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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids this week including festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and more.

The holidays are fast approaching, so why not start your celebrations early? Catch the Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Grand Central Terminal Annual Holiday Fair at New York's most iconic train station, then see some amazing tree lightings and holiday tree celebrations. Have an exciting week!

Things to do with kids, November 17–21


Grand Central Holiday Train Show

  • Free

While you’re exploring the New York Transit Museum, be sure to visit its vintage Lionel Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains displayed on a 34-foot long, two-level “O” gauge model train layout through February. Kids will love checking out a miniature Grand Central Terminal and seeing vintage Lionel ads from the 1930s.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Until Sun Feb 22
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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. Until Sun Jan 11
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Grand Central Terminal Annual Holiday Fair

For once, take a leisurely stroll through Grand Central instead of rushing for a train. The annual Holiday Fair will take over the majestic Vanderbilt Hall for six weeks this year, letting New Yorkers browse an array of holiday wares like jewelry, toys and bath products while staying warm and toasty. Many of the fair's 76 vendors offer handcrafted, American-made products from locally sourced materials. Twenty-two businesses will be making their holiday fair debut this year; pick up a playful print from Dotty Giraffe ($25 and up), a luxurious crocheted scarf from Spratters & Jayne ($124–$155) or a stack of colorful holiday greeting cards from mother-daughter team Verrier ($7 each). The market will close at 5PM on Nov 17 and at 6PM on Christmas Eve, and is closed on Thanksgiving Day. All ages.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Wed Dec 24
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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. Until Sun Jan 18
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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities

Little New Yorkers will love seeing their world in a new light through this captivating exhibit. More than 40 large-scale panoramic photos by Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao depict iconic NYC landmarks—like Coney Island and the Flatiron Building—with brilliant color and fantastical perspective. Each photo is composed of multiple exposures taken over the course of several hours, resulting in dynamic images that could never be captured by a single shot (or the human eye alone). Head to the Museum of the City of New York on Nov 11th or 30th for Boroughrama, a hands-on collage-crafting program for kids and families inspired by the exhibit. All ages.

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Until Sun Feb 15
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Bronx Terminal Market Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thousands of LED lights will illuminate the pedestrian bridge at the Bronx Terminal Market to kick off the holiday season. The shopping center's second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature activities, entertainment, free hot cocoa and an appearance by Santa Claus himself. Get into the holiday spirit with lively performances from The Soul Tigers Marching Band, The United Steppers and the Big Apple Circus and join a carol singalong led by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Chorus. Kids can decorate a holiday ornament with a craft project sponsored by the Bronx Museum or try their luck with 92.3 AMP Radio's prize wheel. The festivities get rolling at 5PM; the tree lighting and performances start at 6PM. All ages.

  1. Bronx Terminal Market 610 Gateway Center Boulevard, at 150th St, 10451
  2. Until Tue Nov 18
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Textile Arts Center Open House

  • Free

Little ones can experiment with an art they've probably never even considered at an open house at the Textile Arts Center's two locations (one in Greenwich Village, the other in Park Slope). They'll dabble with each of the four class topics- Weaving, Sewing + Fashion, Surface Design and Felting + Needle Arts- to see where their interests lie. Ages 5 to 11.

  1. Textile Arts Center Classes, Park Slope 505 Carroll St, Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Until Tue Nov 18
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  • Price band: 2/4

Toddlers and preschoolers can learn about patterns, numbers, shapes and more at this weekly program. The little ones can listen to a math-themed story, and join in on songs and activities based on different mathematical themes. From 2:45 to 3:30pm, the event is for ages 2 and 3 and from 3:30 to 4:15pm, the event is for ages 4 and 5. Registration required. Ages 2 to 6.

  1. Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Tue Dec 30
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The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

On its newest touring production, the arts nonprofit New York City Children's Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) has teamed up with well-known children's musician Laurie Berkner to turn the book Harvey the Child Mime into an original musical. The imaginative story, written by Barbara Zinn Krieger, stars Harvey, an ordinary kid who accidentally ends up on Pink Mountain Island in the company of a princess and her royal family. Set to upbeat, original music, the tale invites families to follow along as Harvey teaches the princess about fun and togetherness. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. Theater Three 311 W 43rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, third floor, 10036
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 7
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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. Sun Nov 23 - Wed Dec 31
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  • Critics choice
  • Free

It's not polite to play with your food—unless, of course, it's in the name of charity. During the contest's 22nd anniversary, families can gaze at towering structures built from cans of food by leading architecture and engineering pros, who compete for such titles as Best Meal and Best Use of Labels. Once the winner is decided at the end of the contest, all cans are donated to City Harvest to benefit hungry New Yorkers. Families can be a part of the action by bringing their own canned goods to the exhibition space. Last year, nearly 100,000 cans of food were constructed into pop art masterpieces, feauring some kid-themed favorites like Despicable Me and Batman. Ages 2 and up.

  1. Brookfield Place Winter Garden 220 Vesey St, at West St, 10281
  2. Until Thu Nov 20
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Storytime at WORD Bookstore 2014

This Jersey City bookstore offers a variety of storytelling events for little ones. On October 5, Andi Green will read Don't Feed the WorryBug, plus kids can participate in a craft project. And on October 11, Star Wars fans of all ages can enjoy a storytime and trivia game. Rock your Star Wars costume for a chance to win a prize. Don't miss the Mockingjay Movie Release Party on November 20 celebrating the next Hunger Games flick with crafts, trivia and archery. Ages 2-6.

  1. WORD 126 Franklin St, at Milton St, 11222
  2. Until Thu Nov 20
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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. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 25
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  • Price band: 3/4

Kids will be dazzled by this contemporary dance revue from Barcelona troupe Mons Dansa. In Minimon—which means "small world" in Catalonian—an ordinary bedroom transforms into an enchanting dreamworld. The show was created especially for little ones, and at the end, kids can explore the stage set and participate in guided activities with solo dancer Sarah Anglada. Ages 1–4.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 23
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