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Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, October 17, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, October 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Tuesday, October 17, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Tuesday, October 17, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, October 17, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Tuesday, October 17, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Shakespeare & Co. Storytelling

Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Avenue between 68th & 69th Streets)

Kids can discover or rediscover the wonderful world of children’s literature at a cozy indie bookstore. Register at [email protected]


Midtown Recess

Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


American Museum of Natural History's Annual Family Party

Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
$85/children, $175/adults

Enjoy educational activities and entertainment for children ages 2-12 an an annual event supporting the AMNH. Go on an expedition of scientific discovery and join Museum curators and other members of the Museum community in discovering the wonders of the natural world. Highlights include the Museum Science Center, the Tiffany & Co. Gem Dig, the Cricket Cantina, and lots more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, October 18, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, October 18, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, October 18, 11:30 am–12:00 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (25 West 23rd Street)

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday, October 18, 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play with manipulatives and toys accompanied by a live guitarist.


Midday Jazz

Wednesday, October 18, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Saint Peter’s Church, in partnership with the Midtown Arts Common, hosts a weekly jazz concert for the community. A nominal donation to cover presentation costs is requested at the door. Held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, these popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, October 18, 1:45 pm–3:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the museum after for $6 more.


That Physics Show

Wednesday, October 18, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Wednesday, October 18, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


Midtown Recess

Wednesday, October 18, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, October 19, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, October 19, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, October 19, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, October 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, October 19, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Split into two age groups; 3-6 and 7-11. The first Thursday of every month features live music in a gallery.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, October 19, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


Diwali Family Celebration

Thursday, October 19, 2:30 pm–5:30 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Enjoy a special performance, mold and decorate your own diya to take home, and savor a traditional Indian treat. All families and friends are welcome.


Midtown Recess

Thursday, October 19, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Grand Central's One-Day Film Festival

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall transforms into a movie theater for a day for its first “Grand Central Cinema” event, hosted in partnership with Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image. Enjoy film scenes featuring Grand Central throughout the day and a ticketed screening of North by Northwest including Cary Grant’s classic Grand Central getaway scene at 7:30 pm.


Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, October 20, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Whole Foods Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)

Sing along with Hopalong Andrew, an award-winning musician and former NYC Urban Park Ranger who adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect life as an urban cowpoke. His 1-man band (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit) performances encourages participation and interaction, creating a fun and positive space for play, music and rhythm training, and vibrant social interaction.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, October 20, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, October 20, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, October 20, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


The Young King

Friday, October 20, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$28

Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Employing unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music, Australian theatre troupe Slingsby immerses the audience in the otherworldly kingdom of Oscar Wilde’s short story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Oct 22

Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, October 20, 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga (163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets)
$25/family

Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, Brooklyn-based duo The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, October 20, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Friday, October 20, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Virtuous Journeys

Friday, October 20, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


Midtown Recess

Friday, October 20, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Edna the Stomper

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Tank (312 West 36th Street 1st Floor )
$35, $25/kids

A new musical dealing with issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family features seven year old Edna who stomps everywhere and stomps a lot, driving her talented family crazy. Includes songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets plus a post-show workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances.

Saturday 10 am, Sunday

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, October 21, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets available at the information desk in the Education and Research building (4 West 54 Street) starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Pinkalicious The Musical

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Storytime at the Strand

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


The Young King

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$28

Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Employing unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music, Australian theatre troupe Slingsby immerses the audience in the otherworldly kingdom of Oscar Wilde’s short story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Oct 22

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, October 21, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Features Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Munchkin puppets traveling through a reimagined world of Oz.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Create with guest designers and artists. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.


Enchanted Wave Hill Weekend

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)

Sit with your wee ones and listen to stories of the “people of the mounds,” the supernatural race of fairies or elves found in Celtic mythology, as told by guest storyteller Marianne McShane and her blue harp. Then travel into Wave Hill’s woodland, and, using only natural materials and a bit of jute twine, create your own tiny, fairy-sized dwelling using found sticks, leaves, moss and bark, or string together a series of autumn leaves to form a fall wand or crown. At 11 am & 12 pm, guest musicians Terry McCann, a guitarist and singer, and Stephen Gara on the uilleann pipes (a delicate version of the standard bagpipe), the flute and the tin whistle, offer a short concert of Irish jigs, reels and songs. The pair will also visit Wave Hill’s woodland with their instruments, to serenade the aos sí and lead a short autumn fairy parade. At 2 pm on Saturday, performers in tropical print body-suits will move through a variety of poses, in response to the site-specific audio narratives emanating from the garments in Containers, A Call & Response Outdoor Performance by Joiri Minaya.

