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70 things to do with kids in NYC this winter

Don't get left out in the cold! Check out our guide to the best family activities for families

Photograph: Winter's Eve

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 an ice-skating rink, shop 'til you drop at a holiday market 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, there are also lots of opportunities to bundle up and head outside to enjoy nature (like a 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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"Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger and Kinder"

Go behind the scenes with Elmo, Grover, Big Bird and other furry friends at the New York Public Library's Sesame Street exhibit. Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Learning on Sesame Street features a children's area full of books and games for young fans and scripts, scores and photos for older ones. There will also be film screenings and special family programming. All ages.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Until Sat Jan 31
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"What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones"

  • Price band: 1/4

Chances are, the iconic cartoon characters of your childhood were brought to life by animation director and artist, Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones. Discover the origins of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and more—all brought to life by the creative genius during a successful career that spawned over 300 animated films. A new Smithsonian traveling exhibit exploring Jones' process, inspiration and more will debut at NYC's own Museum of the Moving Image, before moving on to thirteen more cities. Re-visit the Looney Tunes in 23 of his animated films, view a documentary and peek into his animation process via original sketches, storyboards, photographs, an interactive experience and more. All ages.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Jan 18
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Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

  • Price band: 2/4

Superheroes-in-training are granted special S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the offical Avenger's S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) headquarters. Visitors can examine top-secret intelligence files and classified studies and experiments that delve into the origins of the powerful Avengers. View Captain America's Birth Pod, Loki's Scepter and other sacred artifacts, then get behind the controls of Iron Man's suit and see how you measure up against Captain America's physical abilities at this immersive exhibition. All ages.

  1. Discovery Times Square 226 W 44th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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"Drawn to Language"

  • Price band: 1/4

Let your pint-sized Picassos discover artistic works that speak to them—literally. Multimedia pieces featuring letters and words that are visualized, spoken, scrambled or made into symbols or patterns will grace the CMA's galleries, allowing young visitors to explore communication through the visual arts. Works from both emerging and established artists including Adam Ames, Jenny Holzer, Jack Pierson and Kambui Olujimi will be featured. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Jan 11
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"Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street"

  • Price band: 1/4

In partnership with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, CMOM explores the Harlem Renaissance from the 1920s through the 1940s with historic artifacts, archival film footage and interactive stations, broken into three main sections. First, kids can explore a mock jazz club, where they'll listen to Ella Fitzgerald and test out a 1930's-style microphone; then, head into a theater devoted to tap legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and try out some of his signature moves on a staircase. Afterwards, there'll be a ballroom that features the music of Duke Ellington. Daily live performances and workshops accompany the exhibit. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Dec 31
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"Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World"

  • Price band: 1/4

Come discover the evolution of this rockin' instrument through the centuries at this traveling exhibit from the National Guitar Museum. Kids can design their own guitar in a multimedia activity, play riffs on a virtual fret board and experiment with sound using different materials. Also, get a closer look at awesome items on display, including the world's largest playable guitar, the world's oldest electric guitar and a guitar inlaid with over 230 pieces of gold. Music fans will especially enjoy free, live performances by rock, jazz, blues, classical and kindie bands throughout the exhibition. See website for full schedule. All ages.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. On Feb 15 at 4:30pm, the show celebrates its seventh anniversary by offering free tickets to seven-year-olds. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 31
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"Mac Conner: A New York Life"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

McCauley ("Mac") Conner made a career in the publishing industry of New York by contributing artistic creations. The exhibition features Conner's hand-painted illustrations for women's magazines and advertising campaigns made after World War II. His colorful art demonstrated American values, style and culture. All ages.

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Until Mon Jan 19
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Honey Bees: Home Is Where the Hive Is

  • Price band: 1/4

See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.

  1. Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd, between Philip and Wilson Sts
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Feb 28
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More Than Meets The "I"

  • Price band: 1/4

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. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 18
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Scandinavia House Exhibition Workshops

  • Price band: 1/4

From March through April 12, this Saturday series introduces children to the works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer by comparing them to contemporary photographs focused on darkness and light; then, they'll create their own masterpiece using watercolor, gouache, acrylic, printmaking and collage. From April 26 through June 14, the workshops are inspired by the exhibition "Sami Stories," which explores the culture of the Sami peoples of northern Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. Kids will use textiles and natural materials to create Sami-inspired projects. Ages 6 to 11.

