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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON OCTOBER 27

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by Daily Kids Events Editor October 27, 2013

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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, October 27, 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 October 27. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

9th Annual Fall Westchester County Home Show - Westchester County Center
October 27, 2013 - White Plains

Home products and services, featuring over 150 displays of top local, state, and national home improvement companies.

Family Art Project - Fairy Wands and Tiny Houses - Wave Hill
October 27, 2013 - Bronx

Put some of nature's magic into your own magical wand. Listen to fairy stories and then venture into Wave Hill's enchanted woodlands. Fashion sticks, leaves, and bark into a tiny fairy-sized dwelling as part of a charmed forest metropolis. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target. Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend event.

Free Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend - Wave Hill
October 27, 2013 - Bronx

There's magic in the Bronx! Bring your little fairies and gnomes to Enchanted Wave Hill to create your own tiny woodland dwelling using sticks and other fallen materials. Listen to enchanted fairy tales and enjoy mysterious music as you traipse through the woods and enjoy the autumn colors. Admission to the grounds is free all weekend, thanks to the generous support of Target. Call or visit the website for full schedule.

Kiddie Cruise: A Princess & Pirate Adventure: Halloween Cruise - Pier 78
October 27, 2013 - New York Harbor

Enjoy a fun-filled Halloween-themed family adventure aboard the Kiddie Cruise, an all inclusive activity-filled event aboard the Queen of Hearts in New York City. The cruise includes arts & crafts, face painting, magic shows, balloon sculpting, live music, raffle give-away, and amazing views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Bagged lunches for children and adults are included. Bagged lunch includes: sandwich, individually packaged bagged snack, and a piece of fruit.

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 27, 2013 - Bronx

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden pays homage to hanami, the traditional custom of enjoying the delicate beauty of flowers, with extensive floral displays of Japanese anemones, toad lilies, resurrection lilies, camellias, tea olives, and carefully trained chrysanthemums. The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Stroll the grounds to explore a Japanese tree tour and enjoy haiku in the perennial garden. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well taiko drumming, and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture. All-Garden Pass also includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, and Tram Tour. October 5-27 (including Columbus Day).

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns - Old Westbury Gardens
October 27, 2013 - Old Westbury

Come see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns light up the night at one of Long Island's most treasured historic mansions, Old Westbury Gardens! RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns features the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors in a unique walk-through experience that's suitable for visitors of all ages. The trail takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through. Be amazed. Get inspired. Stir your creativity. Come experience The RISE! Order tickets online. The Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns runs Oct. 4 � Nov. 3: Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day.

On The Record - A Tribute to the Great Vocal Groups of the 20th Century - Stage 72
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

"On The Record" is a multi-media musical chronology of some of the most influential singing groups of the past three generations, the thrilling new production showcases the sights, sounds, songs and memorable moments from the singers and arrangers who helped shape the popular music scene of the last 100 years. The audience will get an entertaining and inside look at the history behind the songs, the singers and the industry that launched them. It's a perfect show for adults and their kids, and a great way to introduce kids to the landmark music of past generations.

Morningside Montessori Fall Festival - West 100th Street
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kids are invited to Morningside Montessori School's annual bash befitting the school's scholarship fund. Along with live music, the street fair will include tricks and treats such as ghost and goblin bowling, biting doughnuts on a string, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a Haunted House tour. There also will be ghoulishly good eats at Cafe Morningside, a bouncy castle, Bialas? Farmer's Market, a Bargain Boutique and much more. Admission is free.

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band Not-So-Spooky Halloween Concert - City Treehouse
October 27, 2013 - Chelsea

This is a seriously silly, slightly spooky family concert. Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band are returning to City Treehouse for their annual Not-So-Spooky Halloween Concert. With songs about dancing werewolves, falling leaves, hooting owls and monsters in the bubble bath, it's a wonderful way to celebrate Halloween without the shivers. Costumes are always welcome and grownups are always free.

