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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on June 28

June 28, 2015   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, June 28, 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 June 28. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Purchase

Exhibitions on Kuba textiles have been few. Fewer still have examined the tradition of splendid, long Kuba skirts and overskirts; and none have drawn upon the two great early collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the William Henry Sheppard collection at Hampton University, Virginia, that provide textiles of documented date and provenance. Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time will, for the first time, bring together unique holdings in this field and contrast documented early Kuba textiles with textiles attributed to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition will lay the foundation of a standard of comparison and historical trajectory for an in-depth evaluation of Kuba textiles. It will establish a cultural context, and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design beyond the Kingdom of the Kuba in the twentieth century. The exhibition will feature approximately eighty pieces, including approximately thirty-two splendid skirts and overskirts, textiles that range in length from a 48-inch fragment to a 356-inch full skirt. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by curator Marie-Therese Brincard; Dr. Patricia Darish, independent scholar; Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christina Giuntini, conservator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Verena Traeger, University of Vienna; and Dr. Julien Volper, Associate Curator, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Tervuren. Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Consultant Curator for the African Collection, Marie-Therese Brincard. On view March 1 through June 28, 2015.

Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through June 28, 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

Le Carrousel Magique - Le Carrousel in Bryant Park
June 28, 2015 - Midtown

Alakazam! Bryant Park's Magicians return with tricks up their sleeves and feats that razzle-dazzle. Produced in partnership with In case of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled.

Night on Fire - Philipsburg Manor
Through June 28, 2015 - Sleepy Hollow

Fire juggling and comedy troupe extraordinare, A Different Spin are coming to Sleepy Hollow to create a fully-choreographed, live display of fire arts. Featuring six flame-wielding, fire-eating performers twisting and turning, juggling and dancing, spinning and sword fighting, this event is perfect for all ages and guaranteed to have you talking about it long after the fire’s extinguished. Limited seating. Advance tickets required. Buy tickets online at, or call 914-366-6900.

Family Art Project: Lavender Blooms - Wave Hill
Through June 28, 2015 - Bronx

Engage in a rich array of simple projects that use the wonderful, softly-scented and calming lavender flower. Make pillows and sachets with cloth and lavender buds.

Cooking With Lavender - Wave Hill
June 28, 2015 - Bronx

Often associated with soaps and potpourri, lavender can also be an unexpected ingredient when used in sweet dishes. Taste lavender-laced treats, then follow your nose to the lavender garden to enjoy a diverse collection in full bloom.

Make It: Sew Cool Hand - NY Hall of Science
Through June 28, 2015 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Learn how to hand sew at NYSCI’s Maker Space. Each weekend we will be creating different hand sewing projects such as custom stuffed animals, small bags and embroidery. $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Registration required.

Pier Kids: Wildlife Theater: Polar Opposites - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6
June 28, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

The Central Park Zoo presents Wildlife Theater: Polar Opposites at this week’s Pier Kids.

Summer 2015 Scandinavian Music Festival Children's Concert - Fort Tyron Park: Billing Lawn
June 28, 2015 - Washington Heights

Danish opera company Pin-Upera will present their mini opera, "Clumsy Hans" for family audiences. Based on text from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale and music selected from popular opera solos and duets, this production introduces the world of opera to children as well as adults, and educates listeners on standard opera repertoire and traditions. Bring a blanket and enjoy this free performance with the back-drop of views of the Hudson River.

Achilles Hope & Possibility (5M) - Central Park
June 28, 2015 - Central Park

This event, which brings together athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes, is a celebration of running with a very special flavor. There will be cash prizes, free T-shirts for kids, and more. Kids' races traditionally include many participants with disabilities as well.

Catalan Sounds On Tour: Oques Grasses / La iaia / Sílvia Pérez Cruz / DJ Guillamino - Central Park SummerStage
June 28, 2015 - Central Park

A selection of Spain's brightest musical talent.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through June 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session. This month Sunday Story Time is diving into the icky and mysterious world of trash! Who takes it all away in a big city and where does it all go? Ages 3-9. June 7, SMASH! MASH! CRASH! There Goes the Trash! June 14, Here Comes the Garbage Barge! June 21, Trashy Town. June 28, I STINK!

