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Things to Do With Kids in Bronx on August 18

August 18, 2014   |    

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, August 18, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx'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 August 18. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

Toddler Time - Brooklyn Public Library, Borough Park branch
August 18, 2014 - Borough Park

It's all about the toddlers at this story hour/playtime specifically for the 18-36 month crowd.

Making Pottery Art: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics (ca. 1880-1910) - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 18, 2014 - New York

Technically experimental and aesthetically ambitious, the vases made by French potters in the years around 1900 pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium. The recently acquired Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of European Art Pottery includes pieces by the master ceramists Ernest Chaplet, Auguste Delaherche, and Jean Carries, works of imposing size, beautiful in shape, and dazzling in their glazes. These works will be shown with others that inspired them, ranging from Asian ceramics to German stoneware.

Arts and Crafts for Babies - Brooklyn Public Library Brower Park branch
August 18, 2014 - Brooklyn

Simple Crafts for the first five years.

Baby and Me - Bayside Library
August 18, 2014 - Bayside

Infants ages 7-18 months and their caregivers enjoy nursery rhymes, fingerplays, songs and playtime, in this interactive program.

Twenty-Somethings 2 The Music of Drew Overcash, Blake Pfeil & Zoe Sarnak - Highline Ballroom
August 18, 2014 - New York

Broadway's Next Generation Highlights Broadway Performers In New York City. After A Sold Out Concert Last Year, Drew Overcash, Blake Pfeil, & Zoe Sarnak Return With Twenty-Somethings 2. Together Their Music Crosses Genres From Pop/Rock To Jazz To Musical Theatre And Back. With New Material And A Few Fan Favorites Performed By Some Of Broadway's Biggest Stars, This Concert Is One Not To Miss. This Concert Will Also Host The First "Fresh Pens" Contest - A Contest Looking For The Next Big Songwriter. The Winner, Chosen By A Panel Of Industry Professionals, Will Have The Opportunity To Join Overcash, Pfeil, & Sarnak On Stage And Premiere Their Song. To Learn More, Visit: www.drewovercash.com/freshpenscontest.

Monday Afternoon Storytime at B & N - Barnes & Noble City Center
August 18, 2014 - White Plains

Young children can enjoy an exciting adventure at every turn of the page during this storytime.

Free Play at My Gym Larchmont - My Gym Larchmont
August 18, 2014 - Mamaroneck

Pay-to-play program open to children of all ages with a supervising adult. A life-saver on long, hot summer afternoons. No registration necessary.

CAN YOU DIG IT? FOSSILS, WE MEAN! - Stepping Stones Museum
August 18, 2014 - Norwalk

Become a paleontologist and search for buried fossils at the Stepping Stones excavation site. Sign up at the Welcome Desk. Ages 3 and up. Weather permitting.

2014 Auditions for Stand Up - Gotham Comedy Club
Through August 18, 2014 - New York

Only the first 100 comics who arrive will be seen. Comics will have one minute at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back later that day to perform a longer 2-3 min set and the top comics will be selected to perform in the showcase the next evening with 5-7mins. This is not a show that will air on NBC, but rather an opportunity to be showcased for agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities. This open call is for comics of diverse backgrounds who are serious about being funny. Comics must have five minutes of polished material. SAT & SUN Aug 16th &17th: Open Call Starts @9am / Callbacks @ 2:30pm MON Aug 18th: Showcase @7pm

Storytime and Pottery Painting - Glaze
August 18, 2014 - Orangeburg

Bring your preschooler to Glaze to hear a story and paint a piece of pottery that fits the theme of the story. This morning, kids will hear Not Norman by Kelly Bennett and paint a fish. Call or visit online to register.

Monday Minnows - The Whaling Museum & Education Center, Cold Spring Harbor
August 18, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Enjoy open playtime, storytime, and fun crafts about the ocean and nature. Ages 2 1/2 - 5 years. RSVP required.

Rockland Boulders Baseball - Provident Bank Park
August 18, 2014 - Pomona

Come cheer on the Rockland Boulders when they face the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. This is also the team's second annual Cheapskate Night. Pay for only the amount of baseball you want to see. All tickets begin at just $9 but as each inning goes by, one dollar comes off your price (i.e. 2nd inning = $8, 3rd inning = $7, etc.). There will be other "cheapskate" deals throughout the park.

Toddler Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
August 18, 2014 - West Nyack

Jill will help young artists design unique crafts or seasonal gifts. Kids can pick from mugs, plates, flower pots, and more. Pieces can be taken home or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday.

New Parents Networking Group - The Pizza Post
August 18, 2014 - Greenwich

Share, chat, have fun and network with other parents who know what it's like to have child with a disability.

