Today's Family & Kids Activites in Bronx-Apr 13April 13, 2013 - by CG Directory Editor
There are many choices for families and children in New York City, and during the spring and summer NYC has many kids and family activities that include concerts, museum exhibitions, arts and crafts, nature walks in local parks, and many other outdoor activities. Here are some of today's kids and family activities in The Bronx, from nature hikes to kid-friendly performances!
Spring Fling Open House - Gate Hill Day Camp
Families are invited to tour the camp as well as enjoy an art project, face painting, camp games, carnival rides, and a special appearance by The Bossy Frog Band. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Family tours will be available all day. Rain date April 14. Reservations are required.
Margaret Bowland: Disturbing the Peace - Driscoll Babcock Galleries
Margaret Bowland's second New York solo exhibition of psychologically provocative paintings. Bowland draws upon legendary American novelist and social critic James Baldwin's rallying cry that, "Artists are here to disturb the peace," by creating a very personal series of works which questions societal expectations about gender, race and beauty. The majority of the works focus on JJ, Bowland's muse for the past five years. Now eleven years old and on the verge of adolescence, she prepares to face the challenges of adulthood. Upon her tiny frame, weighty universal issues are placed -- questions of identity, pressures of conformity, and ultimately a quest for acceptance.
Tales of Anansi - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
In honor of Earth Day, the environmental performance group Bash the Trash presents a storytelling concert that features Anansi the trickster, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore. African-inspired musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials accompany the stories, creating an afternoon that is both entertaining and educational. Recommended for ages five and up. Tickets: $7. 2pm.
Sixth Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Children and adults alike will enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and street performers at this free community festival, where interactive family activities highlight the need for creating a more sustainable future and caring for the earth. Free admission, no tickets issued. 3pm.
Cho-Liang Lin, violin soloist-leader with the Westchester Philharmonic - The Performing Arts Center
Cho-Liang Lin commands the music world's highest respect as both a violin virtuoso and a deft leader of chamber orchestras. He joins the Phil in both capacities with Vivaldi's masterpiece, 'The Four Seasons,' followed by Schubert's 'Polonaise.' Half-price tickets for children and students and also free open rehearsals before each concert. For more information about open rehearsals, go to westchesterphil.org/rehearsals.asp.
Diller-Quaile Rug Concerts - The Diller-Quaile School of Music
Engaging and interactive "rug concerts" designed for young children include singing, movement, and opportunities to play rhythm instruments. Each concert is different.
Rigoletto - Metropolitan Opera
Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960-an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke, Zeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau sings Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda. Michele Mariotti conducts.
Tot Shabbat Service - Montebello Jewish Center
Montebello Jewish Center invites families with young children to this monthly, Saturday morning "tot Shabbat" service. Through interactive songs, games, stories, and other experiences, young children will learn prayers, explore Torah stories and Jewish holidays, and have fun.
Diller-Quaile Rug Concert - The Diller-Quaile School of Music
Engaging 45-minute concerts designed for children ages 6 and younger include singing, movement, and opportunities to play rhythm instruments. No reservations needed, but space is limited.
Cinderella - BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center
Spend an afternoon with Cinderella, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, the fairy godmother, a handsome prince and a funny royal court.
Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Clinic - Belmont Lake State Park
Activities include open fishing, fishing instruction, fly casting demonstrations and fish cleaning services. Additionally, a display area will be set up by state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and local fishing clubs. Participants are urged to try their hands at fly casting, as demonstrations will be on-going. Loaner rods and free bait will be available to participants throughout the day. As the supply of loaner rods is limited, participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing tackle if they have it. Children’s activities also begin at 10 a.m. and will include an inflatable slide (weather dependent), the “Spring Fling” casting contest, as well as hands-on educational displays by the DEC’s Education Unit. Children participating in the casting contest will have a chance to win some great prizes, which will be supplied by DEC’s I FISH NY Program, OPRHP and The Natural Heritage Trust. The freshwater fishing license requirement for anglers age 16 and older has been suspended for this event.
Die Walküre - Metropolitan Opera
Approximate running time 5 hrs. 4 min. Robert Lepage's landmark production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is back for three complete cycles in spring 2013, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. In the second installment, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world. Deborah Voigt and Katarina Dalayman share the role of Brünnhilde and Mark Delavan and Greer Grimsley are Wotan. Stephanie Blythe, Martina Serafin, Simon O'Neill, and Hans-Peter König also star. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Strawberry Fields Beatles Brunch - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show STRAWBERRY FIELDS featuring former members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm Ticket includes All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet, Show, Tax and Tip $40 adv, $42.50 door STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 - Madison Square Garden
Over 30 of the world's greatest guitarists play sidemen to each other over two nights.
E.S.P. TV Live Taping - Museum of Arts & Design
E.S.P. TV's signature live taping event takes to the Theater at MAD for an evening showcasing the best in experimental video, performance, and music.