Galli Theater's Aladdin - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through June 28, 2015 - Chelsea

When Aladdin finds a genie in a lamp, he can make magic carpets fly and dreams of riches come true. But it will take more than a magical genie to win the love of a beautiful princess and save the kingdom. For ages 5 and older.

Muslim Arts Festivals: Celebrate Ramadan at CMOM - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through June 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

CMOM's Muslim Arts festival continues with a range of workshops, to coincide with Ramadan. CMOM’s 3D Mosque Architecture Experience: June 27-28, 10am-12pm, all ages. Storytelling: The White Nights of Ramadan: Hear the story of Noor as she and her brothers prepare for the festival of Girgian in a reading by CMOM educators of The White Nights of Ramadan, an inspiring picture book by Maha Addasi. June 27-28, 12:30-1pm. Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance Group: June 27, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5 and older. Registration required. Fanoos Lanterns: Join CMOM educators to design your own fanoos, a colorful lantern used to illuminate homes and city streets during Ramadan. June 27-28, 2-4:45pm.

Family Discovery Walk: North Woods, Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
June 28, 2015 - East Harlem

A guided Discovery Walk around the Harlem Meer and through the North Woods. Followed by hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators and Discovery Guides. Families only; maximum of three children per parent or guardian. No groups, please. Ages 5 and older. Registration required.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Chelsea

Bring your family to the Museum for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. In June the workshops will explore Nepalese artworks on a family tour, and make a mini clay offering in the art studio to show support for the people of Nepal.

Walk & Talk: History of Pier A - Pier A
June 28, 2015 - Battery Park

A tour of the beautifully restored Pier A. Learn about the history of the Pier and the renovations. Extending 300 feet into New York Harbor and featuring a 70-foot clock tower, Pier A is New York City’s last remaining historic pier and its latest revival story. Taking the pier from an abandoned structure to a three-story, flood-prepared building with beautifully-designed bars and restaurant spaces as well as a visitor's center and a public promenade was no easy task This talk will provide participants an opportunity to learn the inside story of the preservation and revitalization of a piece of New York City history.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through June 28, 2015 - Crown Heights

The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children of all abilities can engage with their peers and explore their senses. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

New York Red Bulls vs. New York FC - Yankee Stadium
June 28, 2015 - Bronx

Summer is here, which means New York City FC’s season is in full swing. It’s the perfect time to make a day out of it by taking the entire family to a soccer match at Yankee Stadium. Come cheer for us at our next home game against our rival New York Red Bulls!

Family Performance Festival: Family Performance Festival: The Hatseller and the Squirrels (Play Me a Story) - Central Park - Great Hill
June 28, 2015 - Central Park

Each summer, Central Park Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Full of fun and learning through music and storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more. Pack a picnic and bring your blanket. RSVP encouraged, all ages welcome. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be canceled. Play Me a Story, the interactive musical storytelling duo, inspire love and appreciation for Nature in a special performance of The Hatseller and the Squirrels. The children will act out the characters with hand-made props and costumes, magical sounds from the forest, and original rhythmic music.

Out of My Comfort Zone: A New Rock Musical - American Theater of Actors
Through June 28, 2015 - Midtown

Following a sold out first run this new rock musical about self-identity, gender, love, expectations, stereotypes, cyber-bullying, and friendship, is back by popular demand for a limited two-week engagement. Staged by The Children's Acting Company with a cast of talented young teens.

Skats the Clown - Pier 62 Carousel in Hudson River Park
June 28, 2015 - Chelsea

Skats the Clown has been bringing the funny to audiences for nearly two decades. His style of clown comedy and magic is guaranteed to bring out the inner child in everyone.

Karma Prenatal Yoga Class - Prenatal Yoga Center
June 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

ALL proceeds from this class benefit organizations committed to empowering mothers, babies, and conscious birthing. This month your generous donations will go to support Every Mother Counts.

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.

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through June 30, 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.

Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

In this 3D movie, travel to the Galapagos archipelago and meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Narrated by Jeff Corwin.

Hidden Universe in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

Go on an amazing journey through the universe in this 3D movie. Travel the terrain of Mars, witness huge storms erupting on the sun, and peer deep inside distant nebulas, huge clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born. The universe is brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes.