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 17
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Danh Vo: We the People

Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, We the People is a full-scale replica of the statue comprised of 250 individual pieces, using the same materials and techniques as those of the original. The BBP exhibit will feature the statue's right arm, which holds the torch. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Dec 7
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"ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Kids will stand on subway platforms with a new appreciation for the third rail after a visit to the museum's newest exhibit, which tackles the science of electricity. Hands-on activities have little ones capturing light with a solar panel, creating sparks that fly up a Jacob's ladder, and operating a model train with a hand-cranked motor.

  1. New York Transit Museum Boerum Pl, at Schermerhorn St, 11201
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Dec 31
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"Behind the Screen"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

At the museum’s core exhibit (which was completely updated during renovations), you can put sound effects into film scenes, insert your voice into a part of The Wizard of Oz, or even make a short animated film and e-mail it to yourself. Learn about live video editing in the TV control room, where 14 different camera feeds from a Mets game help illustrate how a director splices the pieces together.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Peace, Love and Cupcakes The Musical

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on the popular chapter book, Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Cupcake Club by Sheryl Berk and her 11-year-old daughter Carrie, this musical production tells the tale of Kylie, a young girl who feels like an outcast at school. In the sweet tale, put on by the award-winning Vital Theatre company, Kylie starts a Cupcake Club to make new friends, which doesn't sit well with Meredith, a popular girl who tries to sabotage an upcoming cupcake party. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. Vital Children’s Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Jan 25
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Puppetworks presents The Emperor's New Clothes and The Snow Queen

  • Price band: 2/4

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. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Dec 21
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BAMkids Music Concert Series

  • Price band: 1/4

This fall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will introduce international musical acts across various genres for parents and their peanuts to enjoy. On select Saturdays, families can tap their toes along to bi-lingual tunes from Baby Loves Salsa whiles learning elements of salsa dancing (Oct 18), or bust a move to northeastern Brazilian music with a modern twist from Nation Beat (Nov 8). 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. Sat Nov 8 - Sun Dec 7
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Chuck Jones Matinees

In honor of their new exhibition "What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones," the Museum of the Moving Image will present matinee screenings of cartoons directed by the talented artist each weekend in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater. A select number of the screenings will be accompanied by personal appearances of Jones' collaborators and top creative figures in animation. Each screening is shown in 35mm and 16mm prints and will take place every Saturday and Sunday (first come, first served) throughout the exhibition. All Ages.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Jan 18
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Arty Facts

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots and their guardians are treated to a tour of the collections, with an emphasis on the use of color in art. A family activity and an art-making session round out the day. In October, imagine and create new worlds using color and other elements, then discover Brooklyn arists around the museum to learn about the borough in November. December will focus on the use of light in artwork. Please note that children younger than four or older than seven (yes, even siblings) are not permitted to join in. Ages 4 to 7.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sun May 17
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Jazz for Kids

  • Price band: 1/4

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. 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 Oct 26 - Sun May 17
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Dance on a Shoestring

  • Price band: 2/4

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. Bring your little trick-or-treaters to a special early show at 3:30pm on October 25th and participate in a Halloween Party, which will include games, snacks, dancing and a costume parade ($30 for children and $20 for adults; includes show and party). Reservations are strongly recommended. All ages.

  1. The Dance Gallery 30 E 31st St, between Madison and Park Aves, fifth floor
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Feb 28
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BAMkids Movie Matinees

  • Price band: 1/4

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 Nov 2 - Sun Dec 14
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Nature Playtime

  • Price band: 1/4

Tots can get their zoo fix at free family workshops on Sundays at the Prospect Park Zoo. Learn about animals and nature through art projects, insect observation and snow play in the winter months, all led by zoo educators and trained teen Discovery Guides. Participants will receive a nature play activity guide to Prospect Park highlighting areas like the Zucker Natural Exploration Area for further adventures. Ages 2–7.

  1. Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave, at Empire Blvd
  2. Sun Nov 2 - Sun Apr 26
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Just Kidding Concerts

  • Price band: 2/4

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 Oct 25 - Sat Dec 20
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The Little Orchestra Society presents Lolli-Pops Concerts

  • Price band: 1/4

Pals Bang the Lion, Buzz the Bee, Toot the Bird and Bow the Panda start off the season with a new show, CircusParade, which channels the big top and invites kids to play ringmaster by choosing movements to make up the finale (Oct 25–26). The musical performances continue with Tubby the Tuba (Nov 15–16), Things That Go Bang! (Feb 7–8), and Lolli-Pops: World Tour (March 7–8) introducing little ones to the sounds of Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, Villa-Lobos and more played on various instruments by the Little Orchestra Society. Ages 3 to 5.

