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

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).

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

December kids' events

Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

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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