Tuesday Crafternoons - New York Public Library, Epiphany branch
Through June 30, 2015 - Kips Bay

Fun and simple craft projects for children ages 3 and older. This program will take place in the 2nd floor children's room

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.

Mamaroneck Fire Dept. Annual Carnival - Mamaroneck Fire Dept
Through July 05, 2015 - Mamaroneck

Rides, games, a dunk tank, food, and raffles. All the money raised goes to the Mamaroneck Fire Dept.

Water World: Immersive Dome Experience - The American Museum of Natural History
Through July 11, 2015 - Upper West Side

Take a ride through the solar system and gain a new perspective on our home planet, a unique world colored ocean blue. After passing through Earth's orbit, we'll splash down into the deep oceans to examine life underwater. This 10-minute Geodome experience mixes science visualization and high-resolution video to reveal the many scales at which scientists explore our oceans and marine life.

Pinnochio - Joria Stages
Through July 18, 2015 - Midtown

A modern take on the classic fairy tale for kids. A fun filled hour long musical.

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. June 26: Back to the Future (PG) July 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through July 25, 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.

Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through July 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through July 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

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 sometimes features special guests. For ages 3-8.

Character Visit - Strand Book Store
Through July 26, 2015 - Union Square

Each weekend, a book character visits the Strand for story time. June 6-7: Clifford the Big Red Dog. June 13-14: The Cat in the Hat. June 20-21: Elmo. June 27-28: Madeline. July 4-5: The Cat in the Hat. July 11-12: Llama Llama. July 18-19: Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. July 25-26: Eeyore.

Mad. Sq. Kids Concert Series - Madison Square Park
Through July 30, 2015 - Flatiron District

A series of interactive concerts on the Farragut Lawn. Children can learn simple skills and the appreciation of music from an eclectic mix of today's top children's performing artists. Concerts are rain or shine. Rain location for concerts is held on the southern gravel. Adult supervision is required. May 28- Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. June 4- Suz Slezak. June 11- Audra Rox. June 18- Alastair Moock and Friends, celebrating the release "All Kinds of You and Me," a collection of songs inspired by Marlo Thomas' landmark "Free To Be You and Me." June 25- Recess Monkey, with the NYC debut of their June release "Hot Air." July 2- TBD. July 9- Danny Weinkauf & His Red Pants Band. July 16 - Songs For Seeds brought to you by Apple Seeds. July 23 - The Suzi Shelton Band. July 30 - Jazzreach presents Yes Indeed!

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through July 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

A popular daily storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 0-6. Reservations now required for Tuesday story hour via phone the day before.

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through August 05, 2015 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group is a great way for new parents to share experiences, learn from one another and make friends. Against the familiar backdrop of gurgles and squeals, parents can compare notes on topics from scheduling to strollers. Half the fun is watching the newborns relate to each other. June topics include:Going back to work, choosing childcare, and traveling with baby. For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

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.

Summer Sunday Family Tour - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper East Side

A special tour for families to discuss and interact with exhibits at the museum. For ages 5 and older. A different theme every week. See website for details. Registration required: call or visit

Wildflower Meadow Tour - Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Through August 20, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come take a tour of our Wildflower Meadow which stretches along the East River near the iconic Hell Gate Bridge. It's home to an array of native and ornamental plants that provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Join an experienced member of the Alliance’s Horticulture Department for a walk and talk about our favorite subject… flowers! Meet at the Randall's Island side of the 103rd St. footbridge.

Kids Yoga - Washington Square Park
Through August 21, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Bring your little one to yoga class for kids with Sacred Sounds Yoga. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Mats will be provided for kids. Suitable for drop-ins. Ages 2-7. Class will be held in the seating nook area opposite the big kids' playground, on the east side of Washington Square Park.

Summer Reading - New York Public Library
Through August 21, 2015 -

This summer, libraries citywide are taking part in a program created to encourage reading during the school break and prevent the "summer slide". Sign up for reading lists, events and craft activities at your local branch and get reading! There are programs for all ages and this year's event has a superhero theme.

