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At Madison Square Park, visit the charming playground, see the magical art installation Prismatic Park by Josiah McElheny, have Shake Shack frozen custard or Eataly gelato, plus enjoy concerts, storytimes, and crafts. Venture further south for theater, yoga, and oysters amid by fabulous city and river scenery.
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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 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

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

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.


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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, December 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


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


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

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)
$15-$50

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

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.


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.


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

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

Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Friday, December 15, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

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.


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.

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.


Athleta KIDS: Hip Hop Dance Class

Friday, December 15, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Athleta Flatiron (126 5th Avenue)

The Athleta store hosts a free Hip Hop dance class designed just for active kids ages 7-13.


Free Music Fridays

Friday, December 15, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

Enjoy live music every from local artists in a range of musical styles in a small, intimate setting (plus a donation-based cash wine bar for grown ups).


Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner

Friday, December 15, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
$36

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.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Friday, December 15, 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

30% Off Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Friday, December 1–Friday, December 15, All Day

Save up to 30% on select performances of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of our favorite Christmas in NYC traditions, with discount tickets for $35-$115 (usually $59-$218). The truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause. Tickets are available for select performances through December 31st.


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Saturday, December 16, 9:30 am–11:00 am
Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)
$25

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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 16, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

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)
$15-$50

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, December 16, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, December 16, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 16, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


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.


Endangered! The Musical

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street)
$25.00-$69.75

See q multi-cultural, international and multi-species musical about a social media savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm.

Saturday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Dec 30

Interstellar Cinderella

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$29.25

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)
$17

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)
$11

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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, December 16, 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.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


The Princess Bride

Saturday, December 16, 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)

Inconceivable! This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Princess Bride, the beloved action-adventure-love story adapted from William Goldman’s 1973 novel. The film is just as much of a fantastic—and quotable—tale filled with royalty, pirates, heroes, villains, and true love, as when it debuted.

Also on Sunday.

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.


MoMA Family Films: Musical Movies

Saturday, December 16, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)

MoMA’s monthly family film series features kid-friendly animated and live-action films from around the world followed by an engaging discussion with a Museum educator and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum’s galleries.

Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program at the information desk in the Education and Research Building, at 4 West 54 Street. Includes free museum admission for up to two adults (kids are always free).


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm–2:00 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)

Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


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.


The Muppet Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

The Dickens classic is recast with Muppets (and Michael Caine), including Gonzo as Charles Dickens, Kermit at Bob Cratchit, and Fozzie Bear as Fozziewig. This faithful adaptation is as full of Christmas spirit as the original, with a few wacky Muppet twists. Hang out with more muppets and try some puppeteering in the exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also on Sunday.

Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, December 16, 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.


Black Glove

Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Gene Frankel Theatre (24 Bond Street )
$29, family discounts available

Even people familiar with August Strindberg may be surprised to learn that he wrote plays for children. In Strindberg’s lyrical fantasy, a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit.


Paul Winter's 38th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street)
$35-$55

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays within the extraordinary acoustics of New York’s greatest Cathedral. This multi-media event features musicians, vocalists and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, offering a contemporary take on ancient solstice rituals, when people gathered together on the longest night of the year to welcome the return of the sun and the birth of the new year.

Also at 7:30 pm.

Saint Lucia Workshop

Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
$12

Make traditional St. Lucia and Star Boy costumes in a playful workshop. Advance registration is recommended to ensure that children receive the right size costumes.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Alvin Ailey Family Matinees

Saturday, December 16, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)
$50-$159

See acclaimed modern dance troupe Alvin Ailey in family-friendly performances followed by question-and-answer sessions with Ailey’s esteemed dancers. A diverse program of dances conclude with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece Revelations – one of the most well-known and respected ballets in the history of dance, a must-see for all.

Saturdays through Dec 30.

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.

MOCACREATE: Migration Through My Eyes

Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ($10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under)

Jia Sung leads all ages in telling personal or family migration narrative through writing, drawing, and folding activities. As a group, create a site-specific installation to share your stories with visitors of all ages.


Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

Saturday, December 16, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Axis Theater Company (One Sheridan Square)
$15/adults, $5/children

Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music features a blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid’s challenges with singing and organized “shout outs.”

Through Dec 20
Friday 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:00 pm

Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.

Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Enjoy themed storytimes in German at the charming children’s room of this independent bookstore.


A Christmas Carol the Musical

Saturday, December 16, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, December 16, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Yayoi Kusama Festival of Life

Thursday, November 2–Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
David Zwirner (34 East 69th Street)

David Zwirner presents two major concurrent exhibitions of recent work by unique Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. See sixty-six paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two very cool Infinity Mirror Rooms in the Chelsea (525 & 533 West 19th Street) locations, and a selection of new Infinity Nets paintings uptown. Expect lines; go early and/or on weekdays if possible (and get this book to read while you wait).


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 16, 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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, December 17, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, December 17, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 17, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, December 17, 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.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Interstellar Cinderella

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$29.25

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.

Tot Chanukah

Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Sutton Place Synagogue (225 East 51st Street)
$30/family

Celebrate Chanukah with crafts, goodies and a program for children under 6.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, December 17, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, December 17, 11:30 am–12:30 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)

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.


Picture This! Featuring Mister G

Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
$25

Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family. A 10 am gallery program includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio to create original art and enjoy a snack. Finish up the program with an 11:30 am interactive and high energy Hanukkah concert featuring Latin Grammy winning children’s musician Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer). Part of a monthly series.


Deck the Halls: Ornament Making

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore stories of Saint Nicholas that date back more than a millennium, plus discover images from the museum’s collections to get in the Christmas spirit. Design a personalized ornament to deck your home or tree for the holiday. Special holiday snack included.


ABC Santa

ABC Carpet & Home Santa

Saturday, December 2–Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
ABC Carpet & Home (888 Broadway at 18th Street)

This may be the best-looking Santa in the city. Take a photo amidst ABC Carpet’s gorgeous decorations. The wait sometimes extends out the door, so come early and bundle up. Enjoy a delicious brunch at Jean-Georges’ ABC Kitchen post-photo. Bring your own camera, ideally one that works well in the not-great lighting

Through Dec 17
Saturday 10 am–3 pm
Sunday 11 am–3 pm

Jewish Museum Studio Art Session: Painted Portrait Multiples

Sunday, December 17, 12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Create a line drawing of a person using crayon, and then add watercolor paint to include color and texture inspired by the drawings and paintings in the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. Create several portraits of friends or family with this playful technique.


Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, December 17, 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.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Sunday, December 17, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Living History: Votes for Women!

Sunday, December 17, 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.


Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
The People’s Improv Theatre (123 East 24th Street)
$20

In a family-friendly space comedy that blends music, puppets and fantasy with real science and space exploration history the year is 2006, and there’s been a big shake up in the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet. When news of its demotion reaches the small planetoid, Pluto leaves the Solar System on a cosmic journey, meeting groovy satellites, fun-loving gas giants and a galaxy of other celestial oddballs on its quest to become a planet again.

Sundays through Dec 17.

Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
Axis Theater Company (One Sheridan Square)
$15/adults, $5/children

Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music features a blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid’s challenges with singing and organized “shout outs.”

Through Dec 20
Friday 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 3:00 pm

Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.

Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

A Christmas Carol the Musical

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

Laurie Berkner Band Concert: A Holiday Celebration Concert

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Tarrytown Music Hall (13 Main Street)
$39

Bring your dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for your head) to a show featuring holiday songs and some greatest hits of popular family-friendly rockers the Laurie Berkner Band, one of our family’s faves.


Reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Church of the Intercession (550 West 155th Street)

For the 107th year, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ will be read followed by lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at the author Clement Clarke Moore’s nearby mausoleum. The Young People’s Chorus of New York City will sing the musical prelude.


Chanukah Luau

Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Chabad of Tribeca (54 Reade Street)
$60/family

Enjoy arts and crafts, games, shaved ice, donuts, latkes, gelt, glitter tattoos and more tropical Chanukah themed fun.


PLAYDATE! Free Third Sundays at Sugar Hill

Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street)

Enjoy a free fun-filled family day of art exhibitions, art-making workshops, live illustrations, singing, dancing and more.


Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$12, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live holiday-themed music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of the Rolling Stone – because Jagger and Santa are kind of the same – and DJ Questlove’s Family Bowl Train. Toy drive donations accepted.


Menorah on the High Line

Sunday, December 17, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

The first Chanukah celebration on the High Line features a glow in the dark Menorah, arts & crafts, music, doughnuts, latkas and lots of fun for the whole family.


Holiday Nostalgia Train

Sunday, December 17, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
96th Street Subway Station (Second Avenue & 96th Street )
$2.75 (one MetroCard swipe)

Ride back in time on a vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. Departures from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements. Dance along with jazz and swing bands at the stations.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.


Unsilent Night

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

In this modern update to traditional caroling, composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. To participate, arrive by 5:45. Download the music online in advance or dig out your ancient technology and show up early to snag a free CD or cassette tape. Phil Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 17, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, December 18, 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.


Chocolate Story Time

Monday, December 18, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Voila Chocolat (221 West 79th Street)
$24

Chocolatiers read about chocolate, how it is made from the seeds of the cacao tree, the people who grow this wonderful tree and the countries that play an important role in growing cacao and producing chocolate, then kids one unique chocolate lollipop.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Monday, December 18, 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, December 18, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, December 18, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


20%+ Off Tea Collection + Free Shipping

Tuesday, December 12–Monday, December 18, All Day

Get 20% off Scotland-inspired styles (including sale items) at Tea Collection. PLus get free shipping on orders $50+. Tea’s well designed clothing for boys and girls newborn to 12 years old are durable, comfy, and the prints are beyond adorable.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, December 19, 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

Tuesday, December 19, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, December 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Tuesday, December 19, 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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, December 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, December 19, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Tuesday, December 19, 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.


