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McNally Jackson Bookstore hosts free reading and craft project for kids this Saturday.

In honor of Women’s History Month, McNally Jackson bookstore on Saturday is hosting a free reading and craft project featuring the life and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. Kids ages 3 to 8 will build a miniature replica of Jane’s chimpanzee reserve in Tanzania.  Yvonne Brooks will read Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell, and kids will also get to practice vocalizing like chimpanzees.  Free, 11:30am, 52 Prince Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry).

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Pushcart Story Time - photo via Pushcart Coffee's Facebook Page

On Sundays at 4pm, Pushcart Coffee is hosting a storytime for kids. The perfect post-nap, pre-dinner family activity, featuring healthy snacks and delicious treats for kids and adults. Pushcart Coffee is at 221 East Broadway (at Clinton).

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Cirque Le Jazz performs at the Theater for the New City this weekend.

Take the kids to see a mini circus/musical theater performance at the Theater for the New City this weekend. Cirque Le Jazz is a company of four performers who display their singing, dancing, twirling and acrobatic moves in one act, ideal for families with young children. Performances are today through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. $15 for adults; $10 for children, students and seniors. 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets).

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The "Festival of the Vegetables" at the Metropolitan Playhouse this weekend.

Do your children turn up their noses at vegetables? Perhaps showing them a land of life-sized talking vegetables will help win them over. The “Festival of the Vegetables” is series of short poems, piano pieces and dances that explore the secret lives of vegetables, as seem through the imagination of a child. The show, recommended for kids 5 and up, is on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, through February 19. $10 for kids, $15 for adults. At the Metropolitan Playhouse,  220 E. 4th Street (between Avenues A and B).

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This Saturday take the kids to the the New Museum’s First Saturday for Families, where Nicolás Paris will lead a hands-on drawing workshop. The program is recommended for kids aged 4 to 15 and includes free New Museum admission for two adults per family (children under 18 are always free). Workshops take place in the 7th Floor Sky Room, from 10 a.m. to noon. Get there early, as the tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Nature Conservancy presents a birding lesson for kids at Park Here this Saturday.

The Nature Conservancy in New York presents a birding lesson for kids at Openhouse Gallery’s pop-up park (Park Here) on Mulberry Street this Saturday. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., kids will hear a story, “Feathers for Lunch,” have a discussion about local birds, and then make their own “binoculars” using recycled materials. The event is part of Mommy Mornings at the park, which takes place every day through Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Free. For kids aged 18 months and up. Park Here, 201 Mulberry St. (between Kenmare and Spring).

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Mommy Mornings at Park Here every morning through February 15.

Every morning, from 9 until 11:30am, Park Here – the pop up park at 201 Mulberry from the Openhouse Galley – is the exclusive domain of mothers and kids. Special events, including trunk shows, sing-alongs and book readings, occur on different mornings. This Saturday, there is a yoga class for 1-4 year olds from 10 to 10:45. There is tea, coffee and snacks from Nolita Mart & Espresso Bar. The cost for Mommy Mornings is $25 for a single visit, or a season pass can be purchased for $200. Park Here is free and open to the public from noon until 8pm.


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View the holiday display at the Merchant's House Museum now through Jan. 9.

What could be more festive than a visit to the Merchant’s House Museum, all decked out in its Christmas finery? The Museum is hosting a special exhibit “From Candlelight to Bubble Light: a 1950s Christmas in an 1850s House.” Listen to holiday music while enjoying vintage Christmas trees and holiday decorations.

The museum is open 12 to 5 every day except Tues. and Wed, and is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Regular admission is $10, students and seniors are $5 and children under 12 are free. The decorations will be up through January 9.

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The History Illuminated Family Program at the Museum at Eldridge Street.

For the next two Sundays, the Museum at Eldridge Street is inviting families to explore its space as part of its History Illuminated Family Program. The synagogue, which dates back to 1887, underwent a 20-year, $18.5 million renovation which was completed in December 2007. Visitors can sit on “the most expensive seat in the house” (the seat cost $1,100 in 1887) and view Victorian lighting and stained glass. There will also be an opportunity to create a holiday gift.

The program, part of the Preservation Detectives Family Program, begins at 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Families are $15;  recommended for kids ages 5 to 10. The museum is located at 12 Eldridge St. (between Canal and Division).

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A Christmas Carol runs through December 18 at the Abrons Arts Center.

The Abrons Arts Center is presenting Reid Farrington’s “A Christmas Carol”  through December 18th. They write:

A Christmas Carol is an imaginative and ghostly new show based on one of the most ubiquitous stories of all time by one of the most famous authors in the English language. Created and directed by acclaimed theater and new media artist Reid Farrington (of The Passion Project and Gin & “It”), this exciting work takes the form of a Victorian-era phantasmagoria, conjuring up ghosts of the past, present, and future by integrating media and live theater with the well-known holiday classic. Haunting images from 35 different film versions of A Christmas Carol are projected on moving screens using a modern-day version of the magic lantern. Film clips collide and combine with live performers on stage, eerily blurring the distinction between performance and video projection. Through complex staging and choreography, the show mashes together over 100 years of film history. Performers slip in and out of characters from the Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, and Bill Murray versions , as well as The Muppets and Mr. Magoo variations (and many more) to create an imaginative and new interpretation of the beloved Dickens story.

The show costs $20; students and seniors can see it for $10. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. (at Pitt).

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Book reading and craft project at McNally Jackson on Saturday.

The folks at McNally Jackson Books are recycling wood from recent storms to build holiday tabletop trees. On Saturday, kids can trim trees with photos, birds, leaves, bugs, buttons and beads. Kids can tailor their trees to suit the season: stars, dreidels, bells, candy canes.  The featured book reading for the day is Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. The event is free and hosted by Yvonne Brooks. It begins at 11:30 a.m. and children ages 3 to 8 are welcome.

52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry) // Free

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A traditional Ukranian motanka doll.

This Sunday, the Ukrainian Museum is offering a workshop on motanka-doll making. Motanka dolls are traditional Ukrainian dolls made of scraps of cloth with colorful ribbon and thread. No sewing ability is required. Recommended for children ages 5 to 12.  The workshop is $5 per person/$3 for museum members. 1:30 to 3:30 at 222 East 6th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.).

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Outer Child and Six Stories Told at the Living Room this Saturday.

Take the kids to see Outer Child and Six Stories Told this Saturday at The Living Room. The show, from 3 to 5 p.m., features music for and with young children. The band’s founder, Emilie Cardinaux, lives in the East Village and teaches music workshops to students age 4 and up. Tickets are $10 per person.

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Cartoon slideshow this Saturday at Dixon Place.

Kids and cartoon-loving adults should head to Dixon Place on Saturday for a cartoon slide show. The show, starting at 2 p.m., features stories, gags and audience participation, with contributions from cartoonists, children’s book artists and contributors to Nickelodeon magazine.

R. Sikoryak and Friends Carousel for Kids! $10 kids/ $15 adults, 2 p.m., Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St., between Rivington and Delancey). Visit our Kids Page for more kids’ events in the neighborhood!

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Plant daffodil bulbs in the East River Park this Saturday.

This weekend get the kids thinking ahead to spring. Help the Lower East Side Ecology Center plant daffodil bulbs to get East River Park ready for next spring. Tools and gloves will be provided, but bring a snack and water. You can register for this event here. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in East River Park, north gate of the track (just above the 6th Street & FDR Drive entrance to the Park).

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