December kids' events in New York City

Looking for the best kids' events this December? See our December events calendar for kids to plan your month!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Photograph: Gene Schiavone Radio City Christmas Spectacular
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December has the most fantastic kids' events ever! And you're the first to hear about them, thanks to our December events calendar for kids. Prepare for the most wonderful time of the year with festive events (Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa) as well as wintry adventures (like these sledding hills and other outdoor activities for kids).

RECOMMENDED: Full kids' events calendar for 2018–2019

Don't miss out on Macy’s Santaland 2018, the Radio City  Christmas Spectacular and our favorite  holiday train shows.

December kids' events

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Photograph: Courtesy: Robert Gerhardt and Denis Y. Suspitsyn
Museums, Art and design

"Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again"

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Allison Stock
Theater, Children's

"NOT MY MONSTER"

icon-location-pin The Flea Theater, Tribeca
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The Flea Theatre is celebrating CEREALS, its family-friendly programming, by extending the performances of "NOT MY MONSTER," a story by Nick Gandiello that follows a family on its move from a grandiose penthouse to a cabin deserted in the woods. Is this family really all alone? Did its Domovoi, a protecting spirit, forget to tag along? All ages. 

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Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH
Museums

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side
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It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays 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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Museums, Art and design

"Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again"

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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Take a look back at Andy Warhol's iconic pieces—portraits, pop and photo silkscreen paintings and other pieces of work—during the Whitney's retrospective that highlights all aspects of his career. During Family Day (Dec 1 from 10:30am–3pm), kids can create their own artistic gems inspired by the late icon. Check the museum's website to see when its Open Studios (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am–3pm in November and December, minus holidays) will dedicate its weekly kids’ project to all-things Warhol. All ages. 

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Things to do, Cultural centers

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee

icon-location-pin Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Harlem
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During Jamaica Center of Arts and Learning's Saturday matinee series, families can enjoy amazing performances from musicians, dancers, and storytellers representing cultures from around the globe. Kids can groove to the afro, futuristic soul of Brooklyn-based duo Soul Science (Oct. 27); be enthralled by The East Village Dance Project's innovative take on the Nutcracker with New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut (Dec. 15); be amazed by master storyteller Michael Manswell's tales of the African diaspora and the Caribbean (Jan. 19); and feel inspired by the instruments created out recycled materials and reused stuff at the Family Bash (April 13). All ages, full lineup can be found on website.    

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Jazz for Kids

icon-location-pin Jazz Standard, Flatiron
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Introduce your kids to the joys of jazz at the Jazz Standard's weekly Sunday brunch program. The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, made up of talented youngsters between the ages of 11 and 18, provides the music including big band classics like “Cherokee” and “Billie’s Bounce." While your family taps their toes, chow down on a barbecue brunch from Blue Smoke. Doors open at 1pm. All ages.

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