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Volume 20 Issue 20 | Sept. 28 - Oct. 04, 2007

Youth Activities

Back-to-School Safety DayJoin McGruff the Crime Dog for an afternoon of back-to-school safety tips. Pose for a picture with McGruff, register your iPod with the NYPD, and participate in the Safe Corridor Program for Schools. Learn safety skills on topics such as School Bus, Subway and Pedestrian Safety, the do’s and don’ts of Stranger Danger, and Internet Safety & Awareness. All ages. Sat., Sept. 29 from 11am-2pm. THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM, 100 Old Slip, bet. Water & South Sts. 212-480-3100. www.nycpolicemuseum.org.

Bird WatchingBattery Park City is a great spot for autumn bird watching. Observe birds beginning their annual pilgrimage south to warmer climates. Binoculars and field guides available to borrow. Sat., Sept. 15 from 11am – 12:30pm and Thurs., Sept. 27 from 9:30-11am. WAGNER PARK, The Pavilions. Presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. All ages. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Free.

Breast-Feeding Support GroupLa Leche League of Downtown Manhattan will offer an evening meeting with information and support for nursing mothers, pregnant women, family members, care-givers and health care professionals. Babies and children are welcome to attend. Thurs., Sept. 27 from 7 - 8:30pm. MCBURNEY YMCA, 125 W. 14th St., bet 6th & 7th Aves. For more information, contact Johana Teran at 212-912-2316. Free.

Fishing BluesHear bluesman Michael Hill perform songs relating to fishing and childhood. Part of Battery Park City Park Conservancy’s Go Fish event with catch-and-release fishing for all ages. Sat., Oct. 20 at 12:30pm. WAGNER PARK. Free.

Go FishExperience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing. Master anglers will be on hand to assist. Rods, reels and bait provided or bring your own. Fri., Sept. 21 from 11:30am – 1:30pm. WAGNER PARK, Battery Park City. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. All ages. Free.

Goodnight MoonBunny’s imagination is never at rest. Before his head hits the pillow, he must say goodnight to everything in the room, but with each goodnight, something comes to life. Adapted from “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. Sat. & Sun., thru Dec. 9 at 12 & 2pm. MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 52 White St., bet Broadway & Church St. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com. Ages 4+. $20, $15 kids & seniors. Premiere seats, $50, include front row seats, meet & greet with actors and programs signed by the cast. Tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the performance.

Halloween PartyEnjoy a spooky haunted house, face painting, trick-or-treating and Halloween treat bag decorating. All who come to the Museum in costume will receive a prize. Museum staff will also provide tips on how to stay safe this Halloween. Every child will receive a free Halloween wrist reflector. All ages. Sat., Oct. 20 from 11am –2pm. THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM, 100 Old Slip, bet. Water & South Sts. 212-480-3100. www.nycpolicemuseum.org.

Harvest FestivalPaint pumpkins, parade around the straw bales, make bird feeders and other fun Fall crafts. All ages. Sat., Oct. 27 from 11am – 2pm. Rain date is Oct. 28. JEFFERSON MARKET GARDEN, Greenwich Ave. bet 6th Ave. & W. 10th St. Presented by The Jefferson Market Garden, Village Alliance BID and Jefferson Market Library. www.jeffersonmarketgarden.org. Free.

Hispanic Heritage Month CelebrationFamilies can celebrate their heritage and enjoy the music and dance of the Caribbean and Central & South America during New York City’s largest celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Pathmark Celebración de la Herencia Hispana. José Alberto, known in the world of Latin music as “El Canario,” headlines. Sun., Sept. 23 from noon – 5pm. SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, Pier 17, South St. & Fulton. Free.

“It’s My Park” DayPark staff will teach kids about vibrant spring flowers and help them to plant hundreds of tulip and daffodil bulbs throughout the park. Bring a trowel if you have one. Sat., Oct. 20 from 11am-12pm. WASHINGTON MARKET PARK, entrance at Duane & Greenwich Sts. www.washingtonmarketpark.org. Sponsored by The Friends of Washington Market Park.

Neighborhood Fall FestivalEnjoy multi-ethnic food, performances by local artists, ethnic dancing, a fashion show, thrift sale, art exhibit, games, face painting, tours of the New York City Marble Cemetery and more. Sat., Sept. 22 from 10am – 6pm. CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY VIRGIN PROTECTION, 59 E. 2nd St. Sponsored by the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection and the Residents of E. 2nd St. 212-677-4664. Free admission.

Parent WorkshopLearn tips on how to create the relationship you desire with your child with Alfred Ruiz Burnett in an interactive, question and answer, role-playing seminar. Parents will be educated on various communication and behavioral strategies that can help them develop a positive relationship with their children. Mon., Sept. 24 from 6-7:30pm. MCBURNEY YMCA, 125 W. 14th St., bet 6th & 7th Aves. For more information, contact Johana Teran at 212-912-2316. Free.

Skyscraper Sustainability SeriesThe Skyscraper Museum, The Center for Architecture Foundation, and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education have joined together to offer Middle School students ages 12-15 the opportunity to see how the urban environment, architecture and issues of sustainability intersect to create a green city. Every Saturday in October, students will explore these issues through a series of workshops designed to build on each other. Students are encouraged to register for the entire series. Visit the “Family Programs” section at www.skyscraper.org for more information.

Star Hop and Moon WalkUsing binoculars and sharing telescopes, participants, guided by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, will seek out stars, planets and lunar craters visible in the early evening sky. Fri., Oct. 26 from 6:30-8pm. WAGNER PARK, The Pavilions. Presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. All ages. Call to pre-register. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Free.

Tour de ParcA bicycle touring event for children ages 3-9. Various stops along the path offer children fun activities such as bike decorating and obstacle courses. Helmets required. Sun., Sept. 30 from 10:30am – Noon. ESPLANADE PLAZA. Presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. All ages. Call to pre-register. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Free.

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