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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON NOVEMBER 12

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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, November 12, 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 November 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

The Little Orchestra Society Presents 'The Orchestra: A Happy Family' - Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
November 12, 2011 - Upper East Side

Enter the world of musical treats where candy canes, chocolates, and instruments meet. Children learn how the drums bang, the strings bow, the brass buzz, and the winds toot in this interactive concert featuring Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" and Debussy's "Cakewalk."

The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show - Metropolitan Pavillion
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Attention chocolatiers, chocoholics, and anyone with a sweet tooth: The New York Chocolate Show is bringing sweet back to the streets of New York City. A celebration of all things chocolate, the show will feature more than 65 national and international chocolate companies showcasing chocolate and chocolate-inspired creations available to sample and purchase. This year's show will also feature an exciting lineup of celebrated chefs who will share their tricks of the trade in the show's two Dacor Culinary Theaters; book signings by award-winning authors at the Chocolate Show's Barnes & Noble Book Store; and a Kids Zone where budding chocolate lovers can develop their palate for cocoa while creating chocolate arts and crafts. To purchase tickets and for additional information, schedules, and exhibitors, visit www.chocolateshow.com, like the show on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChocolateShow), and follow @NYChocolateShow on Twitter.

Family Day @ the Center for Architecture: Buildings = Energy - Center for Architecture Foundation
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Families will explore the new exhibition "Buildings = Energy" to learn how buildings use energy and how we can work together to make them more energy-efficient. Using ideas from the exhibition, families will design their own energy-efficient buildings as 3-D models.

New York Theatre Ballet's "Cinderella" - Florence Gould Hall
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

The production brings to life this storybook classic in a one-hour performance. Choreographed by Donald Mahler and set to music by Prokofiev, Cinderella is an ideal introduction to ballet for children ages 3-12 but also sophisticated enough for the most discerning parent to enjoy. With comical evil stepsisters and a clock that comes to life, the ballet is a delightful blend of charm and humor for the whole family. Cinderella features an enchanting set by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith and opulent costumes by Sylvia Nolan (resident costume designer of the Metropolitan Opera).

Potty Talk: Tales from a 19th Century Privy - New-York Historical Society
November 12, 2011 - Upper West Side

Join urban archaeologist Joan Geismar for a hands-on look at the contents of the backyard privy pit of the early 19th century James Brown Inn on Spring Street (now called the Ear Inn). Broken plates, cups and bottles, oyster shells, and shoe leather are just some of the clues to how people lived in the past. Learn how an archaeologist "reads" these broken pieces of the past.

Thain Family Forest Dedication - New York Botanical Garden
November 12, 2011 - Bronx

Two festival weekends and a special symposium celebrate the dedication of this remarkable Forest. Tours, tree climbing, canoe trips, and film screenings. November 12-13.

Toy Drive/ Networking Event - Hype Lounge
November 12, 2011 - New York

This toy drive/networking event seeks to collect toys for distribution to children that are temporarily displaced and are living in shelters throughout NYC. Please bring a new toy that will be suitable for babies and boys and girls, or make a donation towards the purchase of a new toy. Remember to bring your business cards for a great opportunity to network.

Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights in Concert - Symphony Space
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Joanie and her NYC-based band will perform catchy, kindie-rock songs that will have everyone moving and grooving.

New York Jazz Choreography Project - The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Joan Weill Center for Dance
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

This semiannual jazz dance concert presented by Jazz Choreography Enterprises, Inc. features works from emerging choreographers like Ellenore Scott, a former finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance?," and experienced veterans of the jazz world like Sue Samuels.

Kids Concert with The Rockdoves - Bank Street Bookstore
November 12, 2011 - Harlem

Sing and dance with NYC-based band The Rockdoves. The guitar and vocal duo describes their project as "Cool music for kids, made with parents in mind." Their tunes, which draw inspiration from folk, blues, and rock 'n' roll, touch on everything from urban living and nature, to the value of friendship, family, and home.

NYC Dads Group Presents New Dad Boot Camp - Tribeca Parenting
November 12, 2011 - Tribeca

This workshop offers expectant and new dads (and their babies) the opportunity to connect with veteran dads for a frank discussion on the experience of becoming a father. Dads will demonstrate holding, burping, changing, swaddling, and comforting crying babies and discuss the importance of father's involvement in early childhood development as well as how to develop a bond with your new baby, be supportive of your baby's mom, navigate work as a new parent, develop a parenting partnership, create a baby-safe environment, and manage relatives.

Family Workshop: Figure it Out! - Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at MoMa
November 12, 2011 - Midtown West

Focus on the figures of artist Willem de Kooning, then experiment with different tools and techniques in this drawing workshop. For individual families of up to two adults and three kids. Registration required.

