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.

Kids' Night on Broadway

Tuesday, December 5–Tuesday, February 27, 10:30 am–11:30 am

Young fans age 4-18 can see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult during Kids’ Night on Broadway (Tuesday, Feb 27). Kid-friendly options include Lion King, School of Rock and Aladdin.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Teddy Bear Tea

Thursday, December 14, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road )
$25/adult, $10/child

Celebrate the season with a child-approved, bright, colorful and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen, and a sing-along. Perfect for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by a parent, grandparent or favorite adult. Online registration required


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.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow

Thursday, December 14, 7:30 pm–9:00 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

A holiday mash-up for the whole family re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen dancers, an on-stage DJ, digital scenery and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. Legendary “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow returns to MC.

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

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

Byzantine Pop-Ups

Friday, December 15, 4:00 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)

Hear hymns and carols of the Byzantine Empire, with the musicians alternating parts in multiple languages (ranging from Russian to Armenian to Greek to Arabic), weaving an evocative sonic tapestry from floor to balcony in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, home of the Met’s exquisite Christmas tree.

Also at 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner

Friday, December 15, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)

Bring a flashlight for an extravaganza of music, glow sticks, latkes and light. Rejoice in life’s miracles and light the menorah, sing and experience a magical evening as a community.

Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Saturday, December 16, 9:30 am–11:00 am
Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)

Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical comedy.

Sundays through Dec 23

Creative Saturdays

Saturday, December 16, 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.

Hanukkah Hoopla

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Jewish Community Project (146 Duane Street )

Kids 5 & under can enjoy Hanukkah songs, puppets, crafts and snacks.

LOS Kids: Back to Bach

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)

Dedicated to introducing children to the world of classical music, The Little Orchestra Society has been putting on fantastic family-friendly events for 65 years. This edition of LOS Kids, its interactive concert series geared for ages 3-10, features the timeless music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Saturday 10:00 am & 11:30 am
Sunday 11:30 am & 1:00 pm

Center for Architecture Family Day-Scaffolding – Connect and Construct

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Lear about the more than 280 miles of scaffolding occupying New York City and explore the current exhibition: Scaffolding. Families. Create a scaffolding inspired project to take home. Part of a monthly series.

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

Create with guest designers and artists. Workshops are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12.

Interstellar Cinderella

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)

From beloved singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger, the creators of the hit shows Wanda’s Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, comes a futuristic retelling of one of the world’s most cherished stories, Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 2 pm through Dec 17.

Just Kidding: Billy Kelly

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Hear quirky, hilarious songs about milk, pine cones, and the moon, in a style described as “Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld writing lyrics played by an acoustic Weezer.”

La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland Presentation

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa (66 East 4th Street)

MaMa’s End of Year celebration features a fun-filled immersive performance by La MaMa resident artists. Site-specific performances interweave throughout the Annex building, each piece inspired by the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’. A unique holiday event for the whole family – all ages encouraged – embracing puppetry, storytelling, dance, music and theatre.

LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: The Littlest Train

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Chris Gall, the creator of the hit series Dinotrux, reads his new picture book The Littlest Train, an endearing more than a half-dozen toy trains that climb, haul, chug, zip, and zoom.

Living History: Votes for Women!

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–4:00 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)

Explore the exhibition Hotbed with those who led the crusade for women’s rights 100 years ago. Meet suffragists who won the vote in New York in November 1917—three years before the 19th Amendment. Portrayed by Living Historians, the suffragists share stories their contributions to the battle for the ballot. Ask about their early 20th-century wardrobe and special accessories, learn how they marched in parades, and make a suffrage cockade. Also check out the delightful trains in Holiday Express.

Also on Sunday.

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