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Culture For City Kids

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, July 28, 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.

Pete the Cat Musical

Friday, July 28, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street)

See a musical featuring groovy picture book favorite Pete the Cat by acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatreworks USA. A limited number of free tickets are available beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. Individuals are limited to 4 tickets per adult, per day. Reserved seats in the orchestra availble for a $50 tax-deductible donation.

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, July 28, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)

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.

Eloise Storytime

Friday, July 28, 2:00 pm–2:30 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)

Skibble into the Eloise at the Museum story corner and listen to the exploits of the Plaza’s most famous resident.

Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, July 28, 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga (163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets)

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, July 28, 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, July 28, 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, July 28, 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.

MetFridays—English Renaissance Consort Songs

Friday, July 28, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm
The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25/adults, free/kids under 12)

Soprano Ruth Cunningham and cellist James Waldo perform English Renaissance consort songs by Dowland and others in a magical medieval hall.

MetFridays: Beyond Boundaries

Friday, July 28, 5:00 pm–9:00 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)

The Met hosts art making, artist talks, and discussions that explore symbolism, language, and other ways to build understanding between artists and appreciators. Explore the overlaps between the drawn image and the written word in the Ancient Near Eastern Art galleries during drop-in drawing. Follow your nose and discover works of art in new ways. Choose a favorite fragrance and use it to guide your search through the galleries.

Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, July 29, 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.

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, July 29, 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, July 29, 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.

Madeline: Storytime and Crafts

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Enjoy a storytime and craft with beloved Parisian orphan Madeline.

Also on Sunday.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, July 29, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)

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.

That Chemistry Show

Saturday, July 29, 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 Great Pie Robbery ... Or, We Really Knead the Dough

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–1:15 pm
The Elektra Theatre (300 West 43rd Street off 8th Avenue)

Crusted Custard! The pies are missin’! In Skunk Valley, Ma and Pa Baker’s livelihood is threatened when the evil Vincent Von Villenueva plots to take over the town starting with their pie shop. This spoof of turn-of-the-century melodramas—complete with a dashing hero, a mustache-twirling villain and a slew of wacky characters-encourages audience members to get involved in the action by cheering or booing the characters during entrances and exits, while a live piano emphasizes all the dramatic moments.

Also at 3 pm.

Colonial Ice Cream Family Day

Saturday, July 29, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace)
Free with museum admission ($5, Free/ages 12 and under)

Learn about the history of ice cream during the 1700’s, and the many different unusual flavors colonists enjoyed. Then make a colonial flavored ice cream, such as lavender, or a classic flavor, like vanilla. Advanced registration recommended. Register by emailing [email protected]

Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, July 29, 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.

Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, July 29, 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.

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