Family Events in Manhattan
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- March 1: The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th St., (212)787-1178, www.manhattanmovement.com. During this family magic show, the Amazing Max wows audiences with science-defying tricks, comedy, and juggling. A handful of kids are even called onstage to assist during the show. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. 3pm.
- March 1: Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Enjoy a new light on one of Shakespeare's darkest comedies! Meet the Duke of Vienna as he disguises himself as a friar among his people, and finds the city unraveling in an ethical free fall. Before he reclaims his dukedom, can he help the chaste Isabella save her brother from the condemnation of the villain Angelo? Find out. Performances are at 1pm and 7pm, and continue Thursdays-Sundays all month long.
- March 1 and 2: Kids Food Festival, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets, www.citipondatbryantpark.com. During this two-day celebration of healthy eating, families mingle with chefs and culinary icons, plus check out demos, classes for kids, samples, live entertainment and a Balanced Plate Scavenger Hunt. Performances are also in the mix. All ages are welcome. 10am.
- March 2: Birds: Living Dinosaurs, Central Park Zoo, Southeast corner of Central Park, www.centralparkzoo.com. See the Central Park Zoo's newest theater show, Dino Connections, where children ages 4-7 embark on a dinosaur scavenger hunt and meet a few "living dinosaurs!" 10am.
- March 3: Fixing the Sleep Nightmare, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, email@example.com, www.rutgerschurch.org. This free parenting workshop explains how to get your children (infant to age 5) to sleep. Led by Michelle Canarick, Ph.D., develop a plan to get your little one to sleep through the night. Learn how to make a routine, work productively with your partner to facilitate your child’s sleep, and create a sleep strategy that works for your child and your life. Registration required. 6pm.
- March 5: A Lecture by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed.: “The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child,” West End Day School, 255 W. 71st St., www.westenddayschool.org/specialevents.html. Motivation is the key to learning. With empathy and understanding, backed by decades of experience in the classroom, Rick Lavoie gives parents and teachers the key to unlock any child's enthusiasm and responsiveness. The Motivation Breakthrough will revolutionize the way parents, teachers, and professionals reach out to and motivate all children. RSVP to the events office at: (212) 873-5708 ext. 329. 6:30-8:30pm.
- Opening March 6: Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue, www.intrepidmuseum.org. This new exhibition explores how for many animals the ability to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is necessary for survival. Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage delves into the art and science of camouflage in the natural world, as well as its cultural adaptations and how the military has utilized these visual techniques in combat. Remains open through August 24.
- March 6: Celebrity Dog Groomer, Jorge Bendersky's Book Launch Party Event, New York Dog Spa, 32 W. 25th St., (212)243-1199, www.dogspa.com. Brushing your four-legged friend’s hair, clipping his nails and cleaning his teeth regularly will help him look his best, but it’s also essential for his overall wellbeing and health. Celebrity dog groomer, Jorge Bendersky, is excited to launch his new book, DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show. Appropriate for families and adults. 7pm.
- March 8: Beats, Rhymes & Breaking, Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, www.symphonyspace.org. Got a little one who's always entranced by subway performers? Bring them and the whole family to this breakdance showcase at Symphony Space's Just Kidding series, where you can all enjoy the performances from a comfortable distance, unlike on a moving train! Appropriate for ages 6 and older. 11am.
- March 8: Artopia!, PS 334: The Anderson School, 100 W. 77th St., www.wingspanarts.org. This event allows families with children ages 4-10 to enjoy three hours of interactive, authentic arts programming. Professional artists will be leading short art projects in wearable and visual art, puppetry, and more! For those interested in the performing arts, students from a Cabaret Troupe and after school dance and music classes will perform, followed by workshops in dance and music making! While waiting for an art project or performances to start, kids can get their face painted, hop in the photo booth or design their own button! 11am.
- March 8: Bari Koral Family Rock Band, Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave., www.barikoral.com. Dubbed the "it girl" in kids and family music Bari's songs are a huge hit with children and adults alike. Her catchy, pop tunes, interactive live shows heavy rotation radio play have gained the band literally thousands of young— and not so young— fans. 11am.
- March 8: Fashion Workshop with Sydney Albertini, Tinker Auditorium, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 55 E. 59th St., www.fiaf.org. New York's youngest fashionistas are invited to create beautiful paper costumes with Franco-American artist Sydney Albertini. Afterwards, children can model their designs at the Fashion Ball. Presented in French and English. 3pm.
