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60 things to do with kids in NYC this winter

Don't get left out in the cold! Check out our guide to the best things to do with your family to make the most of the chilly season in NYC

16th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party

16th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party

The days are shorter and the temperatures are cooler—yep, it's definitely winter in NYC. Don't let the cold weather blues get you down! Our jam-packed list of fun family events will keep the kids busy from December until March. Check out the city's best ice-skating rinks, shop 'til you drop at the festive holiday markets or take your pick from one of the many activities below. There are plenty of things to do indoors, but if you're willing to brave the elements, bundle up and head outside to enjoy nature (maybe on an NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise). By the time the frost thaws and the first flowers of spring peek through the dirt, you'll forget you were ever complaining about the cold. 

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See an enchanting show at Puppetworks

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This Park Slope puppet theater is presenting two Hans Christian Andersen classics for its fall season—The Emperor's New Clothes and The Snow Queen. Kids will be enchanted by the artful marionettes and lively music. Call ahead for reservations, which are suggested. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Puppetworks 338 Sixth Ave, at 4th St
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Geek out at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

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Budding scientists can indulge their curiosities at "More Than Meets The I" at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. The hands-on exhibition exposes kids to STEM (that's science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields with cool exhibits on moleculary biology, nanotechnology, robotics and 3D printing. There's also a science-themed reading area curated by the Brooklyn Public Library. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sun Jan 18
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Jam out to a BAMkids Music Concert

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This fall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will introduce international musical acts across various genres for parents and their peanuts to enjoy. Follow along as clarinestist Oran Etkin brings instruments to life in his Timbalooloo music education program (Nov 15), then return in December for eclectic pop jams with Elska-Middle of Nowhere, sharing tales an imaginary volcanic island off the coast of Iceland through her upbeat music (Dec 7). Ages 3 to 6.

  1. BAM Fisher 321 Ashland Pl, between Hanson Pl and Lafayette Ave, 11217
  2. Until Sun Dec 7
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Pick up holiday card-making tips from the pros

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Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like a homemade gift. Crafty kids can get inspired by the pros at "Handmade: Artists' Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art," a special seasonal exhibit at The Morgan Library & Museum. Gather cardmaking inspiration from the display of nearly 60 personal, handmade greeting cards created by major modern and contemporary artists for their loved ones. The collection includes cards made by painter Helen Frankenthaler, sculptor Alexander Calder and cartoonist Saul Steinberg, among others. On Nov. 22nd from 2pm–4pm, kids can make their own festive creations just in time for the holidays in a workshop run by educator and artist Stephanie Krause. Ages 6–12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Jazz up your family's brunch

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The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music, while your family chows down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke during the Jazz for Kids series. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Proceeds from the event will go to the Jazz Standard Discovery Program and Spoons Across America. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sun Feb 8 - Sun May 17
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Take budding ballerinas to "Dance on a Shoestring"

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This intimate dance revue combines scenes from classic ballets, new pieces and popular New York Theater of Ballet productions into an hour-long showcase that's perfect for kiddie attention spans. Young ballerinas will be inspired by dancers from NYTB's Ballet School NY. Reservations are strongly recommended. All ages.

  1. The Dance Gallery 30 E 31st St, between Madison and Park Aves, fifth floor
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sat Feb 28
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Take a spin on an NYC skating rink

For an active family outing that's truly cool, lace up your skates and hit the ice. We've rounded up the best ice-skating rinks in NYC from Rockefeller Center to Brooklyn's McCarren park so you can get your glide on all winter long. No skates? No problem—you can rent a pair at most of these rinks. Don't forget to bundle up!

Get whisked away by ABT's "The Nutcracker"

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The American Ballet Theatre performs an inventive version of the wintry classic, taking up residence at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for the last time. With set and costume design by Richard Hudson (The Lion King) and direction and choreography from Alexei Ratmansky, the show boasts a live orchestra, a mischievous mouse king and, of course, a growing Christmas tree. Ages 4 and up.

  1. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Sun Dec 21
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Catch a classic screening at BAMkids Movie Matinees

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Sundays this fall mean catching up on kid-friendly classics (and some more recent films, too) at BAM. Start with the tale of a Coney Island runaway in 50s flick, Little Fugitive (10/12) and the 3D, eerie mystery of the Creature from the Black Lagoon (11/2). Next up: a day in the life of the Beatles in A Hard Day's Night (11/16), and a heartwarming must-see for all kids, The Sound of Music (11/30). Just in time for the holidays, giggle and sing along to The Muppet Christmas Carol (12/14) to close out the series. Ages 7 and up.

  1. BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, 11217
  2. Sun Feb 22 - Sun Jun 7
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Groove to hip-hop beats by Father Goose

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Our favorite entertainment series for kids is back at Symphony Space with an exciting mix of family-friendly, live events featuring high-energy musicians, performers and more. Rock out to catchy tunes from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys (Oct 4), enjoy a kidcentric riff on punk rock with tunes from The Boogers (Oct 11) and hear folksy American tunes with a Halloween twist from Alastair Moock (Oct 25–26). To close out 2014, sing along to Grammy-winning hits from Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players (Nov 15; $26, children $16), dance around with the family to Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer's instrumental mashup (Nov 22) and groove along with Father Goose as he plays a mix of hip-hop, calypso and reggae (Dec 20). All ages.

  1. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St
  2. Sat Jan 31 - Sat Mar 28
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