Things to Do With Kids in Manhattan on October 20
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Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil as depicted in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
NEW YORK VIRTUAL VOLCANO OBSERVATORY - Governors Island
Through October 27, 2019 - New York Harbor
New York Virtual Volcano Observatory brings the experience of exploring a volcano to Governors Island. Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers and kid-friendly activities.
Touch volcanic rock (lava from New Jersey!) and examine rock crystals under a microscope.
Listen to the sound of the volcano, through recordings of actual eruptions and the music it inspired.
Explore volcanoes from across the world and close to home through virtual reality interactions.
Stargazing - The High Line
Through October 29, 2019 - Meatpacking District
Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights.
Stargazing at the High Line takes place every Tuesday, beginning at dusk, between Tuesday, April 2, and Tuesday, October 29.
Wetherby-Pembridge School Open House - Wetherby-Pembridge School
Through October 30, 2019 - Upper East Side
Join us on Tuesday 8 October at 9am for an Open House and learn more about Wetherby-Pembridge. Meet Miss Kate Bailey, Head of School, and other members of the team to gain more information about the school's vision, ethos and curriculum. We look forward to meeting you!
GirlStories - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through November 01, 2019 - Manhattan
GirlStories is a free after school program for girls and non-binary artists ages 12-15 that empowers them to become makers and individuals, and encourages them to bring their unique perspectives into fields that are lacking a female voice.
In practice, students will explore various forms of art making to develop an artistic identity and personal voice to share their unique experiences. GirlStories will expose the participants to the work of other women artists in disciplines that include: filmmaking, performance art, writing, illustration, and sculpture. The program will include visits from guest artists and hands-on experience with techniques, processes, equipment and technologies used in making art.
Boo at the Zoo - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2019 - Bronx
The Bronx Zoo is the place to be when Halloween is around the corner. This year's Boo at the Zoo has family favorites like magic shows, costume parades, pumpkin carvings, a candy trail, a bird meet and greet, animal treats, crafts, and mentalism shows, plus the Dinosaur Safari exhibit. Taking place weekends throughout October.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS
MathPlay - National Museum of Mathematics
Through November 14, 2019 - New York
MoMath is delighted to announce that preschool specialist Ms. Lisa will be hosting the new MathPlay program for children together with their caregivers. Recent studies have shown that a child's math skills upon entering kindergarten can be a strong predictor of future academic performance in both math and reading throughout the elementary grades. Math learning promotes working memory, improves attention, and increases other basic cognitive skills. MathPlay offers the opportunity to listen to math-themed stories and have fun exploring the concepts behind them. Engage your toddlers and preschoolers in playful activities to help them develop a strong foundation in math. Children will participate in songs, stories, and activities tied to a different theme each week. Patterns, shapes, numbers, and more - MathPlay is a great way to enrich your child's day with mathematical inspiration. Adult registration is not required, but a caregiver must be present during each session. Program registration includes free Museum admission. MathPlay runs on Thursdays, from September 12 through November 14. Sessions are 30 minutes long.
Alice in Wonderland the Musical - The Players Theatre
Through November 17, 2019 - New York
This Alice dazzles the eye and the ear. The New York Times Nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award Description: Tumble down the rabbit hole with the wonderfully, wild, wacky and whimsical cast of characters in the new musical and world premiere of Alice in Wonderland by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell. Frolic with Alice as she dances her way through Lewis Carroll's legendary tale. Meet the White rabbit - if you can catch him! Don't forget to bow to the Queen of Hearts or she'll chop off your head - oh my! 60 minutes of marvelous mayhem set to music played by a live percussion ensemble. It is sure to be a mad tea party and you're the guest of honor!
The Sound of Color Series: Musical Gallery Tour + Art Workshop - The Jewish Museum
Through November 20, 2019 - New York
Isadora Duncan Dance Classes for Children - McBurney YMCA
Through November 20, 2019 - New York
Isadora Duncan Dance Class - McBurney YMCA
Through November 20, 2019 - New York
Play N Go™ Friday - PS 87
Through November 29, 2019 - New York
SEE KEHINDE WILEY’S FIRST MONUMENTAL PUBLIC SCULPTURE RUMORS OF WAR IN TIMES SQUARE - Broadway Plaza
Through December 01, 2019 - New York
Inclusive Sundays for Children with a Physical Disability - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 01, 2019 - Manhattan
This weekly drop-off course encourages young people to collaborate and get creative in both Fine Arts and Media Arts. Students are given the space to be independent from their parents, and activities are adapted to accommodate the specific abilities of each child. Students will explore the practice of combining various distinct visual art media, such as paper, paint, textiles and sculpture, with new technology in our media lab such as animation, sound art, and photography. The class will also discover and discuss the work and techniques of notable mixed media artists. Students host exhibitions and visit other NYC cultural spaces on field trips.
CMA’s Inclusive Sunday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with physical disabilities and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are supported by Evaluators licensed in Occupational Therapy. This program is based on a class-like model in which the Teaching Artists and specialists work to facilitate the group experience, with a keen eye towards the special needs of the participants. At the heart of all of our inclusive programs is socialization, benefiting all participants.
