Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Theater, Dance & Film

Dream Big, Princess: Mulan Screening

Friday, September 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
AMC Empire 25 ( 234 West 42nd Street)
$16.99, $13.99/ages 2–12

As part of the Dream Big, Princess ad campaign, Disney is screening favorite animated princess movies throughout the fall. This week, see Mulan from 1998, the tale of a Chinese princess warrior in disguise. Also at AMC Loews Kipps Bay and other theaters.

Daily at 2 pm & 6 pm through Sept 28.

Sibyl Kempson: 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens

Friday, September 22, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)

Celebrate the autumnal equinox with free workshops and performances at the Whitney, part of a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson marks each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018. This Shout will begin with an artist-led workshop in the Lobby. Conjuring the aid of unidentifiable ancient visitors, participants will create doll beings that personify the cosmological forces of nature. The audience will then traverse the outdoor areas in front of the Museum, and venture to the High Line—a higher, golden land—over the course of the afternoon. Elaborating on last year’s autumnal themes of sacrifice, death, and reaping, this Shout further delves into animist narratives of the project’s ritual practice. Audience is invited to arrive at anytime; there will be three looped sojourns to another world on the hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.


Bryant Park Square Dance

Friday, September 22, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Do-si-do and promenade at a country dance party in the city with live music, a professional caller, dancing, countrified lawn activities including cornhole and trick-roping lesson), plus beer and wine and tasty grub curated by Hester Street Fair for purchase. Try the mechanical bull or the “bouncy horse corral” for little cowboys and cowgirls. Free cowboy hats for all.


Elmer the Duck

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Tank (312 West 36th Street 1st Floor )
$10/adults, $15/kids

Follow the adventures of a little duck on a crooked, little creek called Mallet’s Creek who has a bit of a quacking problem. Whenever Elmer tried to quack it always came out “ack, ack, ack.” In this puppet show featuring original music, puppetry and video Elmer proves to his silly duck sister Ellen that with a bit of help from the right teacher and practice, practice, practice he can learn anything. This interactive puppet show includes chance to test out shadow puppet skills with a post-show demonstration.

Also at 2 pm & Sunday 10 am.

Family Music Day: From Celtic to Classical

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street)

In a special interactive family concert presented in partnership with Irish Arts Center, kids and adults can try orchestral and traditional Irish instruments, create art at the coloring station, make instruments to take home, and enjoy performances from members of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, students of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Darrah Carr Dance, and Irish Arts Center musicians.


Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Saturday, September 23, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Atlantic Theater Company Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)
$20/ $15/kids

A new musical inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. 8-year-old Lily Polkadot just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
$25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 1 pm

Cereals: Cycle 1

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Flea Theater (20 Thomas Street (between Broadway & Church Street))
$20/parent & child pair, $10/ each additional child, includes a free mini-box of cereal

Experimental downtown theater comapany The Flea brings its signature serialized theater madness to young audiences ages 5+ with a new series. Flea Resident Directors, working with a cadre of up-and-coming writers, created ethnically and culturally specific interpretations of folk tales written in 10 minute installments.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 1 pm through Sept 24

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, September 23, 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.


LC Kids At The Atrium Season Launch

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

A season of free programming at the Lincoln Center Atrium kicks off with a story-and-music double feature. Listen to the rhythmic, say-along stories of beloved children’s book author Todd Tarpley then take a bilingual musical journey through Latin boogaloo, the 1960s musical and dance craze indigenous to the streets of Spanish Harlem with NYC band Spanglish Fly.


That Chemistry Show

Saturday, September 23, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm
The Physics Theater (300 West 43rd Street)
$29 at this link

A candle that moves water, a paper cup that won’t burn, a firefly without fire. An atomic flash, weaponized sugar, a hydrogen bomb. Genie in a bottle, secret writing, elephant toothpaste. All these and more comprise 80 minutes of exploration led by long-time “mad scientist” Borislaw Bilash combining the worlds of chemistry and show business. A spin-off of the popular That Physics SHow.