The Flatlanders - Carnegie Hall
Comprising three of Texas's most revered songwriters -- Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock -- The Flatlanders are an iconic country band that first collaborated in the early 1970s. They have reunited over the years for a string of well-crafted alternative country albums, including the latest, The Odessa Tapes, which was originally recorded in 1972 in Odessa, Texas, and thought to be lost.
Jazz-minh Moore: All Our Grandmothers - Claire Oliver Gallery
Thornton Willis - Elizabeth Harris Gallery
Zephyr Farm Horse Show! - Zephyr Farm Inc.
Join Zephyr Farm at their home show opener and learn more about what they have to offer. Founded in 1994, Zephyr Farm is a full-service equestrian training facility, owned and operated by leading horsewoman and trainer, Carla Sacco. The farm is located in Mahopac, New York, just one hour north of New York City. Whether you are an accomplished junior, amateur, adult, or beginner rider, the staff will hone your skills to help you achieve your riding goals. Riders of all levels are welcomed and are afforded the very best training by a staff of experienced, caring professionals committed to excellence in equitation, hunters, and jumpers.
New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers - Nassau Coliseum
Here's your chance to root for your favorite team. Watch them delight fans as they romp on the ice to settle old scores and win new victories.
Operation Slumber - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Join us aboard Intrepid for this once in a lifetime overnight experience and learn what it takes to live onboard an aircraft carrier! Plus, tour the Space Shuttle Pavilion and get a close up view of space shuttle Enterprise. You'll train like an astronaut and imagine what it would be like to be a space explorer!
Dog Tales! - Fairfield Public Library
Children will have the opportunity to read with Reading Education Assistance dogs who would like to listen. Each child will have 15-minute sessions over six weeks. Proven to build confidence and improve reading skills. Grades K-5. Special registration, by phone or in person only, is required for this program. Registration begins, Monday, February 18.
Laura Mcphee: Desert Chronicle - Bonni Benrubi
Dieter Roth - Bjorn Roth - Hauser & Wirth
An exhibition by the German-born Swiss sculptor, painter, printmaker, collagist, poet, diarist, graphic designer, publisher, filmmaker and musician.
Painted on 21st Street: Helen Frankenthaler from 1950 to 1959 - Gagosian Gallery
While Frankenthaler is recognized to be one of the great American artists of the twentieth century, this exhibition is the first in thirty years -- and the first in New York City in more than fifty years -- to offer a broad survey of this pivotal body of work. It brings together almost thirty paintings, including important yet rarely seen works from Frankenthaler's estate, and signature works from public and private collections.
Storytime - Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Nanuet
Stop by the store's children's department for a special storytime and a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and Benjamin Bunny) - CM Performing Arts Center
The story written by Beatrix Potter follows the adventures of the mischievous Peter Rabbit as he is chased about Mr. McGregor?s garden.
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Theatre Three
Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, the McGregors and all their friends come to life in this adaption of the story by Beatrix Potter.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND - John W. Engeman Theater
Mixing in a dash of popular culture to the original Lewis Carroll story brings this frolicking journey of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole to a whole new level. Join Alice and all her friends as you become part of the story.
Family Weekend Workshop - Migration Physics - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Today: in the Hudson Riverama, discover the structure and functions of feathers of migrating birds as they return to the Hudson Valley.
Children's Author Events: Herve Tullet - MoMA Design Store
Known as "The Prince of Pre-School Books," Herve Tullet makes a rare New York appearance with a presentation of his most beloved titles. His innovative books take the concept of reading to a new level, teaching young minds to think imaginatively, independently, and creatively. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Create Something Great Recycled Sculpture Art Reception - Portledge School
Portledge School and the Cradle of Aviation are proud to co-sponsor the third annual Create Something GreatSM Recycled Sculpture Contest. This contest is a hands-on learning experience for budding young artists across Long Island (in pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade) to pique their curiosity about transportation by air, land or sea. Students from across Long Island were encouraged to build sculptures designed around the theme of transportation, such as cars, boats, trains, submarines, space craft, etc., made out of recycled and/or reusable materials. The general public is invited to view all sculptures which will be on display. Award winners will be announced in three assigned age categories based on overall aesthetic value and creative use of recycled materials. All participants in attendance will be recognized and receive a certificate. Instructors from the Cradle of Aviation and Portledge Summer Adventures will host interactive workshops including make your own rockets, how things fly, living in space, eyes on earth, weather to fly by, Legos, and woodworking. The new Portledge Planetarium will also be open for visitors. Afterwards, award winning sculptures will be transported to the Cradle of Aviation for a mini exhibition open to the public from April 15 through April 20. This event is free and open to the public. Details about the contest and information about the reception are available at www.portledge.org/createsomethinggreat. This contest is open to students in PK-grade 6. Sign-up to submit an entry at www.portledge.org/createsomethinggreat. Drop off April 11-12.
