Today's Family & Kids Activites in Manhattan-Aug 1August 1, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor
|NYC has thousands of things for families and children to do, and during the spring and summer, the city has activities that include museum exhibitions, concerts, arts and crafts, sports, nature walks in local parks, and many other outdoor activities. Here are some of today's kid-friendly activities in Queens, from performances to exhibitions!
Storytime Fitness & Fun - City Treehouse
Join Steve Ettinger, children's author and fitness expert, as he reads his new picture book, "Wallie Exercises." Kids can follow the lovable but lazy dog Wallie as he learns about staying active from an exercising elephant. After the reading, everyone will participate in the silly exercises from the story and speak about fun ways to stay fit and healthy.
Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Sabor Brasil - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
A lakeside performance featuring Brazilian jazz music. A few chairs will be provided and guests are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic lunch.
Summer Family Gardening Workshop - Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum
Children will learn why gardens were so important during the 18th and 19th centuries through time spent outside in the mansion's historic sunken garden studying nature, planting, and watering seeds. Children will make journals, leaf rubbings, terrariums, and other projects they will get to take home with them at the end of the week. An adult learning partner is required.
Summer Craft Fun - 67th Street Library
Kids can learn about gytaku, Japanese fish painting and nature prints, in this special craft program. Preregistration required; space is limited.
"Sweet and Stinky" - New York Botanical Garden
Kids follow their noses to the Family Garden where they'll discover aromatic alliums such as onions and garlic, and herbs like basil and oregano, ripe for summer. Cooking demonstrations tickle taste buds, and green thumbs can pot herbs to take home. Through August 5.
Moey's Music Party - Cedar Hill in Central Park
Every week is a different theme - children don sombreros for Fiesta Parties, cowboy hats for Wild West Parties, and tiaras and crowns for Prince & Princess Parties. Kids explore instruments that relate to each theme and each class features singing, dancing, bubbles, scarves, pompoms, and party favors.
Private Picassos Art Classes - Strand Bookstore
Mini Matisse's will get inspiration through the artwork of fine artists and children's literature, then make masterpieces of their own.
'Brain: The Inside Story' - American Musem of Natural History
Explore how the brain — a product of millions of years of evolution — produces thoughts, senses, and feelings; experience how the brain is continually changing at different stages of life; and discover how new understanding of the workings of the brain may help scientists repair and reverse declines in brain function. Through August 4, 2011.
Sandbox Programs - Central Park Playgrounds
Select Central Park playgrounds will feature music, dance, and storytelling programs for children ages 3 and up. Go online for locations.
Theatreworks USA Presents 'The Yellow Brick Road' - Lucille Lortel Theatre
An all-new salsa- and merengue-infused musical inspired by "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre box office starting one hour prior to show time.
'Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra' - The New York Botanical Garden
The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra — the legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain — are re-imagined in a large-scale, multipart exhibition.
Colors 'a la Cart' - The Morgan Library & Museum
Families are invited to explore a collection of natural dye sources, centuries-old dyeing recipes, and paints made from natural dyes in this program presented in collaboration with the exhibition "Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands."
Meaningful Maps - Rubin Museum of Art
Families will use a treasure map to search for hidden secrets throughout the museum, learn about the kinds of maps people make in the Himalayas, create their own maps, and plot a path to one of their favorite places.
'Pinkalicious, The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
In this one-hour musical, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
Game Days - West Harlem Piers Park
Enjoy free game equipment, including lawn bowling and a giant tic-tac-toe board.
Story Time & Kitchen Play Date - Taste Buds
In this drop-in program, kids can enjoy a free storytime at 4pm, then color a masterpiece or get cooking (choose from three unique recipes each week; $20 per culinary creation).
Spanish Storytime - Ottendorfer Public Library
An interactive storytime for speakers of Spanish, English, or both. Children and caregivers are encouraged to participate.
'Happy Feet' 4-D Experience - Madame Tussauds New York
Journey to Antarctica to meet a lively colony of Emperor Penguins faced with a diminishing food supply. Mumble sets out on an adventure to appeal to the better nature of humans and tries to reason with them to stop stealing the fish. Using courage and bravery, the banished Mumble soon realizes that his toe-tapping talent isn't a burden, but a gift to be treasured - and his dancing feet may ultimately save his endangered colony.
Tar Beach - 14th Street Y
Can't make it to the beach? The Y's rooftop will be open for sunbathing and relaxing. Bring your own towel, sunscreen, and bottled water (no other food or beverages permitted).
