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Things to do with kids in NYC this Sunday

Discover the best family-friendly events for making the most of your Sunday with the kids

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Sunday, January 15

First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden will host a series of fun wintry events for all ages the Sunday of each month. When cabin fever hits the family, a variety of activities at the garden will give visitors a chance to get in touch with nature during the quiet winter months. The series kicks off Dec 4 with a winter bird-watching walk, a pretend petting zoo for toddlers, and indoor crafts and a reading of Mermaids on Parade and other water-inspired children’s stories inside the Steinhardt Conservatory. All ages.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden , Prospect Park Sunday February 5 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

"¡Cuba!"

Learn about the Caribbean island’s diverse ecosystem through this bilingual exhibit that introduces its forests, caves, wetlands, and reefs. Live animals, specimens, artifacts, and models of animal species found only in Cuba will be on display in a variety of recreated habitats. And because Cuba is about so much more than fascinating wildlife, the exhibit also dives into the life and culture of the country. Stroll along an open boulevard that’ll plop you right in the middle of a vibrant Cuban street that’s come alive with music, dance, and performances. Learn about the spiritual teachings of Santeria and how to grow Cuba’s most important cash crop tobacco. If you were ever curious about what the island is about, then grab the family for an interactive lesson. You might just be booking a plane ticket right as soon as you arrive home. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Sunday August 13 2017

Brooklyn Bazaar Family Funhouse

With three floors of family-friendly activities, Brooklyn Bazaar’s new Greenpoint location will be the place to be on Sundays. The Market Place on the ground floor will have lots of options when hunger strikes, including Brooklyn Stars’ new restaurant location with delicious brunch options. In the cellar, you’ll find a play area with ping pong tables, mini golf, arcade games, and four rooms for kids’ karaoke. And if that wasn’t enough to keep energetic children entertained, The Little People Party will host two dance parties in the Concert Hall above the Market Place, one for ages 1-3 (3pm-5pm) and other for ages 4 and up (1pm-2pm). The parties will feature rotating guest performances as well as activities on the dance floor. And while they’re watching their kids rock out to the music, parents can sip on $5 mimosas and beer. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bazaar , Greenpoint Sunday January 22 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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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. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday May 29 2017

Film Forum Jr.

Your kids may never tire of watching Frozen, but they'll be exposed to plenty of family-friendly classics as well, thanks to this weekly film series. On Sundays, the downtown theater hosts a matinee screening of a bona fide family favorites. This season kicks off with a viewing of An American Tail, a musical about a Jewish immigrant mouse Fievel (Dec 18), Gene Kelly’s classic Singing’ in the Rain (Dec 25) shown in 4K restoration, and silent comedy masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (Jan 1). Other top-notch picks include Jailhouse Rock (Jan 8), Cover Girl (Jan 15), The Invisible Man (Jan 22), Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man (Jan 29), Time Bandits (Feb 5), It Happened One Night (Feb 12), Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (Feb 19), Lassie Come Home (Feb 26), Planet of the Apes (Mar 5), Lili (Mar 12), and The Witches (Mar 19). All ages.

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Film Forum , Downtown Sunday January 22 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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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. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can read up on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday May 29 2017

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends

Join Thomas the Tank Engine in Ross Hall at the New York Botanical Garden for a fun show with the kids! Little ones will adventure with larger-than-life train Thomas and (human) Driver Sam during "Thomas' Budding Adventure," and the performance is short enough that wiggle worms won't have time to get tired/whiny/distracted. There's even an opportunity to snap pictures with Sam and Thomas at the end! Your ticket to All Aboard with Thomas and Friends additionally includes admission to the Holiday Train Show exhibit (with the exception of Jan 21, 22 performances, where the Train Show will already be closed for the season). Tickets to see Thomas range from $10–$30, depending on age and day of visit. P.S. Be sure to get there at least 30 minutes before your show, since seating is first-come, first-served! All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden , The Bronx Saturday January 21 2017 - Sunday January 22 2017

Brooklyn Bazaar Family Funhouse

With three floors of family-friendly activities, Brooklyn Bazaar’s new Greenpoint location will be the place to be on Sundays. The Market Place on the ground floor will have lots of options when hunger strikes, including Brooklyn Stars’ new restaurant location with delicious brunch options. In the cellar, you’ll find a play area with ping pong tables, mini golf, arcade games, and four rooms for kids’ karaoke. And if that wasn’t enough to keep energetic children entertained, The Little People Party will host two dance parties in the Concert Hall above the Market Place, one for ages 1-3 (3pm-5pm) and other for ages 4 and up (1pm-2pm). The parties will feature rotating guest performances as well as activities on the dance floor. And while they’re watching their kids rock out to the music, parents can sip on $5 mimosas and beer. All ages.

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Brooklyn Bazaar , Greenpoint Sunday January 22 2017 - Sunday May 28 2017

LOS KIDS

The Little Orchestra Society presents the second season of its LOS KIDS series, where children (and their parents) get to "meet" classical music greats through storytelling and live music. Each show focuses on a particular composer and his masterpieces, starting with the music of Vivaldi in "A Man for Four Seasons" (Nov 12, 13), then to Beethoven in "Making the Fifth" (Dec 17, 18), followed by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn in "Sibling Revelry on a Midsummer Night" (Feb 11, 12) and finally Bernstein in "An Upper West Side Story" (Mar 4, 5). With help from a silly guide named Professor Clifford O. Treblemaker, youngsters will pick up historical tidbits about the maestros (who are actors in costume) and learn about their creative processes as they watch professional musicians and guest soloists perform recognizable pieces. Ages 3 to 10.

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Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College , Lenox Hill Saturday February 11 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

"Dinosaurs Among Us"

Learn how a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today via the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit "Dinosaurs Among Us." Expect to see life-like models (including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali) and rarely-seen dinosaur fossils. All ages.

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02 Jan 2017
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