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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on April 12

April 12, 2015   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, April 12, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening April 12. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Atlantic for Kids Presents Camp Kappawanna - Linda Gross Theater
Through April 12, 2015 - Chelsea

Travel to summer camp early this year with this new musical from Lisa Loeb, that will have you dreaming of s'mores and swimming. Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. Lighthearted and fun, it is inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories and has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the campfire. Music and lyrics by Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty. Lisa Loeb will attend the premiere on March 21 and sign autographs.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
Through April 12, 2015 - Midtown

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa. For ages 7 and older.

Shen Yun - NJPAC
Through April 12, 2015 - Newark

Experience the wonder of classical Chinese dance for a limited four show run. Let Shen Yun take you on a journey through 5,000 years of divinely-inspired culture: a journey where the virtues of ancient China, the world’s finest dancers, a unique East-West orchestra, and dazzling animated backdrops converge in one spectacular performance. This show has been performed worldwide to standing ovations, royalty and sold out venues. Don't miss it!

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales - Theater at Madison Square Garden
Through April 12, 2015 - Midtown

No less than 25 famous Disney characters feature in this family show, which comes to Manhattan for just five days. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they embark on an unexpected quest to find a magical storybook hidden in Mickey's attic. As the four pals turn the pages, they magically bring to life the timeless fairy tale adventures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. The show features dynamic storytelling, popular songs like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo; Heigh Ho; and Be Our Guest, stunning costumes and glittering special effects.

Family Art Project: A nest for Song Birds - Wave Hill
April 12, 2015 - Bronx

With visiting artist and sculptor Matt Bua, collect sticks, leaves, grasses, and found feathers to make a giant, outdoor bird's nest in the woods.

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! - VENUE CHANGE - Victoria Theater
April 12, 2015 - Newark

This production takes preschoolers on a fun-filled and interactive trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the Earth … and rode in trains! Join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and other characters of the hit PBS series on a fascinating journey about natural history and paleontology. These prehistoric friends are the stars of an exciting musical story created for the stage, where the audience is always part of the action. Through the use of lush projected backgrounds, magical special effects that fill the theater, a full-sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, and an engaging host, the characters will seem amazingly larger than life. Due to a scheduling conflict this show has been moved to the intimate Victoria Theater for two performances on April 12. All customers will be contacted by phone regarding an exchange of tickets for the new date and their choice of performance times.

Little Makers: Make Some Noise - NY Hall of Science
April 12, 2015 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Participants will explore new materials, tools and processes as they make a project to take home. Sometimes creativity can get messy, so dress your little maker (and yourself) in old clothing that can be splattered with things like paint, ink and glue. Little makers 18 months and older discover the physics of sound as they make their own musical instruments with recycled materials. Materials fee $8 per family. Registration required.

Family Access Program: Touch Tour - Brooklyn Children's Museum
April 12, 2015 - Crown Heights

Let your fingers do the walking by taking a tactile tour of objects from BCM’s Collection and creating your own unique artifact to take home. This program welcomes children with special needs and offers a fun, engaging activity for the entire family. Space is limited. RSVP to specialneedsinfo@brooklynkids.org by April 9.

How Did They Do That? Precious Stones - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 12, 2015 - Upper East Side

Peek at technique and learn, through handling tools and materials, how works of art were created. All family programs are free with Museum admission, and do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted.

Injury Prevention Workshop - The School at Steps
April 12, 2015 - Upper West Side

A panel of experts talks about injury prevention, strength training and recovery. The panel includes: Rachel Fine; nutritionist, Leigh Heflin; Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, Lucy Panush; School at Steps pre-professional dancer, Robin Powell; pilates instructor, Dr. Andrew Price; Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and special guest Ashley Tuttle; former ABT principal. For ages 7 and older.

The New York International Auto Show: Off Road Experience - Jacob Javits Convention Center
Through April 12, 2015 - Chelsea

A Camp Jeep experience at the Auto Show in the Javitts Center. Professional 4x4 drivers take passengers through an exciting indoor off-road test track with logs, stumps, angled drive-overs, and a 35 degree angle mountain climb.

