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    Friday's pick of the day: Storytime at Birch

    Fri Jan 15

    Birch Storytime is back! In the second installment of this just-launched book series inside the Gershwin Hotel, staffers from the cafe will read aloud from Mike Ornstein's The Daddy Longlegs Blues , which follows the musical adventures of a very groovy arachnid. The best part is, you don't have to pay a dime to curl up with your babes and hear the tale—every storytime at Birch is completely free.

    What to do this MLK Day weekend: Event picks Jan 16-18

    Fri Jan 15

    Your kids just got back to school—and there's already a holiday. Thankfully this three-day weekend is a notable one, due to the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his legacy at one of the many community-minded activities taking place around the city: The government's MLK website has plenty of ideas, or you can head to the family-friendly events listed in our roundup , such as a March for Peace in lower Manhattan or the MLK Bash at the Queens Library Central Branch. Looking for more Saturday festivities? Aspiring dancers can check out a complimentary class at the American Tap Dance Center, catch a concert with the Jimmies or attend a " funky chicken dance fund-raiser " held by St. Luke's Academy in Clinton Hill. See all Saturday events here . Sunday keeps the fun going with a get-up-and-groove concert from the Fuzzy Lemons at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble as well as one of the final performances of...

    Uncle Pirate opens tomorrow at Vital Children's Theater

    Fri Jan 15

    It may not be as exciting as a Broadway premiere, but opening day at Vital Children's Theater's newest musical, Uncle Pirate , is still a lot of fun for young theatergoers. The cheerful show follows a decidedly "average" fourth grader whose life becomes much more exciting when he discovers that his uncle is a swashbuckling pirate. In honor of the production's debut on January 16 at 11am, the author and illustrator of the book Uncle Pirate (upon which the musical is based) will be on hand to sign copies of their work. Tickets are $25 each, but you can save 20 percent by purchasing them online with code UPVEB .

    How to help earthquake victims in Haiti

    Thu Jan 14

    With Martin Luther King Day approaching and yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti, giving back is on everyone's mind here at Time Out Kids , and probably on yours as well. Our sister publication, Time Out New York , put together this great roundup of places to donate to. If you're looking for places to direct your money, here are some suggestions. The American Red Cross To donate immediately, simply text "HAITI" to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. (Find more information about the Red Cross relief effort here .) Yele Wyclef Jean has mounted a massive Twitter campaign for the Yle Haiti Foundation. Text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5, and follow @wyclef for updates on the campaign. Update: The Smoking Gun ran a story questioning this organization's use of funds. That said, the music star is in his home country pulling...

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