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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Manhattan-Jan 19

The options for finding fun family activities in New York City are limitless. Below we've compiled the best of today's events. Whether your family prefers music and museums or theater and libraries, check out today's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar! Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Crafting for Corduroy with Project K!D - Museum of the City of New York
January 19, 2019 - East Harlem

Join our special guest Amanda Kingloff, founder of PROJECT K!D, for a crafty program inspired by the exhibition A City For Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York. Amanda is the former lifestyle director at Parents magazine and current contributor to various national magazines. Visit the exhibition for inspiration, then get hands-on with Amanda to learn a DIY project to decorate your home. Each family will take home a free copy of Don Freeman's Corduroy. Registration suggested, but not required.

Open Studio - Whitney Museum of American Art
January 19, 2019 - New York

For families with kids of all ages Drop in every weekend to try a different art-making project inspired by what’s on view at the Museum. Meet at the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center on Floor 3. Open Studio will be closed on December 22, 23, 29, 30. Programming will resume on January 5. Free with Museum admission—skip the line and buy your admission ticket online in advance! If you have questions about upcoming tours, please call Family Programs on 212-570-7713 or email familyprograms@whitney.org.

Have You Met the Clarinet? Flatiron! - PMT Dance Studio
January 19, 2019 - New York

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: My City, My Song - Carnegie Hall
January 19, 2019 - Midtown

Vibrant New York City–based artists perform in My City, My Song, a colorful, participatory experience that provides children with the opportunity to discover music from different parts of the world that can be found right in their own city. Magda Giannikou presents Greek folk music, Yacouba Sissoko shares Malian traditional music, and Falu Shah performs the intricate melodies of Indian classical music. Free pre-concert activities take place in Zankel Hall one hour before the performance, and will prepare you and your child to sing and dance along with the artists.

Family Day: Building Bridges - Center for Architecture
January 19, 2019 - Greenwich Village

New York City has many fascinating bridges, from the historic Brooklyn Bridge to more contemporary examples. What kind of bridge would you design for NYC? Families will learn about different types of bridges and how they work, then create their own bridges to span one of NYC’s rivers, canals or busy streets. Family Day Programs are designed for children ages 5 – 13 years old, accompanied by an adult. By registering for this course you are accepting our Photo Release. CANCELLATION POLICY: Registration is non-refundable. 

Key to the City: A Family Resource Fair - P.S. 4 Duke Ellington
January 19, 2019 - Washington Heights

The New York Immigration Coalition is partnering with City Council and the Mexican consulate to offer a family resource fair. There will be free immigration legal aid provided by the New York Legal Assistance Group, as well resources for healthcare, education, finances, and other services. The event is free and open to all.

Just Kidding: 'Go Home Tiny Monster' - Symphony Space
January 19, 2019 - Upper West Side

One day, Sylvie and her family of handmade creatures suddenly find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out. Go Home Tiny Monster features The Gottabees’ trademark mix of puppetry, joyously absurd silliness, physical theater, live music, and surprising poignancy.

Free Trial Music Together Classes - Morningside Gardens
January 19, 2019 - New York

Come and join the fun of music making with your baby, toddler or preschooler. Adults, regardless of their musical ability, can help create an environment that supports children in achieving basic music competence. Children of mixed ages participate at their own level by singing, moving, chanting, listening, and exploring musical instruments. Parents and caregivers participate with the children and receive music development information about their own child. Together, music allows for fun and family bonding.

Family Day: Building Bridges - Center for Architecture
January 19, 2019 - New York

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History - American Museum of Natural History
January 19, 2019 - New York

Join us on a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for ages 10 and up! Embark on a wizarding adventure at the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll search for exhibits that echo characters, places and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Be prepared to track fantastic beasts through a forbidden (rain)forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons and more. This hunt references the books to provide a bridge to many wonderful exhibits. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Family Fun: Warhol's Portraits - Whitney Museum of American Art
January 19, 2019 - Meatpacking District

Floor 3, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center

For families with kids ages 6 and up

This event series invites families to create hands-on art projects inspired by discussion and activities in the galleries. Visit the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again to learn how Warhol represents himself and others in his iconic portraits! Then create your own artworks in the studio.

Postcards and New York - The Skyscraper Museum
January 19, 2019 - New York

Why do people buy postcards of buildings? Kids will learn the history of picture postcards, and how they are related to the history of the New York Skyline and how they helped make the New York City skyline famous. Then kids will design and write their own postcards featuring their favorite New York buildings. Ages 6+. RSVP required.

Grand Master Susan Polgar 13th Annual Scholastic World Open - Robert F Wagner Middle School
Through January 21, 2019 - New York

Below is the schedule for the event. Please visit our website for prices. Friday 18th - Simul Opening Ceremony at Friar's Club by Invitation Only Saturday 19th - Grades 9-12 Play 3 Rounds from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. G45, 5-second increment. At 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm is the Puzzle Solving Contest. At 6:00 pm is the Blitz Championship. Sunday 20th - Grades K-8 Play 5 Games from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. G25, 5-second increment. Grades 9-12 Play 2 Rounds at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm. G45, 5-second increment Buffet Dinner with GM Susan Polgar ($27) Monday 21st - Susan Polgar World Open Fun & Training™ Camp from 8:45 am to 5:15 pm. at Robert F. Wagner Middle School

Living History: Founding Black Harlem - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through January 21, 2019 - Upper West Side

This weekend, visit early 20th-century Harlem and chat with its leading residents! In conjunction with Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, meet Living Historians portraying Madam C.J. Walker, the women she trained in her salon school, and other movers and shakers, like soldiers from the 369th Regiment, who came to be known as the Harlem Hellfighters in the First World War. Learn about Walker’s life as a successful businesswoman selling hair products and creating hair styles (she became a millionaire from it!) and explore the life of Vertner W. Tandy, who served with the Harlem Hellfighters and became New York’s first black registered architect!

