Family Events in Manhattan
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- Marcy 1-8: The Light Princess, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Can a girl who can't fall at all, fall in love? Two witty wisemen sing a story of a young princess cursed by a wicked witch to float through life indefinitely. Twirling above the stage, through the kingdom and into a magical forest, she must find a way to come back to earth by her sixteenth birthday or be doomed to defy gravity forever! Times vary.
- March 1: Persian Festival, Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., (212)274-0986, www.cmany.org/events/aroundtheworldwithcma/. CMA has teamed up with Dr. Golbarg Bashi to explore the creative world of Persian culture and arts through live music, dance, theater and storytelling performances, art-making workshops, and much more. The celebration continues Sundays in March. 10am-5pm.
- March1: Spirituality for Kids International, Inc.’s Second Annual Family Fun Day, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., www.spritualityforkids.com. Through a life-size arcade game, the award-winning free online curriculum of Spirituality for Kids is brought to life. Children of all ages experience more than 20 booths featuring hands-on interactive activities, games and crafts that help children develop self-awareness, understand the impact of their choices, cultivate human dignity and awaken their desire to make a difference in the world around them. 11am-3pm.
- March 1: Hayes Greenfield’s Give Me Sound, 13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 W. 13th St., (212)675-6677, www.13thstreetrep.org. Appropriate for age 3-7, this is a fun, highly interactive sound experience for children and families alike. Join the party and create wonderfully new, unique, and imaginative sound sculptures. 11am-noon.
- March 1: Purim Carnival, 92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., (212)415-5500, www.92y.org. Come dressed in costume and ready to celebrate Purim. Enjoy carnival games, a petting zoo, fun in a bounce house, and create delicious hamentashen and mishloach manot. 11am.
- March 3: 24th Annual Bunny Hop, 583 Park Ave., (212)639-2103, www.thesocietyofmskcc.org. The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center host an enchanted experience for families and children of all ages. Activities and acts, including a live animal show, petting zoo, photo booths, spin art, a DJ, magicians, balloon artists, Clown Care Doctors and three acts from The Big Apple Circus round out the evening. Proceeds fund pediatric initiatives at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 5-7pm.
- March 7: Kiddie Kabaret, Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St., (212)206-0440, www.metropolitanroom.com. While the Metropolitan Room has become a staple for jazz and cabaret concerts for adult audiences, this performance spotlights the talents of some of the most acclaimed performers of children’s entertainment. Snacks and beverages are available. Noon.
- March 8: Family Concert: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., (212)423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org. The Pop Ups, Catch the high energy of the Grammy-nominated dynamic duo The Pop Ups as they light up the stage with their action-packed new show, Appetite for Construction. Experience a multimedia artistic extravaganza filled with glitter, new puppets, live drawing, and whimsical flights of fancy. 11:30am-12:30pm.
- March 8: Fire Making Skills, Inwood Hill Park, Isham Street and Seaman Avenue in Inwood Hill Park, (212)628-2345, www.nycgovparks.org. Learn tips and tricks from the Urban Park Rangers to enhance your knowledge of the natural world. They might even save your life! Fire is mankind's greatest discovery. Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly. Recommended for ages 8 years and older. 1pm.
- March 8: The Pinkertonian Mystery, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, www.nyhistory.org/pinkertonian. Live In Theater debuts their very latest immersive and interactive mystery theater experience set in 1875. Families travel throughout the Museum galleries and interact with actors in The Pinkertonian Mystery to solve a crime inspired by the fictionalized criminal mastermind known only as “El Diablo” and the real-life Pinkerton National Detective Agency. Families will be enlisted to help and compete to nab “El Diablo.” Suitable for ages 8 and older. 3-5pm.
- March 8: A Tribute to Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014), Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Fellow children's book authors, including Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons), and Avi (Crispin, Poppy) talk about their beloved friend and mentor and read selections from his work. Walter Dean Myers is one of the most prolific writers, with more than 110 books to his credit. RSVP required. 5pm.
- March 13-15: St. Patrick's Day Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., (212)721-1223, www.cmom.org. Embrace the luck of the Irish at a festive craft workshop where little ones make kid-sized, lucky leprechaun hats in a bright shade of shamrock green. While they get their creative juices flowing, wee ones also learn about Irish culture, celebrations and traditions from CMOM staff. Ages 4 and younger. Times vary.
- Opening March 13: Pinocchio, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Don’t miss a psychedelic rock musical twist on the old tale, fresh from the Sydney Opera House that's a far cry from the Disney version you remember. Pinocchio takes a walk on the wild side when the need to belong gives way to temptations of fun, fame and the dream of becoming a real boy. Appropriate for ages 7 and older. Performances continue through March 22. Times vary.
