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Hanukkah for kids in NYC

Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with shows, workshops and the lighting of the world's largest menorah.

The first in a month full of exciting holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve, Hanukkah kicks off the holiday spirit! Use family time to check out 60 things to do with kids in NYC this winter, go for a skate on one of the city's best ice-skating rinks or take a trip to grab a cup of delicious hot chocolate.

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the rededication of Jerusalem's Holy Temple after the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 168 B.C.E. 

When is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 6, 2015 and ends on the evening of Monday, December 14, 2015.

Hanukkah events for kids

Robot Swarm

Kids will marvel at the Museum of Mathematics' futuristic new exhibit, featuring more than 20 small, light-up robots. The 'bots zoom across the floor, interacting with museum-goers and communicating with each other thanks to high-tech motion control and positioning systems. Families can learn all about the exciting field of swarm technology in robotics and explore the mathematical rules that make the robots work. All ages.

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The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks is the world’s longest-running musical—plus, it's charmingly funny and romantic, telling the story of a boy, a girl and two fathers. Perfect for families, it is a small musical with themes and humor that appeal to audiences of all ages. The famous score has been sung by countless artists including Barbra Streisand to Tony Bennett. Ages 8 and up.

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The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

The odds are definitely in your favor at this super–interactive, totally immersive exhibit insipired by The Hunger Games. Kids will learn about science, technology and problem–solving as they follow Katniss Everdeen's inspiring and action–packed journey through seven different galleries, including Tribute Train, District 12 and The Capitol. Super fans will flip for the authentic costumes and artifacts from the films on display, as well as the interactive map of Panem and stunt choreography feature. Tickets go on sale April 21; prereregistration is recommended.

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