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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on March 15

March 15, 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, March 15, 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 March 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Theater and Art Workshop: Become a Paper Bag Player! - The Jewish Museum
March 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

A behind-the-scenes, creative workshop with members of The Paper Bag Players. Explore ways to make theater out of the stuff around you, with the help of your creative ideas and a little bit of paper. Explore theater games, design props and costumes, and even develop a mini theatrical performance. For ages 6-10. Don't forget to check out The Bags in action at 2pm on the same day.

The Paper Bag Players: Hot Feet - The Jewish Museum
March 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

This unique will have you singing and laughing from start to finish. Featuring a world of dancing cookies, a runaway chicken, and a polar bear that springs to life in paint and song, Hot Feet presents a fun-filled array of classic sketches from the delightful imagination of this celebrated troupe of performers. Common household objects, cardboard boxes and brown craft paper brightened with splashes of poster paint and crayon transform into their sets, props and costumes. For ages 3-8.

The Adventures of Napkin Man - BAM Rose Cinemas
March 15, 2015 - Fort Greene

Developed for Canadian public television, this innovative children’s series features an animated superhero called Napkin Man who helps kids to deal with negative emotions and get in touch with their feelings. The Adventures of Napkin Man delights young viewers with its quirky sense of humor, while simultaneously developing their emotional intelligence.

Family Art Project: Stylish Seed Pots - Wave Hill
Through March 15, 2015 - Bronx

With spring fast approaching, pots are needed for planting! Take an ordinary terracotta pot and make it into something fantastic by adding beads, tiles, buttons, ribbons, and other odds and ends. Then, add some soil and a seed, and don't forget to water!

Tasty Oishi Festival - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through March 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Japan has a very tasty culinary heritage, as well as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. A weekend of fun in the Japanese kitchen with critically acclaimed chefs, as part of CMOM's Hello from Japan exhibition. See website for workshop details.

Getting Creative with Art: Lucky Leprechaun Hat - Children's Museum of Manhattan
March 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Create a green leprechaun hat to wear on St. Patrick's Day as you learn about Irish traditions and celebrations.

Little Makers: Sink, Float, Flink - NY Hall of Science
March 15, 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 experiment with a variety of materials to find out what sinks, floats or flinks (neither floats nor sinks). They’ll also design their own boat to sail in their bathtubs. Materials fee $8 per family. Registration required.

Annual St. Patrick's Open Day - Irish Arts Center
March 15, 2015 - Midtown

Every year the Irish Arts Center opens its doors on St. Patrick's Day for free. Come and explore Irish arts and culture with workshops and entertainment. Learn to play the tin whistle, speak Gaelic, discover Ireland's diaspora through a life-size bead maze, enjoy all new crafts including a fairy costume station, dance to DJ Púca's music, practice your football skills with Manhattan Gaels, or sip Barry's Tea with friends old and new.

Brooklyn St. Patrick's Day Parade -
March 15, 2015 - Windsor Terrace

Skip the Manhattan crowds and check out this smaller and less crowded St. Paddy's Day parade.

Story Pirates - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
March 15, 2015 - Greenwich Village

When the Story Pirates take the stage, you'll be amazed at what happens next ... and so will the Story Pirates! These pirates can't sail and they won't make you walk the plank, but they will steal your kids' ideas and incorporate them on the spot into an interactive show that validates the imagination of every child in the audience. Join the Story Pirates as they create a show before your eyes that's as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves. Laugh as your sons and daughters invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes (or any other idea they call out) and watch as Story Pirates bring their ideas to life. One hour before the show there is a fun and educational activity in the lobby. Ages 4-10.

How Did They Do That? Ornament and Dress - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

Peek at technique and learn, through handling tools and material, how works of art were created. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky" and explores ornament and dress.

NYRR Times Square Kids' Run at the United Airlines NYC Half - Times Square
March 15, 2015 - Midtown

A chance for kids to be part of the United Airlines NYC Half at this special event. Kids will get a chance to stop traffic in Times Square while they run a thrilling 1500 meters (nearly a mile) in one of New York City's most iconic venues. All kids will receive an official NYRR Times Square Kids' Run at the United Airlines NYC Half souvenir. The event will be staged in three age groups: 7-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-18 years. See website for course details.

Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Fan Dancing - New York Historical Society
March 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Come and learn about this beautiful, ancient art. Chinese fan dancing traces its roots back 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty in China, and the tradition continues today. During this workshop, families will discover how movements evoke feelings, create images, and tell stories through learning group fan dances. The lesson is taught by a professional dancer from the New York Chinese Cultural Center and will incorporate some simple Chinese vocabulary. Ages 5 and older.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
March 15, 2015 - Midtown

Have fun in and around the iconic Grand Central Station, at this regular scavenger hunt for adults and kids ages 7 and older. Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of Grand Central. 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.

Passover Palooza with Mama Doni - Streit's Matzo Factory
March 15, 2015 - Lower East Side

Streit’s Matzo Factory will once again host award-winning children’s entertainer Mama Doni and The Mama Doni Band for the fourth annual Passover Palooza. The festivities will take place at 1pm on Sunday, March 15 at Streit’s Matzo Factory on the Lower East Side. Mama Doni, the "Matzo Girl," will be entertaining families, and Streit’s will be offering tours of their legendary Matzo Factory. This will be the very last time for families to see matzos being made at the Lower East Side location, before the headquarters is relocated. The concert is completely free of charge and open to the public. Getting into the Passover spirit, Mama Doni and her band will perform special Passover tunes such as “Mission Immatzoble” and “Disco Dayeinu.” Another highlight will be the annual Passover Prize Breaks, featuring an array of prizes for those with the correct answers to Passover questions. Prizes include Streit’s products, Mama Doni’s famous “matzola,” along with CDs, posters, T-shirts, and download cards for a free Mama Doni Passover song. Mama Doni, alongside her partner and co-writer Eric Lindberg of the Mama Doni Band, was honored with Parents' Choice Awards for their DVD Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party and their CDs, Emunah and Shabbat Shaboom. At the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, The Mama Doni Band was chosen from more than 100 bands around the globe as the winners of the Simcha Award for "Inspiring Joy Through Music" competition. The band celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its interactive family concerts filled with catchy pop songs that break the mold of traditional Jewish music. Quirky, offbeat, and unpredictable, The Mama Doni Band offers up a contagious and unexpected blend of contemporary American bluegrass, reggae, rock, disco, Latin, and klezmer, all woven together with a hip Jewish sensibility. Recent Mama Doni releases include Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party (DVD) and Mama Doni: The Acoustic Jewish Holiday Collection (CD), available at,, iTunes, FYE Stores, See of Sound, and at

Manhattan Youth Ballet Workshop Performances Stories That Dance: Shakespeare and his Legacy - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through March 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

This performance by Manhattan Youth Ballet features excerpts from multiple ballets. These include George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a newly re-imagined Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Brian Reeder (World Premiere), an innovative take on Ophelia's story from Hamlet by Clifton Brown and pieces from the great classical work Le Corsaire staged by Marina Stavitskaya.

NYC FIRST® Hosts 15th Annual Robotics Competition at Javits Center - Jacob Javits Convention Center
Through March 15, 2015 - Chelsea

More than 160 teams of New York tri-state and international students (ages 6-18) and their handmade robots will be put to the test at this event where students will vie for the chance to move on to the FIRST World Championship Tournament in St. Louis. The stakes are much higher this year as several defending champions will return to compete for their coveted titles. The multi-day tournament will include a series of exciting competitions, expos, and career fairs. Students at the high school level will battle with their custom-built robots in a high-stakes, high-energy, three-on-three sports-style tournament and elementary and middle-schoolers will put their unique robotic creations to the test against designated challenges. A complete schedule (including college and career expo information) is available at:

Hagigah Ivrit Opening Festival - Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
March 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