Shakespeare & Co. Storytelling

Tuesday, December 19, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co. (939 Lexington Avenue between 68th & 69th Streets)

Kids can discover or rediscover the wonderful world of children’s literature at a cozy indie bookstore. Register at [email protected]


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 19, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, December 20, 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

Wednesday, December 20, 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

Wednesday, December 20, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, December 20, 11:30 am–12:00 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (25 West 23rd Street)

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday, December 20, 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play with manipulatives and toys accompanied by a live guitarist.


Midday Jazz

Wednesday, December 20, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Saint Peter’s Church, in partnership with the Midtown Arts Common, hosts a weekly jazz concert for the community. A nominal donation to cover presentation costs is requested at the door. Held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, these popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, December 20, 1:45 pm–3:00 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 museum after for $6 more.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, December 20, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Wednesday, December 20, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


Taste of Home's Gingerbread Boulevard

Thursday, December 7–Wednesday, December 20, 2:00 pm–8:00 pm
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Explore around and inside life-size decorated gingerbread houses and check out virtual and interactive elements such as a marshmallow snowman and Christmas tree decorating. Sip complimentary Folgers coffee and snack on M&Ms, Twix, Snickers and Dove chocolates.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 20, 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

New York Baroque Incorporated: Baroque Holiday Music and Dance

Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/kids

Grammy-winning violinist Robert Mealy leads the young, vibrant ensemble New York Baroque Incorporated for a holiday program featuring Baroque dancers and suites by Rameau, Lully, Purcell, and Handel.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, December 21, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, December 21, 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

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Thursday, December 21, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, December 21, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, December 21, 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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, December 21, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


Dissecting Clothing with Emily Spivack

Thursday, December 21, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Join artist Emily Spivack for a clothing dissection workshop. Physically disassemble archetypal garments into their component parts, or “innards,” to better understand what they’re made of and how they were constructed. This workshop is designed for adult participants but children are welcome if accompanied by an adult collaborator. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop. Part of the The People’s Studio.

Also on Jan 20.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, December 21, 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 21, 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.


Solstice Spirals

Thursday, December 21, 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Flatiron Plaza (West 23rd Street & Broadway)

Join MoMath and the Flatiron Partnership and celebrate the winter solstice with a giant group construction of Solstice Spirals, a reflective dynamic sculpture. In this Fibonacci-inspired design (based on the work of John Edmark), every piece is exactly the same shape as every other piece, but each consecutive piece is slightly different in size. Start with the tiniest piece and see how quickly the pieces grow as we use the golden angle to build the very same pattern found in sunflowers, pinecones, and roses. Don’t miss your chance to participate in building this kinetic sculpture and bring your camera for a beautiful mathematical photo op. Also check out the nearby shimmering installations Whiteout and Flatiron Reflection.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm–8:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Also Dec 22-23 & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm

A City Singing At Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (Fifth Avenue & 51st Street)

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City and Francisco J. Núñez join the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this joyful celebration of Christmas in the majesty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and everyone in attendance joining together to sing Silent Night by candle light. Arrive early for best seats.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 21, 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 22, 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 22, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, December 22, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, December 22, 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

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Friday, December 22, 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

Friday, December 22, 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 22, 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.

Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Friday, December 22, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, December 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Friday, December 22, 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

The Little Match Girl Passion, Observed

Friday, December 22, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$65, $1/kids

In this edition of the Pulitzer Prize–winning holiday classic by David Lang, the emphasis is on the Passion aspect of the work: the audience is the congregation and is invited to participate in the performance, contributing interstitial hymns and songs that are familiar to all, and that bind us as a community.


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Saturday, December 23, 9:30 am–11:00 am
Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)
$25

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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 23, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, December 23, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, December 23, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 23, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 23, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, December 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, December 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Endangered! The Musical

Saturday, December 23, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street)
$25.00-$69.75

See q multi-cultural, international and multi-species musical about a social media savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm.

Saturday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Dec 30

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, December 23, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, December 23, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, December 23, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, December 23, 1:00 pm–2:00 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)

Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with dancer, actor and in-house talent Alexander Elisa.


Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Saturday, December 23, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

One of Jim Henson’s most beloved television specials tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other’s Christmas presents. This restored presentation includes Kermit the Frog’s segments. Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin (producer of the award-winning documentary Behind the Scenes in Frogtown Hollow) will be joined by Marilyn Sokol (voice of Ma Otter) to present outtakes from the special and excerpts from the documentary. The 40th Anniversary DVD Edition of Emmet Otter will be available for purchase at the Museum shop and Marilyn Sokol will sign DVDs after the screening. After, try some puppeteering in the exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also on Sunday.

Santa's Corner

Saturday, December 16–Saturday, December 23, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Take free photos with Santa with your own camera or with the help of elves rinkside at the festive Winter Village. Free holiday-themed postcards and coloring supplies are available for making notes for Santa.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, December 23, 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.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Saturday, December 23, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Alvin Ailey Family Matinees

Saturday, December 23, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)
$50-$159

See acclaimed modern dance troupe Alvin Ailey in family-friendly performances followed by question-and-answer sessions with Ailey’s esteemed dancers. A diverse program of dances conclude with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece Revelations – one of the most well-known and respected ballets in the history of dance, a must-see for all.

Saturdays through Dec 30.

Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Saturday, December 23, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.

Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, December 23, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Book Culture on Broadway (2915 Broadway at 114th Street)

Enjoy themed storytimes in German at the charming children’s room of this independent bookstore.


A Christmas Carol the Musical

Saturday, December 23, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 23, 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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, December 24, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, December 24, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 24, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, December 24, 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.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, December 24, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, December 24, 11:30 am–12:30 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)

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Sunday, December 24, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Christmas Eve on Sesame Street

Sunday, December 24, 1:00 pm–2:15 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)

In the Emmy Award-winning holiday special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Big Bird camps out on his roof to prove to Oscar the Grouch that Santa Claus does, in fact, deliver the presents to every house on Christmas Eve. The episode will be preceded by a compilation of clips from Sesame Street holiday programs.

Also on Sunday.

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, December 24, 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.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Sunday, December 24, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.

Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

A Christmas Carol the Musical

Sunday, December 24, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

Bloomingdale's Santaland

Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Bloomingdale’s (59th Street & Lexington Ave,)
Photos $22-$47, no charge to take own photos

Less elaborate and famous but also much less crowded than the Macy’s original. We’ve heard there is almost no line, even on weekends. And you can take your own photo, buying the pro ones are optional. Good starting point for checking out fabulous store holiday windows.


Holiday Nostalgia Train

Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
96th Street Subway Station (Second Avenue & 96th Street )
$2.75 (one MetroCard swipe)

Ride back in time on a vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. Departures from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements. Dance along with jazz and swing bands at the stations.


Santa at Brookfield Place

Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Brookfield Place (220 Vesey Street)
$28.99+ for photos; proceeds benefit Dancing Classrooms

Visit Santa in Winter Garden with nearby shopping, ice skating, and dining (including our fave French Market Le District). Even dogs can meet Santa during select hours on Dec 3 & 10. Not much surrounding Santaland besides a festive children’s activity center, but usually no line and you can book a time with the Ritual app or on-site for same-day. Also check out the lovely Luminaries and disco ball decorated trees.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, December 24, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.


Carols At The Washington Square Arch

Sunday, December 24, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Sing along with The Rob Susman Brass Quartet and revelers from all over the city underneath the iconic arch and 45-foot Christmas tree. Songbooks will be distributed compliments of the Washington Square Association.


Story: Home for the Holidays

Monday, November 20–Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Story (144 10th Avenue at 19th Street)

“Home for the Holidays” is this seasons theme for Story, the “retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store.” In a circus-themed fantasyland inspired by the new P.T. Barnum biopic, The Greatest Showman,find whimsical gifts for all ages including games, toys, food, clothes and more made by over 300 small business brands from across the country plus an exclusive collection of limited-edition items that boast original artwork by designers Zipeng Zhu and Sunday Afternoon. On Saturdays, local favorites Korilla BBQ, Cinnamon Snail and Snowday serve up a complimentary a la carte menu.


Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 28–Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Columbus Circle (Central Park West & 59th Street)

Enjoy a hot meal or snack and shop for holiday gifts among booths featuring wooden puzzles, adorable puppets, gingerbread houses and kits, chocolate and savory truffles, handcrafted home accessories, Japanese tacos, handmade jewelry and more at this charming market near the southwest entrance of Central Park. Don’t miss the nutella-stuffed churros. Warm up in nearby Time Warner and watch the jazzy Holiday Under the Stars light show.


Grand Central Holiday Fair

Tuesday, November 14–Sunday, December 24, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

When you need a roof and heating along with that hot chocolate, shop this indoor holiday market in Vanderbilt Hall for American-made and handmade products from locally-sourced materials including art, edible gifts, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets. From Dec 11–22, get up to five of gifts form anywhere in Grand Central wrapped in custom wrapping paper featuring the iconic Zodiac ceiling mural. Make sure to peek in the Holiday Train Show at the MTA museum across the terminal.

Through Dec 24
Monday-Friday 10 am–8 pm
Saturday 10 am–7 pm
Sunday 11 am–6 pm

Santa at the Minus 5 Experience

Thursday, November 30–Sunday, December 24, 2:00 pm–8:00 pm
Minus5 Ice Bar (1335 Avenue of the Americas)
$38

Meet Santa at Minus5 Ice Experience, a lounge tempered at minus five degrees Celsius where everything is made of ice. The wintry experience begins with donning Minus5 parkas, gloves and boots and entering Santa’s wintry wonderland complete with ice walls, an ice bar, ice seating covered with faux fur pelts, ice tables, and a variety of ice sculptures, all rounded out with a state-of-the-art sound and LED light show. Reservations highly recommended.

