Give Yourself Some Artistic License

the frick collection!

If the word “culture” has become synonymous with “strep test,” it’s likely that you’re suffering from an acute case of mom brain.

Time to call the sitter and re-engage.

Last Known Exposure: End-of-year glitter project at preschool.
The Rx: Spend an afternoon at The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street; 212-288-0700). This former private home showcases opulent oil paintings by Whistler, Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Goya, plus it’s only for the 10 and over set (their rules, not ours).
Bonus: This Saturday, A Grand Conversion: Transforming the Frick Residence into a Museum to commemorate its 75th anniversary. (Tickets, including the lecture, $18 at the door.)

Last Known Exposure: You think you remember a night at the Fez, circa ’92.
The Rx: The Mingus Bands at The Jazz Standard (116 East 27th Street).
Bonus: Mingus Mondays, a musical celebration of jazz legend Charles Mingus, coupled with killer barbecue from Blue Smoke. (Ongoing, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; tickets at 212-576-2232, $25).

Last Known Exposure:
Pink tutus and tiaras spinning in your living room.
The Rx: Catch Darci Kistler in a farewell performance at Lincoln Center (West 63rd Street, at Columbus Avenue).
Bonus: Dances from favorites like Swan Lake and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Sunday, 3 p.m.; tickets at 212-721-6500 or online at nycballet.org, $20 and up.)

this week in new york!

Lego Store Opens
A master builder bar, a pick-a-brick wall, and more than 300 building sets ($1-$500) will delight all ages.
Why: Check out the brick-filled birthday party space.
When: Opens Thurs. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 620 Fifth Ave., b/t 49th & 50th Sts. (800-453-4652).

Children of Hangzhou
What: Kids step into the daily life of a real Chinese family — everything from school to a rice field.
Why: Learn by experience.
When: Sat.-Sept. 5. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights (718-735-4400). Adults and children 1 and up, $7.50.

CityParks Kids Bronx Family Day

What: Celebrate summer with tunes by BombaYo and Dan Zanes, plus dancing, storytelling, and more.
Why: A selection of melodies and cultures from around the world.
When: Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: St. Mary’s Park, E. 149th St., at Jackson Ave., The Bronx. Info at cityparksfoundation.org. Admission is free.

Photo: Michael Bodycomb

St. Mary's Park
St Anns Ave
@ E 149th St
Bronx, NY 10455
620 5th Ave
bt 49th & 50th Sts
New York, NY 10020
144 W 65th St
bt Broadway & Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
1 E 70th St
bt Madison & 5th Aves
New York, NY 10021
116 E 27th St
bt Park & Lexington Aves
New York, NY 10016
145 Brooklyn Ave
@ St Marks Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213