Bring Ya Mamma Stand up Comedy Show - Village Lantern Comedy Club
Through December 01, 2019 - New York
Bring Ya Mamma - Hosted by super comic Eugene Barnes. This is a fun show featuring comics telling jokes and that's about it. Just a club comedy show experience for all ages. Comedian material is G to PG rated. The first Sunday of each month at 2pm at the Village Lantern Comedy Club in Greenwich Village. A new lineup of comics each month so come again!
Studio Sundays - Museum of Arts and Design
Through December 01, 2019 - Midtown
Stripes stART for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 07, 2019 - Manhattan
Led by our renowned stART Studio Teaching Artists, this engaging and fun bimonthly class encourages children to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with their siblings and caregivers.
CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism. Registration required.
Petits potes - French Institute: Alliance Française
Through December 12, 2019 - Midtown
Lenfest Kids: H2O - Lenfest Center for the Arts
Through December 14, 2019 - New York
Stripes Media Lab for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through December 14, 2019 - Manhattan
This free monthly class uses art and technology to build peer-to-peer relationships and digital storytelling skills. Families will look closely at an artwork for inspiration for their collaborative film clips. Students will experiment with animation and sound techniques while exploring different art mediums. Registration required.
CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism.
Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place
Through December 14, 2019 - Financial District
Sundays: Dig-Drop In - The Jewish Museum
Through December 15, 2019 - New York
Discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the Museum's simulated archaeological dig, open on the second Sunday of each month through December 15th.
Kids 'N Comedy - Gotham Comedy Club
Through December 15, 2019 - Chelsea
Every month Kids ‘n Comedy presents a showcase of our best and brightest teenage stand-up grads at Gotham Comedy Club in Manhattan. We won’t ask you to wear a tie. In fact, we hate ties. Nobody wearing a tie is allowed in. Come see the funniest young comedians in New York, and even get the chance to tell a joke yourself, live on stage.
Also, if it’s your birthday, we’ll give you a shout out on stage, and do our best to make all of your friends really jealous. KIDS ‘N COMEDY is a great place to bring a birthday party (just make sure you give us 3 weeks notice.)
Appropriate for ages:
9yrs – really, really old.
$15 Cover + 1 item minimum per person
Lunch menu is available and served during the show.
All shows are on Sunday and start at 1pm
BeBox Kids Art - JCC Harlem
Through December 18, 2019 - New York
Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 20, 2019 - Upper West Side
On Friday mornings during the school year, children 2–5 years of age are invited to join us for storytime. Visit each week to learn about a highlighted topic in natural science or culture. There is a period of free play followed by a story, song and visit to a related Museum hall.
Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a designated single-file line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:05 on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions take place at 10:10 and 11:00, most Friday mornings during the school year.
The line forms on the east side of the plaza and is indicated by a sign in the doorway. If the line gets long, please curve up the sidewalk towards Central Park West. Any remaining tickets will be distributed from the Discovery Room itself. All visitors must also have general admission tickets to enter the building.
Shalom Sing-A-Long - Congregation Or Zarua
Through December 23, 2019 - New York
Start your little one's day the happy & healthy way with song, dance, stories, bubbles, puppets, instruments, & more! Parents, grandparents and caregivers join us as we learn simple Hebrew, Jewish values, and favorite tunes!
Toddler Storytime in Nolen Library - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 24, 2019 - Upper East Side
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. For families with children ages 18 months–3 years. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Saturday Sketching - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 28, 2019 - Upper East Side
Feeling inspired? Art materials are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk for exploration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural shapes and spaces.
Open Studio - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through December 29, 2019 - Chelsea
Get creative in the Whitney's Hearst Artspace! Make your own art inspired by works on view in current exhibitions. Each week the museum offers a different project. Floor 3, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. For families with kids of all ages.
Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Upper East Side
For families with children ages 3 and older. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at this drop-in studio art-making program.
Sundays: Studio Art Sessions - The Jewish Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - New York
Explore new themes every Sunday until December 29th in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.
Intrepid Adventures - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through December 29, 2019 - Hell's Kitchen
Intrepid Adventures are enrichment programs designed to provide children ages 5–12, their siblings and parents/caregivers an opportunity to have fun and learn together. Each Adventure is inspired by a Museum exhibition. Programs are one hour and free with Museum admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the hangar deck.
Space is limited. Register in advance.
'The Wizard of Oz': A Jazz Musical for All Ages - Harlem Rep/Tato Laviera Theatre
Through January 11, 2020 - 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.
The Wizard of Oz: A Jazz Musical For All Ages - Harlem Repertory Theater
Through January 11, 2020 - New York
Junior Keepers - Central Park Zoo
Through January 12, 2020 - Upper East Side
Roll up your sleeves and get messy! Jr. Keepers will get up close to animals and see what it takes to be a keeper at the Central Park Zoo. Each session focuses on a different animal and includes creating some early morning enrichment for them.