Wednesday–Sunday 4 pm & 6 pm

Santa at the Plaza

Friday, November 24–Sunday, December 24, 1:00 pm–8:00 pm
The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue & Central Park South (stroller entrance on 58th Street))
Photos $28.99+

This Santa photo op is classy, uncrowded, and next to the delightful Eloise shop on the concourse level in The Plaza Food Hall. Also visit the sumptuous holiday tree and decor upstairs in the grand lobby. Santa will also attend and read a story at Eloise’s Rawther Fancy Teas ($100/child, $50/adult).

Through Dec 24
Monday 1 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday–Friday 2 pm - 8 pm
Saturday 12 pm – 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

Union Square Holiday Market

Saturday, November 18–Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

Browse holly-lined aisles for unique gifts, nibble on sweet and savory treats and sip on cider and cappuccino. Upgrades for this year include new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station and lounge and live music. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday also visit the city’s flagship farmers’ market and enjoy nature’s seasonal bounty of cheese, baked goods, cider and local produce. Between 3pm – 6 pm throughout the week and 11 am – 7 pm on weekends, make ornaments and other art projects with Children’s Museum of the Arts.


Winter Village at Bryant Park

Sunday, November 19–Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am–8:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Shop at over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array of handmade gifts and food – including 5 top-notch chocolatiers. Warm up in the rink-side Danny Meyer restaurant Public Fare or enjoy a selection of games, chess, and art supplies at the second floor Overlook as you watch the ice skating at the city’s only free-admission rink (or skate yourself). After the tree-lighting ceremony on Dec 1, check out the dazzling 50-foot Norway Spruce by the library.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 24, 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

Macy's Santaland

Friday, November 24–Sunday, December 24, 9:00 am–9:00 pm
Macy’s Herald Square (151 West 34th Street)
Photos $20.99 - $59.99

Crowded, cheesy but still a magical must for city kids. The often-long line moves quickly through a North Pole village with animatronic toys and train displays. African-American Santa available upon request. Check out the interactive store windows on Broadway and the forest wonderland on the first floor. Advance reservations now required but don’t necessarily mean anything, but wait can still be 2+ hours. Try to go on weekends and/or mornings to avoid crowds.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, December 25, 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

Monday, December 25, 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, December 25, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Family Concert: Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo

Monday, December 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
$16

Renowned jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin returns to the Jewish Museum with fresh stories and songs after a fall tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya. Embark on an interactive musical journey through the African landscape. Sing, dance, drum, and discover how Etkin’s friend Clara Net (his clarinet) can talk musically with various traditional African instruments, creating exciting music that transcends borders.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Monday, December 25, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, December 26, 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

Tuesday, December 26, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, December 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Tuesday, December 26, 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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Tuesday, December 26, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Tuesday, December 26, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, December 26, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Tuesday, December 26, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. A great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Tuesday, December 26, 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.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Tuesday, December 26, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, December 27, 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

Wednesday, December 27, 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

Wednesday, December 27, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, December 27, 11:30 am–12:00 pm
Karma Kids Yoga (25 West 23rd Street)

Yogis up to five years old can enjoy free yoga-themed story-times with puppets and thematic poses.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Wednesday, December 27, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Discovery Program Baby Social

Wednesday, December 27, 12:15 pm–1:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))

Babies 6 weeks to 8 months old and their caregivers are invited to Discovery Programs’ spacious gymnasium for unstructured play with manipulatives and toys accompanied by a live guitarist.


Midday Jazz

Wednesday, December 27, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Saint Peter’s Church, in partnership with the Midtown Arts Common, hosts a weekly jazz concert for the community. A nominal donation to cover presentation costs is requested at the door. Held in the Sanctuary of Saint Peter’s Church, these popular midday concerts feature well-regarded artists.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Wednesday, December 27, 1:45 pm–3:00 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 museum after for $6 more.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, December 27, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Wednesday, December 27, 4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 27, 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

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, December 28, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, December 28, 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

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Thursday, December 28, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, December 28, 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.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, December 28, 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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, December 28, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Thursday, December 28, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Ice Skate Design Time

Thursday, December 28, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

After a scavenger hunt in the exhibitions New York on Ice: Skating in the City and Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip to get inspired. Bring together elements of New York City fashion and ice skating to sketch a unique ice skate design that expresses your style!


Hansel and Gretel

Thursday, December 28, 1:00 pm–3:15 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25-$145

A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Before the show, connect with some of the designers, singers, dancers, musicians, and technical wizards behind the production.

Also on Jan 6.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Thursday, December 28, 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 29, 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 29, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Friday, December 29, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, December 29, 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

The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Friday, December 29, 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

Friday, December 29, 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 29, 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 LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Friday, December 29, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


New Year Calendar Making

Friday, December 29, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore the exhibition

Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Friday, December 29, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Friday, December 29, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
$42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. A great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met.


Book Culture Storytime

Friday, December 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Friday, December 29, 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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 30, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, December 30, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, December 30, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 30, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 30, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, December 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, December 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Endangered! The Musical

Saturday, December 30, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street)
$25.00-$69.75

See q multi-cultural, international and multi-species musical about a social media savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm.

Saturday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Dec 30

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, December 30, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, December 30, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, December 30, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Saturday, December 30, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Bear in the Big Blue House: "A Berry Bear Christmas"

Saturday, December 30, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of “Bear in the Big Blue House,” see a special screening of the special two-part episode,“A Berry Bear Christmas,” introduced by Noel MacNeal (Bear) and Tyler Bunch (Treelo, Pop, Doc Hogg). In the episode, Bear sets out to find the traditional Winter Berry while he and his friends prepare for the holidays. Hang out with more puppets and try some puppeteering in the funexhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also on Sunday.

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, December 30, 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.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, December 30, 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.


Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Saturday, December 30, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

Alvin Ailey Family Matinees

Saturday, December 30, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
New York City Center (131 West 55th Street)
$50-$159

See acclaimed modern dance troupe Alvin Ailey in family-friendly performances followed by question-and-answer sessions with Ailey’s esteemed dancers. A diverse program of dances conclude with Alvin Ailey’s timeless American masterpiece Revelations – one of the most well-known and respected ballets in the history of dance, a must-see for all.

Saturdays through Dec 30.

Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Saturday, December 30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.

Through Dec 30 & Jan 1
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am –4:00 pm

Book Culture Storytime

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

Enjoy themed storytimes in German at the charming children’s room of this independent bookstore.


A Christmas Carol the Musical

Saturday, December 30, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street)
$32-$52, $21 for select performances

Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Featuring updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

Through Dec 30
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Saturday 3 pm
Sunday 11 am & 2 pm
With additional holiday shows

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 30, 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

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Tuesday, November 21–Sunday, December 31, 12:00 am

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Nory Classes

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 12:00 am
$12-$35

Talented educators provide creative and inspiring experiences in this easy-to-navigate community marketplace for kids’ classes. Diverse class options include music, dance, fencing, beat boxing, Capoeira, cooking and Jedi Lightsaber Training and venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.


The Art Farm in the City

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
The Art Farm in the City (419 E 91st Street between First Avenue and York)
$15-$45

A variety of classes for ages 1-8 include cooking, arts/crafts, music, singing and cuddling time with live animals.


The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Saturday, November 4–Sunday, December 31, 12:00 am
Radio City Music Hall (1260 6th Avenue)
$46 - $160, discount tickets available for some performances

This truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers).


Music Shakers

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 9:30 am–10:15 am
SIlver Music (218 W 72nd Street)
$25

Children 8 months to 3 years combine rhythm instrument play and exploration to live music and seasonal songs, musical movement, story and active listening.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, December 31, 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.


Moosiki Kids Music Class

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–11:15 am
16 Candles UES (1161 1st Avenue between 63rd & 64th Street)
$26-$29/class

Interactive “grownup-and-me” style music classes for adults and children ages 4 months to 3 years blend traditional musical learning with a more relaxed, rock-and-roll style. Features parachute, puppets, and other various props.


Rutgers Community Programs Children's Classes

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:15 am–11:15 am
Rutgers Church ( 236 West 73rd Street)

Try demo classes of art and soccer for ages 1 to 7 in a welcoming church community. Email Jennifer at [email protected] or call 212-877-8227, x212 to sign up.


The Art Studio NY

Monday, February 6–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–11:15 am

Entertaining, educational children’s artistic experience for ages ages 2+ combine technique with authentic self-expression.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, December 31, 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.


ABC Do-Re-ME! Musical Playdate

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$28
$130 for 5 Class Pack ($26/class)
$250 for 10 class pass ($25/class)
$450 for 20 class pass ($22.50/class)

Musicians play piano or guitar and sing favorite kids songs. Some teachers are more engaging and entertaining than others, so ask around and try different class times. Kids up to five-years-old sing along, play instruments, dance with scarves and other sometimes-silly activities in a dance studio in the basement. Advanced registration required, though cancellations are allowed up to 1 hour before the class with no penalty.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, December 31, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Sunday, December 31, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


Discovery Programs Playpark

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 11:15 am–12:00 pm
Discovery Programs ( 251 West 100th Street (between Broadway & West End))
$25/session, $225/10 sessions

Discovery Programs’ spacious gym is open for free play once a week. Youngsters 6-48 months can run, jump, tumble and play.


Gymboree

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Gymboree (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)

Music, art, gym, school skills classes for ages 0-5 in bright cheerful environment.


Gymboree

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Gymboree (240 West 73rd Street between Broadway & West End Avenue)
$20/session (free for registered students)

Open gym time in small but friendly, padded playspaces range from 30 to 90 minutes at various times Monday through Saturday.


Hands On! A Musical Experience

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Hands On (529 Columbus Avenue between 85th & 86th Street)

Kids play miniature instruments, learn basic music concepts, and explore stories and movement.


Kids At Work

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Kids At Work (123 West 20th Street, Second floor)
Babies: $34, Packages $22-$32/class
Toddlers: $44, Packages $30-$42/class

Drop-in art, music, and movement classes incorporate educational best practices (and are also lots of fun). Outdoor classes offered in the summer.


