August 12, 2010
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Whether it is too hot or cold to be outside or you just need a change of scenery, you should head to City Treehouse in Chelsea. It is an amazing space where you can find unique children's classes and also enjoy free play in a large indoor water play area with a one of a kind treehouse hideout featuring a fiber optic cave. It is intended for children 2 months to 8 years old.
My daughter Natalie, who is almost 3, and her friend Sadie bounced from activity to ...
A must have for every Mom & Dad
The first question from my children when I pick them up from school, get into the car or pretty much anytime they aren’t fully engage in an activity is “Mom, do you have a snack?” I tried various containers, but they were all too bulky in my bag so I switched to plastic bags. I always had a Cars one and a Princess one on hand. I tried reusing them but after a couple of uses they had to be replaced. Not exactly environmentally friendly or economical. So the ...
Plus last weeks winner is revealed
Welcome to the second edition of Macaroni Kid NYC Downtown. This week's newsletter is full of fabulous summer events so take advantage of the warm weather and go see a movie, explore the streets of New York or take in a museum. You are sure to find an activity for every age and interest. This week's newsletter also includes a review of the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happened Reusable & Washable Snack Bags. Learn how you can win one of these essential bags for your child. Plus read about City Treehouse and take advantage of the wonderful playgroup opportunity they have provided to Macaroni Kid NYC Downtown readers.
Congratulations to Jensen Wheeler Wolfe last week's winner of the adorable story book I Have a Restaurant! Her favorite family restaurant is Café Forant on 51st between 9th and 10th. The lavender lemonade sounds like the perfect summer drink for both kids and parents. Thank you for the recommendation!
The response to the first newsletter was amazing - thank you! Please encourage anyone with kids in Manhattan or visiting the area to subscribe. If you had a great, or not so great, experience at an events you attended listed in last week's newsletter or if there are activities you would like included in future newsletters send an email to [email protected].
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Finally, take a few minutes to read Jessica's blog about the NY Hall of Science and the John Legend concert in Central Park. Then check back on Monday for a new post.
Have a great week!
Where: Pier 46, cross street Charles Street, click here for directions and map to Pier 46.When: Movies start at dusk, around 8:30PMWho: Ages 4 and UpHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: Bring your own chairs and blankets; http://riverflicks.com/Pier46.html
Where: Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central ParkWhen: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Walk, Bike, RunCost: Free
Where: South Street Seaport Museum. 12 Fulton StreetWhen: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Just Show UpCost: Free with museum admission (Adult $15.00/Children over 2 and Seniors $12.00)For more info: Visit http://www.seany.org/index1.aspx?BD=9021 for more information
Where: Two sites in Lower Manhattan: One New York Plaza and the lawn of Battery Park.When: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Check the website for location and performance detailsCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.batterydance.org/pdf/BDC_DDF_2010_PR.pdf
Kids will tie and loop colorful yarn into unique patterns while pasting it on a cardboard circle. Simply attach the circle to any bag: backpacks, purses or suitcases- to help identify the bag as your own!
2:00PM-4:30PM: Yarn Cursive
Practice your cursive writing with this simple activity that will educate you on how to connect your letters using just one line! Practice writing your name or the name of a friend!
Where: Madison Square ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (second session at 2:00 PM)Who: All AgesHow: Just Show UpCost: Free
Where: Cupcake Kids Kitchen, 109 W. 27th St., 10th FloorWhen: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (half-hour sessions)Who: Ages 2 and upHow: Pre-registration required. Email [email protected] or call (212) 242-2248 to reserve your spot.Cost: No charge for Open House. There is a $5 per jar charge for the Pancake Mix (which my kids loved)For more info: http://www.cupcakekids.com/
Where: The Elevated Acre at 55 Water StreetWhen: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (opens at 6 PM)Who: EveryoneHow: TICKETS ARE REQUIRED and will be available, two per person, at the street-level Water Street entrance to the Elevated Acre on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:00 pm on the day of the screening.Cost: Free
Where: Governor's IslandWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Bikes must be returned by 4:30 PM)Who: Anyone who can ride a bikeHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.govisland.com/
Back for a second time due to popular demand! Potted plants and gardens bloom brightly when your children adorn them with their handmade colorful flowers made from layered buttons and pipe cleaners!
