Children get the chance to learn about skyscraper architecture and work with architect Yves Roger on a take-home building project. Ages 9-13. May 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM, 39 Battery Pl. 212-945-6324, skyscraper.org.
Toddlers are introduced to a variety of projects that help build and reinforce formative skills through art, play, stories, songs, and gardening. Days, materials fees, and park locations vary
Kids Programs Fun ways to put children’s energy to good use. Kids are exposed to art, basketball, chess, cycling, exploration, gardening, and music among other activities. Days, materials fees, and park locations vary
Teen Programs Save teenagers from the boredom blues through classes on art, babysitter training, CPR, and environmental activism. Days, materials fees, and park locations vary
BATTERY PAK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY, Two South End Ave. 212-262-9700, bcparks.org
The 20-year-old Children’s Museum of Artone of the oldest children art museums in the worldalso offers group workshops 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, cmany.org. Workshops included in $9 admission.
South Street Seaport/Pier 17, amazoniabrasil.org.br.
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 Tuesday through Oct. 28, 3:15-3:45pm. Free. First come, first served.
Gardening club For children in grades one through five, 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 through Oct. 28, from 4-5 p.m. 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.
Especially for Kids
Daily viewings of films that highlight the experiences of indigenous cultures around the world. April 28June 1, 10:30-11:45 a.m. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green. 212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu.
Offers a number of after-school programs and classes, including a Downtown basketball league and day camp. 212-766-1104, manhattanyouth.org.
Summer Stars acting camp
Registration is open for this two-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 two-week session. MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE, 52 White St., 1st floor, bet Broadway & Church Sts. 212-352-3101.
After-school enrichment programs combining academic skills with fun-filled real world experiences for second thru fifth 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.
Karate Program Non-contact karate programs run at multiple locations in Lower Manhattan in conjunction with the World Tae Kwon Do Association. Great for children of all ages, increasing coordination, concentration, and confidence. Held at the SOUTHBRIDGE TOWERS COMMUNITY ROOM, 90 Beekman St., Thursdays at 6 p.m. (Ages 5-6); Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (Ages 7-17); Karate Class at P.S. 234, 292 Greenwich St., Fridays at 4:30 p.m. (Ages 7-17) 212.766.1104, manhattanyouth.org.
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.
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, ccshs.org. Free for members, $10 non-members. Photo ID required.
Washington Market Park’s Summer Concert Series
Families are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic supper and enjoy the concerts under the summer evening sky. The Dream Jam Band on June 19th with regular concerts through July. All concerts begin at 6:30pm. Free. Washington Market Park. Rain location Church Street School for Music & Art at 74 Warren St. washingtonmarketpark.org.
Weekly Family Tour
Every Sunday at 2 p.m., families will be able to explore the National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue through a hands-on tour, guided play on our interactive history tables, and an art activity. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children MUSEUM OF ELDRIDGE STREET, 12 Eldridge St. 212-219-0888, eldridgestreet.org.
World Science Festival Street Fair
This year’s festivities feature musical, dance, and dramatic performances as well as science and robotics demonstrations. Booths will offer cool exhibits, games, hands-on fun with science. May 31 June 1, 10-6 p.m. Washington Square Park. worldsciencefestival.com
Would You Like to See Your Event in the Downtown Express Kids Listings? Listings requests may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Information may also be mailed to 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-1548. Requests must be received two weeks before the event is to be published. Questions, call 646-452-2507.