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Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on May 10

May 10, 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, May 10, 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 May 10. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

New York City Children's Theater: 'A Band of Angels' - Theater 3
Through May 10, 2015 - Midtown

This production commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the musical along with the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The story focuses on Ella, a pop-culture obsessed teenager living in the present day, who is transported back in time to meet the Jubilee Singers and gain a new appreciation for history and education. The show includes traditional African-American spirituals which will be performed a cappella. The 70-minute musical, directed by Colman Domingo ( "Selma", "The Butler" and "Scottsboro Boys"), is suitable for ages 8 and older. New York City Children's Theater was previously known as Making Books Sing.

Mother's Day Weekend - New York Botanical Garden
Through May 10, 2015 - Bronx

Celebrate Mother's Day with a garden party for the whole family featuring live music, games, picnicking, and more--all surrounded by the most spectacular spring landscape New York has to offer. Kids can create bird nests, Mother's Day cards, and giant chalk drawings, or they can fly kites or play croquet. Gather everyone together for a bite as you hop between visiting food trucks. A vintage-style photographer will be on hand to snap photos with the brilliant Azalea Garden as your backdrop.

Mother's Day Brunch - Wave Hill
May 10, 2015 - Bronx

Come celebrate the mothers in your life with a festive Mother's Day brunch in historic Wave Hill House. Seatings take place at 1130am and at 1230pm. Deadline for reservations is May 7. You must call or go online to pay for this event. Choose from Belgium waffles, herb roasted leg or lamb, or eggs.

Throw Mama to the Wolves - Wolf Conservation Center
May 10, 2015 - South Salem

Celebrate Mom and Mother Nature at the Wolf Conservation Center! Learn about the mythology, biology, and ecology of wolf families and discover why spring is a special time for packs in North America. Finish off the visit with a visit with the wolves. Pre-registration is required. Visit

Mother's Day in the Shop: Embroidery and Fine Art - Wave Hill
May 10, 2015 - Bronx

As you browse for the perfect gift for Mom, meet in-store vendors. Artist Jean Lugrin Ferlesch creates embroidery to tell a personal story. Each piece begins with a hand-drawn sketch.Once scanned into a computer and digitized, it is created and assembled in her studio using rayon thread and silk, linen, or leather.

New York City Children's Theater presents TWO BUGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE - Theater 3
Through May 10, 2015 - Midtown

A new production with book and lyrics by Jenny Stafford, and music by Willem Oosthuysen. Students at the Peachtree School for insects are in a buzz, Fiona the Firefly, the leader of their community, has disappeared! Marvin and Anna, a scatter-brained moth and a studious worker bee, are assigned the duty of finding Fiona and bringing her back to safety. During this 45-min original musical, children will travel with Marvin and Anna on an epic journey of self-discovery. Along the way they’ll meet a sassy spider, a dramatic mosquito and a sly fly, all of whom teach an important lesson about how collaboration, cooperation and self-confidence can help save the day.

Little Makers: Sew Fun - NY Hall of Science
May 10, 2015 - Corona

This program invites families with young children to tinker, design and create together. Participants will explore real tools and materials while practicing sewing, weaving and playing with textiles. Learn the science behind hypercolor fabrics and make cool wearable art. 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 explore twigs, leaves, rocks and other natural materials and transform them into new and exciting tools. Materials fee $8 per family. Registration required.

Celebrate Mother's Day at CMA! - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 10, 2015 - Soho

Bring Mom to the Children's Museum of the Arts for some special Mother's Day art-making together or let her relax at home, while young artists make Mom a special, hand-made gift. These workshops run for the whole week starting on May 2. Then, write and "Ode to Mom" and record it in the Sound Booth, sculpt a beautiful bust of mom at the Clay Bar, and animate a scrabble message to mom at the Clay Bar! CMA's youngest artists (ages 5 and younger) can make dot marker Mother's Day cards in the WEE Arts Studio. Visit the Fine Arts Studio to "Bedazzle Your Mother" with a sewn paper collage portrait of mom and make her a bouquet of hand-made flowers. Don't forget to check out the special installation of Crayola crayon garments in the front lobby thanks to CMA's partnership with Bloomingdale's. Bloomingdale’s commissioned designers to turn their colorful looks into masterpieces using clear mannequin forms fully clad in Crayola crayons. The designers include Clover Canyon, Cynthia Rowley, Nanette Lepore, Parker, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, and Ronny Kobo.

