Families and Children

The Families and Children Committee’s focus is on nurturing and supporting the many families and children that reside at Manhattan Plaza.  Through regular events, it aims to provide positive, community-building activities that give parents, families and children a place to connect and grow. It is also the place to go with concerns about child safety and welfare issues that may arise on MP property and are not adequately addressed through management. The committee is dedicated to ensuring that Manhattan Plaza remains a viable, positive and unique place for children to thrive.

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  • MP Halloween celebration 2020

    Hello MP families,

    The MP Children and Families Committee has been working hard to make a spooktacular Halloween happen for our kids! We plan to host a safe Halloween trick-or-treating party on the outdoor MP playground with music, a magician, pizza, and more! 

    There will be safely-distanced “spooky spots” for people to pass out candy while the kids walk around trick-or-treating. Candy can be in a bowl or you can get more elaborate and bring a folding table, stroller or cart to decorate your spot. We really need families to volunteer to bring and distribute candy so we have enough treats and stations!

    If you want to host a candy “spooky spot” and/or bring your children to trick-or-treat, please complete the survey to RSVP by 10/17 with how many children and how many adults will be joining so we can estimate how many people to expect. 

    Click here to find the survey

    Date: Saturday, October 31st 
    Time: 4pm – 7pm
    Location: MP playground 
    *Rain Date: Sunday, November 1st 

    Safety Information: Due to Covid 19, we ask all participating families to please wear masks at the celebration. If you are passing out candy, we ask that you also wear gloves. As much as we would love to open the event to friends outside the building, we need to limit this party to residents only because of crowding issues and social distancing. We kindly ask that you leave bikes/scooters at home so we have enough walking space for the kids. Thank you all for understanding. We are excited to give our kids a wonderful Halloween. 

    -The Manhattan Plaza Children and Families Committee

  • MP Summer Fun
  • Kids STE(A)M Program launch event
    • Who: teenagers and kids (6+) of MP
    • What: Free Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education program Morrison Mentors – first event
    • Where: At MP! In the Ellington Room!
    • When: Saturday, February 8, 1 pm
    • Why: Because learning is fun AND because Related Companies hooked us up by paying for this awesome program

    To learn more about Morrison Mentors or to register:

    • a) call (515) 640-4492
    • b) visit their website https://www.mmentors.org/
    • c) come to the next Children and Families Committee Meeting on Friday February 7, Ellington Room 6pm
  • Pies and Pajamas! Day after Thanksgiving Fun

  • Summer Party POSTPONED to SUNDAY 6/24

    Due to inclement weather, the summer party is postponed until Sunday, June 24th.

    Same time, same place, just a day later.

    See you there!

  • Summer Party on the Plaza- Saturday, June 23rd


  • Children’s Clothing and Toy Exchange



    Manhattan Plaza Ellington Room

    400 W. 43rd Street 9th Ave. 2nd Floor Sunday

    May 6th 2018 at 1:00 — 4:00 PM – FILL-A-BAG  5-7

    The Spring Manhattan Plaza Children’s Clothing & Toy Exchange is just around the corner!  We hope to see you all there!     



    To ensure that we have enough man power to hold the sale, please respond to us a soon as you know which sifts you’d like to fill.  Please allow us more than one option, as we can’t always give everyone a first choice.  If you have extenuating circumstances which prevent you from certain shifts, let us know.  We always do our best to accommodate. If you do not provide three choices, we will fill whichever slot is most in need.

    Instructions for sellers:  Email childrensclothingexchange@gmail.com with SELLER in the subject line,  Provide us with your name, email, telephone and preferred unique SELLER code.  You’ll receive an email that we’ve confirmed your information.  Clearly label all items IN MASKING TAPE ONLY with your code, price and size if applicable.  All items are usually priced between 25 cents and $5 unless the item is large size or special in some way.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Print and bring only one intake sheet to the sale.  They can be found on our website at childrensclothingexchange.webs.com.

    To VOLUNTEER: Visit our website at www.childrensclothingexchange.webs.com if you need descriptions/information about volunteer positions.  We will be updating new position information shortly.  If you know your preferred shift, please  email with VOLUNTEER in the subject and three options for your volunteer shift.  We’ll respond with your assignment.  As a volunteer you get to take advantage of pre-shopping between 12-1 on sale day! 



