Volume 18 • Issue 20 | October 07 - 13, 2005

Youth Listings

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue, 212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org

BPCPC is featuring special youth programming thru October. Check here weekly for upcoming events.

weekly programs
Below is a list of regular weekly programs. Activities meet at indicated day and time.


Family Play - Join other families with toddlers for interactive play with imaginative toys. Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am - noon. Also Sundays from 2-4pm. Wagner Park, access Battery Place.

Art - Enjoy simple art projects with paper, clay, wood, paint and mixed media for young artists. Dress for a mess! Thursdays from 10:30am - Noon. Rockefeller Park, access Chambers St. $5 per child.


Basketball - Play with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes. Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm: 5-6 year olds & 4:30-5:30pm: 7 years old and up. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.

Chess - Chess Master Alex Rasic teaches the popular strategy game to participants ages 5-16 years. Mondays from 3:45-6pm. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St. Sept/Oct $70.

Gardening - Kids’ gardening for 2nd thru 5th graders. The group meets on Tuesdays from 3:45-5pm at The Children’s Garden, Rockefeller Park. $5 per session. Call extension 348 to register.

Soccer - Learn to pass, shoot and dribble. Tuesdays, 2:30-3:15pm: 4 year olds; 3:30-4:15pm: 5-8 year olds; 4:30-5:30pm: 9-12 year olds. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.

Wednesdays in Wagner Park - Elementary school kids are invited to participate in fun group games and art projects using clay, plaster, wood and fabric. Ages 5+. Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30pm. Wagner Park, Battery Place.

Art & Games - School-aged kids, ages 5 and up, are invited to participate in a variety of art projects including clay, jewelry making, 3-D collage, instrument making and more. Group games will also take place. Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.

Weekly programs continued


Tai Chi - Learn the ancient martial art with master, Alex Hing. No experience necessary. Thursdays from 4-5pm. Also Fridays from 8:30-9:30am. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St. $5 per class.

Drumming - Drop in for a drumming circle led by master drummer Maguette Camara from Senegal. Sessions begin with a lesson on West African drumming patterns and proceeds to call and response playing and chanting. Later drummers create their own sounds. Drums provided. Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm. 13-18 year olds. Rockefeller Park, Chambers St.

100 Broadway, 212-964-1988

Story time
Join Miss Tonya for stories and fun on the second Saturday of the month.

Manhattan Children’s Theatre
52 White St., bet Broadway & Church Sts., 212-352-3101, www.theatermania.com

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Adapted from the book by Louis Sachar, the award-winning author of Holes, the story tells the unusual tale of the kids and teachers of room 30. But in a school that was accidently built 30 stories high, “unusual” takes on a whole new meaning. Thru Nov. 6, Sat. & Sun. at 12 and 2pm. $15. Ages 5+.

The Snow Maiden
Based on Russian Fairy Tales, this story takes us on a journey with the daughter of Father Frost and Faerie Spring who is not able to fall in love, since doing so would cause her heart to melt. But when she fears losing her two newly made friends because of this, she decides to take the chance of her lifetime. Nov. 12 - Dec. 18. Saturdays and Sundays at 12 & 2pm. $15. Suitable for all ages.

Dr. Phil’s New York Talks and Walks

Brooklyn Bridge for Young Engineers Learn how the Roebling family built the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the great marvels of the 19th century. This tour is designed for young people to inspire them to follow in the footsteps of John, Washington & Emily Roebling. Sat., Oct. 16 at 11am. Meet inside Blimpie’s Restaurant, 38 Park Row bet. Spruce & Beekman Sts across from City Hall Park. $10.

Manhattan youth
212-766-1104, www.manhattanyouth.org

Programs for Children
Manhattan Youth provides the children and families of Downtown with quality programs during non-school hours. Check below for details on current events. All programs require pre-registration. Most activities are free, fees apply to comprehensive child care programs.

The Youth Council - Year-round meetings and community service placements for students. Call for more information.

Swimming Lessons - Offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school. Classes are taught by experienced, certified and friendly instructors under the supervision of the Swim Director at the Downtown Day Camp. Lessons are 40 minutes long. Children must be in kindergarten or above. Lessons offered year round.

After School - Programs available at PS 234, PS 89 and PS 150. More information available online.

557 Broadway, between Prince and Spring in SoHo, Stroller entrance: 130 Mercer St., Event hotline: 212-343-6166

Enjoy stories read by the Scholastic Story Teller every Sunday and Tuesday at 2pm. All ages. Free.

Kids can design and draw leaves, trees, and more while taking part in this fun, creative activity. Sat., Oct. 15 at 3pm. Ages 3 and up.

Knights and Castles
Hear a reading of the new book, “The Knight Who Took All Day” and help build a card caslte. Sat., Oct. 22 at 3pm. Ages 7 and up.

south street seaport museum

Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15. Learn about firefighting from colonial times to the present. Make a fire rattle and then listen to a reading of “Firefighter Frank” by Monica Wellington. Sat., Oct. 15 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. Free with paid admission. 212-748-8758.

Fish Tales
Listen as a museum educator reads classic fish tales while you learn about the creatures of the East River. Look through the lens of a microscope. Create your own aquatic work of art. This week’s featured reading is “Big Al” by Andrew Clements. Sun., Oct. 16 from 1-4pm. Animal feeding time is 3pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. Free with paid admission. 212-748-8758.

The Ghosts of Schermerhorn row
Get a headstart on Halloween costumes with an evening of maskmaking. Enjoy arts and cultural events during the evening and free admission to the museum galleries. Limited availability, first-come first-served. Fri., Oct. 21 from 6-9pm.

A day of kite flying before it’s time to bring out the winter coats. Sat., Oct. 22 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. Free with paid admission. 212-748-8758.

Stuyvesant High School
345 Chambers St., 646-358-6880, www.ccshs.org

Fall Programs
Drop-in activities include Family Preschool Play, Badminton and Games/Activities.

Tribeca Performing Arts Center
BMCC, 199 Chambers St. & the West Side Highway

Free Family Fair
The Family Folk and Fairy Tale Series will be getting underway soon. To kick the season off, enjoy a free family fair with a performance of Sofrito, a salsa celebration for the whole family. Sat., Oct. 15. Begins at noon. Performance at 1:30pm.

World Financial Center
Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street

Snappy Dance Kids Special Event
The Boston-based Snappy Dance Theater company incorporates athletics, gynmastics, circus skills, martial arts, vocal work and theater. They are offering a special family showcase to give kids the opportunity to learn the basics with some hands-on improvisational training. Sat., Oct. 15 at 1:30pm. Free.


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