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KIDS SHOWS IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF MARCH 2

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by Kids Events Editor March 2, 2013

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Kids Shows in Manhattan Check out these free and low-cost family and children's shows playing the week of March 2 in Manhattan. See if your favorite musician will be in town and get all the details on the concert, find children's movie screenings, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new musical or play that your family can go see together. If the weather is cooperative, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Manhattan or will just be visiting during the week of March 2, you'll find plenty of options to keep your kids entertained. 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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Diller-Quaile Rug Concerts - The Diller-Quaile School of Music
March 02, 2013 - Upper East Side

Engaging and interactive "rug concerts" designed for young children include singing, movement, and opportunities to play rhythm instruments. Each concert is different.

Diller-Quaile Rug Concert - The Diller-Quaile School of Music
March 02, 2013 - Upper East Side

Engaging 45-minute concerts designed for children ages 6 and younger include singing, movement, and opportunities to play rhythm instruments. No reservations needed, but space is limited.

Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre - Bank Street Bookstore
March 02, 2013 - Morningside Heights

Come see this improvisational audience-participation puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and will feature special guests.

Exceptions to Gravity - Canal Park Playhouse
March 02, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. The show is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.

Comedy Magic Show - Broadway Comedy Club
March 02, 2013 - Midtown West

Prepare yourself for an afternoon filled with mystery and amazement with a one-hour magic show at the legendary Broadway Comedy Club. The bi-weekly magic show will feature a rotating line up of talented magicians, including comedy magician Randy Masters. The comedy magic show combines sleight of hand, mind reading stunts, and plenty of audience participation. Suitable for all ages. Broadway Comedy Club hosts a bi-weekly Saturday afternoon magic show, suitable for the whole family! Performance dates: Feb. 2nd, Feb. 16th, March 2nd, March 16th, April 6th, and April 20th.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Built To Amaze - Prudential Center
March 02, 2013 - Newark

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents the 143rd exhilarating edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Elephants, tigers, acrobats, and aerialists join together from across the globe for one breathtaking performance of non-stop thrills by what is surely the most famous circus on earth.

Moey's Music Party Concert & Songwriting Workshop - JCC of Manhattan
March 02, 2013 - Upper West Side

Every kid feels like a rock star as they jump, dance, and shake their thing with Moey's Music Party. There will be puppets, bubbles, and pompoms for all the kids plus a pink feather boa to the most enthusiastic grown-up dancer. After the concert, families can enjoy an intimate songwriting workshop with Parents' Choice Gold Award winning songwriter, Moey as she explores creating rhymes and rhythms with children. All ages welcome.

The Little Orchestra Society presents 'Meet the Maestro' - Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
March 02, 2013 - Upper East Side

Join the Little Orchestra Society and its Lolli-Pops cast Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird, Bow the Panda and Bang the Lion, for a crash-course in conducting. Guest conductor Andre Raphel will lead the orchestra in the classical works of Beethoven, Strauss, and many others. Children will receive glow stick batons to help bring the movements of the maestro to life (recommended for children 3-5). Performances are at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues). Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling the Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500, the Kaye Playhouse Box Office at 212-772-4448 or online at littleorchestra.org.

Meet the Music! Red Dogs and Pink Skies: The Colors of Music! - Alice Tully Hall
March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

Discover how music is like painting, and how painting is like music. With beautiful projected images of paintings and a special musical score by Bruce Adolphe, we explore the mysteries of colors that you both see and hear.

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.

Milkshake Rocks The Jewish Museum - The Jewish Museum
March 03, 2013 - Upper East Side

This Baltimore-based Grammy-nominated kindie band is celebrating the release of their fifth studio CD, "Got a Minute?" with an all-ages show where they'll play old favorites along with an array of new songs. Here's more information from the press release: The groundbreaking, Baltimore-based kindie band Milkshake celebrates the March release of their fifth studio CD, "Got a Minute?," with an all-ages show at 2pm on Sunday, March 3 at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St., NYC. Known for their pop-rock style that fairly crackles with energy and GRAMMY nominated for their 2009 album, Great Day, Milkshake's musical influences range from Julie Andrews and the Beatles to The White Stripes and Bo Diddley. At The Jewish Museum, the band will play old favorites like "Baseball" (where Milkshake has a mini ball game with the kids), "Fingers & Toes" (in which band member Michael "Shepp" Sheppard tries out his French), and "Bottle of Sunshine" (featuring the famous Milkshake Bottle of Sunshine), along with an array of new songs off the Got a Minute? CD. Milkshake is familiar to millions of American households through the band's playful, vibrant music videos, which have been seen on PBS KIDS, Nick Jr. and Discovery Kids. Milkshake's live concerts, described by the Baltimore Sun as "a little like magic," bring the same happy, rocking energy onstage to fans across the country. Got a Minute? is the first new Milkshake CD since the band's 2009 GRAMMY nominated Great Day. The new album was inspired by a series of thirteen brief musical gems -- each just a minute or so in length -- that Milkshake wrote for PBS KIDS in 2006. Challenged and excited by how much artistic punch could be packed into such a short amount of time, Milkshake has expanded on that concept in Got a Minute? -- an album that includes those original PBS KIDS songs, plus 20 more quick hitting "Milkshake miniatures," most of which clock in at two minutes or less.