Hello from Japan! Too Cute Spring Break Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through April 12, 2015 - Upper West Side

Spend spring break at CMOM for a celebration of Japanese culture. Explore kawaii—the cuter than cute cultural phenomenon—and traditional Japanese puppetry, draw your own manga comic with your favorite characters, and more. Workshops: CMOM Kamishibai: Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories. April 4-12, 12pm, all ages. Bunraku Puppets: Design your own mechanical puppet and work together with other visitors to create a story –just like traditional bunraku puppet performers! April 4, 5, 8, 10, 10-12pm, all ages. Woodblock Printing: Woodblock printing in Japan dates back to the eighth century, and is used to tell stories with decorative images, scrolls and text. Get inspired by Japanese prints and then carve your own block designs to create a traditional print! April 4, 5, 8, 10, 10-12pm, all ages. Kawaii Vinyl: Designer Toys: Cut and fold your own custom designer toy inspired by kawaii (meaning cute) characters from manga and anime. April 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 10am-12pm, all ages. Painted Manga Comic Strips: Traditional hand-painted scrolls have inspired today's printed manga graphic novels and anime movies. Tell your story by using ink and watercolor to create a manga comic strip! April 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 10am-12pm, all ages. The Art of Kimono with Master Hideyo Yamada: Discover the history of the kimono through a kimono dressing demonstration and design workshop with Master Hideyo Yamada. April 4, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Manga Comic Book Making with Artist Sakura Maku: Draw your own comic book and learn about manga characters from the world of artist and illustrator Sakura Maku. April 5, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Bento Box Design with Misako Sassa: Explore how to create flowers carved from carrots, cartoon mushrooms from radishes and other fun shapes from vegetables and rice with Japanese cuisine expert, Misako Sassa of the Japanese Culinary Studio NYC. April 6, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5 and older. Kabuki Makeup Workshop with Helen Moss: Kabuki is a form of traditional Japanese dance known for the elaborate makeup worn by some of its performers. Explore the makeup and costumes of kabuki with dancer and artist Helen Moss. April 7 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Traditional Tea Ceremony with the Urasenke Chanoyu Center: Discover the "Way of Tea" as you enjoy a demonstration of a traditional tea ceremony with experts from the Urasenke Chanoyu Center. April 8, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Draw like a Manga Artist with Misako Rocks!: Misako Rocks! takes you step by step as you learn how to draw your own comic book character in the popular Japanese manga style. April 9, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Origami Workshop with Taro's Origami Studio: Fold, crimp and crease with origami experts from Taro's Origami Studio as they help you create animals, creatures and shapes. April 10, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. The James Beard Foundation Presents: Hiroko Shimbo: Create and taste with Japanese award-winning expert chef and author Hiroko Shimbo. April 11, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older. Imaginary Friends with Illustrator Aya Kakeda: Create your own kawaii (meaning cute) friend and learn about character design with the Society of Illustrator's award-winning artist Aya Kakeda. April 12, 2pm and 3:30pm, 5 and older.

April School Vacation Week - New York Historical Society
Through April 12, 2015 - Upper West Side

NYHS is running special vacation week activities for families. Activities include a Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt and a paper plane workshop, which explores the current exhibit Audubon's Aviary. See website for details.

The New York International Auto Show - Javits Convention Center
Through April 12, 2015 - Chelsea

If your kids like cars you won't want to miss this annual event, which is the oldest and most famous automotive show in the U.S. As well as all the new cars on show, many exhibitors have activities specifically for kids including simulators, video games, movie cars and more. Strollers welcome.

Caring for Your Newborn Baby - Prenatal Yoga Center
April 12, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown (Intl Board Certified Lactation Consultant) helps pre and post-natal parents to find the humor and joy in care routines for their new baby. Andrea will teach the workshop using anecdotes and props for hands-on learning, making the workshop a fun and indelible way to learn and remember new skills.

Story Time - Strand Book Store
Through April 12, 2015 - Union Square

A special singalong storytime. Come read your favorite picture-song-books with musical accompaniment. If you've got shakers or rattles, bring 'em along! Let's shake, rattle and roll!

Workshop: Music and Dance from Myanmar - Asia Society
April 12, 2015 - Upper East Side

A highly stylized form, Zat Pwe typically takes the form of an all-night cabaret, and is a popular part of village pagoda celebrations, featuring dancers, comedians, clowns, acrobats, and puppeteers, all accompanied by a live percussion and gong ensemble known as the Hsaing Wang. Explore these traditions in a music and dance workshop led by the Shwe Man Thabin troupe.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

A fun afternoon for Harry Potter Fans. Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. It’s a great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met. Kids must be accompanied by adults. All-adult teams are allowed to compete separately. Ages 10 and older.

