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KIDS SHOWS IN MANHATTAN WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25

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Kids Shows in Manhattan Check out these free and low-cost family and children's shows playing the week of February 25 in Manhattan. See if your favorite musician will be in town and get all the details on the concert, find children's movie screenings, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new musical or play that your family can go see together. If the weather is cooperative, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Manhattan or will just be visiting during the week of February 25, you'll find plenty of options to keep your kids entertained. 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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'Brazil! Brazil!' - The New Victory Theater
February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Escape the February freeze and bask in the bright sunshine of this sizzling South American celebration that blends the exhilarating rhythms of Rio Carnaval with acrobatics and soccer-inspired street dance. Brazil's National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, joins a team of stunning singers, dancers, and musicians to infuse his superstar brand of athleticism and talent into this euphoric production. Lightning-fast flips and footwork, magnetic capoeira, and infectious, non-stop drumbeats create a happy and highly contagious case of futebol fever.

"Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3...Imagine!" - The Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Sing and dance along with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all your favorite "Sesame Street" in this high-energy musical that will transport you to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest, and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere with the power of imagination. Get there an hour before the show to experience Play Zone (free with your ticket to the show), where kids can sit in Big Bird's nest, pop up in Oscar the Grouch's trash can, twirl in Zoe's dance studio, and visit Elmo's World. (And you never know who will make an appearance!)

Recess Monkey in Concert - Symphony Space
February 25, 2012 - Upper West Side

The Seattle-based trio of teachers performs a high-energy indie rock concert with songs evoking the Beatles at their most playful.

Pacifica Quartet in Concert - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 25, 2012 - Upper East Side

Hear classics by Beethoven performed by this string quartet that includes two violins, a viola, and a cello. Simin Ganatra (violin), Sibbi Bernhardsson (violin), Masumi Per Rostad (viola), and Brandon Vamos (cello) will perform No. 5 in A Major, Opus 18, and No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132. This concert is supported in part by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund. Tickets available by phone or at the box office.

"Rumpelstiltskin The Musical" - Main Stage Theater
February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

The WorkShop Theater Company's co-production with Broadway Youth Ensemble features child-star performers from Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," and "Ragtime," plus national tours of "Billy Elliot," "Shrek," "101 Dalmations," and more.

Atlantic Theater Company Presents 'The Hundred Dresses' - Signature Theatre's Peter Norton Space
February 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Eleanor Estes, this lively musical is a poetic tale that explores the power of imagination and the courage it takes to stand up for others, even when you are standing alone. This timeless story follows Wanda Petronski, a young girl who speaks strangely, lives in the wrong part of town, and wears the same dress to school every day. While Wanda struggles to fit in and make friends at Franklin Elementary, Maddie, a fellow student, comes to understand that some of the worst bullies in the world throw no blows. "The Hundred Dresses" takes audiences on a colorful journey filled with buoyant music, zany characters, plenty of charm, humor, and - you guessed it - dresses.

'Brazil! Brazil!' - The New Victory Theater
February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Escape the February freeze and bask in the bright sunshine of this sizzling South American celebration that blends the exhilarating rhythms of Rio Carnaval with acrobatics and soccer-inspired street dance. Brazil's National Freestyle Football Champion, Arturo, joins a team of stunning singers, dancers, and musicians to infuse his superstar brand of athleticism and talent into this euphoric production. Lightning-fast flips and footwork, magnetic capoeira, and infectious, non-stop drumbeats create a happy and highly contagious case of futebol fever.

Jazz Kids! with Amy - 55 Bar
February 26, 2012 - West Village

At this interactive afternoon concert, kids ages 2-6 can play along and listen to kid-friendly jazz songs while learning a little bit about this music genre. Free snacks; beverages for kids and parents are available for purchase.

Galli's 'Aladdin' - National Comedy Theatre
Through February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Street urchin Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and a genie who will do his bidding, but a wicked magician tries to trick him. Kids will be invited to help so that Aladdin and his princess can find happiness.

'The Bully' - Vital Theatre Company
Through February 26, 2012 - Upper West Side

A bus mix-up strands Lenny, the nerd, and Steve, the bully, at the wrong school where they both get picked on for being "the new kids." The boys have to work together to get back to their school and begin to learn that they might not be so different after all.

