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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON MARCH 23

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by Daily Kids Events Editor March 23, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, March 23, 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 March 23. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Third Annual Mommy to Bee Expo - Villa Barone Manor
March 23, 2014 - Bronx

The Mommy To Bee Expo is THE Baby Shower to take place in the BRONX. It's a trade show for moms-to-be and new moms in the Tri-State area, featuring over 50 top companies in the baby industry, a one-stop-shop for growing families. Parents, friends, and family will enjoy mingling and shopping with other expectant moms while learning how to prepare for their growing families. Hosted by Rhina Valentin. The first 100 check-in guests will go home with a 'Baby Bag' of sponsored items for Mom and baby, valued at two times the ticket price. Moms can relax and enjoy light fare and 'mommy mocktails' in a stylish setting with the friends and family, while older children can attend onsite daycare. Tickets include breakfast, door prizes and raffles, onsite childcare for ages 2 and older, conference program from 12-2pm, gift bag, and valet parking.

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

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

Family Art Project: Primitive Prints - Wave Hill
March 23, 2014 - Bronx

Look for the first returning birds and overwintering residents, along with early migrants passing through on their way north. Cut out their birdie shapes and hang and balance them to make a colorful, moving mobile. Free with Grounds Admission.

Family Art Workshops: Making Multiples: Monoprints - The Museum of Modern Art
March 23, 2014 - MIdtown


For kids ages four to six and their adult companions.

Visit Gauguin: Metamorphosis to discover printmaking techniques used by Paul Gauguin and then head to the studio to create your own monoprints. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This workshop will take place on the following dates:
March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Email familypgrograms@moma.org for more information. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any Family Art Workshops program with at least two weeks? advance notice by calling (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) or by e-mailing accessprograms@moma.org.
FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

Knee Deep - The New Victory Theater
March 23, 2014 - Theater District/Times Square

You've heard the old saying, but have you ever seen someone actually walk on eggshells? Meet the captivating artists of Casus, Australia's hottest new contemporary circus company. Tinged with humor, immersed in cool and set to an evocative score, their mesmerizing mix of acrobatic adagios, aerial feats and astonishing individual acts explores the beautiful and delicate balance between human resilience and fragility. Equal parts tenderness and tension, Knee Deep speaks to the heart and takes your breath away.

ADOPTION AND THE FAMILY? AMETZ 20TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE - The Conference Center
March 23, 2014 - Midtown

Couples and families dealing with fertility and adoption issues will learn the basics of domestic and international adoption from physicians, attorneys, social workers, psychologists, adoptees and others who will speak in a broad range of 25 workshops including: Financing an Adoption, Utilizing the Internet and Social Technologies and special sessions for singles and LGBTQ seeking to adopt. Ametz, a program of Jewish Child Care Association, has been a leader in domestic and international adoption for 30 years. 6.5 Professional CEUs for full-day program through NASW at additional cost of $40.

The Great Dig - Children's Museum of Manhattan
March 23, 2014 - Upper West Side

Become a petit paleontologist and search for dinosaur "fossils" in the museum's dig site!

'Cinderella' at the Galli Theater - Galli Theater
Through March 30, 2014 - Midtown

Cinderella is joined by a new stepmother and stepsister, but they turn out not to be as nice as she had hoped. When the Prince invites everyone to the ball, they tell her she has to stay home and clean, clean clean. With the help of friends, she makes it to the castle and dances until the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella could live happily ever after if a certain glass slipper fits her foot. Great for kids ages 3-8 years old

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

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

The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 21, 2014 - Bronx

A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids greets visitors in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory - a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden. Throughout the exhibition, varied events and activities capture the artistic and cultural appeal of the Keys through live weekend music, a curated poetry walk, Orchid Evenings, and more. During The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, step out of the bustling city and into the Florida Keys, where the dramatic beauty of a flourishing tropical garden is amplified by vibrant architecture to recall this particular island's charm and ambience. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's sprawling glasshouse galleries are transformed into a modernist Key West estate garden inspired by a garden originally designed by award-winning landscape architect Raymond Jungles for Susan Henshaw Jones, who is President of the Museum of the City of New York, and Judge Richard K. Eaton. Immerse yourself in an effusion of orchids blooming among still, geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, and sleek benches.

