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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON SEPTEMBER 15

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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, September 15, 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 September 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

OFC Night: Thinking Back & Looking Forward - Options for College
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Join Options for College staff and students past, present, and future for a discussion on life before, during, and after college. Options for College counselors, SAT experts, and directors will discuss current work at OFC and how to get the most out of the college process. RSVP on the event's Facebook listing or by contacting Abby Kelly at akelly@optionsforcollege.com or 646-378-7864.

CMA TIme Capsule - Children's Museum of the Arts
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Share your memories of CMA at 182 Lafayette Street through a creative time capsule. Bring in pictures, special projects, or create something new to add.

Tribeca Cinemas Presents "The High Cost of Living" - Tribeca Cinemas
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Written and directed by Deborah Chow, this film starts with an accident. Henry (Zach Braff) makes a wrong turn and crashes into Nathalie (Isabelle Blais). In a fit of panic and over the legal limit, he runs away, leaving Nathalie lying in the street, unconscious, bleeding, and eight months pregnant. She wakes up in the hospital only to find her bright future destroyed and the baby she is still carrying dead. Her husband, Michel (Patrick Labbe) is too unnerved and emotionally bereft to deal with the tragedy. As her life unravels, she stumbles across Henry – who has been secretly searching for his victim. Unaware who he really is, Nathalie sees him as an unlikely guardian angel, everything Michel is not – compassionate, charming, and a little crazy. She finds a welcome relief in the tall, rumpled stranger that seems only too willing to offer her refuge. But Henry has his own problems. His past is catching up with him, and he soon discovers that the police are steadily closing in. The inevitable collision will force Henry and Nathalie to confront loss and life, and to ultimately decide whether the high cost of living is worth the price.

Tribeca Cinemas Presents 'Beware the Gonzo' - Tribeca Cinemas
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

First-time director Bryan Goluboff's film is the story of a 17-year-old student who starts a revolution in his high school but nearly loses himself in the process. Eddie "Gonzo" Gilman (Ezra Miller) is the quintessential outsider - too smart to be a follower and too outspoken to be accepted. When Gavin Riley, the hugely popular editor of the newspaper (Jesse McCartney), fires Gonzo from the paper, Gavin has no idea what events he has inadvertently set into motion. Once ousted, Gonzo takes on a new role and thus a new era at the school is born. Gonzo becomes a rebel with a cause. Gonzo decides to become the voice of the oppressed, uniting all the nerds, outcasts, and geeks in the school. With help from a beautiful outsider (Zoe Kravitz), he begins publishing his own underground newspaper, one that isn't afraid to question authority and infuriate the school's principal and staff. But the more he uncovers about the injustices in his school, the more he learns that the truth comes with consequences in this fresh teen-angst comedy. The film also features Amy Sedaris, Campbell Scott, and Judah Friedlander.

Tribeca Cinemas Presents "Brothers Justice" - Tribeca Cinemas
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

Directed by Dax Shepard and David Palmer; written by Shepard. In an attempt to shake up his career, actor Dax Shepard makes the decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renown martial arts star. Without any formal martial arts training, or any real funding for his 'blockbuster' action movie script, Shepard enlists the help of his buddies including producer Nate Tuck and actor Tom Arnold. Together, they work towards Shepard's true passion while facing rejection at every turn. With maniacal conviction, Shepard journeys on a bizarre path that becomes increasingly nonsensical and destructive, all at the expense and exploitation of his personal and professional relationships. The Hollywood satire also features performances by Bradley Cooper and David Koechner ("Anchorman"), among others.

Tribeca Cinemas Presents "Grave Encounters" - Tribeca Cinemas
September 15, 2011 - Manahttan

Written and directed by the Vicious Brothers. Lance Preston and the crew of "Grave Encounters," a ghost-hunting reality television show, are shooting an episode inside the abandoned Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, where unexplained phenomena has been reported for years. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted - it is alive - and it has no intention of ever letting them leave. They find themselves lost in a labyrinth maze of endless hallways and corridors, terrorized by the ghosts of the former patients. They soon begin to question their own sanity, slipping deeper and deeper into the depths of madness, ultimately discovering the truth behind the hospital's dark past...and taping what turns out to be their final episode.

