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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.

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Plan an outing to the Museum of Math

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Watch Minnie and Mickey glide on the ice

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Jam out with Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Chug along with Thomas and Friends

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    See a treasured fairytale on Broadway

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Celebrate Grand Central Terminal's Centennial

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Learn about Native American dancers

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Listen to a book reading at PowerHouse on 8th

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    Catch "Spiders Alive!" at AMNH before it closes

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    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Take in international flicks at the BAMkids Film Festival

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Things to do with kids during winter 2012

Plan an outing to the Museum of Math

Things to do with kids this winter

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Plan an outing to the Museum of Math

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Rather than being a place to learn math, the new museum is a place to realize all the remarkable things math can be used to create. Its 30-plus interactive exhibits include the Wall of Fire, a lasar "wall" that shows visitors that cross-sections aren't always what you think they are; Math Square, a Jumbotron on the floor that connects each person standing on it by the shortest path possible, changing the moment anyone moves; and Enigma Café, a place where families can sit down at tables to work on digital puzzles. All ages.

  1. 11 E 26th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
  2. Opens Sat Dec 15
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Watch Mickey and Minnie glide on the ice

  • Price band: 2/4

If nostalgia is what you seek, look no further. In Treasure Trove, Disney's latest ice show, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy embark on a treasure hunt to find classic Disney movies. The show includes moments from Peter Pan, The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid as well as from newer hits like Tangled. Kids will be transported from scene to scene as the ice skaters relive all their favorite movie moments will new stories and twists. The show plays at four local arenas—Izod Center, Prudential Center, Nassau Coliseum and the new Barcalys Center in Brooklyn. All ages.

  1. Multiple venues 1255 Hempstead Tpke, at Meadowbrook Pkwy
  2. Wed Jan 2 - Sun Jan 27
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Jam out with Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl

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The popular rock series, which features indie bands performing kid-friendly versions of their own songs, partners with Brooklyn Bowl for four winter concerts. While the lineup isn't completely confirmed yet (Brooklyn band Hospitality is scheduled to play on Sunday, February 10), Kidrockers has booked some big names in the past: Vivian Girls, Chairlift and Real Estate, to name a few. Comedians Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo will host and families can also take to the lanes to bowl. Ages 3 to 13.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St
  2. Sun Jan 13 - Sun Feb 10
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See a treasured fairy tale on Broadway

  • Price band: 2/4

Calling all princess fans: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to Broadway this winter for the first time (it was originally written for television and aired in 1957 starring Julie Andrews). Expect songs “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” as well as a few modern twists—after all, this version of the classic tale was imagined by playwright Douglas Carter Beane, the creative mind behind Broadway’s Xanadu and Sister Act. Popular Great White Way actress Laura Osnes (South Pacific, Anything Goes) plays the title role and we hear that princess parties will be offered in conjunction with the show. Ages 4 and up.

  1. 1681 Broadway, (at 53rd St)
  2. Previews begin Fri Jan 25
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Celebrate Grand Central Terminal's Centennial

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  • Free

Happy 100th, GC! The station’s big birthday gift to itself: a new logo showing its iconic clock striking 7:13pm—also known as 19:13, Grand Central’s birth year. Start the party at a shindig on Friday, February 1, with a multimedia show from the New York Transit Museum (the first of many that the Transit Museum will put on during 2013), plus special performances and exhibits. The celebrations will continue into the spring with a Parade of Trains weekend in May. All ages.

  1. 42nd St to 44th St, (between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves)
  2. Starts Fri Feb 1
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Learn about American Indian dances

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The oldest Native American dance company in New York, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, puts on a show of dances, stories and traditional music at the Theater for the New City. Popular segments include the a caribou dance from the Inuit, a buffalo dance from the Hopi and a stomp dance originating in the Southeast. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Theater for the New City 155 First Ave, between 9th and 10th Sts
  2. Fri Jan 25 - Sun Feb 3
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Listen to a book reading at powerHouse on 8th

Dumbo stalwart powerHouse Books has opened a second shop in Park Slope to sate the voracious needs of the family-oriented nabe. (The store was founded by South Slope residents Daniel Power and his wife Susanne König; their son attends public school in the area). The sweet, exposed-brick spot has a special nook for kids stocked with children's books, stuffed animals and other covetable kid goods alongside fare for YA readers and adults. Author appearances and regular storytimes are de rigueur.

  1. 1111 Eighth Ave, (between 11th and 12th Sts)
  2. Ongoing
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Take in international flicks at the BAMkids Film Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

During this two-day fest, little cinema-hounds can fill up on international fare—75 films from more than 20 countries—some making their world debuts and others screening in New York or the United States for the first time. The fest will also include face-painting, movie-making activities and live performances by Brooklyn faves The Deedle Deedle Dees (Sat Feb 2) and The Suzi Shelton Band (Sun Feb 3). Visit the website for screening schedule. Ages 2 to 10.

  1. BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, 11217
  2. Sat Feb 2 - Sun Feb 3
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Catch “Spiders Alive!” at AMNH before it closes

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Get up close and personal with more than 20 species of one of the world's most essential predators. "Spiders Alive!," the popular AMNH exhibit which was extended through January 6, lets you and your kids come face-to-face with live spiders from the museum's research collection (the largest in the world), learn about spiders' behavior and anatomies, and take a picture atop a giant arachnid model. Be sure to check out 15-minute presentations in which the museum's resident spider experts handle live tarantulas. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St
  2. Sat Dec 1 - Sun Jan 6
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