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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.

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at CMOM

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Games" at Museum of the Moving Image

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Mario the Magician

     

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders"

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Draw Like Leonardo at the Morgan

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Kids' Fleadh at the Craic Fest

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "Cabinets of Wonder" show at the Children's Museum of the Arts

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

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Cirque De Soilel: Amaluna

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Brownstone School Children's Concert

50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at CMOM

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Honor MLK Jr. at CMOM

  • Price band: 1/4

At this three-day celebration, the museum will host art projects, performances and activities that celebrate the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Little ones celebrate New York City's diversity by making recycled material collages of the different people and places in their neighborhood, then they'll help decorate a community installation (10am, 1pm) and hear the inspirational book Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (2pm, 3:30pm). The weekend culminates in two performances by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's All-Star Band on Monday, when the museum is usually closed (3, 4pm). All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Mon Jan 20
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Play video games at the MMI

  • Price band: 1/4

This hands-on exhibition pays homage to indie video games with more than 24 games designed and developed by small, independent studios and individual artists. They include the winners of the IndieCade 2013 awards, plus a selection of video games that have moved the genre forward in the last decade. Best of all, the games are all playable, so be sure to stop by with plenty of time for the kids to try out as many as they like. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Make magic with Mario

  • Price band: 1/4

Take your little Houdini to learn a new trick or two from full-time magician Mario Marchese. This retro performer puts a personal, modern touch on all elements of the show—including his handmade props. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. Drilling Company 236 W 78th St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, third floor, 10024
  2. Until Sat Feb 15
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Warm up at the NYBG

Go on a warm-weather adventure inside the garden's conservatory in search of plants that thrive in high temperatures in "Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders". Over at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, guests can discover fruits and leaves from different countries before potting a plant or two to tote home. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Feb 28
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Learn to draw like Leonardo

Families will get an up-close look at the amazing master drawings in the show "Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Bilblioteca Reale, Turin," many of which were made using a unique combination of red chalk, ink and silver point. Then kids will get introduced to those drawing instruments and materials before using them to create their own drawings. Note that there is a limit of two adults per family. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Until Sat Jan 25
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See short films at the Craic Fest

  • Price band: 1/4

Gear up for St. Paddy's day with a kid-friendly toast to the Emerald Isle. The Craic's kids' fleadh, or festival, showcases a holy trinity of Celtic culture: short films, step dancing and scones (plus free goodie bags for the wee ones). Families will watch eight Irish short films, including the adorable, George Takei–narrated "The Missing Scarf." Ages 3 to 12.

  1. Irish Arts Center 553 W 51st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Until Sat Mar 1
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Catch "Cabinets of Wonder: The Art of Collecting" at CMA

  • Price band: 1/4

CMA's latest show mounts a group of works by contemporary artists made up of objects found in everyday life and nature that have been collected and put together to create something new. The pieces on view, which reflect their creators' common love of collecting and a distinct affinity with 19th-century Wunderkamer (cabinets of curiosity) are meant to inspire kids to start a personal collection of their own. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Until Sun Jun 1
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Geek out at the Inventgenuity Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

Put your hands to work at the 2014 Inventgenuity Festival, where workshops and tech-minded craft activities incorporating sound, electricity and motion all revolve around the theme, "Mechanical Music." In the weekend-long festival's central project, kids will assist the staff in building 21st-century iterations of Leonardo da Vinci's Cam Hammer, in which huge mechanisms repeatedly pound hammers onto circuit boards wired for sound. Registration is required. Ages 8 and up.

  1. The Invisible Dog 51 Bergen St, between Court and Smith Sts, 11201
  2. Sun Jan 26
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Marvel at Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The famed circus troupe takes up a month-long residency at Citi Field this spring to present Amaluna. Set on a mythical, women-only isle, the show explores themes of femininity, womanhood and mysticism (ama means "mother" in some languages, while luna refers to the moon, a symbol associated with femininity). When the goddess queen Prospera's daughter falls in love with a male warrior who lands ashore, the balance of the woman-only civilization is disrupted. Ages 7 and up.

  1. Citi Field Roosevelt Ave, at 126th St, 11368
  2. Until Sun May 18
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Sing along with the Suzi Shelton Band

  • Price band: 2/4

Get ready to twist and shout with the Suzi Shelton Band, kindie crooner of pop hits like "Tomboy in a Princess Dress" and "Goin' On a Road Trip" at the Brownstone School's Annual Children's Concert. All ages.

  1. PS 87 160 W 78th St, Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Until Sat Jan 25
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