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Events for Kids in New York City This Week - October 8-October 15

October 8, 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.

MARIO the maker magician + special guest - Brooklyn Music School Theater
October 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

New York’s own MARIO the maker magician brings his original magic + DIY robotics show to the Brooklyn Music School Theater on Sun Oct 8th with a special guest appearance by Chile’s Enzo Nelis in Enzo’s first ever US performance. About Mario: David Blaine calls Mario "the best kids magician in the world!!" As seen on Sesame Street and NBCUniversals Sprout Channel, Mario is more than just a performer. He is also an inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Regardless, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences so love. Its vintage meets the future. Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age, with a mad inventor twist. Mario is an award winning performer with over a decade of full time experience performing for family audiences. He is the subject of indie documentary film, Building Magic, and was a part of the tight-knit creative team behind David Blaine's first ever North American tour in 2017. About Enzo: Magician Enzo Nelis is the founder of Chilean company "Idea... (read more)

Reading into History Family Book Club: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer - New-York Historical Society
October 08, 2017 - New York

As Halloween approaches, explore the history of one of the holiday's most sinister symbols: witches. What's the truth behind the witch panic that led to more than a dozen deaths in a small town in colonial Massachusetts? You'll find out as you read this beautifully illustrated work of non-fiction by acclaimed author-illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer. Schanzer will join us via Skype and then families will head to our library to explore witchcraft-related treasures from our collection—rarely on view to the public! About Witches In 1692 in Salem, MA, two girls became suddenly and mysteriously ill. Town officials declared their strange fits and groans could only have one cause: witchcraft! Just six months later, 14 women and five men were hanged as witches, shaking their small town to its core. Hundreds of years later, historians have discovered a fascinating tale of corruption and hysteria that led to the deaths of these so-called witches. Find out the true story in Rosalyn Schanzer's multi-award winning book exploring the colorful cast of characters in this all-too-real historical tragedy. Readers will be engrossed as much by the text as the book's gorgeous, even magical, illustrations ... (read more)

Art for Tots | Silky and Scraggly: Textures - The Noguchi Museum
October 08, 2017 - Long Island City

Education Program Art for Tots For families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration opens 9/20 for members; 9/27 for all

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing - Atlantic Theatre for Kids
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made — one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home. Years later, having circumnavigated the globe and fought vikings, crossed oceans, tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three sisters meet again, as women. A moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fable for the whole family, recommended for ages 6 and up. "Atlantic for Kids – the family arm of the famed Atlantic Theater Company – consistently mounts some of the best children's shows in town!" – Mommy Poppins

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
October 09, 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!

Toddler Time - McKinley Park Library
October 10, 2017 - Brooklyn,

An hour of fun songs, stories and toys with other toddlers ages 18-36 months followed by Reading is Fundamental. Registration is required - please speak to a staff member at the Customer Service Desk

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
October 11, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Wasabassco's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - littlefieldnyc
October 13, 2017 - Brooklyn

On Friday, October 13th take a very special journey over the rainbow with Wasabassco's WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ! This late-night burlesque retelling of the classic American tale overflows with heart, brains, courage … and butts. Striptease storyteller Nasty Canasta presents an all-star cast in its more-than-Technicolor glory for this not-for-Munchkins treat full of plenty of L. Frank Baump-and-Grind.

Kidville Upper East Drop Off Pajama Party - Kidville Upper East
October 13, 2017 - New York

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

The Moth - True Stories Told Live - Tarrytown Music Hall
October 14, 2017 - Tarrytown

A Music Hall/Music Without Borders Co-presentation An evening of storytelling from the producers of the popular Moth Podcast and Radio Hour. The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. Since its founding, The Moth has presented more than fifteen thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The group celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard. The Moth began on a back porch in small-town Georgia, where our founder—poet and best-selling novelist George Dawes Green— would spend sultry summer evenings swapping spellbinding tales with a small circle of friends. There was a hole in the screen, which let in moths that were attracted to the light, and the group started calling themselves "The Moths." When he moved to New York City, George wanted to recreate the feeling of those nights in his adopted city. The first New York Moth event was heldin Geor... (read more)

Art Center Workshops Fall Classes - Jamaica Center For Arts And Learning
October 14, 2017 - Jamaica

"Registration for the new season of arts classes has just begun at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL). We offer everything from visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and now digital arts. So Jamaica residents can spend their Saturdays making pottery, learning an instrument, designing video games, or building robots. It is fun for the whole family! Classes are every Saturday from September 16 through December 9. Registration open now through Sept. 16th."

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 14, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for Harry Potter fans ages 10 & up! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required.

Art for Tots | Silky and Scraggly: Textures (in Japanese) - The Noguchi Museum
October 14, 2017 - Long Island City

Education Program Art for Tots For families with children ages 2-4. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration opens 9/20 for members; 9/27 for all.