Summer Adventures Open House - Portledge School
Come and learn about the summer programs offered, meet the instructors, and sample activities! Portledge Summer Adventures offers its participants highly personal programs that stimulate and engage children ages 2-15. Surround your child with fabulous instructors, a beautiful 60-acre campus, and a wide variety of dynamic offerings. Programs include: studio art, pottery, fashion illustration, woodworking, theatre arts drama program, ballet, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, Italian language , physics lab, chess, science adventure, Lego building, video game creator, Minecraft, online learning, SAT Prep, and much more. This is a drop-in event.
'Peter Pan in the Big Apple' - Joria Mainstage Theater
A modern musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, wherein the characters attempt to take on the Big Apple.
Bluebirds - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Learn about bluebirds and make a bluebird box to take home. Pre-paid registration and bird box pre-paid order is required. For adults and children ages 5 and older.
Nanuet Community Cleanup - Stop and Shop Parking Lot
Meet at the supermarket parking lot for refreshments and supplies. Rain date April 14.
One Fun Hundred - New York Transit Museum
Travel though 100 years of Grand Central history in this interactive game. Kids will use clues and solve riddles to make their way from 1913 to 2013, discovering fascinating facts, surprising secrets, and amazing anecdotes along the way.
Subway Safari - New York Transit Museum
Our favorite underground dwellers are back after hibernating all winter! Each week kids read and hear stories inspired by animals that make tunnels and travel under our feet, just like the subway, and make a craft.
Hot Peas 'N Butter - Symphony Space
Winners of the 2006, 2008, and the 2009,"Parent's Choice Awards," Hot Peas 'N Butter is a unique children's musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock. By combining an interactive, invigorating approach to performance with mature, multicultural music, Hot Peas 'N Butter has developed a distinct way of inspiring care and creativity in kids and adults alike. Visit hotpeasnbutter.com for more information and videos.
Adirondack Shakespeare Co. Presents Richard III - St. John's University (Queens Campus)
Richard shores up his claim to the throne by demolishing his enemies and his own family one by one. Savor his ambitious rise to “catch the English crown,” even as we acknowledge the crippled humanity of one of Shakespeare’s most brilliant villains. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.adkshakes.ticketleap.com Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end (R3, Act 4, scene 4)
Admissions Open House - Vincent Smith School
Success begings at Long Island's premier school that addresses the needs of reluctant learners and students with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language issues. Parents can meet the Head of School, administrators, teachers, students, and also tour the campus and learn more about the program.
Create Something Great Recycled Sculpture Art Reception - Portledge School
Portledge School and the Cradle of Aviation are proud to co-sponsor the third annual Create Something GreatSM Recycled Sculpture Contest. This contest is a hands-on learning experience for budding young artists across Long Island (in pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade) to pique their curiosity about transportation by air, land or sea. Students from across Long Island were encouraged to build sculptures designed around the theme of transportation, such as cars, boats, trains, submarines, space craft, etc., made out of recycled and/or reusable materials. The general public is invited to view all sculptures which will be on display. Award winners will be announced in three assigned age categories based on overall aesthetic value and creative use of recycled materials. All participants in attendance will be recognized and receive a certificate. Instructors from the Cradle of Aviation and Portledge Summer Adventures will host interactive workshops including make your own rockets, how things fly, living in space, eyes on earth, weather to fly by, Legos, and woodworking. The new Portledge Planetarium will also be open for visitors. Afterwards, award winning sculptures will be transported to the Cradle of Aviation for a mini exhibition open to the public from April 15 through April 20. To submit an entry, log onto www.portledge.org/createsomethinggreat. Entries must be delivered April 11-12.
Summer Adventures Open House - Portledge School
Portledge Summer Adventures offers its participants highly personal programs that stimulate and engage children ages 2-15. Surround your child with fabulous instructors, a beautiful 60-acre campus, and a wide variety of dynamic offerings. Programs include: studio art, pottery, fashion illustration, woodworking, theatre arts drama program, ballet, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, Italian language , physics lab, chess, science adventure, Lego building, video game creator, Minecraft, online learning, SAT Prep, and much more.
Open House - Nauraushaun Nursery School
Nauraushaun Nursery School invites parents of prospective students to learn more about the school's programs for 2 to 5 year olds including kindergarten enrichment and summer camp.
Linda Eder - 54 Below
One of the world's most beloved and versatile voices, Linda Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. 54 Below is delighted to welcome this celebrated songstress to our stage for six very special performances only. She's a best-selling recording artist with fourteen solo albums to her credit, but this April, get up close and personal with Linda in Broadway's living room. (No show 4/11).
Engineering Workshop with LEGO for kids! - Westchester Community College Center for the Arts
A one-day workshop using the LEGO building system. Kids will explore concepts in physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture, while playing with their favorite creations. Utilizing over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, the program strives to build students' problem-solving skills, foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children. Projects for the workshop will be selected by the instructor based on the ages, experience levels, and interests of the children.
Art for Families: Once Upon a Time: Stories and Art - The Noguchi Museum
Parents can engage with their children in discussions about art in the galleries, and work together or individually to make their own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Community Day - Westport Country Playhouse
Enjoy getting a behind-the-scenes look at the playhouse with tours and family activities.