    CO-CHAIRPlease contact us at childrensclothingexchange@gmail.com if you’re interested in becoming a co-chair and we’ll provide you with further details

    FLYERING – (15) You’ll receive a flyering  route in the neighborhood plus materials to print.  If you are absolutely unable to print your own, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.  All fliers need to be hung mo more than 7 seven prior to the event and no fewer than 3.  All routes will be checked for completion.  We also assign people to hand out fliers at local schools.  It’s often best if this volunteer is also a parent.

    EARLY SET UP – (15) 8:30-11:30 on sale day: These volunteers help with setting up and labeling the tables for sale items, distributing sale items on appropriate tables and or areas, intake and other pre-sale tasks.

    SET-UP –  9-12 on sale day. (15) Same as above.

    *We’d like to assign an Intake Director and Set Up Team Leader.  Please let us know if you’re interested in either of these positions.

    1st Shift/2nd Shift Cashier – (5), (3) (12:45-2:30/2:30-4:15) Tally and track sales. Check out shoppers.

    1st Shift/2nd Shift Photographer (1 per shift) This person photographs completed sales sheets.  Must be able to use own cell phone or camera.  Responsible for sending photos to the exchange email after the sale.

    1st Shift/2nd Shift Line Person (6, 3)  (1-2:30, 2:20-4) These volunteers man the customer check out lines and assist people with removing item tags and placing them on sale sheets.  Filled sheets are then handed to cashiers when the customer is ready for check-out and the cashier is available.  Also helps with bringing filled sheets to the data entry team.

    1st Shift/2nd Shift Data Entry (12:55-3, 3-5) (1 per shift) This person is responsible for inputting sale data into a spreadsheet.  CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS will be provided and need to be followed.  Spreadsheets will be emailed to the exchange after the sale.  Laptops will be provided.

    INTERIM Clean-up Crew (4) (3:30-5) Re-organize items and clean the room before the new FILL-A-BAG portion of the exchange. 

    FILL-A-BAG Cashiers (2) (5-7) Wait on customers during the fill-a-bag portion of the sale.

    Clean-up Crew (6) (6:45-8) Clean up and bag/box remaining items for charity pick-up.

    Charity Pick-up (3) (MONDAY, 9-11) Help with item pick up the following morning.

    Money Pick-up (3) Distribute money (from your home) to sellers in the week after the sale.

    We’re looking for one volunteer laptop for use during the sale.  It will be used in the kitchen area of the Ellington Room and will not be left unattended.

    As you can see folks, we need just about 80 volunteers to make this thing work!  The more, the merrier!  As always, thank you for your interest and support. See you soon!

    Please respond to sign up for a volunteer shift as soon as possible…time flies!!!  Many positions available.



  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Movie Screening Saturday, March 31st

    Join us for the second annual Easter Egg Hunt and Movie Screening on Saturday, March 31st in the Ellington Room and Plaza.  There were be arts and crafts, snacks, a screening of “Charlotte’s Web” and a giant egg hunt with tons of prizes.  ALL AGES are welcome to celebrate with us.

    Saturday, March 31st

    10:30- Doors Open

    10:45- Screening of Charlotte’s Web

    12:30- Egg Hunt

    If you are able to help with set-up or clean-up, please come to the Ellington Room at 10:00 or prepare to stay after to clean.  The Easter bunny will also need assistance while the kids watch the movie. We appreciate all volunteers willing to assist.

    Finally, if your children are participating in the egg hunt and you are able to bring some filled plastic eggs, that would be appreciated.  However, this is not required.

    Can’t wait to celebrate the season with everyone!

  • Chicago City Limits FREE Show Friday, 2/16

    Chicago City Limits return for another hilarious evening in the Ellington Room.  The show is FREE, family-friendly and all tenants and guests are welcome.

    Friday, February 16th


    Ellington Room

  • Family Friendly Movie Screening 1/18

    Join us in the Ellington Room for a screening of “The Lorax” at 4pm on Thursday, January 18th.

    Everyone is welcome!