- March 14: Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Don’t miss your chance to hear tunes including catchy gems about marsupials, archaeology, voting rights, and even a song about Ben Folds. 11am.
- March 14 and 15: Tasty Oishi Festival, Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., (212)721-1223, www.cmom.org. Japan has a very tasty culinary heritage, as well as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. A weekend of fun in the Japanese kitchen with critically acclaimed chefs, as part of CMOM's Hello from Japan exhibition. Details available online. 10am each day.
- March 14: Family Program: Cosmic Colors, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th Street at 12th Avenue, (646)381-5166, www.intrepidmuseum.org. During this 60-minute experience children and their parents or caregivers learn how astronomers give photos of outer space their vibrant colors, by taking a tour of the HUBBLE@25 exhibition, and paint their own versions of deep space objects using real Hubble data. Pre-registration is required. 10:30am.
- March 14: Artopia! A Free Family Arts Festival, The Anderson School, 100 W. 77th St., (212)586-2330, www.wingspanarts.org. Enjoy three full hours of interactive, authentic arts programming for kids ages 4-10. In the cafeteria, professional artists lead short art projects in wearable and visual art, puppetry, and more! For those interested in the performing arts, students from the Cabaret Troupe and after-school dance and music classes perform, followed by workshops in dance and music making! 11am-2pm.
- March 14: Kid MD, Discovery Times Square, 226 W. 44th St. (866)987-9692, www.discoverytsx.com. Aspiring young medics explore the functions of the human body through this interactive, two-hour mini-med school within the Body Worlds exhibit, covering the basics of anatomy and preventive medicine. Donning special lab coats and stethoscopes, kids are led through activities on the sensory system, brain, heart, lungs, and bones—they even have a special graduation ceremony at the end. Ages 8 and older. 10am.
- March 14: FamilyDay@theCenter: Skyscrapers, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, (212)358-6133, http://cfafoundation.org. Bring your building crew and get ready for skyscrapers-- the ultimate challenge! Around the world, skyscrapers are being built taller than ever before, in shapes that have never been seen. Learn about some of the new innovative projects and then work with your building team to design and build your own model skyscraper. 11am-1pm, and 2-4pm.
- Marcy 15: St. Patrick's Open Day, Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St., (212)757-3318 ext. 210, www.irishartscenter.org. Show your love for Ireland's national holiday by giving your little ones a lesson in speaking Gaelic from onsite instructors. They also learn how to play the tin whistle, a classic Celtic woodwind instrument. Little explorers also follow the immigration patterns of the Irish via a giant bead maze and get schooled on Ireland's diaspora as they go. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Noon.
- March 15: Humanity’s Opposites: Beginning with Ireland, Aesthetic Realism, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, www.aestheticrealism.org. The musical production features songs of Ireland with comment on their meaning, illuminating commentary by Ellen Reiss regarding good will, and so much more. Reservations are required. 2:30pm.
- March 17: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Fifth Avenue between west 44th and 79th Streets, www.nycstpatricksparade.org. More than 150,000 marchers parade up Fifth Avenue celebrating Irish culture and history. The biggest St Patrick's Day parade in the world begins at 44th Street, following Fifth Avenue uptown, past St. Patrick's Cathedral, and ends at the Irish Historical Society on 79th Street. 11am-5pm.
- March 17: Rainbow Cupcakes Workshop, Taste Buds Classes, 109 W. 27th St., (212)242-2248, www.tastebudskitchen.com. Tiny bakers hear tales about pots full of gold coins at the end of the rainbow, then make the leprechauns proud by mixing their own shades of edible food coloring and whipping up cupcakes filled with the bright colors of the rainbow. Caregivers are required to accompany children, ages 4-8. 4:30pm.
- Opens March 18: Babble, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Enter "the bubble," a unique and intimate performance space designed to gently surround you and your baby with new shapes and sounds. Soothing Seascapes and schools of projected fish delight and astonish your little ones, while singers provide a lullaby of vocal harmonies. Appropriate for ages 4-18 months. Performances continue through March 29. Times vary.
- March 21: Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell is joined by husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and special guests. All ages welcome. 11am.
- March 21: Thinking about Animals Can Make Us Kinder to People!, Aesthetic Realism, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, www.aestheticrealism.org. Teachers illustrate and young audiences age 5-12 explore these kind sentences by Eli Siegel: "What rights has a living thing because it is a living thing? Aesthetic Realism says we can learn from anything in nature-- if our purpose is to learn. Our deepest purpose always is to learn about the world so that we can know about ourselves, and know about ourselves so we can learn about the world!" 11am-12:15pm.
