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Veterans Day 2013: Things to do over the long weekend in NYC

Celebrate the three-day weekend with kids’ concerts, a family day at the new Queens Museum and other fun things to do over Veterans Day 2013.

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids on Veterans Day weekend 2013: Making Books Sing's Ballerina Swan

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids on Veterans Day weekend 2013: The Book, The Lock and the Key

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids on Veterans Day weekend 2013: Family Concert: Jazz Meets Gospel

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids on Veterans Day weekend 2013: Family Focus Workshop

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Around the World with CMA

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites

  • Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Songs for Unusual Creatures

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Lolli-Pops Concerts for Children: Carnival of the Animals

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Songs From Above

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Radio City Christmas Spectacular

     

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Handmade History

  • Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Hatched

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Family Art Project: November Treasures

     

  • Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013:  Book Launch: Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully by Nick Katsoris

  • Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate

  • Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Galli's Rapunzel

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: La Cucarachita Martina

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    Best things to do in NYC with kids over Veterans Day weekend 2013: Sleeping Beauty

Photograph: Courtesy Making Books Sing

Best things to do in NYC with kids on Veterans Day weekend 2013: Making Books Sing's Ballerina Swan


City kids are out of class on Monday, November 11 for Veterans Day 2013, which means you’ve got tons of planning to do for the long weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do, including the long-awaited reopening of the Queens Museum, which fetes its first weekend with a special family day on Monday. Your crew could also jam with some of our favorite family rockers, like Dan Zanes, or catch a theater production, such as Making Books Sing’s Ballerina Swan or the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Kids can also honor our country's heroes at celebrations around the city on Monday. Looking for more things to do? Click through to read about all of our top picks for Veterans Day 2013.

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Saturday, November 9

Making Books Sing's Ballerina Swan

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on the children's book by former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Making Books Sing's fall show combines puppetry arts, dance and the music of Tchaikovsky to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan whose dream is to star in—what else—Swan Lake. Three dancers and a five-foot dancing swan puppet make up the cast of this 50-minute performance, whose goal is to show little ones that if they pursue their dreams, not even wings, webs or feathers can stand in their way. Ages 4 to 8.

  1. Theater Three 311 W 43rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, third floor, 10036
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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The Book, the Lock and the Key

Kids can't help but be drawn to books whose covers are held closed by a lock. Let them make their own secret books with fine art materials and gorgeous paper in this workshop led by book artist Stephanie Krause. Ages 6 to 12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Sat Nov 9
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Family Concert: Jazz Meets Gospel

  • Price band: 2/4

Jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus provide the inspiration for this concert that keeps the kids in mind, featuring pianist and composer Damien Sneed along with ten other musicians. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) Broadway, at 60th St
  2. Until Sat Nov 9
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Family Focus Workshop

  • Free

Families with kids of all ages are invited to the Lehman College Art Gallery for a crash course in contemporary printmaking. First they'll tour the new exhibition "Morphology of the Print," featuring diverse works by such luminaries as Kiki Smith and Sarah Sze, then undertake a printmaking project of their own. Art materials and take-home activities will be provided. All ages.

  1. Lehman College Art Gallery 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, between Goulden and Paul Aves
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the BCM presents a performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, an NYC-based dance troupe that incorporates many different Native dance styles and traditions. The group's proceeds support the higher education of deserving American Indian youth. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Ave, at St. Marks Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 9
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Around the World with CMA: Mexican Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

CMA celebrates the Day of the Dead on two weekends in November, where there'll be Spanish language music and Mexican dance performances, plus face painting, installations created by Mexican artists and mask-making workshops. See the website for the full schedule. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Greenwich and Hudson Sts, 10014
  2. Until Sun Nov 17
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Puppeteers from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia put on three tales by children's book author Eric Carle (the titular story plus The Mixed-Up Chameleon and Little Cloud). The company's combination of glowing puppets and black lights is destined to wow young audiences. Ages 2 and up.

  1. NYU Skirball Center 2800 Victory Blvd, at Canterbury Ave
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Songs for Unusual Creatures

  • Price band: 1/4

Everything about this performance—from the animals sung about to the musical instruments used—is a little bizarre. Join Michael Hearst and his five-piece band (decked out in animal costumes, of course) for a concert that pays homage to the oddest creatures on earth. All ages.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Until Sat Apr 5
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Lolli-Pops Concerts: Carnival of the Animals

  • Price band: 2/4

French composer Camille Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals gets a storybook touch thanks to Peter H. Reynolds, author of the Judy Moody series. Reynolds makes original artwork during the performance, conducted by Daniel Meyer. Little audience members leave with a complimentary coloring book. Ages 3 to 5.