Getting Creative with Art: Mother's Day Oven Mitts - Children's Museum of Manhattan
May 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

A special workshop for Mother's Day. Come down and create some special oven mitts. Turn your masterpiece into a unique thank you for mom.

How Did They Do That? Deccani Miniature Paintings - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 10, 2015 - Upper East Side

Peek at technique and learn, through handling tools and material, how works of art were created at this monthly workshop. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy.

Aurora Naturals of Hunterdon: Soap Making - Children's Museum of Manhattan
May 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

Mix and mold a soap for someone special on Mother's Day. Inspired by her own mother to start a natural soap company, Stefani K'Heya will show you how to create soap. Create one for someone you love and donate one for a special mom in CMOM's outreach programs. Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign up for entry. Sign up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Meet the Fledglings with the Wild Bird Fund - New York Historical Society
May 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

How do you feed a fledgling? Get some practice at this totally unique program co-produced by the DiMenna Children's History Museum and the Wild Bird Fund. To mark the final day New-York Historical's special exhibition Audubon's Aviary: The Final Flight (Part III of the Complete Flock) the Wild Bird Fund (WBF) will come to the Museum to teach us all about our neighbors with nests. Participants will see a presentation about the bird life of New York City and wild bird rehabilitation, feed a baby bird in the WBF's care, and have the option of crafting nests for baby bird patients. This program has an age restriction for the safety of the birds that will be handled and fed by children in attendance. Children must be five or older to feed the birds. About the Wild Bird Fund: Each year, the Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides emergency care for over 1,000 wild birds and animals in New York City. Working with the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, two veterinary hospitals across the street, the Wild Bird Fund is the central resource in NYC for wildlife emergency care and rehabilitation.

Live Music: Tycoon Dog - Washington Square Park, Holley Plaza
May 10, 2015 - Greenwich Village

Free family concert from Tycoon Dog.

Japan Day and Japan Run - Central Park Bandshell
May 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

A highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with New Yorkers. Japan Day kicks off with the Japan Run, followed by the Kids' Race. Like traditional Japanese summer festivals, it provides food and activity tents as well as a stage program displaying a wide range of Japanese culture, including both traditional and contemporary performances. Japan Day is officially supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, the Consulate-General of Japan in New York, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, The Nippon Club and many Japanese and American corporations. Since its establishment in 2007, this family-friendly event has captured the interest of New Yorkers with over 50,000 people attending each year, and we have been thrilled to watch Japan Day garner the praise of the public.

Mothers Day Week with the Museum of Motherhood & Barnes & Noble - Barnes & Noble
Through May 10, 2015 - Upper West Side

Celebrate Mothers' Day all week in Manhattan with the Museum of Motherhood and Barnes & Noble Book Fair. A series of talks and readings with a motherhood theme will be taking place during the week. May 6, 7-9pm: The Mom Egg Review, multiple authors. May 7, 7-9pm: Motherhood Hall of Fame with Ann Fessler, Amber Kinser and special guest poetry performances. May 8, 7-9pm: Listen to Your Mother, with Amy Wilson and other authors. May 9, 1-3pm: Laura Fuentes. May 10, 1-3pm: Katharine Holabird (1-2pm), Susan Konig (2-3pm). Books purchased online during the book fair will help raise money for the Museum of Motherhood, if special code used. See website for details.

Mother's Day Tea Time - Taste Buds
Through May 10, 2015 - Chelsea

A special teal party for moms and heir mini chefs. You'll make melt-in-your-mouth Blueberry Scones and brew a refreshing Sun Tea. Festive Tea Party attire welcome.

FAME: The Musical - The Theatre at the 14th Street Y
Through May 10, 2015 - East Village

In case you don't know the story, the show follows the final class of students from admission to graduation at New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts. With a contemporary rock score, FAME shows the struggles, fears, and triumphs of these young artists as they navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance to achieve their dreams. Long before “Glee” there was FAME! Directed by Christopher Scott and David Drake, choreography by Monica Johnson and musical direction by Trevor Bachman, the production will feature 29 members of “The Teen Academy.”