'The Fairy Queen' by Henry Purcell - THE EAST 13TH STREET THEATRE
August 18, 2014 - East Village

Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, which offers role debut and training opportunities to emerging opera artists, celebrates its eleventh season of high-quality, affordable NYC performances with a Shakespearean summer. The Fairy Queen was an anonymous adaptaion of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Sung in English, dell'Arte's production draws from an abridged version of Shakespeare's play.

Book Buddies - Long Island City Library
August 18, 2014 - Long Island City

Children ages 1-5 read with buddies who are in middle school. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

Live Concert on the Center Green Driven By Nissan of Queens - The Shops at Atlas Park
August 18, 2014 - Glendale

Atlas Park is the place to be on Monday night. The fun begins at 6pm with a preconcert show for kids including free giveaways and more. Followed by a concert at 7pm featuring a new performer each week. Tonight's concert features the Tonight's concert features Beatles Tribute Band, Yesterday and Today.

Adult Sibling Support Group - Cope House
August 18, 2014 - East Meadow

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support group meetings for adult siblings on the North Shore. Groups for siblings ages 5-10 and 11-17 also available. Parents and siblings new to COPE must call and speak to COPE's Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting.

Made with Love - Floral Park Public Library
August 18, 2014 - Floral Park

Made With Love is a service-oriented group of knitters and crocheters who create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items for hospitals, shelters, and the military in a friendly atmosphere. (There is no instructor, but you may get help on your own projects from your peers.)

'Many Moons' Puppet Show - Chappaqua Library
August 18, 2014 - Chappaqua

James Thurber's classic short story comes alive in Nicola McEldowney's puppet theater.

Movie Night - Astoria Park
August 18, 2014 - Long Island City

Monday night is movie night in Astoria Park. Relax and enjoy this screening of Despicable Me 2, the 2013 3D computer-animated comedy film. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles as Gru, Dr. Nefario and Margo, respectively. Kristen Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, voices agent Lucy Wilde, while Ken Jeong, who played the Talk Show Host, voices Floyd Eagle-san. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo (aka El Macho) and Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League (AVL). Bring beach chairs and blankets. Sponsored by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc.

Maker Mondays - Long Island Children's Museum
August 18, 2014 - Garden City

Calling all DIY kids! Are you a curious? Do you like to tinker? Come explore the creativity and innovation used in the art of making. Learn practical skills and spark your interest as you investigate different maker "mediums" from fabric to electricity to clay. Join in each week and become part of the grassroots maker movement to discover the inventor in you!

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
August 18, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. The Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

Puppets in the Park: Little Red's Hood - Morningside Park
August 18, 2014 - Harlem

Enjoy this fresh retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale updated with a modern sensibility that will appeal to kids. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Color War Camp - Frozen Ropes Syosset
August 18, 2014 - Syosset

Coed baseball and softball camp for a special half day trial rate. Players will be divided into 2 teams for the week and go head-to-head in multiple competitions until the winner is crowned! Call for more information and to register.

Born To Play Camp - Frozen Ropes Syosset
August 18, 2014 - Syosset

Coed activities include soccer, baseball, basketball, and much more in this state-of-the-art, air conditioned indoor facility. Call for more information and to register.

Game On! - New York Public Library Countee Cullen branch
August 18, 2014 - Harlem

Bring your A-game and enjoy playing with one of the library's video game consoles.

Movie Monday - New York Public Library, St. Agnes branch
August 18, 2014 - Upper West Side

Beat the heat at the library with a free screening of a family-friendly flick. Movies will begin at 3pm leaving you plenty of time to check out your summer reading books as well. Check website for schedule of films.

Jessica Kirson's New Talent Night w/Michelle Buteau, Joe List, and More! - The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
August 18, 2014 - New York

Jessica Kirson's New Talent Nght w/Michelle Butea, Joe List, and More! - The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
August 18, 2014 - New York

Frantic! Free Comedy Show Hosted By Michael Kosta! - The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club
August 18, 2014 - New York

Hosted by Michael Kosta and featuring Joe Matarese, Joe List, Michelle Buteau, Aaron Berg, Ari Shaffir, and many more!