Reading into History: Cooper and the Enchanted Metal Detector - New-York Historical Society
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

Find out about the American Revolution and backyard archaeology with author Adam Osterweil and explore the New-York Historical Society's collection of artifacts from the American Revolution. Learn how anyone can become a history detective.

'Little Red Riding Hood' - Galli Theater
Through October 27, 2013 - Midtown West

Little Red Riding Hood sets out through the forest to visit her granny. But who is in granny's bed when she gets there? Can Little Red Riding Hood out fox the wolf? Ages 4 and older.

Halloween Bash at apple seeds - apple seeds Upper West Side
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

apple seeds Upper West Side will be hosting a Halloween Bash featuring free play in the indoor playground, a songs for seeds performance, glow-in-the-dark activities, a Halloween puppet making workshop by The New Victory Theater, free dental hygiene kits by Dr. Adam Silevitch, DMD, snacks from GoGo SqueeZ and Wave Bar, Pizza and more! RSVP is required as space is limited. This event is open to the public! Non-Members are welcome for $8 per child (children younger than 6 months are free). UWS Members and Fall Class Participants are FREE! Please RSVP to: [email protected] or call 212-792-7591

Madame Tussauds Halloween Weekend - Madame Tussauds New York
Through October 27, 2013 - New York

Trick-or-treat with the stars, snagging Smarties from Albert Einstein and chopping Hog Dog Gummies in the Spirit of New York-themed section. Take full advantage of Scream, the live haunted experience. Create a ghoulish wax hand with fake blood and Halloween colors, for $10.00. Complete your costume with free Halloween face-painting. Free admission for costumed kids ages 4-12 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

Madame Tussauds Halloween Weekend - Madame Tussauds New York
October 27, 2013 - New York

Trick-or-treat with the stars, snagging Smarties from Albert Einstein and chopping Hog Dog Gummies in the Spirit of New York-themed section. Take full advantage of Scream, the live haunted experience. Create a ghoulish wax hand with fake blood and Halloween colors, for $10.00. Complete your costume with free Halloween face-painting. Free admission for costumed kids ages 4-12 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

Halloween Portrait Mini Sessions - Big Apple Portraits
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

Bring your Ghouls and Boos to our Halloween Mini Sessions at Big Apple Portraits. There is nothing cuter than your kids in their Halloween costumes. Big Apple Portraits is offering six days of Halloween mini sessions with four different backgrounds from 'not so scary' to downright spooky. Receive two digital images on CD and a sweet treat! Session costs $35 for one child and $5 for each additional child (up to 4 children a session). Limited slots are available for this special event. Payment is due at time of booking to guarantee your time slot.

Haunting Han Halloween - Planet Han Mandarin
October 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

Come to Planet Han and visit our Haunted Chinese House where you can play a lot of scary (but fun) games such as Mummy Make Up, Graveyard Ring Toss and Scary Lucky Draw. There will also be a Coffin Treasure Hunt, Face Paint, and a Photo Shoot. The brave of heard won't want to miss our Scary Corner!

Screamin' Green Halloween - Brookfield Place
October 27, 2013 - Battery Park City

It's that spooky time of the year again! New York City's annual Screamin' Green Halloween celebration returns to Brookfield Place on Sunday, Oct. 27. The annual earth-friendly party will feature games like "Bobbin' for Apples" and "Pin a Face on the Pumpkin," and kids will be treated to organic and fair-trade sweets. The fun continues with lots of interactive art projects, hands-on activities, and costumed entertainers and large-scale puppets wandering the indoor Winter Garden and outdoor waterfront plaza. Kids are also encouraged to bring last year's costume to exchange for a new one at the Costume Swap. The festivities culminate at 3pm with a Ghost and Goblins Parade through Battery Park City, led by a rousing marching band.

