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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON MAY 6

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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, May 6, 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 May 6. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Studio Sunday - Museum of Arts & Design
May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Intergenerational workshops led by professional artist-educators, artists from the Open Studios Program, and visiting artists in the exhibitions.

'Storytelling in Japanese Art' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of storytelling through paintings and illustrated books, which continues today in the popular art of manga (comic books for children and adults). Showcasing more than 90 vibrant works drawn from the New York Public Library and other local collections, as well as works from the Metropolitan's own holdings, this exhibit traces the rich history of illustrated narratives that thrived in the medieval and early modern periods of Japan. The focus of the exhibition is some 20 rare, illustrated handscrolls called emaki.

Astronomy Day 2012 - Hudson River Museum
May 06, 2012 - Yonkers

The Hudson River Museum celebrates Astronomy Day with music by Toby MacLennan, multimedia artist, workshops, space activities, and free planetarium shows.

Family Weekend Workshop - Build a Ship - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
May 06, 2012 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Today: "Build a Ship."

Shop Lucky Finds: Children's Consignment Sale and Vendor Trunk Show - Museum of Motherhood
May 06, 2012 - Upper East Side

The bi-annual Shop Lucky Finds sale features gorgeous gently used designer children's clothing (newborn to 8-year-old) and brand name toys and gear. New items from NYC children's boutiques and a variety of new children's vendors are also sold.

Plop - The New Victory Theater
May 06, 2012 - Times Square

Based on the book The Terrible Plop, this play for preschoolers gives everyone a chance to get up and boogie down and be part of the action. With soft pillows for tiny tushes and no need for shushes, PLOP! is puddles of fun for everyone. Two little rabbits down by the lake, munching on carrots and chocolate cake, when PLOP!, an apple splashes into a magical pond. Help their friends Nathan and Nadia as they try to stop the PLOP! using all the tricks and traps, gadgets and gizmos, rhythm and rhyme that they know.

Open Studio: Whitney Biennial - Whitney Museum
May 06, 2012 - Upper East Side

Families can drop in on select Sunday afternoons to explore Whitney Biennial 2012 and all the Whitney has to offer through hands-on activities with a Museum Educator. Each month explores a different theme; May is Unusual Materials.

'Jack & the Beanstalk' - Philip Coltoff Center
Through May 06, 2012 - Greenwich Village

Based on real life events, this original story is written by the creator of last season's critically acclaimed "Snow White." Jack, an inspirational dreamer, is determined to find a better life for his family. He takes a fantastical journey to a world transformed, where everything is constantly growing and changing. Giants reign, harps sing, geese lay golden eggs and Jack discovers that community, self-empowerment, and art can win over all. The cast is comprised of a tight ensemble of five professional adult actors with five young up-and-coming actors. Starring Zachary Zamsky as Jack, with Andrea Alton, David Kimple, Synge Maher, Jeff Marras, Kim Wurster, and introcducing Elizabeth Ely, Willa Best-Doyle, Shira Lederman, and Sophie Shuster.

'The Art of Enjoying Justice' - Aesthetic Realism Foundaiton
May 06, 2012 - SoHo

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman will speak on and screen a number of his groundbreaking works, including his anti-prejudice films, the highly awarded "Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana," and his film of philosopher Eli Siegel teaching an Aesthetic Realism class. Mr. Kimmelman, an Aesthetic Realism consultant, began his study of Aesthetic Realism with its founder, Eli Siegel, in 1966, and learned this great principle: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." In 1995, Mr. Kimmelman won an Emmy for his anti-prejudice public service film "The Heart Knows Better," based on this urgently-needed statement by Mr. Siegel: "It will be found that black and white man have the same goodnesses, the same temptations, and can be criticized in the same way. The skin may be different, but the aorta is quite the same."

Cracked Walnuts - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
May 06, 2012 - Bronx

Delight in the washboard and banjo music of Jeff and Jan Ausfahl as they perform Civil War-era classics, folk songs, and traditional jigs and reels.

19th-Century Toys and Games - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
May 06, 2012 - Bronx

Children will love playing old-fashioned games like Hoops, Graces, and Pass the Slipper.

Urban Park Ranger Trail Hikes - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
May 06, 2012 - Bronx

Explore nature and discover the rich history of the area with an Urban Park Ranger as guide.

Open House & Bronx Seaside Trolley - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
May 06, 2012 - Bronx

Free guided tours of the mansion and garden with docents in costume, plus special programs for the whole family. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to the City Island Nautical Museum. Registration requested.

