Volume 16 • Issue 21 | October 21 - 27, 2003


Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Nicholas Kai, 5, ate some birthday cake and helped the City Parks Dept. celebrate the 100th anniversary of Seward Park last Thursday. The Lower East Side park, which opened in 1903, was the city’s first municipally-built playground and was named after William Henry Seward, former governor of New York and Secretary of State under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He negotiated America’s purchase of Alaska.

Halloween Events:
Oct. 25-Christopher Park Halloween Party, Christopher & W. Fourth St., 1-4 p.m., free, 212-366-4535.

Oct. 25-The Great Pumpkin Party, a magical day of kids’ activities & fun, including the BPC Parent’s Association Annual Parade, at North End or South End Aves. near the WFC, noon-4 p.m., free, 212-945-0505.

Oct. 25-Halloween At Sea, South Street Seaport, aboard the Peking, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, 212-748-8758.

Oct. 25-p.s. 89 Liberty School Halloween Party, 201 Warren St.$5 per person, 5-8 p.m., 212-938-7582.

GOBLIN MARKET IN TRIBECA The Manhattan Children’s Theatre performs ‘Goblin Market,’ by Christina Rossetti. Now through Nov. 2. Sat. and Sun, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. 380 Broadway, 4th Floor. (Two blocks south of Canal St.) 212-352-3102 or www.theatermania.com

Art Capoeira Center
79 Leonard St., 646-645-1110: Wed. & Sat.-Exciting Martial Arts, Sports & Dance Classes for kids ages 4-10, Wed., 4:30-5:15 p.m., Sat., 11:30-12:15 p.m., call for more information.

2 South End Ave., 212-267-9700: Free weekly recreation, sports & art programs for kids, all activities through October 31 unless otherwise indicated, call for specific info for future programs:


PLAY AS YOU PLEASE, Tue., 3:30-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller park: Kids choose group games and our programming Leaders organize the fun & provide equipment.

PRESCHOOL ART, Thu. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Rockefeller park: Simple art projects for very young artists. Dress for a mess!

PRESCHOOL FAMILY PLAY, Sun., 2-4 p.m., Wagner Park: Join other families with toddlers for interactive play with imaginative toys.

PRESCHOOL PLAY. Mon., Tue., Wed., 10 a.m.-noon, Wagner Park: Join other parents, caregivers and toddlers for interactive play with imaginative toys.

SOCCER, Tue. Afternoons, Rockefeller Park: 4 year olds, 2:30-3:15 p.m.


CHILDREN’S BASKETBALL, Mon., 3:30-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Basketball with adjustable height hoops for kids of all sizes.

CHILDREN’S GARDENING, Tue. 3:45-5 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Plant, tend & harvest. For children in 2nd-5th Grade. call 212-267-9700 to learn how to register.

CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY, Mon., 3:30-5 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Photography workshops for children in Fourth & Fifth grade, from Sep. 8-Oct. 27, free, call to register.

SOCCER, Tue. Afternoons, Rockefeller Park: 5-8 year olds, 3:30-4:15 p.m.; 9-12 year olds, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS IN THE PARK, Wed., 3:30-5:30 p.m., West Thames Park: Join other kids for an afternoon of neighborhood games & art. For children 5 years & older.


ART FOR TEENS, Mon.-Tue., 4-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Develop your art skills with training and guidance of a professional educator. Material provided.

BACKGAMMON, Mon., 3:30-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Backgammon after school with the guidance of an expert instructor.

CHESS LESSONS, Mon., 3:45-6 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Expert instruction on the strategy of the game. Separate classes for beginners and advanced students, call 212-267-9700 to register.

GREEK AMERICAN FOLKLORE SOCIETY, Aug. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Esplanade Plaza: An Evening of Greek music & Dancing for all ages.

INLINE SKATING, Fri.-Sun., variable times & locations: Call for information about these sessions with experiences skating instructors.

TAI CHI, Thu., 4-5 p.m., Rockefeller Park, Fri., 8:30-9:30 a.m., Esplanade Plaza: Learn the ancient Chinese martial art with a master.

TEEN DRUMMING, Tue., 4-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Join a drumming circle led by a master drummer. Improvise on African rhythms. Drums provided.

182 Lafayette St., 274-0986: Wed. & Thur.–WEE Artist Drop-in Program, art, music and storytelling for children ages 10 mos. to 3-and-a-half years, 10-11:30 a.m., $13.

30 Wall St., 6th Fl., 566-4085: Mon.–Explore your hidden artistic talents with numerous mediums, free class, 6-8 p.m., 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month, free, call for more information.

380 Broadway, 252-2840: Sep. 27-Nov. 2-“Goblin Market,” by Cristina Rossetti, Sat.-Sun., noon & 2 p.m., $10-$15; call for current children’s shows.

Various locations, 766-1104: MY Art Therapy, K-2nd Grade, Sat., 11 a.m.-noon, 3rd-5th Grade, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. manhattanyouth.org.

One Bowling Green, 514-3730: Daily–Short films & videos for children, 11 a.m. & noon.

278 Spring St., Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 212-691-1303:Classic Firefirghting equipment & art, ongoing.


Early Childhood Resource & Information Center
66 Leroy St., 929-0815: Call about children’s programs throughout Sep.

Hudson Park
66 Leroy, 243-6876: Call about children’s programs throughout Sep.

19 Hudson St., 212-349-2009: Through Fall-Register now for Clay & Art classes for children including: “Story Art,” ages 3-4, creating props & objects that relate to books & themes; “Saturday Art Basics,” ages 8-14, foundation drawing & sculpture skills; Clay classes for ages 3-4, 4-5 & 4-16.


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