Kids Theater in Manhattan Week of September 10

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Theater for Kids in Manhattan Check out these free and low-cost family and children's theater performances playing the week of September 10 in Manhattan. See if your favorite play or musical will be in town and get all the details on the performance, or just browse the theater listings to find a fun new show that your family can go see together. In the warmer months, you may also find outdoor concerts and performances, including outdoor movies. Whether you live in Manhattan or will just be visiting during the week of September 10, you'll find plenty of entertainment in the theaters. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Manhattan, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Adventures in Color - Children's Museum of the Arts
September 10, 2012 - West Village

Your child can explore the world of color through a variety of 2D and 3D projects every Monday.

Creative Dance Open Houses - Community Room at Westbeth Center for the Arts
September 10, 2012 - West Village

Rachael Kosch teaches creative dance classes with live music by Michael Kosch at Westbeth Center for the Arts. Join the celebration on Sept. 5 and Sept. 10 as children's dance expert Rachael Kosch kicks off her brand new classes in the West Village. At 3:45pm children ages 3-5 will take a free half hour class and at 4:15pm children ages 6-9 will have their turn as parents observe. Refreshments will be served while you talk with Rachael and Michael Kosch. This will be a modern/ballet based class with live music by classical composer Michael Kosch. The basics of classical ballet, musicality, the ideas of Modern Dance pioneer Martha Graham, and movement derived from the imagination of the students are the main ingredients of this fun yet disciplined class. Ongoing classes will continue at the same time throughout the season. To reserve your space and for any questions call 212-566-3097 or email

Fall 2012 Free Week - Kidberry
September 10, 2012 - Harlem

Kidberry hosts a week of fun, free classes so families can see the space, meet the teachers, and check out the activities. There are different classes for different age groups offered throughout the day; call for class schedule.

9/11 Commemoration - St. Patrick's Cathedral
September 11, 2012 - New York

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, conducted by its artistic director and founder Francisco J. Nunez, returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral for its annual concert to commemorate the many lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Hosted by the Reverend Robert T. Ritchie, the concert also features the Cathedral Choir of St. Patrick conducted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual.

2012 Table of Silence Project 9/11 - Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza
September 11, 2012 - Midtown

The Table of Silence Project 9/11 is a multi-cultural prayer for peace realized through a transcendent ceremony for 100 dancers, swathed in white, that realizes the vision of choreographer Jacqulyn Buglisi and artist Rossella Vasta. The site-specific work is titled after Vasta's installation of 100 terracotta plates arranged around a symbolic banquet table uniting humanity. Buglisi transforms the concept into a moving meditation, a poetic call for tolerance and peace in our world. The Table of Silence Project 9/11 had its first presentation on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and was presented on the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. BDT partnered with The September Concert and Dance/NYC to be the voice of the NYC community of artists in all its diversity. Participating were both professional dancers and students from NYC's premier conservatories and studios: The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, National Dance Institute, the Martha Graham School, Steps on Broadway, and Peridance Ensemble, among others. This global tribute was broadcast via live stream and can be viewed at Spectators may join the dancers in a ritualistic exercise: enveloped in silence for one minute, they turn their wrists with open palms and extend their arms slowly to the universe. With echoes of the flautist's act of taking breath, dancers rise and exit in a unified silence, creating a transcendent experience that gives voice to those who have lost their own.

Free Demo Class - Broadway Presbyterian Church
September 11, 2012 - Morningside Heights

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.

Bereavement Support Group: Parents Who Lost a Child -
September 11, 2012 - Midtown

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, is starting up monthly support groups in New York City for bereaved parents, facilitated by a licensed social worker.�If you are interested in attending or for more information, call executive director Karen Flyer at 516-484-4993. The groups are free, but advanced RSVPs are mandatory.

Tea Time on Tuesdays - Prenatal Yoga Center
September 11, 2012 - Upper West Side

Meet fellow moms, moms-to-be, and teachers to get to know the yoga community. Tea will be served.

Free G&T Parent Seminar - FasTracKids
September 13, 2012 - Upper West Side

With the G&T testing season around the corner, FasTracKids will be holding free parent seminars with an expert guest speaker in early September. The seminar will cover what G&T programs are and where they are available, what will be covered on the new tests, how to prepare your child, and many more issues related to this topic. Pre-registration is required; call 212-737-3344.