Scandinavian Sing-Along - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through April 18, 2015 - Murray Hill

Scandinavia holds a treasure-trove of children’s songs and games. Danish musician Vibe Normann introduces children to English versions of these songs, plays musical games, and performs a selection of songs in modern, jazzy arrangements. Come prepared to move, dance, imagine, and sing your heart out. For children ages 1-7. Danish jazz pianist Nikolaj Hess will accompany Normann. About Vibe Normann Vibe Normann is a Danish musician living in New York with a background in classical and Danish folk music. She has a special love for the Danish children’s songs that she grew up with and has performed all over the Eastern United States. About Nikolaj Hess Nikolaj Hess is a New York/Denmark-based pianist, composer, producer, and arranger with more than 100 releases as a bandleader, composer, and producer.

Catch Me! - The New Victory Theater
Through April 18, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

Watching this production is like stumbling across a troupe of hipsters performing acrobatics on a summer's day. But don't be fooled into thinking it's ordinary, this group has extraordinary skills. Hoops twirl, diablos whirl, and acrobats soar, all in a day's work for Flip Fabrique, the new kids on the circus scene. Fun, funny and fresh-faced, this nouveau cirque crew takes athleticism and showmanship to new heights. From bouncing off balance beams to scaling a trampoline wall, these cool kids of circus dare you to catch them this spring (before they bound out of town)!

MOCACREATE: Dabble in drawing - Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
Through April 18, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

A fun afternoon of art-making for all ages. Paint, build, craft, or collage. April's MOCACREATE explores the art of Tyrus Wong. Learn various drawing techniques from his portraits. Sketch and shade, compose with charcoal, and play with pastels as you develop your life drawing skills. MOCACREATE welcomes families and children with developmental or learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles can enjoy multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making activities. For more information about Access and Accessibility contact the museum.

'Cinderella': A Musical by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell - The Players Theatre
Through April 19, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This beautiful musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell is based on the beloved classic fairy tale. Poor Cinderella, she works all day, has to deal with those awful step-sisters and then sleeps in the cinders. But, don't be too sad because Cinderella is one smart cookie. She'll make it to the Prince's ball and capture his heart. Step into the magical world of Cinderella and see if the shoe fits. Meet mice that sing and dance, a fairy godmother and a magic pumpkin. A delight for all the family.

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 19, 2015 - Bronx

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic hanging displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

CirKiz, A Cool Kid's Dance Party - Cielo
Through April 19, 2015 - West Village

CirKiz is a cutting-edge dance party for kids. Created by nightclub veterans and DJs for the next generation of electronic music fans to celebrate music, dance & community. Each exclusive NYC nightclub is transformed into a unique kid-centric daytime party space where families together can listen & dance to DJs, see live performances and experience a nightclub environment in a safe controlled daytime setting. CirKiz events are focused on kids 6-12 years of age, however all children and parents accompanied by them are welcome. There will be a special performance by THE DREAM LAB which fuses alien science to human bodies to create a mesmerizing experience for audiences throughout the galaxy. DJ Natalie, 8-year-old DJ Alden and his dad DJ Jesse will be back providing the soundtrack. Kids MUST be accompanied by a parent or Guardian. Adults MUST be accompanied by a kid.

Sunday Studio: Metal and Wire, Ancient Adornment - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 19, 2015 - Upper East Side

Drop in and create works of art right next to those in the Museum's galleries. Focus on different materials and techniques each month with family-friendly activities led by artists. Art supplies are provided. Start or continue your art-making experience with a family tour in nearby galleries. Tours leave from the welcome cart.

Make It: Custom Stickers - NY Hall of Science
Through April 19, 2015 - Corona

Using a simple computer program and nifty vinyl cutters, participants create phrases, logos and designs and turn them into customized stickers.

Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
Through April 19, 2015 - Floral Park

Come celebrate spring at the farm with carnival rides, midway games, prizes, hayrides, and, children's entertainment at this fun family event. *Height rules apply at all rides, and additional fees apply for all other activities.

