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Events for Kids in New York City This Weekend - October 20-October 22

October 16, 2017 - 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.

Kidville Park Slope Drop Off Pajama Party - Kidville Park Slope
October 20, 2017 - Brooklyn

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

Art Center Workshops Fall Classes - Jamaica Center For Arts And Learning
October 21, 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’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park (starting point)
October 21, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt to celebrate the Halloween season! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park (starting point)
October 21, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt to celebrate the Halloween season! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt - Washington Square Park (starting point)
October 21, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a ghostly scavenger hunt to celebrate the Halloween season! Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring secret cemeteries, looming skeletons, the haunted homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain, bats on a building, Dickensian door knockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis and a gorilla in a window. This hunt is recommended for children aged 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Art for Families | Memories: Remember When - The Noguchi Museum
October 21, 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.

2017 Farm Festival - Manhattan Country School
October 21, 2017 - New York

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Manhattan Country School will bring a bit of the country to West 85th Street with a farm-themed urban carnival featuring family-friendly rides, games, arts and crafts, and live music. The annual community and fundraising event, organized by MCS parent volunteers, offers a wealth of culinary treats, including savory grilled fare, hearty side dishes, and homemade baked goods. Fresh produce from the MCS Farm in the Catskills, as well as gently used books, DVDs and children’s clothing, will be sold. ?Farm Festival is ideal for ages three and up. Admission is free. Tickets for food, games and rides are available for purchase. In the event of rain, the festivities will take place inside the school. ??Farm Festival has been a much beloved tradition in the MCS community for nearly five decades. Join us October 21 for a day of fun for the whole family.

Books Can Take Your Feelings Everywhere! - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
October 21, 2017 - New York

Young people often see reading as a grueling task, something to finish quickly so they can watch TV, or play games on the internet. What can have a girl or boy love books and see reading as the wonderful thing it truly is? On the other hand--how can those children who happily “get lost” in books not feel they’re in a world separate from the world of confusing people? How can they use reading to value people more? The Learning to Like the World class of Saturday, October 21st, is for boys and girls ages 5 through 12, and is taught by Aesthetic Realism consultants Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy. Youngsters will learn what the education Aesthetic Realism, founded by the poet and critic Eli Siegel, explains: the deepest desire of every child, every person, is to like the world. Books, Aesthetic Realism shows, are a huge, wonderful means of meeting that hope in every young person. Children will be able really to love words and books as they see the meaning of these beautiful sentences, from Eli Siegel’s book Children’s Guide to Parents & Other Matters: "Can you think of anything, James, that can’t get into a book? People are likely any day to new thoughts or happenings ... (read more)

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary - Chess & Checkers House
October 21, 2017 - Manhattan

Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We'll find out as we explore Central Park's woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the way! Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike. Learn about the architecture, landscapes, and ecosystems of the Park through hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits – rugged backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, and hand lenses. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Families with children ages 5+ only; no groups, please. Please arrive at walk location 15 minutes before the start of the Discovery Walk to allow time for check in and to pick up Discovery Kits. Terrain: Uneven, with hills, stairs, and wood-chipped trails; may not be suitable for strollers.

Picture This - Jewish Museum
October 22, 2017 - New York

The Picture This! series takes place on October 22, November 19, and December 17. Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family in this exciting series. Each Picture This! begins with a 10 am gallery program which includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio to create original art and enjoy a snack. Finish up the program with an 11:30 am concert featuring Lisa Loeb. Each program features a different performer as a part of our family concert series. Series package (3 programs): $60 per person and $54 for Jewish Museum Family Members Individual program tickets: $25 per person and $22 for Jewish Museum Family Members For more information, contact: familyprograms@thejm.org This program is supported through a grant from PJ Library®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Sign up for email updates on upcoming Family programs.

Art for Tots | Silky and Scraggly: Textures - The Noguchi Museum
October 22, 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 / Moses and the Ten Commandments - Saint Peter's Church
October 22, 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

Shichigosan: Celebrating the Health of Children - Japan Society
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Celebrate the growth and good health of children ages 3, 5 and 7 through the Shinto ritual of Shichigosan ("seven-five-three" in Japanese). Three- and five-year-old boys and three- and seven-year-old girls of all nationalities and religions are invited to participate in this traditional celebration, with accompanying adults. For tickets and information, please contact the International Shinto Foundation New York Center directly by visiting isf753.org. Seating is limited and early registration is strongly advised. Ticket reservations will be available on September 16, 2017.

Anastasia - New York City Theatre
Through October 31, 2017 - New York

A starry creative team bring the magical story of Anastasia to Broadway for the first time. Inspired by the 20th Century Fox animation from 1997, this show imagines the life of Grand Duchess Anastasia if she escaped the execution of the rest of her family in 1918, and follows her journey of self-discovery and tentative romance with charming con man Dimitri. It's a blockbuster adventure bursting with heart, set against the historical backdrop of the Russian Revolution

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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