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Spring Break at the Children's Museum in Manhattan
Powers in Motion: Action-packed Break Week (Spring Break)—April 8–18, 2017
The Children’s’ Museum invites you to an action-packed spring break. All week long explore different forms of power like super powers, energy, creativity and strength. Train to be a superhero, help us construct an imaginary machine, create new playground games and design tap shoes that really stomp. Enjoy powerful performances by the New York Chinese Cultural Center and their lion dance, explore quantum physics with SYREN Modern Dance, and fuse martial arts and music when you learn capoeira from Silva Dance Company.
Superheroes in Training
Prepare for the challenge of being a superhero through a series of obstacle course games that support physical fitness, balance, and strength training as well as team building.
Saturday, April 8 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Tuesday, April 18, 2017| 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Dance with Groove With Me!
Young dancers from the youth organization Groove With Me, Inc perform an upbeat hip hop number and teach hip hop dance moves. Groove With Me, Inc. is a youth development organization that uses free dance classes and performance opportunities to instill leadership, pride, cooperation, creativity, joy and discipline in young women.
Groove With Me celebrates 20 years of dancing to a positive future!
Saturday, April 8, 2017| 2:00pm and 3:00pm| All ages| Drop-in
Martial Arts Magic and the Lion Dance
The power and energy of the lion dance is a tradition sometimes performed by martial arts members and practitioners of kung fu or wǔshù. Explore this high energy art form and dances from China's diverse regions presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
Sunday, April 9, 2017| 2:00pm and 3:00pm| All ages| Drop-in
Make Me a Machine
Let’s work together to create an imaginary machine, each playing a separate part that when combined makes our machine move.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 3 and 4pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Callaloo Live: Puppets, Stories, Music and Dance
Callaloo characters Winston and Marisol will take you on an exciting ride from NYC to Trinidad, Tobago and Puerto Rico to unlock the magic of the Caribbean. Through puppetry, storytelling, music and dance, this show educates and entertains in the rich folkloric traditions of the African Diaspora.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 2pm | All ages |Drop-in
SYREN Modern Dance presents Red and Blue, Bitter and Sweet
Inspired by the world of quantum physics, SYREN Modern Dance presents a performance that explores the many emotions we experience in life. SYREN believes that life itself illustrates the way our particles interact—both within us and with each other.
Monday, April 10, 2017| 2:00pm and 3:00pm| All ages| Drop-in
Play and dance your way through classic playground favorites and work collaboratively to create a new playground game and an original dance piece.
Wednesday, April 12 – Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Repeat the Beat: Tap Your Feet
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s style transitioned from a soft and flat-footed shuffle to a delicate and precise art; making him celebrated for his light and exacting footwork. Design your own tap shoes to recreate Bojangles’ famous Step Dance!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2, 3, and 4pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Friday, April 14, 2017| 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Sunday, April 16, 2017 | 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
New York Theatre Ballet: Dance!
Join us for performances and dance together with New York Theatre Ballet.
Friday, April 14, 2017| 2:00pm and 3:00pm| All ages| Drop-in
Brazilian Martial Arts with Silva Dance Company
Immerse yourself in Brazilian music, language, and culture with capoeira experts from Silva Dance Company Dance.
Saturday, April 15, 2017| 2:00pm| All ages| Drop-in
Capoeira Workshop with Silva Dance Company
Learn to combine elements of dance, music, and martial arts in the Brazilian art of capoeira with experts from Silva Dance Company Dance.
Saturday, April 15, 2017| 3:00pm| Ages 6 & Older| Sign-up*
Irish Step Dance
Explore the unique history of Irish Step dancing! Discover the architecture behind the elaborate costumes of this traditional dance. Design your own costume and learn some basic steps.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 2, 3, and 4pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
Monday, April 17, 2017 | 11am & 12pm | 6 & older |Sign-up*
* Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event
Funding for these programs was made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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