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.
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.
Your FREE-day weekend: PLANNED!
Thu Oct 8
A three-day weekend already? Don't panic; we've got plenty of free activity suggestions from Saturday through Monday to keep the kids busy. Outdoors, indoors, uptown and down, we've rounded up the coolest no-cost happenings all over the city . Start planning your adventures now .
See the Dreamland Bell in Brooklyn
Wed Oct 7
Photo: Kathryn Kirk If you happen to be wandering around downtown Brooklyn with your brood during the next few weeks, be sure to stop by Borough Hall . From now until October 23rd, Coney Island's long-lost Dreamland Bell —which was retrieved from the Atlantic Ocean last month—will be on display. The 500-pound, three-foot-tall bell was discovered under water in September by diver Gene Ritter; it landed on the ocean floor back in 1911 when an 18-hour fire burned down Dreamland Park. Because the bell was underwater for almost a century, the only way to preserve it is to keep it wet (a hose has been set up to trickle water over it while it's on view). For young fans of Coney Island and parents depressed by the park's sorry state, the bell is a nice reminder that the Brooklyn fun zone has faced tough times in the past—and managed to overcome them and flourish. So cheer up and give your kids a peek at NYC history. There may still be glory days ahead for Coney Island....
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