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Kids Theater in Bronx Week of August 20

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Theater for Kids in Bronx Check out these free and low-cost family and children's theater performances playing the week of August 20 in Bronx. See if your favorite play or musical will be in town and get all the details on the performance, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new show that your family can go see together. In the warmer months, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Bronx or will just be visiting during the week of August 20, you'll find plenty of entertainment in the theaters. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Bronx, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Shabbat for Tots - Union Temple
Through December 28, 2012 - Brooklyn

Singing, dancing, and a little Hebrew for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adult guests. Led by Yoshie - kids' favorite!

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' - Bryant Park
August 20, 2012 - Midtown

The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets and picnicking and the film begins at sunset. Steven Spielberg's non-stop thriller stars Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, cinema's most resourceful archaeologist, taking on Nazis and other bad guys in a race for the Ark of the Covenant. (1981; 115 minutes; PG).

Art in the Park - The Hippo Playground
August 20, 2012 - Upper West Side

The Hippo Playground Project is sponsoring free arts and crafts activities for kids every weekday morning during the summer. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the parkhouse. For more information about the Hippo Playground Project, please e-mail hippoplayground@yahoo.com.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 20, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

The Bierkos - White Plains Public Library
August 20, 2012 - White Plains

Original songs about summer and children's books by the dynamic husband and wife duo.

Family Movie - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
August 20, 2012 - Haverstraw

Come in and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Title will be announced that day.

TROVE @ the Movies: 'Cars 2' - White Plains Public Library
August 20, 2012 - White Plains

In this Disney-Pixar animated adventure, the race car, Lightning McQueen, and the incomparable tow truck, Mater, take their friendship on the road when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. Rated G, 106 mins.

SHSAT Math Preparation Classes - McGoldrick Library
August 20, 2012 - Flushing

Need extra help on the math section of the NYC Specialized High School Admissions Test? Students in grades 6 through 8 may take part in this 8-session workshop led by an experienced math coach. Students must attend all sessions and pre-registration is required.

Adventures in Color - Children's Museum of the Arts
August 20, 2012 - West Village

Your child can explore the world of color through a variety of 2D and 3D projects every Monday.

Summer Reading-Own The Night - St. Albans Library
August 20, 2012 - St. Albans

Teens entering grades 6-12 can explore the wonderful world of reading, get engrossed in a great novel, explore new worlds or participate in special interactive art activities in this summer program.

Magnetic Doll - Pomonok Library
August 20, 2012 - Flushing

Kids and tweens can make a magnetic doll that brims with class and sass for the refrigerator or keep her in a special place in their room.

Drawing Fun - Brooklyn Public Library, Ulmer Park branch
August 20, 2012 - Bath Beach

Children, 6 and older, enjoy some drawing time.

Monday Movie Madness - Brooklyn Public Library, Stone Avenue branch
August 20, 2012 - Brownsville

Beat the heat with a movie!

Movie Night-Thunder Soul - Astoria Park
August 20, 2012 - Astoria

Families with teens and tweens may enjoy this documentary with strong positive messages about students who excel if encouraged and the life changing motivation of teachers. Screening is on the park lawn. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Get Moving Mondays: Free Zumba for Teens and Adults - Norwalk Public Library
August 20, 2012 - Norwalk

Get your groove on and get in shape at the library with free zumba classes. For ages 13 and up.

TEENFLIX: Office Space - Westport Library - Levitt Pavilion
August 20, 2012 - Westport

Come see a movie outdoors at the Levitt Pavilion. Tonights movie, Office Space, follows three friends who are stuck in dead-end white collar jobs and decide to implant a computer virus to embezzle funds from their company (1999, 89 mins). In case of rain, call 203-291-4840.

SKETCHING ON THE SAUGATUCK - Westport Library
August 20, 2012 - Westport

Students in grade 3 and up are invited to sketch with local artist Elaine Clayton on the library patio. Event moves to the children's library in the event of rain. Register online.

Summer Reading Club - Arverne Library
August 20, 2012 - Arverne

Children in grades 1 - 3 may enjoy an afternoon of books, crafts, and many fun activities.

Picture Book - Bayside Library
August 20, 2012 - Bayside

This program incorporates stories with a variety of other activities designed to give pre-kindergarten children important skills to encourage later success while enjoying the world of stories/books. For ages 3 1/2-5 years.

CityParks PuppetMobile Presents: The Pickney Players - Willowbrook Park
August 20, 2012 - Staten Island

The Pickney Players present "Irie Island," a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture. Children and adults of all ages are invited to share in beloved stories, songs, poetry and dance.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble
August 20, 2012 - West Nyack

Stop by the Children's department for weekly story time.

Fun with Crochet! - Mineola Public Library
August 20, 2012 - Mineola

Learn the basics of crocheting and make a special project to take home. Feel free to bring your own crochet hook. Yarn will be supplied. Ideal for students entering grades 5-12.

LEGO Club - Mineola Public Library
August 20, 2012 - Mineola

Create unique structures and meet other LEGO enthusiasts. For students entering kindergarten and up.