Ben Rudnick and Friends in Concert - 92YTribeca
February 26, 2012 - Tribeca

Quirky lyrics and the swing and bounce of American roots music are singer-songwriter Ben Rudnick's trademark, and he combines them to winning effect in his latest musical potpourri: "A Frog Named Sam" traces the saga of a water-loathing frog whose move to the big city leads to the conclusion that there's no place like home. The band, which includes musicians on the guitar, bass, mandolin, accordion, and harmonica, will also perform versions of some traditional tunes like "Erie Canal," "Old Joe Clark," and "Greensleeves."

"Sesame Street Live: 1-2-3...Imagine!" - The Theater at Madison Square Garden
February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Sing and dance along with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and all your favorite "Sesame Street" in this high-energy musical that will transport you to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest, and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It's a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything, and go anywhere with the power of imagination. Get there an hour before the show to experience Play Zone (free with your ticket to the show), where kids can sit in Big Bird's nest, pop up in Oscar the Grouch's trash can, twirl in Zoe's dance studio, and visit Elmo's World. (And you never know who will make an appearance!)

Baby Got Bach String 'Stravaganza - Le Poisson Rouge
February 26, 2012 - Greenwich Village

Kids ages 3-6 will enjoy a concert featuring string instruments, including the "Trout" quintet by Franz Schubert. From the petite violin to the big bad bass, children will have a chance to meet the musicians, help play the instruments, and make a string instrument of their very own to take home. Curated by the pianist Orli Shaham, the event features hands-on activities, where kids have a chance to play with real musical instruments. Then it's on to the stage to enjoy a listening tour of great live chamber music, featuring Orli and her friends.

'Henry & Mudge' - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
February 26, 2012 - Tribeca

This TheatreworksUSA musical is based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant. Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Luckily, Henry's got Mudge, his 182-pound canine buddy. Henry teaches his new friend to sit, heel, and shake his hand, but rolling over is one trick he just can't seem to teach Mudge. So charmed when Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge finally rolls over at her command. Upset by this, Henry runs away into the cold, dark woods to find adventures on his own.

Kids 'N Comedy Presents 'The Did You Know Show' - Gotham Comedy Club
February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Did you know that cat pee glows under a black light? How about that Albert Einstein never wore socks (and probably smelled awful)? Come hear teenagers perform original stand-up about their favorite random facts. Starring: Charley Bardey, Lee Wolfowitz, Conor Carroll, Dillon Heverin, Zach Rosenfeld, Andrew Vatier, and Joe O'Hare.

'Rumpelstiltskin The Musical' - Main Stage Theater
February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

The WorkShop Theater Company's co-production with Broadway Youth Ensemble features child-star performers from Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," and "Ragtime," plus national tours of "Billy Elliot," "Shrek," "101 Dalmations," and more.

Atlantic Theater Company Presents 'The Hundred Dresses' - Signature Theatre's Peter Norton Space
February 26, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Eleanor Estes, this lively musical is a poetic tale that explores the power of imagination and the courage it takes to stand up for others, even when you are standing alone. This timeless story follows Wanda Petronski, a young girl who speaks strangely, lives in the wrong part of town, and wears the same dress to school every day. While Wanda struggles to fit in and make friends at Franklin Elementary, Maddie, a fellow student, comes to understand that some of the worst bullies in the world throw no blows. "The Hundred Dresses" takes audiences on a colorful journey filled with buoyant music, zany characters, plenty of charm, humor, and - you guessed it - dresses.

'Some Dance Company' - El Museo del Barrio
February 27, 2012 - Upper East Side

A dance celebration in honor of choreographer, dancer, and master ballet teacher David Fernandez and his international contribution to the dance community. The cast list includes dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theater of Harlem, and many other companies in the greater New York area. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Career Transition for Dancers; tickets can be purchased at www.davidferndance.com.

Galli's 'Princess and the Pea' - National Comedy Theatre
Through February 29, 2012 - Manhattan

A romantic prince tries to find the right princess among all the fake ones that come to impress him by using the royal princess pea test. An acting workshop for kids follows the show.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents 'Dragons' - Prudential Center
March 01, 2012 - Newark

Circus performers from the far reaches of the earth come together in a single performance to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, combining mystic dragon lore with breathtaking skill and authentic circus feats.