Natural Areas Exploration Days - Randall's Island
Through August 22, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come explore Randall's Island wetlands and other natural areas, guided by experts. Explore the Island's diverse plant and animal communities. For more information:

Mad Square Kids: Art Yard - Madison Square Park, Northern Plaza
Through August 22, 2015 - Flatiron District

Kids can learn a new skill or spark their creativity at this Mad. Sq. Kids' workshop series, featuring some of the best visual and performing artists. Designed for kids ages 1-12. Adult supervision is required and promptness is encouraged. June 20: Fata Morgana family art workshop. June 27: Weaving workshop with Jessi Highet. July 4: Textile workshop with Caroline Kaufman. July 11: Cartooning workshop with Tom Motley. July 18: Fata Morgana family art workshop. July 25: Story Pirates junior puppeteer workshop. August 1: tbd. August 8: Community dance workshop with Pat Cannon. August 15: Rhyme-writing workshop with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. August 22: Fata Morgana family art workshop.

Family Capoeira - Inwood Hill Park: Indian Road Lawn
Through August 26, 2015 - Inwood

Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that has evolved over centuries into an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, music, and acrobatics. Some of capoeira’s benefits include strength, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and confidence. Come to this free weekly class for all and try it out for yourself. All ages.

Saturday Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 2 Dock
Through August 29, 2015 - Brooklyn Heights

Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children younger than 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Parent and Me Yoga - Fort Tryon Park: Abby's Lawn
Through August 29, 2015 - Upper Manhattan

Yoga for children of all ages and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor. Meet on Abby's Lawn in Fort Tyron Park, just north of the David Rockefeller Linden Terrace. Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat. Note that the ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. Will be canceled due to rain or wet ground.

Pinkalicious, The Musical - Vital Children's Company at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre
Through August 30, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This popular musical returns to Bleecker Street. The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. 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 this predicament. For ages 2-7.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)
Through August 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this popular show is great for pre-schoolers. Kids will fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.

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.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Fest - Boscobel House and Gardens
Through September 01, 2015 - Garrison

Don't miss the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performances include Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Arabian Nights, An Iliad, and The Tempest. Celebrating its 29th season, the dramatic views of the Hudson combine theater and nature in a beautiful setting. Get the details at

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

One World Observatory - One World Trade
Through September 07, 2015 - Financial District

If you have a head for heights you won't want to miss this! Whizz to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then take in the view. There's also dining options and multimedia entertainment to enjoy.

City Splash! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 07, 2015 - Upper West Side

When the weather turns warm CMOM head to this fun water exhibit. It encourages children of all ages to explore and learn more about our environment and the unique properties of water. Launch boats down a winding stream, investigate tubs filled with water to learn which objects float and which ones sink, learn about evaporation and experiment with sand to create rivers and lakes. In July CMOM educators will be teaming up with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for some pop-up water experiments and story times. Learn about where your water comes from and where it goes as we explore NYC way down underground.

Scattered Light - NY Hall of Science
Through September 13, 2015 - Corona

Scattered_Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit. Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Park Alliance
Through September 26, 2015 - Randall's Island

Come discover the Randall’s Island Urban Farm with these discovery days. Meet the chickens and explore the farm, an expert will be on site to answer questions.

Storytelling in the Park - Central Park: Hans Christian Andersen Statue
Through September 26, 2015 - Central Park

An annual Summer tradition, now in its 59th season. Every week a different teller (or two, or more…) will be telling folk stories, fairy tales, mythological fables, and more at this Central Park landmark. Come rain or shine. For listings see website.

Governors Island Open Season - Governors Island
Through September 27, 2015 - Governors Island

Visitors to Governors Island this year will enjoy more arts, cultural, recreational and educational programs than ever before. Governors Island opens to the public on Saturday, May 23 and will be open every day through September 27 apart from July 4.

Mad. Sq. Kids: Reads - Madison Square Park: Police Officer Moira Ann Smith Playground
Through September 29, 2015 - Flatiron District

Reading Rangers series will introduce children of all ages to literature through storytelling presented by one of our dedicated partners. Adult supervision is required.

Film: Living in the Ages of Airplanes - NY Hall of Science
Through October 06, 2015 - Corona

This immersive film experience, narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford, offers a fresh perspective on a modern-day miracle that many of us take for granted: flying. Using spectacular aerial and nature photography, Living in the Age of Airplanes takes audiences around the globe on an epic journey to 95 locations in 18 countries spanning all seven continents to remind us how, in a single century, aviation has changed our world forever. $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission.

