Children’s Activities

Downtown Express photo by Akiko Miyazaki

BARNES & NOBLE
33 E. 17th St., 253-0810: Sat.–Storytime, 2 p.m.

BATTERY PARK CITY
PARKS CONSERVANCY
2 South End Ave., 212-267-9700: Free weekly recreation, sports & art programs for kids, all activities through October 31 unless otherwise indicated, call for specific info for future programs:

Esplanade Plaza, Liberty Streets: July 19, Aug. 9-Family Dances, music & dancing from around the world for all ages, 6:30-8 p.m., free.

Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.: June 16 23 & 30-Amateur Naturalists Club, for first, second & third graders, 3:30-5 p.m., free; Tue.-Children’s Gardening, for grades two through five, 3:45-5 p.m., through Oct. 28, free; Thu.-Art & Play, Preschool art, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free; Mon.-Advanced Art, ages 10-18, 4-5:30 p.m., free; Mon.-Children’s Basketball, 3:30-5:30 p.m., for kids of all sizes, free; Mon.-Chess Lessons, from a master, beginners, 3:30-4:45 p.m., intermediate & advanced, 4:45-6 p.m., $56 for two months; Mon.-Afternoon Backgammon, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Children’s Soccer, 4 year olds, 2:30-3:15 p.m., 5-8 years, 3:30-4:15 p.m., 9-12 years, 4:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Play as you please, children play group games, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Tue.-Teen Drumming, 4-5:30 p.m., free; Thu.-Art & Games, for children 5 years & older, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; Thu.-Afternoon Chess, 5-6:30 p.m., free.

Rector Park, Battery Park, West Thames St.: July 19, Aug. 9, Sept. 20-”Stories for all Ages,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free.

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Battery Place & West Side Highway: Mon.-Wed.-Art & Play for preschoolers, 10 a.m.-noon, free; Sun.-Art & Play, Preschool family play, 2-4 p.m., free; Wed.-Games & art for children 5 years & older, 3:30-5:30 p.m., free; June 20-Swedish Midsummer Festival, celebrate the longest day of the year the Swedish Way, 5-8 p.m., free; June 20, Sept. 14-Family Dances at Battery Park City, free evening fun for the whole family, call for information; June 28, Sept. 27, Oct. 18-”Go Fish,” fishing & art for all ages, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., call for information, free.

CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY
15 W. 16th St., hours vary, please call, 294-8301: “TRADERS TO TARTARY,” a hands-on tour & exhibit on the trading routes used by Jewish merchants who crossed Europe & Asia, Tue., Wed. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thur., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., through June, $6 adults, $4 children; “THE TREE OF LIFE SHTENDER,” a sculptural lectern by artists David Moss & Noah Greenberg, ongoing.

CHILDREN’S GALLERIES
FOR JEWISH CULTURE
515 W. 20th St., 924-4500: Ongoing–“From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East,” children hunt for food, grind wheat, weave cloth & build little houses; “From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America,” crafts & activities related to migration, $5; Sun.–“Ancient Necklaces & Postcards from America,” arts & crafts, 2-5 p.m., free with admission; Call about current events for children.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
182 Lafayette St., 274-0986: Wed. & Thur.–WEE Artist Drop-in Program, art, music and storytelling for children ages 10 mos. to 3-and-a-half years, 10-11:30 a.m., $13.

EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE
344 E. 14th St., 780-2300: Sun.–Family Art Works, art activity workshops for the family, 1-2:30 p.m., free.

FAITH EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIP
30 Wall St., 6th Fl., 566-4085: Mon.–Explore your hidden artistic talents with numerous mediums, free class, 6-8 p.m., 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, free, call for more information.

Henry street settlement
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St., 212-598-0400: June 27-July 13-”The Devil & Daniel Webster,” one of the great classic american plays gets a new slant presented by the Urban Youth Theater, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., $5-$10.

HUDSON GUILD BEACON
333 W. 17th St., 243-7574: Mon.-Fri.–AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, including athletics, tutoring, arts and more, 3-6 p.m, free.

LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
90 Orchard St., 431-0233: Sat. & Sun.–THE CONFINO FAMILY APARTMENT, the “living history” apartment of a Sephardic-Jewish family from Turkey who lived in the tenement in the early 1900s, tours at noon, 1, 2 & 3 p.m., ongoing.

MANHATTAN YOUTH
Various locations, 766-1104: MY Art Therapy, K-2nd Grade, Sat., 11 a.m.-noon, 3rd-5th Grade, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. manhattanyouth.org.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
One Bowling Green, 514-3730: Daily–Short films & videos for children, 11 a.m. & noon.

New York City urban experience
85 South St., 212-514-5700: “The City as I See It,” a youth art event exhibition based on student impressions of the city within the context of installation, spoken word & writing, through June.

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY:

Early Childhood Resource & Information Center
66 Leroy St., 929-0815: Wed.–Classic short films for children, 4 p.m., free.

Hudson Park
66 Leroy, 243-6876: Wed.–Film for children ages 3-8, 4 p.m., free.

New Amsterdam
9 Murray St., 732-8186: Mon.–Picture Book Hour, 4 p.m., free.

Tompkins Square
331 E. 10th St., 228-4747: Mon.–Picture Book Hour, ages 3 to 7, 4 p.m.

Provincetown playhouse
133 MacDougal St., 212-998-5868: “New Plays for Young Audiences,” June 20-22-”The Odyssey,” June 20-21, 8 p.m., June 22, 3 p.m., free; June 27-29-”The 8:05,” June 27-28, 8 p.m., June 29, 3 p.m., free.

THE SALON THEATER
45 Bleecker St., 539-6644: Sat.–THE ADVENTURES OF MAYA THE BEE, the endearing story of a little bee in pursuit of tastier honey told through rod & shadow puppets & a jazz score, 2 p.m., $7 children, $15.

SEA @ LOS KABAYITOS PUPPET & CHILDREN’S THEATER
107 Suffolk St., 2nd Fl., 212-260-4080: call for current children’s shows.
TADA! YOUTh Theater
15 W. 28th St., 2nd fl., 212-252-1619: call for current Children’s Theater productions.

Theater 80
80 St. Mark’s Place at First Ave., 212-868-4444: Through June 26-”Fairy Tales of the Absurd,” a collection of three wacky plays for children & adults, Sun.-Mon., Wed., 7 p.m., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., $20-$35.

THIRTEENTH STREET REPERTORY COMPANY
50 W. 13th St., 675-6677, www.13thstreetrep.org: Sat. & Sun.–WISEACRE FARM, the entire farm is celebrating Clifford the Pig’s birthday in contempt of the cake-thieving fox and children are invited to save the cake, ages 3 and up, 1 p.m., $7; Sat.–RUMPLE WHO?, Will Bartlett revives the hit children’s musical adaptation of “Rumpelstiltskin,” dir. by Robert Kreis, ages 5 and up, 3 p.m., $7; THEATER BIRTHDAY PARTIES avail. on days of shows. .

Wall street Rising
Lower Manhattan Information Center, corner of Broad St. & Exchange Place, 212-726-1529: June 21-Scavenger Hunt for Families, for children ages 7 & up, 10:30 a.m.-noon, free, call for information & to make reservations.

Washington market community park
Washington Market Park, 212-964-1133: Mon., Wed., every other Sat.-Let’s Explore & Art for Tots, with Sarah Murphy, 3:15-5:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ages 2-7, free.


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