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January 15, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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While New York City is often thought of as a playground for adults, there's still plenty of fun activities with children. From museum specials to readings to musical performances, City Guide's collection of weekend events for kids in New York City will have your little ones never wanting to leave the concrete jungle.

Kirby Battle Royale - Nintendo NY
January 19, 2018 - New York

Kirby Battle Royale launches today for Nintendo 3DS!

What Makes Our Anger Right or Wrong; or What Can We Learn from the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King? - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
January 20, 2018 - New York

At school, in parks and playgrounds, on the street, even in their own home, children can be frightened and perplexed, not only about the anger they see around them, but also the anger they have. Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the poet and critic Eli Siegel, explains this subject in a way that is tremendously kind as well as vital for everyone’s life. That is why parents will be happy to know about the Saturday, January 20th Learning to Like the World class for boys and girls ages 5-12. Boys and girls attending will begin to learn something important and new—that there are two kinds of anger--as teachers Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy take up and illustrate these sentences by Mr. Siegel: “There is such a thing as good anger. In a good anger we are fighting for the beauty of the world….But there is also an anger which comes from thinking too much of ourselves; an anger which comes from conceit….It is hard being angry in the right way. When we are not angry in the right way, something in us knows we are wrong, and we don’t like ourselves.” Children will learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including the 1963 Children’s Crusade. They’ll see how b... (read more)

R&R Shabbat @ the JCC – January 20th - Israel - JCC Manhattan
January 20, 2018 - New York

JCC Manhattan Announces: The 2017/2018 Season of R&R Shabbat @ the JCC – January 20th - Israel! WHO: Origami for ALL; Community Cinema: Sallah Shabati; Rooftop Playground (weather permitting); Hebrew Playgroup; Schmooze on The News With Gia Pace; Structured Play with David & 2 Ians; MusicTalks: The Lion Who Loves Strawberries; Meet the Shinshinim: All Ages Israeli Activities for Kids; Community Concert: Cadence A Capella; delicious & nutritious snacks and much, much more! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: January 20, 2017, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (AND EVERY SATURDAY EXCEPT FEBRUARY 10th UNTIL MARCH 17th) WHERE: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and...IT'S ALL FREE! For more information a... (read more)

Winter Family Program: Winter Trees - Queens Bontanical Garden
January 20, 2018 - Flushing

Come learn all about trees in our wonderful Winter Trees program. Kids will learn about the various parts of trees, their functions, and will use parts of trees to make a craft for take home! Program concludes with a walk through the Pinetum. Winter is wonderful at QBG! Bring the whole family and experience winter's splendor with indoor garden activities and an outdoor nature walk. Activities are geared for 4-10 year olds, but all are welcome to attend. Each Saturday will include indoor nature-themed hands on activities, followed by a short nature walk around the Garden. Bundle up and dress for the weather! Sign up for single sessions or all four. Ticket includes one child. Please purchase separate tickets for each child. This is not a drop-off program.

New! Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History - American Museum of Natural History
January 20, 2018 - New York

Embark on a new wizarding adventure for Harry Potter fans at the American Museum of Natural History where you’ll search for exhibits that echo characters, places and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Be prepared to track fantastic beasts through a forbidden (rain)forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons, stalk hunters scarier than any auror, and more. 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.

Countdown to Summer - 92Y
January 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

Join us as we celebrate summer camp early with face painting, crafts, art, snacks, sports with our friends from Super SoccerStars and construction projects with our new pals from Construction Kids! Bring friends! For ages 5-13.

Open Studio for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
January 21, 2018 - New York

For families with children ages 3 and up. Explore the themes and materials seen in the works on view at our drop-in studio art-making program.

The Amazing Max - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

The Amazing Max is an “awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family” (PBS Kids). What’s truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens on stage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends. Premium ticket holders receive access to the VIP “Magic Lounge” (which opens 25 minutes before the start of each show), the children receive Amazing Max memorabilia, participate in a magic lesson, have priority front row seating and take a magic trick home.

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)

R&R Shabbat @ the JCC – March 11th – Purim - JCC Manhattan
Through March 11, 2018 - New York

JCC Manhattan Announces: The 2016/2017 Season of R&R: Shabbat @ the JCC – March 11th – Purim WHO: Face Painting with Jaime; Mind + Body Retreat with Seth Lieberman; Community Cinema: For Your Consideration; What’s Jewish about Purim? Lecture; Paul Wolf’s Purim Song Jam Session with Classic Tunes; Family Glow Yoga and Dance with MEDITESH; Community Concert: Three Pints Shy A Capella and much, much more! WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: March 11th, 2017, 2:00pm-5:00pm (And All Saturdays until March 18, 2017) WHERE: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and...IT'S ALL FREE! For more information and full weekly schedule: http://www.jccmanhattan.org/jewish-living/shabbat-and-... (read more)

PAUSE/PLAY at the 14th Street Y - 14th Street Y
Through March 17, 2018 - New York City

Downtown Jewish Life and The 14th Street Y present PAUSE/PLAY, an innovative Saturday afternoon of Shabbat programming at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. PAUSE/PLAY invites attendees to hit the pause button in their busy lives and experience all that the Downtown Community has to offer. All are welcome in the community, Jewish or not, to join for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and story time to whiskey tastings and open swim, PAUSE/PLAY events feature activities for the whole family. PAUSE/PLAY will also feature a Community Passport that families can decorate each month and bring to each event for access to monthly raffles for deals to 14Y programs and other great prizes. Highlights of the upcoming PAUSE/PLAY season: • The mainstages will be joining for December's PAUSE/PLAY, with partner NCDC, for the Hanukkah party at the end of the afternoon. The day will also feature Bling Your Own Dreidel, as well as Dan Friedman from The Forward, who will lead a whiskey tasting with conversation. • January will feature inflatables and games, family boxing, and a Disco Dance Party. • February will feature family Zumba, PJ Play!, and partnerships with... (read more)

NYC Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
Through December 30, 2018 - New York

Join Big City Hunt on an Epic Scavenger Hunt Tour of Central Park. This scavenger hunt is great for kids, families, and friends. You'll learn a ton about your city and Central Park! New York's Central Park stretches across 843 acres of land. It is larger than independent city-states Monaco and Vatican City combined. Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and The Dakota are just a few of the landmarks you’ll discover on this exciting two-hour hunt. Explore Central Park's rich history through this fun and engaging hunt through this iconic park using your smartphone. Check out this page for more information: https://www.scavengerhunt.com/locations/central_park_nyc_scavenger_hunt.html

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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