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Tuesday, November 12
Celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry with artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm) alongside historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Dynamic displays explore the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. Hop on custom-made Busytown vehicle-themed benches and take photos throughout the gallery with Busytown characters. Pick up an "I Spy" scavenger hunt at the 77th St.…
An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a sweet, snow-hating yeti with a sparkly silver cat the value of snow and friendship. A fun musical with clever staging in a magical Central Park setting. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers (though my 9-year-old was also enchanted). Unassigned seating on benches in a small theater (grown-ups are encouraged to sit in the back). Stroller parking available in…
This twice weekly program includes the reading of a NY-themed book, related craft project, playtime with historic toys and a special Little New-Yorkers hello song. Past projects have included iphone ‘books’ and construction paper teapots – and it’s never been crowded.
Wednesday, November 13
Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It's a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule varies week to week; lots of options at all times of day.
Thursday, November 14
Join a 45-minute music class of upbeat tunes- fun children’s songs, rock n’ roll oldies, and today’s hits. The teacher comes armed with a guitar and props/instruments for the kids to use throughout the class: shakers, scarves, a parachute and more. Pre-register for a $3 discount.
Friday, November 15
Ages 2 to 5 can play in the 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're even in the website's photos. Two sessions: 10:10 & 11:10 am. Free passes available same day on a designated line outside the 81st Street Planetarium Entrance between 9:45 and 10:05 on a first-come, first-served basis. Remaining tickets are distributed in the Discovery…
Join NYC based children’s performer and guitarist Dan the Music Man for a high energy, interactive song and dance experience with guitar, shakers, scarves, bubbles, and parachute.
Saturday, November 16
WonderSpark Puppets presents the story of a fox who loses his precious tail, and with it, his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead - with hilarious results - before realizing the moral lesson of this classic ancient fable. Also at 2 pm. Part of the Just Kidding family performances series.
Celebrates Columbia's Year of Water with a series of aquatic-themed family films. This week, see the epic adventure of wide-eyed, blue tang fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) trying to find the parents she became separated from as a child. Her journey is complicated by memory loss every 10 seconds or so, but she has the help of her friends Nemo and Marlin. Screenings at 11 am and 3 pm.
Celebrate picture book biographies with authors Julie Leung (Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist) and Jeff Scher (The President Sang Amazing Grace). They will discuss their work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their books.
Drink it all in with a bevy of colonial beverages in this multisensory Living History program exploring global trade and colonial silversmithing in Paul Revere’s time. Discover recipes, smell spices, and handle hot chocolate preparation tools. Afterwards, visit the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere.
Author/illustrtor Kamilla Benko discusses her new original middle grade novel bridging the epic adventure of Frozen with the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen 2. She will answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all her books. Ages 8+
Sunday, November 17
Grownups and their children (up to 3 years old) explore America’s past, present, and future in a lively and interactive tour before the museum opens for the day. Includes singing, movement, texture exploration and art-making in the galleries. First & third Sunday of the month.
The Metropolitan Horn Authority plays lively fanfares, classical favorites, and familiar nursery rhymes at a relaxed, fun concert. All ages (even babies) can crawl, squeal, and dance while everyone enjoys outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians. Includes interaction with musicians throughout the concert and trying instruments after.
Enjoy a Tiny Tea at Bluebird London NYC and meet author , author of Frozen II: Forest of the Shadows</a. The tiny tea includes: three finger sandwiches, two scones, a tiny cupcake, a fruit skewer, a cookie, and a strawberry milkshake. Additional items can be chosen from A La Carte. Includes a $15 gift card to the children’s specialty bookstore Books of Wonder which can be used towards the purchase of Ms. Benko's books at the event or for purchases…
Saturday, November 23
Celebrate Native American culture with performances by ‒Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Native American games like the ring and pin, hacky sack, and the stick game, themed storytimes.
Explore the Museum of Natural History on a quest to find strange creatures that seem straight out of the world of Harry Potter. No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary; you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. Designed for ages 10 and up.
Sing along witha GRAMMY nominated folk singer in a rowdy, rootsy dance party for the whole family. Cozy theater with no assigned seating - all views are good. Part of the Just Kidding family performances series.
Meet the she-merchants, pioneering woman who worked in business and trade in 18-century New York. Explore their unique stories and discover the goods and artifacts they imported, exported, and sold in shops with historical interpreters who bring their world to life.
Wednesday, November 27
Celebrate Thanksgiving eve with a grand New-York Historical tradition: the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation. Members at the Family level and above are invited to enjoy festive treats and special access to watch the inflation fo the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon
Saturday, December 7
Meet young Yelia who visits her grandmother in Cuba and learns to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style. All ages are invited to dance along at this dynamic participation play, Havana Hop, where multidisciplinary artist Paige Hernandez creates three generations of lively women and celebrates the joys of her multicultural heritage. Relaxed atmosphere with room to roam in the back. Sensory supports (noise-cancelling headphones and fidgets) are available to borrow. Snacks welcome. Enter at the doors on Broadway.
See paper pop-up extravaganza all about growing pains. See a groovy blend of historical fiction, 60s pop culture puppets made entirely out of re-purposed paper products and colorful confetti. Come on get happy with Carol Lee Bell as she finds the fold to fitting in at school, and discovers the best way is to not actually fit at all. Part of the Just Kidding family performances series.
Explore visualizations used to organize and recall stores of information in an ever-expanding mental landscapes on a guided tour of Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler, then make your own 3D interpretation of a memory palace. Space is limited; online registration required.
Learn about the tools composers use capture their unique musical sounds and ideas in an interactive New York Philharmonic concert conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts. Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers. Recommended for ages 6+
Sunday, December 8
Drawing on centuries of repertoire, this interactive New York Philharmonic concert highlights composers whose works both reflect and contribute to larger social issues. Come early to meet Philharmonic musicians, try out instruments, and enjoy a performance featuring some Very Young Composers. Recommended for ages 6+