Beatles Tribute, featuring the cast of Beatlemania - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
August 18, 2014 - New York

Girls Stand Up Paddle Boarding - GAALS: Girls Athletics And Life Skills
August 18, 2014 - Port Washington

You won't be bored when you go stand up paddle boarding! Have a blast trying something new and see how breaking out of your comfort zone will open new doors for you! Save $5 when you get a friend to sign up. Try the Mother/Daughter Class. It's a great way to end the summer! Classes & Workshops for girls with a simple mission - To enhance physical, emotional & social well-being through physical activity GAALS teaches girls the fundamental physical skills used in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sports, and the life skills used every day through discussions about how the valuable tools and skills learned can be applied in their daily experiences. By integrating activities that highlight the importance of respect, communication, teamwork and problem-solving, GAALS facilitates the development of relationships on and off the field, creating a comfortable, supportive and fun environment that helps each girl form a positive relationship with sports and boosts their self-esteem. GAALS was designed by mothers of girls, along with experts in Psychology, Pediatrics, Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Counseling and Sports Management and is led by female athletes with Master’s Degrees in related fields.

The Ultimate Florida OJ Tailgate Event - Herald Square
August 18, 2014 - Manhattan

Florida Orange Juice would like to invite the public to a citrus-themed tailgate in Herald Square. This event is free and participants can enjoy 100% orange juice samples, taste citrus-marinated chicken skewers fresh off the grill and win tailgating-themed prizes. Fans will leave with great tips for tailgating and delicious, healthful recipes.

Summer Vacation Jump-N-Art Fun at Pump It Up - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through August 19, 2014 - Norwalk

Every weekday during the summer, children ages 4-12 can be dropped off for a day of games, prizes, fun crafts projects, snack plus bouncing, sliding fun, with themes like Magic Castle, Wild World of Animals, Island Adventure, Jeepers Creepers in the Garden and much more. Check the website for more information. Children must be potty trained. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 19, 2014.

Be Inspired By Art at Agora This Summer - Agora Gallery
Through August 19, 2014 - New York

If the oppressive summer heat is getting you down, visit Agora Gallery and allow our July exhibitions refresh your wonder for the beauty and diversity of the world around you. The artwork in Verve of Abstraction demonstrates how instinctive and natural it can be to open yourself up to new perspectives. By deconstructing and reconstructing their sources of inspiration, these varied artists offer new and exciting perspectives on the world around us. In The Substance of Form we are faced with art that is firmly based in a shared understanding of life, humanity and nature. At the same time, each visitor will have a unique viewing experience, as the exhibition allows the viewers to engage and enter into the varied interpretations and substance of the artworks. The exhibitions open on July 29, 2014 and run until August 19, 2014. The opening reception takes place on the evening of Thursday, July 31, at 6-8pm, and entrance is free. Art lovers hoping to find new ways to experience and enjoy form and hue are encouraged to attend.

SECOND ANNUAL TEEN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - Westport Library
Through August 20, 2014 - Westport

Open to Connecticut residents in grades 6-12. Post your submissions to westportlibraryphotocontest.tumblr.com. July 1- August 20. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 27.

Sensational Science Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 20, 2014 - Oyster Bay

A clever blend of art-based concoctions, science experiments, structural and design challenges for curious kids, based on the studio's year-long Crazy Concoctions, Science Magic, and Inventions programs. Choose your own schedule. Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

From Street to Art - Italian Cultural Institute New York
Through August 20, 2014 - New York

An overview of Italian Street Art through the work of 10 contemporary who are beginning to shape the future of art in Italy, and of Italian art in the world: Agostino Iacurci, Aris, BR1, Cyop&Kaf, Dem, Eron, Hitnes, Sten&Lex, Ufo5, and 2501.

International Contemporary Ensemble - Park Avenue Armory
Through August 21, 2014 - New York

Mostly Mozart's cutting-edge artists-in-residence return for an intimate chamber music series crafted with the newly revitalized Board of Officers Room at Park Avenue Armory in mind. No performances 8/18 & 20.

Special needs camp - Friendly Kids Social Skills
Through August 21, 2014 - Greenlawn

The Friendly Kids Social Skills Group is offering a summer program in which elementary school children will learn social skills, make friends and have fun. Call Carrie, licensed clinical social worker at 631-988-0629. Mon-Thurdays 10am-11:30. Classes meet Monday-Thursdays July 7 - August 21.

Seeing Through Artist Eyes Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 21, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Travel around the world in 8 weeks! Each camp day offers a peek at a particular culture and art technique, which is used as a springboard for children to create their own inspired masterpieces! See the online calendar for each day's theme. Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Hoaxocaust! - Venue #12: 64E4 Underground
Through August 21, 2014 - New York

What role should past horrors play in defining our religious views, our self-perception, even our politics? Is there such a thing as a contemporary Jewish identity independent of the Holocaust? Should there be? What if the Holocaust had never happened? Join Barry in an unbelievable round the world adventure as he tracks down deniers from Illinois to Iran, meets engineers and ex-presidents, and dodges a brother in Hungary and a boyfriend back home on a journey to discover the shocking truth. Friday 8/15 @ 9:15pm, Saturday 8/16 @ 2:45pm, Sunday 8/17 @ 2:00pm, Tuesday 8/19 @ 6:00pm Thursday 8/21 @ 9:30pm

FringeJr: And Then Came Tango - The 14th Street Y
Through August 21, 2014 - New York

A celebration of the modern family inspired by the true story of Roy and Silo, male Chinstrap Penguins at the Central Park Zoo who formed a pair bond and caused a public outcry when they raised and hatched a chick named Tango.