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Murray Hill

This exhibition uncover the curious history of Alice In Wonderland, presenting an engaging account of the genesis, publication, and enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. For the first time in three decades, the original manuscript will travel from the British Library in London to New York, where it will be joined by original drawings and letters, rare editions, vintage photographs, and fascinating objects; many never before exhibited. Find out why the universe of Wonderland took hold of our imagination, and—150 years later—we are still following her down the rabbit hole.

Sunday Story Time in Mr. Morgan's Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 11, 2015 - Murray Hill

Weekly story time in the Morgan's library. Follow Alice through Wonderland and hear about her amazing tale. Afterwards, make a brief visit to the exhibition Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland and discover the very book that Lewis Carroll wrote by hand for his friend Alice.

Tuesdays at The Pavillion - Union Square Pavillion
Through October 13, 2015 - Union Square

Regular arts and crafts workshop in Union Square.

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
Through October 28, 2015 - Battery Park City

Come down to Teardrop park for fun-filled afternoons of art projects and games for ages 5 and older. Each week children can enjoy a different art project; drawing, sculpting, and creating group projects such as murals. The art portion of the afternoon will be led by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's Artist/Educators. BPCPC's Parks Programming Leaders (specially trained Play Leaders) plan games based on their understanding of the various stages of child development, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are always welcomed to suggest games. Parks Programming Leaders are prepared to help get games started with perennial favorites such as red light green light, Mr. Fox, asteroids, Wiffle Ball and four square. All art materials and play supplies are provided.

YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: Children's Garden
Through October 29, 2015 - Battery Park City

A gardening program for children ages 3-5 years and an accompanying adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown. Children will see a variety of plants, butterflies, insects, worms, and birds – all part of the natural cycle of the garden. Feel cool water on a hot day and the different textures of leaves and plants in the garden. They will smell herbs (lemon verbena, dill, mint, and basil) and flowers (lavender, marigold, and scented geraniums). Each week there is a new, garden-themed lesson, including learning about pollinators, worms, seeds, weather, flowers, birds, and more. Young children will have fun in the garden doing plant scavenger hunts, and reading nature books related to the day's theme.

Youth Basketball Clinics - North Meadow Recreation Center
Through October 31, 2015 - Central Park

Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities. Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm

Seasonal Farmstand - Queens County Farm Museum
Through October 31, 2015 - Floral Park

Find out what's growing at the Farm, and see what's in season each week. Shop from over 50 varieties of vegetables, and get tips on how to make easy, nutritious meals for the family. EBT and food stamp benefits are accepted.

Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2015 - Upper East Side

Gather around to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt (requiring admission fee) in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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.

Frolic! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

A brand new interactive rock 'n' roll-themed pop-up play space that offers children ages 0-5 a unique set of music, movement and imaginative play experiences that support social, emotional and physical development. The innovative, 1,500-square-foot play space features a replica of a paint-splattered 1970's Volkswagen minivan, a Rolling Stones-inspired tongue slide, a mini-performance stage and ticket booth, and an interactive video music wall. Little rockers can also mix it up at a baby sensory music mixer, crawl around the soft foam butterfly and whimsical mushrooms, and dance and frolic to a rock 'n' roll soundtrack. CMOM will be hosting a new program of activities and workshops in the space, as well as making it open to drop-in and play.

Connected Worlds - New York Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2015 - Corona

Presented in NYSCI’s iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds is a fully immersive, digitally rendered interactive experience where visitors are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of different environments, learn about the importance of keeping systems in balance, and see how our individual and collective actions can have widespread impact. Through their gestures and movements, visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees, and other objects, and see how human decisions affect the environment.

LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2016 - Upper West Side

AMNH's new exhibition highlights the incredible life forms on earth and the superpowers that organisms use to survive the most extreme environments. From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms on our planet have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival. Co-curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats. Life-size and larger-than-life models, live animals, videos, and interactive exhibits highlight a variety of 'superpowers' across the tree of life. From surprising strategies for surviving harsh environments to bizarre mating calls, inventive techniques for eluding predators, and extreme examples of parasitism.

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 10, 2016 - Battery Park

Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values such as beauty, centering, and balance. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time.

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