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Events for Kids in New York City This Week - August 13-August 20

August 13, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Events for Kids in New York City This Week
Fun for kids and great ideas for parents can be found in City Guide's calendar listings. Whether it's a sleepover at the Intrepid, an exhibition at the Children's Museum of the Arts or the American Museum of Natural History, a scavenger hunt, a dropoff pajama party, or special arts and crafts afternoon at a museum, you can find it on City Guide's calendar.

Morgan Explorers: Family Drop-in Museum Experience - The Morgan Library
August 13, 2017 - Murray Hill

On the second Sunday of each month, families can enjoy a drop-in experience in Mr. Morgan's 1906 library. Discover art activities, handle touch objects, and get your questions answered by a Morgan educator. Learn more about the myths and stories on the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and get up close and personal with medieval bookmaking materials! Free with museum admission, no registration required.

Excursion to Children's Museum of the Arts - Children's Museum of the Arts
August 14, 2017 - New York

This week is dedicated to exploration through visiting the most celebrated educational institutions in New York City. Excursions will be to and from Pine Street School with transportation from DLA Limo. 10am-2pm options for parents who opt out of supervised travel. Children will explore layering textures, colors, and lines in a variety of mediums while promoting imagination through storytelling and music. Our activities will encourage self expression, socialization, and creative thinking. We’ll then tour the exhibit “Focus: Artist as Observer” an exhibition on view that explores the ways artists examine and celebrate various aspects of heritage, culture, neighborhood and personal identity. We’ll also have a Ball Play, lunch, Play at James J Walker Park, and We'll take a car ride courtesy of DLA Limo with Project Playdate Staff back to Pine Street School then snack!

Penny Jones Puppets - Hudson River Park
August 14, 2017 -

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! At Pier 62 in Chelsea

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
August 14, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Bubbling Babies 6-12 Months - JCC Manhattan
Through August 14, 2017 - NEW YORK

Enjoy an introduction to the water in this class full of songs and games. Classes will focus on comfort, breath control, visual and verbal recognition of people, and skill demonstrations.

2s Together (Drop-Off) Section 1 - JCC Manhattan
Through August 16, 2017 - NEW YORK,

Your toddler's first drop-off classroom experience features open-ended play, circle time, art and sensory exploration, movement, snack, and introductions to Jewish holidays and traditions. Our experienced staff will create an individualized separation plan for your child. Parents/caregivers will participate for the first sessions to aid separation. Dietary laws observed; all snacks are nut-free.

Ballet at the J! 2.5-3 Years (With Parent/Caregive - JCC Manhattan
Through August 16, 2017 - NEW YORK,

Get your child moving creatively! Children will be introduced to ballet positions and techniques through an innovative approach that encourages young dancers with big imaginations. Comfy clothes and barefeet suggested, leotards and bellet slippers welcome.

Lil' Athletes 2 Years - JCC Manhattan
Through August 16, 2017 - NEW YORK,

A perfect combination of Lil' Sports and Lil' Tumblers. Introduce your little one to the basic skills of baseball, tennis, and soccer with an added tumbling circuit to climb, balance, bounce, and swing. Classes teach athletic skill-building and motor development in a warm and caring environment.

Cookin' Kids (With Parent/Caregiver) Section 2 - JCC Manhattan
Through August 16, 2017 - NEW YORK,

SECTION 2 Arts + Ideas - culinary arts 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM $333 / $423 2-3 Years Children have fun as they peel, whisk, and stir their way through a variety of fresh ingredients, techniques, and vocabulary. They'll learn healthy eating habits, identify and reinforce speech, colors, shapes, smells, and motor skills in a nurturing and delicious environment. All recipes are nut-free; dietary laws observed. If your child has any allergies, please call Jen Cinclair at 646.505.4418 or Miriam Leviton at 646.505.5715 before the first class.

Little Maestros 2-3 Years - JCC Manhattan
Through August 16, 2017 - NEW YORK,

Award-winning Little Maestros takes children on a fantastic journey. You will love our musical story times, imaginative play, language development activities, puppet shows, and "bubble music." Join us as we make friends, create music, and share smiles. Featuring new songs each season.

