For the younger set in the city there’s lots to do this summer. All kids have to do in some cases is drop in and participate. For others, they have to apply, which means deadlines. Either way, planning helps. Much of what we mention is free. When an activity costs, we’ll tell you that, too.
High school students ages 13 to 19 draw inspiration from art work in MoMA’s collection. New York City high school students accepted into this free program discuss ideas and experiment with materials to create their own works of art. While no experience is necessary, applications and letters of recommendation are due Friday, June 7. Each course meets three times a week for six weeks and culminates in a Teen Art Show. firstname.lastname@example.org or Calder Zwicky at 212.333.1252.
Scandinavian Music Festival Children’s Concert
The Northern Manhattan Parks has organized the free program for Sunday, June 9, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Billings Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. The program features the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes with instrumental accompaniment. Contact 212.795.1388.
CityParks Tennis offers free tennis lessons to New York City kids ages 5 to 15 in more than 36 parks from July 1 through Aug. 9. CityParks Tennis is open to New York City residents only. Registration takes place at each park during program hours.
Contact 212.360.1399 or info@CityParksFoundation.org. Locations in Manhattan include:
- Central Park Tennis Center – West Drive at 96th Street
- Tuesday & Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- East River Park, FDR Drive & Houston
- Tuesday & Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon
- Fred Johnson Playground – 150th Street & 7th Avenue
- Monday & Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Riverside Park – 116th Street & Riverside Drive
- Monday & Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon
The New York Public Library sponsors a book discussion group for children ages 9 to 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Children’s Center, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art arts-education program is presenting A Year with Children, an exhibition that features selected art work by New York City public school students in grades two to six, through June 19 at The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street. Approximately 100 works of art including drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, paintings, assemblage, and outdoor site-specific art are on display.
Tisch Children’s Zoo
Located at the Central Park Zoo, 830 5th Ave. at 64th Street, the zoo beckons young explorers to a nature trail that features a barnyard full of friendly sheep and alpacas, a meandering duck pond, and plenty of places for little hands and feet to hop and climb. General admission, which includes the Main Zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo, is $12, adults; $7, children ages 3 to 12, and $9, those 65+ who accompany children! www.centralparkzoo.com; 212.439-6500.
“Little Red’s Hood” will be presented by the City of New York Parks and Recreation CityParks PuppetMobile Thursday, May 30 at 5 p.m. at Washington Square Park’s Eastern Lawns, Fifth Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th Street and Macdougal Street.
Little Red’s Hood is a retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale updated with a modern sensibility. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre; free for kids. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director is Bruce Cannon; Liam Hurley has written Little Red’s Hood.
Madison Square Park Conservancy
The free Summer Kids Concert Series at Madison Square Park is getting ready for children and their families Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 through Aug. 8, rain or shine. The concerts in the park, located at 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth avenues in the Flatiron District, are sponsored by New York Life, Clif Kid and Ace Hotel. The programs are geared for infants through approximately age 10.
A lineup of jazz, rock, soul, “hip pop,” and other music is scheduled. Accompanied children gather on the parks oval lawn. Scheduled programs include 17 different artists:
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