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.

20at20: Off Broadway Shows For $20

Friday, January 19–Sunday, February 11, All Day

Twenty different Off-Broadway shows (including kid-friendly Gazillion Bubble Show, Stomp, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Addy &
) are offering $20 tickets for shows January 23rd-February 11th, available at theaters’ box offices 20 minutes before showtime with code “20at20.”

Creative Saturdays

Saturday, January 20, 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.

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.

Sick Day for Morris McGee

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am–10:45 am
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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50, Buy One Get One Free for select performances with code FRIDAY

A menagerie of 75 lovable puppets bring beloved Eric Carle stories to life including The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This critically acclaimed production has toured five countries after debuting in Australia.

Through Feb, 2018
Thursday 10 am
Friday 10 am & 12 pm
Saturday 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm &4 pm
Sunday 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm

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.

The Skyscraper Museum Family Program: Transportation NYC

Saturday, January 20, 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.

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.

All Aboard With Thomas & Friends

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Varies by day; $23-$30/adults, $10-$18/ages 1-12, $20-$28/students & seniors, free ages 1 & under.

See a sing-along performance with Thomas the Train where kids help Thomas discover the steps to grow a beautiful garden and take a photo with the Really Useful Engine.

11 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm
Also at 9 am some weekends
Through Jan 21


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.

Owen & Mzee The Musical

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)

Vital Theatre Company presents a new musical based on the inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone’s amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together.

Saturday & Sunday through Feb 11.

Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

Saturday, January 20, 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.

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