Family Art Project: Sachets and Floral Fantasy for Mom - Wave Hill
May 06, 2012 - Bronx

Honor Mom with paper flowers and unique flowery gifts, including fragrant sachets filled with lavender, tied with ribbon and bows, and decorated with buds and natural material. Free with grounds admission.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
May 06, 2012 - Tarrytown

Shop for one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion, and accessories, furniture and home decor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media. Plus, purchase specialty foods and participate in children's activities.

Tunes with Tina - The Bar on Fifth at The Setai Fifth Avenue
May 06, 2012 - Midtown

Award-winning jazz pianist and songwriter Tina deVaron will turn the The Setai Fifth Avenue's Bar on Fifth into a family-friendly brunch spot every weekend from Easter to Mother's Day and plays host to this lively sing-a-long. Come enjoy Tina's classic children's songs and new favorites. Tunes with Tina guests can choose three courses from the "little prix fixe" menu and two courses from the "big prix fixe" menu, coffee, tea, or juice. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling The Setai Fifth Avenue's Bar on Fifth at 212-695-4005.

Studio Sundays - Museum of Arts & Design
May 06, 2012 - Columbus Circle

On the first Sunday of the month, join a professional artist to explore the galleries followed by a hands on workshop inspired by the objects in the exhibition. This program is suitable for ages 6 and up. At MAD, the goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn through their hands while having a good time together in our galleries and studio.

Everyday Objects: A Series - Children's Museum of the Arts
May 06, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

This series of workshops will seek to illuminate the many ways of using found objects in art. Each Sunday, transform a dollar store object into a priceless sculpture.

Celebrating Japan’s Children’s Day: Kodomo No Hi - Japan Society
May 06, 2012 - Midtown East

Enjoy Children’s Day with a theater performance introducing classic Japanese stories featuring Peach Boy (Momotaro) and festival-related song and dance. Children will taste traditional snacks (kashiwa mochi) and create their own samurai helmets (kabuto) and carp streamers (koinobori), traditional Children’s Day decorations. (Both boys and girls are welcome to participate.) Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults. Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society box office at 212-715-1258.

Sunday Story Hour - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
May 06, 2012 - Upper West Side

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Extra! Extra! Calling all Newsies! - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
May 06, 2012 - Upper West Side

Kids will seize the day as they learn choreography and music from Disney's Broadway hit Newsies. Join Disney Teaching Artists and experience this thrilling take on the real newsboy's strike of 1899.

17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival Performance - Frederick P. Rose Hall, Lincoln Center
May 06, 2012 - Lincoln Center

The 17th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival features 15 bands competing and participating in workshops, jam sessions, and more, during a three-day festival. The three top-placing bands will perform with Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, as a guest soloist, followed by a performance by the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, whose members serve as mentors for the finalist bands throughout the weekend. The Competition and Festival is the culmination of the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE), which also includes regional festivals, teaching resources, a summer Band Director Academy, monthly newsletters, and more. Free tickets for each competition part will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, one hour before the start of each concert on May 5 and May 6.

Essentially Ellington Concert - Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
May 06, 2012 - Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center created the Essentially Ellington annual high school jazz band competition and festival 17 years ago with the goal of instilling a broader understanding of Ellington's pivotal and singular role within the genre. The competition and festival culminates in a display of musicianship and virtuosity by the three top placing high school jazz big bands, who perform at Avery Fisher Hall with soloist Wynton Marsalis. The concert also features a full set of music by the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Listen to Your Mother Reading Series - JCC in Manhattan
May 06, 2012 - Upper West Side

The mission of each Listen to Your Mother production is to give voice to motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. In this third year of the series, nearly 150 authors, writers, bloggers, and performers across the country will read their own essays which give voice to the beauty, beast, and barely-rested of motherhood. The May 6th NYC performance will be hosted by TV personality, author and blogger Rene Syler. Syler anchored CBS News' The Early Show from 2002-2006. She has also made guest appearances on shows such as The View, The Nate Berkus Show, The Wendy Williams Show and CNN Headline News. Since publishing Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting in 2007, Syler has launched and grown her hugely popular website www.GoodEnoughmother.com, which serves as a forum to discuss a range of topical parenting issues. The NYC show is being directed by Broadway and TV actress, The Huffington Post contributor, and author Amy Wilson, whose book When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be was published in 2010. The May 6th show at the JCC will feature readings from author Abby Sher (whose memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn?t Stop Praying was published by Scribner in 2009), former Managing Editor of The New York Observer Una LaMarche, actress, producer and writer Alysia Reiner (who appeared in the Oscar-winning film Sideways and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post), Letters From My Sister author and a frequent performer at The Moth Eve Lederman, writer Howard Margulies (brother of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies), communications expert and former Editor-in-Chief of The American Breast Cancer Guide Estelle Sobel Erasmus, writer Kathy Curto (whose essays have been featured on NPR), and bloggers/writers Patty Chang Anker, Deborah Goldstein, Kathy Mayer, Kirsten Piccini, Jonny Schremmer and Ilana Wiles.