The Joshua Show: Episode 2

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Here Art Center (145 6th Avenue @ Dominick Street)
$20

After five years of touring around the world, award-winning puppeteer, Joshua Holden, brings a brand new show made especially for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness that’s in the world. Joshua tap dances his way across the stage and into hearts with Mr. Nicholas the sock and a cast of hand crafted puppets.


Twlya Tharp Family Matinee & Workshop

Saturday, September 23, 12:15 pm–3:00 pm
The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street)
$10-$121 (call box office for kids' discount)

In a program illustrating her broad artistic range, modern dance legend Twyla Tharp presents the world premiere of DYLAN LOVE SONGS, a piece exploring love’s give and take, set to the elegiac music of Bob Dylan. She also brings back two gems from the 1970s: THE FUGUE which derives its rigorous form from Bach’s “The Musical Offering,” and THE RAGGEDY DANCES, a quintet set to Joplin, Bolcom, and Mozart. This special family matinee features cookies for the kids during the intermission and a meet-the-artist session after the show. In a pre-show intergenerational dance class, free for ticket holders, learn a movement phrase from Tharp’s loose-limbed and playful THE RAGGEDY DANCES and ashort warm up from Tharp’s TREEFROG class. Open to all levels of ability.


Fall For Arts & Kite Flight for Peace

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park ( Roosevelt Island)

In recognition of the United Nations General Assembly and International Peace Day, design and fly kites selecting stripes, colors, and symbols that represent personal ideas about peace and freedom. Also enjoy a kite-flying demonstration featuring kites of all shapes and sizes by American kiteflier and educator Archie Stewart, storytime with the Roosevelt Island branch Library and author Marie Letourneau will be joining us and hosting a story time session at 12pm of her book Argyle Fox and a talk about human rights by Venerable Chanda Ly, Khmer Krom monk and UN refugee and Bounthone Chanthalavong, President of Alliance for Democracy in Laos. Paint murals, participate in art workshops, try an African dance class, jump in a bounce house and listen to live music.


Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

Saturday, September 23, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)
$10, free/kids under 2

Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, moon-themed arts and crafts, face painting, shadow play performances, stellar story time, and more family fun.


Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt Premiere & Ice Cream Social

Saturday, September 23, 2:30 pm–4:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
$30/adult, $20/child, includes museum admission & ice cream

See the premiere of a site-specific opera for family audiences based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures. Join Rhoda as she goes on a hunt for missing fossils around the hall while learning about the interconnectedness of creativity and science. After the performance, meet the cast of the opera and the real-life Rhoda who inspired the opera. Have fun with dinosaur-themed kids’ activities and enjoy Haagen-Dazs ice cream at On Site Opera’s nearby rehearsal studio (165 West 86th St, 2nd floor).

Opera runs through Oct 15.

That Physics Show

Saturday, September 23, 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.


Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: We Are All Tourists

Saturday, September 23, 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)
$20, 15% discount for 3+ tickets with code FAMILY

Alpha and Scout are searching for their friend and colleague, Lou. Could she be stuck in an alternate reality? Explore Governors Island’s breathtaking views and solve the clues to reunite these reality hoppers in an outdoor promenade theatrical tour experience for young people ages 8+ and their families.

One hour tours at 11:30 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm & 3 pm.

New York City Ballet's Swan Lake

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm–4:30 pm
New York City Ballet (20 Lincoln Center)
$35-$200

Treat young ballet fans to this stunning romantic ballet featuring a gorgeous Tschaikovsky score, a sea monster sorcerer, modern Danish design, dazzling technical feats and lots of lovely swans.

Also Sunday at 3 pm and the following weekend plus evening performances (great date night option).

Latino Arts Festival

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and Latinx Americans’ contributions to art and culture. Smell and taste the variety of colorful vegetables and herbs used to create sofrito—a staple in Puerto Rican and other Latino dishes and hear the story of Latin jazz composer Tito Puente, the Mambo King. Meet cartoonist Ivan Velez to create fantastical comic book characters and learn Afro-Colombian and Indigenous dances from Colombia dancer Melissa Escano.

Also on Sunday.

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