Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Summer Programs: UWS & Riverside Park
So much awesome free summer music, classes and more we had to break it down by neighborhood, starting with the UWS. Riverside Park has an immense amount of programming for all ages plus a nice river breeze. Or get some culture (and great gelato) at Lincoln Center.

See our free summer programs day by day for lots of options, plus our weekly events listing for one-time happenings.


Central Park & Upper East Side | Bryant Park & High Line | Tribeca to Mad Sq | Lower Manhattan

Summer Programs: Upper West Side & Riverside Park


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, November 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Tuesday, November 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, November 21, 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, November 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

Tuesday, November 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.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 21, 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, November 21, 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, November 21, 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]


Puppet Show: The Big World of Little Dude

Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
53rd Street Library (18 West 53rd Street)

Join Little Dude, the puppy puppet, as he discovers how to navigate his Big World. The Big World of Little Dude will help children explore and understand how important it is to have good manners. Children will participate in an interactive puppet show, listen to a story about manners, discover how to use finger puppets, and learn the Little Dude song.


Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concert: Regional de NY

Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Sit onstage and enjoy a free drink during fun, free, informal performances, then mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show. Hear the Brooklyn-based Brazilian choro band Regional de NY play music that is virtuosic, full of joy, and deeply grooving.


Bloomingdale's Holiday Window Unveiling

Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Bloomingdale’s (59th Street & Lexington Ave,)

Take in circus acts and a special performance from Keala Settle from Twentieth Century Fox’s holiday film The Greatest Showman before Bloomingda?le’s unveils its iconic holiday window display along Lexington Avenue. This year, Bloomingdale’s teamed up with Swarovski to create the “Greatest Holiday Windows” on Lexington Avenue with each window bringing the music from The Greatest Showman to life.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, November 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Wednesday, November 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

Wednesday, November 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.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, November 22, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, November 22, 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, November 22, 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, November 22, 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, November 22, 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, November 22, 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, November 22, 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.


Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration

Wednesday, November 22, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$150/family, includes museum membership

Watch the annual Macy’s Giant Balloon Inflation along West 77th Street from an uncrowded indoor/outdoor location and enjoy fun activities and festive treats in the Museum. For members at the museum’s Family level, which costs $150 but is tax-deducible and gets you admission to this program-packed, super-kid friendly museum for a year plus other perks.


Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation Carnival at PS 334/Anderson

Wednesday, November 22, 4:00 pm–8:30 pm
MS 44 Schoolyard (West 77th Street & Columbus)
Free, charges for some activities

Take a break from the crowds watching the inflation of the famous Macy’s Parade balloons at this festival that raises funds for the Anderson School. The carnival includes games, a bouncy house, concessions, hot chocolate, and a nationally renowned spiral potato food artisan.


Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Wednesday, November 22, 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Outside American Museum of Natural History, (Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Streets)

Witness the inflation of Spider-Man, Kermit the Frog, dinosaurs, Buzz Lightyear and other balloons of favorite characters the night before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Bundle up and be prepared for lines and crowds. We recommend arriving via the B/C 81st Street subway station or spending the afternoon in the Natural History Museum. The viewing route starts at West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, then (slowly) circles the museum along Columbus Avenue, 77th Street, Central Park South and 81st Streets.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, November 23, 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, November 23, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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, November 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

91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 23, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

See balloons, floats, clowns, marching bands and more as this iconic parade celebrates 91 years. The parade starts at 77th & Central Park West, heads down CPW to Columbus Circle, then makes a left and heads along Central Park South to 6th Avenue. Continues south until 34th Street, where it makes a right and heads to Macy’s at Herald Square.


Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, November 23, 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, November 23, 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.


Topsy Turvy Thursdays

Thursday, November 23, 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.


Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

Friday, November 24, 12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, November 24, 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, November 24, 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, November 24, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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, November 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

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

Friday, November 24, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train in the “Kissing Room,” see where a missile pierced the ceiling, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery.

Also at 1 pm & on Saturday.

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Friday, November 24, 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, November 24, 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.

