Paint Me a Story at Color Me Mine

Paint Me a Story at Color Me Mine

Paint Me a Story at Color Me Mine. Paint Me A Story at Color Me Mine is back! Their friend Julius Jr. will be there to join the kids as they read story and get a chance to paint their favorite part of the story onto a tile plaque that they can hang on their wall. There is limited seating, so make sure to register as soon as possible!

Date: Friday, March 27th

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Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s

Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s

Neighborhood Movie Nights at St. Paul’s! Give Netflix, Hulu and Amazon a break and head to St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan for Neighborhood Movie Nights on the fourth Friday of each month. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show time begins at 7 PM. Admission and snacks (popcorn and drinks) are free. Films are suitable for general audiences – most are rated PG-13. 

The next free movie at St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan will be on Friday, March 27. This one is a mid-1980s pre-teen classic about a treasure hunt in Oregon starring Corey Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and others. Movies are mostly rated PG or PG13.

Popcorn and drinks will be served!

Date: Saturday, March 27th [Read more…]

CMA Day at Pine Street School

CMADay card 10a - 2p 

CMA Day at Pine Street School! Join Pine Street School in partnership with Children’s Museum of the Arts featuring CMA and Figment artist-in-residence Yung Lee Page! There will be two workshops at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. as well as docents doing tours of the pop-up museum and screenings of animated short films by CMA kids.

Workshops will include:

Bike Helmet Decorating: Bring your bike/scooter helmets to decorate to kick off the warm weather!

Up-cycled Potted Flowers: Bring your plastic shopping bags and empty individual sized yogurt cups and turn them into potted flowers! If you don’t have any to bring, don’t worry, we have plenty!

John Dubuffet Mega Collage Collaboration: Join us in our effort to create a unique version of Group of Four Trees by John Dubuffet using entirely recycled objects! We can look out the studio window at the actual sculpture for inspiration!

Full-size Interactive Mini Golf Mockup: Come see the progress being made with the design of the minigolf hole. There will be handmade golf clubs and practice balls to use!

Date: Sunday, March 29th [Read more…]

Passover Celebration

Passover Celebration

Passover Celebration. Stand up and march for freedom at this special celebration!

The Lower East Side’s new Hub. The Manny Cantor Center, a project of the Educational Alliance, is a state-of-the-art, 103,000 square-foot, six-story community and cultural center located at 197 East Broadway on the Lower East Side. The Center offers high-quality services for people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels including: a new health and fitness center, a Jewish preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, parenting programs, a senior center, an Art School, a Teen Center and cultural programs.

Date: Sunday, March 29th [Read more…]

The New York Spring Spectacular™

The New York Spring Spectacular™

 

New York Spring Spectacular Rehearsal

New York City is home to some incredible sites and iconic destinations, such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the World Trade Center and of course, Radio City Music Hall. As a resident of NYC for 15 years, the most common question that I get asked is “why do you live in New York City?”. I tend to rattle off the famous places, the fabulous food, Central Park, etc. But, my list of reasons never really explains why I call this city home and why I’m raising a family in the Big Apple. Until now.

My kids and I were invited to one of our favorite theaters in NYC, Radio City Music Hall, to get a sneak peak of the new show. The New York Spring Spectacular™ starring the Rockettes presented by Chase is essentially, a love letter to NYC. The show co-stars Emmy award winner Derek Hough, who is currently on Dancing with the Stars, as well as Laura Benanti, a Tony award winner and currently starring in the tv drama Nashville. The show takes the audience on a show stopping adventure throughout the City, with cameos from 50 Cent, Walt Frazier, Al Michaels, Kelly Ripa and Mariano Rivera, among a host of others. The New York Spring Spectacular™ is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, who provides comic relief. Audience members will have a chance to see Paddington Bear and the Minions from Despicable Me. Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey are the voices of the New York Public Library lion statues. It’s an all-star cast that will appeal to all ages. The 3-D affects, video and theatrics make the show fun and entertaining and many times the audience is integrated into the story that is being told on stage. 

The Rockettes are dazzling and continue to do what they do best. With their signature high kicks and beautiful costumes, it is a wonderful mix of contemporary music, sprinkled in with some nostalgia and ultimately, showcasing NYC in a truly spectacular fashion. So, grab that MetroCard and hop on the subway to check out this great, family-friendly show and tell them FiDi Families sent you! 

The New York Spring Spectacular™

 

We are excited to offer a great promotion for all FiDi Families and Friends. Save up to 25% on New York Spring Spectacular™ tickets*. Use Code: FIDIFAM Please visit HERE for the 25% discount.

*Offer valid on select seats and performances.

