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FREE AND LOW COST CLASSES FOR KIDS IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF JANUARY 21

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by Kids Events Editor January 21, 2013

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free and low-cost classes to do with kids in Manhattan Find a schedule of free and low-cost kids' classes in Manhattan this week of January 21. Our weekly Manhattan class calendar includes dates, description, and pricing for children's programs throughout the area, including museum programs, academic classes, library events, nature programs, and much more. For upcoming kids classes in Manhattan, plus a host of other free and low-cost family activities, check out our complete calendar of events.

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Free Creative Dance Open Houses - Westbeth Center for the Arts
January 21, 2013 - West Village

Rachael Kosch teaches Creative Dance Classes with live music by Michael Kosch at Westbeth Center for the Arts. Join the celebration as children's dance expert Rachael Kosch kicks off her new classes in the West Village. To reserve your space and for any questions call 212-566-3097 or email rachael.kosch@gmail.com. Drop ins also welcome.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 21, 2013 - SoHo

Explore unconventional ways of building, constructing, and assembling with this three-dimensional guided workshop series.

Preschool Art Class - Arts in Action Studio
Through January 22, 2013 - Upper West Side

Founded and directed by Angela Tripi-Weiss, who provides a unique, sequentially-structured fine art education. Preschool artists will embark on an exploration of how they feel while creating laughable long lines, silly sassy shapes, fabulous forms, and colossal kaleidoscopes of colors using many of the art materials that artists use to express themselves. These classes are designed to expose your child, ages 3 to 5, to a variety of fun art materials, and the many exciting ideas and concepts that artists employ while creating their own art. They will tell their own visual stories through art based activities that foster fun, and an understanding of concepts of line, shape, form, and colors in a fun filled way.

Little Scientist: Bubble Wrap Painting - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 22, 2013 - Upper West Side

Spread silky paint on bumpy bubble wrap to experiment with texture.

Afterschool Art Class - Arts in Action Studio
Through January 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

Founded and directed by Angela Tripi-Weiss, who provides a unique, sequentially-structured fine art education. Arts in Action teaches a visual language as a means of communication that's fun to learn.

Mix It Up - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 23, 2013 - SoHo

What materials will you use today? The term "mixed media" not only involves the use of paint and cardboard, but can also include fabric, tissue paper, and pipe cleaners. The combination of materials are endless are we create unique artworks.

Crayon Creations - Children's Museum of Manhattan
January 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

Express yourself as you make squiggles, lines, and dots with colorful crayons on paper.

Print It - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 25, 2013 - SoHo

This drop-in class explores various types of printmaking, including block prints, monotypes, and silk screening.

Tech for Tots: Learning with Sounds - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
January 26, 2013 - Upper East Side

Bring your little ones in to experiment with different sounds that they hear every day, and then record themselves on an audio CD to take home. Reservations of up to two (2) children at a pre-k to kindergarten learning level can be made by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the event date.

Start With Art Plus: Write like An Egyptian - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 27, 2013 - Upper East Side

Sketch, explore, listen to stories, and have a gallery adventure. All art programs begin at the Carson Family Hall, Center for Education. Write like An Egyptian: Get with the glyphs. Travel back to the world of ancient Egypt as you explore centuries-old works of art, become mesmerized by exciting stories, and decipher mysterious hieroglyphs. End by decorating your own papyrus manuscript.

Sunday Story Hour - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

Hear tales of New York and learn about the city's history with these stories for young children.

Jazz Kids! with Amy - 55 Bar
January 27, 2013 - West Village

At this interactive afternoon concert, kids ages 2-6 can play along and listen to kid-friendly jazz songs while learning a little bit about this music genre. Free snacks; beverages for kids and parents are available for purchase.

Build It! - Children's Museum of the Arts
January 28, 2013 - SoHo

Explore unconventional ways of building, constructing, and assembling with this three-dimensional guided workshop series.

Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through January 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.

Inclusive Weekend Classes - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through February 28, 2013 - SoHo

An opportunity for children with physical disabilities ages 7 and older and their able-bodied siblings or friends to participate in a drop-off art class together. This program is intended to make the museum's art-making accessible to all needs and provide an opportunity for siblings to spend time with each other and with peers who have similar experiences.If a child with a physical disability doesn't have a sibling to attend the session with him or her, the child may bring along a friend instead. Each session offers a new workshop that is designed to meet the needs of the participants. This program is staffed with CMA teaching artists and a licensed occupational therapist(s).?This program is based on a class-like model in which the teaching artists and the OT work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants;?if your child requires dedicated one-on-one attention you should consider bringing a paraprofessional or other adult to help facilitate your child's experience. Parents are encouraged to drop off their children, though they are welcome to stay if they wish or remain close by in another part of the museum. To sign up for a session, discuss your child's needs with the program director in advance of the session. Contact Rachel for more information at rrapoport@cmany.org.

Free Baby Play Group - Franciscan Community Center
Through March 12, 2013 - Upper West Side

This free baby class for parents and caregivers meets on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm. It will include toys, music, and relevant topics for discussion. Come out of the cold and make some new friends.

R&R @ the JCC - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 23, 2013 - Upper West Side

R&R Saturdays are free at the JCC. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in your community. Workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, and both indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. All are welcome.

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through March 31, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie and Tudie is a 'mommy and me' style class. The interactive class includes themed week such as ducks, butterflies, teddy bears, fish, and dinosaurs. Great for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package. Monday and Wednesday 10:30am.

Film Forum Jr. - Film Forum
Through March 31, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

A new Sunday matinee series of classic films for kids and their families beginning Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at 11am. The series will run for 13 Sundays, January 6 through March 31; all tickets will be $7. Programmed by Bruce Goldstein, Film Forum's Director of Repertory Programming, Film Forum Jr. will introduce children (ages 5 and above) and teenagers to silent and sound classics, as well as modern classics. All movies will be shown in glorious 35mm prints or equally glorious DCP (no Blu-rays and no DVDs). Film Forum Jr. will kick off with the 1956 French classic THE RED BALLOON. Turn your kids on to the joie du cinema français, as petit garcon Pascal Lamorisse and mind-of-its-own balloon rouge share dialogue-less adventures through the old Belleville section of Paris. One of the most celebrated short films of all time, and winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes, THE RED BALLOON will be presented in the miracle of “Balloon-O-Rama.” GERALD MCBOING-BOING, winner of the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, will screen with THE RED BALLOON. Adapted from a story by Dr. Seuss and produced by animation legend John Hubley, GERALD MCBOING-BOING is the story of a little boy who speaks through sound effects instead of language. A GERALD MCBOING-BOING sound-alike contest will follow the show. Full schedule available at www.filmforum.org/ffjr

Shababa™ Saturday Mornings with Karina - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa™ community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations, and more. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Shababa™ Saturday Club - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish values in a warm, informal communal setting. The staff will engage them through creative and traditional approaches. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

The Cultural Sunday School, Kidschool, Preschool, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Two Sundays a month, tots and teens have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

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