Spring Family Fair - Morgan Library & Museum
May 06, 2012 - Midtown East

In celebration of the exhibition In the Company of Animals, children ages 6-12 and their families are invited to spend a day filled with music, dance, art, and animals!

Open House: Learn About Secular Humanistic Judaism - The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
May 06, 2012 - Upper West Side

The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism presents an overview of its philosophy, programs, and educational offerings for kids and adults including a twice-monthly Sunday KidSchool class and an innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. Visit KidSchool classes. Childcare available.

Our Mothers, Ourselves: From Generation to Generation - The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
May 06, 2012 - Upper West Side

Authors from Lilith, a Jewish-American feminist publication, explore the theme of motherhood and how it is perceived by different generations, including how they imagine being seen by their own children one day.

Making Books Sing's 'The Butterfly' - The Mint Theater
May 06, 2012 - Times Square

A one-hour family musical about the friendship between two adolescent girls set in WWII in France, based on the book by Patricia Polacco. Best suited for children ages 7 and older.

Shop Lucky Finds: Children's Consignment Sale & Vendor Trunk Show - Museum of Motherhood
May 06, 2012 - Upper East Side

Since 2009, Shop Lucky Finds has brought parents hand selected "like new" designer clothing (Juicy, Jacadi, Crewcuts, and more) and brand name toys and gear for children (newborn to 8 years old). There will also be new discounted clothing from local children's boutiques including Pink Chicken and Lemonade and the best kid's vendors selling new merchandise from hair accessories to baby clothing. Cash only.

Toddler Art Adventures - Book Culture
Through May 09, 2012 - Morningside Heights

Budding artists (ages 2-4) will explore paint, crayons, oil pastels, collage materials, air-dry clay, and recycled sculpture in this process-oriented art class. Each class will feature a unique theme, such as NYC, Outerspace, Animals, or Opposites. This class introduces young artists to a structured class and helps strengthen their fine motor skills and ability to represent the world around them. Preregistration required; email info@privatepicassos.com.

Help! Help! I Know This Title's Long But Somebody's Trying To Kill Me - Canal Park Playhouse
Through May 11, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

The performers of a vaudeville variety show have been murdered–except for Drew the Dramatic Fool! Unfortunately for him, the show must go on, or he's next. Drew attempts every act in the show, from juggling 36 balls to sawing a woman in half, in this comical examination of fears: fear of performing, fear of failure, and fear of death. When courage fails, the only answer is dramatic foolishness.

Drew The Dramatic Fool - Canal Park Playhouse
Through May 12, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

The ancient art of brilliant bumbling is alive and well at Canal Park Playhouse when Drew the Dramatic Fool stops in for some serious hijinks. This befuddled and crazed innocent will make you smile until your face hurts and laugh until your heart swells. Drew creates a world of visual comedy where whatever can go wrong will go worse, then triumphs with creative acts of dramatic foolery.

John Chamberlain: Choices - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through May 13, 2012 - Upper East Side

This exhibition offers a comprehensive examination of the work of the late John Chamberlain -- the first U.S retrospective since 1986. Comprising approximately 100 works, the exhibition examines the artist's development over a 60-year career, exploring the shifts in scale, materials, and techniques informed by the assemblage process that was central to his working method. The exhibition presents works from Chamberlain's earliest monochromatic iron sculptures and experiments in foam, Plexiglas, and paper, to his final large-scale foil pieces, which have never been shown in the United States.

Drop-In Nature Activities: Spring Fun! - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx

With the Adventure Garden in spring color, kids can pot up a seed to take home, go on a plant scavenger hunt, and have fun spotting frogs and turtles. April 28-May 18.

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Gardening Activities: Wild, Wiggly Worms - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx

Learn all about our slimy friends and how they are hard at work in the garden. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. April 21-May 18.

'Alice in Wonderland' - The Players Theatre
Through May 20, 2012 - Manhattan

Tumble down the rabbit hole with the wild, wacky, and whimsical cast of characters in this new one-hour musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell. Frolic with Alice as she dances her way through Lewis Carroll's legendary tale, meet the White Rabbit (if you can catch him!), and don't forget to bow to the Queen of Hearts (or she'll chop off your head!). There is a pre-show arts workshop open to families an hour before each performance (included with ticket price). Tickets can be purchased through theatremania.com or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater's box office, which opens at 11am daily. For more information on the show, visit aliceinthevillage.com.