City Treehouse Drop Off Pajama Party - City Treehouse
October 14, 2017 - New York

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

Community Free Day - Dia Art Foundation
October 14, 2017 - Beacon

Dia:Beacon's quarterly Community Free Days offer engaging programs suitable for a broad audience, including thematic tours of the collection and special exhibitions, DiaTalks, interactive workshops for children and families, and performances. Admission is free for residents of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.

Family Tour: Rocks, Pebbles, Boulders: ART - Dia Art Foundation
October 14, 2017 - Beacon

What can small, everyday objects tell us about time and the places they came from? Join Dia artist educator Alisa Besher to explore the works of Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, and Michelle Stuart in this hands-on tour. It will focus on the journey that rocks and minerals make once removed from quarries, considering the biggest boulders to the smallest specks of sand. Perfect for families with children of all ages. (1 hour) Alisa Besher Alisa Besher draws on her extensive experience as an educator to develop project ideas that explore the possibilities and potential of perception, communication, and collaborative work. She enjoys participating in performance projects, learning languages, and playing with textiles.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place New York
October 14, 2017 - New York

Everyone's favorite kids show at Hudson Eats. Join us from 10 AM to 12 PM every Saturday. This weeks lineup features sing-a-longs and magic! Lilypad Music at 10 AM Come sing along with Lily from The Lilypads for a fun interactive show that will be sure to get the whole family clapping, dancing and having a great time! The Great Charlini at 11 AM The Great Charlini has been magically delighting and entertaining audiences for over 20 years and has performed magic and participated in theater festivals all over the world - including Japan, South Korea, Venezuela, Germany, Monaco and Ireland.

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   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 for details.     ABOUT THE SCHOO... (read more)

The Cat in The Hat: Affordable Family Theater - St. George Theatre
October 15, 2017 - Staten Island

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home…? One hour in length, recommended for ages 4-12

Sunday Story Time: I Live in Brooklyn - New-York Historical Society
October 15, 2017 - New York

This week at Sunday Story Time we are exploring the five boroughs of New York City. We will read I Live in Brooklyn by Mari Takabayashi and children will create an art project to take home. I Live in Brooklyn written and illustrated by Mari Takabayashi, 2004. Support for Sunday Story Time provided by Macy's

Art for Families | Memories: Remember When - The Noguchi Museum
October 15, 2017 - Long Island City

The Noguchi Museum offers programs for families with children ages 2–11. All programs are taught by Museum Educators, and include gallery experiences and hands-on art making. Select programs are also offered in Japanese. Programs cost $10 for families with up to 4 members (includes Museum admission). Programs are free for Family Members and above. Members also receive priority registration for Art for Families and Art for Tots workshops. Become a member here.

Sunday School / Abraham and Sarah's Visitors - Saint Peter's Church
October 15, 2017 - New York

God does great things with cool people like us | Dios hace grandes cosas con niños geniales como nosotros For all children grades pre K - 4 Para todos los niños de 4 a 12 años de edad English & Spanish | Inglés y Español Sylvia Montero, teacher | la maestra Free for members & friends of Saint Peter's & Sion. Las clases no tienen costo para los miembros y amigos de Saint Peter's y Sion.

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.

Family Tin Whistle I - Irish Arts Center
Through November 16, 2017 - New York

8 weekly sessions beginning Thursday, September 28, 2017 This class is meant for children and their caregivers to learn the tin whistle together. The whistle has been played in Ireland for at least 1,000 years. It is small, inexpensive, and easy to bring along to any gathering. In this introduction to the whistle, you will start with how to produce a good sound, and will learn the different notes by playing simple songs. Once you have mastered the basics, we will work on some traditional tunes, including marches, waltzes, polkas, and jigs. Bring a key of D whistle, or purchase one in class for $10.

Art Center Workshops Fall Classes - Jamaica Center For Arts And Learning
Through December 06, 2017 - Jamaica

"Registration for the new season of arts classes has just begun at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL). We offer everything from visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and now digital arts. So Jamaica residents can spend their Saturdays making pottery, learning an instrument, designing video games, or building robots. It is fun for the whole family! Classes are every Saturday from September 16 through December 9. Registration open now through Sept. 16th."

Bottlenose Dolphins 3-4 Years (Drop-Off) - JCC Manhattan
Through January 08, 2018 - NEW YORK,

Students will be engaged in the fundamentals of swimming with songs and activities in a safe and fun social setting during this parent/child class.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show - DR2
Through February 04, 2018 - New York

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s beloved books for the stage. This new edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar includes the World Premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thursday at 10am; Friday at 10am & 12pm; Saturday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm; Sunday 10pm & 12pm Tickets are $49.50* - $69.50* (Premium Seats)/ $89.50* (VIP Experience)

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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