This Weekend's Kids & Family Activities in Manhattan 5/16 - 5/19/18




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The choices for finding fun kids and family activities in New York City are never ending. Whether your family prefers concerts, museums, theater or gardening, check out this weekend's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Not Your Typical Story Hour - 92nd Street Y
Through May 17, 2018 - Upper East Side

Look at books with your child, listen to stories, create an art project, and dance to the music with Petra as part of this imaginative, interactive story time. You can even bring your lunch to enjoy as part of the class.

Tiny Tools - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through May 17, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Inspired by CMA's new exhibition, Scale: Possibilities of Perspective, museum guests will design and create their very own teeny tiny tools. Using toothpicks, young artists can learn to build miniature cutlery, pencils, hammers, nails, and more.

The 187 Film Festival - The United Palace
May 18, 2018 - Upper Manhattan

NYC's premiere elementary and intermediate school event of its kind is celebrating its fifth annual screening this year. The Film Festival showcases student's skills in visual storytelling. Students and their families have made over 200 films in past years, and the festival has helped raise much-needed funds for the school while also premiering some amazingly creative work in the form of comedy, drama, mystery, music video, and documentary.

Flower Garden Storytime - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
May 18, 2018 - Upper East Side

This month’s storytime will take place outside in the garden (weather permitting.) Listen to stories about planting a garden and explore the different plants and flowers planted by the museum’s gardener. Afterward make a paper flower to take home.

Taste of Tribeca - Outdoor Food Festival
May 19, 2018 - Tribeca

Taste of Tribeca is almost here! This outdoor culinary festival features dishes from more than 65 of Tribeca’s best-rated restaurants, as well as wine and beer tours of local shops and pubs. The family-friendly event will also have Kids’ and Sports Zones and live entertainment. The annual fundraising event benefits the arts and enrichment programs at the local public schools PS 150 and PS 234.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: 'Doll-E 1.0' - David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
May 19, 2018 - Upper West Side

When a tech-savvy girl is given a doll, she programs it into the perfect friend in Doll-E 1.0 , from visual artist and author Shanda McCloskey.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium is presented in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Talks | Artist Studios Talk and Closing Reception - The Museum of Arts and Design
May 19, 2018 - Columbus Circle

A unique opportunity to converse with the residents of Cycle 29 of MAD’s Artist Studios Program—Emily Oliveira, Emiko Shinozaki, Katya Grokhovsky, Andrew Bearnot, Dana Melamed, Esperanza Cortés, and Van Lier Fellow Xin Liu—before they conclude their residency at the museum. The program begins in The Theater at MAD, where brief presentations by the artists will illuminate perspectives on critical issues in contemporary craft, art, and design. Artists and visitors will continue the conversation in the sixth-floor Artist Studios as part of a closing reception featuring residents’ work created at MAD.

Storytime and Crafts - Strand Book Store
Through May 19, 2018 - Union Square

Meet beloved characters like Elmo, Doc McStuffins, and The Gruffalo. Bring your toys, stuffed animals, and favorite playtime friends for this very special storytime with read alouds and crafts.

New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts, Inspirations and Tributes: 'The Riddle of Shostakovich' - David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
May 19, 2018 - Upper West Side

The 95th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will conclude with 'The Riddle of Shostakovich,' the fourth program in this season’s series, Inspirations and Tributes — each concert exploring how composers influence and pay tribute to each other. Assistant Conductor Joshua Gersen will lead the program, featuring selections from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist Justin Jay Hines (Philharmonic debut) will host the event, written and directed by Kevin Del Aguila.

Attendees are invited to arrive early to take part in YPC Overtures, at which children meet Philharmonic musicians and try out orchestral instruments on the Grand Promenade and upper tiers of David Geffen Hall, starting at 12:45pm. Pre-concert activities include live performances by ensembles of Philharmonic musicians of works by Very Young Composers inspired by the YPC’s thematic content.

Design Kids - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through May 19, 2018 - Upper East Side

Participants will design an inflatable using the Cooper Hewitt collection as inspiration.

