Events This Week

NYC’s got tons of cool family museum programs and family-friendly exhibits including Hotbed about women’s marches past and present) and the immersive [Zip:Unzip the Future].

See our thoroughly researched museum guide for tips and more ideas for family fun (and cute photos) on our Facebook and Instagram.

We are totally theater geeking out over all the awesome family-friendly shows currently running. Favorite children’s books Please Bring Balloons, Sick Day for Morris McGee, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Snowy Day all come magically alive on stage. See multicultural Los Angeles dance troupe Contra-Tiempo at Lincoln Center, snag slow-tourist season Broadway discounts and check out our deals page for info on $20 Off-Broadway Tix, 2-for-1 Broadway Week & Kids Night On Broadway (plus NYC Restaurant Week).

Amazing music mash-ups include a multimedia concert with quirky yellow alien Gustafer Yellowgold, clips of the Muppets singing with Elton John and other rock stars and a concert of  Shakespeare-inspired songs for kids. Like I said, geeking out.


What We’re Reading

Last Stop on Market Street
This winner of the Newbery Medal and an Honor Book for both the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards celebrates diversity, urban living, volunteerism and grandparents in a simple story about a boy riding a bus with his grandma across town.  Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s pleasing compositions of flat, blocky illustrations appeal to all ages.


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Thursday


Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

12:00 am
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)

Get a free train fix every Friday morning through February, we’re opening the doors early at 7:30 am. Explore the Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection before the museum opens, read fun train tales, and enjoy coffee and breakfast treats, available for purchase from the museums’ Espresso & Coffee Bar.


Fridays though February 23


Whitney Family Tours

12:00 am
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

Explore and learn about art together through lively discussion and fun gallery activities in interactive family tours of kid-friendly works on view in current exhibitions. Ticket given out first come, first served at the desk outside the Hearst Artspace on Floor Three. Also stop by the Open Studio (10:30 am–3 pm) for art making inspired by works on view.


Also at 11:45 am & 12:45 pm.


Rubin Family Sundays: Flourishing Futures

12:00 am
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 a thematic gallery search. Tuck your worries away in an envelope and seal it with a blossoming, folded lotus to symbolize a fresh start—made by you. Grow into your future self by making an artful reminder to overcome your fears and journey toward a better tomorrow.



Friday


Sick Day for Morris McGee

10:00 am–10:45 am
The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street)
$20

Every day, Morris McGee takes the No. 5 bus to his job at the zoo. Every day, he lovingly attends to the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the owl and the rhinoceros (who always has a runny nose). Every day, that is, until it’s Morris who has the sniffles, Based on a Caldecott Medal-winning book by Philip C. Stead, this charming puppetry performance about one creature of habit and his kindhearted coterie will warm your heart and chase away the winter chills. Presented by Israeli troupe The Train Theater.


Friday 1 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm
Through  Jan 28


Saturday


Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

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.



Contra-Tiempo

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$25

Drawing from salsa, Afro-Cuban dance, hip-hop, and contemporary dance-theater, this critically acclaimed, multicultural Los Angeles dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their philosophy of performance-as-social-action gives voice to people not traditionally seen on the concert stage, creating a thrilling, mind-opening experience for children and adults alike.


Also at 2 pm.


Design Kids At Cooper Hewitt

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.



Just Kidding: Best of Family Music Showcase

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

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.



Saturday Art Workshops at Scandinavia House

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Scandinavia House (58 Park Avenue at 38th Street)
$10

Each Saturday morning, Scandinavia House presents arts and storytelling for children. Work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library, including exhibition-related workshops for The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography in January.



Supergirl Screening

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
Free with museum admission ($15/adults, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

Jessie Auritt’s documentary follows pre-teen weightlifting champion Naomi Kutin, a.k.a. Supergirl, and her record breaking ability to lift three times her body weight in weightlifting competitions against adults. Outside of competition, Naomi is a pre-teen living in an Orthodox Jewish family in New Jersey that encourages her impressive talent and strength. Naomi faces not only tests of her physical strength, but cyber-bulling, health issues, and demands of family, school, and friends. Also check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World.


Also on Sunday.


The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats

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

Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy. Singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets create a warm and joyful experience that celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure.


11 am Saturdays through Feb 3 & Jan 15


Winter Jam

11:00 am–3:00 pm
Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell (Central Park, West 72nd Street)

Enjoy fresh (fake) snow and try out (or watch) cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, kicksledding and other winter activities while enjoying live music at a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages.



Questlove Presents: Breaks For Kids Special Edition

12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Gramercy Theater (127 East 23rd Street)
$5-25 donation encouraged

All ages are invited to a benefit for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation featuring a DJ Performance by Amira and Kayla, live musical performance, dance performance by The Street Justice Crew, face painting, arts, crafts, and more.



Winter Blast: A Family Day of Native Games

12:00 pm–4:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian – New York (One Bowling Green)

Celebrate winter, earn and play Native games from across the Western Hemisphere. Diverse games include Inuit yo-yo, ring and pin, the high kick, hoop throwing, and other fun activities.



Sunday


Broadway Playhouse: Leonard Bernstein

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street)
$20

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the iconic composer, conductor, educator, pianist and longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein with songs and scenes from West Side Story, On the Town, Candide, Wonderful Town and more. Kids can sing along to “New York, New York” and “America” and may be called to the stage to participate in Bernstein-themed games.



Crazy For Knishes: The Knish War on Rivington Street

11:00 am–12:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street (12 Eldridge Street)
$14, $8/ages 5-18, students & seniors, free/ages 5 & under

When two immigrant families opened knish shops right across the street from each other in New York’s Lower East Side back in 1916, it sparked a crazy culinary competition – and provided the real-life inspiration for Joanne Oppenheim’s charming and hilarious new children’s book, The Knish War on Rivington Street.  Oppenheim will read the story and sign your book (copies will be available for sale), as well as share details about the special role kids played in the knish war. Also taste knishes from Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, one of the last remaining knisheries in the neighborhood.



The Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: The Music of Michael Jackson

11:30 am–12:30 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave)
$12, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the danceable music of king of pop Michael Jackson.




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