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Thursday, January 23
* Watch skaters - or skate yourself on the city's only free rink ($18-33/skate rentals - varies by day, free lockers available, $10/lock or bing you own). Penguin and snowmen skate aids available for wee learners ($22/hour). New this season, reserve your skate time online. * Warm up in the rinkside Lodge by Urbanspace featuring dozen of NYC restaurants including Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery, Pierogi Boys, Good Stock, Todaro Bros, Chimney Cakes by Stackery, a S’Mores Bar by Squish a beer garden. *…
Through Feb 9, snag 2-for-1 tickets to many of NYC's iconic attractions, museums, tours and performing arts. Save of our family faves - click on the link for exhibit, events and info. - Big Apple Circus - Bronx Zoo - Brooklyn Museum - Guggenheim - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - Museum of the City of New York - National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey - New York Botanical Garden - New-York Historical Society - Whitney Museum of Art and…
Celebrate all things ice cream at the return of the sweet pop up that started then trend. This new permanent location has 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, the biggest sprinkle pool ever, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try.
Explore the Lunar New Year holiday and the related traditional visual and performing arts in a vibrant, interactive art experience for all ages. Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday through displays, artist workshops, and hands-on activities. Learn about nianhua (New Year pictures), spring couplets, and papercutting. A showcase on the art of shadow puppetry will features antique puppets, a traditional shadow puppet theater, and a theater where children can create their own puppet shows. At a lion dance display, try on…
Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.
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.…
Get three-course, prix-fixe meals from fabulous NYC restaurants for $26 for lunch or $42 from January 21 through February 9. Choose from more than 380 participating restaurants including The Dutch, Hearth, Lafayette, ABC Kitchen, Lincoln, Tavern on the Green, and many more tasty options. Read these tips on getting the most bang for your buck. Get an additional $10 off with a Mastercard. My kids have had some fancy lunches with this deal. Book your resis now; tables fill up…
Enter a very cool, colorful mixed reality experiment deploying machine learning algorithms on architectural images of New York City, revealing the hidden connections between unique moments in the city's iconic architectural culture and history. An immersive, dynamic installation by Turkish artist Refik Anadol. Suggested age is 6+ but younger kids allowed as long as they agree t0 no running, no poking, no stepping on and no touching the hardware or installations.
Boat lovers can admire luxury motor yachts, sport fishers, sailboats and more watercrafts, plus see antique engines, build a toy boat and other maritime activities.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with scheduled performances by traditional lion dancers and more. Try your luck with red envelope giveaways.
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books; then continue your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the Museum. Geared toward families with children ages 3–6, but all ages welcome. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Parents and children are invited to gather around this Belgian bakery's communal table every Thursday from 3-5 pm for coloring, story time and 10% off all children's meals.
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. The first Thursday of the month features music in the galleries.
This worldwide winter festival celebrates the holiday season with giant lantern displays, cultural arts and handicrafts, entertainment, food, modern art exhibits, interactive games, a holiday market, and live stage performances. Displays of light and color, handcrafted by world-class artisans. honor the traditional Chinese art of lantern-making. Over 120 lantern sets under 6 giant tentss. Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point Station. Paid parking lots.
Celebrate Lunar New Year through the combination of the lion dance, martial arts and athletics in a special performance. Also eat and shop with Lunar New Year promotions from the mall's shops and restaurants. Performances at 5:30& 6:30 pm.
Friday, January 24
Bundle up and celebrate of the season with some wintery spins on Bryant Park favorites including seasonal food and drinks, ice fishing, an ice ball, bumper cars on ice ($17, ages 7+), karaoke and live music at (indoor) The Lodge, silent disco, skating and much more
Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially enjoyed an activity where we drew each other with our eyes closed and picked the colors of each other's essences. The 1 year old we…
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…
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…
Join CMA’s teaching artists in a dedicated, specially-designed, safe art and play studio for children ages 1 to 5. Daily drop-in sessions feature a range of stimulating activities including music, storytime and art-making with a variety of materials and techniques. Stay and explore the Children's Museum of The Arts after for $6 more.
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. Get $25 discount tickets online.
Learn about the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants. Trace their fascinating nearly 170-year history with interactive displays about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. Try to cook in a toy wok, see a timeline of illustrated Chinese menus from 1910 to the present, take a pic with thousands of take out boxes, enjoy tastings created by talented Chinese American chefs, and try a treat from a continuously operating 1,500-pound fortune cookie machine.
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a curated collection of looks and styles from Oculus retailers in celebration of the Year of the Rat.
Saturday, January 25
Join Whitney Teaching Fellows—PhD candidates in art history—on engaging tours when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies welcome.
This engaging and fun bimonthly class encourages children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with their siblings and caregivers.