Musibambino

Sunday, January 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Studio Maestro (48 West 68th Street )

Talented music teachers and pianists introduce music to ages children ages 4 months to 5 years old via sing-alongs, movement, musical games, and specially-designed kid-sized music instruments in one of our favorite early-childhood music programs.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, December 31, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, December 31, 11:30 am–12:30 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)

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of New York City and the people who made it great in the charming library on the fabulously interactive children’s floor.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, March 30–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A fun, favorite of our kids.

Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm

The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Sunday, December 31, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Baby & Toddler Play at the J

Sunday, January 1–Sunday, December 31, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
$10

Enjoy a drop-in play space with padding and apparatuses to climb, balance, and jump. A tumbling instructor is on hand to assist babies and parents/caregivers with the equipment. Two sections for babies (birth to crawling) and toddlers (walking to 36 months).


JCC Tummy Time & Crawlers Club

Sunday, January 1–Sunday, December 31, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam (@ West 76th Street))
$15

Through songs, nursery rhymes, and exercises designed to strengthen muscles and provide mental stimulation, babies & toddlers reach important milestones in a playful and relaxed environment.


Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy / "The Bells of Fraggle Rock"

Sunday, December 31, 1:00 pm–3:00 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)

Before Toy Story, there was Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy. In this ABC holiday special, a group of toys comes to life whenever their owner, Jamie, leaves the room. Last year’s favorite gift, Rugby Tiger (Dave Goelz), is nervous about the arrival of a new toy and plans to sneak under the Christmas tree so he can once again be a new gift. In The Bells of Fraggle Rock, Cantus arrives for the Festival of the Bells and Gobo sets out on an adventure—to find out if the mythical Great Bell of Fraggle Rock is really real. Hang out with more muppets and try some puppeteering in the exhibition Jim Henson’s World.

Also on Sunday.

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, December 31, 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.


America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

Wednesday, March 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Enjoy innovative hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries. Explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. Pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs in a global market place. Experience art, architecture and design elements from across the globe including a digital 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China, original works by emerging American Muslim artists, traditional art forms such as intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs and an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck, recognized as a “moving work of art” for children to decorate.


City Treehouse

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
City Treehouse (129A West 20th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)
$20/hour (first visit $10/hour), $500/year
3 play passes for $45 at this link

Small but enchanting, this playspace has a two-story tree house with slides and caves, plus a water table with jets and water wheels.


MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Thursday, April 6–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)
$85/year ($38 tax deductible)

Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

Daily 10 am - 5 pm

The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Saturday, April 8–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Jacques Torres Chocolate (350 Hudson Street)
$15, $10/ages 4-12, $12/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under, use code CocoaWalk35071 for $5 discount

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.

Wednesday–Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Collage Collaborations

Saturday, April 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

See the work of New York City’s up and coming professional artists who work with collage and join in workshops to explore each artist’s creative process, the practice of collage, and collage’s impact on early childhood development through collaborative art-making. Featured artists include Naomi Reis in April, Tai Hwa Goh in August and Alexandria Smith in December. Children will work with each artist on a large-scale collaborative artwork which will be on view at the Museum alongside existing works by each artist.


Jim Henson's World

Saturday, July 22–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:30 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)

Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. See film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage and try interactive experiences puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character.


Music for Aardvarks

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Fun, laid-back music class with witty original NYC-centric songs including the beloved ‘Taxi!.’


DiMenna Children's History Museum

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:45 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$12, free/ages under 1 & 65+
$175/year ($100 tax deductible)
free Friday 6–8 pm

Ride an orphan train or play a newsies video game in the awesome DiMenna Children’s History Museum in the basement of the New-York Historical Society. Hands-on exhibits tell the life stories of diverse youngsters who lived in New York City from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. The rest of the museum is also fun and fascinating for all ages to explore and often features interactive kid-friendly exhibits.


Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) (102 Charlton Street)
$12, free/ages under 1 & 65+
$175/year ($100 tax deductible)

This delightful, inviting space features self guided art exploration for ages 10 months-15 years. Experiment with sculpture, paints, textiles, sound design, animation, and clay in daily open workshops led by teaching artists and explore rotating exhibitions by established and emerging contemporary artist.


Connected Worlds

Saturday, April 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
Free with museum admission ($15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors)

Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.


Gilded New York

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

See scenes from a late 19th century fancy-dress ball and admire lavish dresses and jewelry along with photos of the original owners including decked out kids.


Hoop Curves

Thursday, June 22–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) (11 East 26th Street)
Free with museum admission ($15; $9/children, students& seniors; free/toddlers & babies)

Recreating a regulation-size free throw space within the Museum, Hoop Curves invites you to take your best shot and then to do so again, this time with the aid of a robotic ball-shooter. Using cutting edge technology to record the components of every ball launch, this exhibit combines America’s love of sports with data visualization techniques that will help you improve your throw.


Let's Dance!

Saturday, July 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.


New York at Its Core

Friday, November 18–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the stories of innovation, energy, struggle, and the vision of generations of immigrants, politicians, tycoons, dreamers, master builders, and ordinary New Yorkers.


The World Is Sound

Friday, June 16–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under)

Learn to listen with your whole body. Explore how sound and our sense of hearing shape our daily lives, our traditions, our history, and all of existence. Organized cyclically—from creation to death to rebirth—the exhibition explores different dimensions of sound and listening and its many functions in Tibetan Buddhism. Featuring work by more than 20 artists, The World Is Sound juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum’s collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, December 31, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Saint Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue)

Musicians from New York and throughout the world come to play for an open community gathering for prayer and reflection on the lines of jazz. All are welcome.


Seaport Holiday Market At WantedDesign

Friday, December 1–Sunday, December 31, 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Seaport District (Fulton & Front Streets)

The WantedDesign Store (6 Fulton Street) hosts over 20 vendors including Brooklyn Candle Studio, Elodie Blanchard, Assouline, Flaneur, Malle London, and many more unique design brands and designers. Shop for creative and unique gifts in a festive environment and enjoy card-making classes, kids entertainment and other activities to get you in the holiday mood. After Dec 5, explore the new installaion Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound.


Google @ Flatiron

Tuesday, October 31–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Google @ Flatiron (110 Fifth Avenue)

Explore, play, shop and test drive new Google products. Dance in an immersive Pixel photo studio, explore new worlds in a virtual reality experience and step into a colorful living room and meet Google Home.


Downtown Dance Factory

Saturday, April 1–Sunday, December 31, 9:00 am–8:30 pm
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Downtown Dance Factory offers over 175 classes a week for girls and boys, from 1 year olds to teens, in a variety of dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz and lyrical.


Eataly New Year’s Eve 2018

Sunday, December 31, 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)
$80, $40/ages 12 & under

Celebrate the end of the year at a family-friendly festa complete with festive food stations, adult and kids’ bars, and fun entertainment for all ages. Count down to the Italian “midnight” toast when the clock strikes 12 in Italy, enjoy overflowing bubbly Prosecco for the adults plus tasty mocktails for the kids, feast on our Italian holiday menu featuring Roman street pizza and stuffed pasta stations, enjoy hands-on games and activities and end on a sweet note with panettone and hot chocolate


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 31, 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

Christmas at Rolf’s

Saturday, September 30–Sunday, December 31, 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Rolf’s German Restaurant (281 Third Avenue at 22nd Street)
$10-$50 for food

Dining at Rolf’s is like climbing inside an extravagant Christmas tree. Ornaments, porcelain angels, miles of garlands and more envelop the restaurant. Make reservations for lunch or be prepared to wait up to an hour+ for walk-in only dinner. No children’s menu and food starts at $10, but the sausages and schnitzel are authentic and the decor dazzling.


Bryant Park Winter Village Tree

Friday, December 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

The rinkside 50-foot Norway Spruce sparkles with 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments. Get hot chocolate and other treats at the surrounding booths as you browse for unique gifts, or ice skate at the only free rink in the city.


Discount Gazillion Bubble Show Tickets

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, December 31, All Day

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry with $35-$55 tickets (usually $75) available for multiple dates. Choose from morning, afternoon and evening showtimes at West 50th Street & Eighth Avenue.


South Street Seaport Tree

Monday, November 27–Sunday, December 31, All Day
Seaport District (Fulton & Front Streets)

Bundle up to see a stunning 60-foot tree on the waterfront honoring the area’s nautical past with a ‘constellation’ theme featuring sailors’ navigation instruments. Also shop at the Seaport Holiday Market At WantedDesign.


Max Ernst: Beyond Painting

Sunday, October 1–Monday, January 1, 12:00 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Marvel at the ongoing experimentation of a Surrealist who went “beyond painting” to articulate the irrational and unexplainable in the wake of two world wars. The crazy, sometimes creepy, sometimes adorable paintings and sculptures appeal to all ages.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, January 1, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


The LEGO Batman Movie + "Superhero" workshop

Monday, January 1, 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 the clever LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes, masks, and more.


Sue's Holiday SpecTECHular

Monday, January 1, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
The Bridge at Cornell Tech (11 East Loop Rd)
$5

Visit a wintry wonderland for the mouth and the mind full of delicious treats and exciting tech experiences including a high-tech food court, a tech toy play zone and gift area, a lively STEM performance stage, and a cutting-edge VR-cade. Nosh on liquid nitrogen frozen desserts, eat cookies with 3-D-printed chocolate designs and check out a brand new virtual reality cartoon.


Flatiron Reflection

Monday, November 21–Monday, January 1, All Day
Flatiron Plaza (West 23rd Street & Broadway)

Explore a bundle of giant shimmering tubes in an iconic plaza. Admire the play of light, shadow, and reflection from afar or step into nooks around the fluted perimeter offers niches. Designed by Future Expansion, the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition.