Baby Fingers Baby Sign Language Free Trial - Karma Kids Yoga
September 13, 2012 - West Village

Don't miss this free trial class with your infant. Learn American Sign Language through songs and play with other parents and babies or toddlers. Go home each week with new vocabulary and new tunes to enhance communication between you and your child. Whether you intend to incorporate sign language in your life for the long term or simply during this pre-verbal/developing verbal time, watch in awe as your baby or toddler discovers the world of language. See the research come to life, as music and sign language both aid in the development of language and literacy. Reservations are required; call to sign up.

Manhattan Free School Information Session - Manhattan Free School
September 13, 2012 - Upper East Side

Learn about the school's approach to education: students and staff govern the school, and students have the freedom and responsibility to chose what, when, and how to learn, in an age-mixed environment. Because students design their individual educational path, classes develop around student interest, with advisers to assist students as desired. RSVP required.

Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess - Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Statue
September 14, 2012 - Morningside Heights

Be your favorite game piece as you navigate the chess board from inside at the Human Chess games, where chess becomes a team sport. All levels welcome.

Game On @ Tompkins Square - New York Public Library - Tompkins Square
September 14, 2012 - East Village

Join in on the fun as you and your friends play Wii games.

Family Workshop: Make Your Own Silhouette - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
September 15, 2012 - Bronx

Using a simple technique, participants young and old will create greeting cards and frameable pictures with cut-out profile portraits, while learning about 19th-century silhouettes in the fall exhibition, "Shade and Shadow." Space is limited; registration required. Suitable for ages 7 and up.

Moey's Princess Ball - Bloomingdale's
September 15, 2012 - Upper East Side

Calling all Princesses! Dress up in your sparkly finest and rock out with mommy rocker Moey at Moey's Princess Ball to celebrate back to school and the release of "Princess Revolution!", Moey's Music Party's new CD. Moey's Princess at Ball at Bloomingdales will feature a "Princess Rock Star" concert by Moey's Music Party, face painting with Face Art by Melissa, balloon creations by the Ballooniac, and princess presents for all the kids. The most enthusiastic dancing princess in the crowd will win a free Princess Revolution! CD.

'A Separation' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
September 15, 2012 - Upper East Side

See a free screening of "A Separation" at the 73-seat High Definition Theater. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Remaining tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening on a first come first served basis. Admission will be closed to ticket holders 15 minutes after the screening begins. In "Separation," a married couple (Peyman Moadi and Leila Hatami) are faced with a difficult decision: To improve the life of their child by moving to another country, or to stay in Iran and look after their father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi) who has Alzheimer's disease. (Rated PG-13, 123 minutes).

'Dora The Explorer: Double Feature' - Sony Wonder Technology Lab
September 15, 2012 - Upper East Side

See a free screening of "Dora The Explorer: Double Feature" at the 73-seat High Definition Theater. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday beginning two weeks prior to the date a screening is scheduled by calling 212-833-8100 and selecting option 3. Remaining tickets will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the start of the screening on a first come first served basis. Admission will be closed to ticket holders 15 minutes after the screening begins. In "Dora the Explorer: Dora's Dance to the Rescue," a mean dancing elf tricks Swiper and traps him in a bottle. Dora and Boots must move and groove their way to Juan El Bobo's Castle to win "One Big Wish" to save Swiper. In "Dora the Explorer: Rescue, Rescue, Rescue," Dora and Boots race to everyone's rescue: Baby Jaguar is stuck in a tree, Isa is stuck in a sand hole, and Benny is stuck on top of Gooey Geyser. Rated G, 48 mins. After the screening attend the Family Workshop: Dance, Dance, Dance!

New Members Open House - My Gym UWS
September 15, 2012 - Upper West Side

My Gym will be showcasing class gymnastics stations and elements, providing fall class promotions and raffling off a free premier birthday party each hour. RSVP at 212-724-3400,, or Space is limited.

'99% Reduced Fat, or, You Can Bank On Us' - St. Marks Church
September 16, 2012 - East Village

This production, by the Theater for the New City, will tour city streets, parks, and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs from Aug. 4 to Sept. 16 in free performances. The company's 36th annual street theater musical, the saga is one of a gang member who learns to fight for his community and morphs into a civic leader. The tough young man named B.C., known for stealing tires and bullying store owners, falls for Suzy Freedom, a young activist in Zuccotti Park. Guided by her dreams, he abandons hooliganism to become a community organizer.