A Time of Thanks

Friday, November 24, 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)

Learn about the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City and the traditions that have emerged such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Get thoughtful about what you are thankful for and create a tree of gratitude to bring home.


Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, November 24, 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, November 24, 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, November 24, 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, November 24, 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.


Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

Friday, November 24, 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)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the Children’s Museum of Museum offers a series of special events and activities during the holiday weekend, including art workshops, the Great Turkey Race, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and workshops professional broadway dancers.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Free Music Fridays

Friday, November 24, 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).


The Migration

Friday, November 24, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$16-$38

With beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Nov 26

$10 Off + Free Delivery on Restaurant Food

Friday, November 17–Friday, November 24, All Day

Get $10 off orders $40+ plus free delivery from Caviar, a site/app for easy ordering from top NYC restaurants from RedFarm to Parm. Use code STUFFING.


Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

Saturday, November 25, 12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

Saturday, November 25, 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.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, November 25, 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, November 25, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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, November 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, November 25, 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, November 25, 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, November 25, 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, November 25, 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, November 25, 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, November 25, 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.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, November 25, 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, November 25, 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.


Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue)
$8, $4/students & seniors 65, $2/ages 6 & up, free/ages 5 & under

Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.

Also on Sunday.

Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, November 25, 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.


Storytime at the Strand

Saturday, November 25, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


Uncommon Sense

Saturday, November 25, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street)
$49-$89

Meet Moose, Dan, Jess, and Lali, four people on the autism spectrum, and discover the remarkable ways they and their families conquer challenges through humor, determination and love. Inspired by interviews with real people, this multimedia play reveals our universal challenges with “difference,” our desire to connect, and the lengths we will go for the people we love. Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic’s founder, Moisés Kaufman. This production embraces all audiences and will be presented in an inclusive, judgment-free environment, with Relaxed Performances on November 11 & 19 intended to attract and accommodate individuals who may not be able to comply with traditional theater etiquette.

Saturday 2 pm, Sunday 3 pm & Evening Performances
Through Nov 26

Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, November 25, 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.


Living History: Evacuation Day

Saturday, November 25, 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)

On this day in 1783, New York City fell out of Britain’s control and back into American hands. Portrayed by Living Historian Michael Grillo, George Washington will map out the British Army’s departure route from the city. Explore the bundle of possessions carried by British loyalists who left the city for Canada or England, and listen to the first president read his own proclamations about this holiday.


Living History: Thanksgiving and the Civil War

Friday, November 24–Saturday, November 25, 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)

Celebrate Thanksgiving, which became a national holiday during the American Civil War, with living historians from the 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, a group of American Civil War reenactors. See their uniforms up close, learn a military drill, handle some of their fascinating gear, and ask them what a common Civil War soldier might have eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.


Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The Museum of Magical History

Saturday, November 18–Saturday, November 25, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
$44, $33.50/ages 10-21, students & seniors, includes museum admission

Embark on a new wizarding adventure at the American Museum of Natural History. Search for exhibits that echo characters, places, and enchanted objects in the books and movies of the Harry Potter universe. Track fantastic beasts through a forbidden (rain)forest, dance with Hagrid-like giants, encounter a cute cousin of dragons, stalk hunters scarier than any auror, and more. Both wizards and muggles (i.e., people who aren’t Potter experts) can play and enjoy this game. A great way to discover—or rediscover—the Museum of Natural History.


Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, November 25, 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.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, November 25, 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.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

Saturday, November 25, 4:00 pm–6:00 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.


The Migration

Saturday, November 25, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$16-$38

With beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Nov 26

Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

Sunday, November 26, 12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Please Bring Balloons

Sunday, November 26, 10:00 am–10:30 am
University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington))
$25

Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons, this interactive, multi-sensory theater experience is a fun and dynamic introduction to theater designed for ages 2-5 years old.

Sundays 10 am & 12 pm through December 10.

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, November 26, 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, November 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Sunday, November 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

Addy & Uno

Sunday, November 26, 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, November 26, 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, November 26, 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.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of Bob Marley for Kids

Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of Bob Marley by David Lanlois and the Brooklyneers.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, November 26, 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.


