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    Wild Things Week in NYC starts October 12

    Thu Oct 8

    Where are the Wild Things this week? Absolutely everywhere. NYC & company has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures (the company behind Spike Jonze's highly anticipated film based on Maurice Sendak's beloved book) to bring us " Wild Things Week in NYC ." We're generally wary a of such blatant self-promotion but we have to admit that some of these events sound, if not wild, then pretty fun! Kids can create crafts inspired by the tale and enter to win tickets to an advance screening of the flick at the Brooklyn Children's Museum , Children's Museum of Manhattan and Staten Island Children's Museum . The Morgan Library and Museum is featuring a special exhibition of Sendak's original drawings and sketches . If your tot is feeling really wild, let him roar his terrible roars and gnash his terrible teeth in one of NYC's parks on canoe trips and wildflower walks. And of course the main event (besides the film's opening) is on Tuesday...

    New theater reviews: The Man Who Planted Trees and My House

    Thu Oct 8

    Two new shows presented by the New Victory Theater have taken center stage to wow young theatergoers. The Man Who Planted Trees (playing through this Sunday) at the Duke on 42nd Street tackles some heavy subject matter with the help of clever puppetry, and My House (playing through Sunday Oct 18) at the New 42nd Street Studios offers an introduction to theater for the under-three crowd. But do the shows deliver? Read our reviews (and check out their accompanying slide shows!) to find out.

    Thursday pick of the day: Edward Lear's Absurd-Ditties

    Thu Oct 8

    The mastermind behind The Cosmic Bicycle --a company that today presents Edward Lear's Absurd-Ditties --is Johnathan Edward Cross, a talented marionette-wielder and actor. This show is completely family-friendly (if a bit obscure): A puppet-operetta sets Lear's fantastical poems set to a score of accordion- and percussion-tinged tunes. Performers bring these works to life using toys, household objects, marionettes and more--all guided by the direction of Cross.

    Don't miss today's Read for the Record literacy celebration

    Thu Oct 8

    Tote your tot to the library today to take part in the fourth annual Read for the Record campaign, which is sponsored by Jumpstart, a nonprofit organization that provides books to low-income families. Thousands of events are taking place all over the country; here in the Big Apple, a bunch of book-related venues are hosting readings of Eric Carle's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To find an event near you, visit readfortherecord.org or visit your local library.

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