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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON APRIL 27

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by Daily Kids Events Editor April 27, 2014

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Find fun things to do today with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

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 27, 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 27. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Start with Art at the Met Plus—Spring into Color! - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Imagine stepping into the garden of Van Gogh's "Irises," Tiffany's shining windows, and other images of colorful flowers as we get into a spring mood. Explore color and the spring light as we make paper "stained glass" windows filled with flowers! For families with children ages 3–7.

Family Sundays! - The Rubin Museum of Art
April 27, 2014 - Chelsea

Drop in for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Stop by the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a family exhibition tour at 2pm, or go on your own thematic gallery search.

Family Art Project: Buds, Buds, Buds - Wave Hill
April 27, 2014 - Bronx

Explore Wave Hill's many budding trees and observe the myriad shapes and sizes of these flowery beginnings. Then, using a wood base, paper, and a variety of natural materials, make a sculptural tree - and even add a nest of eggs or a plaster-of-Paris flock of birds. Free with grounds admission during this Arbor Weekend event.

Performance: Daniel Kelly's 'Rakonto Wave Hill' - Wave Hill
April 27, 2014 - Bronx

This concert features the world premiere of "Rakonto Wave Hill," a jazz suite commissioned by and created for Wave Hill by composer/pianist Daniel Kelly. Written for and performed by his ensemble, the piece ingeniously weaves the recorded voices of Bronx residents into its sonic world as they share their thoughts on nature and the ways they find it in the urban community of the Bronx today. Wave Hill is one of five New York institutions participating in the Rakonto project. Among them are Flushing Town Hall, in celebration of the ethnic diversity of that community, and the Long Island Children's Museum, addressing the effects of Hurricane Sandy one year later. One hour, no intermission. Daniel Kelly's "Rakonto Wave Hill" is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project, made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

TADA! Youth Theater presents 'Samantha Spade, Ace Detective' - TADA! Youth Theater
April 27, 2014 - Nomad

World Premiere by Lisa Diana Shapiro and music by Georgia Stitt. Samantha is a lonely kid who prowls the black-and-white rain-washed streets as Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, the go-to gumshoe who always solves the case (for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers).

EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION - Greenburgh Nature Center
April 27, 2014 - Scarsdale

A fun, earth-friendly afternoon where you can roll up your sleeves and make a difference! Build a rain barrel, learn about home composting, work on the trails, help prepare the garden beds for spring planting, and, in recognition of Arbor Day, assist in planting a tree that will provide wildlife habitat, shade, and beauty at the GNC for generations to come. Schedule: 11am: Rain Barrel Workshop - Groundwork Hudson Valley, Coca Cola, and the GNC are teaming up to teach you how to re-purpose a Coca Cola syrup canister to capture fresh rainwater for use on your own property. Rain barrels can be purchased for $40 and taken home.* 12-3pm: Trail Sweeping, Garden Sprucing - Help give the GNC trails and property a good spring spruce-up! Bring work gloves and clothes for gardening. 1pm: Home Composting Class - Learn how to use kitchen scraps along with with yard waste to make valuable compost for your garden. Earth Machine backyard composters will be available for purchase for $75, and can also be ordered and picked up in advance.* 2pm: "This Book Was A Tree" - Get a signed copy of this new release and enjoy a planting activity from the book led by local author Marcie Chambers Cuff. Books will be available for purchase and signing.* 3pm: Tree Planting - Dig in and help give a tree a good start on the GNC property! * Supplies of Rain Barrels and Earth Machines are limited; reserve yours in advance. Order by phone at 914-813-1251 or online. For more information, contact: Anne Jaffe Holmes, Director of Conservation Education, Greenburgh Nature Center: [email protected] or 914-813-1251.

'Fluff: A Story of Lost Toys' - The New Victory Theater
April 27, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Welcome to the mad, mod world of the Ginghams, a trio who travels to bring long-lost misfit toys into their home. Fluff was dropped under the couch, Squibbly was abandoned in the gutter and Disco Frog was caught in a ceiling fan. But don't fret, dear pet! With a comedic, quirky and colorful mix of sound, story, video and vacuum, toys get discovered and recovered by the plaid-patterned family. Ab Fab meets Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Grey Gardens for offbeat, off-the-wall, fantastic fun.