Help Save the Monkey! A New Puppet Comedy Adventure - The Players Theater
Through May 10, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This show is part of the New York Children's Theater Festival. 8-year-old Howard and 80-year-old Lillian must rush to save her monkey who is about to land from space. Despite set-backs, anxieties, and lasers, their friendship helps them on this epic adventure. Underscored by fabulous original music, this sublimely silly work uses puppets, dance, and fake mustaches to explore the themes of failure, resilience, and aging. The action spills into house. Can you help save the monkey? This new work from collaborators Liz Hara and Marta Mozelle MacRostie was supported through a 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant, a 2014 Artist Residency at Standard ToyKraft, and was workshopped at Dixon Place’s PuppetBlok.

Nod Bus Tour - Citywide
Through May 10, 2015 - Manhattan and Brooklyn

The Land of Nod Bookmobile will be touring Manhattan and Brooklyn to promote the new LIttle Golden Books for Nod Series. Jump on the bus for free story time, crafts and shopping. Pick up any one of the Little Golden Books from the Nod Bookmobile and for every book purchased from The Land of Nod, Random House will donate one to Milk+Bookies, a nationwide charitable organization. May 8, 4-5:30pm, Crate & Barrel, 650 Madison Ave., NY, NY 10022. May 9, 10-11:30am, Textile Arts Center, 26 W. 8th St., NY, NY 10011. May 9, 3-7pm, Brooklyn Central Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238. May 10, 10am –5pm, Williamsburg Flea Market, 50 Kent Ave between N. 11th and 12th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249.

CMOM Kamishibai - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 15, 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.

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.

Free Saturday Art Classes - Inwood Public Library
Through May 16, 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.

The 4th Annual New York Children's Theater Festival - The Players Theater
Through May 17, 2015 - Greenwich Village

The New York Children's Theater Festival is New York's only non-profit festival dedicated to the development of theater for youth. It provides a birthplace in New York City for new live children's entertainment, and serves as a platform for writers and creators who are passionate about developing innovative theatrical experiences for children. The Festival has already reached over 3,000 audience members and launched successful productions such as Go Green! and Molly Bloom Lately. This year's productions will be The Sock Who Lost His Mate, Sue Ology & the Case of the Possibly Haunted House, Help Save the Monkey!, and The Meanest Birthday Girl. In addition to the productions, the festival offers free post show workshops, crafts and family entertainment. More details to be released closer to the time. Tickets on sale on March 15 on or by phone.

The Trials of Alice in Wonderland - TADA! Youth Theater
Through May 17, 2015 - Chelsea

Based on the classic books by Lewis Carroll, this original musical follows Alice and all the usual suspects in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Come and see TADA!'s version of Alice's adventures. If you're interested in getting involved yourself, book tickets for the 4pm shows on May 3rd or 9th. TADA! Teaching Artists will invite you on stage to learn a song and dance.

Family Art Workshops: Storytelling through Art - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 17, 2015 - Midtown

Visit The Migration Series to discover how Jacob Lawrence shared a story from history through his art. In the studio, discuss stories of your family’s history and work together to illustrate one in this drawing workshop. For kids ages 8-10 and their adult companions. Registration for all sessions of this workshop will open 10 days before the first session. See website for details.

LUV: AMERICAN STYLE - New Victory Theatre
Through May 17, 2015 -

Alvin Ailey Award recipient and renowned choreographer, Dr. Rennie Harris, returns with his company of young performers and a soundtrack of chart-topping rock. The energetic young RHAW crew rocks out using Campbell locking, popping and boogaloo, B-Boying and hip hop to vividly tell the story of a teenage boy searching for his purpose. Seen as a daydreamer by friends and family, he feels pressured to grow up, get a job and be responsible for his actions, and then suddenly finds himself wrongly incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Inspired by and performed to legendary classic rock songs including "Flash" by Queen, and "Colour My World" and "Free" by Chicago, this production is dedicated to Dr. Harris's eldest son, Brandyn, who is one of the performers in the show. For ages 7 and older.

Sunday Studio: Tiny Paintings - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 17, 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. Start or continue your Sunday Studio art-making experience with a family tour in nearby galleries. The tour leaves from the welcome cart, all materials provided. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy.

