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August 30, 2018

Summer Field Guide: Issue 3


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

With summer winding down and school just around the corner, finding time for family fun is more important than ever! In this Summer Field Guide, we highlight the three shows in our 2018-19 season created for the very young. They are Boing!, The World Inside Me (for ages 0–2 and ages 2–4) and Bout à Bout

Boing!

In Boing!, it's the night before Christmas and these bouncy brothers can't get to sleep. Filled with excitement over Santa's visit, the pair play with their teddy bears and use them to tell all sorts of stories. Here are a few easy steps to create your very own teddy bear out of a brown bag.

Materials: Paper Bag Teddy Bear Worksheet, crayons or markers, an adult with scissors, glue stick, googly eyes and a brown paper bag

Worksheet
Step One: Ask your adult to print out the worksheet so you can color in the arms, nose, mouth and ears! Feel free to make your new friend colorful, patterned or the traditional brown.

Step Two: With the help of your adult, cut out each part of the bear with scissors. 

Step Three: Lay your paper bag down, with the bottom facing up. The paper bag is going to act as the body of the puppet. Glue the parts of the body on to the paper bag as shown below.

Worksheet
Step Four: Open the bag and insert your hand inside. Open and close your hand to make the puppet talk.

Step Five: Play with your puppet however you want to! You could create puppet shows, take it on adventures or ask your adult to read the following books to you and your new pal.
 
Otto Goes to Bed
Otto Goes to Bed by Todd Parr

In this colorful book, Otto the dog does not want to go to bed until he realizes that if he does, he can dream about all his favorite things.
Ten in the Bed Ten In The Bed by Gill Guile

There were ten in the bed, and the little one said, "Roll over! Roll over!" So they all rolled over and one fell out. Illustrator Gill Guile brings the classic nursery rhyme to life in this colorful counting book.
I Don't Want to Go to Bed
I Don't Want to Go to Bed! by Julie Sykes

In this tale, Little Tiger doesn't listen to Mommy Tiger when she says that it's time for bed. Instead, he runs off into the jungle to visit his friends and gets lost. Read to find out if Little Tiger can find his way back home. 
The Going to Bed Book
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

In this classic kid's book, a group of animals on a boat goes through their bedtime routine together. 


The World Inside Me

The World Inside Me is all about what's inside of your body. This summer, venture out into New York City to learn about the science of things outside of your body!

New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science, located in Queens, is a creative and fun place to learn all about the wonders of the world. Two exhibitions that are perfect for kids under five are:

  • The Preschool Place is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of kids from birth to 6-years-old. There are even sing-alongs, story times and art activities featured during weekends and holidays.
  • At the Science Playground, visitors of all ages and abilities can explore the scientific principles of motion, balance and simple machines.

American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most renowned museums in New York—there's always something new to explore. Feast your eyes on the famous dinosaur collection or journey to the far reaches of the cosmos at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
New York Aquarium
You can find the New York Aquarium in Coney Island where it's been a mainstay of aquatic entertainment since 1896—making it the oldest operating aquarium in the United States. Make sure to stop by to say hello to some of the 8,000 undersea animals from more than 350 different species.

Bout A Bout
 
Bout à Bout follows the adventures of a little rope hero as he journeys through a world full of shapes, sounds and color. Let your very own hero know how much you admire them by making them a card.

Materials: A writing utensil, a piece of paper, an envelope and markers, crayons, glitter or any other decorations you may want to use

Step One: Fold your piece of paper—hamburger or hot dog style.

Step Two: On the inside, write a few words about your hero. Try to tell them why you chose them be your hero. Here are some ideas:
  • Do they cook your favorite food?
  • Do they have a fun job?
  • Have they taught you something special?
  • Have they helped you?
Be sure to write your note inside of the card so you can decorate the front and back.

Step Three: Decorate your card! Maybe you could do one (or more) of the following:
  • Paste a photograph of you and your hero on it.
  • Write their name in glitter glue.
  • Draw your hero with a cape on their back.
  • Draw you and your hero together in your favorite place.

Step Four: Place your letter into the envelope and give it to your hero to show them how much you appreciate them. If your hero lives far away, mail it to them with the help of a grown up.

Not finding the show you're most looking forward to in this Summer Field Guide? Check out the rest of our entries here!
 
 
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. This summer, he was an 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 was a Summer Communications Apprentice for The New 42nd Street. 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 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
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