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MUSEUMS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25

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Museum Events for Kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids at the museums in Manhattan this week of February 25. Head to a children's museum for some fun and educational programs for your little ones, or bring the whole family to a museum exhibit for a fun cultural experience. Whether you live in Manhattan or are just visiting during the week of February 25 check out these fun and cultural activities and events for some great ideas on how to keep the kids busy. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Manhattan, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Crayon Creations - Children's Museum of Manhattan
February 26, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kids can express themselves by making squiggles, lines, and dots with colorful crayons on paper.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
February 28, 2013 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

Crayon Creations - Children's Museum of Manhattan
February 28, 2013 - Upper West Side

Kids can express themselves by making squiggles, lines, and dots with colorful crayons on paper.

MAD Fun: Family Day - Museum of Arts and Design 7th Floor
March 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

MAD Family Day offers countless opportunities for children to create learn and explore. Begin your exploration in one of the highlighted exhibitions, where artist educators and docents will be present to provide additional insights into the exhibitions and featured works sure to engage both children and their adult companions. With breathtaking views of Central Park that will inspire children and adults alike, Family Day provides an array of exciting activities. Artist educators will lead intergenerational workshops where families will craft unique 3-D objects inspired by the highlighted exhibition; select feature films, animated shorts, and special performances are shown in the theater; you will have a chance to meet an Open Studio Artist in the artist's studio. All materials for the event are provided.

Q&A with Orchid Experts - The New York Botanical Garden
March 02, 2013 - Bronx

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.

Tours for Fours - Museum of Modern Art
March 02, 2013 - Midtown West

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. March's theme is "Exploring Shape, Color, and Line." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5.

A Closer Look for Kids - Museum of Modern Art
March 02, 2013 - Midtown West

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. March's theme is "Telling Tales: Stories in Art." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It? - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
March 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Holiday Express puts magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels, all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, on display at the New-York Historical Society. But you can discover more than meets the eye. Spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes made by the Märklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your self-guided hunt, and see who can spot the most! Families can use this "i spy" hunt to search for hidden details in the trains and train stations of the Jerni Collection. Some sample "i spy"s: • How many coal cars can you count? • How many different kinds of animals can you spot on the trains and in the stations? • Find a post office, a refreshment stand, a train clock, and a water tower at this train station. Families using the hunt will be able to explore all the trains on display and take as long or as short as they like.

At The Kids' Table: Unusual Recipes During World War II - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
March 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

How do you cook a meal with limited ingredients? In this workshop, kids will join in for this wartime challenge and create delicious meals using ingredients and creative substitutions from a typical Victory Garden. During WWII families were encouraged to grown their own food, to free up more of the food supply for the troops. At the Kids’ Table is an ongoing series that uses hands-on ingredient exploration and cooking as a window into history. Families spend time in galleries and the studio looking, tasting, smelling, talking, and learning together. RSVP required. March 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013 (specific program dates/times listed below) All family programs take place at the New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets To RSVP for a family program please e-mail: familyprograms@nyhistory.org For more information on family programs and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, please call (212) 485-9293 or visit www.DimennaChildrensHistoryMuseum.org MUSEUM AND STORE HOURS: Tuesday- Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm Friday: 10 am – 8 pm (pay-as-you-wish from 6 pm – 8 pm) Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm MUSEUM ADMISSION: Adults- $15 Teachers and Seniors- $12 Students- $10 Children (5-13) - $5 Children (4 and under)- free

Sunday Studio @ The Met - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 03, 2013 - Upper East Side

Try your hand at creating works of art right next to the ones in the museum's galleries. Each Sunday Studio focuses on a different culture and art form and features family-friendly activities led by an artist. Art supplies are provided.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Tour Visits NYC for 20th Anniversary - Hilton New York
March 03, 2013 - Midtown West

For 20 years, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has inspired citizens and leaders worldwide to think and act differently by confronting hatred, preventing genocide, and promoting human dignity. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the museum has launched a four-city national tour to bring the history of the Holocaust to audiences across the country, introducing them to the museum's work, and inspiring people to take action against indifference today. Highlights for children include: - Building Blocks of Hope, 9am-4pm: A hands-on art project for children (age six and older) that will travel to DC for the museum's 20th anniversary event in April 2013. - Time Capsule in a Milk Can: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto, 11am-12pm, 2-3pm: A one-man theatrical performance recommended for students in middle school and older. - Family Research/World Memory Project, 9am-4pm: Opportunities to conduct Holocaust-era family research in the museum's extensive archive and to participate in the World Memory Project. The program is free but advanced registration is required. For a full schedule of programming visit neveragain.ushmm.org/events/entry/events-newyork.