Film Forum Jr.: My Fair Lady

Sunday, November 26, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$9

In George Cukor’s 1964 Oscar-winning film of Lerner and Loewe’s musical take on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, misogynistic linguist Rex Harrison bets that he can transform cockney guttersnipe Audrey Hepburn into a lady. Fabulous songs and costumes are fun for the whole family.


GingerBread Lane House-Building Workshop

Sunday, November 26, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
$10/kit

Make your own GingerBread Lane house. Workshop participants receive a kit of the same materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Session: Costume Design

Sunday, November 26, 12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Use colorful drawing materials to design a piece of clothing for yourself or a character from your imagination inspired by the costumes in Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress. Part of a weekly series.


Storytime at the Strand

Sunday, November 26, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Strand (12th Street & Broadway)

Meet favorite characters, hear new and old classic stories, and participate in arts and crafts and other fun family activities in the Children’s Corner of an iconic NYC bookstore.


Uncommon Sense

Sunday, November 26, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street)
$49-$89

Meet Moose, Dan, Jess, and Lali, four people on the autism spectrum, and discover the remarkable ways they and their families conquer challenges through humor, determination and love. Inspired by interviews with real people, this multimedia play reveals our universal challenges with “difference,” our desire to connect, and the lengths we will go for the people we love. Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic’s founder, Moisés Kaufman. This production embraces all audiences and will be presented in an inclusive, judgment-free environment, with Relaxed Performances on November 11 & 19 intended to attract and accommodate individuals who may not be able to comply with traditional theater etiquette.

Saturday 2 pm, Sunday 3 pm & Evening Performances
Through Nov 26

Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, November 26, 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.


BAMkids Movie Matinees: Ernest and Celestine

Sunday, November 26, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10, $7/ages 12 & under

See an enchanting tale of tolerance and acceptance, animated in lovely watercolor hues. Ernest is a gentle, but misunderstood bear. Celestine is a plucky, imaginative mouse. According to everything they’ve been taught, they’re not supposed to be friends—but a surprising rapport develops between the two and a captivating adventure ensues.


Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, November 26, 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.

Rubin Family Sundays: Mindfulness Poetry

Sunday, November 26, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2 pm family exhibition tour, and go on thematic gallery searches. In this season of giving thanks and reflection, engage your contemplative mind by writing your own mindfulness poems.


Rhythm & Power Salsa in New York

Saturday, July 1–Sunday, November 26, 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)

This exhibition illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. Features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life.


Jazz Vespers

Sunday, November 26, 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.


The Migration

Sunday, November 26, 7:00 pm–8:15 pm
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$16-$38

With beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story.

Friday 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday 12 pm & 5 pm
Through Nov 26

Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, November 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.


Chocolate Story Time

Monday, November 27, 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, November 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.


Gateway Storytime

Monday, November 27, 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.


Winter Wonderland: Snow Globe Making

Monday, November 27, 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 New York on Ice: Skating in the City to get inspired by picturesque city scenes, then create a snow globe to display your favorite winter activity in the city.


Broadway Under the Stars

Monday, November 27, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

Sing and dance to free performances of hit songs from cast members of Broadway shows under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Lobby Series: Creating Higher Ground

Monday, November 27, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

The United Palace of Cultural Arts showcases dance pieces, spoken word and music by local artists in the dazzling Grand Foyer. The program includes a site specific dance and music collaboration, cabaret show that brings together Broadway Musical Songs and Pop Songs of multiple composers and musical styles and a PowerPoint-sourced audio-visual historiological performance experience (multifaceted PowerPoint accompanied by live jazz – intriguing).


Winter's Eve

Monday, November 27, 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd Street)

This crowded annual festival features live music and performances, food tastings (for a small charge) from area restaurants, and in-store activities and ice sculpting. The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street. Kids will especially enjoy circus performers, kiddie rock concerts, meeting Abby Cadaby and other PBS characters, Chinese lion dancing and a screening of A Christmas Story. We heard Santa will be stopping by Gracious Home and Brooks Brothers.