Family Art Workshops: Imagining the Future: Design for Growing Cities - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 19, 2015 - Midtown

A workshop where families with kids ages 11-14 and their adult companions look at exhibitions at MoMA and create their own works of art. This month's is all about the future. What will living in big cities be like in 2030? Visit the Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanism for Expanding Megacities exhibition to see what might be possible. Then brainstorm your own ideas for making cities more livable and create a model showing your design. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, see website for details.

Tours for Tweens: Here and There: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 19, 2015 - Midtown

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series is a powerful and visual history of The Great Migration. Share ideas, exchange opinions, and consider different perspectives with your tweens about this and exhibits at MoMA in this workshop for kids ages 11-14 and their adult companions. Registration for all sessions of each theme will open 10 days before the first session, see website for details.

Science Experiment for Kids! - Chatham Square Library
Through April 21, 2015 - Chinatown

Put on your lab coats and join this new science program for children. Kids will conduct experiments that are interactive, safe, and give them an introduction to basic science concepts through a fun activity. Paired with books from the library's collection to better facilitate learning. Ages 3-12. Please feel free to contact Allie Affinito at alessandraaffinito@nypl.org or 212-964-6598 with any questions/concerns. No registration required.

Summer Camp Open House - The Mandell School
Through April 22, 2015 - Upper West Side

Meet the Camp Directors, Mandell staff and learn more about the two age group camps: Cool Creations (ages 5-10) Junior Explorers (ages 3-5)

Art Trek - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

For families with children ages 7–11. Travel through time and around the world on a Museum adventure. Discover favorite works of art as you look and learn together.

Free Saturday Art Classes - Inwood Public Library
Through April 25, 2015 - Inwood

A free art workshop from Creative Art Works. Kids are invited to travel back in time and explore the art, literature, music and social impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Students will examine works of artists of the time and learn about the ways these artists recognized and honored their heritage and culture. They will look to their own lives, cultures and neighborhoods as inspiration for many of their own artworks. Students will develop a practical understanding of the value of teamwork, diversity and critique through exploring artistic techniques including sculpting, painting, etching, collage and more. For ages 4-14.

Artistic Dreams International: Art Workshop - Hamilton Grange Library
Through April 25, 2015 - Upper Manhattan

The ADI visual arts program teaches children to explore mixed media visual arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.) Children learn to explore who they are and find their strengths. Through ADI's brief art history lesson before each art making process, children are able to learn about historical and contemporary artists and movements. ADI holds art exhibits at the end of the workshop to allow the students to take pride in the work that they have done and share it with family, friends, and the entire community. Registration required. See website for details. For ages 5-12.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through April 26, 2015 - Flatiron

Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2pm family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. March's activity is sculpture. April's activity is mask making and exploring the Rubin's exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks (which opens on March 13). Ages 3 and older.

Youth Wheelchair Basketball - Chelsea Recreation Center
Through April 26, 2015 - Chelsea

Part of Chelsea Recreation Center's sports program for children with physical disabilities. Come out and learn to play wheelchair basketball with the New York Rollin' Fury. There are sportschairs available for use at Chelsea Recreation Center, if needed. Ages 6-21.

Breastfeeding Workshop - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), uses 20 years of experience to help moms-to-be to learn how to breastfeed. Topics will include feeding positions and latch on, learn easy solutions to breastfeeding problems, and recognize hunger cues. Learn the skills needed to breastfeed successfully.

Storybooks and Art - The Jewish Museum
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper East Side

Listen to a story from the museum's library of children’s book favorites, then participate in an art activity in the galleries.

The Pinkertonian Mystery - New York Historical Society
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Fancy yourself as an amateur sleuth, Sherlock style? Become Victorian-era detectives in this interactive theater performance. Billed as an immersive and interactive mystery theater experience especially for families and created by Live In Theater. The year is 1875, families will travel throughout the Museum galleries and interact with actors in The Pinkertonian Mystery to solve a crime inspired by the fictionalized criminal mastermind known only as "El Diablo" and the real-life Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Families will be enlisted to help and compete to nab "El Diablo." For ages 8 and older.

Storytime - FAUNA
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Storytime with animals for age 3 and older at this UWS pet store. As well as a story kids will be able to interact with animals from the books read that session and ask questions.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through April 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session.