Also on Sunday.

National Dance Institute: The Celebration Team

Saturday, October 21, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

See a polished dance performance by over 100 New York City public school children who participate in the free National Dance Institute (NDI) program. The high-energy performance includes excerpts from Harlem Night Song, directed by Bianca Johnson, a salute to the Harlem Hellfighters and dances inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence, Duke Ellington, Florence Mills, Fats Waller, and Hector LaVoe.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.


Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out the Jack O’Lantern scarecrows and giant pumpkins in the Children’s Adventure Garden.


Kid Frankenstein The Musical

Saturday, October 21, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

In a new musical from Vital Theatre Company, it’s Halloween and something weird is going on at Frankie Steiner’s house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected – and more than he can handle, making him a true Kid Frankenstein.

Friday 7 pm, selected Saturday & Sundays 3 pm or 7 pm

MOCACREATE: Zhezhi Folded Paper Arts

Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ()

Using a variety of paper types and folding techniques, construct colorful paper figures inspired by the works on view by detained Golden Venture passengers.


Taste of the Seaport 2017

Saturday, October 21, 11:30 am–4:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)
Free admission, $35 for 5 tastes, $125 for 20 tastes

This annual fall festival celebrates the vibrant food & beverage scene of Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities and treats from more than 40 food & beverage purveyors. Proceeds benefit arts and enrichment programs at two local elementary schools, PS 343 Peck Slip School and PS 397 Spruce Street School.


That Physics Show

Saturday, October 21, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Treasure Island

Saturday, October 21, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52

Join Jim Hawkins as he takes the journey of a lifetime in a rrrrrrollicking musical adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novel Treasure Island. While seeking buried pirate treasure, Jim comes to find the real treasure – within himself. In an interactive workshop prior to the performance, learn about the original book and its transformation to a musical. Discuss the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life then make a pirate art project to take it home as a souvenir.

Saturday 10 am, Sunday 2 pm through November 12.

Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, October 21, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Enjoy themed storytimes in German at the charming children’s room of this independent bookstore.


Boo at the Zoo

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)
Free with admission

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a Halloween hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.


The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Family Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, October 21, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$21.50, $17.50/kids

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 doorknockers, Harry Potter’s nemesis, and a gorilla in a window.

Also on Oct 28.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend

Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Free with admission

Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—arrive at the glorious-in-fall Botanical Garden. Meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions (11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm) and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 30 along with scarecrows in the children’s garden. Come in costume, decorate a bag and collect wholesome goodies at the Whole Foods Market Trick-or-Treat Trail and meet some creepy creatures.

Also on Sunday.

Polly Apfelbaum: The Potential of Women

Thursday, September 7–Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Alexander Gray Associates (510 West 26 Street)

In an immersive environment, Polly Apfelbaum occupies and transforms the gallery with rugs, painted walls, dozens of wall-mounted ceramics and floors covered with giant, stylized view of a female figure’s head.


Please Bring Balloons

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–10:30 am
University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington))
$25

Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons, this interactive, multi-sensory theater experience is a fun and dynamic introduction to theater designed for ages 2-5 years old.

Sundays 10 am & 12 pm through December 10.

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, October 22, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Edna the Stomper

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Tank (312 West 36th Street 1st Floor )
$35, $25/kids

A new musical dealing with issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family features seven year old Edna who stomps everywhere and stomps a lot, driving her talented family crazy. Includes songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets plus a post-show workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances.

Saturday 10 am, Sunday

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, October 22, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets available at the information desk in the Education and Research building (4 West 54 Street) starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Pinkalicious The Musical

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Storytime at the Strand

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


The Young King

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$28

Experience The New Victory in a completely new way when the theater itself is transformed from entry to exit for this enchanting and epic story. Employing unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music, Australian theatre troupe Slingsby immerses the audience in the otherworldly kingdom of Oscar Wilde’s short story. Greet the newly crowned Young King, explore on foot the riches of the land, and take pleasure as you see, touch and discover the magic and mystery of beautiful things.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Oct 22

Film Forum Jr.

Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$9

See family-friendly classics on the big screen.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, October 22, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.


The Wizard of Oz

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Features Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Munchkin puppets traveling through a reimagined world of Oz.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, October 22, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.


BAMkids Movie Matinees: Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10, $7/ages 12 & under

See a gentle yet action-packed animated musical ibased on characters by beloved Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp. Pim and Pom are two cats that are best friends and live together with the Lady. When the Lady’s nieces hatch a plan to catnap Pim and Pom and keep them for themselves, the cats manage to escape the girls’ clutches—but must learn the ropes of survival on the streets. Will Pim and Pom be able to stay together and find their way home? Part of a weekly series.


Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out the Jack O’Lantern scarecrows and giant pumpkins in the Children’s Adventure Garden.


Kid Frankenstein The Musical

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

In a new musical from Vital Theatre Company, it’s Halloween and something weird is going on at Frankie Steiner’s house. Day and night, the boy genius works on his entry for the annual robotics competition. But what he creates is more than he expected – and more than he can handle, making him a true Kid Frankenstein.

Friday 7 pm, selected Saturday & Sundays 3 pm or 7 pm

Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The People’s Improv Theatre (123 East 24th Street)
$20

In a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets and fantasy with real science and space exploration history the year is 2006, and there’s been a big shake up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet. When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the Solar System on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.

Sundays through Dec 17.

Rubin Family Sundays: Celebrate Children’s Day & Diwali

Sunday, October 22, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

In honor of October’s special family celebrations, live musicians will perform in the Education Center to set the tone for festive, art-filled afternoons. Learn how to make and play traditional Nepalese board games as a family. Sculpt cute, silly, or scary game pieces, then play to win. In honor of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, create traditional diyas (candles) to take a little festival light home. Feel free to BYOG (Bring Your Own [Board] Game).


That Physics Show

Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Treasure Island

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52

Join Jim Hawkins as he takes the journey of a lifetime in a rrrrrrollicking musical adventure based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s most beloved novel Treasure Island. While seeking buried pirate treasure, Jim comes to find the real treasure – within himself. In an interactive workshop prior to the performance, learn about the original book and its transformation to a musical. Discuss the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life then make a pirate art project to take it home as a souvenir.

Saturday 10 am, Sunday 2 pm through November 12.

Boo at the Zoo

Sunday, October 22, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd)
Free with admission

Watch rhinos smash pumpkins, see giant pumpkin carvings of animals, join dancers and drummers in a costume parade, explore a hay maze, take a Halloween hayride, make creepy crafts, see magic acts and The Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet show and enjoy more spooky family fun at the zoo.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, October 22, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, October 23, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Chocolate Story Time

Monday, October 23, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th Street)
$24

Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role in growing cacao and producing chocolate, then kids one unique chocolate lollipop.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Monday, October 23, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, October 23, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Preschool Play

Monday, October 23, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Calder: Hypermobility

Friday, June 9–Monday, October 23, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

See a rich constellation of key kinetic sculptures by Alexander Calder and experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance and the theatrical stage. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation, the exhibition will feature an expansive series of performances and events, including a number of episodic, one-time demonstrations of rarely seen works, as well as new commissions, which will bring contemporary artists into dialogue with Calder’s innovations.


Midtown Recess

Monday, October 23, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, October 24, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, October 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Tuesday, October 24, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, October 24, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Tuesday, October 24, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Shakespeare & Co. Storytelling

Tuesday, October 24, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Avenue between 68th & 69th Streets)

Kids can discover or rediscover the wonderful world of children’s literature at a cozy indie bookstore. Register at [email protected]


Midtown Recess

Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, October 25, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, October 25, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Preschool Play

Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Robert F Wagner Jr Park (20 Battery Place)

Meet other toddlers, parents, and caregivers for interactive play on a grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories. Carefully selected play equipment and toys are provided – plus water play.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 am–12:00 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (25 West 23rd Street)

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday, October 25, 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play with manipulatives and toys accompanied by a live guitarist.


Midday Jazz

Wednesday, October 25, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Saint Peter’s Church, in partnership with the Midtown Arts Common, hosts a weekly jazz concert for the community. A nominal donation to cover presentation costs is requested at the door. Held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, these popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, October 25, 1:45 pm–3:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the museum after for $6 more.