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All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - The New York Botanical Garden
Through January 21, 2019 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure.

Winter Games - Battery Park City Parks
Through January 23, 2019 - Battery Park

Keep active outdoors and play soccer, flag-football, hockey and more; organized by Ballfields staff or play on your own. Equipment provided. For ages 7 and older. No session January 21st. 

Baby Storytime - New York Public Library Countee Cullen branch
Through January 25, 2019 - Harlem

Babies from birth to 14 months old (prewalkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Shababa Fridays - 92nd Street Y
Through January 25, 2019 - Manhattan

Children, parents, grandparents, and nannies are all a part of our Shababa Friday family. Join us for this playful and soulful experience of singing, dancing, jumping, and celebrating as a community!  This is a drop-in class, no registration required, payable at door. Credit cards and Shababa cards accepted. We cannot accept cash payment at the door. If you have registered online, please present email confirmation at door. This event is first come, first served. Please arrive early to ensure entry.

Chess Club for Teens and Tweens - Chatham Square Library
Through January 26, 2019 - Chinatown

Are you a tween or teen who loves chess? Or are you a tween or teen who loves chess and wants to learn how to play better? Or are you a tween or teen who does not play chess but wants to learn? Come to our Tween and Teen Chess Club! We meet every Saturday, from 1pm to 3pm , on the 1st Floor of the Chatham Square Library. An experienced chess player will be present every week to provide assistance.

Read-to-Skate Storytime - Bryant Park
Through January 27, 2019 - Midtown

Read books and earn a free skate with Cali Co Cat & Pals. Plus, free books at every event, while supply lasts.

Family Storytime - New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through January 27, 2019 - New York

Join us for stories and songs. For children ages 3-8.

Family Sundays: Sprouting Sculptures - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 27, 2019 - Flatiron

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults.

Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves - Galli Theater
Through January 27, 2019 - Chelsea

"Open Sesame” — With this words, the poor woodcutter Ali Baba opens a mysterious mountain and finds great treasure. He takes a small part of the treasure with him to live a better life. But when his rich brother Kasim finds out about it, he also wants part of the treasure… But the 40 robbers surprise him and his greed becomes his fatality. A charming fairytale by Johannes Galli after the story of 1001 nights!

Game On! Gaming for Teens and Kids - Chatham Square Library
Through January 28, 2019 - Chinatown

Have you got gaming moves? We've got two Wii's and a PS3, and we want YOU to show off your skills with the controller and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Who knows, you might make new friends, too! Also board games (chess, checkers, Connect Four, etc.). And if you are a beginner, we can help get you started! No session on 1/21.

Preschool Story and Fun Time - New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through January 29, 2019 - New York

Stories, songs, and participation activities for children ages 3-5.  

Toddler Storytime - New York Public Library Countee Cullen branch
Through January 29, 2019 - Harlem

Toddlers from 18-36 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Sing! - 92nd Street Y
Through January 30, 2019 - Manhattan

Join Rebecca Schoffer and Parenting Center staff for a fun and interactive sing-a-long of old time favorites, folk songs and childhood classics. This is a drop-in class, no registration required, payable at door. Credit cards and Shababa cards accepted. We cannot accept cash payment at the door. If you have registered online, please present email confirmation at door.

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through January 31, 2019 - Upper West Side

Drop in to try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross-stitchers will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs – make a handcrafted gift for someone! Younger kids may also enjoy coming along and contributing to our community weaving using recycled fabrics and ribbons.

Toddler Storytime - New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through January 31, 2019 - New York

Walking 1-2 year-olds and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, and fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. The line for tickets (10:15 session) begins at 9:30 on the ramp at the 42nd Street door. Once 10:15 tickets run out, we begin distributing tickets for the 11:15 session.  

Mozart for Munchkins presents Rise and Shine! - Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center
Through February 01, 2019 - Upper West Side

'Awake' by K. Lorrel Manning - The Barrow Group
Through February 08, 2019 - Garment District

K. Lorrel Manning’s timely new play AWAKE boasts a cast of 16 people from all walks of life engaging in intimate, often life-changing, conversations around the polarizing issues of the day: race relations, gun violence, police brutality, immigration, and more. AWAKE, captivating as it is provocative, puts its finger on the pulse of America’s division and asks, “What do you believe?”

'The True Story of Little Red'/'La Verdadera Historia de Caperucita' - Teatro Sea
Through February 09, 2019 - New York

This bilingual musical play tells the classic fable, but with a comical twist. A Latina Little Red/Caperucita and the wolf trade places, which leads audiences on a journey full of surprises.