Here's To The Ladies Who Bling and Swing - Flushing Town Hall
Celebrating Women In Jazz - this tribute concert with international recording artist, songstress Antoinette Montague and her Quintet honors iconic women in song: Etta Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, and many more! Vocals, Piano, Harp, Cello, Bass and Drums - an evening of joyful, swinging, emotional music.
'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.
Hands-on History: Make Me a Portrait - King Manor Museum
A picture can tell 1,000 stories, and every portrait tells a unique story all it's own. Have you ever made a portrait? Children can learn about the people and meanings in the portraits at King Manor, and then tell their story and show their creativity when they make their own special portrait.
Bluebirds in Hidden Valley - Teatown Lake Reservation
The old fields in Hidden Valley provide shelter and a plentiful source of food for our state bird, the Eastern Bluebird. After a short hike to look for bluebirds, return to the Nature Center to construct a bluebird box to put in your own backyard. Please note that this program is for families with children ages 6 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. One box per family.
Draw On Workshop - Loft Artist Association
This hands on event, in association with The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, invites children of all ages and their parents to participate. Paper and all kinds of drawing supplies are provided. The hallways of the LAA will be wrapped with paper so that anyone can creatively draw on the walls. LAA artists will also be on hand to answer questions and provide individual help. Drawings that remain with the LAA will be displayed in an exhibit called "The Drawing Show" opening May 10 and running until June 16.
Thumbelina - Ridgefield Playhouse
Thumbelina, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, follows the story of Thumbelina and her friends toad, fish, field mouse, mole and swallow as they experience a series of adventures in nature's tiny, enchanted world.
Polish Celebration! - Scarsdale Public Library
Enjoy a performance by the Polish American Folk Dance Company.
George Washington and the Civil War - St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
Dr. Anne Sarah Rubin addresses the intriguing question of what George Washington has to do with the American Civil War, exploring the ways that both the Union and Confederacy drew on the mythology and iconography of the Revolutionary war. An Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Dr. Rubin is President of the Society of Civil War Historians, and has written numerous works on the great national conflict, including the award winning, "A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868." Her address marks the 9th annual Aronson Memorial Lecture, named for a devoted volunteer in the 1980s and 90s. The site is open from 12-4pm.
Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show - Westchester County Center
The Stamp, Coin & Paper Money Show is now celebrating 49 years at Westchester County Center. There will be over 100 dealer booths including stamps, coins, and postcards.
International Gem and Jewelry Show - Westchester County Center
Exhibitors from around the World offer a huge selection of quality jewelry of all kinds including loose colored gemstones, fine finished jewelry, fashion jewelry, beads, and more. Enjoy discounts of 20-40% off regular retail price. Children under age 8 not admitted.
What Would You Love in 2013? - Somers Library
An architect needs to know what you want your house to look like before the builder can build it. Decide what you would love in areas of your life, and create your own blueprint for 2013. Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.
Meet the Author: Jo Pitkin - Somers Library
Award winning poet and Somers native, Jo Pitkin, will read from and discuss her new book "Cradle of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York." Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.
Bird Walk (Main Sanctuary) - Audubon Greenwich
Enjoy a bird walk in the Main Sanctuary. Morning bird walks are a spring tradition. Meet in Audubon Greenwich parking area on Riversville Road. No charge or RSVP required. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Loaner binoculars may be available. Questions? Call Ted Gilman at x230.
Vernal Pond Survey Hike - Audubon Greenwich
Hike to the Old Pasture Trail to examine vernal pools and look for evidence of breeding wood frogs and spotted salamanders. Ages 7 and up. RSVP to Ted at x230.
19th Century Dollmaking with Denise E. Allen - Katonah Museum of Art
Following Denise's unique style, create your own 19th-Century doll from quilt scraps, beads, and other found objects. Ages 12 and older, no sewing experience necessary.
Movies for Kids (and their Families) - 'The Inspector General' - Jacob Burns Film Center
A typically riotous Danny Kaye mistaken-identity comedy. He plays a shill in a traveling medicine show who is first arrested by officials in an isolated village and then mistaken for the authority figure of the title. Hijinks, Kaye's trademark nonsense songs, and slapstick comedy abound, and it's all tied up in a happy ending. 1949. 102 min. Not rated.
Caring for Trees in a Time of Climate Change - Greenburgh Nature Center
Recent hurricanes and super-storms have caused many trees to topple over or lose parts of their canopies. Scientists predict an intensification of such extreme weather events and conditions. International tree expert Frank Buddingh will teach participants how to support the overall health of trees, and to look for 'signatures' - the subtle signs that often indicate a tree needs structural attention. Early recognition of these 'signatures' allows us to take adequate measures to care for trees before weather brings disaster to trees and properties. Learn how to care for and protect the trees on your property. Program includes an illustrated talk and outside walk to study GNC trees. Raindate: Sunday, April 14 at 2pm.
FAMILY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
A live, interactive musical experience for the whole family. Sing, dance, jam and laugh out loud. Ages 1-5 years with an active grown-up. Registration required. Note new times!