Little Hands Creative Play Workshop for Toddlers - Barking Cat Studio
Through August 22, 2014 - Windsor Terrace

This creative play workshop focuses on educational, theme-related, simple art projects that little hands can easily create and enjoy. Register for a series of classes or drop in. (Drop-ins are welcome provided there is space. Call in advance.)

Free Summer Sports Programs for Brooklyn Youth - City Parks Foundation
Through August 22, 2014 -

Throughout the summer, City Parks Foundation provides more than 13,000 New York City children free tennis, golf, and track and field instruction, including free use of equipment in more than 60 locations citywide. In Brooklyn, City Parks Foundation's Sports programs will be taking place in Bensonhurst Park, Betsy Head Playground, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, Highland Park, Jackie Robinson Playground, Kaiser Park, Kelly Playground, Leif Ericson Park, Lincoln Terrace, Marine Park, McCarren Park, McKinley Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. CityParks Tennis presented by Chase (through Aug. 8): (Ages 6-16) Bensonhurst Park Cropsey Avenue and Bay Parkway Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm Fort Greene Park DeKalb Avenue and S. Portland Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Highland Park Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Jackie Robinson Playground Malcolm X. Boulevard and Chauncey Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Kaiser Park Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Kelly Playground Avenue S and E. 14th Street Monday and Wednesday, 9am-12pm Leif Ericson Park 8th Avenue and 66th Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12pm Lincoln Terrace Buffalo Avenue and E. New York Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm Marine Park Fillmore Avenue and Stuart Street Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm McCarren Park North 13th Street between Bedford and Berry Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm McKinley Park 7th Avenue and 75th Street Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm (Intermediate) Prospect Park Parkside Ave at the Parade Ground Tuesday and Thursday, 1-4pm CityParks Golf presented by Ren? Lacoste Foundation: Herbert Von King Park Marcy Avenue and Greene Avenue Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am (6-8 years); 10:30am-12pm (9-16 years) Marine Park Avenue S. and E. 32nd Street Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:30am (6-8 years); 10:30am-12pm (9-16 years) CityParks Track & Field Betsy Head Playground Livonia, Dumont, Hopkinson, Blake avenues, Strauss Street Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am (5-7 years); 10:30am-12pm (8-16 years) Kaiser Park Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:30am (5-7 years); 10:30am-12pm (8-16 years) See cityparksfoundation.org for a full schedule.

Creative Arts Camp Days - Not Just Art
Through August 22, 2014 - Oyster Bay

Explore and enjoy a fun rotating buffet of art projects, beautifully illustrated art-related stories, games and construction toys, and open-ended activities to stimulate children's creativity! Choose your own schedule! Sign up for any days throughout the summer. The projects for all camp day programs vary each day all summer long, but favorites can always be repeated if needed for children who really love them! Please pack a healthy (peanut/tree nut free) snack for your child. Reservations are required, please call or email to reserve your spot!

Green Teens- Energetic Environmental Explorations - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 22, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for an energetic exploration of the environment. Each week the Green Teens will lead visitors through a variety of science and nature-related activities. Visit the website for program updates.

Science Barge Explorers Camp - The Science Barge
Through August 22, 2014 - Yonkers

The Science Barge is calling all Nature Explorers to its deck! During this weeklong camp, children ages 6-10 will have the opportunity to learn about urban gardens, river ecosystems, and renewable energy. Participants will create their own take-home hydroponic gardens, catch crabs and other river creatures, partake in scavenger hunts, and go on local field trips. Payments may either be made for the full week ($175) or on a per day basis ($40/day). Pre-registration is required.

Mostly Mozart - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 23, 2014 - New York

This year's Festival will offer more than 35 events across several venues including concerts, opera, dance, pre-concert recitals and lectures, late-night performances, contemporary music, and premieres of two commissioned works.

Sami Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through August 23, 2014 - New York

Curated by the Tromso University Museum and Northern Norway Art Museum, Sami Stories is a landmark exhibition examining the history, identity, politics, and visual culture of the Sami, the indigenous people of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia's Kola Peninsula. Featuring a selection of contemporary artworks and traditional duodji (handicraft) - including a reindeer milk scoop, shaman's drum, cradle, and a selection of hats and dolls - the exhibition offers visitors an overview of Sami history and visual culture from the 17th century to the present.

