So many great theater, dance and film options right now. The charming Please Bring Balloons is back and The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats opens.
January is also a great time to save on Broadway shows since most people stay away from NYC in this weather. See our deals page for info on 2-for-1 Broadway Week & Kids Night On Broadway and our discount tickets guide for savings all year long.
What We’re Reading
This winner of the Newbery Medal and an Honor Book for both the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards celebrates diversity, urban living, volunteerism and grandparents in a simple story about a boy riding a bus with his grandma across town. Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s pleasing compositions of flat, blocky illustrations appeal to all ages.
7:30 am–9:00 am
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Get a free train fix every Friday morning through February, we’re opening the doors early at 7:30 am. Explore the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection before the museum opens, read fun train tales, and enjoy coffee and breakfast treats, available for purchase from the museums’ Espresso & Coffee Bar.
Fridays though February 23
10:30 am–11:30 am
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden (421 East 61st Street)
Free with museum admission ($8 adults, $7/students & seniors, Free/kids under 12)
Kids 6 and under can enjoy historically-themed stories and activities, dress-up in the Children’s Corner and role-play with the museum’s Touch Collection followed by an optional brief tour of the period rooms.
1:00 pm–1:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it’s Morris who has the sniffles, Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills. Presented by Israeli troupe The Train Theater.
Friday 1 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
Through Jan 28
10:00 am–12:00 pm
The Goddard Riverside – Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus at 91st Street)
Sing, dance, and act at monthly art and theater workshops led by Kids Creative teaching artists.
10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
The historic Wave Hill House nestled among scenic forests and gardens hosts storytime and crart projects inspired by the surroundings. Patch a green world together with Wave Hill Winter Workspace visiting artist Pedro Ramirez, and make a collaborative, indoor “living sculpture.” Working on a premade structure created by Ramirez, use clay slip to add pieces of sod made from burlap and sprouted plants like clover and millet, in a process that represents green husbandry for the planet. Then sprout your own small burlap and clay piece to grow at home.
10:30 am–11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)
Young learners will be introduced to the many different modes of transportation available in large cities today like trains, ferries, and bikes. Through a group reading of Christopher Niemann’s picture book Subway, learn about one form of city transit.
Afterwards, the young planners will then design their favorite way to get around the city. All Ages
Engage with an educator to explore the principles of urbanism, architecture, and engineering through hands-on activities. Surrounded by images, film, and models of past, present, and future skyscrapers, children and their guardians are exposed to the changing exhibitions in the gallery.
10:45 am–11:15 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)
Explore and learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities in interactive family tours of kid-friendly works on view in current exhibitions. Ticket given out first come, first served at the desk outside the Hearst Artspace on Floor Three. Also stop by the Open Studio (10:30 am–3 pm) for art making inspired by works on view.
Also at 11:45 am & 12:45 pm.
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
See live music, hand drawn onscreen animations, and vivid storytelling in a quirky multimedia musical adventure featuring Gustafer Yellowgold — a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun, and is living an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods.
11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)
LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including exhibition-related workshops for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography in January.
11:00 am–5:00 pm
El Museo Del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue)
Enjoy a free family celebration of Three Kings Day featuring live musical performances, art-making workshops, storytelling, and more.
11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets create a warm and joyful experience that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure.
11 am Saturdays through Feb 3 & Jan 15
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ($10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under)
Using paper, glue, and flour, construct a paper mache animal that stands for freedom, equality, unity, or friendship inspired by the created “freedom birds” made by detained Golden Venture passengers.
1:30 pm–3:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
$5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission ($15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors)
Explore light and simple circuits while creating brilliantly glowing lightsabers. Also explore the rest of the interavtive museum including the charming Gingerbread Lane and immersive Connected Worlds.
1:30–3 pm & 3:30–5 pm Saturday & Sunday through Jan 21
3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)
Join artist Emily Spivack for a clothing dissection workshop. Physically disassemble archetypal garments into their component parts, or “innards,” to better understand what they’re made of and how they were constructed. This workshop is designed for adult participants but children are welcome if accompanied by an adult collaborator. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop. Part of the The People’s Studio.
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)
Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2 pm family exhibition tour, and go a thematic gallery search. Tuck your worries away in an envelope and seal it with a blossoming, folded lotus to symbolize a fresh start—made by you. Grow into your future self by making an artful reminder to overcome your fears and journey toward a better tomorrow.
2-for-1 Broadway Week Tickets
Tickets on sale now for two-for-one tickets to select Broadway shows Jan 16-Feb 4 . Kid-friendly options include Aladdin, Anastasia, The Lion King and School of Rock. Advance purchase suggested; some shows sell out quickly. See our shows for less guide for info on more discounts.
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