Photo by Cara Moreno

Shows & Story Hours

Esther has been a guest reader at Bank Street Book Store since October, 2016. (Please check the calendar for future dates.) She's also appeared at: Book Culture on Columbus, Jane’s Exchange on the Lower East Side, The Ellington in the Park (in Riverside Park), Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe in Brooklyn, Jerome Park Library in the Bronx, Carl Schurz Park, and has volunteered with Art Start.

Special Programs

Esther is very excited to be the new Music Enrichment Teacher at Peartree Preschool in Harlem, starting Fall, 2018! Last year, she taught the Minnows Class (9-19 month olds) at A.C.T. programs, at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. For more info on Peartree.

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Photo by Anna Ablogina

 

Classes, Ages 0 to 5

$20 / kid, $10 each additional

45 minutes
 

Esther teaches drop-in music and movement classes, as announced (please check the calendar), at the Great Hill in Central Park.
These classes are ideal for parents who love eclectic music, and want to expose their children to a variety of genres, including: rock, funk, soul, disco, surf, jazz, and even classical. During each class, we’ll open with a “warm up”, sing along to recorded songs (or a capella), play percussive instruments, learn rhythmic patterns, move like animals (or imaginary creatures and robots), dance with scarves, and chase bubbles! 

 

Each class is 45 minutes, open to kids 0-5 years old (accompanied by an adult), and the cost is $20 per kid (cash only). $10 for each additional sibling or friend. Enter the park at 108th and Central Park West, and follow the upward path, to the right, until you reach the Great Hill. You’ll see a circular path around a big, grassy area (the Great Hill). Stay to the left on that path, and keep going until you see us, under a big tree. Bring a small blanket and YOUR DANCING FEET! No reservations necessary. No class on rainy days! Email Esther to get on her mailing list to receive regular updates.

Birthday Parties

$125 for 1/2 Hour, $150 for
45 minutes

 

Hire Esther for your kid's birthday party! Esther puts the FUN in FUNKY with her handmade puppets (by Jeff Lewonczyk) and groovy tunes! She'll get all those little ones singing, dancing, and noise-making, with a variety of percussive instruments...all you provide is the space (and not too many distractions!) 
 

Got a BIGGER party to plan?
Hire Esther's full band, 

Thunder and Sunshine! 

Photos by Anna Ablogina

Clockwise from top:

 

Moonice the Cow: Moonice is from New Jersey, and is a bit of a moper.
She usually wakes up on the wrong side of the pasture! But she can usually
be shaken out of her mooooooooooood with a little song and dance!

 

Debbie the Duck: Debbie was born in a swamp in Louisiana and raised by an alligator. She migrated to New York to become a big Broadway STAR! Won't you cast her in your next play? Or at least hire her to teach you private pilates classes? She's a real QUACKER!

 

Bernie the Bee: Bernie lives in the AC vent of Sal's Pizzeria in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He's a very unusual bee, as he doesn't really care for flowers!
(Except marigolds, in the Spring.) He loves to eat anchovies and dance ballet!

 

Frederica Frog: Frederica is a soprano who lives in Turtle Pond in Central Park. She loves to eat flies and Szechuan food. (Give her your leftovers!)

Marjorie Mouse: Marjorie is from Australia and loves to surf and to knit
mittens for the colder months. She sleeps in a tea pot at the Crate and Barrel
on 611 Broadway in Soho. 

 

Harry the Horse: Harry's hyper, and from Wyoming. He makes the best hay and carrot stew you've ever had! Ask him for his secret recipe...fun fact: his great grandpa was Mr. Ed's stand-in!

 

Oliver Owl: Oliver lives in a big elm tree in Riverside Park and 105th street.
He's originally from a grove of oak trees near Swindon, in The Cotswolds (England). His favorite thing to do is snuggle up with a hot mug of Earl Gray tea and binge-watch "The Voice"! 

Photo by Jeff Lewonczyk

Handmade Puppets!

 by Jeff Lewonczyk