Fifth Avenue Decor
Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Some highlights, listed north to south:
* Giant illuminated animals bedeck the Pulitzer Fountain a 59th Street, plus look for 10 larger-than-life illuminated toys including a giant Rubik’s Cube and taxi along the avenue (though Jan 8).
* At 58th street, each window of Bergdorf Goodman’s installation The Present Moment is packed with color and charming details.
* Walk south to a colorful, towering Christmas Tree scaling the Louis Vuitton store (57th Street), multiple panthers among the red-ribboned wrapped Cartier store (52nd Street) and a the always gorgeous St. Patrick’s Cathedral (51st Street).
* Every 10 minutes between 5 pm and 11 pm, the Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show transforms the facade of the famed department store into a dazzling castle as 10-story-high projections sparkle in time to music .
* Walk through Rockefeller Center, where the famous tree is up but not yet lit up. Stop for chocolate at Tuescher and/or La Maison du Chocolate before exploring giant candy canes and ornaments on Sixth Avenue.
Look for 10 of Jim Rennert’s colossal bronze figures throughout midtown Manhattan, plus see mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures at Cavalier Galleries.
Positioned throughout the bustling city streets, one figure pauses to look at his watch, considering the importance of timing, while another raises his hand to signal a moment…More info
See nineteen sparkling, densely painted paintings by Berlin-based artist Ellen Gronemeyer, with turbulent surfaces, dark yet luminous compositions. Look for a mermaid (or is it a merman?), a dog, a reclining youth, a snake, a drinker, a melting ice cube, and a couple of close-up faces with layers of heavy paint in byzantium purple, golden…More info
Take a deep dive into the full breadth of Alexander Calder’s career and inventiveness win a survey of early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewelry, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures, the exhibition
Calder’s work was first exhibited at MoMA in 1930, just months after the Museum opened its doors. Throughout MoMA’s…More info
Enjoy grownups-only time while kids have a cozy, silly, Saturday night party with crafting, pizza, play time, story time, a dance party and a show to unwind at the end of the night. PJs optional.
For potty-trained kids ages 3+. Registration closes 48 hours before start time.More info
Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, the Museum of Modern Art has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.
* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, find a helicopter in a stairwell and see modern masterpieces including paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent…More info
This truly spectacular show is back! A fun treat 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.
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Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climbers, seasonal water features, sloped turf, a large sandbox area, low monkey bars, tunnels, ramps and (our favorite) giant rocks to climb. Plus a spacious bathroom.
Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance.
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