Tours for Fours: You Are Here: Exploring Place - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 17, 2015 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore modern and contemporary art. Movement, drawing, and other gallery activities give everyone the chance to participate. 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: Modern Movement: Art and Motion - The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 17, 2015 - Midtown

Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. For ages 5-10.

petiteSHOP at The Foundling: A Children’s Charity Pop-Up - petiteSHOP
Through May 17, 2015 - West Village

One of New York City’s oldest and largest nonprofits, The New York Foundling petitePARADE, are teaming up to host a kids’ fashion pop-up in honor of May National Foster Care Month. Come and shop top designers while supporting The Foundling’s mission to help disadvantaged NYC children and families, 11,000 of whom are children in the foster care system. petiteSHOP at The Foundling will feature children’s apparel, accessories and shoes from designers Alivia Simone, Charm, Dimity Bourke, Elements by Nina, IMOGA, Jess Brown Dolls, Kallio NYC, Melissa Shoes, Nina Shoes, RUUM American Kids’ Wear, Home Grown Books and more. Ten percent of all sales will support the charity’s mission. The three-part weekend series will also feature family-friendly workshops and activities, including a photoshoot for parents and kids with celebrity and fashion photographer Lee Clower.

Science Experiment for Kids! - Chatham Square Library
Through May 19, 2015 - Chinatown

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

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.

Night Lights at Wave Hill - Night Lights
Through May 24, 2015 - Bronx

The public is invited to experience the enchantment of the garden landscape after dark under an array of night lighting. Under beautiful lights, viewers can see Wave Hill as the sun sets over the Palisades. This is a rain or shine event.

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

New Parent Get Togethers-Drop-In - 92nd Street Y
Through May 27, 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. May 6: Introducing Solids. May 13: Babies Or Your Marriage? May 20: Grandparents. May 27: Gender Expectations. For ages 0-12 months. No registration required.

Preschool Storytime - Washington Heights Public Library
Through May 27, 2015 - Washington Heights

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

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

Saturday Storytime in the Children's Section.

NYTM Train Operators School - New York Transit Museum
Through May 30, 2015 - Brooklyn

Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software! Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10 and older.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 31, 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

Movement Circle Time - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 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.

Storybooks and Art - The Jewish Museum
Through May 31, 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.

Saturday Storytime - Book Culture Columbus
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

A weekly story time at the Upper West Side branch of Book Culture.

Daily Story Hour - Bank Street Bookstore
Through May 31, 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 May 31, 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.

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

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

Lightscapes: A Springtime Garden Fantasy - Van Cortlandt Manor
Through May 31, 2015 - Croton-on-Hudson

Lightscapes is a beautiful mix of art, light, sound, and sound effects. This enchanting event features all-original sculpture designed and hand-made on site. Visitors will squiggle through an enormous caterpillar and meandor through a giant garden maze. This event is not to be missed and is perfect for all ages.

Birding Basics for Families (North Woods) - Charles A.Dana Discovery Center
Through May 31, 2015 - Central Park

Experience Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot. Bring your family on a guided walk led by Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon Society. Learn how to spot the feathered residents that make Central Park their home, and their foreign cousins as they pass through Central Park during their annual migration. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy's work has made the Park a sanctuary for these birds. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Discovery Center. Families only, maximum of three children per parent or guardian; no groups. Ages 5 and older. Free, pre-registration is recommended. Space is limited; arrive early for check in. This program takes place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or heat index above 95 degrees). Register via website.

Sleeping Beauty 2015 - Gloria Maddox Theater
Through May 31, 2015 - Chelsea

A wicked fairy, upset at not being invited to the royal celebration, casts a spell on Princess Rose. Will the right prince come and bestow the kiss that wakes the sleeping princess? For ages 5 and older.

Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art! - Rubin Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015 - Chelsea

Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the art studio in the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2pm family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. In May the theme is for origami in conjunction with the Rubin's newest exhibition, Art with Benefits: The Drigung Tradition!

