Volume 20, Number 43 | THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN - MARCH 7 -- 13, 2008

Youth Activities

Babysitter’s Training This 2-session babysitter’s training for boys and girls ages 11-15 teaches young babysitters to handle unexpected situations calmly and competently. Designed to increase leadership skills and professionalism, the course covers such topics as essential safety, first aid, safe play and basic care skills. March 8, 2-7:30pm. Community Center at Stuyvesant High School. 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org. $60, $50.

BPCPC Annual Art Exhibition Kids, teens & adults show their artwork created in BPCPC’s Painting & Drawing Programs. Continues thru March 28. BATTERY PARKS CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, 2 South End Ave. 212-267-9700. www.bpcparks.org. Free.

Children’s ConcertElliot Sharp performs kid-friendly tunes on his acoustic guitar, referencing American blues and folk music, as well as non-Western music from India and Africa. Sat., March 1 from 2-3pm. ROULETTE, 20 Greene St., bet Canal & Grand Sts. 212-219-8242. www.roulette.org. $15, $10 students.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!” However, the Pigeon cajoles and sings to get his own way. Based on Mo Willems’ children’s book series. Ages 3+. Sat., March 15 at 1:30pm. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460. http://www.tribecapac.org/box_office.htm#. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students & seniors.

Films for Kids“Bentwood Box” (1985, 9 min.) explores the making of a traditional Northwest Coast-style box by hand without using nails, screws, or glue. “Tales of Wesakechak: Wesakechak and the First Spring Flood” (2002, 13 min.) is about a trickster named Wesakechak. In “Dab Iyiyuu: First Steps”(2003, 24 min.) a Cree community in Ontario observes the traditional celebration of the “first steps” of its very young children. Daily March 3-30 at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Screening Room, 2nd Fl.Storybook Readings and WorkshopIn celebration of Women’s History Month, Dennisse Gonzalez (Taino) reads “How the Sea Began” by George Crespo and “The Secret Footprints” by Julia Alvarez. After the readings she talks about the roles of Taino women. Design and paint a gourd with Taino petroglyphs to take home. March 8 at noon. Resource Center.Chilkat Weaving DemonstrationsClarissa Hudson (Tlingit, Sea Tern Clan) is an award-winning artist who works in a wide range of media, including weaving, painting, printmaking and sculpture. A regalia designer and maker for 30 years, Hudson will demonstrate her skill in Chilkat weaving. March 8, 2-4 pm. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, One Bowling Green, Free. 212-514 –3716, www.AmericanIndian.si.edu.

Flag Football During the winter months, Manhattan Youth will offer a touch football clinic outdoors for students in grades 5-10. Thru March; Sundays from 11am – 1pm. PIER 40, Houston St. & the Hudson River. 212 766-1104.

The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily: Windblown VisitorsA verse play with music for young audiences that describes the dislocation of families during Hurricane Katrina. A child is uprooted from New Orleans and separated from her grandfather during her rescue. She is whisked off to distant relatives in New York and finds herself in a strange new world. Through March 23; Fri. at 8pm, Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater, 155 1st Ave. at 10th St. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. $12, $5 kids 12 & under.

Hansel & Gretel The classic Brothers Grimm story presented for children ages 5 and up. Through March 30; Sat. & Sun. at noon & 2pm. MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 52 White St., 1st floor, bet Broadway & Church Sts. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com. $20, $15 kids 2-17 and seniors.

K Studies After-school enrichment programs combining academic skills with fun-filled real world experiences for 2nd thru 5th graders. Programs include Little Greenies about the environment, Magazine Study, Culinary Adventures, Movie Making Study, Art History for Kids, Birdwatching, Garden Study and Homework Help. Tribeca Community School, 22 Ericsson Place. All programs meet once a week at TCS; pick up is at 5:30pm. For more information, email kstudies@kstudies.com. Sign up with a friend and receive a 10% discount.


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