Robert the Guitar Guy - Scarsdale Public Library
August 21, 2012 - Scarsdale

Songs and activities with Robert Markowitz for children ages 2-5 years with caregiver. Registration is required.

Reading Buddies - Rose Memorial Library
August 21, 2012 - Stony Point

Children can show off their reading skills to a teen buddy or listen to that teen read to them. Each Tuesday through August 21. Call to pre-register.

Teen Drumming Circle - Rockefeller Park
August 21, 2012 - Battery Park City

Learn the basics of drumming and improvise on African rhythms. The circle is led by Maguette Camara, founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. He teaches at Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. Traditionally hand carved, wooden West African drums are available to use.

Teen Pizza and Movie - Floral Park Public Library
August 21, 2012 - Floral Park

Meet other young people at this movie event for teens. Grades 6-12. Pizza provided. Call for additional information.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 21, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

Movies Under the Bridge - The Adventures of Tintin - Little Bay Park
August 21, 2012 - Bayside

Enjoy this outdoor showing of the family friendly movie, The Adventures of Tintin overlooking the beautiful Long Island Sound. Please bring a low chair or blanket.

Cruise Night- Car & Bike Show and Festival - Oyster Bay - East Norwich
August 21, 2012 - Oyster Bay

Come see some of the finest vehicles on Long Island. From radical to rat-rods, Duesenbergs to Ducatis, car and motorcycle enthusiasts have been invited to bring their precious rides out for public viewing. If you'd like to show your vehicle, contact the Oyster Bay- East Norwich Chamber of Commerce. $5 to show your vehicle, free admission to walk in. Enjoy live music, 50/50 drawing, and other family fun events.

Writing Journal Day - Little Joe's Books
August 21, 2012 - Katonah

Every Tuesday, Little Joe's leaves out their Writing Journal for contributions. Kids can write a story, book review, or whatever they like, and be "published" in the binder.

Ronald McDonald - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 21, 2012 - Garnerville

Kids can come meet Ronald McDonald and get a picture with him. Pre-registration is required.

Ronald McDonald - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
August 21, 2012 - Haverstraw

Kids can come meet Ronald McDonald and get a picture with him. Pre-registration is required.

Stories in the Garden - Wave Hill
August 21, 2012 - Bronx

Each week, a "mystery reader" from Wave Hill's staff shares a few of her or his favorite stories with budding young naturalists. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Ideal for children ages 3 and older and their adult companions. Admission to the grounds is free all day.

Learn The Drums - Long Island City Library
August 21, 2012 - Long Island City

Parents, watch your little drummer boy or girl have fun while they learn to play the drums. Pre-registration is required.

FLASHLIGHT STORYTIME ON JESUP GREEN - Westport Library
August 21, 2012 - Westport

Bring a flashlight and your best bedtime buddy to this family story time. Meets on Jesup Green (or Higgins Room if it rains).

FLASHLIGHT STORYTIME ON JESUP GREEN - Westport Library
August 21, 2012 - Westport

Bring a flashlight and your best bedtime buddy to this family story time. Meets on Jesup Green (or Higgins Room if it rains).

STORY TIME UNDER THE APPLIE TREE AT LONGSHORE - Evan Harding Point - Longshore
August 21, 2012 - Westport

Meet at Evan Harding Point. No Westport beach sticker needed. See westportlibrary.org for directions. Rain cancels the program.

Teen Gaming - Brooklyn Public Library, Windsor Terrace branch
August 21, 2012 - Brooklyn

Teens enjoy some video gaming on a hot afternoon.

Read and Play - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
August 21, 2012 - Marine Park

Children meet, make friends, hear stories, and play.

CityParks PuppetMobile Presents: Something Positive - Willowbrook Park
August 21, 2012 - Staten Island

Something Positive blends poetry, storytelling, theater, music, and dance into a children-friendly celebration of African culture.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament - USTA National Tennis Center (not at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
August 21, 2012 - Flushing

A fun way for families to enjoy the US Open without paying US Open prices. At this four-day event held on the field courts, professional tennis players compete to qualify for berths in the US Open.

Summer Reading & Crafts - Glen Oak Library
August 21, 2012 - Glen Oaks

Children in grages 1-3 may enjoy an afternoon while reading books and doing arts and crafts. Call 718-831-8636 to preregister.

Read and Seed - Central Library
August 21, 2012 - Jamaica

Children from kindergarten through grade 6 and their families may enjoy digging into great books and exploring plants with the Horticultural Society of New York.

Desert Highway Concert - Hewlett Pt.- Bay Park
August 21, 2012 - Bay Park

Visit the "Hotel California" as Desert Highway plays an Eagles Tribute.

Gardening at Steinway Library - Steinway Library
August 21, 2012 - Astoria

Help beautify the community. Bring your family every Tuesday and Thursday to help plant and water the garden which filled with lots of luscious flowers, plants and vegetables. In case of rain, gardening activities will take place in meeting room. No registration needed.

