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MUSEUMS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF APRIL 22

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by Kids Events Editor April 22, 2013

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Museum Events for Kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids at the museums in Manhattan this week of April 22. Head to a children's museum for some fun and educational programs for your little ones, or bring the whole family to a museum exhibit for a fun cultural experience. Whether you live in Manhattan or are just visiting during the week of April 22 check out these fun and cultural activities and events for some great ideas on how to keep the kids busy. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Manhattan, go to our complete calendar of events.

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The Orchid Show - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

The 11th annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails. Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms -- blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more -- stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves. This year, The Orchid Show is designed by Francisca P. Coelho, Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at the Garden. Coehlho is best known for her plantsmanship and key role in the design and development of high profile shows in the Conservatory. There will be demonstrations, Q&A's, guided tours, lectures, evening events, and classes. An All-Garden Pass includes admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, Tram Tour, and more. Through April 22.

Orchid Care Demonstrations - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

A series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and cover the most frequently asked questions on topics such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids.

Music from the World of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Orchids intrigue and inspire people in every country and culture. Enjoy a selection of music from around the world as different artists play popular tunes from a featured continent each weekend.

The Orchid Show Q&A - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2013 - Bronx

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
April 25, 2013 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world.

Family Weekend Workshop - Migration Physics - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 27, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Today: in the Hudson Riverama, discover the structure and functions of feathers of migrating birds as they return to the Hudson Valley.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2013 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." 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. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2013 - Midtown

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

Tours for Tweens - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2013 - Midtown

Explore MoMA's collection and special exhibitions. Kids and adults participate together. The topic for April is "Larger Than Life: Claes Oldenburg." *Preregistration is required and will take place online beginning at 10:30am ten days before the program.

Look and Listen - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2013 - Midtown

Search for sounds in works of art, then put pastel to paper as you explore music and movement in this drawing workshop. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Preregistration will take place online ten days before the first session of each program beginning at 10:30am. To receive registration and program information, sign up for the Family Programs E-news (moma.org/e-news).

Supersize It! - The Museum of Modern Art
April 27, 2013 - Midtown

Discover Claes Oldenburg's oversized sculptures of ordinary objects. Then, play with scale as you re-imagine the everyday and make your own sculptures. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Registration will take place online ten days before the first session of each program beginning at 10:30am. To receive registration and program information, sign up for the Family Programs E-news at moma.org/e-news.

mocamix for minis - Museum of Chinese in America
April 27, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Families with kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are invited to MOCA for a lively, interactive performance by Alphabet Rockers, a fresh and fun music group from San Francisco. Kids will be on their feet dancing to songs meant to energize from head to toe. RSVP required: [email protected]

Gallery Stage: Interactive Show - 'Two Rivers, Two Cultures' - Hudson River Museum
April 28, 2013 - Yonkers

Sarah Lawrence College Theatre Outreach Program students, in costume, invite families to journey up the Hudson in a 20-minute performance they wrote for the exhibition, "The Panoramic River." An interactive adventure against a moving backdrop into early American and British cultures. The play stars a BOY who travels up the Hudson and meets an EXPLORER, Henry Hudson; an ARTIST, William Guy Wall; a Native American CHARACTER, Pukwudgie; and, a hungry SQUIRREL. Jokes, magic tricks, and audience involvement are all part of the fun. Appropriate for ages 6 and older.

Family Weekend Workshop - Create a Panoramic Mural - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 28, 2013 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Join local artist Dahlia Broul to create a large-scale panoramic mural. Be a set designer and make your own miniature panorama, or pocket size "endless landscape" to take home.

Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
April 28, 2013 - Midtown

Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." 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. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
April 28, 2013 - Midtown

Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.

Tours for Tweens - The Museum of Modern Art
April 28, 2013 - Midtown

Explore MoMA's collection and special exhibitions. Kids and adults participate together. The topic for April is "Larger Than Life: Claes Oldenburg." *Preregistration is required and will take place online beginning at 10:30am ten days before the program.

Supersize It! - The Museum of Modern Art
April 28, 2013 - Midtown

Discover Claes Oldenburg's oversized sculptures of ordinary objects. Then, play with scale as you re-imagine the everyday and make your own sculptures. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Registration will take place online ten days before the first session of each program beginning at 10:30am. To receive registration and program information, sign up for the Family Programs E-news at moma.org/e-news.