New York Philharmonic Young People's Concert: Leonard Bernstein - Avery Fisher Hall
November 12, 2011 - Lincoln Center

Both as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and as a composer, Bernstein sought to unify popular and classical music. Find out where that mission led him and his successors.

Kids in the Kitchen - 92nd Street Y
November 12, 2011 - Upper East Side

Kids and parents will mix, stir, and taste delicious recipes in this one-session version of the popular class. Enjoy snack, story, and circle time, and take home your edibles for sharing.

EatSleepPlay Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Celebrate the opening of CMOM's newest exhibit, "EatSleepPlay: Building Health Every Day" by learning about healthy portion sizes; getting answers to your nutrition questions; joining award-winning chef Bill Telepan for a healthy cooking demo, Q&A, and sampling; finding out what makes healthy poop; and designing your own pillow case with stickers and stamps.

Family Day with Christmas Feet - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Celebrate the holidays with Carlos the French Bulldog supporting Best Buddies and Animal Rescue; read with author Maureen Sullivan and illustrator Alison Josephs; sing with Bob Dorough ("School House Rock"); get ready for Ada Nieves' very special Holiday Fashion Show featuring "Noah's Ark meets the Nutcracker"; and enjoy Broadway performances. Dogs welcome, dress festive.

Meet Erik from 'Happy Feet Two' - Build-A-Bear Workshop
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Fans will have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with their favorite penguin, Erik, star of "Happy Feet Two." The first 300 guests who attend the event will receive a special "Happy Feet Two" gift. This event welcomes the "Happy Feet Two" characters to Build-A-Bear Workshop, including make-your-own Erik and friends Lovelace, Sven, and Boadicea as pre-stuffed minis.

Free Craft Day at Torly Kid - Torly Kid - from Tot to Tween
November 12, 2011 - Manhattan

Torly Kid and Alex Toys team up for a Play Day. Children ages 3 and older can make their own paper bag lion puppet any time during the day (while supplies last). No purchase necessary.

'Uncle Pirate' - Vital Theatre Company's McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through November 13, 2011 - Manhattan

Wilson is just your average kid until the day he finds out his uncle is real live pirate. With help from Uncle Pirate and his faithful talking penguin, maybe, just maybe, Wilson can survive the fourth grade.

TREE-rific Trees - New York Botanical Garden
Through November 18, 2011 - Bronx

Children journey into the exciting, magnificent world of trees as they learn how to be a plant scientist. They create a nature field notebook, search for specific leaf shapes, colors and textures throughout the garden, sort plant parts, and help garden staff conduct seasonal research. In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Through November 18.

'Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes' - Looking Glass Theatre
Through November 20, 2011 - Manhattan

You might have heard of Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, and Pecos Bill, but what about Calamity Jane? Find out how little 12-year-old Jane got her name in this playful Old West-style show. Jane and her mother are on their way to California when they find themselves in the beleaguered town of Hoopersville where the townsfolk spend all day and night hiding from the hilarious, hair-raising Hoopsnakes. Will Calamity Jane be able to help the townspeople face the Hoopsnake Queen once and for all? And most importantly, will there be pie?

The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi-Yitzhok - Castillo Theatre
Through November 20, 2011 - Manhattan

Four Jewish men meet on a ship crossing the Atlantic, fleeing the poverty and pogroms of Europe, hoping for a better life in the unknown cities and towns of America. On the long and difficult crossing, the four recall the oft-told stories of Rabbi Levi-Yitzhok and perform them for one another. In time-honored fashion, they debate the stories' meaning and dispute the question "What is the responsibility of the Jew in this world?"

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through November 20, 2011 - Manhattan

The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall, a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display for the first time ever in Manhattan. The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died in combat or are currently listed as missing in Vietnam. The Museum will also offer special events and programming centered on the Wall, veterans, and the history of the Vietnam War era, including a special Veterans Day Ceremony. Check www.intrepidmuseum.org for updated details.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3-10. To register, call 212-423-3587.

"Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy" - Canal Park Playhouse
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Jen and Michael are co-workers who appear to have nothing in common except a love of office pranks and a general distaste for each other. But these two cubicle-dwelling New Yorkers also share a secret that binds them together. This common spark ignites a love affair filled with circus, dance, music, juggling, and physical comedy. This show is part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series. Audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Cafe.

'The Little Rascals' - Canal Park Playhouse
Through November 30, 2011 - Tribeca

Screen three classic shorts from Our Gang, better known as The Little Rascals: "Waldo's Last Stand," "School's Out" (with Jackie Cooper) and "Our Gang Follies of 1938." Enjoy the exuberant shenanigans of Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Froggie, and the rest of the gang. This show is part of Canal Park Playhouse's Classic Brunch Matinee series. Audience members can enjoy a selection of items from The Waffle Iron Cafe.

