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Monday, November 11
The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming Belle Époque decor lure locals to this cash-only tourist favorite. Dine on salads, sandwiches, pastries and all-day waffles, quiches and omelets or choose from exquisite desserts including 20+ cheesecake flavors, dozens of pies tarts and cakes (including 10 gluten-free options) and jumbo cookies a al a mode. So Parisian and pretty it was in a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks romantic comedy.
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with an immersive video projection dome dance portal to learn with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series…
In a dynamic, hands-on environment, watch, follow, collaborate with, and take inspiration from working contemporary artists in studio workspaces. Explore the work of a diverse set of artists who work with materials and techniques such as assemblage/collage, fiber arts, technology/new media and paper.
Tuesday, November 12
Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.
Read animal or ecology based story books, then meet animals related to the story. Children are encouraged to pet or hold the animals and ask lots of questions. Takes place Tuesdays at 11 am & Friday at 10 am, 11 am, 3:15 pm.
Actress/mom Nili Yelin delivers interactive, educational and amusing “Sit Down Stand-up” story-telling, a full performance of the written word. Limited space, so call (646.918.7879) to register or get there 15 minutes early.
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
The Creative Kitchen hosts apple inspired food craft stations, leads cooking demonstrations, and shares apple-based storytimes. At 2 & 3 pm, discover creative ways to make simple, healthy and delicious dishes and snacks with apples Chef Cricket Azima.
The downstairs kids department of this charming UWS bookstore hosts weekly storytime.
Join weekly themed sorytimes and crafts around different themes in this spacious children's section.
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.
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
Celebrate picture books with authors and illustrators Tina Schneider (Ninja Boy's Secret), Marie Lamba (A Day So Gray) and Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Frankie's Favorite Food). They discuss their work, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all their books.
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.
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
Friday, January 10
So the exhibits didn't come to life like in the movie (though my daughter swore the statue of Teddy Roosevelt was in a different place in the morning), but sleepover at the Natural History Museum i still one of the most magical NYC experiences. Sleep on cots underneath the famous blue whale (or next to African elephants, or surrounded by striking models of our planet - requests can be submitted at registration).* After the doors close and the lights dim,…