The Rockdoves @ City Treehouse - City Treehouse
March 03, 2013 - Chelsea

Drawing inspiration from folk to the blues to rock 'n roll, this band offers an exciting, interactive live performance that delights audiences with its blend of education, comedy, and storytelling. Children will become performers, too, as they transform into animals, dance to fun grooves, and sing, shout, and cheer. The band will be performing songs from their new album "Be A Song," as well as favorites from their debut "From The Birds." For more info about The Rockdoves and their music, visit therockdovesnyc.com.

The Deedle Deedle Dees - Symphony Space
March 03, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Deedle Deedle Dees are an educational rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2003, the band has been wowing kids and their families with amazingly fun songs based on history and science. The results have made them New York City favorites, with a rabid and devoted following of kids (and their parents). For their Symphony Space show, The Dees will take the audience on a musical tour of NYC, a town built from seemingly disparate but somehow wonderfully compatible element. The performance will include a range of this city's musical sounds: hip hop, klezmer, old jazz, punk rock, mariachi, salsa, old string band music, mixed together in new and surprising ways. The band will debut new songs, like "Throw It Away," "Light Up the World" (written with kids at an orphanage in Haiti) , and a song about perseverance called "Working on a Bridge."

Exceptions to Gravity - Canal Park Playhouse
March 03, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. The show is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present Built To Amaze - Prudential Center
March 03, 2013 - Newark

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents the 143rd exhilarating edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Elephants, tigers, acrobats, and aerialists join together from across the globe for one breathtaking performance of non-stop thrills by what is surely the most famous circus on earth.

Broadway Playhouse: Stephen Schwartz - Merkin Concert Hall
March 03, 2013 - Midtown West

Merkin Concert Hall's Broadway Playhouse series introduces kids to the masterpieces of American Musical Theater through mini-musicals, medleys, sing-alongs and games in which children participate. The 2013 series concludes with Stephen Schwartz, one of only two composer/lyricists to have three shows run longer than 1,500 performances on Broadway: "Wicked," "Godspell," and "Pippin." Schwartz was also involved in Disney's classics Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the score for Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt. This concert will “Defy Gravity” and has lots of “Magic to Do” as we celebrate one of Broadway’s greatest living composers/lyricists. For ages 4-11.

BYOK: Alastair Moock - 92YTribeca
March 03, 2013 - Tribeca

Alastair Moock is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Boston. Since 1995, he has toured throughout the US and Europe and won top honors at many of the country's most prestigious songwriting contests, including those at the Falcon Ridge, Sisters, and Great Waters folk festivals. In 2007 he was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year. The Boston Globe calls him "One of the town's best and most adventurous songwriters," and The Washington Post says, "Every song is a gem." These Are My Friends follows Moock’s award-winning 2009 family music debut, A Cow Says Moock. That album won a 2010 NAPPA Gold Award, a Parents’ Choice “Recommended” Award and was a Boston Children’s Music Favorite Album of the Year. Like Pete Seeger and others from an earlier generation of folk music, Moock makes little distinction between his own songs and cover material. For him, it's all part of a continuum — a collaboration between the old and the new. Interspersed with the eight originals (and two short parodies) on These Are My Friends are songs like Mail Myself to You (by Woody Guthrie), Green Green Rocky Road (traditional, associated with Dave Van Ronk), Yes Indeed (by Sy Oliver, made famous by Ray Charles), Every Day (co-written and originally sung by Buddy Holly) and Ladybug’s Picnic (from Sesame Street). “An ebullient debut children's album from respected folk musician Alastair Moock. Inspired by his toddler twin daughters, Moock offers dad-savvy empathy, humor and warmth delivered in his trademark gravel rasp and foot-stomping, American roots music instrumentals.” - Parents' Choice Tickets $15, babies under 2-years-old are free.

The Little Orchestra Society presents 'Meet the Maestro' - Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
March 03, 2013 - Upper East Side

Join the Little Orchestra Society and its Lolli-Pops cast Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird, Bow the Panda and Bang the Lion, for a crash-course in conducting. Guest conductor Andre Raphel will lead the orchestra in the classical works of Beethoven, Strauss, and many others. Children will receive glow stick batons to help bring the movements of the maestro to life (recommended for children 3-5). Performances are at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues). Tickets start at $15 and are available by calling the Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500, the Kaye Playhouse Box Office at 212-772-4448 or online at littleorchestra.org.

Exceptions to Gravity - Canal Park Playhouse
March 08, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. The show is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.

Exceptions to Gravity - Canal Park Playhouse
March 09, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. The show is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.

'Grug' - New 42nd Street Studios
Through March 17, 2013 - Times Square

Hamish, Jude, and Lucas tell the audience all about it in this charm-filled puppet performance by Australia's Windmill Theatre. Join the huggable haystack with a knack for problem solving as he turns a cramped burrow into a cozy home, finds food to quiet his grumbling tummy and tends his growing garden—even planting enough cabbages to feed a sneaky, snacking snail. Then: Yay! A parcel arrives! And another and another and another, and with each box, a new surprise. A tricked out set with delightful doohickies and theatrical thingamabobs makes flowers bloom and veggies grow. Based on the much loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this fun, inventive show gives everyone a chance to get up, boogie down and party Grug-style.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 26, 2013 - Gramercy

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 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.

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