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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, December 14, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, December 14, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Thursday, December 14, 10:30 am–11:15 am
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.

Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, December 14, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, December 14, 11:00 am–11:30 am
Eloise at the Plaza (Fifth Avenue & Central Park South)

Skidder into the pink Eloise shop to listen to one of Eloise’s many adventures in New York City, Paris, Hollywood, Moscow and more. Free to attend but space is limited, so arrive early to grab the most mahvelous spot. Stay after to explore The Plaza, take a photo with the Eloise portrait or graze throughout The Plaza Food Hall.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, December 14, 3:30 pm–4:30 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. Split into two age groups; 3-6 and 7-11. The first Thursday of every month features live music in a gallery.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, December 14, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Storyteller Carletta Joy Walker shares stories of spring in a participatory and lively program.


MADmakes

Thursday, December 14, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)

Led by artists-in-residence, this drop-in, hands-on series lets visitors of all ages test their skills at art making and creative production in various art making processes, techniques and ideas during the museum’s pay-what-you-wish hours.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$35-$250

The lavish New York City Ballet Nutcracker that started it all in 1954 is a rightly beloved American tradition. The first act is full of action with (actual) children playing at a party, mischievous giant mice battling toy soldiers, and a blizzard of ballerinas. The costumes, sets and dancing are stunning in the Land of Sweets second act. Pricey but priceless; though wait until your kid is able to sit very still and quiet for 2 hours.

Through Dec 31
Tuesday–Thursday 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday 1 pm & 5 pm
Select Weekdays Dec 20-29 2 pm

Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, December 15, 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

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, December 15, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Whole Foods Tribeca (270 Greenwich Street)

Sing along with Hopalong Andrew, an award-winning musician and former NYC Urban Park Ranger who adapts classic cowboy songs to reflect life as an urban cowpoke. His 1-man band (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit) performances encourages participation and interaction, creating a fun and positive space for play, music and rhythm training, and vibrant social interaction.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, December 15, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, December 15, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free, museum admission not required.

Families with children ages 18 months–3 years can look, listen, and have fun with gorgeous picture books in the lovely Nolen Library. Fills up in bad weather so come early.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, December 15, 10:45 am–12:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$25/family

Join CMA’s WEE teaching artists for art-filled drop-in sessions featuring music, storytime, and lots of materials and techniques to explore. Stay and explore the Children’s Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.


Not Your Typical Story Hour

Friday, December 15, 11:30 am–12:15 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
$20

Look at books, listen to stories, create an art project and dance to music with preschool educator Petra. Bring your lunch (optional).

Also at 12:30 pm.

The Three Bears Holiday Bash & Christmas Elf Stick Puppet Workshop

Friday, December 15, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$18/child, $12/adult

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long. Join the puppeteers for a post performance workshop. Create a Christmas Elf Stick Puppet using kid-friendly materials including styrofoam balls, construction paper, beads, googly eyes, yarn, and more.

Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, December 15, 3:15 pm–4:00 pm
Sacred Sounds Yoga (163 Bleecker Street between Sullivan & Thompson Streets)
$25/family

Through a mixture of classic children’s songs, favorite oldies and their own original songs, Brooklyn-based duo The Buttons create a high energy, joyful singalong that inspires participants to move their bodies, use their imaginations, observe the world around them, and learn new things.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, December 15, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Hear stories read in Persian in the charming children’s section of an independent bookstore.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Friday, December 15, 3:30 pm–4:15 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)

This bi-weekly program in the library of the engaging children’s center includes the reading of a NY-themed book, a related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. The fabulous teacher comes up with some really creative, engaging projects – we’ve made iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.


Virtuous Journeys

Friday, December 15, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)
Free with museum admission ($7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under)

Join Mando as he shares amazing stories filled with virtues like Courage, Grace, Humility and Love. Sing along, dance and play musical instruments.


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