Monthly Archives: March 2012

5 Free Event to do with Kids this Weekend!

1.Ice Cream and Games at the Irondale Open House 

 Meet and greet with summer staff and the Irondale Ensemble. Backstage tours, ice cream sundaes and fun games and sign up for Summer Classes. Early registration discounts will be honored at Open House and up until Saturday April 21. If you’re between the ages of 6 and 15 come to our two summer programs at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene – the coolest space in Brooklyn. Our two-week sessions are tailored to keep students’ minds engaged by providing a nurturing, safe, and artistic atmosphere. Led by professional Irondale Artists, young actors will experience various game-based workshops throughout the day. Workshops range from acting techniques, improvisation, movement/dance and character creation to storytelling, playwriting, and intro to design. Instructors encourage students to explore the power of creativity and develop an artistic voice. All sessions conclude with a performance for family and friends.

Sat, 2012-03-31 12:00 – 14:00

Irondale Center 85th South Oxford Street, Brooklyn NY 11217

FREE

2. Easter Egg Hunt 

A fun-filled morning of egg hunting and decorating, crafts and face-painting. Registration begins at 10:00am.

Sat, 2012-03-31 10:00 – 12:00

Riverside Park North Lawn at 79th Street Riverside Drive and 79th Street , New York NY

FREE

3. Macy’s flower show 

Bursting with color, excitement and energy, The Macy’s Flower Show is like taking a walk through Brazil itself! Experience the vast, lush wonders of the Amazon rainforest as you walk by towering palms, tropical plants and exotic birds. Explore ponds abundant with exotic plant life, walk down secret pathways and stumble upon a hidden rushing waterfall. Be transported to the cities of Brazil through colorful, vibrant gardens that adorn both mid-century mission-style villages and modern-day inner city neighborhoods, plus take in a striking view of Sao Paolo, Brazil’s largest city, from a rooftop garden oasis. Discover the starkly modern architecture of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia, and be swept away by the curvaceous gardens and swirling mosaic walkways of Roberto Burle Marx.

Repeats every day until Sat Apr 07 2012 .

Sun, 2012-03-25 10:00

Macy’s Herald Square 151 West 34th Street, New York NY

FREE

4. Spring Cleaning: Buy/Sell/Swap Kid’s Clothes and Toys 

Spring is in the air and there is no better time to go through your kid’s closets and clean out!  them.

More than a dozen Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan-based parents groups and “Meet Up’s” have now joined forces and are co-sponsoring one gigantic event to buy, sell, and trade kid’s toys and clothes in a centrally located warehouse in Long Island City.

Admission for buyers is free. Sellers pay between $10 and $40 depending on the size of the table.

The event is co-sponsored by: Astoria German Playgroup Meet Up Brooklyn Mamas German Mamas (Long Island) Meet Up Holistic Moms Network, Queens Chapter Meet Up Kew Gardens Parents Meet Up Long Island Mamas Moms of North East Queens Meet Up New York City Mamas Queens Mamas Stroller Strides Moms Group of Long Island Nassau County Meet Up Upper East Stay-at-home-Moms Group Meet Up Upper West Side Moms of Infants & Toddlers Meet Up and produced by Fantasmarama Inc

Sun, 2012-04-01 10:00 – 14:00

2109 Borden Avenue Queens NY 11101

kris@fantasmarama.com

FREE

5. Race around the Farmyard 

The whole family can participate in potato sack races, stilts, and other old fashioned games.

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun May 13 2012 except Sat May 05 2012, Sun May 06 2012.

Sun, 2012-04-01 14:30 – 15:30

Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park Willink Entrance, Flatbush and Ocean Aves. & Empire Blvd., Brooklyn NY

FREE


5 Free Event to do with Kids this Weekend!

1.Ice Cream and Games at the Irondale Open House 

 Meet and greet with summer staff and the Irondale Ensemble. Backstage tours, ice cream sundaes and fun games and sign up for Summer Classes. Early registration discounts will be honored at Open House and up until Saturday April 21. If you’re between the ages of 6 and 15 come to our two summer programs at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene – the coolest space in Brooklyn. Our two-week sessions are tailored to keep students’ minds engaged by providing a nurturing, safe, and artistic atmosphere. Led by professional Irondale Artists, young actors will experience various game-based workshops throughout the day. Workshops range from acting techniques, improvisation, movement/dance and character creation to storytelling, playwriting, and intro to design. Instructors encourage students to explore the power of creativity and develop an artistic voice. All sessions conclude with a performance for family and friends.

Sat, 2012-03-31 12:00 – 14:00

Irondale Center 85th South Oxford Street, Brooklyn NY 11217

FREE

2. Easter Egg Hunt 

A fun-filled morning of egg hunting and decorating, crafts and face-painting. Registration begins at 10:00am.