BABY JAMS featuring Music for Aardvarks - Groove Performing Arts
You're up early, so you might as well be jamming! BABY JAM is the ultimate interactive musical experience for the littlest Aardvarks in the house. Don't expect all lullabyes and la-la-la...this Jam really rocks! Live music, pint-sized drums, easy-to-grasp shakers, and other music makers to keep busy baby hands happy. BABY JAM is also a great place for new parents who are living through the same sleep-free nights and baby milestones to meet one another. Proud grandparents and other grown-ups in the extended family are always welcome guests! For pre-mobile babies 3-12 mos. with an active grown-up.
Saturday Night Chillin' - Rosenthal JCC
Does your tween or teen need support negotiating the teen social scene? One Saturday night a month, they can hang out with other tweens and teens, enjoy a pizza dinner, and participate in a fun recreational activity, while gaining the skills needed to be a part of a social peer group. Intake interview required; call to schedule.
Family Art Project: Daffy for Daffodils - Wave Hill
Celebrate our flowering world by becoming a daffodil for a day. Make a hat or costume, complete with a fringed trumpet and circle of petals, and join in a parade of spring blossoms. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.
Health & Wellness Expo - Mercy College
Free health screenings. Learn from experts. Attend a seminar or workshop. Bring the entire family for a day of fun with kids' activities. More information about the schedule and participating sponsors at mercy.edu/healthexpo. ABOUT THE EXPO Mercy College's first annual Health & Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:30am-2:30pm on the Dobbs Ferry campus (555 Broadway). This multi-disciplinary health and wellness expo provided by the faculty and students of the School of Health and Natural Sciences and partnering agencies will feature free health screenings, interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops (see event activities). Main themes include 1) Fitness, Exercise, and Health for all ages, 2) Management of Special Needs or Chronic Conditions, and 3) Health Profession Careers. The expo will provide information and resources to the community to foster healthy lifestyles, increase understanding of health issues and risk factors, and enhance management of special needs or chronic conditions. The expo will feature keynote speaker Shannon White, an Emmy-nominated TV journalist, award-winning speaker, and author of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" and "How was School Today? Fine." At the same time, it is an opportunity to learn about careers in health by watching students and faculty in action, and by speaking with students or faculty in health profession programs. The Mercy College Health & Wellness Expo will set the foundation for healthy lifestyles for each and every community member. Note about Amenities: The event is wheelchair accessible. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided on campus. Mercy College's cafeteria will be open throughout the event. The full menu will be offered for purchase. Refresh yourself with lunch, coffee or a snack break while enjoying views that overlook the Hudson River. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Gone in 60 Seconds Book Club - Wilton Library
Is it possible to write and perform a 60-second version of a great book? Find out as you re-tell your own high-octane version of the best in children's literature. Participants will pick the most important scenes, characters and lines and then speed-read through the finished product. After you've learned how to edit, analyze, compromise and communicate, you'll use technology to enhance your literary skills by creating an animated mini-movie trailer of one of the 60 second extravaganzas. The book this month is Coraline by Neil Gaiman. No registration. For children in grades 4-6.
Saturday Family Program: The Iddy Biddies - Brooklyn Public Library, Central branch
The Itty Biddies' present an interactive, energetic show will take children on a musical journey around and outside America through storytelling and songs.
Children's Carnival - Queens County Farm Museum
Enjoy an good ole-fashioned carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, midway games, and prizes, hayrides, and children's entertainment, and more. Admission per person includes entry to the farm grounds and carnival rides at no additonal charge. Note: height rules apply at all rides.
Block Party - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Kids let their imaginations soar to new heights using a unique assortment of blocks. They can build an imaginary castle with foam blocks, map out a new neighborhood with wood blocks, or use cardboard blocks to create whimsical patterns.
Alphabet Adventures - Brooklyn Children's Museum
The A,B,Cs are fun, especially when you learn them among friends. Children will hear the story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and create a letter craft to take home.
Joan Soriano - Roulette
The Duke of Bachata! Raised in the rural area of the Dominican Republic, where he abandoned school and the farming life to pursue a career in music, Soriano, the seventh of 15 children, is bachata’s rising star. He croons tender, bittersweet ballads over feathery and rhythmic steel-string guitar melodies for a sound that feels at once modern and thoroughly old-world. Bachata beckons couples to rock side to side in accord, punctuating phrases with a tap of the foot and a pop of the hip.
Tales of Anansi - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Environmental performance group Bash the Trash presents a storytelling concert that features Anansi the trickster, one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore. African-inspired musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials accompany the stories.
Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival - Webster Bank Arena
Mickey Mouse and his band of friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy perform in a music mash-up. Concert goers hear greatest hits from the blockbuster movies, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story remixed to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country, and other jams.
Baby Bonanza - Alley Pond Environmental Center
In this program for 3 and 4 year olds, kids will learn about the baby animals that live in the park. They can enjoy a snack, sing songs, make a craft and play some games, and finally take a walk (weather permitting) and visit with APEC's live animals. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Participants must be toilet trained as this is a drop-off class.
