Youth Activities

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org

Let’s Boogie, Baby A 12-week program of dancing for children and accompanying adults. Tues., Jan. 9 – March 27. Kids 1- 2 1/2 years old from 10-10:50am; kids 3-5 years old from 11-11:50am. Community Room at The Verdesian, 211 North End Ave., bet Warren & Murray Sts. $160, $40 for each additional sibling. Preregistration required. Call extension 348 or 366.

Stories & Songs 16-week program of participatory music and stories for children and accompanying adults. Develop children’s cultural literacy, active listening and social skills. Wed., Jan. 10 – April 25. Classes for ages 6 months to over 2 years, call for times. Community Room at The Verdesian, 211 North End Ave., bet Warren & Murray Sts. $208, 20% discount to siblings. Preregistration required. Call extension 348 or 366.

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School

345 Chambers St., 646-358-6880, communitycenter@bpcparks.org, www.ccshs.org, Managed by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

Kids Introduction to Martial Arts Kids take part in games and conditioning drills while learning basic martial arts skills and developing physically, socially and mentally. 8 Saturdays starting Jan. 6. 3-6 year olds: 1:15-1:45pm; 7-11 year olds: 2-2:45pm. $83 members, $108 non-members.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training This 6-week course teaches all the skills needed by professional lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies at swimming pools and open waterfront facilities. CPR and first aid skills included. Receive certification upon completion. Sat., Jan. 20 – Feb. 24 from 1-8pm. $300 members, $350 non-members; $25 of which is due for the pre-test on Jan. 20 at 1pm. Must be 15 or older before Feb. 24.

Baby & Me Swims By the end of the program, kids ages 1-3 years will be floating and kicking on their own. Until then, parents hold their kids as they get used to the water. 10 Saturdays starting Jan. 20 from 2-2:30pm or 10 Tuesdays starting Jan. 23 from 7:15-7:45pm. $160 members, $210 non-members.

Swim Lessons Various levels of lessons are available from beginner to advanced. Many of the classes are for all ages and are great for families who want to learn to swim together. Call for more information. 10 sessions on Saturdays or Sundays beginning Jan. 20 & 21. $145 members, $195 non-members. Mandatory swim tests take place on Sat., Jan. 13 from 1-5pm and Sun., Jan. 14 from 2-5pm.

Educational Alliance Art School

197 East Broadway bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts., 212-780-2300 x428, www.edalliance.org

Art Out Students in grades 6-12 are invited to an open house and free workshops in Comic Creations, Pottery or Photograms from 1:30-3pm and Printmaking or Drawing & Painting from 3:30-5pm. Learn about the after school and Saturday programs that begin in February. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mon., Jan. 15 from 1-5pm. Free, $10 donation suggested to cover the cost of supplies. Pre-registration required.

Young Artists Program Program offers classes for students ages 10-14 & 15-19 in Cartooning, Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Stone Carving. Classes meet once a week for 10-12 weeks from Feb. 6 – May 12 on Saturdays or after school. $120-150, art supplies provided. Some need-based scholarships available. Call to register.

Eldridge Street Project

Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge St., bet Canal & Division Sts., 212-219-0888 x302

Klez for Kids Sing, dance, learn Yiddish and enact an East European shtetl wedding. Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest will perform klezmer music. Mon., Dec. 25 at 12:30 & 2:30pm. Refreshments will be served. $12, $8 seniors and kids under 12, children 2 and under are free.

Manhattan Children’s Theatre

52 White St., bet Broadway & Church, 212-352-3101, www.theatermania.com

The Three Little Pigs A musical comedy starring Pat, Patterson and Patty, three skinny pigs who discover that through working together they can overcome anything, even Bad, the big bad singing wolf who wants to eat them. Jan. 6 – Feb. 25, Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 2pm. Additional performance on President’s Day, Feb. 19 at 1pm. $15. All ages.

A Christmas Carol The holiday favorite starring the miserly Scrooge is adapted with modern movement and traditional & original music. Ages 5+. Thru Dec. 31, Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 2pm. $15.

The Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green, www.nmai.si.edu

Winter Tales Film Screenings View various films for winter including Raven Tales: How Raven Stole the Sun; Tales of Wesakechak: The First Spring Flood; Christmas at Wapos Bay and Wapos Bay: There’s No ‘I’ in Hockey.” Thru Jan. 7, daily at 10:30am & 1pm, certain performances repeated on Thursdays. The Screening Room, 2nd Floor, State St. Corridor.

The Skyscraper Museum

39 Battery Place, www.skyscraper.org

Silhouette of a Skyline After creating a silhouette of a skyline, learn how ornamentation is used on buildings. Then, accent your silhouette to give each building its individual character. Sat., Jan. 13 from 10:30–11:45am.

Stack ‘Em High Using stacking blocks and kid-sized images, kids ages 3-8 will make shapes like the Empire State Building and the Woolworth Building. Then get your picture taken with your creation. Sat., Jan. 20 from 10:30-11:30am. Free.

South Street Seaport Museum


Native New Yorkers Before the British arrived in New York, the Dutch inhabited Lower Manhattan. Yet, the original residents of “Mannahata” were Native Americans. Explore the culture and traditions of the American Indians and make a tree mask, a traditional Lenape craft. Sat., Jan. 6 from 1-4pm. Free with Museum admission. 12 Fulton St.

New York Packet in Concert A full afternoon of sea shanties and songs that made the tall ships sail on time from the Northeast’s most celebrated maritime music group. Sun., Jan. 7 from 1-3pm. $5 adults, $2 kids. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St., bet Fulton & Beekman Sts. 212-748-8568.

Listings requests for the Downtown Express may be mailed to Casey Easterling at 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-1548 or e-mail casey@downtownexpress.com. Please use “Listings” as the subject line of the e-mail and provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Information must be received two weeks before the event is to be published. Questions, call 646-452-2505.