2:00PM-4:30PM: EXPLORE!/Button Flowers
Where: Madiqon Square ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (second session at 2:00 PM)Who: All AgesHow: Just Show UpCost: Free
Where: Governors IslandWhen: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: All AgesHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: Program information: http://www.cmany.org/pages.php?pn=GovernersIslandOutpost; Ferry schedule: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
Where: Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th StreetWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Every Friday)Who: Ages 3-5How: For registration, tickets and box office, call (212) 620 - 5000 x 344Cost: $10 ($5 for members)For more info: www.rmanyc.org or (212) 620-5000 x 344
artists. Upcoming workshops: Friday Aug 13th - Cardboard Ships (ages 5+); Saturday Aug 14th - Puppets (ages 5+); Sunday Aug 15th - Joel Shapiro (ages 6+); Wednesday, Aug 18th - Soft Sculpture (ages 5+); Thursday Aug 19th - Paper Bead Making (ages 4+)
Where: Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette (between Broome & Grande)When: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closed Monday & Tuesday)Who: Varies based on the workshopHow: No reservations requiredCost: $10 per person for admissions (Admission costs cover all workshops and materials)For more info: http://cmany.org/ or call (212) 274 - 0986
Where: Robert F. Wagner, Jr Park; Battery Place at West StreetWhen: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Every Friday)Who: All AgesHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.bpcparks.org/bpcp/events/events.php or Call (212) 267-9700
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher StreetWhen: 7:00 PM (Every Friday)Who: All AgesHow: Just show upCost: Free
Where: Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th StreetWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Saturday Workshop)Who: Ages 6 and upHow: For registration, tickets and box office, call (212) 620 - 5000 x 344Cost: $10 ($5 for members)For more info: www.rmanyc.org or (212) 620-5000
Where: Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway b/w Prince and Spring StreetsWhen: 3:00 PMWho: Ages 7 and upHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: http://store.scholastic.com or call (212) 343 - 6166. Events hotline (212) 343 - 6166 Option 4
Where: Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge StreetWhen: 1:00 AM (Every Sunday)Who: Ages 5-10How: Purchase tickets at the Museum's gift shopCost: $15 per familyFor more info: http://www.eldridgestreet.org/family-programs.html or call (212)219-0302
Sea; JEFF CZEKAJ will entertain with Hip Hop, Don’t Stop; THEA
GUIDONE and VANESSA NEWTON will introduce Drum City; and BOB
SHEA will be on hand with his two new books Oh, Daddy and Race You to Bed
Where: Books of Wonder , 18 West 18th StreetWhen: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMWho: Ages 3-7How: Just Show UpCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.booksofwonder.com/events081510.asp or (212) 989-3270.
Where: Madison Square ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (another session at 2)Who: All AgesHow: Just show upCost: Free
Where: Plaza Stage; The pedestrian entrance to Waterside is via the footbridge which is on 25th Street over the F.D.R. Drive.When: 7:00 PM (movie begus at Dusk; approx 8:30 PM)Who: EveryoneHow: Just Show UpCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.watersideplaza.com/events/?p=viewPage.jsp&id=103&did=198 or email [email protected] for more information.
Where: Under the Standard Hotel, between Gansevoort and 14th StreetsWhen: Telescopes will be set from dusk to 9:30PMWho: Ages 4 and upHow: No reservations requiredCost: FreeFor more info: In the event of rain, Stargazing will be cancelled. For updated information on weather-related changes, visit www.aaa.org
Where: Moomah at 161 Hudson StreetWhen: 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM (Mixed Ages; 10:30 - 11:15 for up to 12 months)Who: up to 3How: Call 212-226-0345 to registerCost: $40/drop-inFor more info: www.moomah.com or call 212 226 0345
Use tempera paint and your hands to paint this anthropodastic animal! Did you know that crabs have hard exoskeletons...? That mean's that their skeleton is on the outside!
