New York Historical Society to open Children's History Museum
Mon Jan 25
The New York Historical Society has just announced that it will open a brand-new interactive children's history museum thanks to a $5 million donation from Joseph A. and Diana DiMenna. Giving other kid-friendly institutions like the Tenement Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum a run for their money, the center (see rendering at left) will encourage children to learn about and reenact the experiences of young New Yorkers from different time periods. Situated in a vaulted space on the lower level of the Society's Upper West Side building, it will feature permanent and special exhibitions filled with artifacts, interactive elements, illustrations and more. The opening is slated for November 2011—and we're already counting down the days!
Season 2 of The Electric Company premieres tonight
Mon Jan 25
There's no Idol on Mondays. So instead, encourage your kids to watch fresh episodes of Sesame Workshop's The Electric Company , which begins its second season tonight at 5pm on PBS. Following the format of the much-heralded first season, the show will continue to trace the exploits of a group of kids who harness verbal superpowers to fight NYC pranksters. Designed as a step-up from Sesame Street , the episodes feature vocabulary and diction lessons. Watch for celebrity cameos: A number of stars, including LL Cool J and Dwight Howard, will appear this season . Photo: Copyright 2010 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.
Monday's pick of the day: Yellow Submarine screening
Mon Jan 25
The Cobble Hill cinema series Big Movies for Little Kids celebrates its fifth anniversary today with a screening of the psychedelic, 1968 animated Beatles flick Yellow Submarine . Though movies are typically meant to be viewed sitting down, we have a feeling your babes may end up jumping out of their seats to groove to classics like "All You Need Is Love" and the title tune. Grooovy.
What to do this weekend: Jan 23-24 event picks
Sat Jan 23
After what seemed like a never-ending freeze, we're thrilled about the recent 45-degree weather! We're hoping Mother Nature cooperates again this weekend so your brood can enjoy the many fun events around the city—and maybe even hit up a park or two. Free entertainment abounds: Tote your tween to MoMA to see a screening of Edward Scissorhands on Saturday, and be sure to check out the amazing Tim Burton exhibit while you're there. Also on Saturday, head to the National Museum of the American Indian for a dance party with the Thunderbird Indian Dancers, or get groovin' to country music at the Americana Family Jamboree on Sunday. See all of this weekend's free picks here . If you're willing to spend a few (or more) bucks, check out Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic , or you can kickback and watch E.T. or a trio of winter-themed shorts . See all Saturday events here . On Sunday, jumpy tots will love to goof off with the...
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