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Events March 6-13
Pilobolus Rules
March comes in like a lion, what else, still the snow never melts…but the city is singing through the slush. Lovers of musical theater, classical, jazz, and more genres of music can enjoy family-friendly interactive concerts with world class performers, plus dance, art, film and all the usual cultural awesomeness.

And we are super excited to check out the Björk exhibit at MoMA, which also has a great kids’ creative space. We stayed warm in the Met’s children’s library last week (admission always free), and found some mini-works of art on the alphabet we added to our Amazon store.

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**

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New York International Children's Film Festival 2015

All Day


Over 100 groundbreaking, thought-provoking films for ages 3-18 from 35 different countries will be screened at theaters around Manhattan. See website for schedule.

Through March 22nd.

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Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street )

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.

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First Saturday for Families: Place and Space

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)

The first Saturday of each month the innovative New Museum offers special, hands-on programs designed for families with children three to ten years old. Families can explore the the 2015 Triennial: “Surround Audience” with New Museum staff, investigating how they imagine sounds of the city, tracing their steps through the urban landscape, and communicating about their environment with others in diverse ways, and engaging in related creative activities.

Program is free and includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family. Tickets given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Little Orchestra Society Lolli-Pops Concert: World Tour

10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)

$28 with this link

Introduce 2 to 5-year-olds to classical music with the help of the cuddly Lolli-Pops gang. Learn about unusual instruments from around the world with music by Sousa, Villa-Lobos and Sculthorpe performed by a professional orchestra and guest musicians.

Saturday at 10 & 11:30 am. Also on Sunday 11:30 am & 1:00 pm.

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Beats, Rhymes and Breaking with Manzana City Crew

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

$21,$14/kids, $65/family four pack

See a unique program of jaw-dropping break dance action – head spins, windmills, pop and lock and more – from a collective of artists based in New York City.

Also on Sunday.

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BombaYo! Call & Response with Dr. Drum

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

See a family-friendly theatrical bomba music and dance piece incorporating local Bronx youth performers. Explore themes of identity and culture inspired by Puerto Rico’s Abolition [of Slavery] Day based on the participants’ life experiences. Part of Lincoln Center’s monthly Meet the Artist program.

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Buzz Buzz: A Movement and Music Workshop

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa (66 East 4th Street)


Join vocalist and Great Jones Repertory member Meredith Wright for an interactive performance that celebrates our planet’s busiest creatures: the bees.

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The Craic: Kids Film Fleadh

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Irish Arts Center (553 West 51 Street)


See new Irish short films followed by storytelling, live step dancing performances, a reception with complimentary tea and scones and free goody bags.

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The Saturday Morning Show: Vered & Bill Gordh

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brookfield Place (Winter Garden & Waterfront Plaza)

Enjoy performances by Vered and the Babes, a band with a variety of instruments including pots and pans, french-horn and trumpet at 11 am and Bill Gordh, an award winning storyteller, banjoist and author at 12 pm. Part of a six-week variety showcase features a combination of interactive live music, games, story time, puppetry, magic and more.

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Nature's Workshop: Nature's Music

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Inwood Hill Park (218th Street and Indian Road)

Learn about trees and natural materials used to build modern day and tribal musical instruments. See examples of instruments, including log drums and Native American flute, and construct an authentic Native American Instrument. Register in advance online.

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Families and Folk Art: Frenetic, Kinetic Sculptures

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

What do a giant set of teeth, a man-eating tiger, and a waving train conductor whirligig have in common? They’re all sculptures on display in A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America.
Families will examine the works on view to inspire their own moving sculptures.

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WeBop Family Jazz Party: New Orleans

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center (West 60th & Broadway)

$25, $80 for a family four pack, free/ non-walking babies

Join the WeBop Family Band as they march and parade along to the funky beat of New Orleans in this interactive performance for families.

Two shows at 1 & 3 pm.