'8cho' - The New Victory Theater
Through May 20, 2012 - Midtown

The New York premiere of a show performed by Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, coming from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Set in a sultry Argentine nightspot, seven dancers perform solo, in pairs and as an ensemble, experimenting with speed and space to create surreal thrills.�Accompanied by a six-piece orchestra and vocalist, they leap, lunge, swirl, and swivel in midair, on the walls--even upside down--combining the familiar with the fantastical.��

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through May 30, 2012 - SoHo

Join Beth and Amy for reading, singing, and dancing! Appropriate for kids 3 and younger and their caretakers. Only $5 per family at the door.

Fifty Years of Latin American Art: Selections from the Neuberger Museum of Art - 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Through May 30, 2012 - Midtown

A selection of art work from the Neuberger Museum of Art will be on display at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of Latin American Arts. The show includes work that dates from the 1960s to the present by some of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century, working inside and outside of their homelands, such as: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Jose Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo, as well as contemporary artists including Julio Antonio, Leda Catunda, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jose Luis Cuevas, Arturo Duclos, Florencio Gelabert, Betsabee Romero, Nicolas De Jesus, Carlos Garaicoa, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Arturo Mallmann, Maria Martinez-Canas, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Jesus Rafael Soto, Gerardo Suter, and Eugenia Vargas. Rather than being organized by chronology or geography, the exhibition is organized into nine distinct sections, both monographic and thematic, including a two-part section on kinetic art and its descendants. The exhibition is curated by Patrice Giasson, Associate Curator of Art of the Americas, and Annabel Rhodeen, a Neuberger Curatorial Fellow. It is sponsored by GALLERY 1285 Avenue of the Americas in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle as a community-based public service.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.

Misaki Kawai: Love From Mt. Pom Pom - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 10, 2012 - SoHo

An exhibit of new work by renowned Japanese artist Misaki Kawai, the first solo presentation of Kawai's work in the U.S. since 2007. Utilizing painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, artist books and zines, animation, and video, Kawai's work transforms CMA's 2,000-square-foot gallery into an imaginary world of giant fuzzy animals and other colorful characters. Known for her whimsical style and colorful depictions, Kawai's past installations have included an earth-themed amusement park in outer space, a towering treehouse for glam rockers, a beach party with surfers riding a gigantic wave, and a fleet of airplanes carrying rock bands from the 1960s. As a CMA artist-in-residence, Kawai will welcome young artists enrolled in CMA classes to take studio tours, participate in master classes, and observe her at work. The exhibition will encourage both adults and young artists to make art by emphasizing that the ability to trust one's instincts is the most important trait for artists to possess, not technical skill. This philosophy stems from Kawai's own approach to art making, which is connected to the concept of "heta-uma," a Japanese manga style that is considered "na�ve" or "amateurish" but produces a successful result through the artist's intuitive powers of expression.

'The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Manhattan

Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: theamazingmax.com.

"Latin Roots: East Harlem" and "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem" - Dwyer Cultural Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Harlem

"Latin Roots: East Harlem," a multimedia public art exhibit, celebrates East Harlem's cultural and historical importance by honoring seven remarkable local heroes. The stories of the honorees are told by New York City public school students. "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem," a visual art exhibit reflects a vibrant and thriving landscape of art in El Barrio. With works by emerging and mid-career artists who make the neighborhood their home, the exhibit captures the sounds, colors, cadences, textures, and people of the East Harlem mosaic, celebrating its joys and its pathos.

Animal Tales Extravaganza - Bronx Zoo
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx

On weekends in April, May, and June, visitors to the zoo can enjoy author readings, animal-themed musical theater, character meet-and-greets, craft activities, and rain forest character parades. This year's headliners will include Yo Gabba Gabba, Curious George, Marvel's Avengers, Disney's Choo Choo Soul, Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego, and more! Plus a special story book reading with actor LeVar Burton of "Reading Rainbow," and appearance by Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo's Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate storytime corner, presented by Plum Organics. Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area. Visit bronxzoo.com for a detailed schedule of showtimes and appearances.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through June 30, 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.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through June 30, 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 Wednesdays at 10:30am. 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.

The Cultural Sunday Kidschool and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 30, 2012 - Upper West Side

This class allow youngsters to connect to their Jewish heritage from a secular perspective. Two Sundays a month, children ages five and up have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs. There is a special Open House on May 15 at 7pm that explains the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. Starting in the fall, a pre-K program will be offered to both members and non-members.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: 'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through July 01, 2012 - Manhattan

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.

“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.

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.

"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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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).

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."

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.

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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