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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON JULY 3

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, July 3, 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 July 3. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

St. Patrick's Cathedral Tours - St. Patrick's Cathedral
July 03, 2012 - Upper East Side

This spring and summer, enjoy a free, guided tour of one of New York City's most beloved landmarks, St. Patrick's Cathedral. Learn about the Cathedral, which is currently undergoing a restoration, in person as a specially trained guide explores the history and traditions that have made St. Patrick's a favorite destination for millions of worshipers and visitors alike. For example, did you know that the bronze doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral weigh over 20,000 pounds each but can be opened with one strong hand? During the hottest months of summer, these doors actually swell in the heat.

Mad Sq. Kids: The Itty Biddies - Oval Lawn, Madison Square Park
July 03, 2012 - Gramercy

Madison Square Park Conservancy presents its 10th season of Mad. Sq. Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am, June 12 to Aug. 9. The Itty Biddies soaring vocals, sweet ukulele, melodic piano, groovy bass, and fat drums will leave you singing and dancing all the way home.

Word for Word Storytime - Reading Room in Bryant Park
July 03, 2012 - Midtown

Meow-a-long with Cali Co Cat and hear fun tails and jokes to boot.

Teen Drumming Circle - Rockefeller Park
July 03, 2012 - Battery Park City

Learn the basics of drumming and improvise on African rhythms. The circle is led by Maguette Camara, founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. He teaches at Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. Traditionally hand carved, wooden West African drums are available to use.

CityParks Tennis presented by Chase - East River Park
July 03, 2012 - Manhattan

On July 2nd, in parks throughout New York City, City Parks Foundation kicks off its 2012 Summer Sports Program for young people. Throughout the summer, City Parks Foundation provides over 13,000 New York City children free tennis, golf, and track and field instruction including free use of equipment in over 60 locations citywide. CityParks Tennis presented by Chase provides free tennis lessons to children, ages five to 16, in more than 35 parks throughout the five boroughs. The program promotes physical fitness while building self-confidence and is designed to make the sport of tennis freely available to those who want to learn the game in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. CityParks Tennis runs through August 10th and concludes with a tournament for beginners held at the Central Park Tennis Center and the JP Morgan Chase Aces Tournament for intermediates held at Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August. Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF's programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.

My Own Broadway Set - Children's Museum of Manhattan
July 03, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make a mini Broadway set that creates a mood and setting for a story you know or imagine.

“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through July 08, 2012 - Clinton

This exhibit, which examines the detailed process of building model ships, consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler's workbench showing the building of a model ship, and illustrations that demonstrate how models are constructed. Among the highlights of the exhibit are large-scale models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world. A modeler's workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children's fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, the exhibit highlights the dexterity, ingenuity, and artistry embodied in these popular collectors' items.

'Sarazad and The Monster-King' - Canal Park Playhouse
Through July 15, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

A whimsical re-imagining of "Scheherazade" or "The 1001 Arabian Nights," Sarazad is a shy 9-year-old girl who loves to escape into a world of books, story-telling, and imaginary friends. When the kids at school bully her for being different, Sarazad retreats into Storyland, where she meets the grumpy Monster King. But things change when Sarazad weaves her tales for him, and soon he discovers the power of friendship. Sarazad leaves Storyland realizing that her stories can make a difference, and she returns to school to use them to prevail.

Cartwheel Initative: Children's Works From Northeast Sri Lanka - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through July 15, 2012 - SoHo

This exhibition is put on by The Cartwheel Initiative, an organization committed to bringing art to children coping with the aftermath of conflict and disaster. Cartwheel's team of New York City artists, led by co-founder Ashok Sinha, exhibit the works of kids living in post-war Sri Lanka. Having traveled to schools in Northeast Sri Lanka, these artists have shared their artistic expertise and provided children with a variety of creative forms of self-expression. The exhibition features over 50 works of art including collages, prints, and photographs by Sri Lankan youth and will be on view from June 7–July 15, 2012 in CMA's Fine Arts Studio. In addition, Cartwheel instructors will offer hands-on workshops inspired by the exhibition.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Guided Activities: Sweet & Stinky - New York Botanical Garden
Through July 27, 2012 - Bronx

Explore aromatic alliums and spicy herbs that thrive in the summer heat. Watch cooking demonstrations and sample delicious foods. Plant an herb to tend at home. Through July 27.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through July 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.