March of Dimes: March for Babies Walk - Finish Line Festival
April 27, 2014 - Lincoln Square

The March of Dimes NY Division is proud to announce the annual March for Babies walk event. The walk starts on 65th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and ends at 26th Street and Madison Avenue, where walkers will be treated to a Finish Line Festival with refreshments and fun for the whole family. NYMetroParents will be there, too! Join March for Babies at marchforbabies.org/event/newyorkcity. Call for more information. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization in pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. To learn more, visit marchofdimes.com/ny or nacersano.org.

Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery - Jan Hus Playhouse
April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre returns to the Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 East 74th Street, April 10 to May 4 with Don Juan, or Wages of Debauchery, conceived and directed by Vit Horejs, adapted and directed from an anonymous play of itinerant puppeteers. In 18th century Europe, Don Juan ("Don Shayn") was among the top "hits" of the Czech marionette repertoire. The only theatre truly available in small towns and villages were shows by itinerant puppeteers. Their plays were a whimsical mixture of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," heroic legends, and rudimentary pre-Shakespearean tragedies. There is nothing very glamorous about the character of Don Juan in the Czech puppet play--he ends up as a common robber, hungry, rejected by all his former conquests and riled constantly by his inept servant Kasparek, the earthy Bohemian cousin of Mr. Punch and Leporello.

Spring Family Fair - The Morgan Library & Museum
April 27, 2014 - Murray Hill

In conjunction with the exhibition The Little Prince: A New York Story, this year's Spring Family Fair is dedicated to the beloved character, whose tale was written and illustrated in New York City by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Activities include watching The Little Prince (1979), composing a large mural made of planets, and trying on fun costumes. The Ben Jam troupe will bring to life the little prince, the fox, and the rose and invite families to follow the mysterious little boy in his magical journey through outer space and planet Earth. Appropriate for ages 6-12.

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN WITH GRANDPARENTS - 92Y
April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Kids ages 2 1/2-5 experience the joys of cooking in this cooking class especially for kids and grandparents. Mix, stir, taste and enjoy!

Sleeping Beauty at Galli's Fairytale Theater - Galli's Fairytale Theater
April 27, 2014 - Midtown

A wicked fairy is upset at not being invited to a princess?s birthday celebration and casts a sleeping spell on the entire kingdom for a hundred years. Will the perfect prince come and bestow the kiss that alone can break the curse and wake the sleeping princess and the kingdom?

Just Drop In! - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Families with children ages 3–10 explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators.

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Children ages 5-14 explore the themes and materials seen in the work on view in the galleries at this drop-in art making program. To participate, stop by the Studio Art Lab, located in the Sackler Center.

Tours for Tweens: Sigmar Polke - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2014 - Midtown

Kids and adults share ideas, exchange opinions, and consider different perspectives about works of art as they explore MoMA's collection and special exhibitions. Registration takes place online beginning at 10:30am, 10 days before the program. Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any Tours for Tweens program with at least two weeks' advance notice by calling 212-408-6347, 212-247-1230 (TTY), or by e-mailing [email protected] FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

Family Art Workshops: Remix: Collage - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2014 - Midtown


For kids ages 4-6 and their adult companions.

Explore the mixed media artwork of Sigmar Polke, then combine, arrange, and layer materials to create your own works of art. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This workshop will take place on the following dates:
April 19, 20, 26, 27
May 3, 4, 10, 11
Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Email [email protected] for more information. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any Family Art Workshops program with at least two weeks? advance notice by calling (212) 408-6347 or (212) 247-1230 (TTY) or by e-mailing [email protected]
FM assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available for all programs.

General Mischief Dance Theatre presents 'Rascals with Altitude' - The Connelly Theater
April 27, 2014 - Lower East Side

Don't miss this program packed full of adventurous dance numbers, audience favorites, new high-flying, and the debut of the full-length "Suite Shel", inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein!