- March 21: Super Sábado! 2014/15, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave., (212)831-7272, www.elmuseo.org. This free family program, taking place every third Saturday of the month presents gallery tours and art workshops centered around Carnaval, the joyful Caribbean and Latin-American fete, and enjoy live music, dance workshops, and more. RSVP recommended. All ages are welcome. Noon.
- March 21: NASA Sun/Earth Day, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, (212)769-5100, www.amnh.org. Explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. Talk with scientists, look through telescopes, and engage in hands-on activities at this family-friendly event. Noon-5pm.
- Opening March 22: Macy's Flower Show 2015, Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., (212)695-4400, www.macys.com. Celebrate the glory of spring with this annual floral treat. The theme of this year's spectacle is Art in Bloom and will take spectators into a multi-dimensional floral fantasy. Featuring incredibly landscaped gardens that celebrate the deep connection between art and nature. The exhibition is open through April 4. Times vary.
- March 22: University of the Streets Presents The Kew Gardens Chamber Ensemble, Muhammad Salahuddeen Memorial Jazz Theatre, Second Floor, 130 E. 7th St., (212)254-9300, www.universityofthestreets.org. Don’t miss a unique performance featuring Pedro Villegas, Herb Gingold, Alan Fricke, and Tony Spradlin on piano; Noriko Omichi on flute; and Somer Taylor on violin! 7pm.
- Opening March 28: Catch Me!, The New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St., (646)223-3010, www.newvictory.org. Hoops twirl, diablos whirl, and acrobats soar— all in a day's work for Flip Fabrique, the new kids on the circus scene. Fun, funny and fresh-faced, this nouveau cirque crew takes athleticism and showmanship to new heights in an explosion of happiness. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. Performances continue through April 18. Times vary.
- March 28: Frances England, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.org. Acclaimed San Francisco-based singer-songwriter brings her full band to perform sweet songs expressing the joys and challenges of childhood. With warm, indie-folk melodies and alt-rock rhythms, England's incredibly creative and slightly off-beat take on family life has inspired a world of fans since 2007. 11am.
- March 29: 18th Annual USA Memory Championship, St. Vartan Conference Center, 630 Second Ave., www.usamemorychampionship.com. Three-time champion Nelson Dellis will defend his crown against Mental Athletes throughout the country. Nelson holds the American record in Speed Numbers, memorizing 310 random digits in five minutes, and he's the record holder in Names & Faces, recognizing 193 names of people's head shots. 8:30am-4pm.
- March 29: Family Music: Who Stole The Mona Lisa?, 92Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., (212)415-5500, www.92y.org. An unusual event combining live music, dance and film. Take a family vacation to the City of Light circa 1911, at this multi-faceted family event featuring film, music and dance. Discover Who Stole the Mona Lisa in a zany animated flick, accompanied by a live performance of Stravinsky's The Firebird. Then watch as dancers become kitchen utensils that get down to Martin?'s jazzy The Kitchen Revue. For ages 6 and older. 3pm.
All Month Long:
- Every Day in March: Cinderella, The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., (212)475-1449, www.theplayerstheater.com. This lively spin on the Cinderella story features wry humor, inventive costuming, and new songs by Michael Sgouros and his teenage daughter, Emily. Each show opens with an hour-long workshop for kids, where they can learn about stagecraft and how to produce a play, and then make a magic wand of their very own. Productions continue through April 19. Times vary.
- Every Day in March: The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, (212)769-5100, www.amnh.org. It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. All ages.
- Through March 8: HeartBeat, Times Square, Father Duffy Square, Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets, www.timessquarenyc.org. Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank displays the winning Times Square Valentine Heart Design. Kids will love exploring a large urban drum that emits different heartbeat sounds and changes its rate as visitors approach. Families can interact with the drum by playing various percussion instruments and joining the base rhythm of the heartbeat. All ages welcome. Times vary.
- Through March 22: New York International Children's Film Festival 2015, IFC Center and Other Theaters, 323 Sixth Ave.(212)349-0330, www.gkids.com. Explore the world without leaving NYC. Hundreds of the best new films from around the world for kids and teens from 3-18. Complete film listings and tickets available on the festival website.Times vary.
- First Monday of Each Month: Adoptive Parent Support Group: Teens and Tweens, Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above. 6:30-7:45pm.
- Second Monday of Each Month: Adoptive Parent Support Group: Nursery and Elementary School-Aged Children, Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above. 6:30-7:45pm.
- Second Thursday of Every Month: Group For Parents of Young/Newly Adopted Children, Ages 0-5, Adoptive Parent Support, 276 Fifth Ave., Suite 507-A, (212)645-7047, www.barbarafreedgood.com. Adoptive parents often hear the refrain that they are a family just like any other. However, adoptive families are formed for different reasons and by different means from biological families. This presents adoptive parents with their own set of parenting challenges such as the ones listed above.12:30-1:30pm.