Macy's Sunday Story Time - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through May 31, 2015 - Upper West Side

Every Sunday families discover New York history through tales of the past at this storytime session. This month, Sunday Story Time will be all about museum adventures. Ages 3-7. May 3: The Museum written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Come along for a twirly-whirly journey through the halls of an art museum and see paintings that range from the delightful to the frightful! May 10: Meet Me at the Art Museum by David Goldin. Join Stub and Daisy on a whimsical behind-the-scenes tour of a museum after closing and learn all about the jobs of curators, conservators, archivists, and more! May 17: Art 123 by Stefano Zuffi. Today, we’re going to count our way from 1 to 12 with the help of some amazing museum masterpieces! May 24: Maisy Goes to the Museum by Lucy Cousins. What do dinosaur bones, double-decker buses, and doll houses have in common? They are all among the treasures that Maisy and her friends discover on a visit to a museum! May 31: Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk It’s time for a museum adventure! Sam and his friend Sarah are venturing out of the stacks of their Library home and into the galleries of the museum next door. What will they see and who will they meet?

BBC'S HUMAN PLANET: 'HUNTING WITH EAGLES IN THE ALTAI MOUNTAINS' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab High Definition Theater
Through May 31, 2015 - Midtown

Survival in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia is extremely challenging, but the people of this barren landscape have found the ultimate hunting partners - Golden Eagles. In this excerpt from the "Mountains" episode of the BBC/Discovery series, Human Planet, you'll see an example of this remarkable partnership followed by a "behind-the-lens" feature showing how the extraordinary footage was captured, Running time: 10 mins.

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

A Year with Children 2015 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 17, 2015 - Upper East Side

This annual exhibition showcases select artworks by 1,500 students in grades two-six from 10 public schools across the five boroughs. Each school participated in the museum's Learning Through Art program during the 2014-15 school year. More than one hundred creative and imaginative works, including collages, drawings, found objects, kinetic sculptures, installations, prints, and paintings, will be on display during the six-week exhibition.

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.

Open Play - Extreme Kids and Crew/AMP Space
Through June 21, 2015 - Red Hook

This popular space opens its doors to children with disabilities and their friends and families. Children can play in the sensory gym, swing on swings, jump into the ball pit and sit and read.

Bargemusic - Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Through June 27, 2015 - Brooklyn

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

It's Showtime NYC - Battery Park
Through June 27, 2015 - Battery Park

Come see NYC’s most talented hip-hop and street dance crews perform on Saturday afternoons in May and June. This pilot program provides legal performance opportunities to street and subway dancers as an alternative to dancing in subway cars. It is a joint program of Dancing in the Streets and the Mark Morris Dance Group with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs If you're interested in performing at one of the upcoming events, please fill out a performance registration form:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pinkalicious, The Musical - Vital Children's Company, Bleecker Street Theatre
Through August 30, 2015 - Greenwich Village

This popular musical returns to Bleecker Street. The one hour musical, with book and lyrics by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann and music, lyrics and orchestrations by John Gregor, is based on the popular children's book by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. 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 this predicament. For ages 2-7.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays in Teardrop Park - Teardrop Park
Through October 28, 2015 - Battery Park City

Come down to Teardrop park for fun-filled afternoons of art projects and games for ages 5 and older. Each week children can enjoy a different art project; drawing, sculpting, and creating group projects such as murals. The art portion of the afternoon will be led by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy's Artist/Educators. BPCPC's Parks Programming Leaders (specially trained Play Leaders) plan games based on their understanding of the various stages of child development, and teach games that encourage a sense of community through cooperative play. Participating children are always welcomed to suggest games. Parks Programming Leaders are prepared to help get games started with perennial favorites such as red light green light, Mr. Fox, asteroids, Wiffle Ball and four square. All art materials and play supplies are provided.

YOUNG SPROUTS GARDENING - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park: Children's Garden
Through October 29, 2015 - Battery Park City

A gardening program for children ages 3-5 years and an accompanying adult. Among the simple gardening projects appropriate for preschoolers are: planting seeds, watering the garden, and tasting fresh greens and vegetables – all organically grown. Children will see a variety of plants, butterflies, insects, worms, and birds – all part of the natural cycle of the garden. Feel cool water on a hot day and the different textures of leaves and plants in the garden. They will smell herbs (lemon verbena, dill, mint, and basil) and flowers (lavender, marigold, and scented geraniums). Each week there is a new, garden-themed lesson, including learning about pollinators, worms, seeds, weather, flowers, birds, and more. Young children will have fun in the garden doing plant scavenger hunts, and reading nature books related to the day's theme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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