COYOTE'S DANCE – DANCE PERFORMANCE - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
April 28, 2013 - Upper West Side

The coyote is both a clown and a teacher on a humorous journey of deceit and adventure. This dance-play presented by Treehouse Shakers recounts the exploits of the coyote, an important animal among many North American Indian Nations. To register for a special drumming and storytelling workshop prior to the performance with Treehouse Shakers contact [email protected]

Open Studios for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
April 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

Families are able to stop by the Sackler Center's Studio Art Lab and create a work of art inspired by the Guggenheim spring exhibition Gutai: Splendid Playground.

Just Drop In - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
April 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

Museum educators lead creative, interactive projects for visitors that explore highlights of the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.

Senses of Springtime Festival - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

Usher in spring at this festival for all ages. Revel in the sounds of music. Experience storytelling, poetry, and art making, and participate in dance performances. Immerse yourself in the scents and visual splendor of spring as you explore the Met's galleries. Programs meet in the Ancient Near Eastern Art galleries, the Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, and the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Spring Family Fair: Join the Circus! - The Morgan Library & Museum
April 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

This year's annual Spring Family Fair will celebrate the Big Top. The Ben Jam troupe returns to flip the traditional French circus on its head, as the animals tame the tamers. Conductor, composer, and Juilliard Pre-College faculty member Adam Glaser will transport families to the middle of a three-ring circus during The Composer's Paintbrush: Carnivals and Festivals, the third installment of his acclaimed multimedia musical series. Circus-related crafts, costumes, and clowning workshops will complete this afternoon of family fun.

The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames - Hudson River Museum
Through May 19, 2013 - Yonkers

In the late 18th century, British artists developed the large-scale panorama, which became a popular form of entertainment in Europe and the United States. The Hudson River Museum's exhibition, "The Panoramic River: the Hudson and the Thames," explores the panoramic vista as the ideal expression for a new, all-embracing way of seeing the landscape that influenced how the public and artists perceived it as well. By the early 19th century, painters such as Robert Havell Jr. worked to express this panoramic perspective in their choice and depiction of vistas. Havell and other artists in the exhibition such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, and John Kensett, favored the chain of cities, suburbs, and countryside along these two rivers, where horizontal planes and historical associations gave form to both artistic and cultural expression. "The Panoramic River" features loans from museums, galleries, and private collections. Museums lending paintings include: Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Fenimore Art Museum, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College; Maryland State Archives; Metropolitan Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; and Princeton University Art Museum. "The Panoramic River" is organized by Hudson River Museum co-curators Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with additional essays by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London, and Geoff Snell, Doctoral Student, University of Sussex and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. On view through May 19, 2013.

10-Foot Cops - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through May 27, 2013 - Upper West Side

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is hosting 10-Foot Cops: The NYPD's Mounted Unit, a glimpse into the history and daily lives of officers from New York City's Mounted Police Force. Opening January 26 and running through May 27, the exhibit is on loan from the New York City Police Museum, which is temporarily closed due to damage sustained from Hurricane Sandy. NYCPM will reopen in the Spring of 2013. Since its origins in the 19th century, the NYPD's Mounted Police has been regarded as one of New York City's most elite units. Unique, highly visible, and known by their colorful nickname, 10-Foot Cops, these officers are involved in all aspects of policing the city. 10-Foot Cops uses more than 40 original artifacts to explore the lives the men, women, and horses at the heart of this mounted unit. Children can have their picture taken sitting in a saddle and see uniforms, paintings, historic photographs and illustrations. The exhibit also includes a replica of a NYPD horse stable and shorts from the 1940 NYPD film "Training Police Horses" and a clip from the Department's "Inside the NYPD" from 2007. Visitors will come away with an appreciation of the training and dedication required of both police officer and horse alike from the story of the mounted unit's rich history and their continuing day-to-day policing operations in parks, on city streets and at parades and public demonstrations.

Funny Food Art Exhibit - Chelsea Market Concourse
Through May 31, 2013 - Chelsea

Going on now through the end of May at the Chelsea Market Concourse is the Funny Food Art Exhibit. Photographs by Bill Wurtzel from the healthy-eating book for kids, Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts (Welcome Books) by Bill and his wife, Claire Wurtzel. The exhibit includes 40 hilarious photographs of characters, cars, and portraits, made using healthy ingredients from everyday breakfasts you know and love. From laughing bagels, fruity beauties and nutty professors to food-faced celebrities like Mona Lisa (Plumalisa), the show is tasty fun for the whole family. Swing by with the kids and get ready to laugh out loud, especially when they see your face through the Funny Food portrait cut-out! It's healthy and happy fun. The Funny Food book is available at Chelsea Market bookstore, Posman Books. More about Funny Food at funnyfoodart.com. Visit Funny Food on Facebook.