Yoga Program for Kids Ages 4-12 - Beth Israel Medical Center
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

This program was developed for children with ADHD and autism spectrum disorders but is applicable as an important experience for all children. The program is designed to enhance learning and brain development for children by blending stories, yoga postures, breathing, and relaxation. The practice of yoga, with focus on the breath and postures, helps kids relax, focus, and become more flexible and emotionally balanced. The class is taught by integrative yoga therapist Jillian Friedman.

Music for Children Open House - Church of the Heavenly Rest
September 15, 2011 - Manhattan

In this free sample class, you'll experience Music for Children's creative curriculum that grows with children from birth to age 14. Classes are designed to meet students' developmental needs on an emotional, cognitive, physical, social, vocal, and mathematical level by connecting the art of the music with the heart of the child. Each class incorporates live piano, voice, and guitar. Call 203-854-9797 to register.

The Ohmies: 'Morning Wish Garden' - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Dance, stretch, and giggle with Bella Butterfly and Carlin Caterpillar on their journey to wake up Mr. Sun. Along the way, The Ohmies lead the audience in a series of yoga-inspired dance exercises as they make new friends and shake off their worries. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.TicketCentral.com.

FIGMENT Sculpture Garden - Governors Island
Through September 25, 2011 - New York

See 17 amazingly creative, interactive, and sustainable sculpture projects on display.

‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious’ - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore the neighborhood where Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live. Encounter new challenges, materials, and ideas and learn like Curious George - through direct experience and problem-solving! Based on H.A. and Margret Rey's classic stories and the PBS KIDS® television series, feed children's natural curiosity as they explore early science, math, and engineering through hands-on play.

Sundae Sermon - Morningside Park
Through September 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Harlem's feel-good music and film series features a wide array of acclaimed international and local NYC DJ's spinning positive vibrations by way of soulful house, disco, classics, Afro-beat, Latin tunes, and more. There is dancing for all and activities for children, including face painting, hula hoops, and ball games.

Amuse Bouche - The Brick Theater
Through September 25, 2011 - Williamsburg

The Brick Theater, presenter of the blockbuster New York Clown Theatre Festival in 2010 (and returning in 2012), does not want fans of Clown Theatre to go hungry in the meantime. This September, The Brick presents its biennial Amuse Bouche selection of outstanding Clown Theatre work: nine mainstage shows, three cabarets, and clown films and classes, with performers from Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the far corners of the U.S.

The Great Summer Zoofari - A LEGO Wildlife Expedition - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

LEGO Master Builders have created a safari of LEGO block wildlife sculptures that will be on display throughout the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The expedition brings to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and threats to their survival, and aims to imspire visitors to help build a future for wildlife. Each guest will be given a complimentary Zoofari passport to help them plot their adventure through the zoo and guide them to each of the LEGO displays. Participants can stamp their passport at each of the six stations located throughout the park as they enjoy all of the LEGO creations including a tiger, Chilean flamingos, a gorilla mother and child, penguins, a giraffe, and Khansi spray toads, while learning about the real animals and WCS's work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. There will be a Build Zone construction area and interactive activities where visitors will be able to construct their own LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Certified Professionals on one weekend each month of the program. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts and activities with the Museum for African Art, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Bank of America Explorer Zone - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Hands-on activities and educational displays teach visitors about the tools of conservation. Visitors will learn how field scientists track animals in the wild with camera traps, how gorilla conservationists use data to determine which habitat areas to safeguard, and facts about animal diets. At the lunch tray station, kids can try their hand at preparing "lunch" for gorillas, tigers, and bears. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

The Great Summer Zoofari - Disney Vacation Club Adventure - Bronx Zoo
Through September 30, 2011 - Bronx

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild. From animal mask decorating to storytelling from the savanna, plus meet Camp Safari Mickey. At the Dancing Crane Pavilion. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.

'Are You a Wolf?' - National Comedy Theatre
Through September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

A healing theater show that brings together fairytale wisdom, the rhythm of Michael Jackson, and new ideas about health and wellness. Performed by physician Dr. Tatjana Maya, founder of the Dr. Fairytale Program, which brings the educational and healing value of fairytales and storytelling to seriously ill children and their families.

