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Today's Family & Kids Activities in Manhattan-Mar 22

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!

Early Literacy: Baby Storytime - New York Public Library - 115th Street branch
Through March 22, 2019 - Upper West Side

Babies from birth to 24 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

The Mar Vista: In Search of My Mother’s Love Life - Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center
Through March 23, 2019 - New York City

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep/Tato Laviera Theatre
Through March 23, 2019 - Harlem

"The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical for All Ages," with its timeless score and eternal allegories, is a magical experience for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. Based on MGM's classic motion picture, the stage version mounted here follows John Kane's adaptation for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which is based on the book by L. Frank Baum, with brilliant songs by lyricist E.Y. ("Yip") Harburg and composer Harold Arlen. Thanks to work of dramaturg Deena R. Harburg, President of the Yip Harburg Foundation, in association with acclaimed librettist Arthur Perlman, New York audiences have a chance to see the show sharpened to more of the original vision of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, who was an unashamedly progressive thinker. The cast is multi-racial and features Latino, Black and Asian actors, fulfilling Yip's vision of a multicultural universe. Dorothy, played by Taylor-Rey Rivera, is interpreted as a modern girl and future leader who is growing to realize the confidence she possesses. Her three Land-of-Oz friends — the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion — are envisioned as people of great potential who only need to actualize the heart, brains and courage they already have.

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition - Symphony Space
Through March 23, 2019 - Upper West Side

The Valentina Kozlova Int'l Ballet Competition welcomes 100+ dancers from around the world, who will dance before a distinguished panel of judges for contracts and scholarships to international companies and dance academies. The daily rounds will take place March 19-21; Finals on March 22; Presentation of Awards and Gala Performance on March 23rd. Admission prices vary for the events.

Premiere of: Galli's 'Puss in Boots' - Galli Theater
Through March 24, 2019 - Tribeca

A miller’s son inherits a cat and soon comes to find out he has a true friend by his side. The Puss in Boots has a plan to turn the ordinary miller’s son into an extraordinary prince!

Amore Opera Will Present English Version of Mozart’s Classic: 'Così Fan Tutte' - Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church
Through March 24, 2019 - Morningside Heights

Continuing their 2018-19 season in spring, Amore Opera will stage a new two-hour-long, English version of Mozart's classic: Cosí fan tutte. Adapted into English and condensed, The Amore Opera Cosí fan tutte, an English version of one of Mozart's most well-known works, will be a perfect introduction to the fun and beauty of opera. Kids of all ages are welcome to the show, and this intimate production will run at Harlem's Riverside Theatre.

“Adaku’s Revolt” at Abrons Arts Center - Abrons Arts Center
Through March 24, 2019 - New York

Okwui Okpokwasili 'Adaku's Revolt' - Abrons Arts Center
Through March 24, 2019 - Lower East Side

As part of Tilt 2019 Kids Festival, MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili presents an important theater experience that tells the story of a young black girl who summons her inner strength to revolt against imposed beauty standards and wear her hair naturally.


Creator and performer Okpokwasili and designer and director Peter Born collaborate on an interdisciplinary approach towards examining gender and culture through this captivating performance. The name Adaku, in the Igbo language spoken in Okpokwasili’s native Nigeria, means “one who brings wealth to the family.” In this narrative, Adaku’s wealth lies in protecting the precious landscape of her hair from existential threats. Often a young black girl with un-straightened hair is perceived by society as exuding signals of rebellion, unruliness, madness, and ugliness. Adaku’s Revolt tackles what it might mean for a young girl to feel healthy and free from pain, even if she risks being ostracized.

Show times are as follows: 

Thursday, March 14 at 4:30pm
Friday, March 15 at 6:30pm
Saturday, March 16 at 3 & 6:30pm
Sunday, March 17 at 3pm

Friday, March 22 at 6:30pm
Saturday, March 23 at 3 & 6:30pm
Sunday, March 24 at 3pm

Sing! - 92nd Street Y
Through March 27, 2019 - Upper East Side

Join Rebecca Schoffer and Parenting Center staff for a fun and interactive sing-a-long of old time favorites, folk songs and childhood classics.

Women of the Revolutionary War - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through March 30, 2019 - Financial District

Celebrate Women's History Month with this docent-led public tour of women who played key roles during the Revolutionary War — from patriots and loyalists to African American and Native American women whose future and security were caught in the cross fire. The tour runs every Saturday in March starting at 1pm. 

Sunday Story Time - New-York Historical Society
Through March 31, 2019 - Upper West Side

Children ages 3 to 7 are welcome to gather for a special story time where they will hear stories and poems, sing songs, and make a craft. The program ordinarily takes place every Sunday, but because of other March activities, will be hosted on March 3, 10, and 31. 

Family Sundays: Handmade Hues - The Rubin Museum of Art
Through March 31, 2019 - Chelsea

Sundays are for families at the Rubin Museum — this months' theme is Handmade Hues, where children and adults can come celebrate the holiday of Holi and make art in the Education Center. Construct your own handmade paper using the bright and vibrant hues of Holi and stick around for the 2pm family exhibition tour. 

'Johannes Dokchtor Faust' - Theater for the New City
Through April 07, 2019 - East Village

NEW YORK, January 27 -- To update one of its perennially popular productions and share it with a wider audience, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) will re-imagine its "Johannes Dokchtor Faust, a Petrifying Puppet Comedye," translated and directed by Vit Horejs, March 21 to April 7 at Theater for the New City. This classic of the Czech marionette repertoire is traditionally used to make fun of a king or a local mayor. The company's adaptation was initially developed in 1990 and its topical references will be updated to current times. The staging incorporates age-old technical tricks of Czech puppetry, including fire and thunder, hellish gargoyles and underwater creatures. The script is the first definitive American translation of the classic Czech text by the author known today only as "A.B." The production was developed by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater between 1991 and 1994 and it became a favorite and definitive part of its repertoire.