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road - China Institute Gallery
Through June 09, 2013 - Upper East Side

Dunhuang: Buddhist Art at the Gateway of the Silk Road will be on view at China Institute Gallery from Feb. 7 through June 9, 2013. The western gateway to China, Dunhuang is one of the world's most esteemed art shrines and cultural heritage sites. The exhibition will explore art and ritual practices from the golden eras of the Northern (420-589) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. Among the highlights will be objects from the art of Buddhist practice including clay sculptures, wooden figures, silk banners, molded bricks, and paper cuts. The exhibition is organized by China Institute Gallery and Dunhuang Academy under the direction of Willow Weilan Hai Chang and is curated by Fan Jinshi, Director, Dunhuang Academy.

Face to Face - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 09, 2013 - SoHo

For twenty-five years, The Children's Museum of the Arts has provided children of all backgrounds the creative tools needed to promote self-expression and esteem through visual and performing arts. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, CMA is proud to present Face to Face, an exhibit that offers a fascinating exploration of self-identity through still, moving, and living portraits, as portrayed by children using traditional methods of painting and drawing as well as technology. The main exhibit will consist of 40 portraits selected from CMA's Permanent Collection of children's art from over 50 countries, dating back to the 1930's. These pieces represent a range of historical moments, cultures and medium and will be hung salon style throughout the gallery. To incorporate CMA's philosophy of hands-on art-making, the exhibit will be accompanied by a variety of interactive installations that examine the texture, shape and sound of portraits. CMA will set up hands-on stations that will encourage visitors to become part of the exhibit, including reimagined versions of a typical self-portrait station. The CMA Media Lab will also create a photo booth in which visitors can take photos that will be projected on the wall. These photos will stream into a montage that will be accessioned into the collection and will also serve as a fascinating time-lapse of the exhibit as a whole. Face to Face also offers aspiring young artists the opportunity to submit their own works for a chance to become part of the museum's Permanent Collection. CMA will accept 25 original original works, in honor of 25 years of operation, to be selected by the museum's curatorial team. One selected piece will be chosen by an online viewer's choice campaign, hosted through CMA's website and social media platforms. To explore dimension, the exhibition will include a large-scale Pin Impression Board, offering several panels for visitors to experiment with and view their face as artwork. CMA will also present their first ever Artist-At-Work station in the Fine Arts Studio. Here, guest artists will volunteer their time and allow visitors to observe them in action as they create original portraits.

Wynn Newhouse Awards' Artists Exhibit - The Palitz Gallery at the Lubin House
Through June 13, 2013 - Upper East Side

Works of eight Wynn Newhouse award winning artists, all with disabilities, will comprise an exhibition at the Palitz Gallery in Manhattan, to be held April 15 through June 13, 2013. An informal reception for current and past winners, judges, and friends of the program will be held at the gallery in May. The Wynn Newhouse awards (wnewhouseawards.com) are bestowed upon exceptionally accomplished fine artists who have risen to the top tiers of their profession despite being challenged by infirmities recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The award was established in memory of collector Wynn Newhouse, who recognized and championed the talent and creativity of artists with disabilities. The awardees were chosen in January by an invited panel of judges who are highly respected in both the arts and disabilities communities. More than 35 artists were nominated for the 2012 award. In total, eight artists were chosen to receive the prestigious award and accompanying monetary prize. This year's judges included: J. David Farmer, Director, Dahesh Museum; Mark Parsons, Artist, Pratt Institute; Kathryn Price, Curator, Williams College Museum of Art; and Ealan Wingate, Director, Gagosian Gallery.

Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 30, 2013 - Upper West Side

Food is the one thing that unites every culture, race, and generation: over one billion people work in agriculture and every person eats. Food is used as a social ritual, a holiday tradition, a symbol of comfort, a gift, and an excuse to catch up with friends. The curators of this exhibition hope it will encourage visitors (both grown ups and kids) to examine a thing we all do everyday -- eat! -- and think about everything that goes into that act more consciously. The exhibition touches on a lot of serious issues such as the scarcity of food predicted for the future, alternatives to avoid that shortage, and childhood obesity.

MoMA Art Lab: People - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2013 - Midtown West

In MoMA's latest interactive space, MoMA Art Lab: People, visitors of all ages can discover the ways in which artists represent the human form. Investigate body language through art-making activities, digital play, and other creative explorations. Stop by before or after visiting MoMA's galleries.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

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