Youth Activities


Takes place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org

The Jewish New Year of trees Tu B’Shvat is a great time to study the Jewish relationship with nature. Families are invited to attend an afternoon of songs, stories and craft activities relating to the trees of Battery Park City and the ecosystems & habitats of the Hudson River. Sun., Feb. 4. “Songs of the River” with the Hudson River Sloop Singers from 12-12:45pm. Family Tree Workshop from 12:45-1:30pm. $10 adults, $7 students, seniors & museum members.

Educational Alliance Art School

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

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.

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.

Russian Tales Folk tales from Russia will be brought to life with puppetry, live action and audience participation. Part of the “Little Tales”series geared toward pre-school aged children. Thru Feb. 22, Tues., Wed. and Thurs. at 11am . $10.

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 an 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.

Storybook Readings & Workshop Come for readings from “Why the Possum’s Tail is Bare and Other North American Indian Nature Tales,” collected by James E. Connolly; “The Loon’s Necklace and Misho,” written and illustrated by James Mishibinijima; and “Bears Make Rock Soup,” stories by Lise Erdrich. After the readings, make a storyteller bag with Karah English. Sat., Feb. 10 at Noon. Resource Center.

Beads for Peace Iroquois beader Sam Thomas and Kenyan beader Munuve Mutisya connect Native American and African cultures in this hands-on beading workshop. Mr. Mutisya will teach African beadwork techniques which will be used to decorate Iroquois horn rattles made by Sam Thomas. Thurs., Feb. 15 at 4pm. Education Classroom, 2nd floor. Pre-registration required. Call 212-514-3716. $15, $13 members. Ages 16+.


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

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.

Body Buildings Come make a skyline with your body. Learn about the different shapes of skyscrapers and then use poster-paper and your silhouette to make your very own building. Sat., Jan. 27 from 10:30–11:45am. Ages 2 and up.

Push/Pull Learn about the physics of skyscrapers through interactive experiments and demonstrations. Try fun push-pull balancing acts with new friends and make a toothpick and marshmallow skyscraper skeleton. Sat., Feb. 3 from 10:30—11:45am. Ages 6 and up.

South Street Seaport Museum


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.

Underground Adventure What is an artifact? What does an archaeologist do? What can objects tell us about our past? Enjoy this rare opportunity to visit the urban archaeology center New York Unearthed and reconstruct history through the artifacts archaeologists have found beneath our city streets. Sat., Jan. 27 from 1-4pm. $12 adults, $8 kids, $4 off for Museum members. New York Unearthed, 17 State St. Reservations required. Call 212-748-8757.

Tribeca performing Arts Center

www.tribecapac.org, www.smarttix.com

Licedei Clown Theater The world famous Clown Theater Licedei from St. Petersburg, Russia continues its global tour with a NYC premiere. The characters include a baby whose dolls are always missing their heads, a father who’s a bit tipsy, teenagers with sibling rivalry and an always-expectant mother. The action includes visual tricks, mime/clowning, pillow fights and an auditorium filled with paper streamers. Fri., Feb. 9 at 8pm & Sat., Feb. 10 at 3 & 7pm. $35, $45, $55. All ages.If the event. Information must be received two weeks before the event is to be published. Questions, call 646-452-2505.

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