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Don't miss this hippo with a tutu (and other curious-looking critters)

Don't miss this hippo with a tutu (and other curious-looking critters)
Mockup of Hippo Ballerina 2016 by Bjørn Okholm Skaarup. ©Bjørn Okholm Skaarup.

If your kid's one holiday wish is to see animals in costumes, you're certainly in luck. In the New Year, an amazing 15-foot, two-and-a-half–ton bronze sculpture called Hippo Ballerina will be gracing 64th and Broadway (across from Lincoln Center)! The Bjørn Okholm Skaarup-made sculpture makes its debut on February 7th thanks to the NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program, and it will remain on view through July 31, 2017. Look vaguely familiar? It's modeled after Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Impressionist icon Edgar Degas—you know, except with a hippo. Visitors take note: If you take a picture striking your favorite pose with the Hippo Ballerina, then post your image to Instagram using the hashtag #dancewithhippoballerina, you'll be eligible to win two tickets to a ballet performance at Lincoln Center.

But wait—there's more! Skaarup's concurrent companion exhibition (with even more bronze critter characters) will be on view from February 7 to March 17, 2017 at Cavalier Gallery (3 W 57th St; cavaliergalleries.com). In Bronze Creatures Great and Small, you'll see a dancing bear balancing atop a ball, a lion riding a rocking horse, a kangaroo on a pogo stick and even a cheetah on a scooter!

For more fun in NYC, check out our favorite things to do with kids in NYC and wonderful winter activities for kids, too.

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