Plop - The New Victory Theater
May 10, 2012 - Times Square
Based on the book The Terrible Plop, this play for preschoolers gives everyone a chance to get up and boogie down and be part of the action. With soft pillows for tiny tushes and no need for shushes, PLOP! is puddles of fun for everyone.
Two little rabbits down by the lake, munching on carrots and chocolate cake, when PLOP!, an apple splashes into a magical pond. Help their friends Nathan and Nadia as they try to stop the PLOP! using all the tricks and traps, gadgets and gizmos, rhythm and rhyme that they know.
Manners for Mother's Day - Whole Foods Market
May 10, 2012 - Tribeca
socialsklz:-) is hosting a special dining etiquette event for moms and kids in advance of Mother's Day and in honor of National Etiquette Week. The hour long interactive class features lessons including place settings, how to play the perfect host and guest, and mealtime manners. The lesson culminates with a charming Mother's Day mini-meal to reinforce what was taught. Kids will spend a small portion of class without moms to plan a mother's day surprise.
Exploring Materials: Medium Transfers - Children's Museum of the Arts
May 10, 2012 - Lower Manhattan
Learn how to create photo transfers using a variety of materials.
Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
May 10, 2012 - Upper West Side
Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.
Open House - Leman Manhattan
May 10, 2012 - Financial District
Leman Manhattan is an international learning community that fosters independent, critical thinking for students from early childhood through 12th grade. With two campuses in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Leman Manhattan offer state-of-the-art of the art facilities and world class teachers. The open house is the perfect opportunity to tour campus and meet the outstanding faculty.
Help! Help! I Know This Title's Long But Somebody's Trying To Kill Me - Canal Park Playhouse
Through May 11, 2012 - Lower Manhattan
The performers of a vaudeville variety show have been murdered–except for Drew the Dramatic Fool! Unfortunately for him, the show must go on, or he's next. Drew attempts every act in the show, from juggling 36 balls to sawing a woman in half, in this comical examination of fears: fear of performing, fear of failure, and fear of death. When courage fails, the only answer is dramatic foolishness.
Drew The Dramatic Fool - Canal Park Playhouse
Through May 12, 2012 - Lower Manhattan
The ancient art of brilliant bumbling is alive and well at Canal Park Playhouse when Drew the Dramatic Fool stops in for some serious hijinks. This befuddled and crazed innocent will make you smile until your face hurts and laugh until your heart swells. Drew creates a world of visual comedy where whatever can go wrong will go worse, then triumphs with creative acts of dramatic foolery.
John Chamberlain: Choices - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through May 13, 2012 - Upper East Side
This exhibition offers a comprehensive examination of the work of the late John Chamberlain -- the first U.S retrospective since 1986. Comprising approximately 100 works, the exhibition examines the artist's development over a 60-year career, exploring the shifts in scale, materials, and techniques informed by the assemblage process that was central to his working method. The exhibition presents works from Chamberlain's earliest monochromatic iron sculptures and experiments in foam, Plexiglas, and paper, to his final large-scale foil pieces, which have never been shown in the United States.
Drop-In Nature Activities: Spring Fun! - New York Botanical Garden, Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx
With the Adventure Garden in spring color, kids can pot up a seed to take home, go on a plant scavenger hunt, and have fun spotting frogs and turtles. April 28-May 18.
Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Gardening Activities: Wild, Wiggly Worms - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 18, 2012 - Bronx
Learn all about our slimy friends and how they are hard at work in the garden. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. April 21-May 18.
'Alice in Wonderland' - The Players Theatre
Through May 20, 2012 - Manhattan
Tumble down the rabbit hole with the wild, wacky, and whimsical cast of characters in this new one-hour musical by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell. Frolic with Alice as she dances her way through Lewis Carroll's legendary tale, meet the White Rabbit (if you can catch him!), and don't forget to bow to the Queen of Hearts (or she'll chop off your head!).
There is a pre-show arts workshop open to families an hour before each performance (included with ticket price).
Tickets can be purchased through theatremania.com or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater's box office, which opens at 11am daily.
For more information on the show, visit aliceinthevillage.com.
'8cho' - The New Victory Theater
Through May 20, 2012 - Midtown
The New York premiere of a show performed by Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company, coming from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Set in a sultry Argentine nightspot, seven dancers perform solo, in pairs and as an ensemble, experimenting with speed and space to create surreal thrills.�Accompanied by a six-piece orchestra and vocalist, they leap, lunge, swirl, and swivel in midair, on the walls--even upside down--combining the familiar with the fantastical.��
'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side
This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.