The Plaza Christmas Tree

Friday, December 1–Monday, January 1, All Day
The Plaza Hotel (Fifth Avenue & Central Park South (stroller entrance on 58th Street))

The luxurious lobby of this storied hotel is even more spectacular during the holidays. The Palm Court is sparkling with evergreens and decorations, and a grand tree in the Fifth Avenue Foyer features dazzling ornaments. Downstairs, the Eloise store has a charming Christmas tree with stuffed ornaments, plus find Santa Clause, cupcakes, make-your-own fro yo, fancy French chocolat, and more rounded meals in the Plaza Food Hall. The stroller entrance is on 58th Street between 5th and 6th avenue; the Fifth Avenue Foyer is only accessible via a short flight of stairs, but the friendly hotel staff are eager to assist.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, January 2, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Let There Be Light!

Thursday, November 30–Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)

See an array of diverse menorahs from the collection of the Lori and David Moore family that show just how many ways there are to light up the holiday. Traditional and whimsical designs include an American flag menorah, traditional Chanukah lamps from around the world, and menorahs that take playful forms, including a shoe, a dog and an oversized book of matches.


Department Store Windows

Friday, November 24–Tuesday, January 2, All Day
Fifth Avenue (36th to 56th Street)

Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early or on weekdays to avoid the tourist crowds. Some highlights, listed north to south:

Barneys (660 Madison Avenue @ 61st Street)
In “Haas For the Holidays,” designers Simon and Nikolai have created an imaginative universe that offers an interpretation of the Earth through the ages, with some of the Haas’ recurring characters coexisting across eras ranging from the planet’s beginning to the far distant future. Animation and sculpture illustrate four phases of time: Primordial, Utopia, Millennium, and a vision of the future that’s been titled Mushroom Singularity. Trippy, colorful and fun.

Bloomingdales (59th Street & Lexington Avenue)
Whimsical, circus acts and mannequins sporting dazzling outfits reference the new musical P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman.” More than 7,600,000 Swarovski crystals were used to embellish and outfit the costumes and props used in each window.

Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue @ 58th Street)
To New York With Love” honors local cultural insitituions including American Museum of Natural History (Swarovski crystals—encrusted dinosaurs) the New York Philharmonic (red neon signs shaped like trumpets), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Botanical Garden, the New-York Historical Society and UrbanGlass.

Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave @ 56th Street)
Enchanting designs featuring flowers, birds and butterflies created by Lovepop decorate the store’s front and main level, including 30,000 paper butterflies hanging from the ceiling.

Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue @ 49th Street)
See stunning vignettes from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in celebration of the film’s 80th anniversary of the film. Snow White frolics with adorable woodland creatures, the seven dwarfs sing in a crystal cave and the Wicked Queen acts wicket. The 49th and 50th Street windows showcase gorgeous modern interpretations of Snow White’s dress created by four designers (Alberta Ferretti, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa). An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.

Tiffany (727 Fifth Avenue @ 57th Street)
Wooden drawing figures pose in fun scenarios including literally “fishing” for jewels. Miniature versions of Tiffany’s “starburst” chandelier by Austrian glassmaker Lobmeyr sparkle in each window.

Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue between 38th & 39th Streets).
In “The Best and the Brightest,” celebratory two polar bears, a starry NYC skyscape, a vintage circus, a woodland wonderland and Santa are seen through giant snow globes. Sparkling greenery flanks the front entrance.

Macy’s (West 34th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)
“The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” showcases family traditions and preparations with an ornate ice-skating window, sesonal cityscapes and more. A fifteen foot tall Santa perches above the marquee (don’t forget to visit him inside).


Harlem Holiday Windows

Wednesday, November 29–Tuesday, January 2, All Day
Lenox Avenue (Lenox Avenue between 117th and 127th Streets)

Participating businesses along a sparkle-filled Lenox Avenue between 117th and 127th Streets feature displays inspired by seven Traditional Harlem Celebrations that take place throughout the year: Three Kings Day, Christmas, Hanukah, Loiza, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and Harlem Week. This year’s theme was suggested by high school students from The Schomburg Center’s immersive Teen Curator’s Program and executed by undergraduates from Fashion Institute of Technology’s interdisciplinary Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) program, working closely with owners/operators and store managers.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 3, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


CandlePower Pop-Up Experience

Thursday, November 9–Wednesday, January 3, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
CandlePower Pop-Up Experience (503 Broadway)

Walk on walls, sit among giant flowers, chill oceanside and more in an interactive, multi-sensory shopping experience from Yankee Candle.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, January 4, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, January 4, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, January 5, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, January 5, 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

Wreath Interpretations

Thursday, December 7–Friday, January 5, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Arsenal, Central Park (830 Fifth Avenue (at 64th Street))

Employing an array of uncommon materials, more than 40 participating fine artists, designers, and imaginative individuals create unique and unconventional wreaths. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a range of themes ranging from the personal to the universal.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, January 5, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Luminaries

Wednesday, November 29–Friday, January 5, 8:00 am–10:00 pm
Brookfield Place (220 Vesey Street)

650 hanging lanterns create a canopy of rainbow lights in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Visitors send a wish to the lanterns above by touching a wishing station, transforming the installation and spurring a $1 donation from Arts Brookfield to the GRAMMY Foundation® to support its GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students. Choreographed light shows, entitled “Snowfall,” “Christmas Tree,” “Ribbons,” “Firecracker,” and “Northern Lights” occur every two hours between 8 am and 10 pm.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, January 6, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, January 6, 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.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, January 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, January 6, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


Just Kidding: Milo the Magnificent

Saturday, January 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Innovative puppetry tells the story of Milo the Magnificent, a magician who can’t seem to get things right.

Also at 2 pm.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Soul Science Kids

Saturday, January 6, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Enjoy a concert by the innovative Afrofuturist griots of Soul Science Lab, who translate stories into soul-stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. Part of a monthly series of informal, interactive family-friendly performances presented by Lincoln Center.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, January 6, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, January 6, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, January 6, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Center for Architecture Family Day

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

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, January 6, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


Hansel and Gretel

Saturday, January 6, 1:00 pm–3:15 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25-$145

A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Before the show, connect with some of the designers, singers, dancers, musicians, and technical wizards behind the production.


New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: Inspirations and Tributes

Saturday, January 6, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$15-$42

New York Philharmonic’s multimedia concerts for young audiences pay tribute to those who have shaped our musical world, from Bernstein to Ellington to Shostakovich. Come early (12:45–1:45 pm) to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, January 6, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


Metropolitan Museum Tree & Menorah

Monday, November 27–Saturday, January 6, 10:00 am–5:30 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)

A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene adorns a candlelit spruce. Gorgeous 18th Century Baroque creche angels hover over an Italian village filled with animals and interesting characters. Everyday at 4:30 pm, recorded music accompanies a dramatic lighting ceremony. A few galleries away, see one of the largest known silver menorahs from late 19th-century Ukraine.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, January 7, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, January 7, 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.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, January 7, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, January 7, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Friday, October 6–Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12)

See a survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China.


Mummies

Friday, March 10–Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am–5:45 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Come face to face with ancient mummified individuals and learn how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. Discover when, how, and why ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and find out who they were in life. This show features an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies as well as interactive touch tables, rare artifacts, and cutting-edge imaging.


Origami Holiday Tree

Monday, November 20–Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am–5:45 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations in the dazzling annual Origami Holiday Tree. Find feathered dinosaurs, alligator hatchlings, and stunning modern birds among other treasured models. Patient volunteers are on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.


It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand

Saturday, December 9–Sunday, January 7, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52 Street )

Enjoy daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive, along with family activities including ornament and puppet making, visits with Santa and free hot cocoa.


War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 7, 11:30 am–7:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

See spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. The visual virtuosity of the quilts, often incorporating many thousands of pieces no larger than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider them within the matrix of war and its aftermath.


Volez, Voguez, Voyagez

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Volez, Voguez, Voyagez (86 Trinity Place)

Retrace the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present in a theatrical exhibit that evokes automobiles, train travel, and airplanes (and includes gorgeous luggage and couture)


Winter ONEderland at One World Observatory

Friday, November 17–Sunday, January 7, 9:00 am–9:00 pm
One World Trade Center (285 Fulton Street)
$34+

The already stunning One World Observatory at the top of the Freedom Tower is transformed into a winter wonderland with immersive, multi-media experiences. Follow animated Ollie the snow owl through a hallway featuring 144 individual screens of world landmarks in winter, then wander through a magical glacier cave to Snowy SkyPods, some of the fastest elevators in the world. Zoom to floor 102 while watching a 47 second video show about the evolution of New York City. Admire the dramatic view at the top and take a photo through a giant snow globe showcasing NYC’s skyline. On weekends from 11 am–7 pm, visit Santa and get an included professionally captured 8×6 photo and surprise gift.


Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, January 7, 5:30 am–11:30 pm
Rockefeller Center (45 Rockefeller Plaza)

Fight through the crowds of tourists for a peek at the famous Norway Spruce illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star. Watch skaters on the rink below and walk through the illuminated angel figurines. After 5 pm, see a dazzling light show on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue every ten minutes.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, January 8, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Holiday Under The Stars

Monday, November 13–Monday, January 8, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot tall ceiling light up in an array of colors in time to holiday tunes by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Peek into the festively decorated Williams-Sonoma for free samples of holiday candy and hot apple cider. See cast members of Broadway shows perform on Mondays 5-6 pm.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, January 9, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 10, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, January 11, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, January 11, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, January 12, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, January 12, 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

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

Saturday, January 13, 9:00 am–10:00 am
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Families with 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America, and explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Ages 10–14 will take a trip through the Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, January 13, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, January 13, 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.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, January 13, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Experiential Theater Company: Journey to Oz

Saturday, January 13, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Help Dorothy find her way home in an innovative and interactive adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original stories. Kids and their adults become part of the cast, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors.

Also at 2 pm.

Owen & Mzee The Musical

Saturday, January 13, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

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 Nov 12.

Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, January 13, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, January 13, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, January 13, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, January 13, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, January 13, 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.


Chalk

Saturday, January 13, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


MOCACREATE: Mix! Paste! Sculpt! Repeat!