Sat, 2012-03-31 10:00 – 12:00

Riverside Park North Lawn at 79th Street Riverside Drive and 79th Street , New York NY

FREE

3. Macy’s flower show 

Bursting with color, excitement and energy, The Macy’s Flower Show is like taking a walk through Brazil itself! Experience the vast, lush wonders of the Amazon rainforest as you walk by towering palms, tropical plants and exotic birds. Explore ponds abundant with exotic plant life, walk down secret pathways and stumble upon a hidden rushing waterfall. Be transported to the cities of Brazil through colorful, vibrant gardens that adorn both mid-century mission-style villages and modern-day inner city neighborhoods, plus take in a striking view of Sao Paolo, Brazil’s largest city, from a rooftop garden oasis. Discover the starkly modern architecture of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia, and be swept away by the curvaceous gardens and swirling mosaic walkways of Roberto Burle Marx.

Repeats every day until Sat Apr 07 2012 .

Sun, 2012-03-25 10:00

Macy’s Herald Square 151 West 34th Street, New York NY

FREE

4. Spring Cleaning: Buy/Sell/Swap Kid’s Clothes and Toys 

Spring is in the air and there is no better time to go through your kid’s closets and clean out!  them.

More than a dozen Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan-based parents groups and “Meet Up’s” have now joined forces and are co-sponsoring one gigantic event to buy, sell, and trade kid’s toys and clothes in a centrally located warehouse in Long Island City.

Admission for buyers is free. Sellers pay between $10 and $40 depending on the size of the table.

The event is co-sponsored by: Astoria German Playgroup Meet Up Brooklyn Mamas German Mamas (Long Island) Meet Up Holistic Moms Network, Queens Chapter Meet Up Kew Gardens Parents Meet Up Long Island Mamas Moms of North East Queens Meet Up New York City Mamas Queens Mamas Stroller Strides Moms Group of Long Island Nassau County Meet Up Upper East Stay-at-home-Moms Group Meet Up Upper West Side Moms of Infants & Toddlers Meet Up and produced by Fantasmarama Inc

Sun, 2012-04-01 10:00 – 14:00

2109 Borden Avenue Queens NY 11101

kris@fantasmarama.com

FREE

5. Race around the Farmyard 

The whole family can participate in potato sack races, stilts, and other old fashioned games.

Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun May 13 2012 except Sat May 05 2012, Sun May 06 2012.

Sun, 2012-04-01 14:30 – 15:30

Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park Willink Entrance, Flatbush and Ocean Aves. & Empire Blvd., Brooklyn NY

FREE



Diane Ravitch

An education historian discusses the inequity in access to arts education among American schools

Meet Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. In addition, she is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier, hosted by Education Week. She also blogs forPolitico.com/arena and The Huffington Post.

Diane often speaks on inequality in American education and the negative impact of federal legislation on students, teachers, and schools—a common theme for many arts education advocates. In her speech, she addresses these issues as well as the fundamental importance of the arts to children and to society.

We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking

By Peter Smirniotopoulos in Huffington Post. 

This is the second in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, ”Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart,” explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it creates makes real reform even more problematic. This installment argues in favor of a paradigm shift in primary and secondary education.

In early October 2011, I wrote “Three Innovative Ideas, Which Could Help the Economy,… but No One’s Talking About Them,” In that blog entry I argued that comprehensive education reform was one “innovative idea” that could help transform the domestic economy. Specifically, I suggested that:….

One of our greatest problems as a nation is the continued demise of long-term thinking. As the struggle to escape from the country’s economic doldrums has slogged on, the focus on short-term fixes has, regrettably, become increasingly acute. I used to do a lot of work for colleges and universities (in addition and unrelated to teaching at the graduate level), which offered a very different perspective on long-term thinking. The average person tends to focus on the near-term: a 24-hour period; the time leading up to a holiday or event; an entire month, perhaps; maybe even a 365-day increment.

Academic institutions, on the other hand, tend to look at twenty-five, 50, and 100-year increments. The things they create are intended to have real permanence. Even when they build new buildings, the tendency is to have them designed and constructed as if to appear like they’ve always been there. We need to have this kind of long-term approach to reforming America’s primary and secondary education systems.

Unfortunately, “new ideas” about fixing our public education system have a decidedly short-term nature. They are often focused on addressing a particular problem, making these proposed solutions more reactionary and less intentional; less well-focused. Much in the way of education reform these days is predicated on the need for cost-cutting and/or cost controls, with little to no regard for the potential negative consequences of such resource reductions. Additionally, some “reforms” are intended to allow (or force) school districts to purge the faculty, by creating metrics for success focused not on whether, what, and how students are learning but, instead, on evaluating teachers, school administrators, and school districts….

