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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.

  • Photograph: Jeff Larkin

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Get acquainted with a pet rabbit in Bunnicula

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Attend a new movie series for kids at the Film Forum

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Be amazed by photos of exotic live animals

  • Photograph: Prospect Park Alliance

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Go sledding in a city park

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Buy tickets to Kids Night on Broadway

  • Photograph: John Aquino/The Jewish Museum

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Celebrate the Festival of Lights

     

     

  • Photograph: Courtesy of City Parks Foundation

    Things to do with kids this winter

    Watch Pippi at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater

  • Photograph: Danielle Atkins

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Attend a grand opening party for the Playroom at Egg

  • Photograph: MSG Entertainment

    Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Plan a family date night to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

     

     

  • Things to do with kids during winter 2012

    Learn about the Maya calendar and taste chocolate

Photograph: Jeff Larkin

Things to do with kids during winter 2012

Get acquainted with a pet rabbit in Bunnicula

Things to do with kids this winter

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Get acquainted with a pet rabbit in Bunnicula

  • Price band: 2/4

Families who came to our Kids Fest in Madison Square Park in October got a first look at this new musical based on a children's book by Deborah and James Howe. Bunnicula tells the story of the Monroe family, who take in an orphaned rabbit on a stormy night only to discover that their adorable new pet may be a vampire. Ages 5 to 12.

  1. DR2 Theatre 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. Sat Feb 9 - Sun Apr 14
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Attend a new movie series for kids at the Film Forum

  • Price band: 1/4

Today’s 3-D movies and Blu-rays are great, but don’t you want your kids to experience the cinematic classics of past generations, too? Film Forum Jr., a 13-week Sunday series, will screen family-friendly silent movies, musicals, animated features and plenty of classic comedies and shorts. The series kicks off with 1956 French short film "The Red Balloon" on January 6; other titles include Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (accompanied by live piano) on February 24, and one of our top films for families, the 1953 Dr. Seuss fantasy The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T on March 17. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Film Forum 209 W Houston St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St, 10014
  2. Sun Jan 6 - Sun Mar 31
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Be amazed by photos of exotic live insects

  • Free

Artsy families and little lovers of creepy-crawlies will be entranced by the macro photography of Robert Oelman, who traveled to the rainforests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to capture these close-up photos of exotic live insects. The exhibition, "Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest," is split into three sections, each focusing on a unique insect group: treehoppers, katydids, and mantises. To support the habitat of these fascinating insects, 5% of the proceeds from sales of Oelman’s work will be donated to the Rainforest Foundation US. All ages.

  1. Agora Gallery 530 West 25th St, between 10th and 11th Aves
  2. Through Tue Dec 18
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Go sledding in a city park

City life has its ups and downs, but when it comes to sledding, that's a good thing. When the white stuff starts to fall, there's plenty of options around the five boroughs to go sledding. One of our favorites is Pilgrim Hill in Central Park. It's the grande dame of NYC sledding institutions—and rightly so, with its perfect steepness and gentle denouement (that's sledspeak for a smooth finish). This spot gets crowded, so prepare to slalom around a few human obstacles. Click here for more of the city's top sledding spots. All ages.

  1. Various parks
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Buy tickets to Kids Night on Broadway

For the 17th year in a row, kids ages six to 18 are treated to a free Broadway or Off Broadway show when their parents purchase a full-price ticket (participating shows have yet to be announced). Tickets for the special event go on sale on Monday, January 7 at 10am.

  1. Various theaters
  2. Mon Feb 25 - Sun Mar 3
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Celebrate the Festival of Lights

  • Price band: 1/4

At the Jewish Museum's Hanukkah Family Day, kids and parents can commemorate the holiday with Hanukkah-themed arts and crafts activities–like building a menorah out of found objects or making a colorful dreidel–and a concert by Israeli kiddie band Yosi and the Superdads. Then ooh and aah over the museum’s extensive collection of Hanukkah lamps. Ages 3 and up.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St
  2. Sun Dec 13
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Watch Pippi at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater

  • Price band: 1/4

Families can check out Pippi the puppet and two dozen of her human and animal friends—all hand-crafted by expert puppeteers—in this marionette version of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking series. Root for the fiery-haired, super-strong heroine as she stands off against bullies and social conventions. Our favorite part: It takes place in the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. All ages.

  1. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Birthday Parties Central Park, Central Park West at 81st St
  2. Tue Jan 15 - Sun Jun 23
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Attend a grand-opening party for the Playroom at Egg

A new space located inside Dumbo's popular store Egg will host both classes and birthday parties for kids, as well as offer an open-play option ($10 for one session, $40 for five sessions and $80 for ten sessions). Stop by on Sunday, December 9 for a free grand opening party and to get a sneak peak of class options. Events include a performance by John Carlin Music Underground, an Audra Rox sing along, theater sessions with Child's Play NY and more. All ages.

  1. 72 Jay St, (between Front and Water Sts)
  2. Sun Dec 13
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Plan a family date night to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 3/4

Your kids will get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. This year, as the precision-dance troupe celebrates its 85th anniversary, the show incorporates a nod to the past—a costume retrospective showcasing the Rockettes' ensembles through the decades, from flowing 1930s dresses to Space Age helmet-and-pearl getups to perky pre-millenial attire. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Sat Dec 1 - Fri Dec 28
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Learn about the Mayan calendar and taste chocolate

  • Free

At this End of Days party at the Bank Street Bookstore, kids will learn about Maya predictions, climate change and the rain forests of Belize, then create art and writings inspired by what they've learned. There will be a film screening of "Ana and the Calabash," a children's story about the Maya of Toledo. Tots can also check out artwork and zines created by their peers and taste chocolates imported from Belize. Sales of the chocolates will benefit rain forest preservation. All ages.

  1. Bank Street Bookstore 610 W 112th St, at Broadway
  2. Fri Dec 25
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