FUZIPOP! A HALLOWEEN Dance Party For City Kids w/ DJ Kai Song - Pink Elephant
October 27, 2013 - Greenwich Village

At FUZIPOP!'s HALLOWEEN BASH! the next generation of city kids can celebrate music, dance, and community with a Halloween twist. This event features DJs playing the latest in electronic music, alongside their favorite pop hits, live performance, and a nightclub environment that's in safe controlled setting. Kids can choose to dress up for a chance to win the "Best Costume" contest. Prizes include a DJ'ING for kids class a Dubspot ($395 value) and a Pioneer DDJ-WeGO, the ultimate DJ Controller for beginners ($300 Value).

The Tinderbox - West End Theater
October 27, 2013 - New York City

Frog and Peach Theatre Company, widely known for their popular and critically-acclaimed Upper West Side productions of Shakespearean plays, will present a fairy tale series, "Tinkerbell Theatre," adapting the Brothers Grimm's "Cinderella" and Hans Christian Anderson "The Tinderbox" into "Rocky-and-Bullwinkle" style plays featuring sing-along songs and big, soft puppets. In both plays, actors play the heroes and soft, playful puppets take on the roles of the villains. The plays will be presented in repertory and performances will be followed by puppet-making workshops to which all kids attending will be invited. "Cinderella" In this telling, Cinderella is a riotous new take on the familiar story of a young girl dispossessed by her murderous stepmother and wicked stepsisters. Her friendship with two magical puppet birds helps her go to the Three Day Ball, where she meets a socially awkward Prince Dreamboat with whom she plays Crazy Eights and compares notes on ornithology. His puppet parents, the King and Queen are eager to marry him off so they can return to Boca. Now, if only he were able to get that darned slipper to slip onto one of the girls in the kingdom, most of whom are so desperate to marry royally that they would whittle their feet for a fit! Saturdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 12:30pm. "The Tinderbox" is a story of a pure-hearted soldier who finds happiness in an enchanted forest, where he overcomes the scheming of a Wicked Witch, befriends three unforgettable Dogs and wins a beautiful (but lonesome) Princess with the help of a magical Tinderbox that brings you whatever your heart desires...and hilarious results! Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am. "Tinkerbell Theatre" will be presented Oct. 19-Nov. 10 on the following schedule: "Cinderella" Saturdays at 11:30am and Sundays at 12:30pm; "The Tinderbox" Saturdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 11:30am. Tickets are $12 and are available online at smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater 30 minutes prior to the performance. Running Time: 45 minutes. Keepsake Tinkerbell Puppet kits are available for $10. Designed by skilled puppet masters, these colorful, high quality puppet kits include everything you need to create your own treasured keepsake. (Alternatively, theatergoers who prefer may bring a sock and complete their own puppets at home.)

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities Tuesdays-Fridays; 1:30-5:30pm Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden: - Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm. - Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag. - Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater. - Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).

Midnight Moment: A Digital Gallery Featuring graphic designer and filmmaker, Andrew Sloat - Times Square
Through October 31, 2013 - Times Square

October’s Midnight Moment will feature 1st Amendment (excerpts) by graphic designer and filmmaker Andrew Sloat. The show reminds visitors of Times Square’s strong identity as the nation’s “town square.” Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night, The video will premiere just before midnight on Tuesday, October 1st, and play every night throughout October from 11:57 p.m.–midnight. Midnight Moment is a synchronized program and presentation of the Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) and Times Square Arts. This month's program is co-presented by AIGA/NY and Times Square Arts. The AIGA/NY invited a select group of New York designers to submit videos for the October Midnight Moment. Andrew Sloat's video was ultimately selected for its content, approach, and distinctive execution. Using analogue techniques, Sloat focuses on the key elements of Times Square: color, words, and movement, with excerpts from the U.S. Constitutional First Amendment literally spelled out.

