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Saturday, November 16
Get admission for 2 adults and up to 3 kids at the fun-for-all-ages New-York Historical Society for $27 (usually $56). This fascinating museum features an entire floor of interactive exhibits especially for kids. Weekly and special occasion family programs range from weekly storytimes to historical chocolate tastings, with frequent visits from living historians portraying Americans of the past. Trains to see and play with at Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown.
Wednesday, November 20
Lounge on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord in Flatiron's annual holiday installation.
See more than 100 pieces made by artist Nathan Sawaya with more than one million LEGO bricks. The collection features original pieces, a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton (comprised of over 80,000 LEGO bricks) and re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces. Includes an interactive section called “The Science of the Brick" with different LEGO brick building challenges, games and a free play area. Recreate famous building, bridges and structures using LEGO bricks, build a mystery object…
When you need a roof and heating, shop this indoor holiday market in Vanderbilt Hall for American-made and handmade products from locally-sourced materials including art, edible gifts, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets. Fuel up at the yummy Nordic Great Northern Food Hall next door and peek in the Holiday Train Show at the MTA museum across the concourse.
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.
Enter a 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. BY Turkish artist Refik Anadol. The inaugural installation of ARTECHOUSE, a space featuring immersive art exhibitions at the crossroads of art, science and technology. 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…
Enter an exhibition of entirely new work by 90-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama—including paintings, sculptures, an immersive installation, and the debut of a new infinity room Show is first come, first entry. Bring entertainment for the expect long lines (1-3 hours) and go on weekday mornings if possible. No bathrooms at the gallery; use coffee shops on the block. Daily line updates will be shared on David Zwirner's instagram. If you don't make it, Kusama's work will be New York…
Architects, engineers, and students compete to build structures made out of unopened cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest. Help out by bringing cans to the exhibition’s collection station.
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 Amy Virginia Buchanan for reading, singing, and dancing. Appropriate for kids 3 and under and their caretakers.
These weekly drop-in classes feature incredible music performed by world-class musicians, familiar songs, activities, movement and singing. Each week meet a different professional musician and explore and try a new instrument. Save with semester passes ($20 for 8 classes).
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.
Shop at a fully stocked deli where every single item - from cheese to fish - is handmade out of felt and available for purchase. Kids love the cute produce with personality (sequin eyes and other facial features) that you can play with and put into carts and buy. Vinyl murals installed throughout the concourse and on the plaza include a variety of Sparrow’s motifs and deli items.
Experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS' immersive experience gets a holiday update. Find a hidden slide, then touch smell, eat, and test products and artwork led by actots with a story. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.
Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an an immersive retail experience where families can test (and shop) for the best toys of the season. Pick a job (FunFluencer, Awesomeness Agent, Play Pioneer) and then test and rate toys in colorful vignettes including a retro board game room, disco music room and race track. Hosts daily free activities plus ticketed singalongs, author storytimes, performances, classes and themed art workshops ($23-$30). S'mores ice cream cone and…
* 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. * Shop over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array of handmade gifts. Favorites include soft sweet clothes and knit hats Luckypalmtree Organic, fun puppets Silly Puppets, wooden dinosaurs toys Boneyard Pets, NYC-inspired clothes &…
This truly spectacular show is great for all ages, even toddlers, with fabulous dancing by the talented Rockettes, dazzling costumes, special effects, camels, sheep and Santa Clause (many, many Santa Clauses in one of our favorite numbers). Includes a 10-minute Nutcracker section danced by giant bears that little kids love. * Can be a bit loud and over-stimulating for some kids but the noise and bustle are more forgiving for those not behaving perfectly. * The theater is gorgeous but…
Three visionary Tony Award winners — playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), director Matthew Warchus (Matilda) and set and costume designer Rob Howell (The Ferryman) — offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. Transferring from a critically acclaimed run at London’s Old Vic. Limited $40 rush tickets available at box office day of show.
This wistful, mostly language-free theatrical adventure offers a dreamlike vision that overflows with magical dynamism and humorous antics, set within an absurd and surrealistic world. Created and staged by Slava Polunin, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest clowns, this Tony Award-nominated Olivier Award-winning spectacle is known for its climactic blizzard and its wordless clowns who roam a wintry landscape. Includes (fake) snow fights at intermission.
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.
Aspiring young farmers read stories about the past while enjoying light snacks at this organic bakery.
Ice skate atop The Rooftop at Pier 17 with spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. Skate aids available for $20 before 5 pm weekdays and 12 pm weekends and holidays. Unlimited season passes available. Discounts for residents of zip codes 10002, 10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10038, or 10280.
In partnership with The Diller-Quaile School of Music, this six-week program for preschoolers and their families explores how music and art playfully intertwine. Each class will embark on a thematic musical tour of the Museum’s galleries followed by an art-making experience in the studio. Experiment with how music and art work together through form, line, color, and texture. Includes live accompaniment with a professional musician
Celebrate Harlem culture and the start of the holiday season with a wide variety of community groups, in-store activities and promotions, outdoor activities, karaoke, trivia, the Parade of Lights and an ugly sweater contest,. Also visit the children’s village with games, face painting, and more.
Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden are lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art, and a variety of holiday vendors.