Where: Madison Square ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (second session at 2:00 PM)Who: All AgesHow: Just Show UpCost: Free
Where: Children's Museum of the Arts, 182 Lafayette Street between Broome and GrandWhen: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Ages 1 to 3 1/2 yearsHow: Just show upCost: $22 per family (group of 3)For more info: www.cmany.org or (212) 274-0986
Where: South Street Seaport Museum; 12 Fulton Street, 5th FloorWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Every Wednesday)Who: Ages 18 months to 3 years oldHow: Call (212) 748-8786 for more informationCost: Subscription charge per month: $50.00/child
Single day rate: $15.00/child
Member rate: $25.00/child per monthFor more info: http://www.seany.org/index1.aspx?BD=9021
Where: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street. Click here for directions.When: Thursdays Nights Only @ 6:00PM, 6:30PM & 7PMWho: Ages 5 and UpHow: For tickets, call 866.606.7232 or purchase online.Cost: $20 Adults; $15 Children/Students/SeniorFor more info: For more information: http://www.tenement.org/
Create a mobile using things from around the house! Paper clips, index cards, straws and other household items are used to create these layered mobiles that you can hang from your ceiling!
2:00PM-4:30PM: Flying Hoopsters
I bet you've NEVER seen this before! Create an acrobatic, aviation machine using a straw and two pieces of cut index! It will fly higher than a paper airplane and do more flips too!
Where: Madison Square ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (second session at 2:00 PM)Who: All agesHow: Just Show UpCost: Free
Where: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th StreetWhen: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Wednesday-Fridays)Who: For students in grades 8-12How: Apply online at rmanyc.org/artstudio or call (212) 620-5000 x337 for more information.Cost: $75 when you enter or mention the code ‘Enlightenment’ (fee includes museum admission and all materials)For more info: rmanyc.org/artstudio or call (212) 620-5000 x337
Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th st at 12th AveWhen: 7:30 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Just Show UpCost: FreeFor more info: call (977)957-SHIP
Where: The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery PlaceWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMWho: Ages 4+How: Registration is required by Friday, August 6th by 5PM.Cost: Suggested donation - $5For more info: http://www.skyscraper.org or call (212) 968- 1961
Where: City Treehouse; 129A W 20th Street, between 6th and 7th AvenuesWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Ages 3 to 8How: To register, call (212) 255-2050 or email [email protected] Space is limited!Cost: $20 in advance ($10 siblings) ($25 ($15) at the door)For more info: It's fun to get wet, so bring a change of clothes and your beach shoes if you plan to use the play space.
Where: 55 Bar at 55 Christopher Street (at 7th Ave)When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Ages 2-8How: Just show upCost: $5 per personFor more info: http://www.amycervini.com/jazz-for-kids
Where: Pier 84 at 44th StWhen: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMWho: All AgesHow: Just show upCost: Free
Where: High Line Park - 14th Street Passage on the High Line.When: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Last Wednesday of the Month)Who: Ages 5 and UpHow: No RSVP requiredCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.thehighline.org
Kid Friendly Performances
Where: Minetta LaneTheatre, 18 Minetta Lane
Description: The eternally youthful, Obie Award–winning comedy jugglers keep a number of balls in the air—music, jokes and theatrical lunacy—with another anarchic production about the human condition—dumbed-down enough for a family-filled audience.
Who: Ages 4 and up.
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
Description:Tony Award–nominated actor John Tartaglia has charmed kids in Sesame Street, Johnny and the Sprites and Shrek the Musical, and made adults laugh as the original Princeton in Avenue Q. His new venture is a one-hour family musical that follows a group of fish on a hunt for underwater treasures. Along the way the friends encounter "jiving jellyfish," "a strong-willed sea horse" and "lovable Leonard the Octopus." Special effects, like an ocean floor created with black lights, will have young sea urchins swooning.
Who: Ages 3 and up
The Gazillion Bubble Show
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
Description: This ode to soap was created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, and it features the full spectrum of his artistry. This program includes magic, lighting effects and…bubbles: giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, bubbles within bubbles. If you have any little Pigpens running around, perhaps this show will convey soap’s allure.
Who: Ages 5 and up.
Where: Bleeker Street Theatre, 45 Bleeker Street
Description: A tot obsessed with eating pink cupcakes finds herself turning her favorite rosy hue (which still beats the stuffing out of getting fat) in this musical with book and lyrics by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann and music by John Gregor. Teresa K. Pond directs.
