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Volume 20 Issue 5 | June 15 - 21, 2007

Youth Activities

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy212-267-9700, www.bpcparks.org: SUNSET SINGING CIRCLE, Join singers/guitarists Terre Roche and Marian Wilson for an evening of folk songs, rounds and chants. Novice and experienced singers of all ages are welcome. Fri., June 1, 8, 15 & 29 from 7-8:30pm. Wagner Park. Free. ART PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT CLASS, Middle and high school students wanting to attend specialized art high schools and colleges work with artist/educator Miki Iwamura to develop a strong portfolio of work to present with their application. 2 sessions: Mon. – Thurs., July 9 - Aug. 2, 16 classes, $450; also 8 Saturdays, Sept. 8 - Nov. 3, $270.

All classes are from 10am-1pm. The Verdesian, 211 North End Avenue. Financial aid is available. TEEN MARINE ADVENTURE, Young people entering 6th, 7th & 8th grades explore the Hudson River Estuary from the BPC shores in this 3-week, 15-session program. Learn how human activity affects the Hudson River, play games, create art projects and more. Meets Mon- Fri., July 9 – 27 from 10am – 2pm. Rockefeller Park. $500. Pre-registration is required.

Children's Museum of the Arts182 Lafayette St., 212-274-0986, www.cmany.org: SUMMER ART COLONY, Children ages 6-12 work with professional artists and learn how to truly create. One and two week classes available in a variety of themes, including Ceramics, Animation, Comics, Pinhole Photography, Claymation, Puppetry, Drawing, Textiles and more. Students will visit a museum or gallery and will exhibit their own works in an art show. July 9 - Aug. 31. Classes are Mon. - Fri.; from 10am - 4pm with supervised playtime available before and after. $500-$1000.

The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School345 Chambers St., 636-358-6880, www.ccshs.org: Children’s Summer CampThe Fresh Air Fund gives children ages 6-12 a chance to meet new people and experience the country at one of five sleep-away camps or with a volunteer host family. To register, contact The Abyssinian Development Corporation, 139-43 W. 138th St., 212-926-0304, on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Bring a medical card/Medicaid card, Public Assistance information (if applicable), recent physical (dated after August 1st, 2006), three emergency contact names and phone numbers & IEP (for children with special needs). For more information, call 212-897-8900 or visit www.freshair.org.

Downtown Day CampLocated at P.S. 234, 212-766-1104, www.DowntownDayCamp.com: SUMMER DAY CAMP, Students in grades K-6 can spend the summer learning to swim, using computers, playing ball outdoors, taking part in art activities, dancing and more. Transportation is available at various locations below 23rd Street. 4 sessions available. June 28-Aug. 17; June 28-Aug. 10; June 28-July 20; July 23-Aug. 17.

Ladybug Day Pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and first graders from area schools will celebrate Ladybug Day in Washington Market Park. Any child not enrolled in a participating school may come to the park and join the celebration. Children will receive ladybugs, a magnifying glass and chalk to draw pictures on the sidewalks. Fri., June 1 from 10am - noon. Duane & Greenwich Sts. www.washingtonmarketpark.org. Presented by Friends of Washington Market Park.

Manhattan Children's Theatre52 White St., bet Broadway & Church, 212-352-3101, www.theatermania.com: LITTLE TALES – DANISH TALES, A theatrical series for pre-school aged children with stories based on folk tales from around the world. Performances incorporate puppetry, live action and audience participation. 2 free performances on Sat., June 9 at 11am & 3pm.

Masked MadnessManhattan Youth Players, Lower Manhattan's teen theater troupe, will perform four original one-act plays in the Italian Renaissance style of Commedia dell'arte. Thirty-one students from I.S. 89 comprise the casts of the four plays, entitled Italian Idol, Fast Asleep, The Politics of love, and Math & Litteracie. Thurs. & Fri., June 7 & 8 at 7pm. P.S./I.S. 89 Auditorium, 201 Warren St. At the Carnival on the Hudson on June 9 outside of the World Financial Center Winter Garden, the Manhattan Youth Players will perform the four plays throughout the day along with songs, scenes, comedy bits and magic.