The Yak Packers: Early Childhood Art - Rubin Museum of Art
Children ages 2-4 and their adult companions look, touch, and explore together, then create projects inspired by Himalayan art.
Family Story Tours - Rubin Museum of Art
In this fun and interactive tour, kids ages 5 and up will listen to the stories paintings and sculptures tell and learn how the works of art were made.
The Little Explorers Club: Travel the World Together! - Rubin Museum of Art
Children ages 3-5 explore a new terrain, from the tops of mountains to the depths of the seas. They'll pack their bags, share stories, inspect artwork, and create crafts from around the globe.
"Flowers to Fruits" - New York Botanical Garden
Nature exploration activities teach kids about pollinators that help flowers become fruits. Make a Nature Field Notebook and discover the diversity of flowers and pollinators inhabiting the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Create a pollinator puppet, pot a plant, and visit the pond to spot frogs, turtles, and other wetland wildlife. Through September 2.
Rockefeller Center Farmers' Market - Rockefeller Center Plaza
Rockefeller Center will once again be home to the famous midtown greenmarket. Each week, the Plaza will be brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, and baked goods, all from regional farmers.
Mary Poppins - New Amsterdam Theatre
See the magical Broadway version of the classic film.
"Sing a Song of Freedom: The Story of Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty" - Ellis Island Immigration Museum
A half-hour play dramatizing how the writer's poem "The New Colossus" transformed the beloved Statue of Liberty into a symbol of welcome.
Cirque du Soleil Presents 'Zarkana' - Radio City Music Hall
This epic spectacle features 71 international artists and follows Zark, a magician on a quest to find his lost powers. Along his journey, audience members are plunged into a fantastical and suspenseful world inhabited by surreal and mesmerizing creatures who perform highly-acrobatic feats to original live music and interactive multimedia elements.
The Berenstain Bears Live! in 'Family Matters: The Musical' - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Watch Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear as they sing and dance their way through a few life lessons. Face painting and photo opportunities with the Bears follow each performance.
"The Magdalene: A Musical Play" - Theatre at Saint Clement's
A contemporary musical about Mary Magdalene and her powerful relationship with the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. This ultra-progressive story is inspired by the recent discovery of alternative biblical gospels - "The Gnostic Gospels." In this passionate musical about religion and sacrifice, Mary and Yeshua are destined to become husband and wife, and face together the dangerous and corrupt powers of the time - the Roman Empire and the church - battling not only new religious ideas, but also the opposition to empowering women.
Harlem Meer Performance Festival - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Now in its 18th summer, the Central Park Conservancy's Harlem Meer Performance Festival features the best in local, established, and emerging artists in the genres of jazz, Latin, gospel, blues, and world music. Some chairs are provided, or bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy the music from one of the Park's nearby lawns.
'Harry Potter: The Exhibition' - Discovery - Times Square Exhibition
Experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films displayed in settings inspired by the films sets. While touring through the exhibition space, discover iconic items such as Harry's original wand and eyeglasses, the Marauder's Map, Gryffindor school uniforms, and costumes worn at the Yule Ball.
'Portraits of Flight: Celebrating 100 Years of American Naval Aviation 1911-2011' - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The museum, along with the American Society of Aviation Artists (ASAA), celebrates 100 years of American Naval Aviation with a new artistic exhibition that includes 24 paintings.
'Farm to Table' - New York Botanical Garden
Introduce youngsters to the source of favorite foods through play in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. They'll play farmer and see real plants under a "windmill," and a "barn," complete with hay, then pretend to harvest fruits and vegetables, using them to "cook" yummy recipes at the nearby "cafe." Through September 5.
Hudson River Park's Big City Fishing - Pier 46
Beyond learning to fish, the program also provides participants with a firsthand opportunity to learn about the Hudson River environment. Participants will view plankton through microscopes, examine live specimens of fish caught that morning, and identify local species. Rods, reels, bait, and formal instruction are provided. Catch and release only.
'Angelina Ballerina The Musical' - Dicapo Opera Theatre
Angelina and friends perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig, and ballet, to impress a famous visitor.
The Ohmies: 'Morning Wish Garden' - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Dance, stretch, and giggle with Bella Butterfly and Carlin Caterpillar on their journey to wake up Mr. Sun. Along the way, The Ohmies lead the audience in a series of yoga-inspired dance exercises as they make new friends and shake off their worries. For tickets, call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.TicketCentral.com.
FIGMENT Sculpture Garden - Governors Island
See 17 amazingly creative, interactive, and sustainable sculpture projects on display.