Saturday, January 6–Saturday, January 13, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ($10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under)

Using paper, glue, and flour, construct a paper mache animal that stands for freedom, equality, unity, or friendship inspired by the created “freedom birds” made by detained Golden Venture passengers.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, January 13, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, January 14, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, January 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.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, January 14, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Owen & Mzee The Musical

Sunday, January 14, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

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 Nov 12.

Second Sunday Family Tour: Color Story

Sunday, January 14, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
$20/family

View artworks that tell stories through color in a family-oriented tour that incorporates conversation and creative hands-on gallery activities.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, January 14, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Dig Drop-In

Sunday, January 14, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Join a simulated archaeological dig and learn about ancient artifacts.


Stam-Pede

Sunday, January 14, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Enjoy percussive dance by five celebrated companies – from lively Irish dance to innovative body percussion to mesmerizing tap dance and clogging.


PARADE: Derek Fordjour

Thursday, July 27–Sunday, January 14, 10:00 am–5:00 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)

Take a journey through the sense-memory of childhood and the process offorging an identity through Derek Fordjour refelctions on growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. Enter through a tunnel reminiscent of the marquees at an amusement park, then explore highly textured collages of newsprint and a procession of vignettes, small sculptures, found objects, interventions, and music, which leads to a non-place entered by stooping through an opening in the back of a closet.


Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980.

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, January 14, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
The Met Breuer ( 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Divided into four sections—Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted—this exhibition showcases roughly 100 works of art by 62 international artists created between 1950 and 1980, when artists responded social and political unrest by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, January 15, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, January 15, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Rodin at the Met

Friday, September 15–Monday, January 15, 10:00 am–5:30 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)

On the centenary of the death of Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates its historic collection of the artist’s work. Nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas by Rodin are displayed in the newly installed and refurbished B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery. The exhibition features iconic sculptures such as The Thinker and The Hand of God, as well as masterpieces such as The Tempest that have not been on view in decades. Paintings from The Met collection by some of Rodin’s most admired contemporaries, including his friends Claude Monet (1840–1926) and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898), are presented in dialogue with the sculptures on display.


Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 11–Monday, January 15, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
Free with museum admission ($15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors)

Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. A great excuse to explore the entertaining interactive science exhibits at the museum.


Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Wednesday, September 27–Monday, January 15, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)
Free with museum admission ($16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes)

Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Dutch designer Joris Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process.


New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Wednesday, November 22–Monday, January 15, 9:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
$10-$20, admission varies by day; free for under 2
Use this link for discounted $15 adult tickets, $8 ages 2-12 tickets

Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors). This year’s exhibition showcases Coney Island, with working models of the Wonder Wheel, Cyclone and more. Buy tickets online before trekking up to the Bronx (take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station) as tickets sometimes sell out. Go right at opening or on a weekday to avoid the crowds (though the traffic patterns have improved in recent years). Take breaks in the tropical rainforest wing where there are no trains but lots of room to roam freely.


Video Arcade

Saturday, May 13–Monday, January 15, 10:30 am–7:30 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)

Visit a functioning arcade and play 23 beloved games from the 1980s in their original form. Games on view include Arkanoid, Centipede, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, Q*Bert, Tron and more. Tokens are required for play and may be purchased in the gallery at token machines or in the Museum store.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, January 16, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 17, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, January 18, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, January 18, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, January 19, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, January 19, 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

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

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.


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.


Just Kidding: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

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.


LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.


Owen & Mzee The Musical

Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

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 Nov 12.

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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, January 20, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Dissecting Clothing with Emily Spivack

Saturday, January 20, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Join artist Emily Spivack for a clothing dissection workshop. Physically disassemble archetypal garments into their component parts, or “innards,” to better understand what they’re made of and how they were constructed. This workshop is designed for adult participants but children are welcome if accompanied by an adult collaborator. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop. Part of the The People’s Studio.


Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 21, 12:00 am
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free with museum admission ($16, $14/seniors, free/ages 17 & under)

An intergenerational group of artists explore gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity through a variety of mediums and genres, including film, video, performance, painting, sculpture, photography, and craft.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, January 21, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, January 21, 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.


Owen & Mzee The Musical

Sunday, January 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

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 Nov 12.

Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, January 21, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, January 22, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, January 23, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 24, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, January 25, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, January 25, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, January 26, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, January 26, 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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, January 27, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, January 27, 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.


Just Kidding: Best of Family Music Showcase

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Hear artists nominated for the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Children’s Album.


La MaMa Kids: Framed | The Mother Goose Chronicles

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa (66 East 4th Street)
$10

a new children’s puppet piece created by La MaMa Resident Artist Jane Catherine Shaw.


Owen & Mzee The Musical

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street)
$25-$59

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 Nov 12.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, January 27, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, January 27, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, January 27, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, January 27, 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.


MOCACREATE: Mix! Paste! Sculpt! Repeat!

Saturday, January 20–Saturday, January 27, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Museum Of Chinese In America (215 Centre Street)
Free with museum admission ($10, $5/seniors, students & ages 2–18, free/ages 1 & under)

Using paper, glue, and flour, construct a paper mache animal that stands for freedom, equality, unity, or friendship inspired by the created “freedom birds” made by detained Golden Venture passengers.


Items: Is Fashion Modern?

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28, 12:00 am
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Explore the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries including the Levi’s 501s, the Breton shirt, and the Little Black Dress, the sari, the pearl necklace, the kippah, and the keffiyeh.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, January 28, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, January 28, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, January 28, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World

Friday, November 3–Sunday, January 28, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

American Indian artist and activist Jimmie Durhamombines found objects and natural materials and incorporates text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects, and institutions. Calling himself an “interventionist,” Durham is oftentimes critical in his analysis of society but with a distinctive wit that is simultaneously generous and humorous. See through-provoking sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, and performance created from 1970 to the present.


Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, January 28, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Arachnophobes beware the giant spider sculptures in this strangely beautiful exhibit exploring the prints, books, and creative process of celebrated sculptor Louise Bourgeois.


The People’s Studio: Fashion

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, January 28, 10:30 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern?, the People’s Studio is a space to reflect on the intersections of design and daily life. Visitors can deconstruct how garments are made, reimagine their function and style, and share observations on how clothing and accessories express who we are. Scheduled workshops and conversations, led by designers and experts in the field, explore fashion through themes of sustainability, identity, and culture.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, January 29, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, January 30, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, January 31, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, February 1, 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

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, February 1, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, February 2, 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Friday, February 2, 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

Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, February 2, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


LOS Kids - Prokofiev

Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)
$15-$50

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 Peter, The Wolf, and more by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

Also at 11:30 am & Sunday 10 am, 11:30 am & 1 pm.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, February 3, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, February 3, 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.


First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


Just Kidding: Alastair Moock

Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Delta blues meets traditional folk and rowdy roots in a rowdy, rootsy concert by Alastair Moock, a Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal Winner.


LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Frances England

Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Hear a California-based singer-songwriter’s sparkly, acoustic pop songs that capture the simple pleasures of childhood. Part of a monthly series of informal, interactive family-friendly performances presented by Lincoln Center.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, February 3, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, February 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, February 3, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Center for Architecture Family Day

Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, February 3, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: An African American Lineage

Saturday, February 3, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$15-$42

Explore the lineage of African American composers, from Duke Ellington to younger composers active today in a multimedia concert by the New York Philharmonic. Come early (12:45–1:45 pm) to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.


Mocacreate: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover

Saturday, February 3, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)

Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform the space with colorful, food-themed creations, which will be on display through the annual Lunar New Year Family Festival.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, February 4, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, February 4, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, February 4, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Modigliani Unmasked

Sunday, October 1–Sunday, February 4, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

See early drawings by acclaimed sculptor Amedeo Modigliani as well as a selection of his paintings and sculptures alongside work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the Italian-Sephardic artist during his youth in turn-of-the-century Paris. Heads composed of bold lines are accessible to all ages, and an accompanying kids’ guide encourages all ages to notice the connections between Modigliani’s drawings and his sculptures and to create line drawings of their own.


Laura Owens

Friday, November 10–Sunday, February 4, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

See Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens bold and experimental work that challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, February 5, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light and Sound

Tuesday, December 5–Monday, February 5, All Day
Seaport District (Fulton & Front Streets)

The Sea of Light installation will be like no winter light show you have ever seen before. Sea of Light is a fully immersive sensory adventure of light and sound activated by proximity and touch. Spheres of various sizes, ranging up to nine feet in height, will be illuminated with warm-colored light from over 150,000 LED bulbs, and will react to various movement and sound patterns. Each individual interaction will provoke a unique lighting pattern that makes for a rare winter art experience.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, February 6, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 7, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, February 8, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, February 9, 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 Magic City

Friday, February 9, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, February 10, 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.


Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, February 10, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, February 10, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, February 10, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, February 10, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, February 10, 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.


The Magic City

Saturday, February 10, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of

Chalk

Saturday, February 10, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


The Magic City

Saturday, February 10, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, February 11, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, February 11, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, February 11, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Dig Drop-In

Sunday, February 11, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Join a simulated archaeological dig and learn about ancient artifacts.


The Magic City

Sunday, February 11, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors by Ai Weiwei

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, February 11, All Day
Washington Square Park (5th Avenue & Washington Square North)

Acclaimed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei conceived this multi-site, multi-media exhibition for public spaces, monuments, buildings, transportation sites, and advertising platforms throughout New York City as a passionate response to the global migration crisis and a reflection on the profound social and political impulse to divide people from each other. Find site-specific art throughout the boroughs, with large scale interactive installations made from security fence at the SE corner of Central Park, Washington Square Park, Harlem bus stops and the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, February 12, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, February 13, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 14, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, February 15, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, February 16, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, February 17, 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.


Creative Saturdays

Saturday, February 17, 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.