Irving's Legend - Philipsburg Manor/Old Dutch Church
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes. Event takes place at the Old Dutch Church, just across the street from Philipsburg Manor. Oct. 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 Nov. 1-2. Admission for this 45-minute performance by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

Scared by the Sound Haunted House - 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202)
Through November 02, 2013 - Cortlandt Manor

For 2013 Scared by the Sound has moved from its prior location at Playland Amusement Park in Rye. The haunt is now located at 2305 Crompond Road (Route 202) in Cortlandt Manor. Just 3 miles west of the Taconic Parkway (near the Yorktown border), the new 13,000-square-foot Haunted House is now completely indoors. Experience the Crypt Walk, Haunted Wine Cellar, Creepy Morgue, Tunnels of Doom, plus the all new Zombie Zone, and much, much more! Note: although children under 12 years are allowed entry when accompanied by an adult, the event is not recommended for children under age 8. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and November 1-2. For more information, call 1-877-SCARY-FUN.

Horseman's Hollow 2013 - Philipsburg Manor
Through November 02, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman's Hollow returns for a third year of highly entertaining haunted mayhem, now expanded by popular demand to 13 evenings. Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow's unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting, while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining feature-film makeup artists make it all too real. Those who survive the trail must still negotiate a twisted maze of horrors too terrible to describe, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman where a party is being thrown in his honor. Heads will definitely roll...maybe even your own! Attracting widespread media attention including a feature on CBS national news, this event is NOT suitable for small children or the timid, but it is one of Westchester's premier haunted attractions, right in the heart of the village of Sleepy Hollow. WARNING: This event is NOT suitable for adults who are claustrophobic, have heart or respiratory conditions, are prone to seizures, or have other chronic health conditions. Recommended for ages 10 and older. October 5-6, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27; November 1-2. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance at hudsonvalley.org.

'Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through November 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Hansel and Gretel's Halloween Adventure picks up where the original Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre production leaves off; with the pair's pet swan Samantha flying the children back to their humble home after their wild escapade in the forest. Safely back at home during the Halloween season; Hansel and Gretel experience the most vivid dreams where Central Park and the Belvedere Castle serve as the backdrop for a magical explosion of music, dance and exciting encounters with a host of lovable characters. The brother and sister team once again embark on an adventure where beautiful mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires and a fabulous witch all intertwine for one unforgettable Halloween night in New York City.

Dinosaur Safari - By Popular Demand Extended Through Nov. 3 - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx

The new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. In anticipation of the new exhibit, the Bronx Zoo is offering New Yorkers a chance to vote for their favorite dinosaur species at bronxzoo.com/dino and win tickets to see the dinosaurs. Included in the vote: long-necked Brachiosaurus, the intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex, the gator-like Baryonyx, the massive Triceratops, or the flighted Quetzalcoatlus. Exclusive Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari stickers that can be used with a safari field guide will be given to those who vote. Dinosaur Safari will include a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and will highlight the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement will through Sunday, November 3, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. A 20% discount is offered with online purchases for Monday and Tuesday visits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com/dino.

Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx

Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition with safe, family-friendly activities. Annual favorites including a haunted walk-through adventure - The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries - headline the festivities and have been enhanced for this year's Dragons and Dinosaurs theme. Visitors will enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades in addition to traditional guest favorites including the hay maze, extinction graveyard, carved pumpkin demonstrations, treat stations, and seasonal craft workshops. Attractions and activities embrace the spirit of the season and highlight wildlife like bats, snakes, and nocturnal animals. Note: some activities require an additional fee. Boo at the Zoo activities include: The Museum of UnNatural Mysteries This Museum, created by Dr. B. Zarre, houses a remarkable collection of mysterious creatures, evidence of how the dinosaurs were destroyed, and anomalies collected from earth and space. Dr. B. Zarre has amassed this through years of exploration and adventure, and brought this fascinating "believe it or not" collection as a special exhibition exclusive to the Bronx Zoo. Location: by Somba Village. Time: 11am-5pm. 3-D Carved Pumpkin Demonstrations Professional pumpkin carvers from Sand Sculpture USA will be demonstrating their skill and displaying intricate pumpkin carvings that cannot be missed. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-5pm. Costume Parade Visitors can join the enchantment of a Halloween Parade. Hand-made puppets and props built by master costumers will be part of the fun as participants march through the zoo alongside an array of characters from the Alice Farley Dance Company. Location: starts at Zoo Center. Times: 12pm and 2pm. Photos will be available at the end of each performance. Musical Theater: Beasts of the Magical World This puppetry musical tells stories of owls and sorcerers, snakes, komodo dragons and frogs and magic. It was created by acclaimed puppeteer Noel MacNeal of Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, and numerous Nickelodeon TV series. Puppets were created by Puppet Kitchen of NYC. Music by Jim Camacho. Location: Asia Plaza Theater. Times: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Hay Maze Let yourself get lost at the zoo with a Halloween maze filled with sudden starts, stops and lots of adventure. Location: Butterfly Patio. Time: 11am-5pm. Live Music Gigi and the Lend me a Hand Band will lead zoo audiences on a musical adventure with the Gigi's Dino-mite Prehistoric Party. Audiences will be invited to participate in animal-themed musical performances, songs and dances, and games. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 11:30am, 1pm, and 3pm. Animal Themed Magic Shows Enjoy a Boo at the Zoo family tradition with remarkable sleight-of-hand and optical illusions from magic man David Levitan. Location: Tent by bear exhibit. Times: 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. Treat Stations Special locations around the park will help sweeten your visit. Time: 11am-5pm. Crafts Workshop Make a one-of-a-kind kimodo dragon puppet. Location: Dancing Crane Plaza. Time: 11am-4pm. Extinct Animal Graveyard Learn about endangered and extinct animals at this spooky display. Location: Mouse House lawn. Creature Chats Bronx Zoo animal experts celebrate wildlife iconic to Halloween season. Visit bronxzoo.com for full schedule.

Shanghai Glamour: New Women 1910s-40s - Museum of Chinese in America
Through November 03, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Shanghai Glamour explores the unique allure of early 20th century Shanghai, as represented by women and their fashionable dress. For the first time, exquisite outfits from the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, are on exhibit in the United States alongside accessories, posters, lifestyle images, and period images.The exhibition showcases exceptional objects from private collections in New York, passed down from a Shanghai-born grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, or aunt to their descendants in the United States. The Shanghai Glamour narrative circles back to New York, where a number of prominent Shanghai families settled after World War II.

The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through November 11, 2013 - Croton-on-Hudson

The tri-state area's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event returns for a whopping 25 nights in 2013! See more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated Jack O' Lanterns in this elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display - all made of Jack O' Lanterns! Stroll through the Tunnel O' Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. New additions this year to Blaze's perennially popular 'Jurassic Park' include a pterodactyl and a brontosaurus. Gawk at more Jack O' Lanterns than ever before. Plus, making its debut at this year's Blaze, and featuring more than 20 new works from professional artists, the Museum of Pumpkin Art will be the first ever exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year's sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and the second volume of a brand-new all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area's most innovative Halloween happening. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org or call 914-366-6900. October 5-6, 11-14, 17-20, 24-31; November 1-3, 8-11.

Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.

'Hollow' - The Players Theatre
Through November 16, 2013 - Greenwich Village

A heart-breaking triangle, a heart-racing chase - a mystery unsolved for centuries – the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Careless lovers taunt a fragile man with a treacherous dance that spins out of control. One man will triumph and both men will lose, several will squander their souls. Dark secrets lurk in the Hollow, echo through the woods and drive men mad. The crush of their steps as they run from the truth is deafened by their pounding hearts. Reckless they race although keenly aware that one false stride may lose them their head. What happens in the Hollow, stays in the Hollow – FOREVER! Not recommended for children younger than 9.