Storytime and Singalong for Kids - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Through May 30, 2012 - SoHo
Join Beth and Amy for reading, singing, and dancing! Appropriate for kids 3 and younger and their caretakers. Only $5 per family at the door.
Fifty Years of Latin American Art: Selections from the Neuberger Museum of Art - 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Through May 30, 2012 - Midtown
A selection of art work from the Neuberger Museum of Art will be on display at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of Latin American Arts.
The show includes work that dates from the 1960s to the present by some of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century, working inside and outside of their homelands, such as: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Jose Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo, as well as contemporary artists including Julio Antonio, Leda Catunda, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jose Luis Cuevas, Arturo Duclos, Florencio Gelabert, Betsabee Romero, Nicolas De Jesus, Carlos Garaicoa, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Arturo Mallmann, Maria Martinez-Canas, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Jesus Rafael Soto, Gerardo Suter, and Eugenia Vargas.
Rather than being organized by chronology or geography, the exhibition is organized into nine distinct sections, both monographic and thematic, including a two-part section on kinetic art and its descendants. The exhibition is curated by Patrice Giasson, Associate Curator of Art of the Americas, and Annabel Rhodeen, a Neuberger Curatorial Fellow. It is sponsored by GALLERY 1285 Avenue of the Americas in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle as a community-based public service.
Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through June 03, 2012 - Manhattan
The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 25 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America.
Misaki Kawai: Love From Mt. Pom Pom - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 10, 2012 - SoHo
An exhibit of new work by renowned Japanese artist Misaki Kawai, the first solo presentation of Kawai's work in the U.S. since 2007.
Utilizing painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, artist books and zines, animation, and video, Kawai's work transforms CMA's 2,000-square-foot gallery into an imaginary world of giant fuzzy animals and other colorful characters.
Known for her whimsical style and colorful depictions, Kawai's past installations have included an earth-themed amusement park in outer space, a towering treehouse for glam rockers, a beach party with surfers riding a gigantic wave, and a fleet of airplanes carrying rock bands from the 1960s.
As a CMA artist-in-residence, Kawai will welcome young artists enrolled in CMA classes to take studio tours, participate in master classes, and observe her at work. The exhibition will encourage both adults and young artists to make art by emphasizing that the ability to trust one's instincts is the most important trait for artists to possess, not technical skill. This philosophy stems from Kawai's own approach to art making, which is connected to the concept of "heta-uma," a Japanese manga style that is considered "na�ve" or "amateurish" but produces a successful result through the artist's intuitive powers of expression.
'The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Manhattan
Objects appear out of thin air, the laws of physics are defied, and miracles are performed inches from spectators' faces in this magic show where the props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. Be prepared for striking visual magic, comedy and juggling, and loads of audience participation. For more information on the show: theamazingmax.com.
"Latin Roots: East Harlem" and "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem" - Dwyer Cultural Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Harlem
"Latin Roots: East Harlem," a multimedia public art exhibit, celebrates East Harlem's cultural and historical importance by honoring seven remarkable local heroes. The stories of the honorees are told by New York City public school students.
"Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem," a visual art exhibit reflects a vibrant and thriving landscape of art in El Barrio. With works by emerging and mid-career artists who make the neighborhood their home, the exhibit captures the sounds, colors, cadences, textures, and people of the East Harlem mosaic, celebrating its joys and its pathos.
Animal Tales Extravaganza - Bronx Zoo
Through June 30, 2012 - Bronx
On weekends in April, May, and June, visitors to the zoo can enjoy author readings, animal-themed musical theater, character meet-and-greets, craft activities, and rain forest character parades. This year's headliners will include Yo Gabba Gabba, Curious George, Marvel's Avengers, Disney's Choo Choo Soul,
Nickelodeon's Dora & Diego, and more! Plus a special story book reading with actor LeVar Burton of "Reading Rainbow,"
and appearance by Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Each weekend of Animal Tales Extravaganza includes an array of activities for families and children. The zoo's Dancing Crane Pavilion will be transformed into an intimate storytime corner, presented by Plum Organics. Zoo-goers can take a break and read from a wide variety of animal-themed books from Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and Hyperion. Children can then stage their own animal tale with a puppet they create at the Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschools crafts area. Visit bronxzoo.com for a detailed schedule of showtimes and appearances.
