Welcome to the new year! 2018's January events calendar for kids is chock-full of impressive exhibits, yippee!-inducing events and, in general, plenty of ways to combat cabin fever during one of the coldest months of the year. Get inspired with our favorite events below!
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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 butterfly 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.
Brave the cold for some outdoor fun during Brooklyn Botanic Garden's wintry events for all ages on the first Sunday of December, January, February and March. When cabin fever hits the family, explore the garden's landscape on a nature walk with naturalist Bradley Klein, as he points out birds, mammals, and insects that remain active during the season. Then little ones can enjoy special hands-on discovery workshops and storytime. All ages.
Mindfulness teacher Ayman Househam instructs this class at the Rubin Museum, which focuses on creating the foundation for a peaceful life. Learn exercises and gain the tools you need to make your family more mindful! The sessions build upon the previous classes, so it’s best to take them all! Ages 3-7.
This immersive exhibition features interactive installations and performing objects that showcase how sound transforms from an ephemeral wave to physical material. Experience a selection of works by contemporary artist, designers and performers as they use sound to guide their work and respond to their environment. All ages.
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.