Jerry Kearns- RRRGGHH!!! - Mike Weiss Gallery
Through August 23, 2014 - New York

Jerry Kearns' first solo exhibition with the gallery will be the artist's first show in New York since 2006, and will feature 8 new paintings on canvas as well as 5 wall murals. RRRGGHHH!!! restages the elemental conflict between hero and villain in the template tradition of this type of narrative, good versus evil, begun over 2000 years ago with The Book of Revelations and continued in different iterations today.

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the American Civil War - New-York Historical Society
Through August 24, 2014 - New York

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), the New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the American Civil War, organized by the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history.

Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through August 24, 2014 - New York

The Museum of Modern Art presents a major retrospective devoted to the art of Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920-1988), the first comprehensive exhibition in North America of her work. Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988 comprises nearly 300 works made between the late 1940s and her death in 1988. Drawn from public and private collections, including MoMA's own, this survey is organized around three key themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the "abandonment" of art. Each of these axes anchors a significant concept or a constellation of works that mark a definitive step in Clark's career. While Clark's legacy in Brazil is profound, this exhibition draws international attention to her work. By bringing together all parts of her radical production, the exhibition seeks to reintroduce her into current discourses of abstraction, participation, and a therapeutic art practice.

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

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands - Brooklyn Museum
Through August 24, 2014 - Brooklyn

Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. For this exhibition, Swoon creates a site-specific installation in our rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage. Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

City as Canvas - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 24, 2014 - Upper East Side

City as Canvas provides a visual account of graffiti and street art in New York City during the 1970s and 80s, showcasing works from the pioneering collection of Martin Wong (1946-1999). Wong, a noted East Village artist in the 1980s and friend to many graffiti writers, amassed a collection of hundreds of works on paper and canvas, which he donated to the City Museum in 1994. This exhibition, which showcases these works for the first time, traces the origins of this urban self-expression and the era of "outlaw" street art, which became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. It features examples of paintings and sketch book work by artists including Keith Haring, Lee Quinones, Lady Pink, Futura 2000, among many others.

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 24, 2014 - Upper West Side

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the New-York Historical Society presents the groundbreaking traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, organized by the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history. Textiles were integral to the Civil War�physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally�and linked soldiers and civilians. Among the exhibition highlights on view at New-York Historical is a large-scale silk banner for the 39th Regiment New York State Veteran Volunteers (ca. 1861). Through a wealth of artifacts drawn from around the nation, the exhibition will invite visitors to see and acknowledge the human experiences beneath the veneer of Blue and Gray.

Peter Pan - The Musical - Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 24, 2014 - Smithtown

The classic Family musical comes to life on stage. Join Peter, Wendy, John and Michael as they fly off to Neverland - where no one grows up and fairies and pirates and indians and mermaids and adventure abound. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays June 28-August 24.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 24, 2014 - Astoria

**With Patrick Lung Kong and Tsui Hark in person on August 15 & 16*** The Museum presents a tribute to the visionary Hong Kong director Patrick Lung Kong, who made his first film nearly 50 years ago, and who had a profound impact on following generations of filmmakers, including John Woo and Tsui Hark. Lung Kong drew on the rich traditions of Cantonese cinema while bringing new social dimensions to genre filmmaking. In addition to the fourteen feature films he wrote and directed between 1966 and 1979, Lung Kong acted in 60 films between 1958 and 2002. Though scarcely shown outside of Hong Kong today, he endures as one of the most original and uncompromising auteurs Hong Kong has ever produced. This program—consisting of seven features that he directed and one he produced, plus a special screening of A Better Tomorrow—is a celebration of the life and achievements of Lung Kong. Co-presented with the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office New York and New York Asian Film Festival/Subway Cinema. Special thanks to Patrick Lung Kong, Paul Lung, and Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Exhibit: Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies - Wave Hill - Glyndor Gallery
Through August 24, 2014 - Bronx

With his Fireflies series of photographs, Gregory Crewdson frames that fleeting moment when the sun slips away and the beguiling insects begin their electric dance. From one image to the next, there is a multiplicity of movement, a sense of the unexpected and the uncanny. The intensity of light is generated from the riveting insects, balanced by the waning sun. Moving into total darkness, the landscape fades away and lightening bugs become the focal point. Light is a pivotal element in Crewdson's large oeuvre and is masterfully controlled and scripted in other series such as Twilight or Dream House. Yet here he launches us into a balmy summer evening by capturing the fireflies' spontaneous sparkle. In its simplicity and directness, this series is a departure from the large-scale photographs for which Crewdson is known. It was created in 1996, when Crewdson was living alone in his family's cabin in Becket, Massachusetts. That summer, he ventured out each evening with camera in hand to observe the fireflies' mysterious mating ritual. At the end of August, he moved on to other projects. Ten years later, he revisited the series with renewed interest, and began to print a total of 61 images. A selection of the black-and-white prints was exhibited in 2006 with a limited-edition catalogue. This is the first time the entire Fireflies series has been shown all together in one exhibition. The acclaimed photographer has exhibited extensively throughout the world. This year, the series Beneath the Roses is on view at Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The 2012 film Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters documents the remarkable process of making this series. His works are in significant public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He divides his time between New York City and his studio in Western Massachusetts. ON view through Aug. 24.

