It's cold (17 degrees right this minute!) outside, but in the Big Apple, this weekend you and your kids can have fun, stay warm, and even help out. Some pretty great organizations are ready and willing to help you do just that:
The Upper East Side Gymtime (1520 York Ave) is hosting a pizza-and-DJ party tonight from 6:30 – 7:30pm benefiting UNICEF, and all the proceeds will go directly to the children of Haiti. Tickets are $15 each, (children under 18 months are free.) 212-861-7732.
Divalysscious Moms is partnering with Rodeo Bar in Gramercy (375 3rd Avenue), for Help Haiti Heal, a relief concert on Saturday from 10am - 12pm; for $50 suggested donation per family, starring lots of local rockers including Princess Katie & Racer Steve and Bari Koral, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Get tickets at email@example.com
The Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side (at 334 Amsterdam Ave) is collecting shoes to donate to Haiti, and hosting a free open house on Saturday at 3pm with kid-friendly singer-songwriter Chana Rothman. After the performance, she'll hang around for a fun workshop. (Best suited for ages four and up.) RSVP: 646-505-5716
The Kids Helping Kids fundraiser from 1:30 - 4pm on Sunday at Bowery Poetry Club, (at 308 Bowery) features such fun acts as Hayes Greenfield & Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, and Louise Rogers, Rick Strong & The Washington Heights Children's Jazz Choir. There is a $5 minimum suggested donation, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting a Haitian orphanage. Contact: Christine Timm firstname.lastname@example.org. A compilation CD will be made available after the show, and feel free to bring along some new or gently used toys to be sent to along to the Haitian orphans.The kids' fundraiser will be followed by a more grown-up version from 4 - 6pm. There will be a theater troupe, reggae music, and poetry from some of the most loved local artists. If you're brave enough there will also be an open-mic set...
You can even watch the whole thing live if you can't make it at http://www.bowerypoetrylive.com/