Youth Activities

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

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 toå 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.

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. Thru Feb. 25, Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 2pm. Additional performance on President’s Day, Feb. 19 at 1pm. $15. All ages.

The Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green, www.nmai.si.edu

Films for Kids View

“Vnoksetv/Greedy,” A clay animation by Muscogee Creek school children that tells a traditional Creek story. “Tales of Wesakechak: The First Spring Flood,” In the time before people were on Turtle Island (North America), the Creator put the trickster Wesakechak on earth to take care of all creatures. When he is tricked by the jealous spirit Machias, his friends come to help. Also “Dab Iyiyuu: First Steps,” A Cree community in northern Ontario observes the traditional celebration of the “first steps” of its very young children. The documentary contains and enactment of a traditional Cree tale about a father’s treachery and a mother’s love, and the heroism of their son. Thru Feb. 4, Daily at 10:30 & 11:45am. Screening Room, State Street Corridor, 2nd Floor.


20 Greene St., bet Canal & Grand Sts., 212-219-8242, www.roulette.org

Children’s Concert

Lisa Karrer & David Simons present an interactive afternoon of music making and instrument building for kids in pre-school through 5th grades. Children will make their own instruments out of recycled materials and then participate in a group performance. Sat., Jan. 27 from 2-3pm. $5. Reservations suggested. Parents are encouraged to bring clean plastic soda bottles or tin cans.

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


Art of the High Seas

Whether for reasons of luck, protection, decoration or identity, for centuries the prow of sailing ships were adorned with carved figurines known as figureheads. See the Museum’s collection of original figureheads of the 19th century and sculpt your own. Sat., Jan. 13 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton Street, Atrium. Free with Museum admission.

Free Friday

The museum offers a free evening of arts and cultural programming on the third Friday of every month. This month, Fri., Jan. 19 from 5-9pm, the theme is Maritime Craft & Skill. From 5-9pm, visit the galleries. From 6-8pm, take part in a Marine Workshop as crew members and volunteers from the fleet of historic ships demonstrate maritime skills. Try your hand at knot-tying, water-quality testing, and more. Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St., bet South & Front Sts.

How Big? How Far?

Sailors have looked to the night sky for centuries, but what’s really there? Learn about the solar system by making models and diagrams of the planets. Sat., Jan. 20 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton St., Atrium. Free with Museum admission.

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