The Adventures of Swamp Girl - New York International Fringe Festival
Through August 24, 2014 - New York

A single woman uses karaoke, dirty dancing and garbage bag couture to slither through the residue of fertility treatments, breast cancer, and—worst of all—a really lame breakup email. Laughter! Tears! Baseball signs! Includes at least half a song. Part of FringeNYC.

When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection, - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through August 25, 2014 - Purchase

At the time it was assembled, the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the cornerstone of the collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, was considered by many to be the most important private collection of contemporary American art in the world. Built mainly between the early 1940s and 1960s, the Collection is strongest in materials that describe the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America between the end of World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Remarkably, most of the works that Neuberger acquired at the height of his collecting in the 1940s and 1950s were purchased within a month to a year or two of their execution dates, reflecting Neuberger's commitment to support living artists. The exhibition and permanent collection catalogue, both entitled "When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection," will feature works by artists such as Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. The catalogue will contain contributions by Neuberger curators, Purchase College faculty, and outside authors. Edited and organized by Chief Curator Tracy Fitzpatrick. On view May 11 through Aug. 25.

Ladies of the House: History from a Feminine Perspective - Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum
Through August 25, 2014 - New York

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is pleased to present Ladies of the House: History from a Feminine Perspective, featuring photography by Trish Mayo as part of our Contemporary Meets Colonial exhibition series. Throughout the Mansion's history women have had a strong presence. The Mansion was built in 1765 for Mary Philipse, by her husband Colonel Roger Morris as a wedding present. The home's longest owner, Eliza Jumel, lived in the Mansion from 1810 to 1865, and was known as one of the wealthiest women in New York. In 1904, the Washington's Headquarters Association, formed by four chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, began to operate the Mansion as a museum. The most famous and royal visitor of the Mansion, Queen Elizabeth II, visited in 1976. Today, the female presence in the Mansion continues through many costumed events and performance pieces, which celebrate the vibrant history and the lives of the fascinating women of the Mansion. Artist, Trish Mayo has captured many of the women at these events with her camera. Ladies of the House features six original photographs, which were digitally manipulated to recall nineteenth century photographs, such as daguerreotypes, tintypes, and ambrotypes. As part of this exhibition, Mayo and curatorial assistant, Jasmine Helm have selected prints and photographs from the Mansion's archives—on view for the first time—to showcase women's contributions throughout the Morris-Jumel Mansion's history as a private residence and museum.

Tomorrow's World: The New York World's Fairs and Flushing Meadows Corona Park - Arsenal Gallery
Through August 27, 2014 - New York

In celebration of the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the World's Fairs, Tomorrow's World includes never-before-exhibited vintage images from the Parks Photo Archive and private collections that illustrate the dynamic evolution and conversion of a vast industrial wasteland into New York City's fourth largest park. The World's Fairs propelled this transformation, while serving as defining social and cultural events for two generations. The show also includes memorabilia, as well as two zodiac animals from Paul Manship's vandalized Armillary Sphere from the second fair.

Whale & Dolphin Adventure Cruises - Riis Landing
Through August 28, 2014 - Breezy Point

Rockaway has visitors. Yes, it's true...whales and dolphins have been spotted in the waters of Rockaway, New York! Set sail in search of these beautiful mammals, hop aboard The American Princess for a Whale Watch / Dolphin Watch Adventure Cruise for a relaxing cruise and what promises to be an amazing afternoon.

Summer Safety Event - Jewish Children's Museum
Through August 28, 2014 - Crown Heights

Visit the second annual safety event for kids this summer. Featuring a number of safety themed exhibits including a sun smart challenge and hydration activities. On Sundays, children will have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with “community heroes - safety personnel” including policemen, fire fighters, and others. Children will have the opportunity to practice safe street behaviors both as drivers on pedal go-carts and as pedestrians, in order to be awarded a “Safety City” license.