A family festival celebrating the Hebrew language and literature. Highlights include: Music Talks: Peter and the Wolf, 11am An interactive performance with orchestra for the entire family. The all time classic “Peter and the Wolf” narrated in Hebrew by actress Shira Averbuch accompanied by a full orchestra. Following the performance the audience is invited to meet the instruments from the story at the “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo”. Arrive early to secure your spot. A Journey Through Books, 12pm Between the Pages: Children's classics will come to life thanks to real life versions of some of the book's characters. Each book will have a dedicated exhibition space where guests can read the story, and experience the plot, and take part in craft workshops related to the book's theme. Toddlers Story Time: Author Yael Ichilov will read some of this year’s Sifriyat Pijama B’america selections. An Illustrator will join her to talk about the process. What does a hero look like on paper? How do you illustrate a shy character? How is a happy character conveyed in drawings? Book Market: An area where books, DVDs and CDS for all ages will be sold (operated by Sifrutake). Make Chai Fives with Young Judaea Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp: Join Young Judaea Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp to give each other “chai-fives” for the good deeds we can do in the world. Each child will decorate 2 hamsas. On the back of one hamsa they will write a good deed someone else has already done for them, and on the back of the other hamsa they will write a good deed they are pledging to do for someone else. Children will take home the hamsa with their pledge as a "chai-five" for doing a good deed. Coffee and Pastry: There will be an Israeli-style Coffeehouse which will provide a large selection of delicious pastries and beverages to sweeten up the day.

Shababa Bakery - 92Y
Through March 20, 2015 - Upper East Side

Squish, roll, and braid your own challah to take home and bake. For children of all ages.

Transform! Where Tradition meets Tomorrow-Exhibition Workshops with Art Educators - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through March 21, 2015 - Murray Hill

Children will devise ways to respond to and represent the ideas behind the video and multimedia works on view in the exhibition: Voyage to the Virtual, using traditional materials and techniques found in printmaking, painting, and collage. Completed pieces will be photographed and projected onto objects and surfaces as children experiment with new and unusual methods of displaying artwork. Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. Ages 6-11.

The 2014/2015 Season of R&R: Shabbat at The JCC – Family Day - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 21, 2015 - Upper West Side

Make your Shabbat afternoon special and join with your community to enjoy workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, creative art projects, spa experiences, indoor & outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. All are welcome. March 7 R&R has a special Purim theme.

Tours for Tweens: Look/See: Exploring Modern Photography - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 21, 2015 - Midtown

The museum's monthly workshops for tweens and young teens. Kids will share ideas, exchange opinions, and consider different perspectives about works of art in MoMA’s collection and special exhibitions. For ages 11-14 and their parents and caregivers. Registration for all sessions will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30am. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Family Art Workshops: Make Your Mark: Painting - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 21, 2015 - Midtown

Discover different ways contemporary artists make marks with paint, then experiment with creating your own paintings in the studio. For kids ages 5-7 and their adult companions. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30am

Family Art Workshops: Make Your Mark: Painting - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 21, 2015 - Midtown

Discover different ways contemporary artists make marks with paint, then experiment with creating your own paintings in the studio. This class runs on select Saturdays and Sundays in March for kids ages 5-7 and their adult companions. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session, beginning at 10:30am

New York International Children's Film Festival 2015 - IFC Center and other theaters
Through March 22, 2015 -

Explore the world without leaving New York City. Every year, New York International Children's Film Festival presents hundreds of the best new films from around the world for kids and teens ages 3-18. Highlights include US and North American feature film premieres of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (Japan), BBC’s Enchanted Kingdom 3D (UK), Mune (France), and Moomins on the Riviera (France), the US premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various Countries), the east coast premiere of the new Aardman feature Shaun the Sheep the Movie (UK). For complete listings see website. NYICFF is offering NYMetroParents readers a special discount on tickets to the festival when purchased online. Use special code BAP15 for $2 off each ticket.