60% Off 1st Month At Kiwi Crate

Wednesday, November 15–Monday, November 27, All Day

Get 60% off the 1st month for any KiwiCo subscription, a service that delivers materials and inspiration for kids to build, make, and create projects based on changing themes. Different kits available for various ages and interests, from play and learn for 24-36 month-olds to science and engineering for ages 9+. High quality materials and engaging ideas make this one of the best kids subscription services out there. $7.98 for the first month with discount. Cancel at anytime.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, November 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Tuesday, November 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

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Tuesday, November 28, 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, November 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

Tuesday, November 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.


Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 28, 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, November 28, 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, November 28, 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]


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, November 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 Three Bears Holiday Bash

Wednesday, November 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

Wednesday, November 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.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, November 29, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, November 29, 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, November 29, 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, November 29, 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, November 29, 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, November 29, 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, November 29, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, November 30, 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, November 30, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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, November 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

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, November 30, 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, November 30, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, November 30, 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, November 30, 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.


3 Free Months Jewish Museum Membership

Friday, October 20–Thursday, November 30, All Day
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

Get three additional free months of membership at the family-friendly Jewish Museum when you sign up online for an annual membership with code JOINJM. 15 months of unlimited free admission and other perks (include 10% off the delicious Russ & Daughters cafe in the basement) for $75. The fascinating kid-focused Archaeology Zone warrants many repeat visits, plus kids’ guides, drop-in art workshops, storytimes and family concerts make this a great investment for the winter and beyond.


Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, December 1, 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 1, 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 1, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

Holiday Tea with American Girl

Friday, December 1, 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
American Girl (75 Rockefeller Plaza)
$24

Celebrate the holidays with your doll with a special teatime together and a couple of crafty project. Enjoy teatime treats, make a fleece headband to keep the dolls’ ears warm on chilly days, and do a holiday-card-making craft. Holiday Table Talkers prompt fun conversation and laughter.

$24 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), (gratuity not included), Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up


Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, December 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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.


Free Music Fridays

Friday, December 1, 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).


Free Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Friday, December 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.


New York Theatre Ballet's The Nutcracker

Friday, December 1, 7:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza (220 Vesey Street)

New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet The Nutcracker set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Audiences are invited to come early before each show to take photos with their favorite characters. Seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.

Also Saturday Dec 3 at 1 pm & 7 pm.

Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 2, 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 2, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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

First Saturdays For Families

Saturday, December 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.


Interstellar Cinderella

Saturday, December 2, 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.

LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Duke Otherwise

Saturday, December 2, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between West 62nd and West 63rd Streets)

Hear the hilarious and imaginative songs of a charismatic guitar-playing, tap-dancing performer. Part of a monthly series of informal, interactive family-friendly performances presented by Lincoln Center.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, December 2, 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 2, 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.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt: What Makes You Tick?

Saturday, December 2, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ( 2 East 91st Street)

The design of clocks has evolved in ingenious ways over time. Participants will assemble their own mechanical clock with the Horological Society of New York. Part of a weekly series.

Also 1:30–3:00 pm.

McNally Jackson Storytime

Saturday, December 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.


Meet Me in St. Louis

Saturday, December 2, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

Set over the course of the year 1903, this classic musical film follows the Smith family as they face a move from St. Louis to New York. Judy Garland plays one of the four Smith daughters distressed by this impending move and leaving her home and the boy next door—and on the eve of the World’s Fair opening in St. Louis. The film includes Garland singing classic songs like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Trolley Song.” After the film, see if you can find where (and why) a clip from Meet Me in St. Louis plays in the Museum’s Behind the Screen exhibition.

Also on Sunday.

NYCB Children's Workshop - Nutcracker

Saturday, December 2, 12:45 pm–1:30 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$14

Join the artists of New York City Ballet in this 45-minute pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of the ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists will guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance training needed. Wear clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes optional.

Also Sunday 11:45 am & Dec 16–17.

