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Events This Week
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Time for snow, snuggling and indoor dance parties. See our favorite educational iphone/ipad apps , books and healthy kid-friendly recipes to get you through the next few days, then get ready to hit the town for culture and life-size Candy Land this weekend. Sign up for the free IDNYC card to snag free memberships to 33 of NYCs leading cultural institutions, including family favorites like the Met and the New York Botanical Garden – appointments to apply are filling up fast so book one now. In the meantime, see our show for less guide for deals on Broadway, Sesame Street Live and more diverse performances.

**All events are free unless noted otherwise**


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Tuesday

Community Cube: Music for Aardvarks

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

Sing and play along to catchy tunes. Hosted by FiDiFamilies.

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Wednesday

Community Cube: Heroes of the City Screening

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Street Seaport (Fulton and Front Streets)

See an episode of a television series for preschoolers about helping, sharing and caring. Hosted by FiDiFamilies.

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Thursday

Free Play at MoMath

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) (11 East 26th Street)

All ages can explore math for free with fun activities and exhibits. Try to ride a bike with square wheels, interact with two dozen small, glowing robots and enjoy more numerical fun. Sponsored by Citadel.

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Friday

Winter Carnival

12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Bundle up and celebrate of the season with some wintery spins on Bryant Park favorites including frozen fingers juggling, ice golf, silent disco skating, comfort food by local chefs, curling, hockey, games and giveaways (plus a warming lounge when you need a break from frosty fun).

Also on Saturday.

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Saturday

Baby Got Bach

10:00 am - 11:00 am
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

$18

Learn about musical instruments and concepts with hands-on one-on-one activities. Audience participation and good listening skills encouraged.

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Kamishibai Weekend: The Art of Japanese Storytelling

10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (212 West 83rd Street )

Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, Free/infants under 12 months old.)

Cehck out new exhibit Hello from Japan! and explore different forms of Japanese storytelling such as puppetry, print- making and traditional kamishibai storytelling through workshops and performances

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Body Buildings

10:30 am - 11:45 am
The Skyscaper Museum (39 Battery Place)

$5

After a quick tour of the exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984, kids will work together to make a skyline with their own traced silhouettes. Learn about different skyscraper shapes by using poster paper to turn your “skeleton frame” into a drawing of your personal building form. Please RSVP to rsvp@skyscraper.org.

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NYCB Children's Workshop

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

$12

Join the artists of New York City Ballet in this 45-minute pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists will guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance training needed. Wear clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes optional.

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Family Day: Korean New Year 2015

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Korea Society (950 Third Avenue at East 57th Street)

$30/family, $15/individuals

Celebrate Sollal, the Korean New Year, with activities for all ages. Enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and practice sebae, the New Year’s bow, to show respect for elders. Learn Korean calligraphy and brush painting, make a tasty treat, play traditional games, and participate in arts & crafts projects. Two sessions at 1 & 3 pm.

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Family Life-Size Candy Land Game

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Hudson Park Library (66 Leroy Street at Seventh Avenue South)

Be a game piece in a life-size Candy Land game, plus make a craft and win small candy treats while supplies last. Families may arrive any time between 2-4pm to play.

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Thunderbird American Indian Dance Concert And Pow-wow

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

Enjoy dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. Highlights include storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Marie Ponce (Cherokee), an Eagle Dance from the Hopi Tribe by Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes), a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona) and a Robin Dance and Smoke Dance (from the Iroquois). The audience will be invited to join in some dances and meet the performers after the show.

Also on Sunday.

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Sunday

Broadway Playhouse: Meredith Wilson

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)

$20

Learn about the legacy of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man and how it still influences music today – from rap to Pharrell Williams – in this month’s edition of the delightful Broadway Playhouse series. Enjoy kid-friendly, professional quality mini-musicals, sing-alongs and games.

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WinterGreen Festival: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)

$12/adults; $6/ages 3-17; Free/kids under 3

Sample holiday foods and tradition at the annual celebration of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees. Enjoy a mini Tu B’Shvat seder, challah making and other food demos, family tree making and genealogy workshops, synagogue tours, and a concert with Bash the Trash.

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HYPOTHEkids Summer Program Open House

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harlem Biospace (423 West 127th Street)

Learn about a summer program that develops students’ science and engineering abilities from the perspective of biotech entrepreneurship. Meet teachers, engineers and scientists and engage in a hands-on activity. Online pre-registration required.

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Studio Sunday

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)

Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Drop in and join MAD’s artist educators on the first Sunday of every month for special hands-on projects just for families. In November, participants will manipulate color to suggest emotion, experimenting with the principles of design in celebration of Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce Scott.

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Featured Deals


Discount Sesame Street Live

Elmo lovers can see him and his buddies Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends on stage as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, the friends explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies. Tickets available for $12-$41 (usually $15-$65) morning, afternoon and evenings February 19th – 27th at Madison Square Garden.


Free Memberships to NYC Museums & Cultural Institutions

We are huge fans of museum memberships, and now NYC residents who sign up for the new, free IDNYC cards can get free one-year membership packages at 33 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including some of our favorite museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos in all five boroughs. We’re talking the Met, Natural History Museum, Lincoln Center, Bronx Zoo and more of our favorite places on the planet. Get amazing benefits including free or discounted admission and event tickets, access to special events and museum hours, museum shop and cafe discounts, and more. Your 5% income tax dollars working for you!


Save on Melissa & Doug Puzzles

Puzzles – one of our favorite indoors bad-weather activities – are on sale at MelissaandDoug.com. Save 15% on any sturdy, high-quality puzzle, from simple wooden jumbo knob puzzles to 500-piece cardboard jigsaw puzzles, featuring favorite subjects (the pets cube and 48-piece solar system are pretty popular in this house). Use code Puzzle15. Free shipping on orders $50+.


Broadway Week

Get two-for-one tickets to select Broadway shows January 20-February 5. Kid-friendly options include The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and Matilda. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 9 at 10:30 am; some shows sell out quickly. Buy at the theater box office if you can to avoid high service charges.


Free Amazon Prime 30-day Trials

Don’t go outside in this weather to get your need – try Amazon Prime and get toys, household essentials, baby gear, groceries and more at very competitive prices. Everything comes in 2 business days with no shipping charges – just click and wait for your package. Schedule monthly deliveries of diapers and other household essentials (which can be cancelled or postponed at any time) for additional discounts of up to 15%. Also included are free streaming of over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for all ages and free e-book borrowing from Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.



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