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Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Thursday, September 21, 10:00 am–11:30 am
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
$60

Sing, dance and welcome the new year in this meaningful and joyful service, filled with music, dancing and creative prayer. A soulful, energetic, and creative High Holiday experience with a live band, led by Rebecca Schoffer, Director of Jewish Family Engagement and Shababa. For families with children 0-7.


Rosh Hashanah in Prospect Park

Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Prospect Park Boathouse & Audubon Center (101 East Drive)

Join Prospect Park Alliance during the Rosh Hashanah holiday for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Carousel. Enjoy nature education programs, Bird Nerds Game Hour, a nature walk and science project, carousel rides ($2/ride), potato sack races, spoon races, stilts and other old fashioned games.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, September 21, 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.


Human Chess

Thursday, September 21, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Riverside Park, Soldiers and Sailors Monument (West 89th Street and Riverside Drive)

Every Thursday afternoon in September, watch or participate in life-size team sport chess.


Morningside Lights 2017: The Secret Gardens

Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Join neighbors in creating a fleet of handmade lanterns at free workshops for all ages. Daily workshops culminate in a procession of illuminated mobile sculptures in Morningside Park on September 23. Online sign-up required.

Daily though Sept 22.

Midtown Recess

Thursday, September 21, 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.


Photoville

Thursday, September 21, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park (John Street & Jay Street)

Explore an immersive photography village populated by 55+ shipping containers repurposed into galleries underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Programming includes numerous hands-on workshops, tents with family-friendly photo activities, photo publishers, gear demonstrations, a community photo book store run by Red Hook Editions, tintype portraits by the Penumbra Foundation, a comic water balloon gladiator show and a beer garden with a range of food vendors from Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery beers. Exhibitions explore immigration, American identity, climate change and other important themes.

Daily through Sunday.

Seaport Summer Music

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton & Front Streets)

Catch cool sounds from emerging local artists at the Seaport District’s Summer Stage, located on the corner of Fulton and Front Street.


Family Day: Personalized Prints

Friday, September 22, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

To celebrate New York Textile Month, explore stamping on various textiles. Also enjoy design activities and gallery bingo (and make you you check out the wallpaper immersion room).


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.


Morningside Lights 2017: The Secret Gardens

Friday, September 22, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Join neighbors in creating a fleet of handmade lanterns at free workshops for all ages. Daily workshops culminate in a procession of illuminated mobile sculptures in Morningside Park on September 23. Online sign-up required.

Daily though Sept 22.

Midtown Recess

Friday, September 22, 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.


Autumn Equinox Celebration

Friday, September 22, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn (Flatbush Ave)

Mama Donna Henes, New York’s unofficial commissioner of public spirit, hosts a sunset celebration of the first day of fall. Bring kids, dogs, drums, percussions and plenty of spirit. Rain or shine.


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.


Hudson River Nature Walk

Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Pier 40 (353 West Street at Houston)

Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about Hudson River Park flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds. Peek into gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, September 23, 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.

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.


Gallery Explorations

Saturday, September 23, 10:45 am–11:30 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Explore and learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities in short, interactive family explorations kid-friendly works on view. Tickets given out first come, first served at the desk outside the Hearst Artspace on Floor Three. Also stop by the Open Studio (10:30 am–3 pm) for art-making inspired by works on view.

Also at 11:45 am & 12:45 pm.

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.


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