Watermelon Wednesday - Congregation Sons of Israel
August 22, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Parents with preschoolers are invited for a story, snack, and social time.

Fireworks! - Playland Park
August 22, 2012 - Rye

Fireworks displays every Wednesday and Friday night, through August 31. Insider Tips: Avoid Playland Parkway if you're driving - use Boston Post Road and other local roads. You can skip paying entrance fees and watch the fireworks from the beach boardwalk or the grass embankments leading down to the Playland parking area.

Summer Concert - Riverfront Park
August 22, 2012 - Stony Point

Stony Point's summer concert series continues with the music of Soulmates.

Earring Making Workshop - John C. Hart Memorial Library
August 22, 2012 - Shrub Oak

Make earrings for yourself and a Battered Women's Shelter. Optional: bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings. For adults & teens, program limited to 30 participants. Please register.

Wilton Library's Medieval Summer Nights Read - Wilton Library
Through August 22, 2012 - Wilton

For this summer reading program, children of all ages enjoy crafts, story times, large group programs, and small group programs as well as movies. For the Knights Read Challenge, kids are encouraged to read 40 picture/early reader books or 4,000 pages over the summer and keep a reading log of their age appropriate books. Those who complete the quest will be knighted by the Royal Court at the festival at the end of the summer. Knights will receive a T-shirt. Registration required in-person. Program runs through August 22.

EBL Coaching Workshop - All Soul's Church
August 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

In this workshop presented by Dr. Emily Levy, learning specialist and director of EBL Coaching, parents will learn hands-on strategies for helping their children develop reading, writing, note taking, summarizing, and highlighting skills. All strategies are research-based and multi-sensory.

Drop-In Chess - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
August 22, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

Learn to play chess under the trees. An experienced chess instructor leads children and teens in the popular strategy game.

SummerStage Kids - New York City Parks
Through August 22, 2012 -

City Parks Foundation has announced the 2012 launch of SummerStage Kids, New York City's unique, interactive family festival presenting more than 95 free performing arts events at 36 locations citywide. This free festival will run from June 10 to Aug. 22, exposing New York City youth to the world of arts and culture through a vast and diverse collection of engaging entertainment. The festival will feature artists specializing in dance and include a wide range of music such as classical, rock, Latin, jazz, and soul. The event will also encompass storytellers, theater, contemporary circus, juggling, poetry, and puppetry. With a focus on international culture, the performances will introduce the city's youth to the diversity of New York City. The series is made possible through the support of Disney. SummerStage Kids is also offering its first ever series of expanded day programs. Families are invited to come early to enjoy a full day of family entertainment, and adults are invited to stay for an evening concert and film. For more information on the evening adult programs, visit summerstage.org.

Summer Author Readings in the Park - Central Park, Cedar Hill
Through August 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

Author readings of books in the "Max the Shelter Dog" and "Max P. Productions" series will take place every Wednesday during the summer in Central Park on top Cedar Hill by the bench at Fifth Ave. and E. 79th St. Enter on the southwest corner of. E 79th St. and Fifth Ave. After the reading, each child will receive an activity sheet that has coloring and a puzzle. Bring a blanket, relax, and listen to a short story. Free for all. Ages 4-7.

Teen Belgian Waffle Snacks - Floral Park Public Library
August 22, 2012 - Floral Park

Chef Kathy G. will show teens how to create tasty waffles from scratch, and then top them off with delicious ice cream treats.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 22, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

Volunteer Corps Information Session - Prospect Park Litchfield Villa
August 22, 2012 - Park Slope

Learn about the opportunities Prospect Park has for volunteering. Join in the fun of sprucing up the Park, learn how to maintain our gardens, and become an advocate. No experience necessary. Volunteer groups meet on Wednesdays, Thursdays or weekends.

“The Little Red Hen” by Rosy Puppets - White Plains Public Library
August 22, 2012 - White Plains

A hand puppet show of the classic tale about the industrious hen and her lazy housemates. Will they help her with all the preparations for making bread? "Not I," said the dog! Trove manager Rosemary Rasmussen built the Rosy Puppets production for preschoolers and performs all the characters in a one-woman show. Limited seating. Tickets distributed 30 minutes before showtime. For ages 3 and older.

Tween Cookie Decorating - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 22, 2012 - Garnerville

Tweens can come decorate yummy treats to take home.

Watermelon Wednesdays Story Time - Congregation Sons of Israel
August 22, 2012 - Upper Nyack

Parent, grandparents, and caregivers with pre-schoolers are invited for a story, snack, and schmoozing. Wednesdays through August 29. Free, Fun Snack, Story and Schmooze every Wednesday during the summer. For more information and registration call 845-358-3767 or contact csioffice@optonline.net.

Sunset Wednesday at Wave Hill - Wave Hill
August 22, 2012 - Bronx

Join a guided garden walk or wander onto the Great Lawn to enjoy a plein air performance by local BxIndie musicians, through the Bronx Council on the Arts. Bring your own folding chair and enjoy the concert from the comfort of your own favorite seat. The Shop at Wave Hill and Food Service open until 8pm. Check the schedule at wavehill.org/visit, and for info. about free shuttle service to and from Metro-North and the #1 subway.

