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StoryDance Playgroup - Downtown Dance Factory
Through May 03, 2018 - Tribeca
Walking tots and preschoolers are invited to take part in story time, a craft, dance games and activities, plus free play time. It's a great way for grown-ups to introduce their children to the wonderful world of performing arts in a nurturing and creative environment.
RSVP required. Space is limited.
Big Umbrella Festival - Lincoln Center
Through May 06, 2018 - Upper West Side
The Big Umbrella Festival is the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to performing arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Over the course of five weeks, the festival will offer a wide range of experiences, including three original interactive theater productions made for your family, as well as relaxed performances across the Lincoln Center campus. It will also feature a symposium and professional development opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and presenters interested in creating a learning community around neurodiversity and the arts.
Pinkalicious: The Musical - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through May 13, 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.
Second Sundays Dig Drop-In - The Jewish Museum
Through May 13, 2018 - Upper East Side
Kids discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the museum’s simulated archaeological dig. RSVP Recommended.
PJ Library Storytime - JCC Manhattan
Through May 14, 2018 - Upper West Side
Celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions through explorations, songs, and wonderful PJ Library books.
Art Explorers - The Jewish Museum
Through May 15, 2018 - Upper East Side
Preschoolers and their adult companions can explore Scenes from the Collection, the museum’s new collection exhibition, through themed tours and engaging gallery activities, followed by a visit to the museum’s art studio.
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.
'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.
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!
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.