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These activities were created and written by the New 42nd Street Summer Apprentices, Kevin Burns and Kendall Bowden.

You've heard all about our 2018-19 Season. Now it's time to get to know these 16 world-class shows a little bit better with Summer Field Guides! This group focuses on shows for kids of all ages, Machine de CirqueVelocityCircus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, A Simple Space and SNAP. Not finding the show you're most looking forward to in this Summer Field Guide? Check back soon for more!

Machine de Cirque

Behind the scenes of these high-flying circus tricks, the five company members of Machine de Cirque used collaboration, imagination and play to create a show that surprises and delights.

Machine de Cirque has a little bit of everything, like circus, live music, physics and teamwork. Check out these New York City science and music related events and activities to spark your creativity and inspire teamwork!

Dream! It’s a Family Festival
When: Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: The High Line at 16th Street
What: Create crafts, enjoy music, giggle with clowns and take in some site-specific art in this free event perfect for kids up to 12 and their families. Dream big with ArchForKids and imagine what New York City might look like in 2038. The event is held rain or shine.

MakerFaire NYC
When: September 22nd and 23rd
Where: New York Hall of Science
What: Join Make magazine at New York Hall of Science for a weekend filled with crazy machines, drones and other STEM activities. 

Unicycle Festival
When: September 1st - September 2nd, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Governors Island
What: Whether you are a beginner unicyclists or a seasoned pro, the New York City Unicycle festival is perfect for any one-wheel fan. The weekend is packed with workshops, games, races and more. Make sure to roll through.
 
Velocity

ve·loc·i·ty
[vuh-los-i-tee]
noun
1. The speed of something in a given direction
2. An Irish step and tap show from David Geaney and James Devine that will have you jumping for joy!

Velocity contains some of the quickest moves around. In fact, artist Devine holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the "fastest feet in the world" with an astonishing 38 taps per second!

Check out our Spotify playlist full of songs about dance to get your feet moving:


Then, spend your summer dancing at these free events before you boogie on over to the New Vic to see Velocity.

Battery Dance Festival 
When: August 11-18
Where: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
What: The 2018 Battery Dance Festival is a week-long festival full of local and international dance companies. At the end of the concert, they host a program called Everybody Dance Now where the audience learns and performs choreography they viewed earlier that night!

Fiddles and Whistles and Bodhráns, Oh My!
When: Saturday, September 22 at 10:00am
Where: Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
What: Learn all about traditional Irish instruments in this hands-on event, including performances by Darrah Carr Dance and Irish Arts Center musicians.
 
Circus Abyssinia

Bibi and Bichu, the brothers behind Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams are renowned for their juggling skills. Watch as New Victory Teaching Artist Billy teaches you some simple juggling moves to master before you see Bibi, Bichu and their company in action!
 

A Simple Space

The performers in A Simple Space are phenomenal gymnasts who work together to create mind-blowing tricks. Now it's your turn! Grab your friends or family members to learn basic partner acrobatics from New Victory Teaching Artist WT. 
 

The stars of A Simple Space take "a simple space" and make it special!  Now that you have practiced your new skills, it's time to show them off in your very own show.

If you and your friends have other talents like singing or dancing, add it to the program.  Make sure to use your newly acquired juggling skills too! When you're rehearsing, think about the following:
  • What could be a stage? Maybe your living room or a park.
  • Do you have a lamp or some flashlights? Turn them into spotlights, just like the performers in A Simple Space.
Once you have completed your show, invite your friends and family to see your performance!

SNAP
 
In SNAP, magic is real, as this company from South Korea takes the audience on a tour of illusion and silent comedy! In fact, many performers take inspiration from the silent film actor, Charlie Chaplin. In this Summer Field Guide, watch a few Charlie Chaplin movies and learn more about the history of magic.

First, check out our two favorite Charlie Chaplin movies, then read more about his life and style here.

The Kid: Chaplin directed, produced and starred in this film. He also composed the score! The Kid follows The Tramp (Chaplin) who discovers a little orphan and raises him.

The Kid

The Circus: In this movie, Chaplin is on the run from the police and hides away at a circus. The Ringmaster soon realizes his wit and ability to make a crowd laugh, so he becomes a part of the show.

The Circus

The Tramp and The Ringmaster are interesting names, right? In SNAP, the characters are similarly named with titles like The Dreamer, The Alchemist, The Florist and The Oddball.

Next, visit the New York Historical Society to join in a summer-long celebration of magic! You can pay what you wish to enter on Fridays from 6:00-8:00 pm. Here are just a few things we’re most excited for:

Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection
When: On display until September 16
What: At this exhibit you'll travel back in time as you explore the history of magic through treasures from the collection of Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield. Some highlights include Harry Houdini’s Metamorphosis trunk and handcuffs, and Copperfield's groundbreaking death saw illusion. 

Capturing the Magic Weekend 
When: Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26
What: This weekend-long event has tons of activities for all to enjoy from film viewings to a Victorian lantern show.

Watson Adventures' "Escape the New-York Historical Society"
When: Friday, August 10th, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
What: This 45-minute mystery adventure challenges you and your team to solve a series of puzzles involving objects on display in the museum. 
 
 
Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. He is currently a Summer Apprentice in the Communications Department for the New 42nd Street. He has previously interned for the Fine and Performing Arts Department at SUNY New Paltz and for the Madison Theatre at Molloy College. His interests include theater performance, graphic design and drinking large amounts of iced coffee.
Kendall Bowden
Kendall Bowden is a Summer Communications Apprentice for The New Victory Theater. She is currently a junior at New York University where she studies drama. She loves singing, making music and writing—but has a very hard time keeping up with the Kardashians.
Posted by Beth Henderson

These activities were created and written by the New 42nd Street Summer Apprentices, Kevin Burns and Kendall Bowden.