  1. Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave, at 68th St
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Mar 8
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Masterpiece Mondays

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids are invited to get creative in sketching activities and tour the museum every other Monday this fall. The thematic roster includes Lines Are Everywhere (Sept 29), Where Have I Seen This Before? (Oct 13), Symbols and Signs (Oct 27), Objects That Tell Stories (Nov 10), People in Paintings (Nov 24), Animals All Around (Dec 8) and Art of Light (Dec 22). Ages 4 to 7.

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Mon Oct 27 - Mon Dec 22
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

  • Critics choice

It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which holds up to 500 tropical lepidoptera. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with the ethereal creatures. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Mon May 25
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Kiddie Kabaret

  • Price band: 2/4

Well-known cabaret club, Metropolitan Room debuts a just-for-kids series featuring a roster of professional performers who specialize in puppetry, juggling, magic and music. The Sunday afternoon variety shows will wow parents and kids alike with creative storytelling, live musical performances (including a bilingual singer) and impressive puppetry, juggling and magic skills. Advance purchase recommended. All ages.

  1. Metropolitan Room 34 W 22nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Feb 7
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Family Art Labs

  • Price band: 1/4

Families get inspired by works of art in the museum, then try their hand at sculpture and painting. In October, get inspired by works on handmade Nepali paper, then try your hand at the craft. In November, work as a group to make an intricate sand mandala; then learn bookmarking technique while creating a pop-up book in the art studio. Ages 5 and up.

  1. The Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Sat Nov 8 - Sat Dec 13
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GingerBread Lane

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids will adore this totally sweet, Guiness World Record-winning exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. Details for this year's event are still TBD, but last year's GingerBread Lane, designed and decorated by chef/artist Jon Lovitch, featured a 450-square-foot, 1,000-house village constructed entirely from hundreds of pounds of edible gingerbread, icing and candy. Catch the opening celebration on November 13, then line up on January 11, the exhibit's last day, for a chance to take home a house. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ages 2 and up.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Thu Nov 13 - Sun Jan 11
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Scandinavian Sing-Along

  • Price band: 1/4

Danish musician Vibe Normann gives kids an introduction to Scandinavian music using English interpretations. Kids will play games, perform tunes and dance to the beat as they explore a new culture. Ages 1 to 7.

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Sat Nov 15 - Sat Jan 17
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Holiday Train Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Some 150 landmarks featured in NYBG's popular diorama are made entirely out of plant-based materials such as twigs and acrons. Little locomotives zip along their tracks against a backdrop of diminutive sights that kids should recognize, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty among them. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sun Nov 16 - Mon Jan 19
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Mummenshanz's The Musicians of Silence

Kids will be in awe of this critically acclaimed theater troupe as they use a variety of everyday materials to churn out fantastical, puppet-like theater performances. The show is devoid of words, and instead creates a visual feast by transforming shapes and abstract forms into surprising characters and expressive masks. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus,, 720 Northern Blvd
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sun Jan 25
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Breakfast with Santa at the Broadway Comedy Club

  • Price band: 2/4

Enjoy a continental breakfast served by Santa's elves and pose for a photo with the big man in red himself (don't forget to tell him what you want for Christmas!). At 10:30am, Santa will host an interactive comedy show featuring music, audience participation and Elfprov (by Improv 4 Kids). Don't be late—seating and Santa photo ops are first-come, first-served. Ages 1 to 7.

  1. Broadway Comedy Club 318 W 53rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 7
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"A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa"

This multi-cultural toy-puppet extravaganza is sure to get audience members of all ages into the holiday spirit. The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa is a unique take on Charles Dickens' holiday classic, featuring more than 30 puppets and incorporating seasonal traditions and music from various cultures. Ages 5 and up.

  1. La MaMa E.T.C. 74A E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Dec 14
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Hassan Hakmoun: A Perform and Create Date

  • Free

At this Meet the Artist Saturday event, kids will be treated to a lively, interactive concert from notable moroccan musician Hassan Hakmoun, whose style combines elements of jazz, world music, pop and classical. Come early for a craft activity organized by the Children's Museum of Manhattan. All ages.