Gallery Stage: Interactive Show - 'Two Rivers, Two Cultures' - Hudson River Museum
March 03, 2013 - Yonkers

Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program students, in costume, invite families to journey up the Hudson in a 20-minute performance they wrote for the exhibition The Panoramic River. An interactive adventure against a moving backdrop into early American and British cultures. The play stars a BOY who travels up the Hudson and meets an EXPLORER, Henry Hudson; an ARTIST, William Guy Wall; a Native American CHARACTER, Pukwudgie; and, a hungry SQUIRREL. Jokes, magic tricks, and audience involvement are all part of the fun. Appropriate for ages 6 and older.

Sunday Studio - Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 03, 2013 - Upper East Side

Try your hand at creating works of art right in the galleries. Each session focuses on a different culture and art form with family-friendly activities led by an artist. This month's focus is on Kwoma Designs from New Guinea. Drop in; art supplies provided. Ongoing instruction, 1-3pm. Meets in Gallery 354, 1st floor.

Studio Sunday at the Museum of Arts and Design - Museum of Arts and Design
March 03, 2013 - Columbus Circle

On the first Sunday of the month, join a professional artist to explore the galleries followed by a hands on workshop inspired by the objects in the exhibition. At MAD, the goal is to make everyone feel comfortable and enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn through their hands while having a good time together in the galleries and studio.

Tours for Fours - Museum of Modern Art
March 03, 2013 - Midtown West

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. March's theme is "Exploring Shape, Color, and Line." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5.

A Closer Look for Kids - Museum of Modern Art
March 03, 2013 - Midtown West

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. March's theme is "Telling Tales: Stories in Art." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5.

Mostly Magic With Matt Wayne - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Join celebrity magician Matt Wayne in small-group classes and break down one trick per session, from the history to the techniques. Tricks range from card-based to mind reading. Kids will get hands-on practice and guidance during the class, and will take home materials to continue learning at home. RSVP required at familyprograms@nyhistory.org.

Holiday Express: Can You Spot It? - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Holiday Express puts magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels, all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, on display at the New-York Historical Society. But you can discover more than meets the eye. Spot the intricate details in these amazing model train scenes made by the M�rklin model train company. Can you spot the refreshment stand? The station clock? How many train cars are pulling into the train station? Bring the whole family, pick up your self-guided hunt, and see who can spot the most! Families can use this "i spy" hunt to search for hidden details in the trains and train stations of the Jerni Collection. Some sample "i spy"s: ? How many coal cars can you count? ? How many different kinds of animals can you spot on the trains and in the stations? ? Find a post office, a refreshment stand, a train clock, and a water tower at this train station. Families using the hunt will be able to explore all the trains on display and take as long or as short as they like.

Usdan's 'Duality,' free student art exhibit - The Lobby Gallery
Through March 08, 2013 - New York

Mixed media works by Long Island students from the "Portfolio Preparation Program," which prepares talented high school art students for college art programs, will be exhibited.

Public Art Installation: "Organic Abstracts" by Dianne Smith - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Through March 24, 2013 - Bronx

"Organic Abstracts" consists of two large-scale, outdoor sculptures by Bronx-born artist Dianne Smith. The installation showcases her minimalist approach to large, abstract works made from repurposed materials that are incorporated into the landscape.

Tour Guide Talk For "Sally Ride: Trailblazing Astronaut" - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through March 31, 2013 - New York Harbor

In honor of Women's History Month, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum introduces the free Tour Guide Talk “Sally Ride: Trailblazing Astronaut” that will run every Saturday and Sunday in March, from 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM & 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan. Dr. Sally Ride, who passed away on July 23, 2012, broke barriers by becoming America's first woman to travel into space on the Space Shuttle Orbiter Challenger in 1983. The interactive talk will celebrate her career with NASA and the legacy she left for young people in the fields of science and technology. This Tour Guide Talk is open to the public and free with the price of admission to the museum.