Museums of Lower ManhattanWeekends and vacations are a great time to treat your family to the Museums of Lower Manhattan. Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Skyscraper Museum, Statue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Castle Clinton National Monument, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of American Finance, Fraunces Tavern Museum, The New York City Police Museum, Federal Hall National Memorial, South Street Seaport Museum, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Eldridge Street Project, Lower East Side Tenement Museum and The New York City Fire Museum. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, films, guided tours, arts & crafts and more. For a schedule of events and locations, visit the “Just for Kids” link at www.MuseumsOfLowerManhattan.org.

NYC Police Museum100 Old Slip bet Water & South Sts, 212-480-3100, www.nycpolicemuseum.org: 7th ANNUAL CAR SHOW, A unique opportunity to view classic patrol vehicles used by New York’s Finest along with original and replica cars from famous crime-fighting television series. Sat. & Sun., June 9-10 from 10am – 4pm.

Parents' Network BreakfastApplebees invites all parents, expectant parents and babies 0-12 months to a monthly breakfast. Meet neighborhood parents, share tips, seek advice and more. Tues., June 5 from 10-11:30am. APPLEBEES on Vesey Street. Free for Battery Park City Neighbors Association members and first timers. www.bpcna.org.

Parents' Network Speaker SeriesUrban Nurture British Super-nannies will discuss no-nonsense potty training. Breakfast is provided. Tues., June 19 from 10-11:30am. CHEVYS on Vesey Street, upstairs. Free for Battery Park City Neighbors Association members and first timers. Children welcome. www.bpcna.org.

The Skyscraper Museum39 Battery Place, www.skyscraper.org: ARCHIKIDS, Working alongside architect Yves Roger, children ages 9-13 explore skyscraper architecture and create a hands-on building project, which they will be able to bring home. As they learn and work, children are surrounded by images, vintage film and models of actual skyscrapers of the past, present and future. Sat., June 9 from 10am - Noon. FLOWER TOWER, After learning about the design inspiration behind Burj Dubai, the centerpiece of the Museum’s current exhibition, “World’s Tallest Building: Burj Dubai,” children will design and build skyscrapers inspired by everyday objects. Ages 7-12. Sat., June 16 from 10:30-11:30am.

Soho Playhouse15 Vandam St., bet Varick St. & 6th Ave., 212-691-1555, www.sohoplayhouse.com: PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. This eventually lands her in the doctor's office with a case of Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe. In the end, only Pinkalicious can get herself out of this predicament. Sat. & Sun. at noon. $25. Ages 3-12. Open run.

South Street Seaport Museumwww.southstseaport.org: SEW LIKE A SAILOR, Sailors had to learn skills like cooking and sewing. Create a ditty bag, a small bag made by sailors to hold thread, needles, tape and other important items. Sat., June 2 from 1-4pm. Tall ship Peking at Pier 16. ALPHABET CITY, Walk around the Seaport and look for letters of the alphabet hidden in the architecture of the historic district. Use a camera to capture your favorite letter and contribute it to a collective architectural alphabet to be displayed at the Museum. Sun., June 3 & 10 from 1-4pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. CHILDREN’S DAY, The Downtown NYC River to River Festival 2007 and 13-WNET are proud to present the 15th annual Children's Day. Enjoy a star-studded, nonstop, exciting day of performances, attractions and educational activities for the young and young at heart. Sat., June 16. Pier 16.

Summer Family Concert SeriesFamilies are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy music together under the summer evening sky. Thursdays at 6:30pm. June 21, Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could; June 28, Hot Peas 'n Butter; July 12, Audra Rox; July 19, Louie Miranda; July 26, Lou Gallo & Friends. Presented by Friends of Washington Market Park. WASHINGTON MARKET PARK, Duane & Greenwich Sts. www.washingtonmarketpark.org.


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