Click here to read the full article…

Q&A: Khan Academy Creator Talks About K-12 Innovation

By Lesli A. Maxwell in Education Week 

Salman Khan, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Business School, was working as a hedge fund manager when he began posting videos on YouTube six years ago to tutor young family members in math. That led to the 2008 creation of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that has built a free, online collection of thousands of digital lessons (nearly 3,000 of them created by Mr. Khan himself) and exercises in subjects ranging from algebra to microeconomics.Education Week Staff Writer Lesli A. Maxwell recently interviewed Mr. Kahn about the evolution of the academy and its potential for changing K-12 education.

Click here to find out more about Q&A with Mr.Khan..

From Show and Look to Show and Teach

By  in NYTimes 

THERE have been many strange sightings outside the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Marcel Breuer building over the years: a giant bird’s nest precariously perched on the cantilevered entrance; a neon sign that spelled out “Negro Sunshine”; and a giant replica of a toy fire truck parked at the curb for nearly three months, to name a few. So it is hardly surprising that recent passers-by don’t seem at all curious at the sight of tall black shipping containers rising from the sculpture court…..

“The big movement right now is experiential learning,” said Kathryn Potts, an associate director who is chairwoman of the Whitney’s education department. “And what museums offer is a unique experience you can’t get anywhere else: of being in galleries, meeting artists and understanding their world.”

At the Whitney, the pop-up center is an inventive solution to a space problem. When the museum sold its neighboring brownstones last year, with them went the space where some education programs were held.

Desperate for a solution, the museum called upon LOT-EK, the Manhattan architects known for their innovative use of recycled materials, to create a place where people of all ages could participate in classes, art-making workshops, studio demonstrations and other educational endeavors. The design calls for a diagonal, continuous band of glass running along two sides and across the roof, allowing visitors to watch what’s going on inside….

Click here to read the full article…

5 Free Event to do with Kids this Weekend!

1. St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

The Parade starts at 44th Street at 11:00 am. The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes at 4:30 – 5:00 pm.

To avoid the crowds that pack the sidewalks below 59th Street, go anywhere North of 66th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art provide a great view. You can get a close view of the marchers at 86th Street where the Parade route ends.

Sat, 2012-03-17 11:00

East 44th St. & Fifth Avenue

FREE

2. New York City FIRST Mega Weekend 

The FIRST Mega Weekend brings three intense robotics competitions under one roof. Watch as teams from FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Lego League compete to win the regional competition and for a chance to go onto the national competition! Also, join us for a career fair, where you will be able to talk to college representatives and fortune companies about careers in technology!

Repeats every day until Sun Mar 18 2012

Fri, 2012-03-16 09:00 – 17:00

Jacob Javits Convention Center 655 West 34th Street, New York NY, 1001

FREE

3. Book Club

Takes place every Saturday. Members receive a Book Club Passport at their first story time, and a gift after attending 5 story times.

Repeats every week until Sat Mar 31 2012 .

Sat, 2012-01-14 10:00

Pottery Barn Kids 1311 Second Avenue , New York NY 10065

FREE

4. Passover Palooza 

Mama Doni –  the Streit’s Matzo Girl – invites families to have some music with their matzos, when she brings her inimitable brand of “funky music with a Jewish twist” to the first-ever Mama Doni’s Passover Palooza, a family event for everyone who wants to get into the Passover spirit.

Passover Palooza will include a FREE Mama Doni concert, a tour of the Streit’s Matzo Factory where families can see Passover matzos being made, a Jewish book fair hosted by Behrman House Publishing, and giveaways galore.

Sun, 2012-03-18 13:00

Streit’s Matzo Factory 148 – 154 Rivington St, New York NY

FREE

5. Book Reading of “I didn’t do it”, by an award winning illustrator 

Katy Schneider will read from her highly acclaimed children’s book, “I Didn’t Do it,” discuss how she came up with the pictures, and even do some drawing. Her last book from this series won the Bank Street College of Education’s Irma S. and James H. Black Book Award. Anyone who loves dogs will not want to miss this event!

Harper Collins Publishing writes: “In their second ode to canine companions,
Patricia MacLachlan (Newbury Award winner), Emily MacLachlan Charest, and Katy Schneider once again offer an irresistible glimpse into the mischievous canine mind. Captured here are adorable confessions and spirited accounts of the things that puppies do—and don’t do—while in search of love, adventure, and treats from the table.”
 
Katy Schneider is a lecturer in art at Smith College in Northampton Massachusetts. She is a Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient and exhibits her paintings and illustrations nationwide. http://www.katyschneider.com

Book Culture is a wonderful book and gift shop, with an incredible selection of children’s books and toys in the downstairs children’s room

Sun, 2012-03-18 11:00 – 11:30

Book Culture 2915 Broadway at 114th Street, New York NY 10025

FREE