Galli Theater Presents 'Hansel & Gretel' - National Comedy Theatre
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Hansel and Gretel are alone in the forest when they discover the famous Gingerbread House. Kids get to help them trick the wicked witch in this interactive and fun show. Saturday performances are followed by an acting workshop for kids.

19th Annual New York City Canstruction Competiton and Exhibition - World Financial Center
Through November 30, 2011 - Battery Park City

Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors, and students compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. More than 20 entries vie for awards in categories like Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and Structural Ingenuity. In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, these sculptural works are on view throughout the World Financial Center. At the close of the exhibition, the sculptures will be dismantled and donated to City Harvest.

The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Children ages 2-4 and their adult companions look, touch, and explore together, then create projects inspired by Himalayan art.

Drum Beats and Little Feet: Early Childhood Movement - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Kids clap their hands, stomp their feet, look closely at works of art in the museum, and explore art through their bodies. Movement-based games and breathing exercises inspire excitement and tranquility while encouraging coordination, balance, visual literacy, and sense of rhythm.

Family Art Lab: Print, Print, Print! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2011 - Chelsea

Families will unwrap a traditional Tibetan book, learn how to block print, and design their own stamp to print on magnetic paper, fabric, or handmade paper - or bring your own clothing to print on.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
Through November 30, 2011 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this drop-in weekly discussion group allows new parents to share experiences, learn from one another, and make friends. Infants welcome. Topics include When You've Had It! (11/2), Your Baby's Temperament (11/9), Can You Spoil Your Baby? (11/16), and Traveling with Baby (11/30).

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Meet with other moms, babies, and a lactation specialist from the Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement.

Prenatal Yoga with Jessica Outlaw - Destination Maternity Flagship
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This class provides relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy and will help the mom-to-be adjust to her rapidly changing body. Yoga postures will strengthen the spine to counterbalance the growing abdomen, open the hips to prepare the body for labor and delivery, and empower her to face childbirth with confidence and courage. All levels welcome.

'Untapped!' - New Victory Theater
Through November 30, 2011 - Manhattan

In this eclectic mash-up of tap, acrobatics, funk, and rock, tap dancin' dudes from Down Under are joined by a bodacious beat-boxer and a live rock band, creating a concert-like vibe.

“Piccolo Pizzaiolo” Kids Pizza Making Class - Donatella
Through December 03, 2011 - Manhattan

Back by popular demand, Donatella restaurant in Chelsea has just announced their Fall/Winter 2011 schedule of Kid’s Pizza Making classes. The 3 fun-filled Pizza Making Classes will take place on select Saturdays from October – December and is a perfect indoor activity for kids during the chilly season! Children will relish as they learn how to make their own creative pizzas and watch pizza’s bubble to perfection in Donatella’s wood-fire pizza oven. After devouring their own creations, kids will be sent home with their own personalized pizza-making diploma, stickers and goodie bag of Donatella’s home-made cookies – YUM! Price of the class is $50 per child and parents are welcome to join! Class Schedule Saturday, October 8th 11am-12:30 Saturday, November 5th 11am-12:30 Saturday, December 3rd 11am-12:30 Class includes: - 1 pizza (for the child) - Fruit Punch or another beverage - A diploma stating that they graduated from Donatella’s pizza making class - Pizza sticker - A take home bag of 3 home-made cookies by Donatella Please call Michelle Owen at 212-493-5150 to reserve your seat for the class. Payment is cash only but a credit card number is required to hold the space.

Morningside Park Farmers Market - Morningside Park
Through December 10, 2011 - Manhattan

The market features fresh, local foods, including local produce, certified organic nuts and fair-trade coffee, artisanal baked goods, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, locally produced and sourced cured meats, artisanal pasta made from local grains, old-fashioned pickles and olives, cut flowers, and a variety of specialty foods. Occasional family-friendly events include apple tastings and live music.

"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Through December 17, 2011 - Manhattan

Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.

NYChessKids Chess Tournament - PS 116 - The Mary Lindley Murray School
Through December 22, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chess learning experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. Light snack included. For more information, e-mail nychesskids@gmail.com.

PS163 Afterschool Chess - NYChessKids
Through December 23, 2011 - Manhattan

NYChessKids provide a positive chessplaying experience for all ages and levels - from kindergarten to 12th grade - through its after-school classes. For more information, e-mail nychesskids@gmail.com.

'A Christmas Carol' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
Through December 24, 2011 - Lower Manhattan

Modern movement with both traditional and original music brings this well-known holiday tale to life. As the heartless miser Scrooge faces his past, present, and future through the surprise visits of four uninvited spirits, he awakens on Christmas morning with a new heart. This family holiday tradition reminds us all to look within ourselves and renew our spirits of compassion and generosity.

Grandparent/Grandchild Program - New York City Police Museum
Through December 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in activity play in the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.

Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through December 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Kids ages 3 and younger and their caretakers can join Nancy and Beth for reading, singing, and dancing.