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage - Discovery Times Square
Through April 07, 2013 - Times Square

Spy: The Secret World of Espionage is a new exhibition launching in May at Discovery Time Square. This interactive exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside the real world of intelligence, showcasing real items from the actual vault of the CIA. Encounter real stories and actual gadgets revealed for the first time ever from the CIA vault. Experience what it's like to be a spy firsthand by creating your own disguises, altering your voice, and navigating laser beams. Plus, gain exciting new insights into how intelligence really works: how science and technology play a major role, and discover how the men and women who do this kind of work shape the course of history every day.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through April 07, 2013 - Times Square

Back by popular demand, this stop in New York City will serve as the exhibition's return to North America after a yearlong international tour. Since it was last here in 2011, the exhibition has been updated significantly with artifacts from the film series, including the final film. The 14,000-square-foot experiential exhibition includes dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts film sets and authentic costumes and props from the films. Fans will have a firsthand view of hundreds of artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, the Gryffindor common room, and more. In addition to the hundreds of original props and costumes from the Harry Potter films displayed during the exhibition's first time in New York, original artifacts from the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will be on display for the first time, including a new vignette dedicated to the epic battle of Hogwarts.

The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. 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. On view through May 19, 2013.

10-Foot Cops - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting 10-Foot Cops: The NYPD's Mounted Unit, a glimpse into the history and daily lives of officers from New York City's Mounted Police Force. Opening January 26 and running through May 27, the exhibit is on loan from the New York City Police Museum, which is temporarily closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy. NYCPM will reopen in the Spring of 2013. Since its origins in the 19th century, the NYPD's Mounted Police has been regarded as one of New York City's most elite units. Unique, highly visible, and known by their colorful nickname, 10-Foot Cops, these officers are involved in all aspects of policing the city. 10-Foot Cops uses more than 40 original artifacts to explore the lives the men, women, and horses at the heart of this mounted unit. Children can have their picture taken sitting in a saddle and see uniforms, paintings, historic photographs and illustrations. The exhibit also includes a replica of a NYPD horse stable and shorts from the 1940 NYPD film "Training Police Horses" and a clip from the Department's "Inside the NYPD" from 2007. Visitors will come away with an appreciation of the training and dedication required of both police officer and horse alike from the story of the mounted unit's rich history and their continuing day-to-day policing operations in parks, on city streets and at parades and public demonstrations.

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road - China Institute Gallery
Through June 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road will be on view at China Institute Gallery from Feb. 7 through June 9, 2013. The western gateway to China, Dunhuang is one of the world's most esteemed art shrines and cultural heritage sites. The exhibition will explore art and ritual practices from the golden eras of the Northern (420-589) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. Among the highlights will be objects from the art of Buddhist practice including clay sculptures, wooden figures, silk banners, molded bricks, and paper cuts. The exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and Dunhuang Academy under the direction of Willow Weilan Hai Chang and is curated by Fan Jinshi, Director, Dunhuang Academy.

Face to Face - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 09, 2013 - SoHo

For twenty-five years, The Children's Museum of the Arts has provided children of all backgrounds the creative tools needed to promote self-expression and esteem through visual and performing arts. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CMA is proud to present Face to Face, an exhibit that offers a fascinating exploration of self-identity through still, moving, and living portraits, as portrayed by children using traditional methods of painting and drawing as well as technology. The main exhibit will consist of 40 portraits selected from CMA's Permanent Collection of children's art from over 50 countries, dating back to the 1930's. These pieces represent a range of historical moments, cultures and medium and will be hung salon style throughout the gallery. To incorporate CMA's philosophy of hands-on art-making, the exhibit will be accompanied by a variety of interactive installations that examine the texture, shape and sound of portraits. CMA will set up hands-on stations that will encourage visitors to become part of the exhibit, including reimagined versions of a typical self-portrait station. The CMA Media Lab will also create a photo booth in which visitors can take photos that will be projected on the wall. These photos will stream into a montage that will be accessioned into the collection and will also serve as a fascinating time-lapse of the exhibit as a whole. Face to Face also offers aspiring young artists the opportunity to submit their own works for a chance to become part of the museum's Permanent Collection. CMA will accept 25 original original works, in honor of 25 years of operation, to be selected by the museum's curatorial team. One selected piece will be chosen by an online viewer's choice campaign, hosted through CMA's website and social media platforms. To explore dimension, the exhibition will include a large-scale Pin Impression Board, offering several panels for visitors to experiment with and view their face as artwork. CMA will also present their first ever Artist-At-Work station in the Fine Arts Studio. Here, guest artists will volunteer their time and allow visitors to observe them in action as they create original portraits.

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Food is the one thing that unites every culture, race, and generation: over one billion people work in agriculture and every person eats. Food is used as a social ritual, a holiday tradition, a symbol of comfort, a gift, and an excuse to catch up with friends. The curators of this exhibition hope it will encourage visitors (both grown ups and kids) to examine a thing we all do everyday -- eat! -- and think about everything that goes into that act more consciously. The exhibition touches on a lot of serious issues such as the scarcity of food predicted for the future, alternatives to avoid that shortage, and childhood obesity.

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