Hayes Greenfield: Give Me A Sound! - 13th Street Repertory Theater
Through March 22, 2015 - Chelsea

If your kids love music or noise making you won't want to miss this. Award-winning musician and educator Hayes Greenfield presents a fun, creative, and highly interactive sound experience for families and kids of all ages. The audience plays the role of the orchestra and chorus, with Hayes Greenfield serving as maestro for a splendid sonic journey that harnesses kids' sheer love of making sound. No instruments are necessary because all sounds are made by participants' hands, arms, legs, feet, and voices, as they tap, clap, rub, stomp, and vocalize. If kids want to bring instruments, however, all are welcome, especially hand-held percussion instruments like pots and pans, shakers, sticks, tambourines, triangles, cymbals, and party noise makers. Working and playing with sound enhances children's abilities by developing focus, concentration, active memory, creative flexibility, self-regulation, socialization, and hand/eye coordination, while raising self-esteem. Beyond all that, it's just plain fun!

Persian Festival - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through March 22, 2015 - Soho

CMA has teamed up with Dr. Golbarg Bashi to explore the creative world of Persian culture and arts at this festival. It forms part of the seventh annual series of Cultural Festivals that celebrate the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. Sundays throughout March will feature live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, art-making workshops, and much more inspired by Persian culture. Visit website for updates on performance and workshop schedules.

Pinocchio - The New Victory Theater
Through March 22, 2015 - Times Square Theater District

This is a new twist on the old tale, fresh from the Sydney Opera House that's a far cry from the Disney version you remember. Carlo Collodi's classic tale about a wooden boy with a nose for trouble gets remastered in this psychedelic rock musical. Tenderly tooled by the lonely Gepetto, Pinocchio takes a walk on the wild side when the need to belong gives way to temptations of fun, fame and the dream of becoming a real boy. A fun must-see for March for ages 7 and older.

'The Magic Garden, or, The Princess Who Grew Antlers,' - Theater For The New City
Through March 22, 2015 - East Village

For the delight of audiences ages 5-105, the Chechoslovak-American Marionette Theater will perform its newest work, "The Magic Garden, or, "The Princess Who Grew Antlers" at The Theater for the New City. This surreal production is an ensemble creation that is cheerfully concocted from Czech fairy tales in which antlers appear. It features four performers, marionettes of various sizes, and assorted antique moose and deer antlers. After a long string of shows that were more for adults, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre has resolved to put on a new family-friendly show. The play is being developed in the company's own Magic Garden on a hill overlooking Cold Spring in the Hudson Valley. Amid this rustic tranquility, director Vit Horejs sees a magic lake where the marionettes go on boat rides and sometime even swim in the summer or skate in the winter. He sees an abandoned orchard in the forest, overgrown with weeds, vines and thorny bushes, where deer come to eat apples and pears. The pears make them shed their antlers and the apples make them grow again, bigger than before. That zoological curiosity was inspiration for a play that unifies three Czech fairy tales of elusive origin.

When Black Boys Die - Theater for the New City
Through March 22, 2015 - East Village

A thought provoking and highly topical production, created with high school students in mind. It tells the story of a teenage girl's journey as she tries to understand the madness of gun violence that has killed her brother and consumed her mother. This is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, to be collectively called "GUNPLAYS," that address inner city violence and guns. William Electric Black (a.k.a. Ian Ellis James) is a multiple Emmy Award winner and former writer for Sesame Street.

Design Tales - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through March 25, 2015 - Upper East Side

Design Tales is a free literacy-based design program for pre-school children and their caregivers that incorporates storytelling, design vocabulary, and hands-on activities. Kids will explore design basics for preschoolers between the ages 2–5. Caregivers are invited to participate in interactive reading sessions that focus on design based books. These sessions will engage your littlest designers in visualization, creative play and inspire hands-on activities lead by a museum educator. Registration required.

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through March 25, 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. March 4: How Babies Play and Learn March 25: Baby Blues For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through March 26, 2015 - Upper West Side

Drop in and try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross stitchers will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs or make a handcrafted gift for someone! This program is designed for kids who are 6 and older.