A Closer Look for Kids: Full Circle: Searching for Shapes - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 26, 2015 - Midtown

At this regular workshop, families engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. For kids ages 5-10 and their adult companions (everyone participates). Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am, see website for details.

Tours for Fours: Once Upon a Time: Artful Stories - The Museum of Modern Art
Through April 26, 2015 - New York

At this regular workshop four year olds and their adult companions look, listen, and share ideas while you explore modern and contemporary art. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am.

Galli's Princess and the Pea - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through April 26, 2015 - Chelsea

A new production by the Galli theater. The old tale gets a modern twist. Prince Prince, is a prince looking for a princess. When he places an ad in the newspaper, the response is more than he bargained for. How can he be sure which of the potential candidates is a real princess? After being tricked one time too many, his mother suggests he employs the “royal pea test.” Sometimes, mom does know best. For kids ages 4 and older.

Breastfeeding Support Circle with Andrea Syms-Brown - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, leads this breastfeeding circle which is popular for its a clinical yet warm approach to breastfeeding today. Brown bag your lunch, come by, nurse and snuggle with your baby. An opportunity to meet other new moms and guided by Andrea Syms-Brown, explore the joy, and unravel the mysteries of breastfeeding and mothering in modern times.

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through April 29, 2015 - Upper East Side

Led by 92Y Parenting Center director Sally Tannen and New York's top child psychologists and pediatricians, this weekly discussion group is a great way for new parents to share experiences, learn from one another and make friends. Against the familiar backdrop of gurgles and squeals, parents can compare notes on topics from scheduling to strollers. Half the fun is watching the newborns relate to each other. April 1: Your Baby’s Temperament. April 8: Sleep. April 15: Traveling With Baby. April 22: Can You Spoil Your Baby? April 29: Helping Your Baby’s Schedule Evolve. For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

Preschool Storytime - Washington Heights Public Library
Through April 29, 2015 - Washington Heights

Storytime with crafts, songs and movement for ages 3-5.

Fauna Afterschool - FAUNA
Through April 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

An afterschool program for kids with an interest in animals. In this workshop kids will participate in various wildlife activities including arts and crafts, animal handling, wildlife documentaries, stories and more. For ages 8 and older. To register for the program, contact Fauna’s Director of Education, Jose Rodriguez at jose@faunanyc.com. Founded in January 2010, Daniel Kopulos, a veterinary technician, opened Fauna as a way to educate pet owners on how to properly care for rare animals. Mr. Kopulos founded the store with the goal to be an awareness and education hotspot for all.

Start With Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper East Side

One of The Met's regular family programs for families with children ages 3-6. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. This month's theme is Outfits and Ornament

CMOM Kamishibai - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.

Infant Massage - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

Soothing your baby, touching gently, but confidently, is one of the most important ways to form and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In this four-week program you will learn effective ways to massage and soothe your baby in the first few months of life. Specific benefits of massage include increased circulation, improved body awareness and sleep patterns, and reduction in discomfort from teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional stress. An hour of singing and gentle, loving touch, designed to support brain development and provide comfort to a newborn’s body. Everyone will benefit from this unique learning experience. Moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome to attend. Each participant will receive written materials to help you continue massage with your baby at home. Classes also include time for questions and discussion of relevant topics. You may drop in for a class, or sign up for the four-week series (to be completed, in any order, within 8 weeks).

Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture. Special events: March 14, 4pm: Todd Tarpley, author of My Grandma's Ninja, followed by a book signing. March 28, 4pm: Brian Schatell, author of Owl Boy.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

A popular daily storytime for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 0-6.

Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater Presents Fractured Fables - Bank Street Bookstore
Through April 30, 2015 - Upper West Side

An 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 sometimes features special guests. For ages 2-8.

Feature Screening: BBC / DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S “LIFE: INSECTS - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Through April 30, 2015 - Midtown

Every year, a billion monarch butterflies hibernate high in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. It’s an astonishing sight. In the “Insects” episode from the BBC/Discovery Channel series, “Life,” simply filming this remarkable phenomenon from a tripod wasn’t enough. Complex rigging was specially crafted to allow the camera crew to create the impression of actually flying with the butterflies, and to capture aerial shots of thousands of butterflies clustered in the canopies of the trees. It was a daunting task, which is documented in the “making of” excerpt that follows the film. Running time: 14 mins.

'Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces' - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 03, 2015 - New York

This exhibition brings together emerging and mid-career artists whose work explores different means of perception. Artists on view include: Aziz +Cucher, Omar Chacon, Christian Faur, Bradley Hart, Richard Klein, Daniel Rozin, Al Souza, and Devorah Sperber. For better or worse, our lives are increasingly played out on a screen. From checking directions to playing a game on the latest bestselling app, digital technologies are a part of our everyday lives. Just as individual “pixels” are pieced together to create a larger image or message, this exhibition brings together visual artists whose works explore the intersection between art and technology, or who break down the very materials they work with into individual parts. Visitors are encouraged to look carefully: what you see from far away may strongly differ from what you view up-close. Each artwork is intended to be examined from different distances and viewpoints.

The New York Spring Spectacular starring The Rockettes, Laura Benanti and Derek Hough - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 07, 2015 - Midtown

This all new show stars the legendary Rockettes, Derek Hough, Laura Benanti, and the voices of Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne. Billed as a whirlwind adventure across New York City, the production celebrates the wonder of springtime in Manhattan with a story about three New Yorkers who change each other's lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Exuberant and energetic, it features all new Rockettes dance numbers, 3D effects, live action puppets and a fun soundtrack of both new songs and classic hits. Spring Spectacular is sure to be an instant hit with dance and musical theater fans, as well as Rockettes aficionados. This brand-new live theatrical production is led by an award-winning creative team that includes Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Warren Carlyle as director and choreographer, Tony Award winning director and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Diane Paulus and American playwright and Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner as the show's co-creative directors and up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon. Previews start March 12, opens on March 26.

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers: The Heart of the Giant and other tales - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through May 09, 2015 - Murray Hill

On select Saturday mornings some of New York’s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north. For ages 7 and older. The Sea Nymph and Other Water Tales: April 11. Join Melissa Heckler and Therese Folks Plaire for an hour of magical water stories from the rivers to the seas of Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. The Hop Giant and Other Tales of the North: May 9. Robin Bady and Linda Humes tell funny and fantastic tales of giants, trolls, elves, and the other strange folk – large and small – from Nordic folklore.

RAPUNZARELLA WHITE A Fairly Fractured Tale - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through May 09, 2015 - Manhattan

Following a successful run in The Midtown Children's Musical Theater Festival, this show reopens at the 13th Street Rep in January. Written by June Rachelson-Ospa and Daniel Neiden it follows three baby triplets, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White who are kidnapped by an angry witch. Each Princess is catapulted into her own fractured fairy tale, awaiting rescue by their own personal, bumbling and, of course, musical, Prince. Described by the creators as a comic take on the Princess waiting for a Prince genre this sassy musical production will entertain parents as much a little ones. For ages 4 and older.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

Every Sunday families are invited to explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3–10.

Hello from Japan! - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 16, 2015 - Upper West Side

Hello from Japan! is a new interactive exhibit in CMOM’s Lower Level Gallery. It will transport families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other, too cute for words. The museum will be running fun Japanese workshops to support the exhibition. Everything from manga artists and food, to traditional Japanese storytelling. See website for activity details.

Puppet Playtime - Scandinavia House
Through May 21, 2015 - Murray Hill

Join Nicola McEldowney, professional puppeteer, and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games. From stories with a Nordic theme to group sing-alongs, puppets can inspire all kinds of creative play and adventures of the imagination.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

Featuring up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, this annual favorite returns. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

Breastfeeding support group - 92nd Street Y
Through May 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

Breastfeeding is an evolving process that raises many questions and concerns. Meet with other moms, babies and a lactation specialist from 92Y Parenting Center to discuss topics such as the emotional ups and downs of breastfeeding, what happens when your milk supply is weak, how to juggle breastfeeding and work, and whether and how to supplement. Come when you can.

