Volume 17, Number 45 | April 1 — 7, 2005

Youth Listings

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

early 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, thru April 26 from 3:45-5:30pm. The Children’s Garden, Rockefeller Park. $5 per session. Registration required. Call extension 348.

Amateur naturalists Club
A new season of the Amateur Naturalists Club will be beginning soon. Register now for the May/June program.

CHelsea piers
W. 23rd St. and the Hudson Pier

put play in your day
New York City kids and families are invited to the YMCA of Greater New York’s Healthy Kids Day, a chance to celebrate active and healthy lifestyles and promote the benefits and enjoyment of family fun and physical activity. Kids can enjoy a variety of games and prizes, face painting, exercise activities and healthy snacks. Sat., April 2 from 11am - 4pm. Free but preregistration is required. Visit a local YMCA branch or go to www.ymcanyc.org.

182 Lafayette Street, 212-274-0986

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

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 thru 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

basket making Since baskets are practical, as well as pretty, they were used every day in 18th century homes and businesses. Come learn how to make one of your own. Sat., April 2 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.

In this twist on the classic Brother’s Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel is snatched from her parents on the night of her birth by the evil witch who lives next door and is raised in a tower for sixteen years. The beautiful young woman finds her prince, but he turns out to be quite different than she expected - he is her twin brother! Together, they defeat the witch and are reunited with their true parents. Sat., April 16 - May 22. Saturdays and Sundays at 12 & 2pm. $15 adults; $10/kids 2-16 years. 212-352-3101. Ages 4+.

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

the museum of jewish heritage
36 Battery Place, 646-437-4200, www.mjhnyc.org

passover celebration
The downtown community is invited to celebrate Passover and freedom overlooking the Statue of Liberty. This family celebration, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Project of Lower Manhattan and The Museum of Jewish Heritage, includes fun activities, arts & crafts and a children’s lunch.
Sun., April 17 from 1-2:30pm. $25 for families or $10 per person. Advance reservations recommended. Send an e-mail to info@jcpdowntown.org.

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.

pump up the fun
Learn how to make your own balloon animal. Sat., April 2 at 3pm. Ages 7+.

soho dance kids
598 Broadway at Houston
212-226-6767 (Rosann)

spring fling kickoff party
Soho Dance offers lessons for children ages 5-15 at all levels of experience in salsa, hip hop, jazz, ballet and more. Come experience what the studio has to offer. Enjoy performances, demonstrations, lessons and refreshments on Sat., April 2 from 2-5pm. Free. The first 100 kids to enroll will receive a free gift. Classes begin on Mon., April 4 and are held 7 days a week.
south street seaport museum

puzzle archaeology
Be an amateur archaeologist for the day! Come to the Seaport’s urban archaeology center, New York Unearthed, for a 5-week series that explores New York’s history through archaeological remains recovered from beneath the city streets. Craft activities included. This week’s theme is puzzles. Sat., April 2 from 1-4pm. 17 State St. $5.

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 “Keisha Discovers Harlem” by Zoe Lewis. Sun., April 3 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. 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, April 2 at 10:30am.

family concert
Enjoy patriotic songs of America and Israel performed by Ariel Winds, an all-female woodwind quintet founded at The Juliard School in 1998. Sun, April 10 at 11am. $10/person; $25/family.

186 Franklin Street, 212-760-1440 (Melinda), MZalma@JOI.org

Learn more about the themes of Passover through stories and arts & crafts. Enjoy free french toast, juice and coffee. April 10 at 10:30am. Call or e-mail to RSVP.

tribeca performing
arts center
199 Chambers Street at West Street, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 212-220-1460, www.tribecapac.org

silk, swords and fans
This program by the Chinese Folk Dance Company brings Chinese culture to life as traditional Chinese dance and music introduce kids ages 4-10 to the court and countryside of ancient Imperial China. Sat., April 16 at 1:30pm. $14 adults; $9 kids.

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