Story Time in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 28, 2014 - Upper East Side

Start with a book, then learn to look! After hearing stories in the library's special corner for kids, explore the Museum on a self-guided gallery hunt. For families with children ages 3-7. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Kids Night Out - Honestly Delicious & HD Events
Through August 28, 2014 - Garden City

Calling all parents! It's time for date night. Kids ages 4-9 can watch movies every Thursday through 8/28. Admission includes 3 hours of entertaining your child, popcorn and iced tea or lemonade. Kids can wear their pajamas and bring a blanket. This is a drop-off program so you will have time for a date. Make your reservation today.

High School Girls' Tennis Workshop - Solaris Sport & Racquet Club
Through August 28, 2014 - Hawthorne

Want to get the competitive edge for your tennis season? Attend this 8-session Pre-Season Workshop from Aug. 5-Aug. 28. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30-6pm. Call 914-592-3737 for more details.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations at the HUM: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum, David Filderman Gallery
Through August 29, 2014 - Hempstead

Join your guide, Detective Art. E. Fact, at the David Filderman Gallery to uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the exhibition ‘Spirit and Identity: Melanesian Works from the Hofstra University Museum Collections.’ This original exhibition showcases, for the first time, an extraordinary aspect of the HUM collections, offering a range of ethnographic artworks and objects created by members of the distinct regional communities of the South Pacific. Works feature ancestral figures, ceremonial masks, warrior shields, and ritualized practical objects crafted from natural materials.

Portals to the Past Summer Programs - Smithtown Historical Society
Through August 29, 2014 - Smithtown

Children ages 6-12 take part in a variety of heritage driven activities taking place in a historic building set on 22 acres of park-like grounds. Morning and afternoon sessions available. Two day minimum required. Weekdays June 30-August 29, 2014.

Fireworks - Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Through August 29, 2014 - Coney Island

Head down to Coney Island on Fridays this summer to enjoy a fireworks display.

Free Activities during Play Space - Juguemos a Cantar
Through August 29, 2014 - Park Slope

Fun & Free activities incorporated during Play Space hours. North Slope (47 Sterling Pl): Mondays: Let's Paint @ 10:30am Tuesdays: Story Time @ 10:30am Wednesdays: Arts & Crafts @ 9am-12pm Thursdays: Sing Along w/ Ale @ 10:30am Fridays: Drum Circle @10:30am South Slope* (463 6th Ave): Mondays: Ongoing Activities 3:30-5pm Tuesdays: Ongoing Activities 3:30-5pm Wednesdays: Ongoing Activities 3:30-5pm Thursdays: Sing Along w/ Damian @ 4:00pm Ongoing Activities 3:30-5pm Fridays: Ongoing Activities 3:30-5pm *Ongoing Activities in South Slope include but are not limited to Arts & Crafts, Read Aloud, Board Games, and Circle Time. Play Space attendees may join in any activity if they wish when arriving.

Wonderland Dreams - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 29, 2014 - Garden City

Take a wonderland journey, much like Alice did, as you design the pillowcase of your dreams! Use fabric paint, stencils, markers and stamps to create a one-of-a -kind keepsake. Listen to lullabies from around the world as you create the masterpiece of your dreams! Runs through August 29.

Toddler Story Time in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 29, 2014 - Upper East Side

Start with a book, then learn to look! After hearing stories in the library's special corner for kids, explore the Museum on a self-guided gallery hunt. For families with children 3 and younger. Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Madeline Storytime - DiMenna Children's Histtory Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through August 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

Listen to the iconic lines of Madeline and meet some new Madeline characters as well in these summer story times. In conjunction with the exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies - Yale Peabody Museum
Through August 30, 2014 - New Haven

This family-friendly exhibition features amazing collections of dinosaur eggs, nests, embryos and young with video presentations summarizing the latest findings of dinosaur experts. It will be on view from February 8 through August 30, 2014.

Summer Exhibit - Maritime Garage Gallery
Through August 30, 2014 - Norwalk

The Norwalk Parking Authority's Art in Parking Places presents "Vicarious" as the Maritime Garage Gallery's summer exhibit. "Vicarious" will display art that suggests seeing things through someone else's eyes, exploring another personality, a new lifestyle or place, or working in a different medium. Exhibiting artists include Ingrid Baron (Fairfield), Bobbie Bernstein (Westport), Hu Lindsay (Norwalk). The Maritime Garage Gallery is part of the Parking Authority's "Art in Parking Places" initiative, an effort to support art in public spaces making Norwalk a more vibrant destination. May 29-August 30, 2014.

Sweet Sounds of Summer - FREE Live Music - Saugatuck Sweets -
Through August 30, 2014 - Westport

Saugatuck Sweets is providing a Sweet Sounds of Summer music series in the plaza adjacent to their store and the scenic Saugatuck River. Weather permitting, local musical acts will perform every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. June 6-August 30, 2014.

