Watch out for the impending weather, but it’s about to get swingin’ on the Upper East Side. Tomorrow morning, the City Park Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center will present Jazz for Young People and its signature SummerStage Kids, which will bring rhythm and blues for all. From 10:30a.m. – 4p.m. professional jazz musicians will invade Marcus Garvey Park, with special performances and education opportunities. There will be dancing, jump roping and a musical show by Double Dutch Dreamz.
After a long week, and with school winding down, we need a little sun. Escape the city for some seaside amusement at Coney Island. Enjoy the theme park rides and food booths, play in the sand or browse the oddities on the boardwalk.
Believe it or not, a great family-friendly option is Coney Island’s Circus Sideshow. Running continually on Saturdays and Sundays from 1p.m. -8p.m. Adults tickets are $10, $5 for children under 12, and ticket sales end at 7 p.m.
“Traces,” now playing in Union Square, is a unique blend of circus, street art, and dance, creating an emotional portrait of young people leaving their mark on the world. The show has been hailed by Time Out New York and Time Magazine as one of the top ten theater pieces of 2011.
But one audience segment was already familiar with “Traces”: kids who saw it years ago at The New Victory Theater, the first theater in New York City dedicated to youth and families.
The New Victory got its start as one of seven theaters revived by New 42nd St., the nonprofit created to revitalize Times Square in the mid-1990s. The organization took a dilapidated, shuttered theater with a risqué past (it was once a burlesque club) and renovated it to create something that New York didn’t have: a children’s theater presenting works from around the globe.