Kids Music Listings this Weekend: September 14,15,16

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Saturday is a big kids’ music day with Brooklyn stars Gustafer Yellowgold and Audra Rox each holding court at their respective concerts.  If you have a tiara-loving kid at heart, head to Bloomingdale’s for Moey’s Princess Ball. Groove back in time to the 1960′s with Washington Square Park’s Folk Festival where contemporary bands plan to tap that unique community spirit. For a truly unique experience, head to Central Park for a musical comedy for kids that teaches about activism in situ.

Friday September 14th

10:00 am: Free Trial Classes at Gumbo
On Friday, tots can explore a Music for Aardvarks class, which focuses on song, dance, rhythm training and instrument play.
Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Ave (between Third Ave and Nevins St)
For more info, go here.

5:00 pm: Apple Seeds Neighborhood Party
Kids don their PJs for this cozy open house, where they’ll have free rein over the indoor playground, clap along with a Songs for Seeds performance, strut their styles in a pajama parade and snack on milk and cookies before winding down with storytime. Meanwhile, parents mingle over wine and tour the new UWS facility. Plus, families can enter to win a free playground membership and receive a discount on fall classes just for attending. RSVP required. Ages newborn to 5 years.
Apple Seeds, 200 West End Ave (at 70th St)
For more info, go here.

Saturday September 15th

10:00 am: Go Fish! with Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, an exuberant string band, plays lively, original tunes and American classics. The four person ensemble draws from 150 years of American music, combining 4 part vocal harmonies with fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and a 95% recycled percussion rig of a cardboard box, tin cans, caulk tubes, and a vinyl suitcase in lieu of a bass drum. Reinventing classics from Leonard Cohen to Bruce Springsteen, their originals range from blues, to bluegrass, to crooner swing. Their most recent album, Some Bright Morning, was released on Signature Sounds in April 2012.
Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park Battery Place
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Audra Rox Plays for Alexandra’s Playground
Brooklyn’s own kindie rocker Audra Rox plays a benefit concert for active play advocacy group Alexandra’s Playground—all proceeds support the building of two new playgrounds this fall. Come early for food, games and face painting.
Carroll Park, President St (between Court and Smith Sts)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Super Sábado! We Heart Música
The museum opens its doors for a day of free programming, including concerts, exhibition tours, workshops and more. Families can check out the ambitious new exhibition “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” an exploration of the Caribbean’s diversity and cultural history, then take part in this month’s music-centered activities. After getting hands-on with an art-making session, kids can catch a performance by Irka Mateo, a Dominican songstress who croons folkloric Taino songs as well as original compositions.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave (between 104th and 105th Sts)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Gustafer Yellowgold with Strings Attached
A regular fixture on the kiddie music scene, Morgan Taylor and his animated yellow friend Gustafer will return to the NYU Skirball Center once again to perform songs like “I’m From the Sun” and “The Bluebird Tree.” Taylor’s catchy tunes will be backed by animated videos of Gustafer and friends.
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Pl (at Washington Sq South)
For more info, go here.

1:00 pm: Sarazad and the Monster-King
In this musical reimagining of The 1001 Arabian Nights, children meet Sarazad, a shy nine-year-old girl who loves to escape to a world of books, storytelling and imaginary friends. As Sarazad ventures into Storyland to meet the grumpy Monster-King, themes of bullying and the power of friendship surface, making this musical a show that the whole family can enjoy. Ages 5 and up.
Canal Park Playhouse, 508 Canal St (between Greenwich and Washington Sts)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Washington Square Park Folk Festival
Journey back to the 1960s when Bob Dylan was just a kid with a dream and the New York City folk scene was burgeoning. Hosted by Eli Smith of Down Home Radio Show, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival hopes to spark that nostalgia and also showcase some new talent. Local and national bands like Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz and Banjorama will play blues, bluegrass, Americana and folk until the sun sets.  Also Sunday.
Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl (between MacDougal St and University Pl)
For more info, go here.

2:00 pm: Moey’s Princess Ball at Bloomingdale’s
Take your little princess to the ball to celebrate the release of Moey’s Music Party’s new CD, Princess Revolution! Attendees can enjoy a free Princess Rock Star concert, face painting with Face Art by Melissa and balloon creations by Ballooniac. Everyone goes home with a present, but the most enthusiastic dancing princess scores a Princess Revolution! CD.
Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave (at 59th St)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Journey Through Sounds
Part of the Moving Sounds Festival and the interactive exhibition “Orbis Pictus: Play Well,” this workshop explores the story of the development of musical instruments, from the most basic instrument, the body, to classical instruments and electronic and digital music makers
The Czech Center, 321 E 73rd St (between First and Second Aves)
For more info, go here.

Sunday September 16th

10:00 am: Salsa Baby Brunch with Jose Conde
Kids can brunch with Latin flair while listening to music from Baby Loves Salsa (led by Jose Conde) and indulging in the special kid’s menu at Ideya: choices include Cuban french toast with blackberry maple butter and chicken fingers with rice and beans. Los niños pequeños will be given crayons and maracas to play with while listening to the band. Meanwhile, Mom and Dad can sip on mango mimosas ($8). Free (food not included). Ages newborn to 10.
Ideya, 349 West Broadway (between Broome and Grand Sts)
For more info, go here.

11:00 am: Tunes with Tina
Families can start off their Sundays at Tunes with Tina, an interactive musical prix-fixe brunch in midtown. Chanteuse Tina deVaron, a jazz pianist who spent six years entertaining kids at the Carlyle Hotel’s Tea with Madeline, hosts different themed shows each month: Back to Broadway (September), Let’s See Your Costume (October), Move with the Movies (November) and Here Come the Holidays (December). Sweet treats from uptown’s London Candy Company are also included in the price. Reservations are recommended.
Bar on 5th, 400 Fifth Ave (at 36th St)
For more info, go here.

Washington Square Park Folk Festival
Journey back to the 1960s when Bob Dylan was just a kid with a dream and the New York City folk scene was burgeoning. Hosted by Eli Smith of Down Home Radio Show, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival hopes to spark that nostalgia and also showcase some new talent. Local and national bands like Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz and Banjorama will play blues, bluegrass, Americana and folk until the sun sets.  Also Sunday.
Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl (between MacDougal St and University Pl)
For more info, go here.

3:00 pm: Curse on Summit Rock
Teach little ones about environmental activism at an alfresco production of this musical comedy. Kids will root for park activists as they attempt to save Central Park from the the plans of a big-time developer who wants to mar the park’s landscape with a giant candy store. The coolest part? The performance takes place at the actual setting of the play: Summit Rock, the highest point in the Central Park.
Summit Rock, Central Park
For more info, go here.

(Many thanks to TONY KidsProspect Heights Patch, NY Metro Parents, and Mommy Poppins for listing info!)

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