Little New-Yorkers - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through June 30, 2012 - Upper West Side
On Tuesdays and Fridays kids ages 2-4 can explore New York City through singing, stories, and activities. Each class will include story readings, time with historic toys, free exploration, a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, and time in the museum or a craft project, which will alternate each week. Some of the stories that will be featured include Larry Gets Lost in NYC, Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, New York from Above, and Knuffle Bunny.
Playtime with Sammie and Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through June 30, 2012 - Upper East Side
Sammie and Tudie have created a new interactive class for toddlers and their "big kids," taking place on Mondays at 10:15am and Wednesdays at 10:30am. It includes storytelling, songs, activity play, even some magic and circus. Created for ages 1 to 3 1/2 years, it will include many ongoing favorites and a new theme each week, encouraging socialization, creativity, imagination, and learning. Come by the class once or buy a multiple class package.
The Cultural Sunday Kidschool and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through June 30, 2012 - Upper West Side
This class allow youngsters to connect to their Jewish heritage from a secular perspective. Two Sundays a month, children ages five and up have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs. There is a special Open House on May 15 at 7pm that explains the Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. Starting in the fall, a pre-K program will be offered to both members and non-members.
Vital Theatre Company Presents: 'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through July 01, 2012 - Manhattan
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes, despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of her predicament.
“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through July 08, 2012 - Clinton
This exhibit, which examines the detailed process of building model ships, consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler's workbench showing the building of a model ship, and illustrations that demonstrate how models are constructed.
Among the highlights of the exhibit are large-scale models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world.
A modeler's workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children's fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, the exhibit highlights the dexterity, ingenuity, and artistry embodied in these popular collectors' items.
Puppet Workshops! - The Puppet Kitchen
Through August 04, 2012 - Lower East Side
Make new friends from scratch! Puppet Making Workshops aren't just for kids at the Puppet Kitchen. These classes are great for anyone; the Puppet Kitchen artists design, build, perform, and teach puppetry for children and adults. Serenade your date with a fluffy Pup-It, look stylish in the latest Puppet Hat fashions, or make Spoon Puppets from kitchen supplies with the whole family. Take a tour of the Lower East Side studio and dig into 1-2 hours of hands on instruction by the award-winning Puppet Kitchen Chefs. You'll take home a freshly made puppet; materials provided.
Classes are 5-12 participants, and range from $25-$50/person. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side
This exhibit launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized recreation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper into our own solar system and what they might reveal. And explore some possible missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, and even establishing colonies on Mars.
Disney Theatrical Productions Presents 'Newsies The Musical' on Broadway - Nederlander Theatre
Through August 19, 2012 - Manhattan
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, this movie-turned-musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what's right.
"Newsies" is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst, and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces several brand-new songs by the original team while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," "King of New York," and "Santa Fe."
The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in 'Family Matters, the Musical' - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Upper West Side
Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this open-ended Off-Broadway musical features everyone's favorite bear family in a live show, plus a free post-show dance party, face painting, and photos with the Berenstain Bears.
'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through August 26, 2012 - Manhattan
City Parks Foundation premieres a whimsical new theater piece for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre based on the beloved nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet."
"Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service" tells the story of Molly Muffet (the great-great-great-great granddaughter of the original Little Miss Muffet) and what happens when she ends up home alone while her parents leave for a high school reunion. Molly's grandfather is called in to babysit but gets stranded by a snowstorm in Alaska. As a last resort, he calls in an old family friend, Aloisius Albrecht Alviss Spider (Al for short), the original spider from the famed nursery rhyme. Molly and Al quickly become friends and hatch a plan to start a baby-sitting service for baby monsters while her parents are away.
As the night progresses and baby monsters get dropped off, Molly and Al receive news that the storm of the century is heading their way. Molly, Al, and the babies bunker down for what promises to be a long night filled with music, song, dance, and numerous surprises.
Voca People - New World Stages
Through September 08, 2012 - Midtown West
Performed by eight snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens with perfect harmony, there are no musical instruments, only vocals in this show. Featuring over 70 well known songs that create vocal "fireworks" and will encourage audiences to clap, participate, and sing along.