Baby Bonanza - Alley Pond Environmental Center
Kids ages 5 and 6 will learn about the baby animals that live in the park. They can enjoy a snack, sing songs, make a craft and play some games, and finally take a walk (weather permitting) and visit with APEC's live animals. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Participants must be toilet trained as this is a drop-off class.
Up 4 Art - Staten Island Children's Museum
Kids create art inspired by the jazz music of Louis Armstrong.
Police and Emergency Workers Day - Staten Island Children's Museum
Children celebrate and learn about the work of our city's police and emergency workers.
Science Barge Opening Day! - The Science Barge
Enjoy some high-flying fun at The Science Barge Season Opening. The Science Barge, an award-winning, internationally recognized program of Groundwork Hudson Valley, will celebrate the American eel on opening day, Saturday, April 13 on the Hudson River waterfront in downtown Yonkers. Activities will include kite-flying, hunting for glass eels, build-a-boat, riding the Energy Bike to power light bulbs, and potting a hydroponic plant to take home. Enjoy lively music, cookies, and juice. Free walk-on tours will be offered from 2-6pm. The Science Barge, which operates as an environmental education center, is a sustainable urban farm powered by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels, and irrigated by rainwater. It is located at 99 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. For more information on Science Barge Opening Day 2013, call Groundwork Hudson Valley at 914-375-2151.
Family Disco Party - The Moxie Spot
Eat dinner and dance away to classic '70s disco/funk.
Shoe Obsession - Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Shoe Obsession examines our culture's ever-growing fascination with extravagant and fashionable shoes. Accessories used to be just that?secondary to clothing fashions. Today, however, shoes have become the main fashion story, replacing the "It bag" as the most desirable accessory. High-heeled shoes "the fashion shoes of the 21st century" have become so tall that even a 4-inch heel is considered "low." Shoe Obsession features over 150 examples of the most extraordinary shoe styles of the 21st-century, highlighting the new concepts, constructions, materials, and types of embellishment that have positioned shoes at the height of fashion. The popularity of designer shoes has grown rapidly. The television series Sex in the City, which was broadcast from 1998 to 2004, is often credited with helping to launch the cult for designer shoes. Who can forget Carrie Bradshaw's Manolo Blahnik pumps ? or her assertion of "a woman's right to shoes." Blahnik's popularity paved the way for other high-end shoe designers, a number of whom have become celebrities in their own right. Christian Louboutin's undeniably sexy shoes?with their signature red soles?have established him as one of the best-known footwear designers in the world.
Birding for Beginners With Dick Worth - Connecticut Audubon Society
Participants will learn the basics of bird identification, how to identify local birds and discover some of their interesting characteristics, their field marks, vocalizations, behavior, food and habitat choices. Register in advance by calling ext. 109.
Accessibility Day - Stepping Stones Museum
Free admission for families with children who have special needs. An Open Arms program.
Meet-a-Mutt – Mutt-i-grees® - Stepping Stones Museum
Enjoy a special canine storytime and discussion followed by a visit from a shelter dog. Pick up your "Mutt Hutt" keepsake and fill it up with a collectaible photo of this month's featured dog. Shelter dogs courtesy of P.A.W.S. Free with museum admission, but tickets required. Limited space. For ages 4 and older. Children under 4 may come to meet the visiting dog at 11:40 am.
Around the World Creative Kids: Island Instruments - Stepping Stones Museum
Discover the instruments of Trinidad and Tobago and make steel pan replica.
Family Day: Street Art - Bellarmine Museum of Art
Drop-in for craft activities, a child-friendly gallery look at artworks in the museum's galleries and for stories about great artworks and the artists who made them.
Puppet Workshop - The Center at Maple Grove
Kids can be a part of the Lion King and let their creativity roar! This event honors Bellerose Queens native, Shannon Tavarez, the Broadway actress who played Nayla from Lion King fame. Sadly, Miss Tavarez passed away in Nov. 2010. from Acute myeloid leukemia.
Dora the Explorer Live, The Pirate Adventure - The Showplace at The Bellmore Movies
Plaza Theatrical Productions, Long Island's largest touring theatre company, is proud to present Dora The Explorer Live: Dora?s Pirate Adventure. Dora, her best buddy Boots the Monkey, and the rest of their friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. Along the way, the audience will use their map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach the treasure. All ends happily onstage with a "yo-ho-ho!" The performance runs for one hour and is followed by a meet and greet with the cast. Birthday parties welcome. For individual and group ticket information and reservations, call Plaza Theatrical Productions at 516-599-6870, or online at plazatheatrical.com.
Arena Players Repertory Theatre Presents: Treasure Island - Vanderbilt Carriage House
Follow the adventures of young Jamie who falls heir to a treasure map and soon sails with his masters to Treasure Island with a crew of pirates chosen from the audience. Call to reserve seats. This program has been postponed until July. This program has been postponed until July. Please check the website for details.