12th Annual Dance Parade and Festival - Parade starts at 21st Street and Broadway
May 19, 2018 - East Village

This parade and festival celebrates the power of dance as an art form as well as the dance culture of NYC. It starts with a parade which begins at Broadway and 21st Avenue, featuring crafted floats, live bands and DJs. The parade is ordered chronologically honoring the history of dance from ancient to contemporary. The parade finishes at Tompkins Square Park with DanceFest. A festival featuring performances, dance lessons and social dance

Loco-Motion Dance Theatre for Children - Miller Theatre
May 19, 2018 - Morningside Heights

In this annual dance concert, young dancers address the following subjects in their choreography: communication breakdowns in the age of social media, relationship dynamics in teen friendships, peer pressure, non-conformity, childhood anxiety under the Trump administration, and the border wall. They are also working on an adolescent parent-child dance in which their parents will perform with them on stage. The youngest choreographers will present a humorous piece about unusual imaginary friends and our Choreography Lab students will explore 32 counts of basic choreography performed in the style of six famous modern dance choreographers.

4th Annual Hudson River Park Games - Hudson River Park, Pier 40
May 19, 2018 - Greenwich Village

Fundraising event that invites New Yorkers to compete against each other and enjoy sport related activities to raise money for the park. Watch elite and local pentathletes fight it out, take part in free classes of outdoor yoga, spin and more. There is a special Games Village which will also be hosting family friendly fun, entertainment and a bar. There's something for all ages at this event.

Family Matinee Dance Performance feat. Three Female Choreographers - New York Live Arts
May 19, 2018 - Chelsea

Ariel Rivka Dance (ARD) collaborates with the acclaimed Amy Marshall Dance Company and choreographer/dancer Chanel DaSilva for a season of provocative dance dedicated to empowering female expression. An audience favorite for its accessible, graceful signature style of movement, the all-female ARD celebrates its 11th season under the helm of choreographer Ariel Grossman. Program includes two world premieres by Grossman, one by DaSilva, and beloved repertory by both Grossman and Marshall.

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' - DR2 Theatre
Through May 20, 2018 - Gramercy Park

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Carle’s beloved books for the stage. This new edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar includes the world premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

'Geniuses' - TADA! Youth Theater
Through May 20, 2018 - Chelsea

A musical about two kids from a school for children who learn differently, who sneak into an elite private school for students with exceptionally high IQs and shake things up for the better, especially when they uncover one student’s evil plot to take control of the world.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival - Metropolitan Pavilion
Through May 20, 2018 - Flatiron District

Dig into all things vegetarian at this gathering of chefs, medical experts, nutritionists, and enthusiasts for a plant-based lifestyle.

Lincoln Center Kids Presents: Tetris - Clark Studio Theater, Samuel B. and David Rose Building
Through May 20, 2018 - Upper West Side

Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.

'Peppa Pig Live!' - Beacon Theatre
Through May 20, 2018 - Upper West Side

An action-packed live show featuring your tot's favorite friends as life-size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, and more in a singing-and-dancing adventure full of songs, games, and surprises.

'Pss Pss' - The New Victory Theater
Through May 20, 2018 - Midtown

Watch as umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own, and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in a modern circus spectacle. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the globetrotting Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, animate airflow, goad gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe.

Annual Children's Festival: Celebrating imagiNATIONS! - Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Through May 20, 2018 - Lower Manhattan

Celebrate the new imagiNATIONS Activity Center with a weekend of activities showcasing the ingenuity of the Indigenous cultures of the Americas. Practice balancing techniques needed to master control of a traditional Yup’ik kayak from the Arctic; learn how to weave rope strong enough to create a bridge like one found in the Andes of Peru; discover the counting and numeric skills of the Mayans; and take part in a vast array of activities that embrace Native innovations throughout history.

'Aladdin' - Galli Theater New York
Through May 20, 2018 - Midtown

When Aladdin finds a genie in a lamp his dreams of riches come true. But in order to win the love of the princess and save the kingdom, Aladdin will need more than a genie’s magic.