You've heard all about our 2018-19 Season. Now it's time to get to know these 16 world-class shows a little bit better with Summer Field Guides! This first group focuses on shows for kids between the ages of 4 – 7, Tinga Tinga Tales – The MusicalEmily Brown and the Thing and Fiesta con Sonia De Los Santos. Not finding the show you're most looking forward to in this Summer Field Guide? Check back soon for more!
 
Tinga Tinga Tales
 
Jambo! That's hello in Swahili, the national language of Kenya. 
 
The first musical of our 2018-19 season is Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical. Join monkeys, lions, elephants and more animated animals as they sing and dance their way to the Festival of Colors. Speaking of journeys, the cast of Tinga Tinga Tales will travel all the way from Nairobi, Kenya to perform at The New Victory Theater. That's 7,354 miles away!
 
Before you make your own trip to The New Victory Theater, we've assembled a booklist to help you learn more about Kenya and Africa.
 
Lila and the Secret of the Rain Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway, illustrated by Jude Daly
 
Lila attempts to save her village from a drought by learning the secret of rain.
 
For You are a Kenyan Child
For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane, illustrated by Ana Juan
 
Imagine you live in Kenya. What does your day look like? You might find it's not that different from your own life!
 
 
Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Learn about her work with the Green Belt Movement and her effort to save the environment in Kenya in this illustrated book.
 
Mama Panya's Pancakes
Mama Panya's Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin and Rich Chamberlin, illustrated by Julia Cairns
 
Do you want to go to Adika's pancake party? Adika invites the whole village to join in the fun, but how will Mama Panya feed everyone?
 
The Water Princess
The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
 
Inspired by the childhood of model Georgie Badiel, Princess Gie Gie dreams of bringing drinking water to her small African village.
 
 
 
Emily Brown and the Thing
 
Emily Brown and the Thing is based on a beloved book of the same name. This summer, make some easy travel snacks to take with you on a trip to some of the available free storytimes throughout New York City!
 
Travel Snacks
Ask an adult to help you make these sweet treats, perfect for a trip around the city. 
 
Banana S'mores
Materials: Bananas, peanut or almond butter, a box of Graham Crackers, a knife (with adult supervision!)
 
Step One: Spread peanut or almond butter on a Graham Cracker.
 
Step Two: Have an adult cut the banana into slices and layer them onto the peanut or almond butter. 
 
Step Three: Place another graham cracker on top of the banana slices. Enjoy!
 
Dried Apple Slices
Materials: Two apples (recommended gala, honeycrisp, pink lady), cinnamon, sugar, parchment paper, baking tray, a knife (with adult supervision!)

Step One: Ask an adult to cut your apples into thin slices.

Step Two: Have them turn on your oven and heat heat it to 225 degrees.

Step Three: Lay the apple slices on a parchment paper-lined baking tray and add cinnamon and sugar to taste.

Step Four: Set a kitchen timer for one hour. 

Step Five: Have an adult flip the apple slices and set the kitchen timer for another hour. Dig in!

With your travel snacks in tow, make your way to one of these free, fun storytimes. Libraries and book stores don't allow food, so make sure to put all your treats away before arriving.

The Strand

The Strand
Join Clifford or Madeline for a fun-filled hour of storytelling, arts and crafts and more! The Clifford the Big Red Dog Storytime will take place on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The Madeline Storytime will take place on Saturday, August 11th at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Visit their page for more information.

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queen Story Hour
On August 4th, Drag Queen Rev. Yolanda will be at the Brooklyn Public Library for a fun filled hour of storytelling. Expect songs, crafts and a lot of sass. The event takes place from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Visit their upcoming events page for more locations and information.

Book Culture

Book Culture
Join Book Culture at their multiple locations around New York City and Long Island City. The last Saturday of every month, the Columbus store hosts a Turkish storytime. Visit their site for times and locations.

Are these options not the right fit for your family? Visit The Children’s Center on 42nd Street or any New York Public Library branch for more storytimes and family events. 
 
 
Fiesta Con Sonia De Los Santos

Let's dance! Next March, Fiesta con Sonia De Los Santos will have you moving to the music of Latin America. This summer, make maracas and attend some free events hosted by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. 

Make Maracas!
Materials: One plastic egg, popcorn kernels or rice, two plastic spoons, colorful tape (washi or painter's tape)

Materials

Step One: Fill the egg with popcorn kernels or rice.

Step 1

Step Two: Place one spoon on both sides of the egg.

Step Two

Step Three: Tape the spoons to the egg.

Step Three

Step Four: SHAKE!!

Shake!

Practice with your new instrument, then bring it along to the following free music-based events!
 
When: Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park , 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
What: The Queens-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company (New Victory, 2018) returns to the Harlem Meer Performance Festival for a free performance featuring traditional Mexican music and dance.
 
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Where: St. Mary's Park, the Bronx
What: Dance to the sounds of DJ Cocotaso as he spins salsa, merengue, bachata and more! Featuring lessons and performances by the Piel Canela Dance School. Open dance for all!
 

 
Kevin Burns
Kevin Burns is a student at SUNY New Paltz studying Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and minors in Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. He is currently a Summer Apprentice in the Communications Department for the New 42nd Street. He has previously interned for the Fine and Performing Arts Department at SUNY New Paltz and for the Madison Theatre at Molloy College. His interests include theater performance, graphic design and drinking large amounts of iced coffee.
Kendall Bowden
Kendall Bowden is a Summer Communications Apprentice for The New Victory Theater. She is currently a junior at New York University where she studies drama. She loves singing, making music and writing—but has a very hard time keeping up with the Kardashians.
Posted by Beth Henderson
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