Math Workshop - Science Math Learning
Interactive workshops to hone math and math problem-solving skills. Ideal for Grades 6-8. Call to register.
Reading and Writing Workshop - Science Math Learning
Interactive workshops to hone reading, writing and math problem-solving skills. Ideal for Grades 6-8. Call to register.
Saturday Night Dance Parties | Swing Dance - 92nd Street Y
Join us for a fun-filled night of swing dancing to live music from the '30, '40s and '50s, hosted by Myrna Caceres. No experience or partner required.
Dinosaur Dimensions! - Long Island Science Center
Learn about when giant reptiles ruled the earth through dinosaur- themed activities and crafts.
Applause Hip-Hop Night - Tenjune
Applause will be holding a private night of dancing and fun with its trained hip-hop staff at Tenjune for children in 5th-10th grade. Drinks and snacks will be served. Applause is the number-one rated, highly acclaimed NYC music and drama program for all ages.
Drop-in Art - City Treehouse
Play around the water table then join Courtney in the downstairs art studio for fun and easy art projects. Make something different every month using a variety of materials, including paint, crayons, recycled paper products, clay, glitter, and more.
Free Crafts for Kids - The Cupcake Corner
Bring your kids to this bakery/cafe for a free craft every Saturday and Sunday any time between 12-4pm. Reservations not required. Craft changes every week.
Tours for Fours - The Museum of Modern Art
Look closely at three to five works of art in the museum galleries, talk about what you see, and engage in drawing, movement, or writing activities. Kids and adults participate together. April's theme is "Brush, Pour, Splatter: Looking at Paintings." Kids must be four years old to attend this program. Younger siblings are allowed to accompany the group, but the participating child must be four. This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.
A Closer Look for Kids - The Museum of Modern Art
Share your ideas and participate in drawing, movement, or writing activities as you explore three to five works of art in the museum galleries. Kids and adults participate together. The theme for April is "Face Forward: People." *This program is free for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Additional adults $25, seniors (65 and over with ID) $18, students $14, member guests $5. *Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up; we recommend arriving a little before 10:00 a.m. All participants must be present.
Dog Days! - Old Westbury Gardens
Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers in a beautiful environment. Dog must be leashed. Meet dog exhibitors and vendors from 11am-4pm.
Oliver! - CM Performing Arts Center
The musical Oliver! vividly brings to life Dickens? story of the boy who asked for more. From the orphanage to the mean streets of London, the ever-optimistic Oliver strives to survive while encoutering such memorable characters as Nancy, Fagin, Bill Sikes and the Artful Dodger.
Garden Workshop: Container Vegetables - Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market
In honor of Earth Day, treat yourself and your kids to a lesson on how to organically grow some of your favorite veggies in a pot like potatoes, pumpkins, onion and garlic. Learn how to control diseases and insects organically, and what vegetables grow well together in pots and in the garden. Class fee includes one 12" pot filled with potting soil and one package of seed potatoes or onions. RSVP online.
Jack and the Giant - BroadHollow's Studio Theatre
In this musical version of Benjamin Tabart's classic English folk tale, the giant is making life pretty miserable for Jack, his mother and the entire kingdom. Jack is even forced to sell his beloved dancing cow for magic beans. And where does Jack go? Up the beanstalk and into the castle where he not only fights Gogmagog, the giant, but the malicious Troll as well. By the end of this special tale, the cow is returned, the chicken learns how to lay golden eggs and the good life returns to the kingdom.
Wantagh Park Family Festival - Wantagh Park
Stunning park setting, POP rides, international and festival foods. Visit local Wantagh merchants to pick up NEWTON SHOWS coupons.
'A Mermaids' Tale, The Family Musical' - Stage 72 @ The Triad Theatre
Based on the novel "The Sea Fairies" by L. Frank Baum, this exciting and entertaining family musical has been called "Oz Beneath The Sea" and is currently celebrating eight months off-Broadway. The music is catchy, the story keeps kids entertained, and there is a lot of audience participation.
Prospect Heights Craft Fair - P.S. 9
Come to the Prospect Heights Craft Fair on Saturday, April 13th from 11am to 6pm and explore a lovingly curated marketplace of independent artists and designers from Brooklyn and beyond. You'll find an extensive showcase of handmade treasures, such as stationery, textiles, artisanal food, jewelry, and so much more. Entry to the fair is free and fun for all ages. Munch, shop and don't miss out on our spectacular raffle. And for families, we will have kid activities from 12pm to 5pm. For only $5, your child can drop in (with or without a parent) to do arts and crafts, sing and dance, or hear a local author. Fun-filled kid times and guilt-free shopping – what could be better? Proceeds from the fair benefit the Arts Programs at Prospect Heights' very own public elementary school, P.S. 9. So you'll not only be taking home some truly great stuff, you'll be leaving behind support for a new generation of young crafters and performers. For more information, please visit: www.prospectheightscraftfair.com
Watson Adventures’ Fright at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt - Museum of Natural History
Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids ages 7 & up! If you enjoyed “Night at the Museum”, you’ll love this adventure, which features exhibits in the Museum of Natural History that inspired scenes in the hit movie. Kids and adults work together to take on a not-so-woolly mammoth with tooth trouble, a scary Easter Island statue, an attack by a monster whale, humongous warring mooses, dangerous dinosaurs and more. Please note that if you would not take your kids to see “Night at the Museum”, then you should not take them on this hunt. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, and vice versa—teams with only adults are not permitted on this hunt. Advance purchase is required. Prices include museum admission. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.
