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Best upcoming events and festivals

Big Apple Circus
Theater Big Apple Circus

After declaring bankruptcy in 2016 to widespread lamentations, the family-friendly circus came bouncing back to life at Lincoln Center last year, and now returns for its 41st season with a show that aim to throw some spotlights on women. New ringmaster Stephanie Monseu presides over a spectacle that includes a trapeze routine by the Flying Tunizianis, a trampoline act created by Andréanne Quintal, and an acrobatic duet, performed by Virginia Tuells and Ihosvanys Perez, in which she does most of the heavy lifting.

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
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New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

All aboard! One of NYC's most beloved traditions is making its way back into town. The New York Botanical Garden promises another year of fantastic displays during its annual holiday train show, this time spotlighting Lower Manhattan. Get a glimpse of trains zipping through pint-sized downtown attractions—One World Trade Center, Battery Maritime Building—while enjoying festive decorations in one of the city's most beloved green spaces. In addition to the display itself, the Holiday Train Show also offers the opportunity for fun programming—arts and crafts for kids, Bar Car Nights for mom and dad and other festive happenings. Get your tickets ASAP—this event is likely to sell out quickly. All ages.

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at CMOM
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Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at CMOM

At this celebration, the museum will host activities that honor the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Kids will celebrate King’s memory by creating a mosaic of his portrait (Saturday–Monday, noon–1:45pm) and attending a (ticketed) performance from the Harlem Gospel Choir (Jan 19 at 3pm). All ages.  

Winter Jam 2019
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Winter Jam 2019

Amid the messy streets and cold temps, we may sometimes forget that winter in New York is supposed to be awesome. (Seriously.) The Parks Department reminds us why we should love the colder months thanks to Winter Jam, its annual winter sports festival in Central Park. Families can learn or take part in snowshoeing, skiing and sledding. Bring your own snow sports gear or borrow the equipment on load at no cost, then while away the hours sipping hot chocolate and enjoying the outdoors during this ultimate snow day. The rain date for the 2019 event is Feb 2. Enter the park at 72nd St, as the festivities will take place in the Bandshell area. All ages.

LC Kids
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LC Kids

Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

Tilt Kids Festival
Things to do Tilt Kids Festival

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Francaise present an arts festival specifically targeted to youngsters. This festival combines philosophy, music, magic, design and dance through a series of programs that incorporate work from a bevy of French and global artists. This year, families can sign their crew up for Malika Zarra: Musical Journey (March 10 at 2pm, free, ages 5 and up), Philosophy for Kids (March 24 at 2pm, free, ages 6 and up) and so much more. Learn more about the offerings here. Ages 5 and up. 

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"Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving"

NYC can't seem to get enough of Frida Kahlo. After the success of the New York Botanical Garden's 2015 exhibition on the artist, the Brooklyn Museum will explore her life and work in "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving." Patrons will be able to take a glance at paintings, drawings, photographs and other items, including clothing and cosmetics. This will be the first time that Kahlo's personal objects from the Blue House in Mexico City will be on display. All ages. 

Lunar New Year Celebration at the QBG
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Lunar New Year Celebration at the QBG

Queens Botanical Garder is celebrating the Year of the Pig with special performances, crafts and other festivities. While you're there check out the exhibition, “Organic Emergence.” All ages.  

Film Forum Jr. Spring Season
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Film Forum Jr. Spring Season

From mid-December through March, spend chilly weekend mornings at Film Forum's popular family-friendly movie series. Watch time-tested faves like It's a Wonderful Life (Dec 15 and 16), Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus (Dec 22 and 23), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Jan 19 and 20), The Muppet Movie (Feb 2 and 3), and more. Visit filmforum.org to view the complete schedule and grab your tickets. All ages.

Kids' Night on Broadway
Things to do Kids' Night on Broadway

Expensive Broadway price tags stopping your crew from heading to the theater? This annual promotion, a program of the Broadway League, is the perfect excuse to play dress-up and do Times Square in style. On February 26, 2019, kids don't pay a dime once you purchase a full-price adult ticket to a Broadway show. Tickets include fun perks like pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts and educational programs. There's something for kids of all ages, including Frozen and The Lion King for young ones and Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen for the older set. Ages 18 and under.

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