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Tuesday, October 1
Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.
Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.
Friday, November 22
Cult dessert chain Milk Bar newest location in the Ace Hotel spans 4,000-square-feet with all of Christina Tosi's signature inventive treats plus some new menu items. Dine at cafeteria-style seating, grab and go from a “mini mart” for pre-packaged items and Milk Bar merchandise, design cookies, cakes, and pints of ice cream at stations or sign up to take a class. Plus fun neon signs for photos with birthday cake truffles, bagel bombs or blueberry corn cookie.
Sunday, December 1
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.
Thursday, December 5
The lovely Tree of Light, a 40-foot balsam fir from Vermont, is perfectly framed by the surrounding skyline.
Tuesday, December 10
Pretend to be a giant and explore a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama. The over 100 feet long richly textured surface invites visitor engagement. Varied materials undulate across the lawn and crescendo into rising towers growing in and around a patterned surface made of colored sand that mimics Persian carpet designs. Note the Oval Lawn is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday but the work can be viewed anytime.
Wednesday, December 11
Explore 5,000 square feet of shopping, services, and fun for children, parents, and caregivers at a pop-up overlooking Union Square. Book special events with New York’s kids activity providers and favorite brands plus visit Santa. Donut's and coffee avaialble from Du's Donuts. Stroller and ADA entrance on West 18th Street.
Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us - and try to ride a bike with square wheels.
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…
Thursday, December 12
Share a delicious meal hosted by modern baby and toddler brand Lalo at a cute holiday pop-up. Come with friends or meet new ones; all are welcome. Enter through 36 E 18th Street and head upstairs to the 2nd floor.
Saturday, December 14
Old Saint Nick visits the Union Square Holiday Pop-Up for some photo ops (and maybe sneaking in a few Du's Donuts). BYOC (Bring Your Own Camera). Book a time slot online; limited walk-ins available. Enter through 36 E 18th Street and head upstairs to the 2nd floor.
Employees from the Upper West Side outpost of 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.
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.
Sunday, December 15
Why did the donut go to the dentist? To get a filling! Save your best dad jokes for daddy bonding time over Du’s Donuts and Dough Project magic. Union Square Play’s most musical dad, Ramblin’ Dan, provides the tunes. Show us your best dad moves on the dance floor or head bop on the sidelines if that’s more your speed. Enter through 36 E 18th Street and head upstairs to the 2nd floor.
Renowned choreographer Igal Perry presents an innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience. The classic story blended with a fusion of hip hop and contemporary dance set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s original score as well as new music. With over 60 performers including professional dancers and young students. During a suite tea party between the 12 & 3 pm shows, take photos with dancers, hear the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, enjoy refreshments and create a Nutcracker doll.
Monday, December 16
Gather round for some book reading in a cute holiday pop-up. Each week, a different Union Square Play educator will select a few of their favorite children's books to read aloud. Enter through 36 E 18th Street and head upstairs to the 2nd floor.
Tuesday, December 17
Brooke Desir of BeBox Kids Studio will helps kids craft handmade holiday gifts to give to lucky loved ones in a cute holiday pop-up. Enter through 36 E 18th Street and head upstairs to the 2nd floor.