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Kids Music Listings this Weekend: May 18,19,20

May 18, 2012

Spring Kids Fest at Madison Square Fest

It’s a huge musical weekend! Friday’s highlight is Laurie Berkner’s concert (it’s pricey, but it’s Laurie). Saturday is the Madison Square Park Day of Music and Sunday the Deedle Deedle Dees play. There is a dance parade in the east village that Charles (our music listings editor) is headed to- after years of wanting to go to it. Maybe you will see him there!

Friday May 18th

11:00 am: Children’s Concert in McGolrick Park
A varied and entertaining lineup of music, puppets, and art waits for your family at the open-air summer concert, offered free of charge for the benefit of the neighborhood’s residents (and guests from other boroughs, of course!). Mrs. Crabapple Puppet Show opens the summer fest, followed by a musical performance of Mike Messer, lead singer of the The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Then, show your love for the Park by participating in a collective chalk drawing
McGolrick Park  Nassau Street and Russell Street
For more info, go here.

5:00 pm: Laurie Berkner Band
Known primarily for her kid-friendly tunes, this musician got her start as a preschool music teacher. Now, the artist is raising money for Heifer International by entertaining families with songs both new and familiar. In keeping with the animal theme, the kindie-rock crooner encourages kids to bring their favorite stuffie, don a party outfit and wear their dancing shoes. Also Saturday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W 64th St (at Central Park West)
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Harlem Dances: Groove with Me
Local girls who are part of the Harlem community dance center Groove with Me show off their rhythm and moves in this dance showcase. Enter the park from 125th Street. All ages.
West Harlem Piers Park, 125th St (at the Hudson River)
For more info, go here.

Saturday May 19th

10:30 am: Spring Kids Fest
Come see a day of great family music with Songs for Seeds (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm), the Rockdoves (11am) and the Fuzzy Lemons (1pm); watch a special magic show from the Amazing Max (noon); and enjoy storytime yoga sessions with Karma Kids Yoga (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm).  Get ready for all music at Madison Square Park this summer!
Madison Square Park  23rd to 26th Sts (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: The Itty Biddies
Combining storytelling, rockin’ music and soaring vocals, this female trio will lift you and your kids out of your seats and take you on an imaginary trip with a magical suitcase. The Biddies’ pop-cabaret style, often accompanied by drums, bass, ukulele and/or piano, will guide you through the city’s subway, the safari in Africa or a star-lit boat ride. Also 1:30 pm
Performance Project @ University Settlement 184 Eldridge St (at Rivington St)
For more info, go here.

11:30 am: ABT Kids
Introduce kids to the elegant world of ballet in a special performance designed especially for young eyes. Top dancers from the American Ballet Theater (ABT) will present highlights from the company’s most recent season, including a first look at an excerpt from a new production of Alexei Ratmanssky’s Firebird.
Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center  Lincoln Center Plaza (at 65th St)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Children’s Day at Baby Noir
Celebrate Japan’s National Children’s Day with Baby Noir Boutique. Attendees will enjoy an afternoon of special crafts like samurai helmet making, live music by Joseph Castelli and story time by The Story Nook along with complementary refreshments. Each child will also go home with a gift, while supplies last. Free. All ages.
babyNOIR Boutique 26-16 23rd Ave (between 26th and 27th Sts)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Scandinavian Sing-Along
Kids will belt out traditional songs along with Danish musicians, dance and play musical games. Scandinavia House. 58 Park Ave (between 37th and 38th Sts)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Fama Jama Sing Song
Family-friendly kindie group the Rockdoves are playing a full set on the roof of the YMCA! Take in the beautiful view of the Upper West Side and jam to the Rockdoves’ interactive set of nurturing songs about connecting with nature in the city and the value of friendship. Kids are encouraged to be the performers, so have them get ready to dance!
The Grosvenor Neighborhood House 176 West 105th St (at Amsterdam Ave)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Dance Parade
Thousands of participants are expected to tap, salsa and even stilt-dance their way down Broadway during this boogie brigade, with everything from techno to polka music ringing out as the procession shimmies past Union Square and through the East Village via St. Marks Place. (The reviewing stand in Astor Place makes it a great place to watch the proceedings.) The parade terminates in DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park, where, from 3 to 7pm, kids of all ages enjoy performances and free lessons.
East Village, NYC
For more info, go here.