'Mother The Job' - Museum of Motherhood
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

A multimedia exploration of integrated art forms, including film, sculpture, photography, domestic artifacts, and original writings portraying the day-to-day life of the mother and her relationship with her child, raising questions regarding "human" capital and "economic" capital.

Mystery at the Museum: An Accomplice Adventure - American Museum Of Natural History
Through December 31, 2011 - Upper West Side

On this exciting adventure through the museum - part game, part theater, part walking tour - you'll meet characters, follow clues, and solve puzzles as you unravel a tale that takes you to iconic museum locations and behind-the-scenes areas.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 31, 2011 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

Get Your Gears Turning - The Curious World of Patent Models - Hudson River Museum
Through January 01, 2012 - Yonkers

America's manufacturing success is primarily due to the dreams and inventions of its many citizens. Few people realize that from the time Thomas Jefferson formed the U.S. Patent Office in 1790, and throughout the American Industrial Revolution, inventors were required to submit a working, scale model of their inventions, when applying for a patent. "Problem-solving with American ingenuity" is seen in more than 50 intricately crafted, working scale, one-of-a-kind models of inventions that were submitted to the U.S. Patent Office from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Intriguing to viewers of all ages, gadget- and invention-buffs, and everyday folks, the inventions are now a permanent part of our culture from the first patented rocking chair and foldout bed to a burglar alarm. The Rothschild Collection is the world's largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. Through January 1, 2012.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2012 - Manhattan

This year's show features a NEW 3DLIVE video game adventure that uses cutting-edge technology to immerse the audience in the scenery, which extends beyond the stage to the ceiling and walls, transforming Radio City Music Hall into a massive, magical canvas. The world-famous Rockettes will perform new numbers along with beloved favorites like the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and the "Living Nativity."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 22, 2012 - Manhattan

Designed by the artist Faith Ringgold and created in collaboration with NYC students ages 8-19, this memorial quilt will be on view at the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of respect, understanding, and communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three 72 x 50-inch panels, each with 12 squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several of the students' original works of art that inspired its content, as well as related works made this summer by the Museum's high school interns.

'The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats' - The Jewish Museum
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

The first major U.S. exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), this exhibition features more than 80 original works - from preliminary sketches and dummy books to final paintings and collages - for the artist's most popular books, including "The Snowy Day," which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. Published at the height of the American civil-rights movement and winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal, "The Snowy Day" became a milestone, featuring the first African-American protagonist in a full-color picture book. Also on view are examples of Keats' most introspective but lesser-known output inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.

Tunes with Tina - Bar on Fifth at Setai Fifth Avenue
Through January 29, 2012 - Manhattan

Singer/jazz pianist Tina deVaron will take center stage at this interactive weekend brunch where kids and parents are invited to sing along and request songs while enjoying a prix-fixe menu.

'Building Connections 2011' - Center for Architecture
Through February 11, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition highlights the creative talent and hard work of the K-12 students who participated in the Center for Architecture Foundation's architecture and design education programs during the 2010-2011 school year. This year's exhibition also commemorate the Foundation's 20th anniversary of K-12 built environment education programs.

'Charles Dickens at 200' - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 12, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores the inspiration and creative energies of Charles Dickens, Britain's first literary superstar. It includes quite a bit of Christmas-themed material, including the one-and-only manuscript of "A Christmas Carol" and the story's first edition.

Ice Skating at Citi Pond at Bryant Park - Citi Pond at Bryant Park
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Skate away at NYC's first and only free-admission ice skating rink. The 17,000-square-foot rink offers 360 degree viewing access and can accommodate up to 500 people. There will be themed family-friendly and children's events throughout the season complete with giveaways and promotions.

R&R at the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special with workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, origami, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor and outdoor play, and more. There are programs for both children and adults.

'Make Art (in) Public' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through March 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This exhibit includes works by artists such as Keith Haring, Swoon, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Remed, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Moondog, and Tranqui Yanqui. The exhibition explores the accessibility of the arts for the public; the ways in which public art is a product of and a contributor to the cultural fabric of communities big and small; as well as the positive impact of the arts on building and bettering society.

'Remembering 9/11' Exhibit - New-York Historical Society
Through April 01, 2012 - Upper West Side

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the New-York Historical Society presents this special exhibition, which includes a selection of several hundred photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition "here is new york: a democracy of photographs"), as well as letters written to policemen and firemen; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from The New York Times "Portraits of Grief" series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial. When the renovated and transformed New-York Historical Society opens fully to the public on November 11, 2011, "Remembering 9/11" will be joined by a permanent installation of photographs from "here is new york" in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. Approximately 1,500 photographs by 790 contributors will be on display, along with a large fragment of a fire truck destroyed during the 9/11 attack.

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

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

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

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

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 2012 - Upper West Side

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.

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.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn

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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