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July 31, 2018

Summer Field Guide: Issue 1

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)


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!!


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.
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