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50 things to do with kids in New York City during winter 2012

Your family's guide to the best things to do with kids this winter, including hot chocolate festivals, ice-skating parties and other winter activities for kids.

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Celebrate new family programming at BAM

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Introduce little ones to the Muppets

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Count down to 2013 on a family cruise

     

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Indulge at the Hot Chocolate Festival

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Time travel at the Tenement Museum

  • Photograph: Lauren Kent

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Party with Tim and the Space Cadets

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Honor Ben Franklin's birthday

  • Photograph: Nikolai Komissarov

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum for free

     

     

  • Photograph: AMNH/R. Mickens

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Spend the night at the American Museum of Natural History

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Enjoy a book-to-stage adaptation of Show Way

Things to do with kids during winter 2012

Celebrate new family programming at BAM

Things to do with kids this winter

11

Celebrate new family programming at BAM

  • Free

In honor of its new programs for families, BAM will host a day of storytelling, puppets, performances, face painting and other activities sure to tickle your family's fun bone. Sketch comedy group Story Pirates will take ideas from kids (like flying cats and tickle monsters) and turn them into hilarious musicals, performed with puppets and wacky characters, while Urban Stages will present Blown Away By Poetry, a musical about Wendy Windstorm, who sneezes the poems out of Poetsville and must embark on a journey to get them back. Kids are also encouraged to come dressed as their favorite storybook character. All ages. 


  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave
  2. Sat Jan 19
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12

Count down to 2013 on a family cruise

  • Price band: 3/4

Instead of changing into pajamas and watching the ball drop on TV with your brood, ring in 2013 on board a family-friendly Water Taxi cruise. Kids will be wowed by the views of the city, including the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as the late-night fireworks celebration. Also on the menu: Kid-friendly Wii games, party favors, chicken fingers, Shirley Temples and plasma screens showing the Times Square celebration. Ages 3 and up.

  1. South Street Seaport, Pier 17 Fulton St, at Water St
  2. Until Tue Jan 1
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13

Indulge at the Hot Chocolate Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Heat-seeking chocoholic families flock to this annual festival, where City Bakery owner Maury Rubin serves a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during the month February. The lineup won’t be announced until January 18, but previous year’s highlights have included electic flavors like banana peel, spicy fig and even beer. Another favorite: Sunken Treasure, an indulgent cup with submerged caramel coins and chocolate truffles. Want a hot chocolate fix before February? Stop by any day of the week for the shop's delicious milk chocolate and dark chocolate varieties. All ages.

  1. 3 W 18th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
  2. Starts Fri Feb 1
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14

Time-travel at the Tenement Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

"Shop Life," the first new permanent exhibition to open at the LES Tenement Museum since 2008 showcases the array of local businesses that have occupied the historic tenement at 97 Orchard Street. Visitors will be led through re-creations of those shops, including a a kosher butcher shop from the 1890s and a 1930s auction house. The boon for kids, though, is the interactive technology, which allows them to choose a piece of merchandise that, when set on the counter, initiates a multimedia presentation on the item's significance and historical context. Ages 8 and up.

  1. The Tenement Museum 103 Orchard St, between Broome and Delancey Sts
  2. Ongoing
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15

Party with Tim and the Space Cadets

  • Price band: 1/4

To celebrate the release of their album, "Anthems for Adventure" (out Jan 29), indie rockers Tim and the Space Cadets will play a show featuring new tunes like "Blast Off," about riding a cardboard rocketship to space, and "Double Knot," about buying new shoes. Kids will get a free copy of the CD and temporary tattoos with admission. Before the show, Mario the Magician kicks things off with his signature sleight-of-hand. Ages 3 and up.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Sun Jan 20
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16

Honor Ben Franklin's birthday

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids are invited to the DiMenna Children's History Museum to celebrate the 307th birthday of one our country's most well-known founding fathers (he did invent the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove, after all). At the party, children can listen to the sounds of a glass armonica, another Ben Franklin invention, and decorate their own proverb plate to take home. Ages 4 and up.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Sun Jan 13
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17

Visit the Brooklyn Children's Museum for free

  • Free

Before the Holiday Circus show even arrives at its intended destination (Brighton Beach's Millennium Theatre), it will put on two previews at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. The performance features an array of acts from circuses across the country, who are bound to enchant with magic, clowns and other circus artistry. Santa will be on hand for the evening as well. As this special event take places during the museum's free hours, it is cost-free. Just arrive early enough to snag seats. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Thu Dec 20
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18

Spend the night at the American Museum of Natural History

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Who hasn’t dreamt about exploring one of the city’s most magical museums after closing? Little ones can fulfill their Night at the Museum fantasies at the AMNH sleepovers, which invite young adventurers to embark on after-hours guided tours of the museum’s halls, then break out the sleeping bags to spend the night alongside dinosaurs, blue whales, and polar bears. The price of admission includes an evening snack and breakfast, plus a cot to sleep on. Advance registration is required. Ages 6 to 13

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St)
  2. Sat Dec 15, Sat Jan 5 and Fri Jan 11
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Enjoy a book-to-stage adaptation of Show Way

  • Price band: 2/4

Popular children's theater company Vital premieres Show Way, a musical that traces the path of African American history, from slavery to the civil rights movement to the modern day, using quilts, or “show ways,” sewed and passed down by seven generations of women. This story of bravery and hope is based on the Newbery Honor-winning book by Jacqueline Woodson. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. McGinn/Cazale Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Sat Jan 19 - Sun Mar 3
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