Summer Sounds Concert Series - Andrea & James Rohlehr & The Andjam Band - Hudson Park Bandshell
August 22, 2012 - New Rochelle

Five engaging musicians performing original and popular favorites. Presented by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, in partnership with the New Rochelle Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by Webster Bank.

A Reptile 'Edventure' with Erik Callender - Rosedale Library
August 22, 2012 - Rosedale

Children ages 6 and up can join Eric Callender in a fun-filled educational experience. See, touch and learn about some of the world's most fascinating creatures.

STORYTIME ON THE GREEN - Westport Library
August 22, 2012 - Westport

Bring a blanket and cool off in the shade of the big pine. For all ages with an adult. Meet at Jesup Green (or Higgins Room if it rains).

Babies and Books/Storytime - Brooklyn Public Library, New Lots branch
August 22, 2012 -

Babies revel in books, songs, and rhymes.

Summer Reading Arts and Crafts - Brooklyn Public Library, Brownsville branch
August 22, 2012 - Brownsville

Kids express thoughts and ideas about their reading through arts and crafts.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament - USTA National Tennis Center (not at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
August 22, 2012 - Flushing

A fun way for families to enjoy the US Open without paying US Open prices. At this four-day event held on the field courts, professional tennis players compete to qualify for berths in the US Open.

Medieval Summer Knights Faire - Wilton Library
August 22, 2012 - Wilton

Families enjoy medieval food, games, raffles, and entertainment such as jugglers, face painters, jesters and more. The evening also includes a Knighting Ceremony at 7pm for all children who have completed the Knight's Challenge.

Debbie & Friends - The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
August 22, 2012 - Westport

2011 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM A trip for the entire family—a joyful jaunt through a variety of styles, from straight-ahead pop, to country, to rock, to reggae. Sponsor: Melissa & Doug®

The Good Rats Concert - Averill Blvd. Park
August 22, 2012 - Elmont

Come rock 'n' roll with Long Island's own band-The Good Rats.

Stories in Spanish & English - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 23, 2012 - Garnerville

Children ages 2-7 are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, and more in Spanish and English. Pre-registration is required. Thursday evenings through August 30.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 23, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

Aly Sunshine and Funkytown Playground - Albee Square on Fulton Mall
August 23, 2012 - Downtown Brooklyn

Aly Sunshine and her partner Johnny Wheels bring their rollicking, dancey kids pop to Fulton Mall.

Story Hour with Miss Kathy! - Little Joe's Books
August 23, 2012 - Katonah

Miss Kathy charms children each Thursday with the best stories under Little Joe's Books' roof. Great for ages 3 and older.

How to Purchase Your Next Car - Somers Library
August 23, 2012 - Somers

Should you lease or should you buy? How do you get the best price for your new car? Should you purchase an extended warranty? Learn about all this and more. Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.

SHSAT Math Preparation Classes - McGoldrick Library
August 23, 2012 - Flushing

Need extra help on the math section of the NYC Specialized High School Admissions Test? Students in grades 6 through 8 may take part in this 8-session workshop led by an experienced math coach. Students must attend all sessions and pre-registration is required.

Eat Smart New York - Ossining Public Library
August 23, 2012 - Ossining

For parents (includes activities for children during workshop). Free nutrition and food series, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Includes healthy recipe tasting. In the Children's Program Room. Advanced registration required.

STORY TIME UNDER THE APPLIE TREE AT LONGSHORE - Evan Harding Point - Longshore
August 23, 2012 - Westport

Meet at Evan Harding Point. No Westport beach sticker needed. See westportlibrary.org for directions. Rain cancels the program.

Bobo the Hobo - Brooklyn Public Library, Gerritsen Beach branch
August 23, 2012 - Gerritsen Beach

Hocus Pocus with Richard Bossong, performing as Bobo the Hobo! Enjoy magic, stories, puppets, and all sorts of hobo fun.

After School Stories at the Sunset Park Library - Brooklyn Public Library, Sunset Park branch
August 23, 2012 - Sunset Park

Kids enjoy an age-appropriate movie.

Gardening at Steinway Library - Steinway Library
August 23, 2012 - Astoria

Help beautify the community. Bring your family every Tuesday and Thursday to help plant and water the garden which filled with lots of luscious flowers, plants and vegetables. In case of rain, gardening activities will take place in meeting room. No registration needed.

Waterfront Concert - Swingtime Big Band - Astoria Park
August 23, 2012 - Long Island City

Families can enjoy an evening on the park lawn listening to the big band sounds at this concert. Bring a blanket or low chair.

Faraway Places - Stamford Art Association Townhouse Gallery
Through August 23, 2012 - Stamford

This is a multimedia show featuring 35 artists representing real or imaginary places. July 20 through Aug. 23.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament - USTA National Tennis Center (not at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
August 23, 2012 - Flushing

A fun way for families to enjoy the US Open without paying US Open prices. At this four-day event held on the field courts, professional tennis players compete to qualify for berths in the US Open.

