FiDi Families is on Spring Break, but we will be providing periodic updates for fun, family-friendly activities in lower Manhattan. Whether you are staying local and taking in some NYC sites or taking a trip outside of the City, we hope all FiDi Families have at least one adventure or two and have safe travels. Don’t forget to visit our Bucket List for inspiration on things to do throughout NYC.
Pinocchio at the New Amsterdam Library. Introduce the kids to the magical and intriguing world of Pinocchio at the New Amsterdam branch of the NY Public Library. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, this production tells the story of a little wooden marionette who is lovingly created by a master craftsmen named Gepetto. However, Pinocchio is a bad little puppet who turns out to be naughty and tells lies. He doesn’t listen to the good council of anyone: his father Gepetto, a philosopher Cricket, or a Blue Fairy. After many hair raising adventures, Pinocchio finally learns what it takes to become human… kindness, compassion, loyalty, hard work and selflessness.
Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide for the past 25 years. Their mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations.
The New Amsterdam Library has been hosting children’s programming for years and it’s a great way to introduce your children to the public library system. Kids can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers from the neighborhood. Story time is a great way to encourage listening skills, vocabulary and imagination. No reservation is required and the library has easy stroller access.
Date: Monday, April 14th
Ages: 4 years and older
FiDi Families Insider: Sign up for a free children’s library card. Children from birth to age 11 can have their own cards; applications must be signed and completed by a parent or guardian.
For more information, log onto: http://www.nypl.org/locations/new-amsterdam
Old Seaport Kids Academy Launches! If you have kids in school, then now is the time to make those spring break plans. This year, families have an additional option for their kids; the Old Seaport Alliance is launching its first ever Kids Academy in the heart of the Seaport. There is an amazing lineup of class options that will appeal to the toughest critic. From sushi making to flower arranging and learning the fine art of gnocchi making, the Old Seaport Alliance has outdone itself. Classes vary in length from one to two hours. Kids under the age of 7 do require an adult chaperone.
Dates: April 12th – April 30th
Times/Locations: Vary by establishment
Cost: $25 (20% of the proceeds will benefit the Old Seaport Alliance)
Ages: 5 yrs – 12 yrs
To learn more about each class, please visit http://www.oldseaportny.com/events
Baby Loves Disco Dance Party for Spring. It’s the weekend and Spring is finally here. It’s the kick-off of Spring Break for many families. So, why not start it off right, BLD style? Jump on the subway to the West Village for an afternoon of fun. Kids and parents/caregivers will have the chance to listen to fun music at a great venue for kids of all ages. It’s a spring dance party, complete with great music, and activities galore. Look for goodies for the kids, lots of families and a really fun time.
Date: Sunday, April 13th
Time: 12p – 3p
Cost: $15/person $60/family 4-pack
Ages: 6 months – 7 years old
Location: 158 Bleeker Street at Le Poisson Rouge
For more information, please visit: http://www.babylovesdisco.tix.musictoday.com/calendar.aspx
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. If you haven’t heard, the beautiful Fabergé public art display is visible throughout NYC and just in time for Easter. There are 260 larger than life eggs on display, each of which were designed by amazing artists, designers, architects and brands. Some of the highly regarded participants include Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Ralph Lauren, Zaha Hadid and many others. The Fabergé eggs are in each of the five boroughs and will be on display through April 17th. It’s a great way to introduce little kids to the art world and are truly awe-inspiring works of art. This public art display is also raising awareness for many charities including the conservation organization Elephant Family and Studio in a School, which introduces visual arts to NYC public school children.
The event is also taking advantage of social media. The general public is encouraged to participate in the Hunt by downloading a smartphone application, available via iTunes and Google Play, which can be used to reveal egg locations across the city. Checking in at each egg will enter hunters in a sweepstakes to win one of three gemstone pendants created by Fabergé.
Don’t despair if you are out of town for Spring Break. The entire exhibit will be on display (for free) at Rockefeller Center from April 18th – April 25th. And, there will be a live auction of some of the eggs to raise additional funds. More information on the auction can be found by visiting http://www.paddle8.com/auctions/bigegghunt
FiDi Families Insiders: Head to the South Street Seaport and check out several of these works of art. Hint: Cannon’s Walk is a great spot.
For more information on The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt please visit: http://www.thebigegghunt.org/
Drop In Class at the Children’s Museum of Art. Children’s Museum of Art in SoHo Drop-In Class. It’s all about the wee ones in the WEE Art Studio. This studio offers a variety of age appropriate workshops, including painting, play dough time, drawing, drumming, story time, music time and much more. It’s a great way to develop social skills and creativity. Check out the amazing media center, fun ball pit and a fun slide to end the day.
WEE Arts Drop in Session- $25 per family ($20 for members) WEE Arts drop in sessions are designed for children 5 and under and occur Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:45 AM-12 PM, before general admission hours begin. Participants receive half price for general admission after their session.
Wee Art Studio: (Included in ticket price)
Date: Wednesday, April 9th
Time: 10:45a – 12p
Age(s): Infants to 5 years old
Cost: $20 – $25
Address: 103 Charlton Street
Families Insiders: Visit on Thursday’s from 4p – 6p and guests can pay as they wish for entry. Children under the age of 1 are free and adults over 65 are free, too. One last tidbit…there is occasionally a closure due to a renovation, repair or special event. Please check the CMANY website before you go.
To learn about the many other classes offered for kids of all ages, please visit: http://www.cmany.org
Children’s Storytime at the Scholastic Store. Reading to children is a great way to introduce kids to the art of storytelling (and quiet time). It’s never to early to start and the Scholastic Store is a perfect spot to explore the wonderful world of books and imagination. Join the Scholastic Storyteller for readings of classics and new releases from the Scholastic franchise. And, it’s a great indoor activity for children of all ages. Be sure to bundle up and jump on the subway and head to a fun indoor spot! Stop by the checkout counter to pick up their monthly calendar of weekly events, including a Washi sticker party and a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Date: Tuesday, April 8th
Age(s): All ages but geared towards babies and toddlers
Location: 557 Broadway
FiDi Families Insiders: Storytime is held weekly, every Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday
For more information, please visit: http://www.scholastic.com/soho
The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens May 21, 2014 as the companion to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. A Dedication Period, which includes a ceremony and opportunities for members of the 9/11 community to visit the Museum before its public opening, is planned from May 15, 2014 through May 20, 2014.
This Dedication Period is for 9/11 families, 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, active duty first responders and 9/11 survivors. In addition, both residents and business owners of lower Manhattan are invited and encouraged to attend.
If you are part of one of these groups, you may reserve a free ticket to preview the Museum during the Dedication Period and enter a lottery for the ceremony. Reservations are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: Children under the age of 6 do not need tickets for the Dedication Period. The historical exhibition may not be appropriate for visitors younger than 10. Adults accompanying younger visitors should exercise discretion before entering.
To learn more about the dedication period and to reserve your tickets, please visit 911memorial.org/dedication