Volume 17, Number 43 | March 18 - 24, 2005

Youth Activities

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

arly spring kids’ gardening
A weekly after school gardening program that introduces the joys of gardening to 2nd thru 5th graders. Held outdoors, Children’s Gardening educates as well as entertains. Botany, biology and agronomy figure in the simple and fun science lessons and hands-on demonstrations that accompany planting, cultivation and harvesting instruction. Youngsters also participate in garden-related art activities such as pressing flowers. Tuesdays, March 15 - April 26 from 3:45-5:30pm. The Children’s Garden, Rockefeller Park. $5 per session. Registration required. Call extension 348.

nnual 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.

Poetry workshop
Come for a workshop that combines poetry and photographs. Workshop will be held at Poets House, 72 Spring St. Pre-registration preferred. Call Mike at 212-431-7920 x10. Sat., March 5 at 11am. Free.

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

spring planting
Get ready for spring and plant seeds to grow herbs like those once used in the tavern. Sat., March 5 from 11am - 4pm.

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

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. Thru April 3. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

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

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 the
american indian
One Bowling Green, 212-514-3700

films for kids Children can view “Eagle Song,” “Haircuts Hurt,” “Qulliq,” “The Soap Tree” and “Greedy” seven days per week at 10:30 & 11:30am thru March 27.

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.

Zen Shorts
Hear a reading of Jon Muth’s new book, “Zen Shorts,” a story about a giant panda named Stillwater who moves into Michael, Addy and Karl’s neighborhood and tells them the most amazing stories! A watercolor painting project will follow. Sat., March 5 at 3pm. Ages 5+.

south street seaport museum

artwork exploration
Join us as we explore the artwork of Romare Bearden. Learn how color, shape and old images can be transformed into wonderful new works of art. Sat., March 5 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St. Free with museum admission.

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 “The Jazz Man,” by Mary Hays Weik and Ann Grifalconi. Sun, March 6 from 1-4pm. Museum, 12 Fulton St.

New York Packet
Enjoy a variety of music including deepwater shanties, Stephen Foster pieces and songs from 19th-century New York pubs. $5 adults, $2 kids. Sun., March 6 at 3pm. Melville Gallery, 213 Water St. 212-748-8735.

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. Schermerhorn Row Galleries, 12 Fulton St.

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, March 5 at 10:30am.

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

Live musical performance
Laurie Berkner will take the stage to perform her original songs written specifically to entertain young audiences, kids ages K-10. Sat, March 5 at 1:30pm. $14 adults, $9 kids. 212-220-1460.

Downtown Express is published by
Community Media LLC.

Downtown Express
487 Greenwich St.,
Suite 6A | New York, NY 10013

All rights reserved.
Downtown Express and downtownexpress.com
are registered trademarks of Community Media, LLC
John W. Sutter, president


Phone: 212.229.1890 | Fax: 212.229.2790
Email: josh@downtownexpress.com


Downtown Express is published by
Community Media LLC.
Downtown Express | 487 Greenwich St., Suite 6A | New York, NY 10013

Phone: 212.242.6162 | Fax: 212.229.2970
Email: news@downtownexpress.com

Written permission of the publisher must be obtainedbefore any of the contents of this newspaper, in whole or in part, can be reproduced or redistributed.