  1. David Rubenstein Atrium (at Lincoln Center) Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Sts, 10023
  2. Sat Dec 6
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Winter Family Day

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate winter with the Morgan’s annual Winter Family Day! This year, the festivities are dedicated to the library and museum's collection of medieval illuminated images and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. There will be a craft workshop, costumed characters and opportunities for tots to dress up in literary ensembles. Ages 3 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Sun Dec 7
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Holiday Kids' Event at Coco Le Vu

  • Price band: 1/4

Add Coco Le Vu to your holiday shopping itinerary for some kid-friendly fun, including gingerbread candy house and gingerbread cookie decorating. The shop's Master Baker will provide supplies and candy and help the kids with their creations. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Coco Le Vu 202 E 110th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Hudson Vagabond Puppets’ The Snow Queen

  • Price band: 1/4

The Hudson Vagabond Puppets take on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen with giant marionettes, music and lots of dancing. Where else can kids see a talking reindeer, a snow monster and a 12-foot tall Snow Queen? Ages 4 and up.

  1. Kingsborough Community College 2001 Oriental Blvd, at Oxford St
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Holiday Sing-A-Long with Dan Zanes and Friends

  • Price band: 2/4

Get in the holiday spirit with Grammy-winning kindie crooner, Dan Zanes, at this fourth annual family concert celebrating the festive songs of the season. Little ones can sing along to classic Christmas music and create their own dance party at the intimate venue. Expect to hear a few numbers from Dan's holiday album, Christmas in Concord, including upbeat riffs on traditional hymns and carols. Doors open at 10am. All ages.

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Sun Dec 14
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Kids 'N Comedy: Christmakwanzukah

  • Price band: 1/4

In this all-teen stand-up show, holiday cheer is spread in the form of goofy monologues and witty sarcasm. Try to hold back your laughter as Gen Y-ers discuss unpleasant Christmas gifts, itchy sweaters, and other not-so-joyful joys of the holiday season. Ages 9 and up.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sun Dec 14
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The Colonial Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4

Perfect for children (and parents) who are passionate about U.S. history, this interpretation of the ballet moves the action to colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War and features redcoat army mice. Just an hour in length, the condensed show is designed to keep kids from getting antsy. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College) 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, 11210
  2. Sun Dec 14
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Chanukah Festival and Mitzvah Day

  • Price band: 1/4

Kick off the holiday season by helping those in need: You and your little one can bond while creating treat bags for children in the hospital, building menorahs and crafting projects with folks from the American Girl Place to the tunes of seasonal entertainment. Ages 3 and up.

  1. 92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Ave, between 91st and 92nd Sts
  2. Sun Dec 14
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A Christmas Memory

  • Price band: 3/4

Treat your family to some southern hospitality at this down-home holiday show at the Irish Repertory Theatre. A Christmas Memory, set in Alabama in 1933, is a musical celebration of the Christmas season. Join Buddy and his eccentric cousins as they gather ingredients for their World-Famous Christmas Fruitcake and rediscover what the holiday season is all about. Ages 8 and up.

  1. DR2 Theatre 103 E 15th St, between Union Sq East and Irving Pl
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sun Jan 4
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Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

  • Free

Fantasy tales from Scandinavia and the far North come to life thanks to a this series's animated storytellers. On Columbus Day, join Julia Morris and Ellen Shapiro for tales about mischief-making gnomes and tricksters. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America 58 Park Ave, between 37th and 38th Sts
  2. Sat Nov 8 - Sat Jan 10
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Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

  • Price band: 2/4

If Hurricane Sandy has taught New Yorkers anything, it's that no one is safe from the forces of nature. Though we often hear news of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis obliterating areas around the world, many were shocked that a place like NYC could be hit by such a massive storm. Now families can learn more about these natural disasters through an interactive exhibit that lets kids bone up on the geological causes, the risks to humans, coping in the aftermath and how to predict future destruction. Hands-on activities invite visitors to monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulate an earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand at the center of a roaring tornado and check out an interactive map of NYC during the hurricane in 2012. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Nov 15 - Sun Aug 9
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"Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas"

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on the children’s book series by Jane O’Connor, this new holiday musical tells the story of Nancy, who loves all things posh and glamorous. When her plan to decorate the Christmas tree with her brand-new sparkly tree topper doesn't exactly work out as planned, she has to find a way to accept that Christmas can still be splendiferous. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. Vital Children’s Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Sat Nov 22 - Sun Jan 4
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At the Kids' Table with Sarah Lohman

  • Price band: 1/4

Journey back in time to see how kitchen appliances and designs have changed over the years. Then, kids will whip up their own creations from scratch. Over the holidays, young chefs will cook historic Thanksgiving, Dutch New Year and Chinese American eats. RSVP at familyprograms@nyhistory.org. Ages 8 and up.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Sat Nov 22 - Sat Jan 10
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Cirque Ziva