'House of Ghostly Haunts' - Canal Park Playhouse
Through July 31, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

Every Tuesday at 7pm, ghostly, ghastly fun is haunting Canal Park Playhouse as vaudeville magician Cardone takes the stage. Guillotines are dropped, razors are swallowed, and spirits are conjured in a spellbinding celebration of the strange, macabre and the fantastical. And then the ghosts come to life. While "House of Ghostly Haunts" is family friendly, no one under age 7 is permitted. The show ends in 10 minutes of complete darkness. A pre-or-post show dinner is available at Canal Park Playhouse's Waffle Iron Cafe. The dinner menu includes waffle iron-prepared gourmet sliders, entree salads as well as hot-off-the-waffle-iron omelets and waffles (including the house specialty waffles, the Playhouse Pink Waffle and Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle). The diabolically delicious Zombie Waffle, the latest menu addition created specifically for the Spook Show, is topped with brains.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through July 31, 2012 - Upper East Side

Sammie and Tudie have created a new interactive class for toddlers and their "big kids," taking place on Mondays at 10:15am and 11:15am. It includes storytelling, songs, activity play, even some magic and circus. Created for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years, it will include many ongoing favorites and a new theme each week, encouraging socialization, creativity, imagination, and learning. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package.

Bike Governors Island - Bike and Roll New York City
Through July 31, 2012 - Governors Island

Enjoy the greatest views in the city just 800 yards off the southern tip of Manhattan. There are two locations with lots of bikes, quads, and even trikes. Free ferry on Saturdays and Sundays from Brooklyn (Pier 6) and Manhattan (Whitehall St.)

Puppet Workshops! - The Puppet Kitchen
Through August 04, 2012 - Lower East Side

Make new friends from scratch! Puppet Making Workshops aren't just for kids at the Puppet Kitchen. These classes are great for anyone; the Puppet Kitchen artists design, build, perform, and teach puppetry for children and adults. Serenade your date with a fluffy Pup-It, look stylish in the latest Puppet Hat fashions, or make Spoon Puppets from kitchen supplies with the whole family. Take a tour of the Lower East Side studio and dig into 1-2 hours of hands on instruction by the award-winning Puppet Kitchen Chefs. You'll take home a freshly made puppet; materials provided. Classes are 5-12 participants, and range from $25-$50/person. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer in the Square - Union Square Park
Through August 09, 2012 - Union Square

Summer in the Square is Union Square Partnership's free weekly entertainment and programming series. Running every Thursday from June 14 - August 9 in Union Square Park, the series offers a vibrant mixture of activities for everybody. This season, the popular physical fitness series Fitness in the Square is back, starting with intensive boot camp by Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp at 7am, followed by two new special fitness classes at 8am and 9am from Clay Fitness and Mommy and Me Yoga classes in the playground at 10am, hosted by Bija Kids. Children's programming begins at 12pm and includes family-focused, music, dancing, and activities. Finally, each Thursday will close with free salsa, zumba, and hip hop classes at 6pm by Peridance Capezio Center. With such a wonderful, wide range of programs, Summer in the Square has something fun for everyone.  So leave your Thursdays open this summer!

"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.

PS Art 2012: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper East Side

Works of art by 76 of New York City public schools' most talented students in grades K through 12 will be displayed in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for two months this summer through P.S. Art, a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School Association, Inc. P.S. Art is celebrating its tenth year. The juried exhibition P.S. Art 2012: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids will open for special viewing by the public beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 12, for participants in the Museum Mile Festival, and will remain on view through Aug. 12. The annual P.S. Art competition fully integrates all public school students in K through the 12th grade. The works in this year's exhibition were made by young artists with a broad spectrum of life experience: students having special needs are represented, as are those enrolled in advanced placement art classes. The exhibition shows how student creativity, artistic ability, and subject matter evolve in the journey from childhood to adulthood. The works in the P.S. Art 2012 exhibition were chosen from 786 submissions citywide. A jury comprised of members of the art community, including staff from the Met, made the final selection. All of the works in the exhibition will also be featured on the metmuseum.org.

Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through August 19, 2012 - Manhattan

Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right. "Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers. The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."

SummerStage Kids - New York City Parks
Through August 22, 2012 -

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2012 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City's unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 95 free performing arts events at 36 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 10 to Aug. 22, exposing New York City youth to the world of arts and culture through a vast and diverse collection of engaging entertainment. The festival will feature artists specializing in dance and include a wide range of music such as classical, rock, Latin, jazz, and soul. The event will also encompass storytellers, theater, contemporary circus, juggling, poetry, and puppetry. With a focus on international culture, the performances will introduce the city's youth to the diversity of New York City. The series is made possible through the support of Disney. SummerStage Kids is also offering its first ever series of expanded day programs. Families are invited to come early to enjoy a full day of family entertainment, and adults are invited to stay for an evening concert and film. For more information on the evening adult programs, visit summerstage.org.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in 'Family Matters, the Musical' - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through August 26, 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.

'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Manhattan

City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet." "Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away. As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.

CMA Pier Pop Up - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through August 30, 2012 - West Village

Stop by Piers 25, 62, and 84 for free hands-on arts programming ranging from pixilation, sound recording, and animation to drawing, painting, and collaborating on large scale eco-art installations. CMA's Media Lab Films will also be presented on Pier 46 as trailers to Hudson River Park's Friday family film screenings. Stop by Pier 25 every Wednesday and Thursday from 3-6 PM for free hands-on arts programming.

Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 02, 2012 - Midtown

Zarkana is an acrobatic spectacle that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the bizarre. Zarkana is a visual vortex set in a slightly twisted fantasy universe where, little by little, chaos and craziness give way to festivity and love regained. The diverse cast of more than 75 international artists transports the audience into a fantastical and suspenseful world, blurring the boundaries between the real and imaginary.

NY Waterway One-Hour Ferry Ride to Sandy Hook - Midtown West Ferry Terminal and Downtown World Financial Center
Through September 03, 2012 - New York

NY Waterway takes beach-goers on a relaxing, traffic-free one-hour boat ride from Manhattan to the beaches at Sandy Hook, NJ, every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday through Labor Day. This restores popular service which was discontinued after 9/11. The one-day vacation, by-passing traffic jams on the Garden State Parkway and the threat of closed parking lots, begins when ferries depart from the Midtown West Ferry Terminal at 39th Street in the Hudson River Park and from the Downtown World Financial Center terminal at the foot of Vesey Street. Departures are at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, and return trips are at 4:50 PM and 6:50 PM. Schedules and fares are available at nywaterway.com or 1-800-53-FERRY (33779).

Voca People - New World Stages
Through September 08, 2012 - Midtown West

Performed by eight snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, there are no musical instruments, only vocals in this show. Featuring over 70 well known songs that create vocal "fireworks" and will encourage audiences to clap, participate, and sing along.

Gilded Age Magic - Hudson River Museum
Through September 09, 2012 - Yonkers

Modern stage magic has its roots in the Gilded Age showmanship of Harry Keller (1849-1922), who performed around the world but made Yonkers his home between tours. With his theatrical spectacles, Keller founded a "Royal Dynasty" of American magicians including Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a friend and colleague of Keller's later years, and Howard Thurston (1869-1936), with whom Keller toured at the end of his career. These modern magicians cultivated a debonair stage persona that set them apart from earlier traveling sideshow artists, who dressed and posed as traditional Chinese conjurers. Despite the supernatural imagery on their posters, these magicians were not occultists but entertainers. Part of their audience appeal was the mystery of how their illusions were accomplished, not any claims to supernatural powers. The exhibition will feature vintage theatrical posters, costumes, and magic ephemera from little-seen private collections, as well as planned performances in the galleries by local magician Benjamin Levy and others. Through September 9.

Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx

Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.

Charles Long: Pet Sounds - Madison Square Park
Through September 09, 2012 - Flatiron District

Come play outdoors in Madison Square Park and experience contemporary art all at the same time. Charles Long's "Pet Sounds" (2012) invites kids and visitors of all ages to explore its maze-like structure of vibrantly colored pipe rails and enjoy huge amorphous blobs that become interactive when touched. Come see, touch, play, and find out what exciting sounds this creature of a sculpture has to offer.

CMA's Free Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 23, 2012 -

With a programming emphasis for children ages 1-12 years, participants can choose from a variety of hands on art projects and art-viewing experiences, including artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, sound design, animation, podcasting, and more. Additionally, select artwork from CMA's permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children's artwork will be on display in building 14 and select children's made films from the unique Media Lab collection will be screened in building 11. Each day a guided workshop will accompany the collection exhibit and film screening to further enrich the art and film viewing.

The Beast - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Through September 30, 2012 - Midtown West

Don't miss The Beast, New York's very own thrill ride. Your captain will take you for a wet n' wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes, you'll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. We'll stop for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty where you'll have a quick photo-op. You must be at least 40"/100cm tall to ride The Beast.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Observe and Create - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all its different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind some of Monet's most classic of subjects: water lilies. Through September 30.

'Mu-Math' Interactive Installation - Bldg. 315
Through September 30, 2012 - Governors Island

Opening Memorial Day weekend, Street Math Investigations (SMI-NY) will mount "Mu-Math," an installation of brain-twisting, hands-on math activities on Governors Island for its summer 2012 season. Mu-Math stands for Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, and the Greek letter "mu" (pronounced "mew") is commonly used in mathematics to identify specific constants and variables; it is also reminiscent of the term "New Math" which ushered in a new era of mathematics education during the 1960s. The exhibit is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older. Created by mathematics educator Robert Berkman of Brooklyn, the Mu-Math exhibits use interactive hands-on materials to engage children and adults with various kinds of mathematical challenges using the life of New York City as a backdrop. For example: What's Your Subway’s Number? Arrange the iridescent subway cars in a tunnel to figure out the identity of the mystery car. On the Street: How should that street furniture be arranged? Use the clues to figure out the correct order. A Walk Around the Block: Participants navigate through a 100-square-foot floor maze using only right turns to find their way out. Find Your Fare: Using the clues provided, move your magnetic pedestrians around the streets and avenues to reach the ultimate goal: hailing a cab! While the Mu-Math exhibits are self-guided, there will always be a docent on hand to answer questions, explain how to use the materials, and even give hints. A "Mathematical Tour" of Governors Island will also be available as a downloadable podcast that will guide visitors around the island with a special mathematical perspective on its history, geography and art. Visitors will be able to download the podcast after June 15 at smi-ny.com.

Observe & Create - Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Bronx

Kids can let their inner Monet run wild and be inspired by nature to create art in all different forms. Movement, music, drawing, and painting abound in this outdoor studio for children. Stop by Inspiration Station to play an outdoor marimba. Paint with water and experiment with colors in the Color Clash Studio. Step inside to experiment with the engineering behind aquatic plants. Nature is art, and kids can discover it at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

Art Forms: 75 Years of Arts Education - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through September 30, 2012 - SoHo