Avenue ZOO - Bronx Zoo
Through September 09, 2012 - Bronx
Running each weekend during Animal Tales Extravaganza and beyond, Avenue ZOO - featuring a guest appearance by Kate Monster, the beloved puppet star of the Tony Award-winning musical "AVENUE Q" - will take place on the zoo's Asia Plaza Stage. Avenue ZOO highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in a fun, entertaining way. It is a musical tale in which Kate Monster meets exotic animals and discovers that though they may seem strange and different, they are not so scary after all. Avenue ZOO performances will be at 12:30pm and 2:30pm each weekend day through Sunday, Sept. 9. Highlights of this season's main stage entertainment include: Marvel's Avengers: Heroes Saving the Earth featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and HULK; Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego: We Did It!; Sportacus from Sprout's Lazytown; Disney's Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve; Ferdinand the Bull; Barney Sing-Along; Super Sprowtz; and Spider-Man.
Charles Long: Pet Sounds - Madison Square Park
Through September 09, 2012 - Flatiron District
Come play outdoors in Madison Square Park and experience contemporary art all at the same time. Charles Long's "Pet Sounds" (2012) invites kids and visitors of all ages to explore its maze-like structure of vibrantly colored pipe rails and enjoy huge amorphous blobs that become interactive when touched. Come see, touch, play, and find out what exciting sounds this creature of a sculpture has to offer.
The Beast - Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Through September 30, 2012 - Midtown West
Don't miss The Beast, New York's very own thrill ride. Your captain will take you for a wet n' wild ride through the New York harbor. Hold onto your hats because for 30 fun-filled minutes, you'll be soaring past the skyscrapers at a heart-pounding 45mph. We'll stop for a close-up of the Statue of Liberty where you'll have a quick photo-op. You must be at least 40"/100cm tall to ride The Beast.
Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 04, 2012 - Sleepy Hollow
Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 5, through Sunday, Nov. 4. Tours are available daily throughout the season except Tuesdays. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.
'Magic/Bird' - Longacre Theatre
Through December 30, 2012 - Midtown
A new play from the team that brought you "Lombardi" on Broadway.
At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports, two of the greatest athletes of all time battled for multiple championships and the future of their sport. Hall of Famers Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird could not have been more different -- one black, one white; one an urbanite with a big smile and Hollywood appeal, the other a quiet small-town guy. Johnson and Bird went head to head, electrified the nation, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports. With classic NBA footage prominently designed throughout, "Magic/Bird" transports the audience into the heart of their match-up, from draft to Olympic Dream Team.
The show has a six-member cast, including Kevin Daniels as Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Tug Coker as Larry Bird. Running time is 90 minutes (no intermission).
Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan
In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.
"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan
This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.
Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side
Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.
New York TV & Movie Sites Tour - On Location Tours
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan
This tour showcases more than 40 locations from some of the most famous places seen on screen, including sites from "Friends," "Blue Bloods," "Seinfeld," "Enchanted," "Spider-Man," "I Am Legend," "Men in Black," and "The Devil Wears Prada."
Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side
This exhibition features the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the alien deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans.
Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow--that is, generate light through a chemical reaction--is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent, including many unknown to science. Like the crystal jelly whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these animals may hold important clues to essential questions, but scientists are in a race against time as habitats are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global climate change.
Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition, iPads featuring videos, infographics, photo albums, and animations will provide opportunities to hear directly from researchers about their work.
Starting in a local meadow on "a summer's night," where fireflies use unique patterns of flashing light to communicate with potential mates, visitors will descend into "a mysterious cave" in New Zealand to watch a fantastic spectacle of luminescent "fishing lines" strung by larval gnats (glowworms) to trap prey.
A unique interactive environment in "a sparkling sea" will introduce the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a halo around anything that moves through the water. Visitors will activate the bioluminescent bay as they move through this section.
"The night dive" will feature a large-scale, day-and-night interactive image of the Cayman Islands' Bloody Bay Wall, a remarkable coral wall that is home to both bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, which glow only after exposure to light.
In "altered light," visitors will encounter the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which combines bioluminescence with biofluorescence (in which an organism's molecules absorb blue light, then radiate it at a lower energy, longer wavelength) to emit flashes of green light. The protein found in its light organs, known as the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has become a critical tool in cellular and developmental biology, used for mapping neural circuits, observing cancer cells, and much more.
Borrowed Light will feature live flashlight fishes, which harbor bioluminescent bacteria in an organ under their eyes, and highlight symbiotic relationships.
"The deep ocean" will take visitors into the perpetually dark deep ocean, which comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable space. A deep sea theater will reveal the diversity of animals that marine biologists have captured on camera, including female anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and mates, and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.
Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers
Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.
ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights
This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.