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I’m a great believer in the importance of having music in one’s life. This month, music educator Michael Barry explains what music can do for kids in “Be-Bop Babies”.
You don’t just go through 47 years without learning a thing or two … and it’s evident that the Paper Bag Players have crammed a whole lot of expertise into their almost five decades of performing live children’s theater.
Here’s a new kind of outing to delight city kids, and visiting out-of-towners — New York City Audubon has just launched Eco-cruises in the waters of the Big Apple.
March will be filled with music, thanks to the Kids on Central concerts at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains.
We asked local authors, and our own editors, to name a book they couldn’t put down as a child, and why:
Run by the Puppeteers’ Cooperative — a group of puppeteers based in Boston and New York with members spread out along the East Coast — the 100 or so puppets stored inside the Brooklyn monument have the same mission as a good book from the public library: Circulate.
Paul Reiser wrote and stars in The Thing About My Folks, a new feature film which opens September 16. But more importantly, he has mined his life to create a rich family portrait that resonates with families everywhere, not just those in the New York Jewish milieu in which he is intimate.
Many people are fascinated by dinosaurs, perhaps because they have never been seen by humans. The new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries", offers a striking new perspective on these extinct creatures, certain to appeal to all ages.
Now recent studies suggest that children who watch television from a young age may develop attention disorders and aggressiveness.
The New York region is particularly rich with talent: musicians, writers, artists, inventors, businesspeople. Many turn this acumen to the family market, writing and illustrating children’s books, performing for children, opening stores for kids, inventing new games. The mom you meet at the playground may have written your son’s favorite bedtime story or headlined a concert at the children’s museum. You could do it, too? Other parents who have succeeded share their stories . . .
For decades, their silvery spires defined the classic landscape of Queens. And now they’re back — and better than ever! The towering Titan and Atlas rockets located at the New York Hall of Science (NYHS) in Flushing Meadows Park have been restored to their former glory following an ambitious four-year renovation project that includes an interactive rocket park.
In the early part of the 19th century, when the elegant Boscobel mansion was built on its perch above the Hudson River, the horse-drawn carriage was the principal mode of transportation. On Sunday, October 3, travel back in time as Boscobel Restoration presents its first Horse & Carriage Day. Horses and carriages will be on display on Boscobel’s grounds, and various events centering on this mode of transportation are scheduled from noon-4pm.
One of the greatest things about living in New York City is our proximity to the Hudson River. If you're looking for a fun family outing, how about a cruise up the Hudson? And since the leaves are just starting to change, the view should be spectacular. There are several companies that offer Hudson River cruises — from 90-minute tours to week-long excursions. Here are some of your choices:
October, Halloween month, is the perfect time to remember the prolific legacy of the great writer Edgar Allan Poe.
When you see adults attending a kids’ show without a child in tow, you have to figure they are friends of the cast. But when those adults are genuinely applauding and laughing along with the kids in the audience, you know this is not your standard kids’ fare.
Just over 60 Manhattan blocks separate opposite poles in the opera world.
Tonya Pinkins has made one of the most complicated journeys of any Broadway star — from welfare mother to a Tony-nominated role in Caroline, or Change. The mother of four children, ages 17, 14, 8 and 5, Pinkins plays an African-American maid to a Louisiana Jewish family in the Tony Kushner musical.
Veteran comedian Jill Shely is used to working tough crowds, but today’s audience presents an unusual challenge. As she introduces the ComedySportz team for the premiere performance of “Mom’s Cracking Up!” at the Sol Goldman 14th Street YM-YWHA , she is greeted with a strident buzz of noise and activity. Infants toddle on the padded blue mat stretched in front of the stage.
Of the many marvels of the work of Dr. Seuss, the ability to exist in a kid-oriented imaginary universe is one that surely will always attract scores of readers. Who hasn’t wondered what it would really be like to live in a Seussian world, where anything can happen and earth rules do not apply? Beginning July 2, visitors to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) can experience a part of that world with an innovative exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss enterprises.
Anyone who thinks it’s simple getting a children’s book published would be wise to consider A City Is, which took 13 years from concept to final product, surviving even the death of the author. A City Is, illustrated by Brooklyn Heights resident Melanie Hope Greenberg, is a collection of poems by Norman Rosten.
Kids get a new hands-on experience with a newly opened touch tank at the New York Aquarium. The outdoor tank, which features local habitats, is filled with smooth periwinkles, moon snails, blue mussels, dog and channeled whelk, sand shrimp, hermit and horseshoe crabs, northern sea robin, northern pipefish, mummichogs, Atlantic seahorses and sheepshead minnows.
Kermit sang ‘It’s not easy being green,” but visitors to the new exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, at the American Museum of Natural History, can see that frogs have an amazing diversity of color. And size, habitat and parenting style. The frogs exhibit appeals to the little kid in all of us, the one who caught frogs in a pond, played leapfrog, or worshipped Kermit. Then there are adults still searching for a frog to turn into a prince.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is no dour echo chamber. Most art museums specialize in tomb-like solemnity, but the Met, with its Great Hall decorated daily with fresh flowers, resonates with upbeat voices that instantly slap down any idea of a menacing cultural encounter. At the Met, even Wednesdays have a Sunday-in-the-park feeling. A similar sense of pleasure marks the museum's programs for kids and families.
The birth of Baby Road Trip, a new edutainment video series that (so far) extols the wonders of beach and jungle destinations, was not easy. But it continues to be a creative challenge with which husband-and-wife co-founders Laura and Shawn Kronen are thrilled.
If you looked through the bookshelves of any child in America, chances are there would be at least several Dr. Seuss books. Amazingly, if you looked through that child’s parents’ childhood book collection, you would probably see many of the same Dr. Seuss titles. Theodor Geisel, born 100 years ago, wrote and illustrated 44 books as Dr. Seuss — books that still charm, educate and tickle the funnybones of children. Dr. Seuss’s books have also influenced a generation of children’s book authors. We asked some locally to expound on Dr. Seuss’s impact on their writing. . .