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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: Shanghai Circus

  • 50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Paper Bag Players Hiccup Help

  • Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Fantasia's Big Bon Voyage

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Bessie's Big Shot at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

  • Photograph: Maryanne Ventrice

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

  • Photograph: Andrew Kelly

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Humans Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at New York Hall of Science

  • Courtesy Liberty Science Center

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" at Liberty Science Center

  • Photograph: Stephanie Berger

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Bang on a Can All-Stars

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    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: Museum of Arts and Design Family Day

  • Photograph: Henry Chan 2006

    50 things to do in New York City with kids during winter 2014: The Gift of Winter at TADA! Youth Theater

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


Ooh and aah at the Shanghai Circus

  • Price band: 1/4

This Chinese acrobatic company presents a show of awe-inspiring feats, including diving through hoops and balancing acts, in elaborate, brightly colored costumes. All ages.

  1. College of Staten Island Center for the Arts 2800 Victory Blvd, at Canterbury Ave
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Get the hiccups with the Paper Bag Players

The kids’ comedy troupe is back again for their 55th year performing. Hiccup Help involves a dancing dinosaur, a pizza delivery man and a safari adventure, and as always, sets and props made entirely from paper sacks. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Say farewell to Fantasia

  • Price band: 1/4

All 23 feet and 300 pounds of the Brooklyn Children Museum's beloved Burmese python are moving to the Staten Island Zoo, and visitors have until Feb 9 to wish the 20-year-old Fantasia (pythons are expected to live to about 20 to 25 years old in captivity) well on her new journey by creating "Fan" mail for the celebration. But city kids can look forward to visiting her at the zoo, where she'll have better veterinary care and more space—which should be a welcome change, considering last August's minor escape from her cage! All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun Feb 9
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See Bessie's Big Shot at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

In City Parks Foundation's first production of 2014, Bessie the—what else—cow attempts to join the circus by proving her worth in weightlifting, flying trapeze and monkey-training. Based on the PuppetMobile show of the same name, it'll premiere at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre for the first time, along with new characters and extended scenes. Ages 3 to 9.

  1. Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre west side, at 79th St
  2. Until Sun Jun 29
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Hear local indie bands play kid-friendly tunes

  • Price band: 1/4

The Kidrockers series features indie bands performing kid-friendly versions of their own songs (that means questionable lyrics are removed). This time around, Kidrockers has proved they can deliver yet again with a lineup of big names, including pysch rockers Spires and the Brooklyn-based sister quartet TEEN (Jan 26). Comedians Seth Herzog and Craig Baldo will host, so you can count on a few laughs to go with your dancing. Ages 3 to 13.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St, 11211
  2. Until Sun Mar 9
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Go see "Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering"

  • Price band: 1/4

Engineering may sound like a boring field, which is just what this kid-friendly exhibition sets out to dispel with examples of how people have use various technologies to enable people to do something better, easier—or just plain do it at all. Among the highlights: a hands-free computer mouse, controlled by subtle movements of the head and a limb that can be controlled by a person's thoughts. A particularly fun activity for kids is the Caring for Your Pet station, where they can create a tool with which a wheelchair user can pick up his or her pet's bowl. Ages 4 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Until Sun May 4
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Gear up for the Super Bowl at Liberty Science Center

  • Price band: 2/4

MIni football fans can get psyched about the big day—Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands—with a visit to this interactive NFL-themed exhibition. Kids can check out historical artifacts like a jersey worn by Mean Joe Green, compare their body size to those of actual football players, try on NFL uniforms, step into an Instant Replay Booth similar to those used by NFL officials, and learn about new devices that let players and coaches exchange information. There will also be chances for kids to meet NFL players (on Dec 27, 28 and Jan 20) and get to know New York home teams,the Jets and the Giants at a Hometeam Heroes section. All ages.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Until Sun Mar 2
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Expand your musical horizons with Bang on a Can All-Stars

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Introduce musically inclined kiddos to this eclectic mix of rock, classical and chamber music with a concert that poses questions like "How else can instruments be used?" Ages 4 and up.

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sat Feb 1
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Attend an arty Family Day at MAD

  • Price band: 1/4

The special event for families will feature a gallery exploration of the exhibit "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" with knowledgeable artist educators, film screenings of animated shorts and feature films, hands-on 3-D art making, a chance to meet an Open Studio Artist and more. Ages 5 to 17.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Until Sat Jan 25
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Cheer on kids from TADA!

  • Price band: 2/4

Kid actors from the TADA! Youth Theater perform this musical, The Gift of Winter, about a whole town of people who decide they've had enough of the cold weather and protest against the Ministry of Winter. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. TADA! Theater 15 W 28th St, between Fifth Ave and Broadway, second floor
  2. Until Sun Feb 9
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