'How to Talk to Children & Teens About Sex': FREE Parenting Workshop Series - Henry Street Settlement Parent Center
Through May 27, 2015 - Lower East Side

The Parent Center is teaming up with Planned Parenthood of NYC to provide a workshop series for parents of children all ages. This workshop series, titled “How to Talk to Children & Teens about Sex,” will focus on concrete skills to teach kids about sexuality, talk openly about safety and risk, and communicate parental values. Part One: Talking to Your Children about the “Facts of Life” Workshop will show parents how to start the conversation & answer tough questions. February 25, 10am-12pm Part Two: Child Development & Sexuality Explore child sexual development, and how to help children and teens stay healthy & responsible. March 25, 5:30-7:30pm Part Three: Opening the Lines of Communication Will focus on how to establish and keep lines of communication open. April 22. 10am-12pm Part Four: “It Takes More than Talk” Will further explore open communication and the importance of parental monitoring. May 27, 5:30-7:30pm Please note, parents are not required to attend every workshop. To register, please call Tera Gurney or e-mail at tgurney@henrystreet.org.

Storytime - Barnes & Noble - Tribeca
Through May 30, 2015 - Tribeca

Saturday Storytime in the Children's Section.

Bargemusic - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Through May 30, 2015 - Brooklyn

Walk across the gang plank of a renovated coffee barge for a one hour, family friendly, concert.

The Art of Networks - NY Hall of Science
Through May 31, 2015 - Corona

This art exhibit brings together 20 visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as refugee migration flows, Chinese political connections and subway and bike sharing systems. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this field. In addition to the compelling graphical visualizations, visitors will be able to manipulate the data in selected projects through a technology interface.

Mommy & Me: Yoga - Preschool of the Arts
Through June 01, 2015 - East Village

Specially geared yoga poses for both little ones and adults with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement. Together, babies and adults learn yoga postures and techniques in a fun, relaxing setting. For more information and to sign up please email CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, or call our school at 212-533-1822.

Mommy & Me: Music & Movement - Preschool of the Arts
Through June 03, 2015 - East Village

A mixed movement and music class for toddlers and their caregivers. For the first half of the program children run and play, developing their mindfulness, peer interactions, cooperation skills, and both fine and gross motor skills. After playtime, the children gather together on the mat with a guitar-playing children’s music specialist for songs and movement. Their musical ear and appreciation develop along with general knowledge and language skills as they join in for sing-alongs, musical storytelling and instrument play. For more information and to sign up please email CSMommyandMe@nycpreschool.org, or call.

Sunday Storytime in Mr. Morgan's Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through June 07, 2015 - New York

In this drop-in program families will be transported back to the time of Abraham Lincoln, learn about the boy who became the 16th President of the United States and hear amazing tales of children along the Underground Railroad. Appropriate for ages 3 and older.

Jack And The Beanstalk - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through June 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Based on the classic English fairytale, this fresh retelling of the Swedish Cottage original production takes Jack on an enchanting adventure up a magical beanstalk. In this starry new world, Jack encounters the notorious Giant, Milford, whose thieving ways have brought misfortune upon Jack and his mother. Determined to make life better for his family, Jack, with help from friends old and new, risks his life to take back what the Giant stole. For ages 3-9

Keeping it Green for Families in Central Park - Central Park Conservancy
Through June 21, 2015 - Central Park

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Led by environmental educators, projects are located throughout the Park. Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Ages 5 and older. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through June 28, 2015 - Purchase

Exhibitions on Kuba textiles have been few. Fewer still have examined the tradition of splendid, long Kuba skirts and overskirts; and none have drawn upon the two great early collections of the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the William Henry Sheppard collection at Hampton University, Virginia, that provide textiles of documented date and provenance. Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time will, for the first time, bring together unique holdings in this field and contrast documented early Kuba textiles with textiles attributed to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibition will lay the foundation of a standard of comparison and historical trajectory for an in-depth evaluation of Kuba textiles. It will establish a cultural context, and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design beyond the Kingdom of the Kuba in the twentieth century. The exhibition will feature approximately eighty pieces, including approximately thirty-two splendid skirts and overskirts, textiles that range in length from a 48-inch fragment to a 356-inch full skirt. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with essays by curator Marie-Therese Brincard; Dr. Patricia Darish, independent scholar; Dr. Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christina Giuntini, conservator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Verena Traeger, University of Vienna; and Dr. Julien Volper, Associate Curator, Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale Tervuren. Organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Consultant Curator for the African Collection, Marie-Therese Brincard. On view March 1 through June 28, 2015.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

In this 3D movie, travel to the Galapagos archipelago and meet giant half-ton tortoises and marine iguanas that spit sea-salt from their noses. Dance with tropical albatrosses and hunt fishes with the colorful blue-footed boobies. Dive into the ocean with flightless cormorants and swim with tiny penguins thousands of miles away from their natural habitats. Narrated by Jeff Corwin.