  • Price band: 2/4

The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform amazing stunts in this traditional Chinese acrobatic and dance act on the New Vic stage. Ages 5 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Jan 4
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Historical Train Weekend

  • Price band: 1/4

This celebration of all things railroad returns to the DiMenna Children's History Museum, inviting kids to listen to train-themed stories, meet conductor Bob and help build a Transcontinental Railroad. The highlight will be an impressive collection of eye-popping toys including hand-crafted model trains, stations, sheds, bridges, tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels in the Holiday Express installation (on display Nov 21 through Feb 22), spread across the first floor of the New-York Historical Society. Transformed with theatrical lighting, an audio "soundscape," and other visual effects, the setting and nineteenth-century toy figurines placed throughout will come to life right before your family's eyes. Ages 3 to 6.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Sat Dec 13 - Sun Dec 14
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Happy New Year! Make Some Noise!

On New Year's Eve Day, little ones can get ready for the main event with this craft workshop at CMOM. Tots will use craft supplies to make their own noisemaker. Ages 4 and under..

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve Bike Ride

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Grassroots environmental organization Time's Up organizes this under-the-stars bike ride, which begins in Washington Square Park and ends at Central Park's Belvedere Castle. Participants are encouraged to wear festive outfits and bring treats for the outdoor after-party. Ages 10 and up for children riding on their own bikes; all ages if on a parent's bike.

  1. Washington Square Park W 4th St to Waverly Pl, between MacDougal St and University Pl
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Eve Concert for Peace

  • Price band: 2/4

Wrap up 2014 with timeless works by Mozart, Handel and Haydn, joined by legendary vocalist Judy Collins and NBC correspondent Harry Smith, who will host the program. A limited number of free tickets will be available. Ages 6 and up.

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Wed Dec 31
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New Year's Wishing Wall Mural

At this family event, little ones can get excited for the new year by illustrating their dreams for 2015 and adding their creations to CMOM's communal mural. Drop in any time to participate. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway, 10024
  2. Wed Dec 31
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"The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters"

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MoMA takes viewers back to La Belle Époque in this survey of the graphic art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), surely one of the best-known and beloved names in art history. All of his iconic images are here, along with the landmarks of late-19th-century Parisian nightlife referenced therein. Bring the whole family and get transported to Paris. All ages.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Sun Mar 1
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"A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch at the Morgan"

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Finch has created a site-specific installation for the Morgan's four-story, glass-enclosed Gilbert Court in which color and light are used to create a calendar meant as an homage to the hand-painted, medieval Books of Hours, marking the seasons and holidays. Finch's piece does something similar with colored films (grouped to denote winter, spring, summer and fall) applied on windows and additional sheets of glass hung from the ceilings. As the sun's arc changes from month to month, its light shines through the colors associated with that part of its yearly progress across the sky, putting a literal, cosmic twist on the idea of an illuminated text. Kids will be entranced by this colorful creation that emphasizes movement and change. All ages.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Thu Jan 1 - Sun Jan 11
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NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise: Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor

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Keep an eye out for loons, sandpipers and geese during this trip aboard the New York Water Taxi's eco-friendly vessel. You’ll pass the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge through parts of New York Harbor and circle Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, which are popular sunning spots for seals. The tour will be narrated by a NYC Audubon naturalist, and seal behavior researchers will be on board to answer questions. Guests are encouraged to bundle up for the occasion, but free tea and hot cocoa will be served to help reduce the chill factor. Reservations required; tours limited to 90 people. All ages.

  1. South Street Seaport, Pier 17 Fulton St, at Water St
  2. Sun Jan 11 - Sun Mar 8
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"Gingerbread Lane" Giveaway

If you've ever wanted to take home the art on view at an exhibition, now's your chance. Chef Jon Lovitch is giving away his handmade gingerbread houses to museumgoers as he dismantles his "GingerBread Lane" installation. The lineup starts at noon and the giveaway at 1pm; the limit is one house per person. Actually, that sounds more than generous to us. All ages.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sun Jan 11
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Wild Kratts Live