Oscar Wilde’s 'The Selfish Giant' - The Players Theatre
Through November 17, 2013 - Greenwich Village

Can the laughter of a child melt the cold heart of a selfish giant? Yes it can! This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's beautiful fairytale will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Take a very special journey inside the mind of Oscar Wilde. Follow him as he leads you into the tale of "The Selfish Giant." Watch as the stage transforms from literally nothing into the magical land of Wilde's imagination. At once you will see the show come to life before your eyes while getting a rare glimpse of the show behind the show. In addition to the one hour musical, the audience receives a special treat - interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. Here the audience learns about the original book and how we turned it into a musical. We discuss the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life. Then the kids and their families make a special art project and take it home as a souvenir. Now when they watch the show, they are familiar with the art forms and themes represented in the production. Pre-show Arts Workshop: one hour prior to every performance Dates: October 6 – Nov 17, 2013 Days & Times: Saturdays at 11a and 3p / Sundays at 11a Workshop: One Hour Prior to each Performance (There will be no performance on Sunday, November 3rd) The whole program (pre-show workshop and actual show) is approximately 2 hours long. Online show info: http://www.literallyalive.com/shows/giant.html Tickets $45 for first 4 rows $35 for second 6 rows $25 for all other seats Ticket price includes pre-show arts workshop Tickets can be purchased through Theatremania: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/927132 or by calling 212-352-3101 or 1-866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office (on the days of the show only).

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr. Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
Through November 17, 2013 - Bronx

Featuring fresh, local produce Find fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. EBT accepted.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 27, 2013 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Cooking demonstrations, recipe exchanges, and raffles as well as educational programming will take place in the market throughout the season. Every Wednesday John Scardina graces the market with live folk music. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

THE COMPROMISED LAND: RECENT PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FROM ISRAEL - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2013 - Purchase

When it comes to the subject of Israel, nothing is simple; not its history, its geography, its politics, its peoples, or its multicultural and religious core. The points of view are as varied and passionate as the people who populate this land, a little smaller than New Jersey (8,000 square miles), yet large enough to rivet the world's attention. It is a site of conflict, ancient and recent, and of promise. The new exhibition, "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel," organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, confronts many of Israel's issues head on. Exploring the themes of coexistence and conflict, history and memory, and the importance of land, the work of twenty-one contemporary artists will be on view in this exhibition through Dec. 1, 2013. "The Compromised Land" revolves around the notion of land, which, in Israel, is regarded as a sacred, as well as a geographical, economic, social, and political organism - rooted in the psyche and culture of its peoples, and thousands of years of history. Israel's conflicts, history, and culture shadow daily life and permeate artistic expression. The work of established and emerging artists, who are emotionally and intellectually invested in their country's fate, gives voice to their sense of unease and threat, as they consider, reveal, interpret, and question Israel's politics, culture, and future. The exhibition also examines Israeli photography and video, practices that dominate contemporary Israeli art, and for which Israel is internationally recognized. The featured artists include: Boaz Arad, Yael Bartana, Joseph Dadoune, Nir Evron, Barry Frydlender, Dani Gal, Ori Gersht, Dor Guez, Oded Hirsch, Miki Kratsman, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Adi Nes, Nira Pereg, Gilad Ratman, Michael Rovner, Lior Shvil, Sharon Ya�Ari, and Rona Yefman with Tanja Schlander. "The Compromised Land: Recent Photography and Video from Israel" is curated by Helaine Posner, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, and guest curator Lilly Wei; and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated 96-page catalogue with essays by Ory Dessau; Ron Pundak, Israeli historian and chairman of the Israeli Peace NGO Forum; and the co-curators. Support for the exhibition is provided by Artis, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, Susan and James Dubin, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Foundation. Support for the residency of artist Gilad Ratman is provided by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel. Additional support is provided by the UJA-Federation of New York in Westchester.

Front Row: Chinese American Designers - Museum of Chinese in America
Through December 01, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Front Row explores the ascent of Chinese American designers who contributed to the shaping of a new American sense of style. New York's Chinese American fashion designers emerged in the 1980s, just as the city was transforming its identity from a garment center into a major fashion capital.The exhibition features iconic outfits from the sixteen designers as well as video interviews. Participating fashion designers include: Thomas Chen, David Chu, Melinda Eng, Jade Lai, Derek Lam, Wayne Lee, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Phillip Lim, Mary Ping, Peter Som, Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee Teng, Zang Toi, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu.