Families and Folk Art: Pattern, Shapes, and Symbols

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

Through guided gallery exploration, discover and decode the rich trove of dazzling patterns, shapes, and symbols that appear in the exhibition War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics. From double-headed eagles to radiating starbursts, families will study the quilt motifs and incorporate these and others into their own works of art.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Scandinavian Christmas Children's Workshop

Saturday, December 2, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
$15

Experience how Scandinavians prepare for Christmas in this holiday craft day. Learn the secrets of making traditional holiday crafts such as woven hearts and yarn tomtar. Includes a brief candlelit Saint Lucia procession.


The Cybertronic Spree

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10

Transformers from planet Cybertron traverse an interplanetary space bridge to grace BAM with the most metal of sci-fi anthems. Covering the original 1986 soundtrack to The Transformers: The Movie, plus a handful of other kid-approved 80s tunes, this band of robot rockers is sure to bring smiles and headbangs to cartoon lovers of all ages. Come dressed as your favorite cartoon or robot character.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Living History

Saturday, December 2, 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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


MOCACREATE: Migration Through My Eyes

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 2, 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 storytime in Turkish.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, December 2, 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.


Please Bring Balloons

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am–10:30 am
University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington))
$25

Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons, this interactive, multi-sensory theater experience is a fun and dynamic introduction to theater designed for ages 2-5 years old.

Sundays 10 am & 12 pm through December 10.

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, December 3, 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 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 3, 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

New Families New Traditions

Sunday, December 3, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Place)

Join the Brooklyn-based musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals for programs that nurture family bonds and bridge connections to Jewish life and traditions. Every concert will focus on a different Jewish holiday or value including: caring for the environment, friendship, and love and kindness. Families, musicians, and puppets will sing and learn together as a welcoming community. Everyone is welcome.


Addy & Uno

Sunday, December 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of David Bowie

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of David Bowie by Mike Messer.


Shall We Dance?: A Family Dance Experience

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Ripley Grier Studios (520 Eighth Avenue at 36th Street)
$25

Dance show-tune style in a class taught by a professional dancer and choreographer who has performed on America’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Live, and more. Learn basic moves from the biggest musicals to peppy, family-friendly theater songs.


Access Family Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)

Visitors with learning or developmental disabilities are invited to explore the exhibition

Film Forum Jr.: Gulliver's Travel

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$9

In this 1939 Technicolor cel-animation loosely based on Jonathan Swift’s novel, Lemuel Gulliver washes up on the shores of the island of Lilliput, where he finds himself caught up in a war between the pint-sized Lilliputians and Blefuscuians.


Meet Me in St. Louis

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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 3, 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.


Studio Sunday

Sunday, December 3, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)
Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Families learn more about MAD’s exhibitions by interacting with Artist-Educators and artists in the Artist Studio program. Make art, explore MAD’s galleries and partake in other fun museum learning activities.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Session: Stitched Abstract Image

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

Experiment with shapes, lines, and patterns to create an abstract image made of yarn inspired by the exhibitions Modigliani Unmasked and Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress. Part of a weekly series.


Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, December 3, 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.


Living History

Sunday, December 3, 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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, December 3, 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.

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, December 3, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, December 4, 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.


Silly Seasonal Celebration

Monday, December 4, 10:00 am–11:00 am
New Amsterdam Library (9 Murray Street)

Celebrate the joy of the season with Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends. Sing and dance to the holiday classics from Frosty the Snowman to the Dreidel Song.

Also on Dec 11 & 18.

Chocolate Story Time

Monday, December 4, 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 4, 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 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.


Broadway Under the Stars

Monday, December 4, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

Sing and dance to free performances of hit songs from cast members of Broadway shows under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Neil Patrick Harris The Magic Misfits

Monday, December 4, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Join Emmy Award-winning actor, magician, director, and author Neil Patrick Harris for a magical evening celebrating his middle-grade debut novel, The Magic Misfits, a whirlwind adventure of family, friendship, and illusion sprinkled with real magic tips and tricks. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, December 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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]


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, December 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, December 6, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, December 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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.


StoryDance Playgroup

Thursday, December 7, 9:30 am–10:15 am
Downtown Dance Factory (291 Broadway)

Enjoy story time, craft, dance games and activities and free play time in a nurturing, supportive, creative and professional environment. RSVP by email ([email protected]). Part of a monthly series.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Thursday, December 7, 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.