Rag Doll Concert - Merrick Road Park
August 23, 2012 - Merrick

Enjoy "Sherry" and "Walk like a MAn" as Rag Doll plays a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute.

Gardening at Steinway Library - Steinway Library
August 23, 2012 - Astoria

Help beautify the community. Bring your family every Tuesday and Thursday to help plant and water the garden which filled with lots of luscious flowers, plants and vegetables. In case of rain, gardening activities will take place in meeting room. No registration needed.

WeBop: A Family Jazz Party - The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music's Jazz Performance Space
August 23, 2012 - West Village

Jazz at Lincoln Center's WeBop band performs in a family-friendly portion of the week-long 20th anniversary Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Your family will jump, jive, wiggle, and giggle along with jazz tunes in a fun and interactive concert for families with children ages 8 months - 5 years. RSVP required, charlieParker20@Summerstage.org.

'In Ghostly Japan: Stories of Strange Things' - Hudson Guild Theatre
August 23, 2012 - Chelsea

"Stories of Strange Things" is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa (one of Japan's leading contemporary bizarre mystery writer) and by Yakumo Koizumi (collector of ghostly folklore in Japan), incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Show is free but reservations are recommended at theatreartsjapan.org/BoxOffice.htm.

K'NEX Mario Kart? Wii Building Set Event - Nintendo World Store
August 23, 2012 - Midtown

K'NEX is celebrating the addition of new K'NEX Mario Kart? Wii Building Sets with a fun-filled, in-store event for fans. Designed for children ages six and older, the Mario Kart Wii Building Sets combine the K'NEX building system with beloved characters from the popular Mario Kart Wii game, bringing Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and other fan favorites from the video screen to the construction aisle. The event will allow fans to learn more about the new products through a series of hands-on activities, including building stations, product demonstrations, and photo opportunities with Mario and Luigi. In addition, all gaming stations at the Nintendo World Store will feature Mario Kart games during the event, and the first 1,000 fans to enter the store on Aug. 23 will receive a free K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Buildable Figure Bag. Fans can also compete in a variety of contests including "Guess the Number of Figures" and "Fastest Builder" for a chance to win K'NEX Mario Kart Wii Building Sets. During the event, a giant track display will demonstrate the size and scope of tracks that can be built at home with the purchase of multiple sets. The new additions to the K'NEX Mario Kart Wii line will debut in August 2012 in retail stores across the country.

Sunset Jam on the Hudson - Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
August 24, 2012 - Lower Manhattan

Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms at Sunset Jam on the Hudson drumming circles. The gatherings are led by master drummers Maguette Camara, Peter Hawes, and Mary Knysh. After beginning with the teaching of traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, participants are then asked to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of a call and response chanting and drumming. Maguette Camara is the founder and director of Mane Kadang, a group of West African musicians and dancers. Maguette teaches African Dance at Barnard-Columbia University and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance. Peter Hawes is a percussionist and composer who uses West African and Middle Eastern hand drumming and improvisation to teach people about rhythm, music and world culture. He has created and led programs for all ages and levels of musical and creative experience. Mary Knysh is a professional musician and educator. She plays many kinds of drums, guitars, flutes and recorders, as well as the tambourine and mandolin. Mary's albums include Rhythms All Around (2005), Walk About (2004), Sussurus (2000) and Heart Like a Feather (1998).

Children's Music Program - New City Library
August 24, 2012 - New City

Children ages 12-36 months can join Mark and Gail of MusicClasse4Kids, as they teach basic music competence in rhythm, range of pitch, vocal imitation, and motion using traditional and new music gathered from around the world. This program has limited registration for children ages 12 - 36 months. Parents of participants must have a New City or W. Nyack library card. Pre-registration is required. Contact J. Makoujy at jmakoujy@rcls.org.

Game Day! - Little Joe's Books
August 24, 2012 - Katonah

Games will be out all day for kids of all ages to play. Great for ages 3 and older.

Wii Play - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
August 24, 2012 - Haverstraw

Challenge yourself and your friends on the Wii. No registration required. For grades 1-6.

TROVE @ the Movies: 'Cars 2' - White Plains Public Library
August 24, 2012 - White Plains

In this Disney-Pixar animated adventure, the race car, Lightning McQueen, and the incomparable tow truck, Mater, take their friendship on the road when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. Rated G, 106 mins.

Back to School Bash - Whole Foods Market White Plains
August 24, 2012 - White Plains

A scavenger hunt for children throughout the store, plus a storewide tasting of great kids products, tips for quick and healthy lunches, and more!

Free Friday Family Jam Series: A Celebration of Caribbean Carnival - Brooklyn Children's Museum
August 24, 2012 - Crown Heights

A steel drum band transports you to the West Indies!

Mark Farner Concert (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre-Eisenhower Park
August 24, 2012 - East Meadow

Rock n Roll singer and guitarist Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, plays Eisenhower Park in a once in a lifetime rock concert event. This icon is known for such songs as "Closer To Home/I'm Your Captain," "The Locomotion," "Bad Time," "Some Kind Of Wonderful" and many more. The Long Island band The Mystic will open the show.

