Minding Manners

Photos: Tara Howard

The whole rude New Yorker stereotype went out with ironic baby tees.

That was until you caught an earful of Junior on the playground (“Gimme that ball or I’ll punch you in the throat”). Gosh, kids really do say the darnedest things.

If you need help on the please and thank-you front, turn to Socialkidz workshops. Each four-week course (for kids ages 4 to 7) focuses on a new skill set: How to Say It Best (shaking hands, making eye contact, starting conversations); Say Please, Say Thank You (acts of kindness, being gracious, showing respect); Please Pass the Porridge (table manners basics); and Public Behaviors (at playgrounds, parties, restaurants).

The sessions aren’t about pinkies up at afternoon tea, but rather equipping your kid with the skills necessary to make it in the big city.

After all, no one is to the manners born.

Socialsklz, 24 Union Square East, between 15th and 16th Streets (212-579-5300 or socialsklz.com).

This Week in New York

Chocolate Show
What: Check out the KidZone for endless treats, cooking demos, and family-friendly choc-art activities.
Why: It’s the sweetest thing.
When: Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.;  Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., b/t Sixth & Seventh Aves. (212-463-0071). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com.

Fourteenth Annual Halloween Celebration

What: Kids go in costume to trick-or-treat among the dinosaurs, make spooky crafts, and see stilt walkers.
Why: Make no bones about it, this will be a good time.
When: Sat., 2-5 p.m.
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, at 79th St. Reservations at 212-769-5200.

Super Duper Just Kidding Extravaganza
Rockers Dan Zanes, Gustafer Yellowgold, and Father Goose put on the ultimate variety show.
Why: No joke — you will rock out.
When: Sun., 4 p.m.
Where: Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St. For tickets, call 212-864-5400.

Photo: Tara Howard

24 Union Square E
bt 15th & 16th Sts
New York, NY 10003
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St
bt 6th & 7th Aves
New York, NY 10011
Central Park West
@ 79th St
New York, NY 10024
2537 Broadway
@ 95th St
New York, NY 10025