Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
Note: Because of the coronavirus outbreak and the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 500 people, many events have been canceled. As of press time, these were still scheduled to take place. Before heading out, visit the website of the performance space or organization for the latest updates.
KIDS FLEADH AT THE CRAIC FEST at Cinépolis Chelsea (March 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, you can expect an influx of all things Irish, including, in this case, some unfamiliar vocabulary. “Fleadh” means a festive occasion, and “craic” is slang for fun, and children will find both at this movie theater on Saturday. Part of the larger Craic Fest of Irish music and cinema, the Kids Fleadh, for ages 5 to 12, presents award-winning short films by Irish and Irish-American directors. They include animated projects like Damien O’Connor’s “Anya,” the hopeful journey of a Russian orphan; Louise Bagnall’s “Late Afternoon,” which explores an elderly woman’s memories; and Mark C. Smith’s “Two Balloons,” a comedy starring lemurs that fly dirigibles. The event will also offer storytelling, Irish step dancing and a post-screening reception.
‘ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, & FRIENDS’ at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center (March 14, 11 a.m.). If the name Rosie Revere reminds you of Rosie the Riveter, it’s no accident. In the fictional world of the children’s author Andrea Beaty, little Rosie Revere is the great-niece of the spirited woman whose can-do attitude symbolized female industriousness during World War II. In this musical from the estimable TheaterWorksUSA, the contemporary Rosie, whose engineering goals are based on her great-aunt’s dreams, joins two other protagonists from Beaty’s books: Iggy Peck, who longs to be an architect, and Ada Twist, who has her sights set on science. Created by Lauren Gunderson, Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan, this musical adaptation celebrates inquisitiveness and ingenuity while also highlighting the wonders of science, technology and math.
‘SHE PERSISTED, THE MUSICAL’ at the Linda Gross Theater (March 14-15 and 17, 10:30 a.m.; March 19, 5:30 p.m.; through March 22). Yes, she persisted, “she” being Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, Sonia Sotomayor, Florence Griffith Joyner or one of the other historic female figures onstage. Portrayed by actors, these trailblazers all appear in this production, which demonstrates how a woman’s unrelenting determination can change lives — and sometimes the world. (Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose persistence the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, famously criticized in 2017, is not featured here.) An adaptation of the children’s book of the same title by Chelsea Clinton, “She Persisted” is set during a fourth-grade museum field trip that ultimately takes Naomi, one of the students, on a journey into the past. Created by Adam Tobin and Deborah Wicks La Puma and presented by Atlantic for Kids, the children’s division of the Atlantic Theater Company, the show “is an exuberant, time-traveling history lesson that instills confidence, too,” Laura Collins-Hughes said in her review in The New York Times.