NYC Tots: Winter Class Series

Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
$180

Register for six sessions that focus on exploration and discovery of winter in the city through song, play, and hands-on experiences. Learn to look with guided gallery tours of the groundbreaking exhibition New York At Its Core. Work on special art projects inspired by the city. Classes run on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm on on December 7, 14, 21, and January 4, 11, and 18.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Thursday, December 7, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 7, 10:30 am–11:15 am
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

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

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

Children's Museum of the Arts WEE Arts

Thursday, December 7, 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 7, 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.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Thursday, December 7, 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 7, 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.


Stroller Tour Through History

Friday, December 8, 9:00 am–10:00 am
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
$25/family

Grownups and their children (up to 2 years old) will explore America’s past, present, and future in a lively and interactive tour. An early childhood educator will lead an exploration of art, history, and creativity before the museum opens for the day, Includes singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries will make for a memorable morning.


Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew: Tribeca

Friday, December 8, 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 8, 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 8, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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.

Sing-along with The Buttons

Friday, December 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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.


Free Music Fridays

Friday, December 8, 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).


Eataly's Foodiversità

Saturday, December 9, 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 9, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Saturday, December 9, 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

BAMKids: Awa Sangho

Saturday, December 9, 10:30 am–11:30 am
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)
$10

Mali-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Awa Sangho is a rising presence on the world music scene, delivering blues- and rock-tinted songs infused with the rhythms and resonance of West Africa. Known for high-energy performances that showcase her drumming and dancing, she comes to BAM fresh off the release of her debut solo album Ala Ta, a blend of Afro rhythms and acoustic instrumentation. Come early for pre-concert warm-up activities with a BAM teaching artist.

Also at 2 pm.

Book Culture on Columbus Storytime

Saturday, December 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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

Family Tour at The Met Breuer

Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Met Breuer ( 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life the Met’s striking modern art outpost. For families with children ages 3–11. Space is limited to 25; first come, first served.

Also at 2 pm.

Interstellar Cinderella

Saturday, December 9, 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.

National Marionette Theatre: Pinocchio

Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)
$17

Follow Pinocchio as he discovers that only by being truthful, selfless, and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real boy in a production featuring beautifully crafted marionettes and stunning scenery.

Also at 2 pm.

Saturday Morning Storytelling With The Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers: The White Cat on Dovre Mountain and the tale of Carpenter Andersen

Saturday, December 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. Julie DellaTorre and Rolf Stang return with a delightful basket of seasonal stories from Norway and Denmark for joyous start to December’s holidays.


Start with Art at the Met/Art Trek

Saturday, December 9, 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 9, 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 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.


The Secret of Kells & Irish Dance

Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See a beautiful and colorful Oscar-nominated animated film set in medieval Ireland on the eve of a Viking invasion. A young boy, Brendan, becomes swept into an adventure when a master illuminator arrives asking for his help with a book filled with secret powers. Prior to the screening, members of Darrah Carr Dance will present a fun, interactive Irish dance demonstration.


Showtime Saturdays

Saturday, December 9, 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.


Kidtooning with The New Yorker

Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
The New Yorker’s Office (1 World Trade Center)
$15 (only MasterCards accepted)

Budding artists (suggested ages 5-12) can enjoy an interactive demonstration by three New Yorker cartoonists—Emily Flake, Danny Shanahan and Corey Pandolph—and then be divided into small groups for interactive demonstrations led by each artist, featuring lessons on organizing ideas, composition and perspective, and other cartooning essentials. Kid-friendly snacks and beverages will be served including an ice cream sundae bar. Leave with gift bags containing a custom cartoon, artist apron, wooden menu, and current issue of The New Yorker. Hosted by The New Yorker and MasterCard® Priceless® New York. Space is limited; advance online registration recommended.


Whitney Open Studio

Saturday, December 9, 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.


Chalk

Saturday, December 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.


Living History

Saturday, December 9, 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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


Book Culture Storytime

Saturday, December 9, 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.