Penny Jones Puppets - Hudson River Park's Pier 25
August 17, 2017 - Tribeca

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before!

Starfish 12-18 Months - JCC Manhattan
Through August 17, 2017 - NEW YORK,

Through games, songs, and basic swim movements, this parent/child class helps children discover how to move themselves in, out, and around the water, with parent and instructor guidance.

Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party - Kidville Park Slope
August 18, 2017 - Brooklyn

Join us for a three-hour drop off pajama party at Kidville Park Slope. Includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, The SMART Playbook leadership building curriculum and so much more!

Xanadu JR. Workshop - White Plains Performing Arts Center
Through August 18, 2017 - White Plains

Join White Plains Performing Arts Center Summer Theatre Academy as we roll our way into a magical time! Students spend their days with Academy Staff, learning about acting, singing and dancing while rehearsing their production. Students learn to apply theatre techniques towards their performance. Each session culminates with performances on the WPPAC stage. Xanadu JR. is inspired by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical and the Universal Pictures’ cult classic movie that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. Xanadu JR. is a moving, electrifying tale of endless fun that will keep audiences in stitches while the original, legendary chart-topping tunes lift them out of their seats. Xanadu JR. follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first Roller Disco. (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. This three week workshop meets July 31 – August 18 (M-F) and is o... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 19, 2017 - New York

Join us on a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for ages 10 and up! Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You'll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. This hunt references the books to provide a bridge to many wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Royal Stories - Metropolitan Room
August 19, 2017 - NY

ROYAL STORIES: A concert of original Drag Queen music and storytelling that will benefit the NYC chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour. Featuring the musical talents of: Rev. Yolanda, Candy Samples,and Ophelia Nightbird, with special story time by Ona Louise. Reservations Necessary: The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street NYC, 212-206-0440 or www.yolanda.net When: Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 4:00 PM (Doors open at 3:30 PM) Ticket Price: $30.00 - $435.00 Door Time: 3:30 PM Show Type: Singer / Songwriter / Storyteller Restrictions: $25 Menu Minimum Children Under 13: Free Admission. 1 Item Minimum 80% of the proceeds will go to DQSH. The money will allow us to bring DQSH to public schools and public libraries across the city. About Drag Queen Story Hour: Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, wh... (read more)

Reading Room Kids - Bryant Park
Through August 19, 2017 - New York

Summer Saturdays with stories, music, magic, and visits from favorite literary characters Join us in the Reading Room on Saturdays this summer for visits from favorite literary characters, story-telling, music performances, and magic shows.

Taiwan: A World of Orchids - Queens Botanical Garden
Through August 20, 2017 - Flushing

Visitors enjoy a stunning display, including over 250 pots containing exquisite Taiwanese orchids and a weekend-long celebration of Taiwanese culture.

ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems Exhibit - Liberty Science Center
Through August 27, 2017 - Jersey City

Is anything really as it seems? Don’t believe everything you see and hear in the world of ILLUSION – the new mind-bending exhibition opening at Liberty Science Center on February 4. Making its Northeast debut, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems provides perception-shattering insight into the human mind while playfully combining the techniques used by magicians and explored by psychologists. ILLUSION investigates how perception defines the way we see, feel, think and understand the world. Visitors will question their reality and their perceptions of the world as their senses become distorted and logical thinking mystified. Some of the experiences include: The Invisible Eye allows you to see an eyeball construct itself from thin air Gaze into a mirror and morph into your inner animal at All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures. Delicate Boundaries creates a space that allows the worlds inside our digital devices to move into the physical realm as bugs crawl off the screen and onto your body, Counter, using a trompe l’oeil effect, tries to convince us that a two dimensional object is actually three dimensional.

Storytime & Craft - Queens Botanical Garden
Through August 27, 2017 - Flushing

Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Recommended for ages 10 and under. Sponsored by the World Flower Children's Foundation. While supplies last.