Sensory Friendly Screening - AMC Loews 84th Street
Through March 28, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Feb. 14 SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS: SPONGE OUT OF WATER March 28: HOME

Sensory Friendly Screenings - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9
Through March 28, 2015 - Harlem

Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. Feb. 14 SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS: SPONGE OUT OF WATER March 28: HOME

Sunday Studio--Stone, Glass and Fiber: Plains Indians - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 29, 2015 - Upper East Side

Try your hand at creating works of art in the galleries. Focus on a different art form each session with family-friendly activities led by an artist. Art supplies provided. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition: The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky, and explores stone, glass and fiber. Start or continue your art-making experience with a family tour in nearby galleries. Tours leave at 2pm from the Sunday Studio welcome cart. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Galli Theater's Robin Hood - US Premiere - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through March 29, 2015 - Chelsea

This production of Robin Hood is the Galli Theater’s first departure from the traditional European Grimm fairytales. Robin Hood’s risky adventures have him taking from the rich to give to the poor. When King Goldnose goes from town to town collecting the taxes from the village inhabitants, Robin Hood interferes with his plans. Luckily the poor have Robin Hood on their side. This interactive tale takes us to Sherwood Forest where Robin rights the wrongs of the greedy and restores hope in the hearts of many. A fun filled production of music and son for ages 4-9.

Tours for Fours: Follow the Lines - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 29, 2015 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore modern and contemporary art in this program for four year olds and their families. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. A different theme is explored each month. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. 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.

A Closer Look for Kids: Picturing People - The Museum of Modern Art
Through March 29, 2015 - Midtown

For kids ages 5-10 and their adult companions this weekly workshop has a different theme every month. Kids enjoy fun activities while looking closely at the art at MOMA. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through March 29, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session. In honor of the exhibition Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of The Complete Flock), in March story time will be all about birds. Ages 4-7. March 15: I Am Dodo: Not a True Story by Kae Nishimura. Dodo birds might be extinct in real life, but not in this book. This is the not-true story of a very special Dodo bird who moves to New York City and makes an unexpected friend. March 22: When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward. Meet Blue, a kindhearted bird who comes across a most peculiar “egg” one winter’s day. Blue and Egg spend all winter together as the best of friends, but something unexpected happens when spring arrives. March 29: Where Are You, Little Zack? by Judith Ross Enderle Stephanie Gordon Tessler and illustrated by Brian Floca. Brick, Brack, and Thackery Quack search high and low in New York City for their fourth duck brother Little Zack. Can you help them find him?

Monday Madness - New Amsterdam Library
Through March 30, 2015 - Tribeca

A fun craft, short movie, or a surprise activity. For ages 3-12. The New Amsterdam Library will be closed from Feb. 9-22 to facilitate branch improvements so please check website before attending.

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through March 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories at this daily workshop for ages 4 and younger.

Little New Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through April 03, 2015 - Upper West Side

Held in the cozy Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library, this program introduces New York and American history to the littlest New Yorkers with age-appropriate themes and engaging hands-on activities. Ages 3-5. March 3 and 6: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Begin March by saying good-bye to these freezing, winter months! Follow one little boy on his snowy adventure and then make paper snowflakes of your own. March 10 and 13: The Tale of Pale Male by Jeanette Winter This week, children are encouraged to look up. Pale Male is a very special New Yorker. He is a hawk who lives among the city’s skyscrapers. Children will then make a mini bird’s nest. March 17 and 20: Snow Rabbit by Il Sung Na This week welcome the new season with the symbol of spring: the rabbit. Kids will learn about how animals transition from winter to spring and then make bunny bracelets. March 24 and 27: A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino Remind yourselves of the wonderful parts of this amazing city with a little boy and his dad, as they spend the day visiting all the tourist attractions of New York. Children will then make their own pop-up New York City. March 31 and April 3: When Everyone Wore a Hat by William Steig This week is all about hats! Travel back in time to see how one little boy remembers the era when everyone wore hats. Kids will then make their own fancy hats to wear home.

Bunraku Puppets - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through April 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

Design your own mechanical puppet and work together with other visitors to create a story, just like traditional Japanese bunraku puppet performers!

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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 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.

'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 03, 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

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, 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, 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.

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 to

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