Adventures in Color - Children's Museum of the Arts
September 17, 2012 - West Village

Your child can explore the world of color through a variety of 2D and 3D projects every Monday.

Child's Play Open House - Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House
September 17, 2012 - Upper East Side

Visit this open house for the Child's Play "Mommy & Me Toddler Playgroup" and "On My Own Drop-off Playgroup." Reservations required: call 212-879-2019 or email

CMA's Free Art Island Outpost - Governors Island
Through September 23, 2012 -

With a programming emphasis for children ages 1-12 years, participants can choose from a variety of hands on art projects and art-viewing experiences, including artist-led workshops, self-guided art stations, large collaborative projects, sound design, animation, podcasting, and more. Additionally, select artwork from CMA's permanent collection of over 2,000 pieces of children's artwork will be on display in building 14 and select children's made films from the unique Media Lab collection will be screened in building 11. Each day a guided workshop will accompany the collection exhibit and film screening to further enrich the art and film viewing.

'Mu-Math' Interactive Installation - Bldg. 315
Through September 30, 2012 - Governors Island

Opening Memorial Day weekend, Street Math Investigations (SMI-NY) will mount "Mu-Math," an installation of brain-twisting, hands-on math activities on Governors Island for its summer 2012 season. Mu-Math stands for Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, and the Greek letter "mu" (pronounced "mew") is commonly used in mathematics to identify specific constants and variables; it is also reminiscent of the term "New Math" which ushered in a new era of mathematics education during the 1960s. The exhibit is appropriate for families with children ages 6 and older. Created by mathematics educator Robert Berkman of Brooklyn, the Mu-Math exhibits use interactive hands-on materials to engage children and adults with various kinds of mathematical challenges using the life of New York City as a backdrop. For example: What's Your Subway’s Number? Arrange the iridescent subway cars in a tunnel to figure out the identity of the mystery car. On the Street: How should that street furniture be arranged? Use the clues to figure out the correct order. A Walk Around the Block: Participants navigate through a 100-square-foot floor maze using only right turns to find their way out. Find Your Fare: Using the clues provided, move your magnetic pedestrians around the streets and avenues to reach the ultimate goal: hailing a cab! While the Mu-Math exhibits are self-guided, there will always be a docent on hand to answer questions, explain how to use the materials, and even give hints. A "Mathematical Tour" of Governors Island will also be available as a downloadable podcast that will guide visitors around the island with a special mathematical perspective on its history, geography and art. Visitors will be able to download the podcast after June 15 at

Hunt's Point Farmers' Market - Msr. Raul Del Valle Square at Southern Boulevard and E.163rd Street
Through November 17, 2012 - Bronx

Featuring fresh, local produce Find fresh local apples, radishes, beets, eggs, meats, multi-grain breads, pastry, honey, chutneys, pickles, cider, and much more. EBT accepted.

GreenMarket Farmers' Market - The New York Botanical Garden
Through November 21, 2012 - Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh, nutritious baked goods, and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season. Hear "what's fresh" at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Open every Wednesday, through November 21, at the base of Library Allee inside the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance. Free admission and parking to shop at the Greenmarket.

Sha'Baby Shabbat - Romemu
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

Sha'Baby engages your child's special energy to warm him/her up for creating sacred time during Shabbat. Dancing, laughing, praying, and singing are all a part of this special Shabbat service.

The Cultural Sunday Kidschool and Bar and Bat Mitzvah Programs - City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
Through December 31, 2012 - Upper West Side

This class allow youngsters to connect to their Jewish heritage from a secular perspective. Two Sundays a month, children ages five and up have fun exploring Jewish history, traditions, holidays, culture, and ethics. The innovative Bar/Bat Mitzvah program involves classes and an individual mentored journey to discover roots, connections, and beliefs.

Shababa™ Saturday Mornings with Karina - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Celebrate the joys of Shabbat with the Shababa™ community in this intergenerational family Shabbat experience including singing, art projects, playground visits, holiday themed celebrations, and more. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.

Shababa™ Saturday Club - 92Y
Through May 25, 2013 - Upper East Side

Let your child explore and expand their connection to Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and Jewish values in a warm, informal communal setting. The staff will engage them through creative and traditional approaches. Saturdays, ongoing, 10:30am-12pm.