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through December 16, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie is a "mommy and me" style class for kids ages 1 to 3 years. Each week is a different theme and the fun starts there. Puppets, songs, creative play, colors, counting and even a little circus fun are all a part of the class. First class is only $10. Single classes are $25, 3 classes are $60, and 5 classes are $90.

'Pippin' - Music Box Theatre
Through December 22, 2013 - Midtown

Everything has its season, and this season, Pippin returns to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") that includes the favorites "Magic to Do," "Glory," and "Corner of the Sky," Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston's American Repertory Theater, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival ("Hair" and The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"). This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

Piggy Nation The Musical - Snapple Theater Center
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

"Piggy Nation" is a funny, fast moving 60 minute musical full of lessons in avoiding "piggy" behavior. With an original score richly layered in blues, rock, rap and gospel influences, "Piggy Nation" follows Sammy Hamhock, a little pig excited to be on summer vacation following his dad to work on Piggy Patrol, issuing tickets for piggy behavior. But Sammy learns that everyone is a little piggy sometimes, even his dad. Full of lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration, "Piggy Nation" battles the rude behavior found all around us, in a colorful and amusing update of the golden rule. Lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration shine in this family musical for kids ages 3+ and their parents and grandparents too.

The Grinch's Holiday Workshop - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

To enter into The Grinch's Holiday Workshop is to be transported into the pages of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale, in which a grumpy Grinch, determined to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville, learns that generosity and the holiday spirit are not tied to gifts. With gallery walls draped in scenes from the book, including Cindy-Lou at the Who-ville holiday feast where the transformed Grinch carves the "roast beast," the interactive exhibit is a great and fun way to promote creativity, a love of reading and draw upon the lessons learned by the Grinch. New to The Grinch's Holiday Workshop this year is a special indoor "ice" skating rink where kids can take off their shoes and "skate" in their socks. The synthetic ice rink is safe, fun and provides thrills without any chills. The Grinch's Holiday Workshop features daily and weekly programming: Look for clues in The Workshop to answer scavenger hunt questions; follow the Grinch's green handprints throughout the Museum to learn about the importance of community and helping; dive into fun, creative play by creating Dr. Seuss "rhyming hats," two-sided Grinch masks and Max "the Rein-Dog" tree ornaments, and also create wacky Seussian words with Who-ville Mad-Libs. Children can also steer Max, the Grinch's unwitting "Rein-Dog," on an oversized, interactive sleigh all the way to Who-ville, as well as gather around the Grinch's whimsical, massive reading chair for storytelling with CMOM staff and special guests who will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and other classic Seuss books.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, 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 throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - Midtown

Art of the Brick, an exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world's biggest display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

'Penguins' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - Upper West Side

"Penguins," a new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, opens at the American Museum of Natural History, on Monday, July 8. The film will screen at the museum through Jan. 9, 2014. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by nWave Pictures Distribution, the film is narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Penguin City, on the remote island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as 6 million penguins. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin?s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth?s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins will be shown daily in the Museum?s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly). To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.) nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment present Penguins, a film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with British media powerhouse SKY 3D (BSkyB) and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.

LUMINOCITY - Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
Through January 12, 2014 - Lincoln Square

In Luminocity, Big Apple Circus' newest show, the Circus celebrates the city it calls home. In seats so close you feel like you're part of the action, see double trapeze artists, an equestrian who would fit right in with the NYPD, a clown, and an array of other circus performers. For the complete schedule of performances and tickets, visit bigapplecircus.org.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

Tweet - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - SoHo

Any adult of a certain age asked to define tweet in 2013 is likely to answer that it is a "short communication of 140 characters or less." Yet before 2006, tweet was primarily used to describe the chirp of a bird, a sound generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound. In New York City, you witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. People tweet, text, and email on the go. The simple act of looking around as you go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society. The exhibition Tweet asks everyone to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around, enjoy nature, and see the birds. All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

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.

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.

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