Just Kidding: The Bazillions

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Enjoy kid-friendly rock-and-roll with the the Bazillions, creators of animated educational music videos in the spirit of Schoolhouse Rock and classic Sesame Street.


LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium

Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, February 17, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, February 17, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, February 17, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, February 18, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, February 18, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, February 18, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, February 19, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, February 19, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, February 20, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 21, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, February 22, 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.


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Friday, February 23, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, February 24, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, February 24, 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.

The Joshua Show: Episode 2

Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Friendship, joy and puppetry come together once again with a whimsical production Joshua Holden featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing.

Also at 2 pm.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, February 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, February 24, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, February 24, 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.


Joy Brown on Broadway

Wednesday, May 17–Saturday, February 24, All Day
Broadway Malls ( Broadway malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street)

Say hello, climb on and cuddle with Joy Brown’s playful bronze figures that evoke warmth and lightness through simplicity of form and earth-toned patina. We especially like the stone child-parent pairings.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, February 25, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, February 25, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, February 25, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


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


Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Friday, September 1–Sunday, February 25, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)

This multi-component exhibition features interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. Comprised of linked solo and curated projects, the exhibition features contemporary artists, designers, and performers who respond to sound’s potential as a material that influences how people experience space, their environment, and time, drawing out the ability of the auditory to provide a fresh perspective on how surroundings, and the body, are perceived and engaged.


Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, February 25, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. These life-size, intimate drawings of enigmatic and mysterious figures explore the complexity and malleability of identity.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, February 26, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


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.


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.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, February 27, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

There are often a handful of babies and kids among the mostly seniors at this free weekly concert featuring the swinging sextet The Gotham Jazzmen. There is room in the back of the auditorium to stand (and dance), with easy access to exits if your kid starts making his or her own music.


Fearless Girl Statue

Wednesday, March 8–Wednesday, February 28, All Day
Bowling Green Park (Broadway & Whitehall )

A bronze statue of a defiant girl facing off with the famous Charging Bull on Wall Street was installed by assat-manager State Street Global Advisors as part of a initiative to increase the number of women on their clients’ corporate boards.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, February 28, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, March 1, 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.


Mutations

Saturday, April 1–Thursday, March 1, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage (Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street)

This open-air group exhibition on the scenic High Line explores the relationship between man and nature, looking at how the boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. We liked the circle of colorful creatures swallowing each other, the giant griffin sculpture, and he mysterious silver witch shoes (and the paletas from the La Newyorkina stand at 17th street).
See-saw and play music with your feet in the interactive La Deliciosa Show by Radamés “Juni” Figueroa on 30th Street.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, March 2, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, March 3, 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.


First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


Just Kidding: The Not-Its!

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

With an out-of-this-world sound evoking both the Go-Go’s and 90s power-punk, Seattle’s The Not-Its! mix crunchy guitars and smooth, four-part harmonies for a show full of pop gems about everyday kid stuff from the first day of school to taking a bath.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, March 3, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, March 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, March 3, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Center for Architecture Family Day

Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, March 4, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, March 4, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, March 4, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, March 5, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, March 8, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, March 10, 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.


Just Kidding: KB Whirly

Saturday, March 10, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

See a musical “one man band”, stomping out rustic beats on a 6 piece foot powered drum kit – whilst blowin’ harmonica, strummin’ guitar, and singin’ with passion, humor and spirit. Hear earthy, folksy and bluesy traditional and original songs incorporating lively storytelling and interactive music-making.


Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, March 10, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, March 10, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, March 10, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, March 10, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, March 10, 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.


Chalk

Saturday, March 10, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, March 11, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, March 11, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, March 11, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Dig Drop-In

Sunday, March 11, 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Join a simulated archaeological dig and learn about ancient artifacts.


Meet The Music: Four Harmonious Friends

Sunday, March 11, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$10-$30

Explore classical music with the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and hear a new musical and magical version of a very ancient story about an elephant, a monkey, a rabbit, and a bird who must learn to get along. Featuring a Japanese flute called the shinobue, Irish folk drums, a cello, and bass trombone—guess which instrument is which animal. Musicians from the Silk Road Project and Global Musicians Workshop join composer Bruce Adolphe to play his new-and-ancient tale plus new and improvised music on unusual instruments. Includes a pre-concert Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from 1-1:45 pm.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, March 12, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 14, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, March 15, 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.


Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

Saturday, March 17, 9:00 am–10:00 am
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Families with 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America, and explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Ages 10–14 will take a trip through the Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, March 17, 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.


Creative Saturdays

Saturday, March 17, 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.


LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium

Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.


Lightwire Theater: DINO-LIGHT

Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in this glow-in-the-dark, heart-rending original tale of a loveable dinosaur and his scientist creator that combines puppetry, technology, and dance.

Also at 2 pm.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, March 17, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, March 17, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, March 17, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, March 18, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, March 18, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, March 18, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress

Friday, November 3–Sunday, March 18, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Tthe first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, arranged as complete ensembles or shown as stand-alone items. A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents offers an exceptional opportunity to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, March 19, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, March 19, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, March 22, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, March 24, 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.


A Fool’s Errand

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

In this physical comedy, an adventure unfolds from the moment clowning virtuoso Jamie Adkins falls onstage. With acrobatic skill and expertly timed comedic despair, Adkins crawls, sways, and stumbles across a single rope in a quest to investigate all the what-ifs along the way. Ordinary predicaments crackle with humor as he makes up the rules as he goes. The result is a barely contained chaos reminding young audiences that the path to success is never a straight line.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

Spellbound Theatre: Wink

Saturday, March 24, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

An imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance explores sleep and dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear thourgh shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and animation. Inspired by the classic poem, “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.”

Also at 2 pm.

Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, March 24, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, March 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, March 24, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concert: Who is Mary Lou Williams?

Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center (West 60th & Broadway)
$10-$25

Learn the inspiring tale of composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams who realized her dreams through determination, imagination, incredible talent, and a famously big heart. Discover her influence on several generations of creative jazz musicians and understand what made Williams’ piano playing so special and entertaining. A professional player by age seven, Williams charged headfirst into the music world, outplayed her male contemporaries, and quickly emerged as a composer and arranger they simply needed to hire. By her early 20s, she was arranging music for Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman. Grammy Award-nominee Catherine Russel hosts the event with drummer LaFrae Sci.

Also at 3 pm.

Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, March 24, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, March 25, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, March 25, 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.


A Fool’s Errand

Sunday, March 25, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$16

In this physical comedy, an adventure unfolds from the moment clowning virtuoso Jamie Adkins falls onstage. With acrobatic skill and expertly timed comedic despair, Adkins crawls, sways, and stumbles across a single rope in a quest to investigate all the what-ifs along the way. Ordinary predicaments crackle with humor as he makes up the rules as he goes. The result is a barely contained chaos reminding young audiences that the path to success is never a straight line.

Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 2 pm

Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, March 25, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Hotbed

Friday, November 3–Sunday, March 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)

Immersive installations and more than 100 artifacts and images explore the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, where men and women joined forces across the boundaries of class and race to fight for a better world and women’s rights to control their own bodies, to do meaningful work, and above all, to vote. —drawn from New-York Historical’s archives and several private collections—bring to life the bohemian scene and its energetic activist spirit.


Whiteout by Erwin Redl

Thursday, November 16–Sunday, March 25, All Day
Madison Square Park (Madison Avenue & 24th Street)

Hundreds of suspended transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light, gently sway with the wind one foot above the ground creating shummering patterns across the Madison Square lawn.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, March 26, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 28, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, March 29, 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.


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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, March 31, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, March 31, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, March 31, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, March 31, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, April 1, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, April 1, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, April 1, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983

Wednesday, November 1–Sunday, April 1, 10:30 am–5:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space Club 57. We recommend guiding kids past images and videos that may raise questions you aren’t ready to answer to the very col neon Cosmic Cavern for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark I Spy.


Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip

Wednesday, November 22–Sunday, April 1, 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explores the full arc of fashion of the 1960s, a period marked by tremendous and daring stylistic diversity. Through more than 70 garments, trace the dramatic transformation in clothing between 1960 and 1973, not only in length and silhouette, but also in materials and methods of textile manufacture. Works by designers as diverse as Mary Quant, Geoffrey Beene, and Pauline Trigère illuminate the communicative powers of fashion in the ’60s—reflecting cultural trends from Beatlemania to Pop and Op Art to infatuation with the “space race,” and social changes like the women’s liberation movement and the radicalism of the counterculture and antiwar movements. Also on display are fine and costume jewelry, shoes, handbags, design renderings, and photographs that capture the spirit of a creative and confrontational era.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, April 2, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 4, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, April 5, 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.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, April 6, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


LOS Kids - Copland

Saturday, March 3–Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am–11:00 am
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue at 68th Street)
$15-$50

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 music by modern American composer Aaron Copland. “The Uncommon Man.”

Also at 11:30 am & Sunday 10 am, 11:30 am & 1 pm.

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, April 7, 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.


First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, April 7, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could

Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

a whimsical Americana mashup when the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Brady Rymer brings his rootsy, accordion-laced pop and rock tunes to Lincoln Center. Designed for kids on the autism spectrum, this performance is part of the Big Umbrella Festival.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, April 7, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, April 7, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, April 7, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Center for Architecture Family Day

Saturday, April 7, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, April 7, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, April 7, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, April 8, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, April 8, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, April 8, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Spring Family Day at Carnegie Hall: The Power of Music and You

Sunday, April 8, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Carnegie Hall (57th Street & Seventh Avenue)

Discover music through free interactive musical activities in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing. Enjoy live performances, build handmade instruments, and sing and dance with professional musicians. Share your voice and discover the ways that music creates change in our world.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, April 9, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 11, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, April 12, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, April 14, 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.


Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, April 14, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, April 14, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, April 14, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, April 14, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Get Up, Stand Up!

Saturday, April 14, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$10

Voices will rise in this family-friendly concert celebrating the power of spoken word, featuring New York-based hip-hop trio The Mighty Third Rail and Brooklyn-based MC Mikal Amin, alongside local performers and student poets.


