Volume 17, Number 40 | February 25 - March 3, 2005

Youth Activities

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
2 South End Avenue, 212-267-9700

annual art exhibition
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy offers weekly art classes for adults, teens, children and preschoolers from May 1 thru Oct. 31. Their work, inspired by the gardens and parks of Battery Park City, the majestic views of the Hudson River and the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, can be viewed at the Annual Art Exhibition. Works can then be viewed Weekdays from 2-4pm thru March 4. Access at W. Thames St. Free.

182 Lafayette Street, 212-274-0986

$6 per person, kids and adults. All events are free with admission.

the art of paper
Spend your mid-winter recess at CMA! We will have a fun-filled week of paper projects exploring this exciting medium. Feb. 21-25. Mon, 1-4:30pm: Paper Quilts; Tues, 1-4:30pm: Cityscapes; Wed, 1-4:30pm: Pop-up Paper Animals; Thurs, 1-5:30pm: Paper Chairs; Fri, 1-4:30pm: Mosaic Portraits. Ages 5+.

Wee drop in
Children 10-42 months experience and explore a variety of age appropriate projects and materials including play-dough, paint, glue, chalk, and stickers. Sessions include music, stories, and time in the ball pond. Show up at 10:45 am to join in the fun. Wed, Thurs, and Fri. from 10:45am-noon. $17 per family (group of 3.)

After school art program
Classes run for 14 sessions between Jan. 24 and May 9 from 4-5:30pm. There will be supervised free time between 3:30-4pm and 5:30-6pm also available. Mondays, children 7-10 can attend “Cartooning;” Tuesdays, “Beginning Drawing and Painting” for ages 7-9; Wednesdays, “Intermediate Drawing and Painting” for ages 10-12; and Thursdays, “Fine Art Fun” for ages 5-6. Call for more info or to register.

fraunces tavern
54 Pearl Street, 212-425-1778

Washington’s birthday
Join us in celebrating our first President’s birthday! Free admission all day. Mon., Feb. 21 from 10am - 5pm.

Looks at just a few of the many people from diverse backgrounds who joined together to win America’s independence. Ongoing.

Manhattan children’s theatre
380 Broadway (4th Floor) in Tribeca
212-226-4085, www.mctny.org

Coming Soon:

miss nelson is missing
The students in Miss Nelson's class have difficulty following the rules and being respectful. One day Miss Nelson concocts an ingenious plan and disappears, making it necessary for substitute Viola Swamp to take over. Soon the children are inundated with homework and have their story-time taken away. Eventually, Miss Nelson comes back to a much-improved class that appreciates her for the wonderful teacher she is. Written by Harry Allard. Feb. 26 - April 3. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

Manhattan youth
212-766-1104, www.manhattanyouth.org

vacation mini-camp
The Mini-Camp will be from Tues, Feb. 22 - Fri, Feb. 25. You may register for 2 or 4 days. Please go to www.manhattanyouth.org for a registration form.

weekend basketball
Saturday basketball at Stuyvesant High School. Open play and games. Girls, grades 4-8 at 1pm; boys, grades 4 & 5 at 2:30 and middle school boys at 4pm.

touch football
It is touch football season again for grades 6-10 in two divisions. Sundays at 11am at Pier 40 on the top level of the parking lot. Call (ext. 0) or go online to register.

the museum of jewish heritage
36 Battery Place, 646-437-4200

student art & essay contest
The contest is open to students at the Elementary, Middle and High School Level and has the goal of illustrating the key role that immigration plays in New York City and in the United States while celebrating the diversity among all Americans. Elementary School students will be asked to draw a picture about immigration and write a short story about the picture. Older students will be asked to write a creative or researched essay of 300-500 words responding to one of two questions: “Why do immigrants come here?” or “How do immigrants respond to a new environment?” Prizes will be awarded. Further details and a release form can be found at www.mjhnyc.org/nycor. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. 646-437-4200 x4492.

police museum
100 Old Slip

exhibits on view
Visitors can view vehicles and uniforms used by police officers throughout the years, photos of some of New York’s most notorious criminals, an exhibition of photos that “capture the rare moments that define being a New York City police officer,” and a permanent exhibition in memory of 9/11.

557 Broadway, between Prince
and Spring in SoHo
Stroller entrance: 130 Mercer St.
Event hotline: 212-343-6166

Enjoy stories read by the Scholastic Story Teller every Sunday and Tuesday at 2pm. All ages. Free.

author event
Two best-selling authors, Jim Benton of “It’s Happy Bunny” and Greg Farshtey of “Bionicle” share their wonderful new books, sign copies and chat with kids on Mon., Feb. 21. Meet Jim Benton at 10am and Greg Farshtey at 12pm. The first 75 customers to purchase any Bionicle book will receive a free Bionicle toy from Lego. Kids are welcome to bring their favorite Bionicle character figure with them to show off! Ages 9 and up.

south street seaport museum

Harlem is... a storybook series
Come to the Seaport in celebration of our new exhibition “Harlem Is.” Listen to tales of Harlem and let the words and images inspire you to create an artistic masterpiece of your own. This week's featured story is “Almost to Freedom,” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Colin Bootman. Sun, Feb. 20 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St.

child’s play exhibition
For children of all ages, this exhibition showcases toys, dolls and games manufactured from the mid 19th century thru the early 20th century. Highlights include a wooden Brooklyn Bridge from 1881, a metal elephant from Coney Island, wooden and metal firehouses, Erector set vehicles, school books, windup toys and two large doll houses furnished and decorated in 19th century styles. Opens Feb. 22. Schermerhorn Row Galleries, 12 Fulton St.

doll festival weekend
A sneak preview of the “Child’s Play” exhibition will take place on Sat, Feb. 19 and Sun, Feb. 20. On Sat, meet contemporary African-American doll artists and hear stories of Aunt Len's legendary doll museum in Harlem. Also a free shuttle will transport visitors between the Museum and the Doll & Teddy Bear Show at the Jacob Javits Center. On Sun, enjoy a panel discussion on the art of doll making. Both days, children can bring fabric swatches to create a traditional rag doll of their own. 1-4pm. Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St. Free with museum admission. 212-748-8758.

Stuyvesant high school
345 Chambers St.
212-267-9700 ext. 342

Pre-school family play
Programming provided by BPCPC. Sundays from 3-4:30pm. $5 per family.

Synagogue for the arts
49 White St, 212-966-7141

Children 8 months to 8 years and their parents are invited for songs, games, & stories. Sat, Feb. 19 at 10:30am.

tribeca performing arts center
199 Chambers Street at West Street, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 212-220-1459, www.tribecapac.org

legend of the sacred forest
Based on an African folktale, the production features trees that come to life for a special young warrior who is lost in the jungle. Sat, Feb. 19 at 1:30pm. $14 adults, $9 kids. 212-220-1460.

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