Puss in Boots - Maria Hernandez Park
August 24, 2012 - Bushwick

Watch the conniving, swashbucking cat in boots on the big screen. Don't forget the blanket and picnic basket.

Family Concert: Bari Koral - Norwalk Public Library
August 24, 2012 - Norwalk

Children from birth to age 5 and their caregivers are invited to hear Bari's pop-friendly tunes.

Family Movie Night - Moxie Spot
August 24, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

The Moxie Spot combines its comfy food with a program of short movies and a family-friendly feature. Check website for movie titles.

Passport Friday-Puerto Rico - Queens Museum of Art
August 24, 2012 - Flushing

Families can leave their baggage at home and enjoy the great outdoors at this event which features live dance performances, a concert, and film screening from one of the many international locales that fuel the borough's cultural and artistic vitality. Bring a blanket.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
August 24, 2012 - West Nyack

Stop by the Children's department for weekly story time.

Story Time with Jordan - Powerhouse Arena
August 24, 2012 - DUMBO

Powerhouse Arena's resident children's literature authority, Jordan Neilsen, reads some of the store's famous kids books.

The US Open Qualifying Tournament - USTA National Tennis Center (not at Arthur Ashe Stadium).
August 24, 2012 - Flushing

A fun way for families to enjoy the US Open without paying US Open prices. At this four-day event held on the field courts, professional tennis players compete to qualify for berths in the US Open.

Toddler Time - Ridgewood Library
August 24, 2012 - Ridgewood

Toddlers ages 18-36 months, may enjoy this storytime with free play and toys. Must be accompanied by a caregiver.

River Flicks for Kids: The Smurfs - Hudson River Park's Pier 46
August 24, 2012 - Greenwich Village

Free outdoor movies just for kids under the stars on Manhattan's west side waterfront. Films start at dusk. There will be free popcorn; beverages and other snacks available for purchase. This week's film is "The Smurfs" (2011; 103 minutes; rated PG).

Kung Fu Panda 2- Movie - Newbridge Road Park
August 24, 2012 - Bellmore

Bring the family out for this giant screen presentation of Kung Fu Panda 2.

'In Ghostly Japan: Stories of Strange Things' - Hudson Guild Theatre
August 24, 2012 - Chelsea

"Stories of Strange Things" is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa (one of Japan's leading contemporary bizarre mystery writer) and by Yakumo Koizumi (collector of ghostly folklore in Japan), incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Show is free but reservations are recommended at theatreartsjapan.org/BoxOffice.htm.

Introduction to Birdwatching - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds. Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson - Prospect Park Nethermead
August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Don't Stop 'till you get enough from this Spike Lee-sponsored festival honoring Michael Jackson. Food, dancing, and lotsa fun.

Ezra Jack Keats Story Hour - Prospect Park Imagination Playground
Through August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Gather 'round Peter and Willy, the statue of two beloved Keats characters, for storytelling adventures.

Free crafts for kids every Saturday - Lakeshore Learning Store
August 25, 2012 - New Hyde Park

Kids will relish these Saturday morning activities where they get a chance to try their hand at cool art and craft projects.

Craft for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
August 25, 2012 - Garden City

Bring kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft every Saturday and Sunday. Craft takes anywhere between 15-45 minutes depending on the age of the child. Different crafts each week. No reservations needed.

Art Workshop for Kids -Scarecrows - Socrates Sculpture Park
August 25, 2012 - Long Island City

Kids come help visiting Canadian artists Thomas+Guinevere transform the park into a field of freestanding, larger-than-life, glowing, sculptural scarecrows.

Free Arts & Crafts - Straight A's
August 25, 2012 - White Plains

Every Saturday Straight A's invites kids of all ages to enjoy free arts & crafts. Drop in any time between 1-3pm, no reservation necessary.

Family Art Project: Fishy Fun! - Wave Hill
August 25, 2012 - Bronx

The focus is on friends with fins, especially those popular goldfish swimming in Wave Hill's Aquatic Garden. Using colorful paper bags, create fantastical, 3D fish that can "swim" through the air. Admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke - Carroll Park
August 25, 2012 - Carroll Gardens

Not sure if they can pull it off during daytime, but this duo typically performs quirky songs against a backdrop of illustrated animations about frogs and fish that can fly. An excellent combination of music, animation, and great storytelling.

4th Saturday Wildcard Night - The Moxie Spot
August 25, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

What's happening at the Moxie Spot? Come down and yell for your favorite activity. Whatever the vast majority decides, wins (or whomever yells the loudest!).

Storytime - Barnes & Noble
August 25, 2012 - West Nyack

Stop by the Children's department for weekly story time.