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Pilobolus Rules!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)


Renowned dance company Pilobolus Dance Theater performs its trademark style of acrobatic dance and offers kids and parents a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process. With audience engagement and hands-on demonstrations, dancers unpack four of the company’s best-loved pieces live on stage.

Two performances at 2 & 6 pm. Also on Sunday at 11 am & 2 pm.

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R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC - Purim Day

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))

This weekly free drop-in progam for all ages celebrates Purim this week with face painting, live music, Darling A Cappella Lullabies; Can’t Get Enough Purim Sing Along, art workshops and other activities for all ages plus access to indoor playspaces.

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Story Pirates

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Arhur Seelen Theater at the Drama Book Shop (250 West 40th Street)


See a show described as “Monty Python meets Schoolhouse Rock,” where the actors take ideas from the children in the audience to improvise a hilarious interactive musical show. Includes free ice cream.

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2015

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New York Public Libary (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

See movies by young filmmakers create that creatively compress the stories of Newbery Award-winning books into 90 seconds or less. Hosted children’s authors James Kennedy and Ame Dyckman. Reserve seats online in advance.

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Celebrate National Reading Month: Storytime with the Cat in the Hat

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New York Public Libary (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Celebrate national reading month with storytime and photo-ops with the Cat in The Hat.

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Persian Festival

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)

Free with museum admission ($11/ages 1-65, free/ages under 1 & 65+)

Explore the creative world of Persian culture through music, dance, theater and storytelling performances and art-making workshops. ?Engage in an interactive story time and play about Norouz,? Persian New Year, sing with us and learn few words in Farsi, participate in an interactive traditional Persian dance workshop with audience and enjoy more creative fun.
Every Sunday in March.

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Broadway Playhouse: Frank Loesser

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)


This month’s edition of the delightful Broadway Playhouse series features songs by Tony-winning composer and lyricist Frank Loesser, creator of Guys and Dolls , How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and beloved standards such as “Heart and Soul” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Enjoy kid-friendly, professional quality mini-musicals, sing-alongs, and games.

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Film Forum Jr.: The Music Man

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)


See the colorful tale of fast-talking conman “Professor” Harold Hill and the townsfolk of River City, Iowa. Adapted from the Broadway hit and featuring legendary songs such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Trouble.”

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The Pop Ups: Appetite for Construction

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

$18/adults, $13/kids 2 & up, free/kids under 2

Catch the high energy of the Grammy-nominated dynamic duo The Pop Ups. Dance to “Costume Party” and other electro-pop sounds and experience a multimedia artistic extravaganza filled with glitter, new puppets, live drawing, and whimsical flights of fancy.

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Book of The Week


Get ready for St. Patty’s with this intricate and satisfying homage to the color green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise as simple text and lush illustrations explore the varying shades of forests, limes, fireflies and more.


Featured Deals

Buy One, Get One Half Off Classic Melissa & Doug Toys

Buy one classic Melissa & Doug toy get a second one half off. Choose from a wide selection of high-quality, well-designed wooden toys for babies and kids including blocks, puzzles, cars and trains. Plus free shipping on orders $50+.

Off-Broadway Week

Get two tickets for the price of one at Off-Broadway shows February 23 – March 8. Kid-friendly options include Gazillion Bubble Show, Cinderella The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Stomp. Get the offer code online; save on service fees by purchasing at the theater’s box office. After that amazing reunion on the Tonight Show, we’re planning on a grown-ups night in the Village to see Zach and Slater in Bayside! The Musical!.

40% Off Little Orchestra Society’s Lolli-Pops Concert

Get $28 orchestra tickets (usually $48) to Little Orchestra Society’s Lolli-Pops: World Tour, an engaging introduction to classical music for ages 2 to 5. Go on a global discovery of instruments from the sitar to the didgeridoo (Saturday March 7th at 10 & 11:30 am & Sunday March 8th at 11:30 am & 1:00 pm)

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