6:00 pm: Hoop Jam and Dance Party
Occurring every third Saturday of each month over the summer, take a trip to the shore, feel the sea breeze and of course, learn to hula hoop. The lost art of hooping will be passed down to your kids in a free 45-minute how-to clinic offered to all ages, and then, starting at 7pm, put your remaining energy to good use at a hoop-dance party on the boardwalk, a few feet away from the sea to complete the summer night experience. Free. All ages.
The Rockaway Boardwalk (Beach 97th St at Shore Front Parkway) Queens, NY
For more info, go here.

6:30 pm: Mexican Family Dance
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company performs traditional regional dances that trace Mexican history. Musicians accompany beautifully costumed dancers with coastal rhythms, Aztec drums, Mariachi music and song.
Esplanade Plaza On the Esplanade, south of North Cove, New York NY
For more info, go here.

7:00 pm: Stand Up: A Musical About Bullying
Performed by tweens and teenagers from Applause New York, this musical tackles the topic of bullying. Using songs from Broadway musicals (think Shrek, Memphis, Newsies), kids learn why bullies act the way they do and why certain kids become victims.  Ages 9 and up.  Also Sunday 1:30 pm.
Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 E 76th St (between Lexington and Third Aves)
For more info, go here.

Sunday May 20th

11:00 am: The Deedle Deedle Dees
In their latest Bring Your Own Kid Concert, 92YTribeca hosts Brooklyn based knowledge rockers, The Deedle Deedle Dees. Sporting songs off of their latest CD, Strange Dees, Indeed, kids can expect to hear catchy rock ‘n roll riffs about everyone from Harriet Tubman to Amelia Earhart with a hip science lesson or two thrown in for good measure. Now that’s a concert worth checking out! All ages.
92YTribeca.. 200 Hudson St (at Vestry St)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American Festival
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this free family-oriented festival is quite a sight to see, drawing in thousands of attendees and featuring exhibitions of dance and music from around the world with a special focus on American Indian culture. Join the dance circles, enjoy international foods and performances and buy authentic crafts during your stay. Free. All ages.
Inwood Hill Park. Indian Rd (at 218th St)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Bilingual Birdies 5th Birthday Party Concert and Benefit
In honor of their fifth birthday, Bilingual Birdies is putting on a multicultural concert. Families can sing along to songs in Spanish, French, Mandarin and Hebrew. All proceeds will be donated to the 108 Lives Project which helps children and families in Nepal. Ages newborn to 6.
Imaginasium at The Children’s Aid Society, 177 Sullivan St (between Bleecker and Houston Sts)
For more info, go here.

Every Saturday, May – September | 11 am
Free Yoga with NYRP.org
Garden of Hope, Brooklyn
392 Hancock St.
Instructor: Cayce Pia

12:00 pm: Bayfest 2012
BayFest is Brooklyn’s largest waterfront event and NYC’s only vendor-free street fair. Held on a main stage and 10 piers (8 blocks) along Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, BAYFEST 2012 will offer a festival of continuous entertainment by over 21 bands, dance troupes, and kids’ performers, and much, much more! Join us for the fun!
Emmons Ave From E 27th to Ocean Ave, Sheepshead Bay NY
For more info, go here.

12:00 pm: Summer on the Hudson: 9th Annual Mamapalooza Extravaganza
Moms Rock! Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands, an especially fabulous lady emcee, as well as a Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more!
Pier 1 Riverside Blvd and West 79th Street, New York NY
For more info, go here.

12:30 pm: 4th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre Present: THE 4th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival with over 30 musical acts, workshops, files, square dance, and fun contests.  Sunday will feature family events, kicking off at 12:30 pm with Jarana Beat, a Afro-Mexican band will host a family workshop on Mexican dance and song, then perform a concert. Following Jarana Beat will be a family square dance.
345 Jay Street Brooklyn NY 11201
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: KidsRock Benefit Concert
Rock Asylum is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating truly unique learning experiences for elementary age students through the medium of music. Through original music, both recorded and live, they engage students and heighten retention and understanding of the Common Core Standards. Rock Asylum’s goal is to put the EDGE in education. The Rock Asylum Foundation also donates concerts to participating schools, where they perform these songs live, alongside well-known pop songs, linking what the students already know to what they will learn. We target progressive, or struggling schools in the NY/Tri-State Area
The Canal Room 285 West Broadway, New York NY 10013
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Jazz for Kids
Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard’s weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm.
Jazz Standard, 116 E 27th St (between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave)
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)