'Spirit of Uganda' - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
March 02, 2012 - Greenwich Village

This vibrant music and dance extravaganza features a cast of performers ages 8-18 who have traveled from halfway around the world in celebration of their passion for the arts and their joy for life. The performers use exuberant drumming, choreography, layered rhythms, and call-and-response vocals to share the culture of their East African homeland. Led by 30-year old artistic director Peter Kasule, and produced by Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda brings a dual message of hope and awareness. Empower African Children is a non-profit organization working to help the young people of Uganda develop leadership skills, get educated and tell their own stories through the arts. Performance runs 120 minutes including one intermission.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents 'Dragons' - Prudential Center
March 02, 2012 - Newark

Circus performers from the far reaches of the earth come together in a single performance to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, combining mystic dragon lore with breathtaking skill and authentic circus feats.

"Rumpelstiltskin The Musical" - Main Stage Theater
March 03, 2012 - Manhattan

The WorkShop Theater Company's co-production with Broadway Youth Ensemble features child-star performers from Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," and "Ragtime," plus national tours of "Billy Elliot," "Shrek," "101 Dalmations," and more.

Dulcimers, Penny Whistles and Other Delights with Linda Russell - Symphony Space
March 03, 2012 - Upper West Side

Linda Russell uses voice, mountain and hammered dulcimer, and traditional instruments to introduce kids to the fun and wonder of historic music.

Atlantic Theater Company Presents 'The Hundred Dresses' - Signature Theatre's Peter Norton Space
March 03, 2012 - Manhattan

Based on the book by Eleanor Estes, this lively musical is a poetic tale that explores the power of imagination and the courage it takes to stand up for others, even when you are standing alone. This timeless story follows Wanda Petronski, a young girl who speaks strangely, lives in the wrong part of town, and wears the same dress to school every day. While Wanda struggles to fit in and make friends at Franklin Elementary, Maddie, a fellow student, comes to understand that some of the worst bullies in the world throw no blows. "The Hundred Dresses" takes audiences on a colorful journey filled with buoyant music, zany characters, plenty of charm, humor, and - you guessed it - dresses.

'Spirit of Uganda' - NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
March 03, 2012 - Manhattan

This vibrant music and dance extravaganza features a cast of performers ages 8-18 who have traveled from halfway around the world in celebration of their passion for the arts and their joy for life. The performers use exuberant drumming, choreography, layered rhythms, and call-and-response vocals to share the culture of their East African homeland. Led by 30-year old artistic director Peter Kasule, and produced by Empower African Children, Spirit of Uganda brings a dual message of hope and awareness. Empower African Children is a non-profit organization working to help the young people of Uganda develop leadership skills, get educated and tell their own stories through the arts. Performance runs 120 minutes including 1 intermission.

Carnegie Hall Family Sing: Songs of Solomon - Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall
March 03, 2012 - Manhattan

Sing along with one of New York City's hottest student choirs. Free pre-concert activities begin one hour before the show.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents 'Dragons' - Prudential Center
March 03, 2012 - Newark

Circus performers from the far reaches of the earth come together in a single performance to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, combining mystic dragon lore with breathtaking skill and authentic circus feats.

New York Classical Theatre Presents 'Playing Moliere' - World Financial Center Winter Garden
Through March 11, 2012 - Battery Park City

In New York Classical Theatre's signature performance style, Panoramic Theatre, this unique production of Moliere's shorter comedies hearkens back to the 17th century playwright's roots in the Commedia dell'Arte. The characters of Playing Moliere, including cuckolded husbands, sneaky servants, demanding fathers, and quick-witted lovers, have inspired an entire generation of physical comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the Marx Brothers.

'Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical' - Manhattan Children's Theatre
Through March 25, 2012 - Manhattan

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. This true-to-life musical tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong is based on the book "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale," by Mo Willems. Lyrics by Mo Willems, music by Michael Silversher, directed by MCT artistic director Bruce Merrill. For more information about group rates and weekday school performances, visit mctny.org or call 212-226-4085.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through March 31, 2012 - Manhattan

Off Broadway Family Theatre presents an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved tale from the Chronicles of Narnia in which two actors play eight characters, both human and animal. Travel to Narnia through the old wardrobe with the four Pevensie children, and get swept into their journey to stand with the great lion Aslan against the evil White Witch.

'Little Miss Muffet's Monster-Sitting Service' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through April 08, 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.

Vital Theatre Company Presents "Angelina Ballerina The Musical" - McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Through April 22, 2012 - Upper West Side

Angelina and her friends are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. They will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and of course, ballet, for their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDSĀ®.

'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.

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.

Vital Theatre Company Presents: "Pinkalicious, The Musical" - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through June 03, 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.

'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.

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters, the Musical" - Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre
Through July 29, 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.

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