Youth Activities, Sept. 24, 2015

Long-running
Preschool art: Nelson A Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; (212) 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Thursdays, 10:30 am to noon, Now – Thurs, Nov. 19; Free. 

Very young artists are introduced to paper, clay, wood, and paint with projects planned by an art educator/artist. Dress for a mess! 

“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, Now – Sun, Jan. 17, 2016; $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 games: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; bpcparks.org/event; Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm, Now – Thurs, Oct. 29; Free. 

Create a fun project, make friends and play games. For children 5 years and older. 

Arts Island outpost: Governors Island, Outside Building 14; Nolan Park; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; Saturdays and Sundays, 12 pm to 4 pm, Now – Sun, Sept. 27; Free. 

The whole family will enjoy making artwork inspired by Governors Island. Participants create works with natural materials found on the island, including rocks, recyclables and more. Hosted by the Children’s Museum of Art. 

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. 

Preschool play: Rockefeller Park, Warren St. and River Terrace; (212) 267–9700; bpcparks.org; Mondays – Wednesdays, 10 am to noon, Now – Mon, Nov. 23; Free. 

Join other toddlers, parents and caregivers on a grassy lawn. Toys, books, water table, and play equipment provided. (no classes 9/7 and 10/12). 

Basketball clinic: Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City; 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. 

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. 

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. 

Celebrate Fashion Week: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; Noon–6 pm; $12 (Free for infants and seniors). 

The city’s iconic week features workshops on fashion and art. 

Fri, Sept. 25

Family Fridays: National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.; (212) 542–0566; momath.org; 6:30 pm to closing; Free. 

Use modular origami to create elegant constructions out of multiple pieces of paper, just by folding, overlapping and arranging, and then see how the right pressure can make these seemingly stable shapes flutter apart. The folding is easy; the assembly is the challenge. What folded forms help you craft these space-filling butterfly balls? Join geometric artist Hans Schepker to discover the tricks of these compound paper creations. Registration required. 

Sat, Sept. 26

My Place in the World: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St. at Hudson Street; (212) 274–0986; cmany.org; 11 am – 5 pm; Free with museum admission. 

Young artists will create a concentric circle flip book that will show their unique place in the world! Each circle will represent a different place–their home, city, state, country, continent, and planet. The larger the place, the bigger the circle! When finished, young artists will have a little flip book that shows just how they fit into the world! 

Sun, Sept. 27

My Place in the World: 11 am – 5 pm. Children’s Museum of the Arts. See Saturday, Sept. 26. 

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