistry. From post-modern athleticism to seasoned theatricality, these artists offer choreographic works that are sophisticated, witty, wonderfully intelligent, and revealing. Scheduled to perform in two separate programs over two nights are artists from across the nation, including dance companies from Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, Chicago, New York City, and an international company from Italy.

Meet the Artist Saturday: Attacca Quartet - David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
January 07, 2012 - Manhattan

Violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming, and cellist Andrew Yee formed Attacca Quartet at The Juilliard School in 2003. The Quartet will offer an interactive program to bring young listeners inside the music and the process of sharing and collaboration that is at the heart of performing chamber music.

The New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt - New-York Historical Society
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

Test your wits and see how much you know about history at the New York History Mysteries Scavenger Hunt. Participants will form teams, compete for a special prize, and search for answers to tricky and humorous questions about revolutions in America, France, and Haiti; historical, literary, and religious subjects of the varied tastes of 19th-century New Yorkers; civil rights; and photography. Contestants will search for clues in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Teams will also find clues and solutions in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture - home to some 40,000 historical objects of Americana including George Washington's camp bed at Valley Forge, and his inaugural armchair, the world's largest collection of Tiffany lamps and glasswork, and many other paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects. To purchase tickets, visit www.watsonadventures.com.

Art Workshop: Dancing Hats, Glasses, and Necklaces - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 07, 2012 - SoHo

Street artist Tranqui Yanqui (Spanish for "Chill American") is well known for his colorful art works and vibrant wearable art that merge American popular culture, Latin icons, and the tropical symbols of his native Miami. Join Yanqui in this workshop to focus on your favorite music and what you wish you could be wearing when that music starts pumping. Participants will imagine themselves on a stage in front of hundreds of fans, then make the perfect hat, glasses, and necklace to help them get into a groove and feel comfortable. The class will end with a photo shoot.

Family Fitness Fest - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 07, 2012 - Upper West Side

Join Equinox and move to the beat with easy-to-learn Zumba dance steps. Enter to win a free three-month Equinox membership.

"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.

Elihu Vedder: Voyage on the Nile - Hudson River Museum
Through January 08, 2012 - Yonkers

American painter Elihu Vedder journeyed up the Nile from December 1889 to April 1990 and recorded his fascination with Egypt's panoramas. He drew and painted the Nile's sand, cliffs and ancient ruins, often aboard a rented dahabeya, a traditional Egyptian houseboat. His artwork is presented, for the first time, in this exhibition. Museum closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Through January 8, 2012.

Big Apple Circus Presents "Dream Big" - Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

For its 34th season, the Big Apple Circus presents an all-new show under the big top showcasing stunning acts including a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, comical conjurors, a singing ringmistress who will be accompanied by the Big Apple Circus Band, and of course, Grandma, in her last season with the circus.

'A New York Hanukkah' - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

Hanukkah lamps, or Hannukiot, are candelabra characterized by nine candle branches and used in the ritual candle-lighting associated with the celebration of Hanukkah, the festival that commemorates the 165 B.C.E. liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Hanukkah lamp currently on display was made in 1999 by NYC silversmith Bernard Bernstein in his Bronx workshop.

It Happened Here: The Invention of Santa Claus - New-York Historical Society
Through January 08, 2012 - Upper West Side

To celebrate the winter season, this installation traces the modern image of Santa Claus, the red-suited, pot-bellied descendant of the medieval bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, which emerged only decades after the first Congress met in 1788 in Federal Hall in New York. The exhibition features Robert Weir's 1837 painting of a rather sly St. Nicholas and Thomas Nast's Harper's Weekly cartoons of Santa. The desk of New Yorker Clement Clarke Moore, who originally penned the "Twas the night before Christmas" poem, is on display in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park - Bryant Park
Through January 08, 2012 - Manhattan

The park's tree-lined alleys are transformed into one of the city's premiere holiday shopping destinations, with dozens of custom-designed jewel box kiosks and food vendors. Visit the website for more information.

"The Canterbury Tales Remixed" - SoHo Playhouse
Through January 08, 2012 - SoHO

The show brings Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless "Canterbury Tales" to vivid life in an entertaining virtuoso performance linking today's hip-hop lyrics with the greatest stories ever told. Just like the most heart-wrenching songs by Eminem or Kanye West, these ancient tales are infused with lust, betrayal, infidelity, greed, jealousy, ambition, and the endless struggles between men and women seeking happiness.

'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.

"From Candlelight to Bubble Light: A 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House" - Merchant's House Museum
Through January 09, 2012 - Manhattan

This holiday season, the museum's halls, which date back to the 1850s, will be retro-decked for a 1950s-themed Christmas celebration, with vintage trees and over-the-tinsel-top decorations, while strains of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" play in the background. Learn how the holiday innovations of the 1850s became the traditions of the 1950s and today in this doubly nostalgic display.

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.

'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.

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.

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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Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

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