'Nick Jr. Animal Friends: Double Feature' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
August 25, 2012 - Midtown

See a free screening of "Sesame Street: Dinosaurs" at the 73-seat High Definition Theater. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Remaining tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening on a first come first served basis. Admission will be closed to ticket holders 15 minutes after the screening begins. Go wild with all sorts of animals and your Nick Jr. friends. In "Dora the Explorer: ABC Animals," jump into a big ABC book with Dora and Boots to help an Armadillo find all the missing animals of the alphabet. In "Wonder Pets: Save the Swan! Save the Puppy," the team travels to Swan Lake to get a shy baby swan dancing. Then they lead the way out of a locked house to help a puppy. Running time: 40 minutes. After the screening attend the Family Workshop: Favorite Animal Puppets.

Recess: Outdoor Bocce - Governors Island
August 25, 2012 - New York

A day of outdoor bocce with competitive teams and open courts for public play on Colonels Row. Also, test drive a Linus bike and cool off with some Evian water. Special guest DJs will be making sounds. This event is more of an adult thing.

Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson - Prospect Park Nethermead
August 25, 2012 - Flatbush

Don't Stop 'till you get enough from this Spike Lee-sponsored festival honoring Michael Jackson. Food, dancing, and lotsa fun.

Tales to Tails - Wilton Library
August 25, 2012 - Wilton

ROAR's (Ridgefield Operation Animal Rescue) Therapy Dog Program bring therapy dogs to the library for children to read to them. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading. Children must read independently to participate in this program. Registration required.

East End Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Grangebel Park
August 25, 2012 - Riverhead

This year’s walk will begin at Downtown Riverhead’s Grangebel Park on Peconic Avenue and end at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (formerly known as Atlantis Marine World). Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive free all-day access to the clambake, scavenger hunt and the aquarium, as well as an insulated lunch tote and a commemorative t-shirt.

August Open House - FastracKids & JEI
August 25, 2012 - Bellmore

Looking for your kids to excell? Visit this state of the art enrichment center in Bellmore for Pre-K through 9th Grade. Get free diagnostic tests for Math and English. Come and find out more information on the programs and to meet the teachers. Classes fill up quickly for September.

'In Ghostly Japan: Stories of Strange Things' - Hudson Guild Theatre
August 25, 2012 - Chelsea

"Stories of Strange Things" is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa (one of Japan's leading contemporary bizarre mystery writer) and by Yakumo Koizumi (collector of ghostly folklore in Japan), incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Show is free but reservations are recommended at theatreartsjapan.org/BoxOffice.htm.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
August 25, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, this world-premiere Baroque fantasy combines music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau with a new libretto inspired by Shakespeare. Conducted by William Christie, directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, and starring Danielle de Niese, Lisette Oropesa, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Placido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni. Running time approximately three hours.

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden Tour - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County
August 26, 2012 - Stony Point

The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County invite the public to tour their demonstration gardens. Visitors explore the gardens, and learn which plants grow best in this area. Gardens included are: The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden; Hillside and Shade Garden; Fern Garden; Herb Garden; Ornamental Grass Garden; Cutting Garden; Container Gardens; Native Plants; and the Rain Garden.

International Concert-Pakistani American Cultural Night - Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park
August 26, 2012 - East Meadow

Residents are given the opportunity to experience the broad range of cultures that Nassau County has to offer through an International Concert Series sponsored by Canon USA Inc.

Craft for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
August 26, 2012 - Garden City

Bring kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft every Saturday and Sunday. Craft takes anywhere between 15-45 minutes depending on the age of the child. Different crafts each week. No reservations needed.

Sunday Family Bingo Night - The Moxie Spot
August 26, 2012 - Brooklyn Heights

Small prizes for the winners. Break out some of Moxie Spot's board games, too.

Battle of Brooklyn 236th Anniversary - Green-Wood Cemetery
August 26, 2012 - Sunset Park

Visit Green-Wood to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn. Free events take place during the day that include Revolutionary War reenactments, a concert, and a commemorative ceremony. Arrive at 10am for a trolly tour ($15 per person) and visit locations in the ceremony on which the battle was fought.

Forest Scavenger Hunt - Blue Heron Park
August 26, 2012 - Staten Island

Preschoolers and kids enjoy a summery scavenger hunt in the forest.

Historic Sites of the War of 1812 - Tomlinson Middle School
August 26, 2012 - Fairfield

Take a tour of the Powderhouse, located behind Tomlinson Middle School and learn about the role of Fort Union and Fort Defense with Betty Oderwald, president of the U.S. Daughters of 1812, CT Chapter. The Powderhouse was built in 1814 to store ammunition in case of British attacks. Following this half hour talk, participants will reassemble on the Town Green at 2:45pm to learn more about the joyous celebration of peace following the end of the War of 1812. Tour and refreshments will follow at the Old Academy. The Fairfield Museum will be open for participants to view the War of 1812 paintings on display. Signs will direct visitors where to park.

Art Trek Plus: Nature's Shapes - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 26, 2012 - Upper East Side

Are you a nature lover? Discover kindred spirits in Rinpa artists, who drew inspiration from nature's many forms, through close looking, performances, and art-making activities.