Big Apple Circus - Lincoln Center
Through February 02, 2020 - Upper West Side
BIG APPLE CIRCUS is thrilled to announce their 42nd season, celebrating the heartbeat, everyday delights, and spirit of New York City with astounding talent from around the world, led by Brooklyn-born singer and Ringmaster Storm Marrero.
World-renowned for its intimate and artistic style, BIG APPLE CIRCUS is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats from performers with incredible real-life stories. The circus continues a long-standing tradition of inclusivity, highlighting the finest talent from around the globe for an equally diverse audience.
Featuring a magical set design touching every corner of the tent, Season 42 is ready to transport audience members upon entering, in addition to incorporating them into the theatrics of the pre-show experience. This year’s brand-new cast of performers were chosen as much for their astonishing talent as they were for their unique backstories and ability to define BIG APPLE as a circus of the 21st century. Led by the trailblazing, body-positive, Afro-Latina ringmaster Storm Marrero, the inspiring, super-hero acts - including multiple extraordinary New Yorkers - are:
- A hand balancing duo of superhero level strength and agility Rafael Ferreira with partner Alan Pagnota in DUPLA MAO NA RODA in an unforgettable strongman routine highlighting the indomitable nature of the human spirit
The New York premiere of “America’s Got Talent” finalists SAVITSKY CATS, which consist of Svitlana, Marina, and Misha – and their ten adorable and wildly talented housecats
New York comedian AMY GORDON, who has travelled the world hilariously slaying audiences in 6 different languages
THE EXPLOSION DUO – the wildly fun act that defies gravity with an exacting precision most Broadway belters would kill for - finds Cuban natives Abel Driggs and Daniel Bridon Benitz swinging from a freestanding vertical pole with speed, grace, and a bit of Spidey-sense.
THE ALIEV TROUPE, composed of internationally acclaimed acrobats specializing in the spectacular art of aerial acrobatics and the Russian Barre
The TRICK RIDERS Caleb Carinci & Renny Spencer, and their horses – ready to take NYC commuting to new heights
The fastest feet north of FiDi, 79-year old comedic acrobat, NYU and Julliard Professor Hovey Burgess
More wired than the tour guides in Times Square, LOPEZ TROUPE on the hire wire
The DUO STRAP act featuring Maryna Tkachenko & Tetiana Yudina
Jayson Dominguez dominates his WHEEL OF DEATH
New Yorker and International Juggling Association Gold Medalist KYLE DRIGGS who invented umbrella juggling
And a mother/son directorial team – Cecil MacKinnon & Jack Marsh who directly reflect the circus’ core foundation of family, legacy, and creativity.
Circus of the Senses (December 5th and 6th) offers special enhanced inclusive experiences for audiences who are deaf, blind, low vision and more. The performances feature ASL interpretation, Live Audio description through infrared headsets, pre and post show tactile experiences and both braille and large print programs.
For one night only (December 5 at 5:30PM) there will be a completely empathetic and immersive experience where audiences will enjoy a 3-course dinner and the show – all while wearing a blindfold. The performance is full guided, audio described, and will provide the audience with the incredible perspectives afforded only to the blind.
Sensory-friendly Autism performances (October 26 and November 1st at 11 am ) feature lowered light and sound levels, a complete social story available for download with a descriptive picturebook showing the different areas and acts involved with the circus, a professionally staffed “calming center” and additional support that can be accessed at any point during the show.
As part of the Circus for All initiative, eighteen performances throughout the fifteen-week run will offer $10 tickets for every seat in the house to underserved schools and community groups. In addition to the tickets, BIG APPLE CIRCUS offers a complete study guide highlighting both CORE and STEAM curriculums for the students to learn about science, history, geography, and more first- hand as they experience the BIG APPLE CIRCUS.
Tales from the Shed - Founders’ Hall The Wetherby-Pembridge School
Through May 09, 2020 - Upper East Side
T. rex: The Ultimate Predator - The American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2020 - Upper West Side
Second Saturdays Trailwork Party + Bike Share at Highbridge Bike Park - Highbridge Park
Through September 10, 2022 - Washington Heights/Bronx
Dig, then ride with us on NYCMTB's monthly welcome days at Highbridge Park in Manhattan!
Bring your friends and family for a day of fun in the woods and learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America! There will be light trail maintenance tasks for all ages from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All participants, NYCMTB members, or anyone with logged volunteer hours, receive a free 20-minute clinic and a guided ride throughout the trails from 12:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m. Bikes and helmets provided!
Highbridge Park is the home of NYC's first Mountain Biking Course. The 3-mile course offers trails of varying difficulty from intermediate to expert and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a dirt jump park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels. The course has been featured in national media and is stewarded by volunteers just like you!
Make this day your introduction to the park, or to the sport of off-road cycling. Interested volunteers are encouraged to participate regardless of age, ability or gender. There is something for everyone at Highbridge - It's NYC's bike park!
Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellant, and sturdy shoes or boots.
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