Things to do with kids in NYC this Saturday
Kick off your weekend and spend Saturday with the family at the city's best events and activities for kids.
Tue Apr 8 2014
Photograph: Elena Bernstein (http://www.elenabernsteinphotography.com/)
Saturday, March 7
- Price band: 1/4
Gear up for St. Paddy's day with a kid-friendly toast to the Emerald Isle. The 17th annual kids' fleadh, or festival, showcases a holy trinity of Celtic culture: short films, step dancing and scones (plus free goodie bags for the wee ones). See a quirky take on a classic fairy tale in Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, watch a young Roy Keane fight his way to the top ranks of his football team in Rockmount and more during this year's program of award-winning short films. Afterward, stick around for a Q&A with two filmmakers from animation studio Brown Bag Films, and listen to cultural stories from authors John Liam Shea and Honor Molloy. Ages 3 to 12.
The world-famous School of American Ballet brings kids a memorable introduction to the world of leotards and pink tutus. During the 45-minute presentation, members of the SAB will answer questions like "How do ballerinas dance on their toes?" and "How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy?" They'll also illustrate how talented students become classical dancers and perform excerpts from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty. Ages 4 and up.
- Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College) 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, 11210
- Sat Mar 7
Offered on the first Saturday of the month, this workshop invites kids and their parents a chance to take a guided, discussion-peppered tour through the galleries, then get to work on a piece of artwork inspired by objects they've seen on exhibition. Frenetic, Kinetic Sculptures! (3/7) will center around sculptural art from rural New England in "A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America," which little ones will examine before creating their own moving sculptures. Space is limited, registration required. Ages 4 to 12.
- Price band: 2/4
Well-known cabaret club, Metropolitan Room presents a just-for-kids series featuring a roster of professional performers who specialize in puppetry, juggling, magic and music. The Sunday afternoon variety shows will wow parents and kids alike with creative storytelling, live musical performances (including a bilingual singer) and impressive puppetry, juggling and magic skills. Advance purchase recommended. All ages.
McNally Jackson is celebrating the kid-lit maestro's birthday as well as NEA's annual Read Across America program by tipping its hat to this year's featured book, Oh the Places You'll Go. A reading of the wordsmith's famed title will be followed by a hands-on workshop where kids will use unusual materials to create soaring, Seussian hot air balloons. Ages 3 to 8.
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