The New York Spring Spectacular™

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Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco

Baby Loves Disco! All across the country, Baby Loves Disco is slowly but surely transforming the hippest night clubs into child proof discos as toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents looking for a break from the routine playground circuit let loose for some post naptime, pre-dinner fun. Baby loves disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blending classic disco tunes From the 70s, & 80s guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving. The fun spills out from all corners of the club: bubble machines, baskets of scarves and egg-shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puzzles), diaper changing stations, a full spread of healthy snacks and dancing, LOTS of dancing.

Baby loves disco is a community event that brings kids together with kids and parents together with parents. Started by professional dancer (and professional mom) Heather Murphy, the idea was to create an alternative to the pre-packaged world of entertainment for young kids. “We’re parents, we’re always looking for something new and different to do with the kids,” says Murphy whose lifestyle (like most of the baby disco parents) was changed when she gave birth to her 4 year old son Max.

Date: Sunday, March 29th [Read more…]

Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said

Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said

Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said

The timeless tale of Cinderella has come to life in the live action re-telling of the classic story of a princess and her prince. The storyline remains true to the animated original. So, there are certainly no surprise endings. And yet, the stellar cast, headlined by the wonderful Lily James, best known for her role as Lady Rose on Downtown Abbey, as well as the wonderfully wicked Stepmother, played by the beautiful Cate Blanchett, seems to breathe new life into the much-read fairy tale. Another standout is Richard Madden, best known for his role in Game of Thrones, as the dashing and handsome Prince Kit. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and he manages to capture the intensity of Cinderella’s dire circumstances, all the while showcasing Cinderella’s kind and forgiving heart. The scenery and backdrop made for a perfect canvas for the telling of this timeless tale. 

I was lucky enough to be invited to an early preview of the film and turned the invitation into a date with my daughter. My 4 year old was thrilled that she was able to wear her Cinderella ballet costume to the theatre and couldn’t believe she was able to meet so many other little girls dressed up in their favorite costumes as well. Sharing the movie experience with her, and watching her excitement as the movie was screened was memorable.

I must admit that I didn’t know if my daughter would understand some of the themes of the movie. I was worried it would be too grown up and not true to the original fairy tale. I was able to utilize the Fandango Family Room for a synopsis of the film, which was a big help. But, all of the kids in the theatre seemed to be enraptured with the film. Both my daughter and I noticed the advice given to Cinderella by her mother, on her deathbed. She advises her to “have courage and be kind”. These simple words have really made an impact on her and myself. And, it has struck a chord in the social media world as well, since it has been trending since the debut of the movie. I hear myself reminding my daughter as well as repeating these words to my 6 year old son. This theme is woven throughout the movie and it really was a sweet sentiment that holds true for all ages. She continues to talk about being kind and the importance of saying sorry and treating people fairly. She has also taken it upon herself to spread the message of courage and kindness to anyone that will listen.

I love the fact that my daughter and I were simply going to a movie and walked out with an opportunity to talk about important topics like courage and kindness. The movie was sophisticated enough to attract an audience of grownups, but tame enough to hold the attention of an audience that included children.

With my little kids turning into big kids, I cherish these opportunities to spend time with my kids, enjoying a movie and having a chance to talk about themes that are important for the little kids as well as the big kids! Share your photos with us. We loved Cinderella and its message to have courage and be kind…enough said! 

Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said

 

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Cinderella Teaches Us to Have Courage and Be Kind…Enough Said

Music Together in the City!

Music Together in the City!

Music Together in the City! Enjoy a week of Free Demo classes! Music Together music classes are for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents/caregivers. Their philosophy is based on the premise that all children are musical and that parents/primary caregivers play a crucial role in activating your children’s music development. The classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children and easy for caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability.

Date: Monday, March 23rd [Read more…]

Free Demo Art Classes at Church Street School

Free Demo Art Classes at Church Street School

 

Free Demo Art Classes at Church Street School. Church Street School for Music and Art is offering a free trial art class next week. They offer four different classes to choose from that are geared towards different ages. Ages range from 16 months to 12 years. Art classes at CSSMA engage children holistically in creative expression and critical thinking.

Date: Monday, March 21st – Friday, March 27th

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Yellow Sneaker @ The Museum Of Jewish Heritage

Yellow Sneaker @ The Museum Of Jewish Heritage

Yellow Sneaker @ The Museum Of Jewish Heritage. Families are invited to join the musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals. The concert will feature a Jewish holiday or value including: caring for the environment, friendship and love and kindness. Families, musicians and puppets will sing and learn together as a welcoming community.

Yellow Sneaker features the Brooklyn-based performers and teaching artists Ora and Yoshie Fruchter.

Date: Sunday, March 22nd [Read more…]