'Addy & Uno' - Theatre Row
Through May 26, 2018 - Midtown

As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school's math competition, his friends with varying disabilities - ADHD, visual, hearing, and physical impairment - rally in support. Through puppets and soaring music, Addy & Uno is a 50-minute musical that is a heartfelt and hilarious journey celebrating hope, big dreams, and the beauty of differences.

Family Tours - The Whitney Museum of American Art
Through May 26, 2018 - Meatpacking District

Join a short, interactive family tour of kid-friendly works on view. Learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 27, 2018 - Kips Bay

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) will get families grooving every Sunday throughout the school year at Jazz Standard's popular JAZZ FOR KIDS brunch. Talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18 dish out jazz classics such as "Cherokee," "How Insensitive," and "Billie's Bounce," as family audiences devour the goods off Blue Smoke's southern barbecue lunch menu. Babies welcome!

'The Princess and the Pea' - Galli Theater New York
Through May 27, 2018 - Midtown

A prince is looking for a princess. After a failed attempt at speed dating, the right woman shows up at his door. Only the Royal Pea Test will reveal if she is a true princess.

Central Park Discovery Walk for Families: Towering Trees - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Through May 28, 2018 - Central Park

Take a hike through the North Woods and learn how to tell a maple from an oak. Discover how trees - from seeds and leaves to logs - contribute to the health of an urban park woodland community. Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Pre-registration required as space is limited.

'The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through May 28, 2018 - Midtown

A play that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure. Four of Keats' best stories are brought to life, including Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets make the 60-minute show fun for all.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Bryant Park
Through June 02, 2018 - Midtown

A romantic Bryant Park wedding develops into a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, full of madcap revelry and literary fantasy.

Part of the Bryant Park Picnics program.

Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through June 03, 2018 - Bronx

The Bronx Zoo is celebrating wildlife and the diverse culture of the Boogiedown Borough at a series of springtime events titled “Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo.” The series presents a variety of many cultural contributions that have resonated from the Bronx, including artists and performers in the realms of hip-hop, doo wop, and salsa. Even the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife will get into the spirit of the Boogiebown as they contribute their own artwork to the festivities to create original paintings.

Learning Through Art Presents A Year With Children 2018 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 13, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Originally conceived as Learning to Read Through the Arts, the program was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. LTA has encouraged curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative investigation at the museum, in the classroom, and beyond, serving nearly 150,000 children. In the 2017-18 school year, thirteen teaching artists facilitated sixteen residencies in eleven New York City public schools, working closely with classroom teachers to develop projects that promote visual literacy while exploring and making connections with ideas and themes related to the school’s curriculum.

The participating schools are: in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights); in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights); in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 and PS 375/Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Rego Park), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere).

Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room - The American Museum of Natural History
Through June 18, 2018 - Upper West Side

Swing by the museum on a Monday morning for an engaging story time with plenty of interactive learning. Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated single-file line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45am and 10:15am on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself.

'Neverland: Peter Returns' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
Through June 24, 2018 - Central Park

This Halloween adventure featuring favorite characters Hansel and Gretel dives into the children's lifelike dreams full of music and dancing with Central Park and the Belvedere Castle as the beautiful backdrop. This time, the brother and sister pair encounter lovable characters such as amazing mermaids, adorable monsters, swashbuckling pirates, charming vampires, and a fabulous witch.

Vital Theatre Company's 'Pinkalicious: The Musical' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through June 24, 2018 - Upper West Side

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.

MOCAKIDS Storytime - Museum of Chinese in America
Through June 28, 2018 - Chinatown

Come to the Museum of Chinese in America for stories, finger-plays, songs, and more in English and Mandarin. Interactive songs, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts will accompany this bilingual storytime. A lively 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration will enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary, both of which are important for a strong, growing reader. Appropriate for ages 3-6, but younger and older siblings are welcomed.

Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live - Riverside Park South
Through June 28, 2018 - Upper West Side

Moosiki Kids Musical Storytime fosters a love of reading at a young age with musical stories and sing-along encouragement on our comfy and danceable turf lawn by the big locomotive.

Saturday Sketching - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through June 30, 2018 - Upper East Side

An annual exhibition that presents art by students participating in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art (LTA) program. Originally conceived as Learning to Read Through the Arts, the program was founded in 1970 by Natalie Kovner Lieberman in response to the elimination of art and music programs in New York City public schools. LTA has encouraged curiosity, critical thinking, and collaborative investigation at the museum, in the classroom, and beyond, serving nearly 150,000 children. In the 2017-18 school year, thirteen teaching artists facilitated sixteen residencies in eleven New York City public schools, working closely with classroom teachers to develop projects that promote visual literacy while exploring and making connections with ideas and themes related to the school’s curriculum.

The participating schools are: in the Bronx, PS 86 (Kingsbridge Heights); in Brooklyn, PS 8 (Brooklyn Heights) and PS 9 (Prospect Heights); in Manhattan, PS 28 (Washington Heights), PS 38 and PS 375/Mosaic Preparatory Academy (East Harlem); in Queens, PS 88 (Ridgewood), PS 130 (Bayside), PS 144 (Rego Park), and PS 317 (Rockaway Park); and in Staten Island, PS 48 (Grasmere).

Show Up, Kids! - The Kraine Theater
Through July 01, 2018 - East Village

The main attraction didn't show up, but the kids still want to see a comedy show! So, improvisor Peter Michael Marino is gonna make one up on the spot and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? From the creator of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy "Show Up" comes a fresh, fun, interactive twist on the traditional kids show.

'Chalk' - Kraine Theater
Through August 11, 2018 - East Village

A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians, Chalk invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.

Molasses in January - Theater Center
Through August 31, 2018 - Midtown

"Molasses in January" is a charming historical fiction musical that is fun for the whole family, ages 8 and up. It tells of struggling Italian immigrants who are literally swept up in the Boston Molasses disaster of 1919. The play is similar to "Fiddler on the Roof" and performed in a traditional Broadway musical songbook style. 

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 01, 2018 - Upper West Side

Families with members on the autism spectrum can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the museum opens to the public.

Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Children ages 10–14 will take a trip through the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Access+Ability - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Through September 03, 2018 - Upper East Side

This powerful new exhibit displays products, projects, and services developed by and with people with disabilities—physical, cognitive, and sensory—that expand their ability to lead independent lives and engage more fully in the world. The Access+Ability exhibition features more than 70 works, from adaptive clothing and eating implements that assist with daily routines to apps and “smart” technologies that aid in social interactions and navigating the environment. A variety of interactive elements will be installed throughout the exhibition to engage visitors, underscoring the importance of prioritizing users throughout the design process.

Art on the Farm - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through October 13, 2018 - Randall's Island

Use the farm for inspiration for creating seasonal projects like nature printing, watercolor painting, nature journals, and more.

Urban Farm Exploration Days - Randall's Island Park Alliance
Through October 14, 2018 - Randall's Island

Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, fruit trees, fragrant herbs, and chickens too. Also, join for fun farm art projects on Saturdays from 2-4pm. Each month, the farm also hosts a free, drop-in workshop on topics ranging from gardening skills to cooking to crafts.

Hester Street Fair 2018 - Hester Street Fair
Through October 27, 2018 - Lower East Side

In its seventh year, the Hester Street Fair is part food court, part flea market, with rotating vendors in more than 60 spots almost every warm-weather weekend. Peruse handmade goods, creative products, and artisanal food, or participate in one of many workshops taking place. Weekly themes include Ice Cream Social, Tech, Vintage, and Harvest.

Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages
Through November 18, 2018 - Midtown

Allow yourself to be washed away in a bubble tide or perhaps even find yourself inside a giant bubble. Experience mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces that will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again. 

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep, Tato Laviera Theatre
Through November 24, 2018 - Harlem

The classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" is being performed by a multi-racial cast with a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.