Art Trek Plus—Life in the Renaissance - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2014 - Upper East Side

Use all of your senses as you travel back in time to discover what life was like during the Italian Renaissance. Explore works of art to imagine a day both inside an Italian home and outside on the street. Meet characters past and present, including a performance by troubadours Grant Herreid and Priscilla Herreid, who perform Italian Renaissance songs of life, love, and laughter! Space is limited during the performance; first-come, first-served. For families with children ages 5–12.

Makers' Lab: Science & Technology Workshops: littleBits Inventions - Children's Museum of Manhattan
April 27, 2014 - Upper West Side

Brainstorm an invention and use littleBits electronic blocks to make your idea come to life. Experiment with connecting batteries, light and sound sensors to your invention to see what will happen!

DOWNTOWN YOUTH BEHIND THE CAMERA - SVA Theater
April 27, 2014 - Gramercy

A collection of shorts by elementary and middle school student filmmakers from downtown schools will be screened at the 11th anniversary of this program. Part of the Tribeca Film Festival.

New York City Green Festival 2014 - Pier 94
April 27, 2014 - Midtown West

The nation's largest and most trusted green living event brings New York City's green (and aspiring green) community together. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment, and a unique marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses, featuring the latest and greatest in sustainable products and services.

'The Little Mermaid' - The Players Theatre
April 27, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Once upon a time there was a little mermaid who dreamed of the day when she would finally be old enough to explore the wonders of the world above the sea. When her turn comes, she is not disappointed. In fact she saves a young prince from drowning in a shipwreck and falls deeply in love with him. Now her longing increases, as she desires to become a mortal so she can marry her young prince; but as with all dreams, there are sacrifices. The little mermaid soon learns that getting her wish means making hard choices. She also learns how much she is willing to give up for someone she loves. Enjoy a free family workshop one hour prior to each performance

Heart and Lights - POSTPONED TO 2015 - Radio City Music Hall
Through May 04, 2014 - New York

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2015 DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. SEE THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. See New York as you never have before in this limited engagement show presented by Chase and starring the Rockettes. The passion New Yorkers have for their city comes to life onstage in this 90-minute spectacular celebrating the greatest city in the world. The show follows the adventures of two cousins as they race uptown and downtown while trying to uncover the secrets of their grandmother's past?-and of New York itself. A 3-D subway ride, an elaborate animatronic Statue of Liberty, and amazing interactive sets bring the city to the stage. As always, an unforgettable soundtrack of original music and pop favorites set the energy for fantastic new choreography and incredible dance numbers by the Rockettes.

South Pacific - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through May 04, 2014 - Millburn

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time, South Pacific is an exquisite story of romance and love set against the backdrop of a lush tropical island during WWII. This musical masterpiece boasts remarkable songs that transcend time ? "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," and many more. Only Paper Mill Playhouse can give you the grandeur and the intimacy of this unforgettable theatrical experience. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Old Seaport Kids Academy - The South Street Seaport
Through May 04, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

These fun, hands-on classes for kids ages 5 to 12, will be held at the South Street Seaport during Spring Break. A variety of exciting classes will be taught by local experts, including how to build a better burger, the art of pasta-making, the basics of pet care, sushi-making and more! To register for classes and for more information, please visit the website.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through May 10, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! takes viewers back to the early '60s when rock 'n' roll was re-energized--some say saved--by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966--the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids ages 5-10 and their families participate and engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. A new theme is introduced each month.

