Is the Tilt Festival worth checking out? Oui! There are still a few events throughout April Photo: Meredith Craig de Pietro
If your family hasn’t yet checked out the second annual Tilt Kids Festival, presented by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), there’s still time! This Saturday, April 8, celebrate storytelling (for free!) with Fanny de Chaille: The Teens Library, a living library where a teen will tell a story to your family one-on-one. On April 11-16, enjoy The Seven Fingers, a food themed circus from Montreal. Tickets are $45-$99. Plus, the Hervé Tullet exhibit (reviewed below) continues through April 22. My 7-year-old son and I have been having a bon temps with the international artists and events. If you still need convincing. here are the highlights, so far.
Hervé Tullet Kids Opening
The closest things kids have to celebrities are beloved book authors. That would explain why families turned out in spades for the opening of This Isn’t Trash, the first New York exhibition of work by Hervé Tullet, the wildly imaginative artist and children’s book author. Kids know and love Press Here, and this family-focused opening at The Invisible Dog Art Center on March 4 explored his signature style with colorfully painted, torn, taped, creased and reassembled sheets of paper that were hung from the ceiling. Kids were invited to wade through a box of scrap paper, and find their own torn paper for inspiration, which was my son’s favorite part. A never ending line of fans queued up to have the artist sign copies of their favorite book, while the author beamed merrily from his perch behind the table. The show is on display until April 22. (more…)
Spring is in the air…but so are the snowstorms. If the weather has you completely confused on how to spend your time with the kids (or just plain confused), you’re not alone. Here are a few suggestions for either enjoying the balmy weather by going out, or holing up inside your house during the deep freeze. Climate change is real, and my only advice is to dress your family in layers and get ready to change plans on a dime.
IF MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LAMB, GO OUTSIDE:
This art opening for children’s book author Hervé Tullet’s new work is just for kids. Photo: TILT Kids Festival
GO: Bonjour March! Even if you can’t book tickets to Paris for your kids’ spring break, you can soak up some French culture at the 2017 TILT Kids Festival from March 4 through April 16. This second annual festival is put on by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and includes art exhibits, performances and interactive events. (Last year included this memorable kid-friendly art show.) Many of these are totally FREE. Highlights include: a children’s art opening of famed author Hervé Tullet at The Invisible Dog Gallery featuring hundreds of pieces with some as tall as eight feet tall. (Saturday March 4 4-6pm FREE) Also of note, a Philosophy For Kids Class led by author, philosopher, and New York Times columnist Simon Critchley at the Brooklyn Library. (Sunday March 19 FREE) Or get your groove on with Stéréokids, presented by French DJ Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), known for his work with Daft Punk and founder of the Ed Banger record label. (Saturday March 25, 2-5pm FREE.) Some of these events require an RSVP, so check the website for further details. (more…)
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This exhibit, targeted for children, explores what a soul is and who has one. Heavy topics presented in a light way. Photo: The Invisible Dog; Copyright: Erika Hokanson
Brooklyn kids might have limited access to nature, but that doesn’t stop them from fantasizing about and emulating the creatures of the wild. On a daily basis, my son runs around eating his friends like a jaguar, nibbles his snack like a mouse, or puts socks on his hands pretending to be a kitten. Through a child’s eyes, the world is filled with magic; it’s a place where humans can turn into animals, dead princesses can rise up, and sick grandmothers can be snipped out of the belly of a big bad wolf unscathed. Which makes the exhibit, “Anima,” at the Invisible Dog Art Center the perfect setting to spark a child’s overactive imagination. Taking its cue from the Mayan idea of Anima, wherein animals and humans are considered equal, this immersive installation invites kids (and adults) to walk through a forest to discover the magic within. (more…)