EcoHouse - NY Hall of Science
Through April 24, 2014 - Corona

Step into the EcoHouse, a mobile, cutting-edge exhibit that lets visitors see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. Visitors can see how their house or apartment really works and learn how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. EcoHouse is on display through April 14.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through May 10, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! takes viewers back to the early '60s when rock 'n' roll was re-energized--some say saved--by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966--the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

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

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

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

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

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids age four and their parents or caregivers, look, listen, and share ideas while exploring modern and contemporary art. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. A new theme is introduced each month. February Breaking the Mold: Materials and Techniques March Shape Shifting April Faces and Figures: People and Portraits May From Furry to Feathered: Animals in Art Note: Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four.

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

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18. "The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. "Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements." Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games. The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go." On view through May 18, 2014.

Cabinets of Wonder: The Art of Collecting - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 01, 2014 -

Cabinets of Wonder are historically strange collections of natural objects, art, or bizarre artifacts that Illustrated the collectors' rare knowledge, prestige, or power. They can also be considered museums for our imagination, containing the objects and stories that demonstrate our curiosity for collecting. This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who collect and re-display familiar objects from nature and every day life. In an era of high-tech mass production, these artists lend themselves to the labor-intensive, manual process that transforms the mundane into the marvelous.
Collecting is a human activity that always fascinates. Anything can be an object for collecting, from cooking spoons to paintings of cooking spoons. We collect things as a pastime, as a mission in life, or just because we can?t help it. Collecting shines a searchlight—directly or indirectly—on the relationship between the objects we desire, and their relationship to us, or to society. The exhibition Cabinet of Wonder: The Art of Collecting encourages viewers to consider their own habits of collecting whether is it clay bar figures or stamps.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me: Music and Movement - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 11, 2014 - East Village

For the first half of the program children run and play in the multi-faceted gym including large movement and building toys, a fully equipped sand box, and an awesome treehouse! The space allows children move freely and develop their mindfulness, peer interactions, cooperation skills, and both fine and gross motor skills. After playtime, the children gather together on the mat with an engaging, guitar-playing children's music specialist for songs and movement. Children's musical ear and appreciation develop along with general knowledge and language skills as they join in for sing-alongs, musical storytelling and instrument play along with their parent or caregiver. Please note there will be no class on the following dates: April 16, April 23 and June 4. Please also check out our other Mommy & Me classes and Extra Curricular offerings on our website, both at Cooper Square and our other locations. For more information and to sign up please email csmommyandme@nycpreschool.org, or call.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

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

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

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

The Black Fives - New-York Historical Society
Through July 20, 2014 - Upper West Side


Soon after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were called "fives" in reference to the five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as "colored fives," "Negro fives," or "black fives," and the period became known as the Black Fives Era. Celebrating a forgotten era in sports history, The Black Fives will explore the pioneering African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated.

Highlights of The Black Fives include archival images of the earliest black basketball teams, including the Alpha Physical Culture Club, the nation's first all-black athletic club (1912); the New York Girls, the first all-black female team (1910); and team photos of the New York Renaissance (also known as the "Harlem Rens"), Smart Set Athletic Club, Harlem Globetrotters, and the Washington Bears.

Among the exhibition's unique pieces are a 1914 gold-leafed basketball medallion promoting the St. Christopher Club of Harlem; a 1937 New York Renaissance vs. Oshkosh All Stars game ticket stub; and a complete collection of event programs for the World's Championship of Professional Basketball played from 1939-1948 and won by three different African American teams.

The Black Fives will also feature vintage African American basketball ephemera, such as newspaper broadsheets and clippings, scrapbooks, game placards and flyers, such as a 1943 official souvenir program for the "5th Annual World's Championship Basketball Tournament"; a 1912 "Pittsburgh vs. New York" advertisement for the Annual Christmas Basketball Games and Dance of the Alpha Physical Culture Club; and a 1946 placard promoting "The Game of the Century, Renaissance vs. New Britain Pros."

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

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

Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage - INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Through August 24, 2014 - MIdtown

For many animals, the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. This temporary show will explore the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Using digital imagery, artifacts and interactive elements, visitors will explore color, shade, shapes, and learn how they can fool the eye. Through August 24

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

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

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