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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON SEPTEMBER 4

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

Mary Poppins - New Amsterdam Theatre
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

See the magical Broadway version of the classic film.

"Sing a Song of Freedom: The Story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty" - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

A half-hour play dramatizing how the writer's poem "The New Colossus" transformed the beloved Statue of Liberty into a symbol of welcome.

Cirque du Soleil Presents 'Zarkana' - Radio City Music Hall
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

This epic spectacle features 71 international artists and follows Zark, a magician on a quest to find his lost powers. Along his journey, audience members are plunged into a fantastical and suspenseful world inhabited by surreal and mesmerizing creatures who perform highly-acrobatic feats to original live music and interactive multimedia elements.

"The Magdalene: A Musical Play" - Theatre at Saint Clement's
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

A contemporary musical about Mary Magdalene and her powerful relationship with the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. This ultra-progressive story is inspired by the recent discovery of alternative biblical gospels - "The Gnostic Gospels." In this passionate musical about religion and sacrifice, Mary and Yeshua are destined to become husband and wife, and face together the dangerous and corrupt powers of the time - the Roman Empire and the church - battling not only new religious ideas, but also the opposition to empowering women.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

Now in its 18th summer, the Central Park Conservancy's Harlem Meer Performance Festival features the best in local, established, and emerging artists in the genres of jazz, Latin, gospel, blues, and world music. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy the music from one of the Park's nearby lawns.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

Explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3-10. Call to register.

FAMILY ART PROJECT - CONSTABLE'S CLOUDS AND CEZANNE'S TREES - Wave Hill
September 04, 2011 - Bronx

Sketch your favorite trees and hilly landscape, then look up and draw the sky. Ecology Building.

Rite of Summer Classical Music Festival - Governors Island
September 04, 2011 - New York

The final installment in this new series features co-directors McMillen and Goldberg collaborating with two stalwart NYC-based violinists, Miranda Cuckson and Nurit Pacht, and will include rollicking violin/piano duos by John Adams, George Gershwin and others.

Run or Walk to Remember - Governors Island
September 04, 2011 - New York

A very poignant way to 9/11 and particularly the many who lost their lives. Three races include a 5K, a family friendly 3K, and a children's fun run where children will be placed in age-appropriate groups with distances appropriate for each age group.

Celebrating Our Neighborhood: Chinatown, Little Italy, and SoHo - Children's Museum of the Arts
September 04, 2011 - Manhattan

Join artists to create a collaborative "Thank you" to the neighborhoods CMA has called home for the last 20 years.

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films displayed in settings inspired by the films sets. While touring through the exhibition space, discover iconic items such as Harry's original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder's Map, Gryffindor school uniforms, and costumes worn at the Yule Ball.

'Portraits of Flight: Celebrating 100 Years of American Naval Aviation 1911-2011' - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

The museum, along with the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA), celebrates 100 years of American Naval Aviation with a new artistic exhibition that includes 24 paintings.

'Farm to Table' - New York Botanical Garden
Through September 05, 2011 - Bronx

Introduce youngsters to the source of favorite foods through play in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. They'll play farmer and see real plants under a "windmill," and a "barn," complete with hay, then pretend to harvest fruits and vegetables, using them to "cook" yummy recipes at the nearby "cafe." Through September 5.

Hudson River Park's Big City Fishing - Pier 46
Through September 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Beyond learning to fish, the program also provides participants with a firsthand opportunity to learn about the Hudson River environment. Participants will view plankton through microscopes, examine live specimens of fish caught that morning, and identify local species. Rods, reels, bait, and formal instruction are provided. Catch and release only.

'Angelina Ballerina The Musical' - Dicapo Opera Theatre
Through September 11, 2011 - Manhattan

Angelina and friends perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and ballet, to impress a famous visitor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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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