Who: All ages.
Where: New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street beginning Sept 9th
Description: Now in the brand new family musical, Freckleface Strawberry, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, you and your family can step inside the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they're in.
Who: All Ages
For Moms with babies up to 12 month
Being a new mom is often overwhelming and these sessions are a great way to help find your way. For six weeks, you will come together with a small, supportive group of women who live downtown to share experiences, ask questions and humorously and compassionately approach motherhood. The sessions are led by a social worker and fellow mom.
When I had my kids I found the babybites events a great way to meet other moms in my neighborhood, learn more about age appropriate classes and looked forward to the social ...
BOOKSTORE & CAFE STORY TIMES:
Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 E. 17th St. (212) 253-0810
Story Time on Sundays at 2:30pm for all ages
Birch Coffee (in the Gershwin Hotel), 5 E. 27th St. b/w 5th & Madison Aves. (212) 686-1444
"Miss Nina Sings" on Fridays at 10am for ages 2-7 ($5/child)
Books of Wonder, 18 W. 18th St. (212) 989-3270
Story Time on Sundays at 12pm for ages 0-7
Borders, 576 2nd Ave. at 32nd St. (212) 685-3938
Story Time on Thursdays at 3:30pm and Saturdays at 11am for ages 0-6
Giggle Soho, 120 Wooster Street b/w Prince & Spring (212) 334-5817
Story Time on Tuesdays at 4pm for ages 0-4
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (212) 334-3324
Story Time on Mondays at 11:30am for ages 0-3
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St. b/w Lafayette & Mulberry (212) 274-1160
Baby Story Time on Fridays at 4pm for ages 0-2
Story Time with crafts on Saturdays at 12pm for ages 3-7
The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway b/w Prince & Spring Sts. (212) 343-6166
Story Time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am for all ages
Battery Park City Branch, 175 North End Avenue
Mondays at 4:00pm - Picture Book Time! for ages 3-5
Tuesday at 2:00om - The Mouse that Barked & Other Delighful Tales of Good Deeds and Second Chances for all ages
Wedensdays at 10:30 am - Toddler Story Time in Teardrop Park South! for ages 18-36 months
Chatham Square Library, 33 E Broadway (near Catherine St.) (212)964-6598
Fridays at 11:00am - Reading Aloud for ages 5-12
Friday at 2:00pm - Pinocchi for ages 4 and up
Saturdays at 11:00am - Reading Aloud for ages 5-12
Epiphany Branch Library, 228 E. 23rd St. near 2nd Ave. (212) 679-2645
Mondays at 3:00pm - Story and a Craft for ages 3-12
Tuesdays at 11am - Toddler Story Time for ages 18 months to 3 years
Wednesdays at 3pm - Reading Aloud for ages 3-5
Thursdays at 11am - Baby Story Time for ages 0-18 months
Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Avenue at 31st St. (212) 683-2520
Wednesdays at 11:00am - Toddler story time
Thursdays at 3:30pm - Reading Aloud for ages 3-8
New Amsterdam Library, 9 Murray Street (b/w Broadway & Church St), (212)732-8186
Thursdays at 10:30 AM - Baby Story Time for birth to 18 months
Thursdays at 11:30 AM - Baby Story Time for birth to 18 months
Ottendorfer Library, 135 2nd Ave. at 8th St. (212) 674-0947
Mondays at 10:30am - Baby Story Time for ages 0-18 months
Mondays at 1:30pm - Baby Story Time for ages 0-18 months
Tuesdays at 4pm - Story time and crafts for ages 5-12
Wednesdays at 10:30am - Toddler Story Time for ages 18 months to 3 years
Wednesdays at 11am - "Bop 'Til You Drop" dance party for ages 18 months to 3 years
Wednesdays at 1:30pm - Toddler Story Time for ages 18 months to 3 years
Thursdays at 4pm - Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6
Seward Park Library, 192 E Broadway (at Jefferson) (212)477-6770
Mondays at 2:00m - Reading Aloud for ages 5-12
Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St. at Avenue B (212) 228-4747
Tuesdays at 11:15 - Baby Lapsit for ages 1-18 months
Wednesdays at 11:00am - Toddler Time for ages 18 months to 3 years
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