Youth Activities

Battery Park

Pagan Pride Harvest Festival The 6th annual Pagan Pride Day will offer music, vendors, workshops, a guest speaker, crafts for kids and a harvest circle. Sat., Sept. 30 at 11am. Battery Park. Free.

Culturefest Celebrate New York City’s cultural community with maritime arts and crafts. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 14 & 15 from 1-5pm. Historic Battery Park. 212-748-8758. Free.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy

2 South End Avenue, 212-267-9700,

Sunset Nature Walk Nature interpreter Dave Taft will identify the various insects and birds that come out as the sun sets. An astronomer from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will also help visitors use a filtered telescope to view the setting sun. See fascinating phenomena unknown and unseen by most people. All ages welcome. Fri., Sept. 29 from 6-7:15pm. The Pavilions, Wagner Park. Pre-registration recommended, call. 212-267-9700. Free.

Tour de Parc A bicycle touring event for children ages 3-9. Children make various stops along their route for bike decorating, obstacle courses and tips on bike safety and courtesy. Trainers, tricycles and scooters also welcome. Helmets required. Sun., Oct. 1 from 10:30am – noon. Esplanade Plaza. Advance registration recommended, call 212-267-9700. Free.

Photography for Children Using a pinhole camera that they create themselves, children in grades 2-5 will learn the art and science of photography while enjoying the beautiful parks, gardens and riverscapes of BPC in a new way. Oct. 2, 16, 23 & 30 from 3:30-5pm. Rockefeller Park. $50, includes materials. Pre-registration and payment are required.

Educational Alliance Art School

197 E. Broadway at Jefferson St., 212-780-2300 x428,

Young Artists Program Kids ages 10-14 and 15-19 can take courses in cartooning, drawing, painting, photography and more. Classes meet once per week from Oct. 3 – Dec. 16 on Saturdays or from 4-6pm after school. $75-120, materials provided.

Los Kabayitos Puppet & Children’s Theatre

Teatro SEA, 107 Suffolk St., 2nd floor, 212-529-1545,

My Magical Colombian Bus A young girl has to leave her native country and start a new life in New York. She believes she will meet many new friends and learn exciting new things, but she knows she will miss her grandpa who is staying behind. Her grandpa gives her a gift to remember him by. Sat., Oct. 7 at 3pm. $10 kids, $15 adults.

Manhattan Children’s Theatre

52 White St., bet Broadway & Church, 212-352-3101,

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie How can one tiny mouse make such a terrible mess? When a young boy is home alone for the afternoon, he is met by a seemingly harmless creature. That is until the boy asks the mouse if he would like to share a cookie with him. The cookie sets off a chain of events the boy will never forget. Based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroof. Ages 4+. Sept. 30 – Nov. 12, Sat. & Sun. at 12 & 2pm. $15.

The Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green,

Films for Kids View “The Beginning They Told,” The animals living in the sky work together to bring about the creation of the earth from a tiny piece of mud. “The Legend of Quillwork Girl and Her Seven Star Brothers,” A Cheyenne legend about a skillful girl and her brothers explains how the Big Dipper originated. And “Tales of Wesakechak: Wesakechak and The Medicine,” In a cautionary tale about respecting the power of medicine, Wesakechak has bad experiences when he tries to use the medicine meant for the Birds. Thru Oct. 1, daily at 10:30 & 11:45am. The Screening Room, 2nd Floor.

October Films for Kids View three special films for kids. “Paulina and the Condor,” an animation about an Aymara girl of Bolivia who leaves her mountain home to live in the city. “Onenhakenra: White Seed,” Mohawks of the Akwesasne Reservation talk about the role of corn in their culture and show the making of traditional corn soup and corn husk dolls. “Raven Tales: How Raven Stole the Sun,” a computer animation brings to life the tale of how Raven brings daylight to the world. Oct. 2-31, daily at 10:30 & 11:45am. The Screening Room, 2nd Floor.

Children’s Storybook Reading & Workshop Listen to readings of “Days of the Dead,” by Kathryn Lasky; “Pablo Remembers the Fiesta of the Day of the Dead,” by George Ancona; and “The Day of the Dead: A Mexican-American Celebration” by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith. Then make calaveritas (little skull engravings) with artists Polina Porras and Carlos Vazquez. Sat., Oct. 14 at noon. Resource Center, 2nd floor.

Shaolin Kung Fu

Grand St. & Chrystie St., 212-592-1730, [email protected]

Classes All ages and ability levels are welcome. Every Sat. & Sun. from 7-8am. $10 per class.

The Skyscraper Museum

39 Battery Place,

Archikids Working alongside architect Yves Roger, children ages 9-13 will explore skyscraper architecture and work on a building project that they will be able to bring home. Children will be surrounded by images, vintage film and models of actual skyscrapers of the past, present and future. Sat., Oct. 7 & Nov. 4 from 10am – noon.

Steven Caney Book Talk Meet Steve Caney, author of “Steven Caney’s Ultimate Building Book.” Sat., Oct. 14 from 10:30-11:30am.

South Street Seaport Museum

Coffee or Tea? Explore the history of coffee and tea. Discover the ancient art form of tie dying. Sat., Sept. 30 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758. Free with museum admission.

Fish Tales Listen to a reading of “Into the A, B, Sea” by Deborah Lee Rose. Learn about the critters of the East River and take a look through the lens of a microscope. Then create your own aquatic work of art. Sun., Oct. 1 from 1-4pm. Animal feeding time is 3pm. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758. Free with museum admission.

Huichol Yarn Art Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and enjoy traditional folk tales. Explore the traditional Mexican art form of drawing with yarn. Sat., Oct. 7 from 1-4pm. 12 Fulton St. 212-748-8758.

Free Friday Free arts and cultural programming is offered on the third Friday of every month. This month’s theme is “Halloween at the Seaport.” From 5-9pm, visit the galleries. Make your own scary Halloween mask during “Boo! Guess Who!” from 5-8pm. Take part in an architecture and history tour of the Seaport District at 6 pm. First-come, first-served. Fri., Oct. 20 from 5-9pm. Schermerhorn Row, 12 Fulton St., bet South & Front Sts. Free.

Listings requests for the Downtown Express may be mailed to Casey Easterling at 145 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-1548 or e-mail [email protected] Please use “Listings” as the subject line of the e-mail and provide the date, time, location, price and a description of the event. Information must be received two weeks before the event is to be published. Questions, call 646-452-2505.

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