Hidden Universe in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

Go on an amazing journey through the universe in this 3D movie. Travel the terrain of Mars, witness huge storms erupting on the sun, and peer deep inside distant nebulas, huge clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born. The universe is brought to life with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes.

Tiny Giants - American Museum of Natural History
Through July 05, 2015 - Upper West Side

Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences are transported to another world to experience the titanic battles tiny creatures face to survive. A chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona's scorched deserts are both forced to grow up fast when they find themselves alone for the first time. Only by using their ingenious superpowers can these hidden creatures survive. Tiny Giants is produced by BBC Earth and narrated by Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Tiny Giants will be shown daily in the Museum's Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, and in 3D at 11:30 am, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 pm. Times are subject to change.

Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s: - St. Paul's Chapel
Through July 24, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free too! Most films are rated PG13. Schedule subject to change, check website for details. Feb. 27: West Side Story (unrated) March 27: The Goonies (PG) April 24: Adventures in Babysitting (PG-13) May 22: King Kong (1933 - unrated) June 26: Back to the Future (PG) July 24: Dirty Dancing (PG-13)

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events. The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History. Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown

Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Barrymore Theater
Through September 06, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This acclaimed National Theatre production brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to life, and has wowed critics. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. The show transferred to London's West End, following a sold-out run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in 2012. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and continues to play to sold-out houses at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Check out this record-breaking theatrical phenomenon before it sells out.

Scattered Light - NY Hall of Science
Through September 13, 2015 - Corona

Scattered_Light consists of 528 26-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape hanging inside the entrance to NYSCI. Created by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the piece takes advantage of the circular shape of NYSCI’s entrance, allowing for multiple views of the patterns and color shifting of the flagging tape. The piece plays with space, light, color and perception, and changes as sunlight moves around the building. Along with flagging tape, the piece uses paperclips, metal rods and mirror balls, all simple and inexpensive materials that exemplify the maker and DIY spirit. Dick Esterle, originally from Kentucky, is an artist, architect and the inventor of the Nobbly Wobbly ball, the Klackeroo, Space Chips, and the Amazing Geometry Machine. After graduating university in architecture and art, he moved to New York City in the 1980s and worked with the architect Paul Rudolph and later the artist Isamu Noguchi. While there, his interest in a particular tensegrity model hanging on Noguchi’s wall would later give rise to the Amazing Geometry Machine and eventually lead him into the world of math and art and toy design.

Youth Basketball Clinics - North Meadow Recreation Center
Through October 31, 2015 - Central Park

Learn and enhance your skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games in this high-energy, interactive clinic. Designed to help young players of all levels develop both on and out the court, these clinics focus on skill development, team play, and sportsmanship. Ages 5 – 17. Open to players of all abilities. Ages 5-8 (Co-ed): 10-11am Ages 9-14 (Girls Only): 11am-12pm Ages 9-17 (Co-ed): 12-2pm

Toddler Story Time in the Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 01, 2015 - Upper East Side

Gather around to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt (requiring admission fee) in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Open Play Community Day - ATLAS Foundation for Autism
Through December 26, 2015 - Chelsea

It is estimated that 1 in 68 children (in multiple communities) in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)*. However despite these numbers, families living with autism find it more difficult to get out and about. Every other Saturday ATLAS opens the doors of its 7,300 sq. ft. facility and welcomes members of the autism community and their families to drop in, play, gather & connect in a worry-free environment where acceptance is the norm. This event is free but donations of any amount are appreciated will help provide refreshments and materials for Open Play Community Days. *Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children aged 8 years - Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 sites, United States, 2010.

LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2016 - Upper West Side

AMNH's new exhibition highlights the incredible life forms on earth and the superpowers that organisms use to survive the most extreme environments. From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms on our planet have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival. Co-curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology, and John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats. Life-size and larger-than-life models, live animals, videos, and interactive exhibits highlight a variety of 'superpowers' across the tree of life. From surprising strategies for surviving harsh environments to bizarre mating calls, inventive techniques for eluding predators, and extreme examples of parasitism.

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 10, 2016 - Battery Park

Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values such as beauty, centering, and balance. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time.

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