National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

Friday, October 6–Friday, March 30, 10:00 am–10:00 pm
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey (226 West 44th Street)
$39.50, $32.50/ages 12 & under, $36.50/seniors

Come face-to-face with (virtual) humpback whales and great white sharks, Humboldt squid and sea lions in an immersive experience that harnesses ground-breaking technology. Go on an underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean to interact with and encounter the ocean’s wonders and creatures.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

Friday, October 27–Sunday, February 25, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Train enthusiasts of all ages can explore an immersive multimedia winter wonderland featuring theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and lots of historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Pick up an “I Spy” Holiday Express trains and toys hunt to match pictures and rhyming facts with whimsical and intricate objects. See if for free and enjoy train0related actovities every Friday morning during Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Thursday, November 16–Monday, February 26, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex (Grand Central Terminal)

Watch models of the MTA’s vintage and current trains and subway cars travel deaprt from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole in this small yet charming display full of delightful details. This year’s exhibition showcases Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a cityscape backdrop designed by Brooklyn-based artist Josh Cochran.

[Zip:Unzip the Future] Immersive Media Art Show

Monday, January 1–Thursday, February 15, 2:00 pm–8:00 pm
3LD Art & Technology Center ( 80 Greenwich Street)
$11, $15/weekends

Nine immersive video & audio experience by nine Chinese media artists, each with a different theme, have been “zipped” together, and then “unzipped” into a richly imaginative field of collective consciousness. All of the works continuously break and rebuild the sense of time and space through synesthetic, multi-sensory provocations. Be transported through and immersed in multiple imagined universes. As trippy as it sounds.

Passport to Eataly: Tours for Kids

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Eataly Flatiron (200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street)

Uncover the food and language of Italy as an Eatalian ambassador guides kids around an Italian marketplac. Explore each department, learn an Italian word or phrase, and earn a stamp in provided passport. Discover the value of whole ingredients and receive delicious tastes along the way, including fresh mozzarella, margherita pizza, and gelato.

Wave Hill Family Art Project: Living Sculpture

Saturday, January 20, 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.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, January 20, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced.

Tickets available at the information desk in the Education and Research building (4 West 54 Street) starting at 10 am; programs often fill up so arrive early. Includes free museum admission for up to two accompanying adults.

Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Get creative in the Whitney’s Hearst Artspace. Families are invited to make their own artworks inspired by works on view. Each week features a different art making project.

Whitney Family Tours

Saturday, January 20, 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.


Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Drawing from salsa, Afro-Cuban dance, hip-hop, and contemporary dance-theater, this critically acclaimed, multicultural Los Angeles dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their philosophy of performance-as-social-action gives voice to people not traditionally seen on the concert stage, creating a thrilling, mind-opening experience for children and adults alike.

Also at 2 pm.

Just Kidding: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

Saturday, January 20, 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.

Muppet Music Moments

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($15/adults, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See a collection of classic musical numbers interpreted as only the Muppets can. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres including performances by guest stars Harry Belafonte, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, and many more. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Fabulous museum educators engage children in conversations and activities related to a few works in the vast collection. Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, singing, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life.

Also at 2 pm.

Super Sabado: Three Kings Day

Saturday, January 20, 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.

We The People: DiMenna Children’s History Museum Family Benefit Party

Saturday, January 20–Sunday, January 21, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$154, $75/children, $225/family for members

Celebrate the people from American’s past who shaped the country a party benefiting this wonderful museum’s year-round family, school, and teacher programs. Enjoy hands-on historical activities, meet figures from the past, and eat lots of terrific food. Construct and wear your own Statue of Liberty crown, create a family tree and journey through Ellis Island with historical reenactors. Meet the global inhabitants of New Amsterdam as they chat in multiple languages, pose for sketches, and tell you about their time in the colony. Enjoy delicious food and drink, sing tunes, grab a goody bag, and more.

Women's March on NYC

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (East 47th Street & 2nd Avenue)

Join the international community to march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human. Marchers will line up along Central Park West between 62nd and 82nd. There will be entry points at 61st, 64th, 71st (main entrance point) and 75th. After an 11:30 am rally at Central Park West & 61st/62nd stree, the march will go past Columbus Circle, East on 59th Street, and South on 6th Avenue with exits at 45th/44th/43rd streets. Choose from many indoor after march activities including parties, Art Actions, plays and a variety of other events throughout the city.

Vered and the Babes

Saturday, January 20, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza)

Enjoy a family-friendly concert with Vered and the Babes, a local group reminiscent of a Doo-Wop band, using playful vocal harmonies, lively horns, pots and pans, and beatboxing to get everyone jumping and singing along.

Make It: Lightsabers

Saturday, January 20, 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

The Perfect Monster

Saturday, January 20, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
TADA! Youth Theater (15 West 28th Street)
$25, $15/kids

TADA! Youth Theater presents a musical about Sybil, a science nerd who constantly compares herself to so-called “perfect” people. She sets out to create the “perfect” friend and ends up with a lab full of marvelous, merry, and mischievous monsters.


Dance With with Mark Morris Dance Group

Saturday, January 20, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Avenue)

This free Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) class for the whole family is taught by MMDG dancers and accompanied by live music. Each month showcases choreography in conjunction with the Dance Group’s performances in New York City and around the world. All ages and abilities welcome, including children with disabilities.

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