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig Returns to Liberty Science Center - Liberty Science Center
Through September 04, 2017 - Jersey City

It’s A New Season of Excavation at Liberty Science Center as Jack Horner’s Dino Dig, Inspired by the Legendary Paleontologist, Opens July 1 For dinosaur hunters around the world, the start of summer means it’s time to get out of the lab and back into the field to make new discoveries. Liberty Science Center guests can begin their own new season of fieldwork as they excavate full-sized Cretaceous-era fossil replicas from 35 tons of sand at Jack Horner’s Dino Dig starting July 1. For the second year in a row, Liberty Science Center gives guests the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of legendary paleontologist Jack Horner, the inspiration of the Michael Crichton novel and Steven Spielberg film, “Jurassic Park.” Mr. Horner is lending his name to the activity to help inspire the next generation of scientists. “Every kid has imagined how cool it would be to dig for dinosaur bones,” said Paul Hoffman, LSC President and CEO. “Liberty Science Center is all about bringing science to life in fun, interactive, and compelling ways. With Jack Horner’s expertise to guide us, our ‘Dino Dig’ guests will see first-hand how exciting paleontology can be.” The exhibit has been ... (read more)

Hudson Riverkids - Hudson River Park Pier 45 and 46
Through September 14, 2017 - New York

Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each week! From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long! The 2017 season brings you MORE family fun than ever before! In addition to the Hudson RiverKids season running from May 22 through to Sept 14, these fantastic programs will be offered twice per week at two separate locations in order to give your community a better chance in catching the shows! This year the shows will take place at BOTH Pier 25 in Tribeca AND Pier 62 in Chelsea Please note the show times (below) as the shows at the start and end of the season will begin at 4pm, while the remainder of the programs will begin at 6:30pm. Your attendance at this event constitutes your permission to use your image in Hudson River Park print and digital promotional materials.

Family Bowl - Brooklyn Bowl
Through September 30, 2017 - Brooklyn

Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will also be available, as well as local brews & more!

South Street Seaport Museum: Sail New York Harbor Aboard Schooner Pioneer - South Street Seaport Museum
Through October 14, 2017 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum Sail New York Harbor Aboard Schooner Pioneer The South Street Seaport Museum announces the beginning of the 2017 season to sail New York Harbor aboard the historic 1885 schooner Pioneer. Public sails began on Saturday May 27, 2017. Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum's historic ships and exhibitions on the day of your sail. Just bring the ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! The Museum now offers later hours allowing visitors to see the Museum's exhibitions before or after their Pioneer sail.  The Museum's historic ships and main exhibition space will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-7pm from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.   Tickets for Pioneer are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/947114.   Pioneer is also available for charters. Bring friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues aboard for a private 2-hour sail on New York Harbor with striking views of the lower Manhattan skyline, Statue of Liberty and Governors Island. Customized scheduling and catering recommendations are available. Contact charters@seany.org for details.     ABOUT THE SCHOO... (read more)

Ed Center Open Hours - Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main Strait
Through October 31, 2017 - New York

Explore Brooklyn Bridge Park like never before during open hours in our Environmental Education Center.The Ed Center is open for free, drop in hours four afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10' scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more! Share all your Ed Center experiences on social media by tagging your posts with #edcntr.

Connected Worlds - New York Hall of Science
Through January 31, 2020 - Flushing Meadows, Queens

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will open Connected Worlds, its exciting and groundbreaking new exhibition on environmental sustainability, on June 27, 2015. Presented in NYSCI's iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds is a fully immersive, digitally rendered interactive experience where visitors are encouraged to explore the interconnectedness of different environments, learn about the importance of keeping systems in balance, and see how our individual and collective actions can have widespread impact. Through their gestures and movements, visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects, and see how human decisions affect the environment. "Connected Worlds reflects what NYSCI is all about – a playful hands-on activity, a focus on problem-solving, and deep engagement with a topic. Connected Worlds gives visitors confidence in their ability to effect change, and empowers them within a larger environment," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. "This leads to passionate learners – a hallmark of the NYSCI experience." Connected Worlds features gesture-based technologies that generate and project images onto seven massive screens. Six... (read more)

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