The Children's Museum of the Arts will open a new exhibition of antique children's artwork on June 21 (through Sept. 30) that features, for the first time, children's works from the collections of celebrated art educators Leon Bibel, Henry Schaefer-Simmern, and Sona Kludjian. This exhibition explores art education from the 1930s to today. Approximately 30 antique works, dating from the 1930s to the 1960s, are one display, juxtaposed with more than 40 contemporary works by current New York City public school students and by the museum's teaching artists. Among the most compelling works are 10 linocut prints by Alfred Cohen, a student of noted WPA artist Leon Bibel. In 1938, at the age of eight, Cohen received significant critical acclaim for a solo exhibit of 40 paintings at the Bronx House. Public schools participating in Art Forms include: PS 347 American Sign Language and English Lower School; PS 124 The Yung Wing School; PS 130 The Hernando DeSoto School; PS 158 The Bayard Taylor School; PS 3 Charrette School; Kings Collegiate Charter School; The Renaissance Charter School; Immigrant Social Services at PS 130; Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School; PS 115 Daniel Mucatel School; PS 29 John Harrigan School; PS 243 The Weeksville School; PS 116 The Mary Lindley Murray School; The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School; and MS 413 School of the Future. This year also marks the first time that works created by teaching artists themselves will be featured alongside student artwork, thanks to more space afforded by CMA's expanded new facility and gallery on Charlton Street, which opened Fall 2011.

"Monet's Garden" - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 21, 2012 - Bronx

This stunning tribute to French Impressionist Claude Monet showcases a seasonally changing interpretation of the garden that inspired his art. In addition, two rarely seen paintings by the artist will be on view, and films, concerts, poetry readings, and hands-on art for kids will provide rich insight into the life and work of this renowned master.

New York at Night Tour - Bike and Roll New York City
Through October 21, 2012 - Columbus Circle

While Paris may be known as The City of Light, New York should vie for the title. Ride through Central Park for a look at some of its most famous sights, especially beautiful when they are illuminated at night. Then ride down Broadway to New York's most dramatic night time location. Take in the flashing lights, the giant screens, the street artists, the scene. Ride up Eighth Avenue back to Columbus Circle where the statue, the Time-Warner Center, and the Museum of Arts & Design are bathed in light.

Central Park and Beyond Tour - Bike and Roll New York City
Through October 21, 2012 - Upper West Side

This guided bike tour is the perfect way to enjoy the bucolic beauty of Central Park and some of New York's best sights. Wind your way through Central Park's iconic wonders, stopping to learn about the park's history and sites, including the little-known Conservatory Gardens and Harlem Meer. Continue to St. John the Divine, one of the world's most famous unfinished cathedrals, rivaling Europe's greatest, and enjoy its magnificent expanse. Stop at Columbia University for a look at the site used by so many directors for so many movies and TV shows. Ride into Riverside Park for a stop at Ulysses S. Grant's impressive memorial and your lunch break (lunches can be ordered from Bike and Roll when you make your reservation, and they consist of a locavore feast of cured meats and cheeses, bread, olives, jam, sweets, plus all the miscellaneous stuff you need to make a perfect picnic wrapped up in a souvenir cotton tote -- or you can bring your own). Continue on the Greenway along the Hudson River past ships and marinas before crossing the Upper West Side for your return to Central Park. Available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only.

Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour - Central Park
Through October 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

School's out and On Location Tours is leading outdoors tours of the most filmed location in New York City: Central Park. During the month of June, children can tour free with the purchase of one adult ticket on the Central Park TV & Movie Sites tour. Experience your favorites come to life as you tour Central Park and see where the movie-magic happened. You and your kids will have the opportunity to dance and sing where the cast of Glee did in their rendition of "I Love New York," feed the pigeons like Macaulay Culkin did in "Home Alone 2," be like the Smurfs when they realized they certainly weren't in the Smurf Village anymore, and see where the final scene in "The Avengers" took place. Mention "School's Out!" during the month of June when purchasing an adult ticket to receive one free child ticket.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

'Magic/Bird' - Longacre Theatre
Through December 30, 2012 - Midtown

A new play from the team that brought you "Lombardi" on Broadway. At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports, two of the greatest athletes of all time battled for multiple championships and the future of their sport. Hall of Famers Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird could not have been more different -- one black, one white; one an urbanite with a big smile and Hollywood appeal, the other a quiet small-town guy. Johnson and Bird went head to head, electrified the nation, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports. With classic NBA footage prominently designed throughout, "Magic/Bird" transports the audience into the heart of their match-up, from draft to Olympic Dream Team. The show has a six-member cast, including Kevin Daniels as Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Tug Coker as Larry Bird. Running time is 90 minutes (no intermission).