That Physics Show

Wednesday, October 25, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$39 at this link

Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to an off-Broadway show for all ages. Based on the hundreds of physics experiments that are presented at physics conferences and in classrooms across the country, the show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and much more from our incredible world.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


Midtown Recess

Wednesday, October 25, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, October 26, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, October 26, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, October 26, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, October 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


MOCAKIDS Storytime

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ()

Interactive songs, finger-plays, nursery rhymes, and arts & crafts accompany a bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin. Everyone from native speakers to those seeking their first exposure to a new language are invited.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life. Split into two age groups; 3-6 and 7-11. The first Thursday of every month features live music in a gallery.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


Midtown Recess

Thursday, October 26, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, October 27, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Whole Foods Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)

Sing along with Hopalong Andrew, an award-winning musician and former NYC Urban Park Ranger who adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect life as an urban cowpoke. His 1-man band (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit) performances encourages participation and interaction, creating a fun and positive space for play, music and rhythm training, and vibrant social interaction.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, October 27, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, October 27, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, October 27, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, October 27, 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga (163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets)
$25/family

Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, Brooklyn-based duo The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, October 27, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Friday, October 27, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Virtuous Journeys

Friday, October 27, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


Midtown Recess

Friday, October 27, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm
Plaza33 (West 33rd Street between 7th & 8th Avenue)

All ages can play giant chess, oversized Connect 4, jump ropes, and more.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

Edna the Stomper

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Tank (312 West 36th Street 1st Floor )
$35, $25/kids

A new musical dealing with issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones place in the family features seven year old Edna who stomps everywhere and stomps a lot, driving her talented family crazy. Includes songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets plus a post-show workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own “stomps” and dances.

Saturday 10 am, Sunday

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, October 28, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets available at the information desk in the Education and Research building (4 West 54 Street) starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Gotham Gargoyles: A Halloween Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)
$10

The morning begins with a reading of Eve Bunting’s Night of the Gargoyles, then down to the workshop to assemble gargling, grimacing clay gargoyles, skeleton creatures, and paper gargoyle masks.


Just Kidding: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

At a special Halloween Hootenanny, Brooklynite Joanie Leeds and her harmony-driven trio performs in costume, singing “Confusing Costume” and other hits, plus new songs from the latest album Brooklyn Baby about the East River Ferry, subway rides, and fun Yiddish catch phrases. Come in costume for a chance to win a copy of the CD.


Pinkalicious The Musical

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a cheery musical based on popular children’s book Pinkalicious, about a pink-lover who eats so many pink cupcakes she changes colors.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Storytime at the Strand

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, October 28, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

Vital Theatre Company presents a one-hour adaptation of The Wizard of Oz tailored for audiences 2-7 years old. Features Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Munchkin puppets traveling through a reimagined world of Oz.

Saturday & Sunday through Nov 12.

Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance: Stone Skipping

Saturday, October 28, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/ages 16 & under

Andrea Miller – choreographer, founder, artistic director of Gallim Dance, and an Artist in Residence at The Met – presents a site-specific work for the inspiring the Temple of Dendur. This choreographic conversation with the temple explores its multifaceted journey from Egypt to New York City, as well as from temple to artifact, and evokes our own human experience and environmental footprints.

Also on Sunday.

Guji Guji - A Very Special Duck by Boulevardteatern

Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Swedish theatre group Boulevardteatern presents the enchanting story of Guji Guji, adapted from the book by Chih Yuan Chen. The story begins when a crocodile egg lands in a duck’s nest. Out pops Guji Guji—a small crocodile that is raised as a duck. Mother Duck doesn’t care that Guji is different from the other young ones—they are her children and she loves them all, just the way they are. Problems arise when Guji Guji meets two big crocodiles that try to convince Guji Guji that he is a bloodthirsty, duck-eating crocodile, just like them. Guji Guji is a tale about differences and similarities, love, friendship, and learning to think for yourself.


Halloween Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 28, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)

Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead with a vibrant procession and dance performance presented by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York Join spooky costume- and art-making with Socrates artists and Free Style Arts Association, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and add your mementos and relics to an ancestral community altar. Urban Shaman Mama Donna will be offering harvest animal blessings for pets, and dogs can join the annual Canine Costume Contest with fun prizes and local judges.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.


Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Saturday, October 28, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Meet creepy and cool critters during a live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats. Also check out the Jack O’Lantern scarecrows and giant pumpkins in the Children’s Adventure Garden.


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