Nature Exploration (vigorous) - High Rock Park Ranger Station
Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest on this vigorous hike. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag lunch.
Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults in Central Park! See the best of the park and discover places you might never otherwise visit. Highlights include a bird sanctuary (find out why birds won’t go near it), the Carousel (featured in Catcher in the Rye), the Dairy (yes, kids could once get fresh milk there from farms outside the city), Strawberry Fields (almost named for Bing Crosby!), the Sheep Meadow (and, nearby, the former nightspot for the sheep, now Tavern on the Green), the Mall (intended to be the only straight path in the park), Bethesda Fountain and the Lake (made from a swamp). Along the way, you’ll uncover hidden messages, secret symbols, writing in the sky, movie and TV locations, hidden history and Balto the wonder dog. Advance purchase is required via http://www.watsonadventures.com. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.
Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults at the Met Museum! Fans of murder mysteries and "The Da Vinci Code" will enjoy this scavenger hunt throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out who dunnit. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission. Questions? 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.
A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor - The Town Hall
The live radio variety show created and hosted by Garrison Keillor returns to New York for it's annual month of broadcasts live from The Town Hall stage. A Prairie Home Companion has had plenty of adventure in the past 30-plus years —known for its musical guests, especially folk and traditional musicians, tongue-in-cheek radio drama, and Keillor's signature storytelling segment, News from Lake Wobegon.
Prospect Heights Craft Fair - P.S. 9
Explore a lovingly curated marketplace of independent artists and designers from Brooklyn and beyond. You'll find an extensive showcase of handmade treasures, such as stationery, textiles, artisanal food, jewelry, and so much more. kid activities from 12pm to 5pm for $5. Kids can drop in (with or without a parent) to do arts and crafts, sing and dance, or hear a local author.
Look and Listen - The Museum of Modern Art
Search for sounds in works of art, then put pastel to paper as you explore music and movement in this drawing workshop. You may sign up for one date and time per workshop. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids. Preregistration will take place online ten days before the first session of each program beginning at 10:30am. To receive registration and program information, sign up for the Family Programs E-news (moma.org/e-news).
Chinese Puppet Show - Planet Han Mandarin
Inspired by "Where's My Mommy" by Jo Brown, this puppet show was created to be full of Mandarin language and songs. This is a story about a little crocodile who wants to find his mommy. Children will watch the show, then join a teacher to make a puppet craft and learn to speak even more Mandarin.
Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers: Classic Tales & Rare Gems from Hans Christian Andersen with Mary Ann Schmidt, Ellen Shapiro, & Ron Sopyla - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Some of New York's most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North. The stories include classic tales and rare gems from Hans Christian Andersen with Mary Ann Schmidt, Ellen Shapiro, and Ron Sopyla. Saturday Morning Storytelling at Scandinavia House is made possible by support from DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged. The third installment of art workshops for kids with Pratt Institute art educators explores MUNCH | WARHOL and the Multiple Image. Working with several printmaking techniques, kids will, like the pop artist Andy Warhol, transform the images of Edvard Munch's Madonna, The Scream, and Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm with their own personal versions or interpretations of the original works. About the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute The mission of undergraduate Art and Design Education is the preparation of students of art and design as accomplished teachers of a diverse population of learners in urban schools, museums, early childhood, and community programs. Throughout the curriculum, practice is directly connected to, and supported by, pedagogical theory with an emphasis on reflection and the development of critical thinking skills. The department's graduates transform art classrooms into studios where students can discover their potential as learners. For more information, visit pratt.edu/academics/art_design.
FamilyDay@theCenter - Geodesic Dome - Center for Architecture Foundation
Learn about the unique structural form made famous by engineer and inventor Buckminster Fuller as the group works together to construct a 14-foot geodesic dome. Then create your own model of a dome or other structure, inspired by its wonderful geometry.
'Yawning Rabbit River Chronicles' Returns - Bank Street Bookstore
Readings, poems, music, and drawing oh my. So much can happen when "Yawning Rabbit River Chronicles" author J.L. Kimmel and illustrator David Ceccarelli are in town. J.L. and David return to Bank Street Bookstore to delight the audience with a book and poem readings, flute playing and a fun quick-draw activity with attending children.
Fractured Fables Puppet Theatre - Bank Street Bookstore
Come to an improvisational audience-participation puppet show with live music, where you choose which classic tales are retold with a twist of comedy. Each show is unique and features special guests.
Sammie & Tudie's Family Cabaret - The Metropolitan Room