Youth Activities, Week of Sept. 10, 2015

Long-running

“If You Lived Here You’d be Home”: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; Mondays, Noon to 5 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, closed, Thursdays and Fridays, Noon to 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm,; $12 (Free for members and children under 1). 

This exhibition takes cartography and mapping as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work references maps and mapping. 

Art and play: Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Park City; (212) 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Mondays – Wednesdays, 10 am–noon, Now – Wed, Oct. 28; Free. 

Preschoolers drop-in and play with other toddlers, in this interactive play time on the grassy lawn. Sing and hear stories too. 

Soccer clinic: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; bpcparks.org; Tuesdays, 2:30–3:15 pm; 3:30–4:15 pm and 4:30–5:30 pm, Now – Tues, Oct. 27; Free. 

Children learn the fundamentals of the game and pre-schoolers have fun kicking, running and being part of a team. Drop in. For ages 3 to 11 years old. 

Pre-school soccer: Rockefeller Park, Warren St. and River Terrace; (2120 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Tuesdays, 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm, Now – Thurs, Nov. 19; Free. 

Have fun kicking, running, and learning the soccer basics. For children ages 3-4. Closed-toed shoes required. 

Young sprouts gardening: Nelson A Rockefeller Park (Children’s Garden), Battery Park City; (212) 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Tuesdays, 3:15 – 3:45 pm, Now – Thurs, Oct. 29; Free. 

Little ones 3 to 5 years old learn about simple gardening projects. Space limited first come, first served. 

Drop in chess: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; bpcparks.org/event; Wednesdays, 3:30–5 pm, Now – Wed, Sept. 30; Free. 

Players of every level practice, learn and hone up on skills. For children 5 to 15 years old. 

Art time: Nelson A Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; (212) 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Basketball clinic: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; www.bpcparks.org/event; Mondays, 3:30–5:30 pm, Now – Mon, Oct. 26; Free. 

Staffers teach children of all ages the basics of the sport. No classes May 25, September 7 and October 12. 

Thurs, Sept. 10

Art and games: Rockefeller Park, River Terrace and Warren Street; (212) 267–9700; 

batteryparkcity.org; 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; Free. 

Join school age children 5 years and older for fun, creative art projects. 

Drop in chess: Rockefeller Park, River Terrace and Warren Street; (212) 267–9700; 

batteryparkcity.org; 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; Free. 

Play the game while getting pointers from an expert – for children 5 years and older. 

Sat, Sept. 12

Fall festival: China Institute, 40 Rector St.; (212) 744–8181; 

chinainstitute.org; 10:30 am to 3 pm; Free. 

Open house to celebrate the new location and the new season. Children explore their artistry in am arts and crafts workshop, watch movies, enjoy a food demo and learn some common Chinese phrases. 

Negative Space Outerspace: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; 2:30 pm to 5 pm; Free with museum admission. 

Children learn about negative and positive spaces in a 2D artwork by creating outerspace scape using negative space. 

Thurs, Sept. 17

Kites from Maps: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; 2:30 pm to 6 pm; Free with museum admission. 

Celebrate Fly a Kite Day, young artists create their own kites using recycled bike maps. Recommended for children 5 years and older.

Sat, Sept. 19

ConstrucktionKids Building workshop: Peck Slip, South St. and Front Street; 10 am – noon; Free. 

Children learn to safely use hammers and nails to build a creative wooden project they get to take home. 

Go Fish: Wagner Park, 20 Battery Pl.; (212) 267–9700; 

batteryparkcity.org; 10 am to 2 pm; Free. 

Join an experienced angler and learn the catch and release program. Then enjoyu a performance and do an art project. 

The Buzz about Bees: Castle Clinton, Battery Park; (917) 409–3720; nycgovparks.org; 10 am to noon; Free. 

Visit the bee hives in the Battery and learn the ways in which bees live, work, and play, then make paper flower crowns to take home. 

Turtle Day: Wagner Park, 20 Battery Pl.; (212) 267–9700; 

batteryparkcity.org; 11 am to 1:30 pm; Free. 

Learn all about turtles. 

Urban rangers will guide you through the solar system, highlighting science, history and folklore. 

Sun, Sept. 20

West African Cultural Festival: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; 11 am – 1:30 pm; $12 (Free for seniors). 

Celebrate the culture and learn all about Nigeria, with performances and workshops throughout the museum. Enjoy performances of traditional music performed by the percussion department at the Brooklyn Music School. 

Family art tour: Teardrop Park, Warren St. and River Terrace; (212) 267–9700; 

bpcparks.org; 2 pm; Free. 

Explore ideas within Ann Hamilton’s rock formations, inspired by seismic activity with an art expert and Dr. Patricia Nadeau, a volcanologist. Then make your own volcano. 

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