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Blog Archives - January 2015

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Weekend Family Events - January 31 and February 1  
This weekend you can celebrate the new and the old. Ring in the Korean New Year at The Korea Society. Celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish "New Year of the Trees" at The Museum at Eldridge Street. Or party outdoors at the 1st annual Winter Carnival in Bryant Park. If tradition and yesteryear is what you're into, then you can enjoy the 40th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow at the Theater for the New City. Or celebrate the legacy of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man at the Merkin Concert Hall. New or old, make some family memories and create your own traditions of fun! Here are this weekend's picks.

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Make a Friend with Sesame Street for Winter Recess  
February is upon us. And every kid knows what that means. Winter Recess is almost here. For parents, it’s time to shuffle around schedules and pick out cool activities and camps for kids to attend during their time off.

If your kids are Sesame Street age, then we’ve got one show that is a definite must see. "Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend" is coming to Madison Square Garden on February 19 for a limited time.

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The Week Ahead: January 26 - February 1  
Do you want to build a snowman? If you thought you left snowmaggedon back in 2014, think again. The snow season is upon us. We’ve been seeing snow nearly every week this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside and enjoy those first, beautiful moments of snow, before it turns to slush and ice. This week is filled with songs, do-it-yourself toys, new spider powers, Big Bird, a park opening, a carnival, and lots more. Here is the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - January 24 and January 25  
This weekend is all about family fun. The Museum of Arts and Design is having their Family Day where they promise countless opportunities to create and explore.  In Brooklyn, the Inventgenuity Festival is happening, which is a hands-on celebration of technology, imagination and craft. If you love the winter and outdoors you can frolic in the snow in Central Park at the Winter Jam - the ultimate snow day with free winter sports for all! The Queens Museum is hosting their Spooktacular Ball for families. And the Japan Society is having a New Year's celebration as well. There's plenty more so grab the fam and head out for fun! Here are this weekend's picks.

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Author Readings: A Moose, A Twinkie Pie and a Jacket  
How does a weekend of a moose, a twinkie pie and a jacket sound? No, it’s not a camping trip in the rain. It’s a weekend of book readings in NYC. This weekend, there will be kids author appearances at Book Court, Books of Wonder and Greenlight Bookstore. And if you plan your weekend out right, you can stop by each one.
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Fee-Fi-Fo-FUN!:   “Jack and The Beanstalk” at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre  
A giant show is happening at the little theater in Central Park! The marionette puppeteers at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre are presenting the classic fairy tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The show is a light-hearted and fun take on the story we all know and love.
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The Week Ahead: January 19 - January 25  
It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in New York City. We’ve enjoyed several great activities this past weekend, including the Black Comic Book Festival at Harlem’s Schomburg Center. This week we’re even more invested in celebrating the vibrant landscape of arts and culture in NYC. Get ready for a 40th Anniversary book reading, two sets of dancing lions, pixilated art, the healing powers of the rainforest and friendly butterflies in the sky (I may need to watch an old episode of “Reading Rainbow” after this). Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - Martin Luther King Day Weekend 2015  

This weekend is filled with lots of wonderful things to see and enjoy like the new CMOM Hello from Japan! opening weekend festival, The Wild Kratts Live at the NYU Skirball Center and Tim and the Space Cadets at Symphony Space. Of course, this weekend also commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Now, more than ever, it seems a time to celebrate his message of friendship and love. There are many events throughout NYC this weekend that honor this inspiring leader as he joined hands and hearts with people of all colors on his enduring march to freedom and equality for all. Here are this weekend's picks.


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Treat the Teen Dance Aficionado in your Family to the NYC Ballet  
For many families, ballet is reserved for holiday season Nutcracker performances. After a while, some of these shows get redundant, especially with some of the racial issues in more “traditional” performances. That’s why it’s refreshing to see ballet shows outside of Nutcracker season. I’ve always found that the middle school children and teens I work with prefer modern ballet as well as shows that present a myriad of symphonies and composers.

The New York City Ballet is kicking off its Winter 2015 season with three All Balanchine performances. The Balanchine dance method focuses on speed and athleticism in dance. These performances are filled with energy, which is ideal for younger audiences.

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Dance, Theater and Nanotechnology Workshops this week in SI  
One of our favorite maker spaces in NYC is starting off 2015 with four great workshops for middle and high school students. The Staten Island Makerspace will host workshops covering the gamut of creativity, from dance and poetry to microcomputers and 3D modeling.

The first workshop is presented by the Other Side Intercultural Theater. This is a cross-culture dramatic exchange program that encourages girls to tell their stories through dance, poetry, theatrical performances and music.

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The Week Ahead: January 12 - January 18  
Books, stylish dance numbers, nanotechnology, beanstalk adventures, civil rights and animal powers are all on the agenda for this week in NYC. It’s a holiday weekend as we gear up to celebrate Martin Luther King Day so be sure to check out the events around the city and make plans for your three-day weekend. Just don’t forget to bundle up, it’s cold out there! Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - January 10 and January 11  
Beat the winter blues with concerts, art workshops and winter animal fun including seals and a wolf! Astrograss is bringing a high-energy fiddle hoedown to Brooklyn this Sunday. Broadway Playhouse introduces children to the masterpieces of American musical theater, as this Sunday they feature the work of Charles Sprouse, the composer of Annie. And Carnegie Hall is hosting Songs for Unusual Creatures, where bizarre beasts slither, hop, swim, and jump in projected images and videos while being portrayed in music by author and composer Michael Hearst. Meet a wolf at the Museum of Natural History and get icky and sticky all weekend long at the Icky Fest weekend at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There are plenty of other fun things happening this weekend to shake off the frostbite in a fun way! Here are this weekend's picks.

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Weekend Author Spotlight: January 10 - January 11  
New York’s independent bookstores are doing a great job getting authors lined up for the start of 2015. This weekend, there are author appearances at BookCourt, Greenlight Bookstore, Books of Wonder and McNally Jackson Books. We’ve highlighted several readings below, with target audiences ranging from young children to young adult.
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The Week Ahead: January 5 - January 11  
It’s the first full week of the New Year. But just because kids are going back to school, it doesn’t mean there’s any lack of great activities to enjoy throughout the city. We’ve highlighted a few picks this week to help you start off 2015 with some family friendly activities. So get ready to dance, enjoy magic, see a few icky creatures, view original works of literature and take home tasty treats. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - January 3 and January 4  

Happy New Year and welcome to the first weekend in 2015! It's a great weekend to catch any final holiday or seasonal events that will be gone soon, such as The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden or The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr! at The Snapple Theater Center. There are also some great exhibits that will be gone before you know it and are definitely worth checking out, including "Somebody Come and Play" celebrating 45 years of Sesame Street at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Museum of Modern Art. We hope you enjoy all to come in the year ahead. Here are this weekend's picks.


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