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50 things to do with kids in New York City during winter 2014

Bundle up for winter festivals and indoor fun! Our guide to the best things to do with kids this winter will keep you cozy through March.

  • Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "You Make the Call: Learn to Be an NFL Official" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

  • Courtesy Sesame Workshop/VEE Corporation

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music

     

  • Photographer: Eric Harvey Brown

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

  • Photograph: courtesy Camelback Mountain

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Book a winter day trip

  • Photographer: Graham S. Haber

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "The Little Prince: A New York Story"

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Go sledding

  • Photograph: courtesy Film Forum

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Film Forum Jr

  • Photograph: Elizabeth Honey

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Still Awake Still! at New Vic

  • Courtesy the Jewish Museum

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Pattern Palooza Family Day

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Gustafer Yellowgold

     

Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "You Make the Call: Learn to Be an NFL Official" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

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Pretend to be an NFL referee at CMOM

  • Price band: 1/4

The Super Bowl is coming to MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, in 2014, and to celebrate, the NFL is partnering with CMOM to bring kids up to speed on the art of officiating football games. Young visitors can try out a facsimile of the NFL's instant replay system and learn the various signs and signals officials use to communicate their calls. There's also an NFL Play 60 video kiosk; a peek into the Manhattan control room where all NFL games are monitored and, to teach kids how important fitness is to the job of officiating, an obstacle course. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Until Sun Mar 23
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Make music with Elmo at Sesame Street Live

  • Price band: 2/4

In this musical version of the groundbreaking television series, the Muppet crew helps new music instructor Jenny find her missing instruments. Along the way, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends create music in unexpected ways, using trash can lids, rubber duckies and cookie jars. Ages 1 to 5.

  1. Theater at Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts
  2. Until Sun Feb 23
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Watch the annual Lunar New Year Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The main event of Chinese New Year in Manhattan, the parade travels from Little Italy through Chinatown, with marching bands, floats, and lion and dragon dancers twirling the entire way. (Rumor has it that there will also be a Guinness World Record-breaking attempt at "Gangam Style" group dancing.) Before the procession starts, get your fill of cultural performances and demonstrations at Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal St at Forsyth St). Parade begins at 1pm at Mott and Hester Sts. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Sun Feb 2
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Book a winter day trip

Embrace the brisk weather by taking one (or all!) of our adventurous but easy day trips from NYC this winter. Given that winter isn't many people's favorite time of year, we went on a search for the ten best winter day trips from NYC possible, so city-based families have some seriously worthy travel options to look forward to. We chose locales that revel in the great outdoors, like a wolf preserve in New Jersey and two spots for skiing and sledding; others that embrace the indoors, like a new trampoline center in Syosset, Long Island, and a tropical-weather water park in southern New Jersey; and a few that give families the best of both worlds, like the gorgeous Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut, which has a working farm and 80 miles of wooded trails to explore in all seasons in addition to an indoor museum and nature center. All of these days trips from NYC are less than two hours away from the city (most a lot less), and many are accessible by public transportation as well by car. Our thinking is, the more fun we have, the quicker winter is bound to be over.

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See "The Little Prince: A New York Story" at the Morgan

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Most people are familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved story about an asteroid-hopping boy and his flower, but not many know that the French author wrote and published the illustrated novella in New York City at the the height of World War II. To celebrate the writer-aviator’s time here, the Morgan is curating an exhibition featuring his working manuscript and drawings, letters to and from family members about his progress, and other ephemera.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Until Sun Apr 27
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Go sledding

  • Price band: 1/4

These sledding hills in the five boroughs range from gentle slopes to steep inclines that appeal to thrill seekers of all ages. City life has its ups and downs, but when it comes to sledding, that's a good thing. We present our favorite sledding hills for families in all five boroughs (who knew there were so many prime slopes in NYC?). 

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Revisit cinematic classics at Film Forum Jr.

  • 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? At this Sunday series, Film Forum will screen family-friendly silent movies, musicals, animated features, and plenty of classic comedies and shorts. The 2014 lineup starts with a cinematic bang: The Wizard of Oz (12/29), arguably the greatest family film of all time, which kids can choose to watch in either 3D or regular old 2D (11:10). Come back in the new year for The Gold Rush (1/5), Little Fugitive (1/12), Babe (1/19), The King and I (1/26), Shane (2/2), a special Valentine's screening of Funny Face (2/9), Young Mr. Lincoln in honor of President's Day (2/16), North by Northwest (2/23), an Oscar Sunday showing of the award-winning How Green Was My Valley (3/2), Duck Soup (3/9), Annie Get Your Gun (3/16) and finally, The Navigator, which will feature live piano accompaniment (3/23). Most screenings include fun contests and shorts preceding the feature film. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Film Forum 209 W Houston St, between Sixth Ave and Varick St, 10014
  2. Sun Oct 5 - Sun Dec 28
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Stay up late for Still Awake Still!

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on Elizabeth Honey's book I'm Still Awake, Still!, this musical comedy tells the tale of Miss Ivory Tinklefinger and her magical piano. The Queen of Sleep's grand piano is designed to lull children into a slumber, but one day, it unexpectedly decides to produce more than calming notes. Ages 4 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Mon Jan 20
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View wearable art at Pattern Palooza! Family Day

Families are invited to celebrate the beauty of wearable art and symbolic patterns at the Jewish Museum's latest family day. Inspired by the museum's exhibition of work by the fashion group threeASFOUR, kids can create a sculpture of wearable art, explore patterns, design their own symbols and explore the galleries all afternoon long. All ages.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Sun Jan 26
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Groove with Gustafer Yellowgold

  • Price band: 2/4

Fans of the little yellow creature from the sun won't want to miss this performance from Gustafer Yellowgold creator and songwriter Morgan Taylor and his live band, accompanied by his signature illustrations. Ages 2 and up.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Until Sat Feb 15
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