Themes include:
January-In the Round: Sculpture

February-Modern Movement

March-Posed and Unposed: People in Art

April-Straight to Squiggly: Looking at Line

May-Mix and Match: Materials and Techniques

Admission is free. No registration. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; participants must be present to receive a ticket. Programs begin in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, at 4 W. 54th St. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 11, 2014 - Midtown

Kids age four and their parents or caregivers, look, listen, and share ideas while exploring modern and contemporary art. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. A new theme is introduced each month. February Breaking the Mold: Materials and Techniques March Shape Shifting April Faces and Figures: People and Portraits May From Furry to Feathered: Animals in Art Note: Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

The Art of Video Games - Hudson River Museum
Through May 18, 2014 - Yonkers

One of the first major exhibitions to explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, "The Art of Video Games" focuses on the medium's striking graphics, creative storytelling, and player interactivity. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition travels to the Hudson River Museum for its only appearance in the New York Metro area, from Feb. 15-May 18. "The Art of Video Games" features the most influential artists and designers across five eras of game development, from early pioneers to the contemporary artists, who created some of the best games for 20 gaming systems that range from the Atari VCS to PlayStation 3. Video games - a compelling and influential form of narrative art - use player participation to tell stories and engage audiences in the same way as film, animation, and performance. The exhibition features 80 video games selected with the help of the public to demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images, video footage, and video interviews with developers and artists, historic game consoles, and large prints of in-game screen shots. Five featured games are available for visitors to play (Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower), which show how players interact with the virtual worlds, highlighting the innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. "Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society," said Chris Melissinos, former chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems, founder of Past Pixels, and guest curator of the exhibition. "In the 40 years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. Video games, which include classic components of art, offer designers a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences by including a new element, the player, who completes the vivid, experiential art form by personally interacting with the game elements." Visitors to the exhibition are greeted by excerpts from selected games projected 12 feet high, accompanied by a chipmusic soundtrack by 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer, including "The Art of Video Games Anthem," recorded by 8 Bit Weapon specifically for the exhibition. An interior gallery includes a series of short videos showing the range of emotional responses players have while interacting with games. The Smithsonian invited the public to help select the video games in the exhibition. A pool of 240 games was selected by Melissinos and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries. "The Art of Video Games" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from the Entertainment Software Association Foundation; Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins; Shelby and Frederick Gans; Mark Lamia; Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk; Rose Family Foundation; Betty and Lloyd Schermer; and Neil Young. Promotional support is provided by the Entertainment Consumers Association. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum's traveling exhibition program, "Treasures to Go." On view through May 18, 2014.

Cabinets of Wonder: The Art of Collecting - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 01, 2014 -

Cabinets of Wonder are historically strange collections of natural objects, art, or bizarre artifacts that Illustrated the collectors' rare knowledge, prestige, or power. They can also be considered museums for our imagination, containing the objects and stories that demonstrate our curiosity for collecting. This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who collect and re-display familiar objects from nature and every day life. In an era of high-tech mass production, these artists lend themselves to the labor-intensive, manual process that transforms the mundane into the marvelous.
Collecting is a human activity that always fascinates. Anything can be an object for collecting, from cooking spoons to paintings of cooking spoons. We collect things as a pastime, as a mission in life, or just because we can?t help it. Collecting shines a searchlight—directly or indirectly—on the relationship between the objects we desire, and their relationship to us, or to society. The exhibition Cabinet of Wonder: The Art of Collecting encourages viewers to consider their own habits of collecting whether is it clay bar figures or stamps.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me Yoga - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 09, 2014 - East Village

Enjoy an oasis of stretching and relaxing your minds and bodies together, for moms or nannies with babies and toddlers, in our state-of-the-art children's gym. Specially geared yoga poses both for teaching your little one and enjoying yourself, with certified yoga instructor experienced with early childhood movement.

Mommy and Me: Music and Movement - Preschool of the Arts @ Cooper Square
Through June 11, 2014 - East Village

For the first half of the program children run and play in the multi-faceted gym including large movement and building toys, a fully equipped sand box, and an awesome treehouse! The space allows children move freely and develop their mindfulness, peer interactions, cooperation skills, and both fine and gross motor skills. After playtime, the children gather together on the mat with an engaging, guitar-playing children's music specialist for songs and movement. Children's musical ear and appreciation develop along with general knowledge and language skills as they join in for sing-alongs, musical storytelling and instrument play along with their parent or caregiver. Please note there will be no class on the following dates: April 16, April 23 and June 4. Please also check out our other Mommy & Me classes and Extra Curricular offerings on our website, both at Cooper Square and our other locations. For more information and to sign up please email [email protected], or call.

