Anansi, Spiderman of AfricaCrabgrass Puppet Theatres 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, tribecapac.org. $25 general, $15 students/seniors.
CMA Open Art StudiosThe 20-year-old Childrens 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. CHILDRENS MUSEUM OF ART, 182 Lafayette St, 212-274-0986, cmany.org. Workshops included in $9 admission.
Amazon Indigenous Body Art and Ornamental Crafts with Alcinda SaphiraPart of the Amazonia Brazil exhibition. Students learn about Amazonian culture through craft projects. Saturdays and Sundays through May 4, 1 3 p.m. AMAZONIA BRAZIL, South Street Seaport/Pier 17, amazoniabrasil.org.br. $4 (materials fee)
Young sprouts gardeningFor 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 clubFor 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 CHILDRENS GARDEN, Nelson A. Rockefeller Park. 212.267.9700, ext. 348.
Manhattan Youthoffers a number of after-school programs and classes, including a Downtown basketball league and day camp. 212 766-1104, manhattanyouth.org.
If You Give a Mouse a CookieWhen 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 campRegistration 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 CHILDRENS THEATRE, 52 White St., 1st floor, bet Broadway & Church Sts. 212-352-3101.
Goodie Two Shoes: Last Splash before Summer BreakFamily dance party for babies, toddlers, and big kids. DJs D-Gruv and Sambarella spin an eclectic mix of new wave, alternative 80s, punk, and ska. Snacks, juice boxes, Polaroid portraits, punk rock playtime, and Babys First Tattoo parlor. Saturday, May 3, 2 5 p.m. CLUB BLVD/CRASH MANSION, 199 Bowery at Spring St. 212-982-0740, goodytwoshoesnyc.com/
K StudiesAfter-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 schoolsThe 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 BPCPCs Marine Education Coordinator Bill Fink For more info, call 212.267.9700, ext. 355.
Free Childrens Book Writing ClassFree Childrens Book Writing Writing Class with Marissa Walsh, author of the YA novel, A Field Guide to High School. May 4, 6 7 p.m. MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSELLERS, 52 Prince St. 212-274-1160, mcnallyrobinsonnyc.com. Free.
Stories for all agesActor 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 VOLLEYBALLAll 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, ccshs.org. Free for members, $10 non-members. Photo ID required.
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