Anansi, Spiderman of Africa Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s side-splitting selection of famous folktales from Africa starring Anansi the Spider, whose appetite always overrules his intellect. May 18 at 3 p.m. TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 199 Chambers St. 212-220-1460, www.tribecapac.org. $25 general, $15 students/seniors.
CMA Open Art Studios The 20-year-old Children’s Museum of Artone of the oldest children art museums in the worldholds an open art studio where children can explore painting, art, and collage through independent projects. The museum also offers group workshop hosted by an array of visiting artists. CMA visitors are invited to participate in the weekly mural project. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ART, 182 Lafayette St., 212-274-0986.www.cmany.org, Workshops included in $9 admission.
Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour
- April 25th through 28th A great downtown event featuring the artists of this community. Church Street School’s special contribution is an exhibit of the work of the next generation of accomplished Tribeca artists alongside their artist parents! April 25 28. CHURCH STREET SCHOOL FOR MUSIC AND ART, 74 Warren St. 212-571-7290, churchstreetschool.org.
Young sprouts gardening For children 3-5 years old and accompanied by an adult, this program includes simple projects like planting seeds, watering the garden, and picking (and eating!) fresh greens and vegetables, all organically grown. Every Tuesdays May 6-Oct. 28, 3:15-3:45pm. Free. First come, first served.
Gardening club For children in grades one through 5, this after-school club master silks like preparing soil and garden beds, planting seeds and bulbs, weeding, harvesting, and other techniques. Five theme gardens will be planted: a Plant Petting Zoo, Sun and Moon Garden, Sensory Garden (touch, taste and smell!), Pollinator Garden (to attract specific birds and butterflies), and a Believe or Not Garden (of unusual plants). Every Tuesday, May 6-Oct. 28, from 4-5pm. May/June $80. July/Aug $80. Sept./Oct. $80. $210 for the season. Pre-registration req. THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. 212.267.9700, ext. 348.
Manhattan Youth offers a number of after-school programs and classes, including a Downtown basketball league and day camp. Call 212 766-1104 or visit www.manhattanyouth.org.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie When a young boy is home alone for the afternoon, he is met by a seemingly harmless little creature, but giving that mouse one cookie sets off a chain of events the boy will never forget. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Through May 18; Sat. & Sun. at noon & 2pm. $20, $15 kids 2-17 and seniors.
Summer Stars acting camp Registration is open for this 2-week course featuring creative games, drama activities, music, movement and art. Children will become their favorite storybook characters and learn how to design and create plays of their own. July 14-24. $250/week or $450 for 2-week session. MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 52 White St., 1st floor, bet Broadway & Church Sts. 212-352-3101.
5th Annual Bent Festival Weekend workshop that brings together artists of all ages to showcase state-of-the-art DIY electronics and circuit bending culture. Innovators from around the globe perform music with their homemade or circuit-bent instruments each night of the festival, as well as feature battery-powered artwork made from scratch using homemade circuitry The workshops (intro to circuit bending, battery-powered noise generators, video bending, etc.) teach adults and children to create amazing, interactive art installations. April 24-26. Each concert $10; festival pass $25. DCTV, 87 Lafayette St. http://www.bentfestival.org/#New_York
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 Pl. All programs meet once a week; pick up is at 5:30pm. For more info, email email@example.com. Sign up with a friend and receive a 10% discount.
Marine Education program for schools The program is open to schools citywide and is appropriate for Grades 3-12. Sessions take place Tuesday mornings in May, June, September and October during the school year. Students learn about the Hudson and to catch fish using rod and reel in sessions led by BPCPC’s Marine Education Coordinator Bill Fink For more info, call 212.267.9700, ext. 355.
New York Theatre Ballet On Bring Your Kids to Work Day, the extraordinary American choreographer Agnes de Mille is celebrated in this family program with a suite of dances from her best-known Broadway shows: Brigadoon, Carousel and Oklahoma! The dance concert is complete with live music, boys and girls will find themselves humming and dancing along with these beloved masterpieces. April 24 at 12:30pm. WORLD FINANCIAL CENTER WINTER GARDEN, 220 Vesey St. www.worldfinancialcenter.com. Free.
Stories for all ages Actor and dancer Julie Pasqual tells lighthearted stories about “Buggin’ Out: Tales of Critters That Play in the ‘Dirt.’” Kids are encouraged to guess what comes next and to sing and dance along. May 10 at 11am. RECTOR PARK, Battery Park City (access: Rector Street Bridge). 212-267-9700, bpcparks.org. Free.
TEEN VOLLEYBALL All teens are welcome and no previous experience necessary. Referee/Scorekeeper and Ball Provided. Presented by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 pm. COMMUNITY CENTER AT STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL, 345 Chambers St. 646.210.4292 or www.ccshs.org. Free for members, $10 non-members. Photo ID required.
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