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through December 30, 2012 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92nd Street Y 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. Come when you can; no registration necessary.

Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.

"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

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

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

New York TV & Movie Sites Tour - On Location Tours
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This tour showcases more than 40 locations from some of the most famous places seen on screen, including sites from "Friends," "Blue Bloods," "Seinfeld," "Enchanted," "Spider-Man," "I Am Legend," "Men in Black," and "The Devil Wears Prada."

'Flying Monsters' - American Musem of Natural History, LeFrak Theater
Through January 04, 2013 - Upper West Side

"Flying Monsters" is a new giant screen adventure about the awe-inspiring world of a group of reptiles who ruled the skies about 220 million years ago. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, the film follows world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough as he sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, who, after insects, were the first creatures to fly. Attenborough, who wrote and narrates the film, works with scientists and engineers to try and understand how and why pterosaurs flew, traveling to New Mexico's "Ghost Ranch," Big Bend National Park in Texas, Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom, an ancient pterosaur landing site in Southern France, a fossil pit in Germany where near-perfect pterosaur specimens have been found, and China's remote Liaoning Province in search of answers. How did creatures the size of giraffes with a wingspan of 45 feet fly through the air? The audience will be immersed in the world of the pterosaur and experience the enormous challenges these creatures faced to survive, let alone flourish, in prehistoric skies. The film will introduce viewers to Dimorphodon, the earliest known pterosaur with a complete fossil, Darwinopterus, which, with a lighter build than Dimorphodon, had a wingspan of 2.3-3.3 feet, Tapejara, which may have configured its body to sail across the ocean in search of prey, and Quetzalcoatlus, which, with a wingspan of 33-40 feet and an 8-foot-long beak, is the biggest known animal that has ever flown. Flying Monsters 3D won a BAFTA award in 2011 from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in the Specialist Factual category, Best 3D Program at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and Best Science Film from the Association of International Broadcasting. The film will screen at the museum through January 4, 2013. Entrance to the museum is included in movie ticket price.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

This exhibition features the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the alien deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow--that is, generate light through a chemical reaction--is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent, including many unknown to science. Like the crystal jelly whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these animals may hold important clues to essential questions, but scientists are in a race against time as habitats are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global climate change. Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition, iPads featuring videos, infographics, photo albums, and animations will provide opportunities to hear directly from researchers about their work. Starting in a local meadow on "a summer's night," where fireflies use unique patterns of flashing light to communicate with potential mates, visitors will descend into "a mysterious cave" in New Zealand to watch a fantastic spectacle of luminescent "fishing lines" strung by larval gnats (glowworms) to trap prey. A unique interactive environment in "a sparkling sea" will introduce the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a halo around anything that moves through the water. Visitors will activate the bioluminescent bay as they move through this section. "The night dive" will feature a large-scale, day-and-night interactive image of the Cayman Islands' Bloody Bay Wall, a remarkable coral wall that is home to both bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, which glow only after exposure to light. In "altered light," visitors will encounter the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which combines bioluminescence with biofluorescence (in which an organism's molecules absorb blue light, then radiate it at a lower energy, longer wavelength) to emit flashes of green light. The protein found in its light organs, known as the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has become a critical tool in cellular and developmental biology, used for mapping neural circuits, observing cancer cells, and much more. Borrowed Light will feature live flashlight fishes, which harbor bioluminescent bacteria in an organ under their eyes, and highlight symbiotic relationships. "The deep ocean" will take visitors into the perpetually dark deep ocean, which comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable space. A deep sea theater will reveal the diversity of animals that marine biologists have captured on camera, including female anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and mates, and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

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.

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage - Discovery Time Square
Through March 31, 2013 - Times Square

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a new exhibition launching in May at Discovery Time Square. This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it's like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works: how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.

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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