Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
Community Center, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, 646-358-6880
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course teaches the skills and knowledge needed by professional lifeguards to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies at swimming pool facilities and open water, non-surf waterfront facilities. Minimum age is 15. Tues. - Fri., Jan. 3-20 from 7-10pm. $300 members, $350 non-members.
Kids & Family Programs
PRENATAL YOGA for women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters; 8 Saturdays starting Jan. 7 from 1:15-2:15pm; $60 members , $90 non-members. TODDLER TUMBLING for kids 18-54 months; 10 Saturdays starting Jan. 7 from 1:15-1:45pm; 10 Sundays starting Jan. 8 from 3-3:30pm; $150 members, $200 non-members. 636-358-6880, 212-267-9700.
Stories & Songs
Share the joy of music and storytelling with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Develop their enjoyment of active listening, socializing and cultural literacy. Two sessions still available, 9:30 - 10:10am for children 6-12 months and Noon - 12:40pm for children 2 years and older. Community Room at The Regatta, 21 South End Ave. 212-267-9700 x348 or 366. $208 for 16 sessions. Begins Wed., Jan. 11.
100 Broadway, 212-964-1988
Join Miss Tonya for stories and fun on the second Saturday of the month.
gotham comedy club
34 W. 22nd St., 212-877-6115, www.kidsncomedy.com
Comic Workshop for kids
Call to enroll your child in an upcoming workshop to improve their routines. Also find out about upcoming Kids N Comedy performances, children perform standup routines, call for reservations & details. Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. $15 plus one drink minimum.
Manhattan Childrens Theatre
52 White St., bet Broadway & Church Sts., 212-352-3101, www.theatermania.com
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. Continues thru Dec. 18. Saturdays and Sundays at 12 & 2pm. $15. Suitable for all ages.
Last of the Dragons
Princes are supposed to save princesses from dragons, but what if neither the Princess nor the Dragon wants to cooperate? Based on the short story by E. Nesbit, The Last of the Dragons and tells the story of a Princess and Dragon, both determined to break from tradition but for very different reasons. All ages. Dec. 31 - Feb. 12. Sat. & Sun. at 12 and 2pm. $15.
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.
Holiday Party at the Pool - For all registered members. Fri., Dec. 16 at 11am.
After School - Programs available at PS 234, PS 89 and PS 150. More information available online.
Vacation Camp - Camps will be offered during all of the school breaks including the Christmas Holiday Vacation, February Mid-Winter Recess and Spring Break. You can register for any or all of the days of the vacations. Download a copy of the Vacation Camp Program Brochure at the Registration Forms Page at www.manhattanyouth.org.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Hall, 36 Battery Place, 646-437-4202
In Celebration of Hanukkah
The Striking Viking Story Pirates is an eclectic ensemble of professional actors that adapts hilarious kid-authored tales into a vaudeville-style musical. The Story Pirates and five- to eleven-year-olds from schools around New York City have created a vibrant hour of inventive sketches and songs to celebrate Hanukkah. Sun., Dec. 18 at 2:30pm. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 students & members.
Two West Street, 14th floor Cookie Workshop, 917-790-2600
KIDS' COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Kids are invited to a Cookie decorating workshop with delicious winter and holiday-themed cookies baked by the Ritz-Carlton's pastry chefs. Each child will decorate cookies with colorful icing and edible toppings and will receive hot chocolate and homemade cupcakes. Kids will also enjoy a Penguin Books story time and will receive a take-home gift of Penguin Books' children's stories. Sat., Dec. 17 from 1-3pm. $75 per child.
THE SCHOLASTIC STORE
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.
Cliffords Big Red New Year
Join Clifford as he rings in 2006. Be sure to bring your cameras. Sat., Dec. 31 at 3pm. All ages.
South street seaport museum
Tis The Season: Fri., Dec. 16. from 6-9pm: Come for a cup of warm cider and a candle-making workshop. At 6 & 7pm, enjoy the Seaports world famous singing Christmas tree. Step outside and enjoy a 45-minute a capella performance by the Big Apple Chorus, presented by the South Street Seaport Marketplace. Donations of canned goods are welcome to be given to a local food bank.
Light Around The World
Light has been used for centuries as a symbol of ceremony and candles have been used as part of many holiday traditions for just as long. Travel the globe and learn about Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other holiday festivities that celebrate light. Make candles to take home. Sat., Dec. 17 & Sun., Dec. 18 from 1-4 pm. Free with museum admission. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.
Community center at Stuyvesant High School
Managed by BPCPC, 345 Chambers St., 646-358-6880, www.ccshs.org
Drop-in activities include Family Preschool Play, Badminton and Games/Activities.
Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts., 212-254-1109
Bread and Puppet Theater
Two shows, one for kids of all ages and one for adults. National Circus and Passion of the Correct Moment will show for adults thru Dec. 18 and Dec. 21-23 at 8pm. Cardboard Celebration Circus will show for kids Dec. 17-18 at 3pm. A passion play for adults, a circus for kids and the unique Bread and Puppet collection of powerful black-line posters, banners, masks, curtains, programs and set-props. $12.
World Financial Center
Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street
Christmas All Over The Place
A merry collection of short funny plays, live music, dance and audience participation inspired by all the fun the season holds for youngsters. Sun., Dec. 18 at 11am & 12:30pm. Free.
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