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Go on a journey to the past in this story inspired by the true story of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and the rumors and mysteries that surrounded her disappearance after her royal family was overthrown. Travel through Russia and Paris as orphan Anya hopes to find her home and family with the help of a conman and ex-aristocrat. Kids will be singing songs from the musical on their way back home and the costumes will make us all wish we could travel back to such grand times. Ages 8 and up.
Families can celebrate the diversity of Muslim cultures in America and around the world in this interactive exhibit. Explore gorgeous mosques and design your own buildings inspired by Muslim architecture, learn to say "My name is..." in 15 languages and create original artwork. Kids can exchange ideas and goods along trade routes, make music in the courtyard and even barter at an international souk! Live performances and demonstrations will supplement the exhibition. All ages.
Learn all about NYC’s water system at Dynamic H2O, an outdoor interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that follows water’s journey from the clouds to the city. Along the way tikes can pretend to fish, use a fountain to experiment with water pressure and build waterfront Lego hi-rises to add to the exhibit’s miniature replica of NYC, which includes tiny Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, of course. All ages.
CityParks Puppetmobile is on a mission to bring awesome puppet shows to kids all over the city, and with so many free performances happening this season, it'll be hard to miss! You'll find more than 100 free puppet performances in the city's parks, playgrounds and recreation centers; this year's show is Cinderella Samba. Plot: "The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro's biggest Carnaval gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her." See the CityParks PuppetMobile website for more info on exact locations! All ages.
When a chipmunk finds himself alone in the woods for the first time, he must learn how to find enough food for the winter while staying safe from rivals and predators. Follow along on his journey through this 3D movie that will teach viewers about the life of a chipmunk and the skills he’ll need to survive. All ages.
Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo creates scientific "magic" right before your eyes! This Off-Broadway performance captivates audiences with interesting experiments centered around motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, among other things. Kids of all ages (and adults, too!) will undoubtedly be enchanted by David's exciting and educational performance. All ages.
It's springtime and that means the weather is improving—some of the time. For those chilly and rainy Sundays, head to Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series to watch time-tested faves like A Hard Day's Night (Mar 26), Funny Face (Apr 16), Little Women (May 14), Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone (May 28) and Summer Stock (June 25) with a bucket of popcorn in your lap and roof over your head. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.
Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.
Go on a space exploration through this 20-minute 3D movie narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Viewers will learn about the International Space Station, what research projects NASA is currently working on, and the challenges that come with their mission to send astronauts to Mars. All ages.