Bargemusic Family Concert

Saturday, December 9, 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.


Please Bring Balloons

Sunday, December 10, 10:00 am–10:30 am
University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street (corner of Rivington))
$25

Based on Lindsay Ward’s beautiful illustrated book, Please Bring Balloons, this interactive, multi-sensory theater experience is a fun and dynamic introduction to theater designed for ages 2-5 years old.

Sundays 10 am & 12 pm through December 10.

Eataly's Foodiversità

Sunday, December 10, 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 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.


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

Sunday, December 10, 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

Addy & Uno

Sunday, December 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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.

Second Sunday Family Tour: Expect the Unexpected

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

Discover how artists can provide new and surprising ways to view the ordinary in a family-oriented tour that incorporates conversation and creative hands-on gallery activities. Part of a monthly series.


Film Forum Jr.: Roman Holiday

Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
$9

Central European princess Audrey Hepburn (in her first major role) skips out on her official schedule to enjoy Rome incognito, with opportunistic reporter Gregory Peck in tow.


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Sunday, December 10, 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.


Hanukkah Family Celebration

Sunday, December 10, 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 images from the museum’s collections to find elements of Jewish culture and learn about the holiday. Enjoy a traditional snack and create a menorah. All are welcome.


Dig Drop-In

Sunday, December 10, 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.


Whitney Open Studio

Sunday, December 10, 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.


Hanukkah Family Day

Sunday, December 10, 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
Free with museum admission ($15/adult, free for 18 and under)

Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects — a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and collaborate on a giant light collage,


Living History

Sunday, December 10, 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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical

Sunday, December 10, 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.

Dog Film Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2:45 pm–6:15 pm
SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)
$15

See short films celebrating the love between dogs and their people. Proceeds support local animal welfare groups which bring people and pets together.

Two different programs at 2:45 & 4:45 pm.

Jazz Vespers

Sunday, December 10, 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.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Monday, December 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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 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.


Broadway Under the Stars

Monday, December 11, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

Sing and dance to free performances of hit songs from cast members of Broadway shows under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concert: Ugly Holiday Sweater Party with Genghis Barbie

Monday, December 11, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Grab your ugliest holiday sweater for holiday party featuring all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie with twists on seasonal favorites. Sit onstage and enjoy a free drink during fun, free, informal performances, then mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Tuesday, December 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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]


Metropolitan Museum of Art Storytime

Wednesday, December 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, December 13, 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.


Yoga Storytime

Wednesday, December 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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.


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

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

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.


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.


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.


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

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

Sing-along with The Buttons

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

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


Book Culture Storytime

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

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


New-York Historical Society Storytime

Friday, December 15, 3:30 pm–4:15 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

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


Virtuous Journeys

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

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


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).


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.

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.

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Saturday, December 16, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


Living History

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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


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.


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.


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).


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

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.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of The Beatles

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$10, 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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


Living History

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)

History comes to life every weekend a the New-York Historical Society. Meet soldiers, musicians, leaders, or craftspeople from the past—all portrayed by Living Historians from the present. Jump into a historic military training drill, ask a founder how they kick-started the nation, or check out a traditional instrument or skill.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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]


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.


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

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

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.


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

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.

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.


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.


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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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. 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 – 7pm throughout the week and 11am – 7pm on weekends, make ornaments and other art projects with Children’s Museum of the Arts.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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

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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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!


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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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

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.


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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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Thursday, November 9–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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


Launch Event for Princess Hair with Author/Illustrator Sharee Miller

Saturday, November 11–Sunday, December 31, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Books Of Wonder (18 West 18th Street)

Meet debut author and illustrator Sharee Miller at our 18 W 18th Street store as she shares her playful, empowering picture book Princess Hair.


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.


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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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, 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.


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

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

Friday, January 5, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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, 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, Waterfront Plaza (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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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)


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

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

Friday, January 12, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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

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

Friday, January 19, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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

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

Friday, January 26, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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

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

Friday, February 2, 10:00 am–11:00 am
DR2 Theatre (103 East 15th Street )
$25–$85.50

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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.


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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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

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 ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/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.