- March 9: Poppyseed Players: Poppy Seed Purim, Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St., www.kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall. The Jews of Shushan are in danger, but Queen Esther is around to save the day! This lighthearted look at the Biblical story of Esther combines catchy songs, comic characters and plenty of audience participation! 11am.
- March 9: St. Patrick’s Open Day, Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St., www.irishartscenter.org. The Irish Arts Center invites families to an Irish extravaganza in honor of St. Paddy's Day, filled with authentic music, dances, workshops, and atmosphere. Learn to speak Irish, make a map of the Emerald Isle, sip Barry's tea and teach kids to play the tin whistle at this annual celebration. Appropriate for families with children ages 3 and older. Noon.
- March 9: NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise, South Street Seaport, Pier 16, 89 South St., www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/audubon-winter. Too cold for a cruise? Not if you want to see some of NYC’s most spectacular and surprising winter wildlife. Dress warm and bring your binoculars to see harbor seals on the shores of Governors Island along with ducks, geese, loons and sandpipers, many of which migrate from the Arctic Circle! You’ll also see awesome sites like the Statue of Liberty. 11:50am.
- March 10: Carmina Burana, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, www.lincolncenter.org. Conductor emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Vance George, reprises his role from his Grammy-Award Winning recording of "Carmina Burana" to entertain the New York audience. Just in time for International Women’s Day, the Orff masterpiece will be presented alongside music for women’s choir. Appropriate for the entire family. 7pm.
- March 11: Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 417 E. 61st St., www.mvhm.org. Bring the brood for an educational film screening of excerpts from the documentary, The Abolitionists, followed by a conversation about equality, human rights, and the need for modern-day abolitionists. 6:30pm.
- March 13: Kids MusicRound Demo Class, Small World Connect, 888 Lexington Ave., www.kidsmusicround-swc.com. Through music play, Kids MusicRound has been enriching young minds across the nation since 1999, and they have finally come to New York City. Call Kids MusicRound! 9:30am.
- March 14: Purim Celebration, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, 344 E. 14th St., (212)213-1002, www.citycongregation.org. Join the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism for this secular shabbat service and dinner followed by festive Purim party. In honor of Queen Esther, a Woman of Valor will be honored. Costumes welcome. Childcare available. Dinner reservations can be made using a credit card by March 12. 6:30pm.
- March 15: Super Sabado! 2014, El Museo Labienal, 1230 Fifth Ave., (212)831-7272, www.elmuseo.org. El Museo del Barrio presents an opportunity to explore the world around you through art making and storytelling. Registration is recommended. 11am.
- March 15: Swimmy, Frederick, Inch by Inch, Tribeca PAC, 199 Chambers St., (212)220-1459, www.tribecapac.org. Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books are translated to puppet theatre through the gentle storytelling style which has earned international acclaim for Mermaid Theatre. Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. The show features an assortment of innovative puppetry styles. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. 1:30pm.
- March 15: Luck of the Charms, Sony Wonder Technology Lab, 550 Madison Ave., (212)833-8100, www.sonywondertechlab.com. Shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold! Learn to make your own colorful beaded charms out of modeling clay, and then string them together to make a unique bracelet or necklace that is sure to bring some luck! Reservations for up to four children can be made beginning March 1. Noon-1pm.
- March 16: Meet the Music, Leave it to Ludwig, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway, (212)875-5788. Beethoven's instrumental music creates powerful stories. But what is the tale? His music tells of everyday human life, full of action and emotions. Beethoven himself will appear in Alice Tully Hall to help a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played. 2pm.
- March 17: How to Really Find the Right Preschool for Your Child, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rutgerschurch.org. Former preschool director Emily Shapiro demystifies the preschool admissions process in this free workshop that offers parents information, support, and peace of mind. Learn how admissions directors make decisions, find out what’s really important in a school, understand the different preschool philosophies, and more. Registration required. 6pm.
- March 17: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Fifth Avenue, between 44th and 79th streets, www.nycstpatricksparade.org. More than 150,000 marchers parade up Fifth Avenue in a display of the vibrancy and vitality that is Irish culture. As one of the oldest parades in our history, this display and culture are a special component of the diversity that makes New York the melting pot it's come to be. 11am-5pm.