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If your kids are fans of the Emmy-nominated PBS animated series Wild Kratts, they're sure to be blown away by this real-life theatrical show. Brother duo Martin and Chris Kratt step out of the screen and onto the stage to take audiences on an educational adventure through the animal kingdom. NYU Skirball Members can score exclusive Level 1 premium tickets ($60) and participate in a meet-and-greet with the stars. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 La Guardia Pl, at Washington Sq South, 10012
  2. Sat Jan 17 - Mon Jan 19
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Historic Harlem Walking Tour

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Take an educational tour around a historic city neighborhood. Stops include: the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver's Row, and sites associated with authors Zora Neal Hurston and Langston Hughes. Meet at the northwest corner of 135th St and Lenox Ave at the Schomburg Center

  1. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave), at 135th St
  2. Mon Jan 19
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Lionboy

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This dystopian fantasy from London-based theater troupe, Complicite, asks the audience what life might be like if corporations were more powerful than countries. It's up to Lionboy, who happens to be able to speak to cats, to rescue his parents from the grasp of The Corporacy by embarking on a cross-continental journey. Along the way, the he'll encounter oddities including a floating circus, a hot air balloon, a pride of talented lions and a clever chameleon. Ages 8 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Jan 23 - Sun Feb 1
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Ice Festival

In true winter spirit, the Central Park Conservancy is hosting a festival celebrating all things icy. Tots can watch Okamoto Studio carve ice sculptures of famous Central Park landmarks, learn about the park's original design and restoration efforts, and warm up with hot chocolate. All ages.

  1. Central Park 59th St to 110th St, between Fifth and Eighth Aves
  2. Sat Jan 24
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Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents a Lunar New Year Celebration

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This modern dance performance celebrates the Chinese New Year with a nod to traditional Chinese arts and the history of this 3,000-year-old civilization. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (at Brooklyn College) 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, 11210
  2. Sun Jan 25
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Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

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  • Free

Bundle up and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year (which falls on February 19 this year) at this massive celebration in Chinatown, during which half a million firecrackers will be set off to welcome the Year of the Sheep. Families can join in on the pyrotechnics to ward away bad spirits for the year, plus revel in colorful traditions like lion dances and drumming. Follow the parade from Sarah D. Roosevelt Park as it winds through town (starting at noon), then make sure to browse nearby craft and food vendors with the kids in search of themed decorations and fresh dumplings. All ages.

  1. Sara D. Roosevelt Park Chrystie St, between Canal and E Houston Sts
  2. Sat Jan 31
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Cambuyon

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See how the dancers and musicians of Cambuyon use everyday objects like wooden crates or recycled glass bottles (hint: It's not what you expect!). African, Irish, Spanish and American influences abound in this hour-long performance, which combines percussion, tap and hip-hop to create surprises at every turn. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Feb 6 - Sun Feb 22
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Charlotte's Web

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E.B. White's sweet tale about a pig named Wilbur and his spider pal Charlotte is brought to the stage by Theatreworks USA. With bright costumes and a host of farm animal friends, the hour-long production explores themes like bravery and friendship. Ages 4 to 8.

  1. Queens Theatre 14 United Nations Ave South,, enter on Roosevelt Ave between 114th and 115th Sts
  2. Sun Feb 8
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Sid the Science Kid

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This live stage adaptation of the PBS kids' series from The Jim Jenson Company allows young fans to see their friends Sid, May, Gabriela, Gerald, and Teacher Susie embarking on an adventure to discover scientific unknowns. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus,, 720 Northern Blvd
  2. Sun Feb 8
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St. Patrick’s Day in Irish New York

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If the traditional St. Patty’s parade is too much for you, check out the lower-key, lower-Manhattan walking tour, themed especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Walkers will explore NYC's former “Little Ireland” district, learn about the incredible contribution Irish immigrants made to the overall history of the city, and understand why this day is more popular in New York than it is in Ireland. Note: the meeting point will be in front of St. Paul’s Chapel. All ages.

  1. St. Paul's Chapel 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Sts
  2. Sat Mar 14
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St. Patrick's Open Day

  • Free

The Irish Arts Center invites families to an Irish extravaganza in honor of St. Paddy's Day, filled with authentic music, dances, workshops and atmosphere—for free! Learn to speak Irish, make a map of the Emerald Isle, sip Barry's tea and teach kids to play the tin whistle at this annual celebration. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Irish Arts Center 553 W 51st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Sun Mar 15
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The Peking Acrobats

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Tots won't be able to look away as the world-renowed Peking Acrobats soar overhead performing amazing feats of strength, flexibility and grace set to traditional Chinese music. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus,, 720 Northern Blvd
  2. Sun Mar 22
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