Puppet Play Groups - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 3 and younger, accompanied by a grownup, can visit for free play, songs, games, Circle Fun, and a Minkie the Monkey puppet show. Mondays and Fridays, June 23-August 30.

Tot Art - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

Children ages 2-4 with their grown-ups enjoy an hour of crafty fun. Mondays, June 23-August 30, 2014.

Creative Movement - Goat On A Boat
Through August 30, 2014 - Sag Harbor

This class explores physical awareness through across-the-floor movement, games and exercises. The class starts with basic dance instruction mixed with improvisation and theater play and ends with a themed craft (masks, ribbons, hand props, etc.) that ties in with the daily lesson. Ages 5-7. Wednesdays June 23-August 30, 2014.

Autism Support Group - Hebrew Educational Society
Through August 31, 2014 - Canarsie

Affected by or confronting autism? You are not alone. Share your experiences and support each other. While the support group is in session, parents/caregivers can bring their children and their siblings.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.

Sensory Room Family Hours - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

The Museum's inclusive sensory space engages children of all abilities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Integration disorder.

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern - Noguchi Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Long Island City

The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise?dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

Art Inspires Art: How Does a Bird Imagine? What Does a Tree Know? - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Experience poetry, interactive sculptures and festive banners at the Everett Children’s Library at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Featuring two interactive sculptures, “A Tree Lives” and “The Bird of Imagining,” Art Inspires Art helps children explore poetry and art, while learning how one art form can inspire another. Art Inspires Art features works developed by artists from The Touchstone Center for Children. Celebrating 45 years in art education, The Touchstone Center was founded by poet and educator, Richard Lewis, and has resulted in numerous publications. These publications have gone on to inspire visual and theatrical arts education experiences in New York City schools. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.brooklynkids.org.

Marine Life Study Cruises - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

Cruise out for close encounters with crabs, fish, squid and always a few surprises when you come aboard The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk's research vessel for a new season of Marine Life Study Cruises. These outings reveal what is, to many, a surprising diversity of marine life just off the shores of Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column: tiny wriggly plankton gathered at the surface (and viewed with a videomicroscope), little crabs and worms grabbed from the muddy bottom, and an always-unique variety of fish, crabs, squid, lobsters and surprises brought up in the Oceanic's trawl net. Aquarium Study Cruises are good for ages 8 and older. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. April 26-August 31.

Jiggle A Jelly - Maritime Aquarium
Through August 31, 2014 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is turning conventional beach wisdom upside down by inviting its visitors to do something they?ve been told not to do all their lives: touch a jellyfish. The ?Jiggle A Jelly? touch tank lets visitors safely touch live moon jellyfish, one of the most common species in Long Island Sound. The special exhibit will be open near the Aquarium's Jellyfish Culture Lab aily in July and August. The exhibit runs through August 31.

Alice's Wonderland: a most curious adventure - Long Island Children's Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Garden City

Be the first to journey down the rabbit hole as you explore Wonderland in this award-winning traveling exhibit, based on Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The exhibit inspires curiosity, encourages exploration, and helps make the unknown more familiar, maybe even logical, and certainly fun. The exhibit runs through August 31.

Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing - Bruce Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition focuses on two of the world's leading centers of art – New York and Beijing – and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years about issues ranging from political and social upheaval to materials and techniques. May 3-August 31,2014.

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

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.

Hiking Trails, Discovery Quests, and Grasshopper Grove - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Through August 31, 2014 - Cornwall

Families are invited to learn about nature in a fun interactive way. Each guidebook sends participants looking for clues along nature center trails, which range from casual to challenging. Afterward, children ages 2-10 are invited to check out the Grasshopper Grove play area.

in print / imprint: works from the permanent collection - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through August 31, 2014 - Bronx

Over the course of its 40-year history, the Bronx Museum has drawn together a significant collection of prints and graphic-art works, guided by its mission to give visibility to artists of African, Asian, and Latin American descent. For these artists, the print medium has been an invaluable tool for channeling their aesthetic and political concerns. Due to its mass reproducibility, economy, ease of distribution, and collaborative character, printmaking has long been considered a vehicle for social agency and has played a major role in politically mobilizing different communities and constituencies.

Hands-On: Egg Collecting at Stone Barns - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Through August 31, 2014 - Pocantico Hills

Step into the shoes of a farmer and pitch in with the all-important job of collecting eggs. Head out to the egg-mobiles (mobile hen houses), learn how the hens enjoy pasture-based lives, and take home a half-dozen farm-fresh eggs. Important: All participants must wear closed-toe shoes for this program. Children ages 2 and olde

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