- March 22: Sugar-Free Allstars, Symphony Space, 537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. With their diverse musical influences and unusual instrumentation, this funky organ and drum duo from Oklahoma City can be hard to classify. Their music blends New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, and Hammond organ-drenched gospel, wrapped in a colorful rock 'n' roll package. Add to the mix a touch of pop songwriting sensibility, humor and a high-energy live show and you’ve got the Sugar Free Allstars. 11am.
- March 22: Picture This!, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., www.metmuseum.org. Explore works of art in ways that use all the senses in workshops for children and teens ages 5-17 and their accompanying friends and family. The theme of this program will be Made in Metal, and will explore the arms and armor collection. Registration required. 2-3:30pm.
- March 22-23: Coffee and tea festival, 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, www.coffeeandteafestival.com/nyc. Taste tea and coffee, eat sweet and savory foods, and attend seminars! 11am-5pm.
- Opening March 23: Flower Show’s Secret Garden, Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., http://social.macys.com/flowershow/#/newyork. See spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world and attend scheduled events at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square. Through April 6.
- March 29: 17th Annual USA Memory Championship, Con Edison Grand Auditorium, 4 Irving Place, www.usamemorychampionship.com. “Mental Athletes” from around the country compete in brain-breaking events including the memorization of: a string of 500 random numbers, two decks of shuffled cards, more than 100 names and faces, an unpublished poem with all its punctuation, and more. Spectators are more than welcome. 8:30am-4pm.
- March 29: Family Day at the Center: Build a Geodesic Dome, Center for Architecture Foundation, 536 La Guardia Place, www.cfafoundation.org. Families with children ages 5-13 are invited to join amateur architects to work together to create a 14-foot geodesic dome inspired by the one made famous by engineer and inventor Buckminster Fuller. Pre-registration is required. 11am.
- March 29: Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Joanie Leeds’ tuneful melodies and rich, funny and thoughtful kid-friendly lyrics give depth and irresistible zip to songs about sunglasses at the beach, goodnight hugs, popcorn popping, and creative blame-shifting. 11am and 2pm.
- March 30: Irish Festival, Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., www.cmany.org. Celebrate the diversity of New York City, with the sixth annual series of multicultural festivals highlighting the artistic and cultural traditions of different communities. During two weekends in March, the Irish Festival features live dance performances, music performances, and hands-on workshops that illuminating Irish cultural arts including Irish dance, fiddle performances, and boat-making workshops. 10am-5pm.
All Month Long:
- Every Day in March: The Little Prince, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., (212)685-0008, www.themorgan.org. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is a well known piece of children's literature. What is less well known is the story's New York City's ties. Saint-Exupéry wrote and illustrated the story in New York during World War II and it was here that it was first published in both English and French. This exhibit, the most comprehensive yet, explores the story'’s American origins through the original manuscript and watercolor drawings. Times Vary. The exhibit runs through April 27.
- Fourth Friday of March: Kid’s Night Out, Harlem YMCA, 180 W. 135th St., (212)912-2100, www.ymcanyc.org. Parents are encouraged to take time to have dinner for two, go shopping, or maybe just kick back and relax for a night without having to worry about the children. Bring your kids to the Y for an evening of arts and crafts, sports, swimming, and fun! After all, the Kids deserve a Night Out too! Parents must provide a snack. Advance registration is required. 5-7pm.
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March: Parent Tours of the Ready, Set, Go! Preschoolers Program, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, email@example.com, www.rutgerschurch.org. Parents with children who turn three by September 1, 2014 are invited to tour the program for children ages 3-5. Ready, Set, Go! is dedicated to nurturing children’s innate creativity and curiosity in a flexible, non-competitive environment. Admission is on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required. 9am.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in March: Once Upon a Child Free Trial Classes, Rutgers Community Programs, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rutgerschurch.org. Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend free trials of the classes. Once Upon a Discovery on Tuesdays offers hands-on science experiments and fun building projects; Once upon a Fairy Tale on Wednesdays uses classic stories for dramatic play , dance, art, and more; and Once Upon a Journey on Thursdays lets children “travel” the world, exploring food, stories, games, and music from a different country each week. Registration required. 1-3pm.