Galli's 'Aladdin' - National Comedy Theatre
Through September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

This is an interactive fairytale adaptation of the famous story from "1001 Nights." Written by award-winning playwright Johannes Galli, it combines humor and philosophy.

The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Through September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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 September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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.

Portable Praise: Shrines to Go! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Families will tour the galleries and visit the special Tibetan Shrine room where they'll see what a real Tibetan temple may look like, hear the sounds of monks chanting, and see the glow of flickering butter lamps. After learning why different shrines are made throughout the Himalayas and what they're used for, families will create their own shrine to take home.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
Through September 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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 Becoming a Family (9/7), Going Back to Work...Or Not (9/14), How Babies Play and How They Learn (9/21), and Getting Fit (9/28).

Breastfeeding Support Group - 92nd Street Y
Through September 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.

PortSide NewYork Presents - LILAC
Through September 30, 2011 - Tribeca

This multimedia exhibit highlights the little-known mariners' role in responding to 9/11 - from evacuation to rubble removal. To bring home the point, the exhibit will be mounted on a ship docked at a pier from which Ground Zero rubble was removed. PortSide will mount the exhibit on the former U.S. Lighthouse Tender Lilac, in partnership with the non-profit Lilac Preservation Project. The exhibit will include photography and oral history by the award-winning photojournalist Carolina Salguero, who went on to found PortSide NewYork, plus contributions from vessel and rubble removal crews, MARAD, and the Center for National Policy.

Art Exhibit: 'Warhol: Paintings for Children' - 92nd Street Y
Through October 04, 2011 - Manhattan

About 80 original Warhol paintings intended to appeal to children will be hung low so that kids can see them and get up close to them. From 12-4pm on weekends in September (starting September 10), kids can participate in art workshops (preregister online) that allow them to link the paintings in the gallery with work they create themselves. Workshops include a drop-in Silkscreen studio; those that explore Warhol's practice of transforming everyday objects into art by presenting them in new ways; creating images with rubber stamps and repetition; modeling and glazing a ceramic shoe inspired by Warhol's shoe drawings; and creating a metal fish bookmark that draws on Warhol's fish wallpaper design.

Kayaking On the Hudson - Riverside Park South
Through October 10, 2011 - Manhattan

Join the Downtown Boathouse for 20 minutes of instruction, then explore the Hudson River first-hand. Participants must wear proper attire and know how to swim.

'Reflections' Exhibition - fordPROJECT
Through October 14, 2011 - Manhattan

A group exhibition showcasing three young Japanese artists: Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo, and Toru Kuwakubo. The exhibition inaugurates a collaboration with the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, widely recognized as a leading gallery in the representation of contemporary Japanese artists.

'Newsies The Musical' - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through October 16, 2011 - Millburn

Adapted for the stage from the popular Disney film, this new musical is based on the 1899 true story of a courageous group of scrappy newsboys who become unlikely heroes when they rally forces to fight an unscrupulous newspaper tycoon.

Young Sprouts Gardening - Children's Garden, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 25, 2011 - Manhattan

Tots will plant seeds, water the garden, and pick (and eat!) fresh greens and vegetables that are all organically grown without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Picture books and simple crafts help celebrate the marvelous sensory experience of being in a garden.

Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
Through October 26, 2011 - Manhattan

Sing, listen to stories, and play with other toddlers, parents, and caregivers on the grassy lawn.

Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 27, 2011 - Manhattan

Spend an afternoon in the park playing unique lawn games, using everything from parachutes to hundreds of asteroid-balls, and making creative art and craft projects under the sun.

Children's Basketball - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Through October 28, 2011 - Manhattan

Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. 3:30pm for ages 5-6; 4:30pm for ages 7 and older.

'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

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

The Berenstain Bears Live! in 'Family Matters: The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Watch Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear as they sing and dance their way through a few life lessons. Face painting and photo opportunities with the Bears follow each performance.

Drop in Playtime - The Art Farm in the City
Through October 31, 2011 - Manhattan

All ages can drop in for animal time, arts snd crafts, and creative play in the playroom. Drop off available for ages 2½ and up.

"Imaginocean" - New World Stages
Through November 09, 2011 - Manhattan

A new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor John Tartaglia, "Imaginocean" follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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