Start with Art at the Met Plus: Magic Carpets - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 26, 2012 - Upper East Side

Learn the history and mystery of wonderful carpets from the Middle East and create your own carpet design.

FREE SAT Diagnostic Test - Science and Math Learning
August 26, 2012 - Oceanside

Call now to reserve a spot for a free, proctored, full-length, diagnostic SAT test. All participants will receive a personalized score report with the full score broken down for each section.

'In Ghostly Japan: Stories of Strange Things' - Hudson Guild Theatre
August 26, 2012 - Chelsea

"Stories of Strange Things" is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa (one of Japan's leading contemporary bizarre mystery writer) and by Yakumo Koizumi (collector of ghostly folklore in Japan), incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Show is free but reservations are recommended at theatreartsjapan.org/BoxOffice.htm.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
August 26, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, Michael Grandage's new production of one of the opera's supreme masterpieces stars Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the Met Orchestra and a cast that also includes Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Mojca Erdmann, Ramon Vargas, and Luca Pisaroni.

Art in the Park - The Hippo Playground
August 27, 2012 - Upper West Side

The Hippo Playground Project is sponsoring free arts and crafts activities for kids every weekday morning during the summer. In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the parkhouse. For more information about the Hippo Playground Project, please e-mail hippoplayground@yahoo.com.

Opportunity and Impact-Works By Emigre Artists - Hofstra University Museum-David Filderman Gallery
August 27, 2012 - Hempstead

This original exhibition examines the role of �migr� artists in reshaping the nature of American art. The exhibit features artists who arrived from Europe during the early 20th century to present-day �migr�s from Cuba, and South America. American art traditions and directions have been profoundly influenced by the contributions of these artists. Artists represented in the exhibition include Joseph Albers, Jon Corbino, Andreas Feininger, Aaron Henry Gorson, George Grosz, Louis Lozowick, Gilles Peress, Ben Shahn, and Rufino Tamayo.

A Crafty Hour! - Little Joe's Books
August 27, 2012 - Katonah

At the end of a hot day of camp, pool, or running in the sprinkler, come in to Little Joe's calm, air conditioned space for a story and craft. Great for ages 3 and older.

Spring Valley Puppet Theater's "The Three Wishes" & "The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing'" - White Plains Public Library
August 27, 2012 - White Plains

What would you do if a magical elf gave you three wishes? An interesting thought! Well, that's just what happened to Gretchen and Henry in Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater production of "The Three Wishes." The program also includes the Aesop Fable, "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." This popular tale is enlivened with a colorful Mexican setting, some Spanish, a humorous communication gap, and a surprise ending! Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Family Movie - Haverstraw Public Library, Village Branch
August 27, 2012 - Haverstraw

Come in and enjoy a family-friendly movie. Title will be announced that day.

Wii Play - Game On - Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library
August 27, 2012 - Garnerville

Kids can challenge themselves and their friends on the Wii. For grades 3-6. Bring your library card.

TROVE @ the Movies: 'The Secret World of Arrietty' - White Plains Public Library
August 27, 2012 - White Plains

A beautifully animated (Japanese anime) family adventure story from Disney, based on the classic children's novel, "The Borrowers," by Mary Norton. The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live secretly in another family's residence. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. Rated G, 94 mins.

Monday Morning Storytime - Barnes and Noble Bookstore
August 27, 2012 - Bayside

Children may enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page as they explore new books at this event.

Eco Origami with Karen Wellington - Steinway Library
August 27, 2012 - Astoria

Children ages 6-12 can learn fun ways to use recycled paper products. Make an origami wind toy, a hopping frog, and an extra special box to carry their creations home. Pre-registration is required.

Adventures in Color - Children's Museum of the Arts
August 27, 2012 - West Village

Your child can explore the world of color through a variety of 2D and 3D projects every Monday.

COPE Sibling Support Groups - Elias Hicks Historical Home
August 27, 2012 - Jericho

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child or sibling, holds monthly support groups meetings for adult siblings on the North Shore. If you are interested in attending or for more information, please call Executive Director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993.

Hudson River Extravaganza - Astoria Library
August 27, 2012 - Long Island City

Children ages 6-12 can learn to identify fish and aquatic invertebrates from the Hudson River in this hands-on, interactive program. Pre-registration is required.

Babies and Books - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
August 27, 2012 - Williamsburg

Kids build and experiment with Lego blocks.

Captain Underpants Extravaganza - Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island branch
August 27, 2012 - Coney Island

Kids celebrate the new Captain Underpants book with some gross-out games and activites. Remember that, now.

Movie Night - Footlose - Astoria Park
August 27, 2012 - Astoria

Everybody cut footlose! In this family friendlly screening city kid Ren McCormack moves to a small town where dancing,rock and roll have been banned. His rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Get Moving Mondays: Free Zumba for Teens and Adults - Norwalk Public Library
August 27, 2012 - Norwalk

Get your groove on and get in shape at the library with free zumba classes. For ages 13 and up.

TEENFLIX: Dodgeball - Westport Library - Levitt Pavilion
August 27, 2012 - Westport

Catch an outdoor

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