Motown: The Truth Is a Hit - New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Through June 26, 2014 - Harlem

Motown founder Berry Gordy is quoted as saying "The truth is a hit." And in truth, Detroit's Motown Records became the voice of an entire generation. Presented by Northern Trust, in partnership with Schomburg Center, Motown Museum, and Motown the Musical, this exhibition explores Gordy's notion of the truth by tracing black music from its African roots through slavery, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, urban America, the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, up to the present day.

'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.

Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.

Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm

Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.

'Mysteries of The Unseen World' - American Musem of Natural History
Through June 30, 2014 - Upper West Side

As AMNH's first digital 3-D film, Mysteries of the Unseen World is a new giant-screen adventure that transports audiences to hidden dimensions too small, too fast, or too slow for the human eye. The film, which is narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, uses time-lapse and high-speed footage culled from video recordings of research happening in today's laboratories, where existing and emerging technologies are yielding exciting new images of long-unseen worlds. Audiences will share experiences once reserved for scientists and see a whole new universe of wondrous nature, daily events that escape the naked eye, even secrets crucial to our survival. The film also allows visitors to view the world as though they had x-ray vision, or infrared vision like mosquitos, and peer into a world of wonders too small for the human eye to see—from the minute structures on a butterfly's wing and the tiny organisms that inhabit the human body down to items on the nanoscale. The film will screen in 2D film and 3D digital at the museum through June.

The Black Fives - New-York Historical Society
Through July 20, 2014 - Upper West Side


Soon after the game of basketball was invented in 1891, teams were called "fives" in reference to the five starting players. Teams made up entirely of African American players were referred to as "colored fives," "Negro fives," or "black fives," and the period became known as the Black Fives Era. Celebrating a forgotten era in sports history, The Black Fives will explore the pioneering African American basketball teams that existed in New York City and elsewhere from the early 1900s through 1950, the year the National Basketball Association became racially integrated.

Highlights of The Black Fives include archival images of the earliest black basketball teams, including the Alpha Physical Culture Club, the nation's first all-black athletic club (1912); the New York Girls, the first all-black female team (1910); and team photos of the New York Renaissance (also known as the "Harlem Rens"), Smart Set Athletic Club, Harlem Globetrotters, and the Washington Bears.

Among the exhibition's unique pieces are a 1914 gold-leafed basketball medallion promoting the St. Christopher Club of Harlem; a 1937 New York Renaissance vs. Oshkosh All Stars game ticket stub; and a complete collection of event programs for the World's Championship of Professional Basketball played from 1939-1948 and won by three different African American teams.

The Black Fives will also feature vintage African American basketball ephemera, such as newspaper broadsheets and clippings, scrapbooks, game placards and flyers, such as a 1943 official souvenir program for the "5th Annual World's Championship Basketball Tournament"; a 1912 "Pittsburgh vs. New York" advertisement for the Annual Christmas Basketball Games and Dance of the Alpha Physical Culture Club; and a 1946 placard promoting "The Game of the Century, Renaissance vs. New Britain Pros."

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Power of Poison will explore poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Inviting visitors to explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases, the exhibition will include an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries, and a theater where live presenters will share dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection. A gallery of history's most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra's legendary snakebite to Napoleon's alleged death by arsenic, will lead visitors into the Understanding Poison theater. Here presenters will use props, animations, and audience volunteers to explore a real-world poisoning case that will highlight the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. Next, visitors will encounter a large-scale tableau of other puzzling cases and can solve the mysteries using an iPad game. For instance, visitors can discover what poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard Cook's ship in 1774.

Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage - INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Through August 24, 2014 - MIdtown

For many animals, the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. This temporary show will explore the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Using digital imagery, artifacts and interactive elements, visitors will explore color, shade, shapes, and learn how they can fool the eye. Through August 24

MoMA Art Lab: Movement - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2014 - New York

At the MoMA Art Lab you families can explore movement in art through a range of activities that are fun and exciting for kids of all ages. visit the website for more information.

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.

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