‘Curious George: Let’s Get Curious’ - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Explore the neighborhood where Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat live. Encounter new challenges, materials, and ideas and learn like Curious George - through direct experience and problem-solving! Based on H.A. and Margret Rey's classic stories and the PBS KIDS® television series, feed children's natural curiosity as they explore early science, math, and engineering through hands-on play.
Sundae Sermon - Morningside Park
Harlem's feel-good music and film series features a wide array of acclaimed international and local NYC DJ's spinning positive vibrations by way of soulful house, disco, classics, Afro-beat, Latin tunes, and more. There is dancing for all and activities for children, including face painting, hula hoops, and ball games.
The Great Summer Zoofari - A LEGO Wildlife Expedition - Bronx Zoo
LEGO Master Builders have created a safari of LEGO block wildlife sculptures that will be on display throughout the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. The expedition brings to life the challenges faced by wildlife due to habitat loss and threats to their survival, and aims to imspire visitors to help build a future for wildlife. Each guest will be given a complimentary Zoofari passport to help them plot their adventure through the zoo and guide them to each of the LEGO displays. Participants can stamp their passport at each of the six stations located throughout the park as they enjoy all of the LEGO creations including a tiger, Chilean flamingos, a gorilla mother and child, penguins, a giraffe, and Khansi spray toads, while learning about the real animals and WCS's work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. There will be a Build Zone construction area and interactive activities where visitors will be able to construct their own LEGO wildlife sculptures and take part in the construction of a mystery mural. Guests can work with LEGO Certified Professionals on one weekend each month of the program. Wildlife Theater shows, crafts and activities with the Museum for African Art, and conservation learning stations will keep the whole family busy. Through September 30.
The Great Summer Zoofari - Bank of America Explorer Zone - Bronx Zoo
Hands-on activities and educational displays teach visitors about the tools of conservation. Visitors will learn how field scientists track animals in the wild with camera traps, how gorilla conservationists use data to determine which habitat areas to safeguard, and facts about animal diets. At the lunch tray station, kids can try their hand at preparing "lunch" for gorillas, tigers, and bears. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.
The Great Summer Zoofari - Disney Vacation Club Adventure - Bronx Zoo
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild. From animal mask decorating to storytelling from the savanna, plus meet Camp Safari Mickey. At the Dancing Crane Pavilion. Free with zoo admission. Through September 30.
Kayaking On the Hudson - Riverside Park South
Join the Downtown Boathouse for 20 minutes of instruction, then explore the Hudson River first-hand. Participants must wear proper attire and know how to swim.
Young Sprouts Gardening - Children's Garden, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Tots will plant seeds, water the garden, and pick (and eat!) fresh greens and vegetables that are all organically grown without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Picture books and simple crafts help celebrate the marvelous sensory experience of being in a garden.
Preschool Play - Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
Sing, listen to stories, and play with other toddlers, parents, and caregivers on the grassy lawn.
Art + Games - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Spend an afternoon in the park playing unique lawn games, using everything from parachutes to hundreds of asteroid-balls, and making creative art and craft projects under the sun.
Children's Basketball - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes, plus fun drills to improve your skills. 3:30pm for ages 5-6; 4:30pm for ages 7 and older.
Drop in Playtime - The Art Farm in the City
All ages can drop in for animal time, arts snd crafts, and creative play in the playroom. Drop off available for ages 2½ and up.
"Imaginocean" - New World Stages
A new family musical adventure, created and written by Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor John Tartaglia, "Imaginocean" follows the undersea adventures of a group of fish friends who uncover a treasure map that leads them to learn about themselves and ultimately uncover the treasure of each other's friendship.
"Rap Guide to Evolution" - Soho Playhouse
Writer and performer Baba Brinkman performs his clever reworkings of popular rap singles as well as his own originals to illustrate natural selection, sexual selection, evolutionary psychology and much more.
Grandparent/Grandchild Program - New York City Police Museum
Grandparents and grandchildren are invited to participate in activity play in the Junior Officers Discovery Zone.
"Frogs: A Chorus of Colors" - American Museum of Natural History
More than 200 live frogs are shown in their re-created habitats from around the world. The exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about frogs.
'The NYPD Motorcycle Squad: A Century of Service to New York City' - New York City Police Museum
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Motorcycle Squad. See vintage department-used motorcycles, including a late 1940s-model classic Red Indian Motorcycle and a late 1960s model silver Harley.
Sam Eaton Presents 'The Quantum Eye' Magic & Mentalism Show - Theatre 80
In this longest running Off-Broadway magic show, Sam Eaton explores mentalism, magic, perception, and deception, mixing extraordinary ability, humor, and audience participation to make for a different performance every time.