Chalk

Saturday, April 14, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, April 15, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, April 15, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, April 15, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, April 16, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, April 16, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 18, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


New York on Ice Skating in the City

Wednesday, December 20–Wednesday, April 18, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

From frozen ponds to Madison Square Garden, ice-skating has become a quintessentially New York pastime, woven into the city’s urban fabric in ways large and small. Explore how ice-skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond. See vintage photographs, posters, lithographs, paintings, and costumes that reveal the evolution of the sport and art of ice-skating in the city both as a window into a passion and pastime of generations of New Yorkers, and as an unexpected ingredient of urban place-making.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, April 19, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, April 21, 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.


Creative Saturdays

Saturday, April 21, 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.


LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium

Saturday, April 21, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, April 21, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, April 21, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, April 21, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, April 21, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, April 22, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, April 22, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, April 22, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Meet The Music: Inspector Pulse & Things Are Seldom What They Theme

Sunday, April 22, 2:00 pm–3:15 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$10-$30

Explore classical music with the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and a wacky private ear who learns from a cookbook that there is apple pie, apple sauce, apple juice, apple strudel, baked apple, and more…and he gets a great idea. What if instead of an apple, he cooked up many variations on a musical theme? Theme and variations becomes the theme as Inspector Pulse investigates music by Beethoven, Schubert, Gershwin, and much more. Includes a pre-concert Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from 1-1:45 pm.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, April 23, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, April 26, 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.


KNOCK!

Saturday, April 28, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, April 28, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, April 28, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, April 28, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, April 28, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


KNOCK!

Sunday, April 29, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, April 29, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, April 29, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, April 29, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, April 30, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


KNOCK!

Tuesday, May 1, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

KNOCK!

Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 2, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


KNOCK!

Thursday, May 3, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, May 3, 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.


KNOCK!

Friday, May 4, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, May 4, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


KNOCK!

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 5, 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.


First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, May 5, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, May 5, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, May 5, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Center for Architecture Family Day

Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, May 5, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, May 5, 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.


New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts: Inspirations and Tributes

Saturday, May 5, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$15-$42

New York Philharmonic’s multimedia concerts for young audiences pay tribute to those who have shaped our musical world, from Bernstein to Ellington to Shostakovich. Come early (12:45–1:45 pm) to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out orchestral instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers.


KNOCK!

Sunday, May 6, 10:30 am–11:15 am
BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place)
$15

Young audiences sing along with performers as they explore the creative possibilities of forest wood—asking what it can do and what we can do with it. Strange animals and stories magically come to life as a four-person ensemble from South African company Magnet Theatre animates various shapes through imaginative storytelling. KNOCK! is an interactive theater experience for curious minds, complete with original songs and limitless acoustic possibilities.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am
Also Saturday & Sunday 2 pm
Through May 6

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, May 6, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, May 6, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, May 6, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Lincoln Center Spring Fling

Sunday, May 6, 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)

Celebrate spring at one of our favorite cultural institutions with a day of activities designed for all ages including chalk drawing, instrument tryouts with the New York Philharmonic, scavenger hunts, story time with Eric Litwin and Elise Parsley short films and of course live music from Chamber Music Society, Jazzmeia Horn and the Verve Pipe.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, May 7, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 9, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, May 10, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 12, 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.


Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, May 12, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, May 12, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, May 12, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, May 12, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Chalk

Saturday, May 12, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, May 13, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, May 13, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, May 13, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, May 14, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 16, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, May 17, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 19, 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.


Creative Saturdays

Saturday, May 19, 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.


LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

LC Kids team up with Little, Brown and Company for a monthly series that invites beloved children’s book authors to read their own works in the intimate Atrium.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, May 19, 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.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, May 19, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, May 19, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, May 19, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, May 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, May 20, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, May 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, May 21, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Archaeology Mondays

Monday, May 21, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

A simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Explore, sketch and hunt for a featured artifact. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 23, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, May 24, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, May 26, 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.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, May 26, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Saturday, May 26, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, May 27, 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.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Sunday, May 27, 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.


Museum Of The Moving Image Family Matinees

Sunday, May 27, 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 family friendly screenings of classic films and TV shows. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, May 28, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


Jazz+Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 30, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The Bill Wurtzel Trio play standards from the American Songbook in an intimate, American-art filled setting.


Eloise Story Time at The Plaza

Thursday, May 31, 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.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, June 1, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, June 2, 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.


First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
New Museum (235 Bowery)
Free, includes New Museum admission for up to three adults per family

Families with children and young adults three to ten years old can explore New Museum exhibits through lively conversations in the galleries and related creative activities.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, June 2, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Center for Architecture Family Day

Saturday, June 2, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Center for Architecture (536 LaGuardia Place)
$12/child, $6/adult, pre-registration required

Learn about architecture and design through hands-on art, model building activities, gallery tours, and design challenges.


Families and Folk Art

Saturday, June 2, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

The first Saturday of every month, the compact and charming American Folk Art Museum introduces children ages 4 to 12 and accompanying adults to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, June 2, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, June 3, 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, June 4, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, June 9, 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.


Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

Saturday, June 9, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)

Storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center bring to life fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, June 9, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Chalk

Saturday, June 9, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, June 10, 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, June 11, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, June 16, 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.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, June 16, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, June 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, June 17, 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, June 18, 10:15 am–12:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Ages 2.5 to 5 can play in the fascinating Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities. We even made it in the website’s photos. Two sessions at 10:15 & 11:15 am. Note new ticketing procedure – tickets are distributed on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:15 am.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, June 23, 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.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, June 23, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Sunday, June 24, 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.


MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, June 30, 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.


McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, June 30, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
McNally Jackson Books ( 52 Prince Street)

Author Yvonne Brooks leads a themed storytime for ages 3 to 10 with dynamic storytelling that features fantastic new books and our favorite classics guest authors and illustrators, holiday celebration and book-themed art.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

Saturday, June 30, 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.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, July 6, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Chalk

Saturday, July 14, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, August 3, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Chalk

Saturday, August 11, 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery)
$12, $5/ages 11 & under

Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon in this family-friendly physical comedy. A playful and poignant homage to classic silent-film era comedians invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, September 7, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, October 5, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower

Friday, October 6–Friday, October 5, All Day
Union Square (14th Street & Fourth Avenue)

See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, November 2, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, December 7, 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)

The enchanting, interactive Children’s Museum of Manhattan is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 pm. Go early or late to avoid the crowd.


100 Gates Project

Wednesday, November 1–Monday, December 31, All Day
Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island (See map for locations)

The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early and everything else is closed.


Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Monday, November 20–Sunday, January 6, 12:00 am
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

In a highly experiential exhibition, explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses, then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.


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 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

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

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.


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.


Songs for Seeds Upper East Side

Thursday, December 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Earth Yoga / Honbu Dojo (328 East 61st Street)

This interactive class encourages children, newborn to 6 years old, to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world. Teacher/musicians take students on a musical journey each week through a series of seven engaging activities. Kids will experience music and language from cultures around the globe, help create magnetic art murals during a sing-along of well-known nursery rhymes, be delighted by magic tricks that are used to practice numbers and counting and get fully engaged in a wheel spinning game that reinforces the names and sounds of animals. A favorite of our kids.


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


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

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)
$15-$50

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

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.


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.


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

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

Jason Bishop: Believe In Magic

Friday, December 15, 2:00 pm–3:45 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20-$60

Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. See new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience and watch him magically make it snow.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday & Dec 27–30 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Dec 30

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.


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.

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.


Athleta KIDS: Hip Hop Dance Class

Friday, December 15, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Athleta Flatiron (126 5th Avenue)

The Athleta store hosts a free Hip Hop dance class designed just for active kids ages 7-13.


Free Music Fridays

Friday, December 15, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

Enjoy live music every from local artists in a range of musical styles in a small, intimate setting (plus a donation-based cash wine bar for grown ups).


Glow-in-the-Dark Chanukah Dinner

Friday, December 15, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue)
$36

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.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Friday, December 15, 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

30% Off Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Friday, December 1–Friday, December 15, All Day

Save up to 30% on select performances of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, one of our favorite Christmas in NYC traditions, with discount tickets for $35-$115 (usually $59-$218). The truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes and special effects, camels, sheep, and Santa Clause. Tickets are available for select performances through December 31st.


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Saturday, December 16, 9:30 am–11:00 am
Broadway Comedy Club (318 West 53rd Street)
$25

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

Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 16, 10:30 am–11:00 am
Eataly NYC Downtown (101 Liberty Street, Floor 3)

Make mozzarella, pizza and more at Downtown Eataly’s Foodiversità (“food university”). Play with food through live demonstrations and tastings around a kitchen table. RSVP via email at [email protected] Classes are hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Seating is first come, first served.

Also at 12 pm.

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)
$15-$50

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, December 16, 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

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Saturday, December 16, 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 16, 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–11:45 am
Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Avenue between 81st & 82nd Street)

The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts a variety of storytimes: Tuesdays at 11 am with Tehilah from Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), Wednesdays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 11 am. Turkish storytimes are the first Saturday of the month at 4 pm, and the last Saturday storytime of the month is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Addy & Uno

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$42.25, Free/ages 2 & under

In this family musical about disabilities, Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition. His friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. With puppetry and music, the show celebrates the abilities within disability and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s “nice to be nice”.

Saturday & Sunday 12 pm
Through Jan 14

Books Of Wonder Storytime

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Employees from NYC’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore read several books from the shelves (based on the age of the children attending) among delightful literary prints and decor.


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.


Endangered! The Musical

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street)
$25.00-$69.75

See q multi-cultural, international and multi-species musical about a social media savvy kid reporter and a group of endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm.

Saturday 11 am & 3 pm
Through Dec 30

Interstellar Cinderella

Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street)
$29.25

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