  1. Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave, at 68th St
  2. Until Sun Nov 10
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after 85 years—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance, including this year's new number, called "Snow," in which the decor, costumes and technology transform the stage into a winter wonderland. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Sun Nov 30
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Handmade History

  • Free

As part of its 150th birthday celebration, the Brooklyn Historical Society is kicking off this series of art- and craft-making sessions, each of which explores history as it teaches hands-on building processes. Students must be accompanied by their parents; siblings of all ages are welcome to join in. Ages 5 to 10.

  1. Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St, at Clinton St
  2. Sat Nov 15
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Hatched

  • Price band: 1/4

In this performance from Symphony Space's Just Kidding series, little ones follow a newborn chick's journey as she meets other members of the farm, including an old rooster, a calf learing to walk and a group of dancing birds. The show is performed using movement, music and puppets, with very little dialogue, encouraging young audience members to interact with the newborn animals onstage. Ages 0 to 6.

  1. Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St
  2. Until Sat Nov 9
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Family Art Project: November Treasures

  • Price band: 1/4

In this workshop, kids collect bits of nature (leaves, flowers, twigs) to put into a keepsake box. Ages 2 to 5.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave, 10471
  2. Until Mon Nov 11
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Book Launch: Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully

Author Nick Katsoris presents his new book, Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully, at this reading with the help of some pretty awesome friends: Olympia Dukakis, Constantine Maroulis, Alexis Christoforous and Ernie Anastos, among others. They'll be reading the tale of Loukoumi, a sheep who's teased about his name by the Igor the alligator until Igor realizes that he and Loukoumi have a lot more in common than he originally thought. The book includes an audio version narrated by Nia Vardalos (My Big Greek Wedding); the part of Igor is voiced by Morgan Freeman. Best of all, proceeds from the book benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. All ages.

  1. Barnes & Noble 86th & Lexington Ave 150 E 86th St, at Lexington Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 9
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Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate

  • Price band: 3/4

Those who simply can't decide on a favorite holiday are invited to celebrate them all at once with the full House of Mouse roster. Mickey and Minnie lead the way through an Unbirthday Party at the Mad Hatter's Wonderland abode; a Valentine's Day Ball featuring Cinderella, Ariel and Tiana; Lilo & Stitch's Hawaiian luau, a winter holiday soiree hosted by Woody and Buzz; and finally, a ghoulish get-together with everyone, from Cruella and Jafar to Captain Hook and the rest of the Disney villains. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Izod Center Meadowlands Sports Complex, 50 State Rte 120
  2. Until Sun Dec 1
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Galli's Rapunzel

  • Price band: 2/4

During this interactive play, kids can help Rapunzel reunite with her prince. After the show on Saturdays, young theatergoers are invited to get into costume and act out the character of their choice. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Galli's Fairytale Theater 347 West 36th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 24
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La Cucarachita Martina

  • Price band: 2/4

Follow the travels of the little cucarachita, or “little roach,” Martina as she searches for love and finds friendship and happiness on her way. Young theatergoers will interact with the puppet performers and learn about how animals communicate through sounds. Master puppeteer Jose Lopez brings to life otherworldly bunraku (Japanese-style) creations who sing and dance through the story with rock & roll and Latin beats. Inspired by the life of beloved Puerto Rican author and storyteller Pura Belpre, the performances are presented in both Spanish and English to entice the young audience with the sights and sounds of two cultures. All ages.

  1. Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse , at 149th St
  2. Until Sat Nov 16
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Sleeping Beauty

  • Price band: 1/4

Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company uses more than 150 handmade puppets to bring the classic fairy tale to life. The puppeteered production is accompanied by a musical score by Tchaikovsky. Ages 7 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 10
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KidCinema Fest: The 5th Annual Washington Heights Children & Young People's Film Festival

  • Free

Help your little ones develop a love for filmmaking at this festival filled with family-friendly movies for seven whole days. Best of all: it’s free. Be sure to check the website for specific films and locations. All ages.

  1. Various venues
  2. Until Thu Nov 14
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