Father’s Day in NYC

NYC dads work hard, so celebrate them with a diverse range of options for every type – sporty, foodie, arty and more.

  SPORTY DADS  

* See a vintage baseball game accompanied by beer, brats, and hot dogs followed by a family game of rounders–19th century facial hair optional.
* Hike, bike, climb, fish, paddle and more at Central Park’s Adventures NYC.
* Run in a family race for all ages in Riverside Park.
* Compete in scavenger hunts throughout Central Park and the New-York Historical Society.

  ARTY DADS  

* Design unusual Father’s Day gifts using an unlikely art material—duct tape.
* Dads get free admission at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and lots of hands-on fun for all ages. Also visit the colorful Charlie Brown & Snoopy murals in the neighborhood.

 FOODIE DADS  

* Decorate cookies or make a Neapolitan pizza at Eataly’s family cooking classes.
* Indulge in the culinary and cultural diversity of the LES at the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival
* More egg creams plus global mashups such as pastrami/sauerkraut dumplings and Indian knishes at the Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival.

  FILM BUFF DADS  

* See a screening of Pixar’s Finding Nemo, about a clownfish father’s love, plus make your own stop-motion films, check out the fun exhibition Jim Henson’s World, play classic video games and nerd out over Star Trek and Star Wars memorabilia.
* Fuel up with Venezuelan fried yumminess (and passion fruit sangria) at the nearby Arepas Cafe.

  GLOBAL DADS  

* Walk inside a rainbow bubble, capture a galaxy in a bottle, dance with Falu’s Bazaar and try more activities inspired by Himalayan Asia at the Rubin Museum Block Party.
*  Enjoy Turkish music, food, dancing, art and a rooftop bazaar at Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s Ramadan Eid Festival
* Join a globe-spanning musical adventure as new recruits to the Agents of Jam in FunikiJam’s Music Garden (free tix for dads).

  TIME TRAVELING & MUSIC LOVING DADS  

* Dapper dads and flappers can dance, picnic, and admire vintage cars at Governor Island’s Jazz Age Lawn Party, one of our favorite NYC events.
* Listen to classical/jazz quintet Calliope Brass in the relaxed, fun atmosphere of Book Culture’s Long Island City location, plus enjoy bites from chef Sarah Lawson and beers for dad from a local brewery.
* Get out those old tie-dye t-shirts for an interactive live music experience featuring the music of The Grateful Dead.

  READ  

In Keith Negley’s playful and emotional My Dad Used To Be So Cool, a new father looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Of course his young son still thinks he’s the coolest guy in the world. A great father’s day gift (even for dads who were uncool before kids :).


Monday, December 3


Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps

The Jewish Museum ~ 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street ~ Upper East Side
10:00 am–6:00 pm
$15, free/ages 18 & under
See over 80 Hanukah lamps representing four continents and six centuries of artistic production from the largest collection of Hanukkah…


Wednesday, December 12


White Christmas

AMC Empire 25 ~ 234 West 42nd Street ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$12.50
See the classic holiday film featuring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye joining forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and…


Thursday, December 13


December Thursday Movie Nights: Elf

The Westchester ~ 125 Westchester Ave ~ Westchester
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
FREE
Grab dinner from one of the eateries in the SAVOR Westchester Food Hall and enjoy a free screening of family-friendly…


Friday, December 14


American Girl Holiday Cookie Decorating

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–3:00 pm
$10
Decorate three holiday cookies with festive frosting and sprinkles. Enjoy the cookies while shopping or take them home in a…

Ajkun Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

The Ailey Studio Theater ~ 405 West 55th Street ~ Midtown West
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
$35
Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company presents the magical Nutcracker suite, restaged by director Chiara Ajkun, in the intimacy of its studio.…


Saturday, December 15


Holiday Doll Hair Salon Spectacular

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
8:15 am–9:15 am
$28
Learn how to create a Candy Cane twist hairstyle. Expert Doll Hair Salon stylists teach girls all the steps needed…

Breakfast With The Baboons: Holiday Treats

Prospect Park Zoo ~ 450 Flatbush Ave ~ Brooklyn
9:00 am–10:30 am
FREE
Enjoy exclusive early access to the zoo with a wild troop of baboons. Eat a tasty breakfast, meet an animal…

Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical…

A Season of Lights: A Winter Workshop

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–12:00 pm
$10/child-adult pair
Hear a reading of Nancy Luenn’s Celebrations Of Light : A Year of Holidays Around the World, learn about winter…

Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

A Christmas Carol

Museum of the Moving Image ~ 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street ~ Queens
11:00 am–12:15 pm
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under
Experience the original film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved Christmas tale on the 80th anniversary of its original release. Ebenezer…

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Teddy Bear Tea

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
11:30 am–1:00 pm
$20
Celebrate the season with a child-approved, bright, colorful and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen,…

Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party: Grateful Dead

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre ~ 145 Westchester Avenue ~ Westchester
11:30 am–12:30 pm
$15/in advance, $17/day of show, free/ages 1 & under
Enjoy an interactive and educational live music holiday party in a historic venue featuring the music of the Grateful Dead…

Saint Lucia Workshop

Scandinavia House ~ 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–2:30 pm
$12
Make traditional St. Lucia and Star Boy costumes in a playful workshop. Advance registration is recommended to ensure that children…

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Apollo Theater ~ 253 West 125th Street ~ Harlem
2:00 pm–6:00 pm
FREE
Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed…

Joffrey Ballet School The Nutcracker

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center ~ 31-10 Thomson Avenue ~ Queens
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15-45
Over 300 dancers from all of the Joffrey Ballet School programs bring to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty…

The Knickerbocker Suite

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center ~ 248 60th Street ~ Upper West Side
3:00 pm–4:15 pm
$22.50–$32.50
Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and…

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Peridance ~ 126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues ~ Union Square
3:30 pm–5:30 pm
$30, $20/students & seniors, $15/ages 11 & under
Choreographer Igal Perry's innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience features a fusion of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance depicting falling snowflakes…

Al Smith Holiday Celebration

Alfred E. Smith Playground ~ 80 Catherine Street ~ Lower Manhattan
5:00 pm–7:30 pm
FREE
Celebrate the holiday spirit by listening to the Al Smith Choir performing carols for the community plus a tree lighting,…

Ajkun Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker

The Ailey Studio Theater ~ 405 West 55th Street ~ Midtown West
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
$35
Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company presents the magical Nutcracker suite, restaged by director Chiara Ajkun, in the intimacy of its studio.…

Candlelight Tours and Victorian Carolers

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
$15, $10/seniors & students
Experience a historic mansion decked out for the holidays by candlelight with costumed docents highlighting 19th-century holiday traditions. Listen to…


Sunday, December 16


American Girl Welcomes Santa

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
9:00 am–10:00 am
$30, gratuity not included
Meet Santa at the American Girl store during breakfast in the cute cafe.

Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical…

Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

A Christmas Carol

Museum of the Moving Image ~ 36-01 35 Avenue at 37 Street ~ Queens
11:00 am–12:15 pm
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under
Experience the original film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s beloved Christmas tale on the 80th anniversary of its original release. Ebenezer…

Deck the Stalls: Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates Downtown Showcase

Seaport District ~ Fulton & Front Streets ~ Lower Manhattan
11:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
The artisan producers of Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates showcase a wide range of specialty foods Enjoy holiday gifts, locally made…

FunikiJam's HOLIDAY BEAT!

Actor’s Temple Theatre ~ 339 West 47th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20 at this link
When Bahjat wants to throw a holiday party that includes everyone, Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam take him…

Rock And Roll Playhouse Holiday Party: The Beatles

Brooklyn Bowl ~ 61 Wythe Ave ~ Brooklyn
11:00 am–5:00 pm
$12, free/ages 1 & under
Enjoy an interactive and educational live holiday-themed music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the…

Joffrey Ballet School The Nutcracker

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center ~ 31-10 Thomson Avenue ~ Queens
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
$15-45
Over 300 dancers from all of the Joffrey Ballet School programs bring to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty…

Santa’s Corner Caroling

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
12:30 pm–1:00 pm
FREE
Join holiday caroling led by the talented New York Holiday Choristers. Stick around after to take a photo with Santa.

Japan Society Creative Play & Family Workshops: Nengajo Holiday Cards & Woodblock Printing

Japan Society ~ 333 East 47th Street ~ Midtown East
1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$15
Explore Japan’s seasonal customs and culture through art making based on a different theme each month. From 1–2 pm, preschool-aged…

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Peridance ~ 126 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues ~ Union Square
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
$30, $20/students & seniors, $15/ages 11 & under
Choreographer Igal Perry's innovative contemporary Nutcracker experience features a fusion of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance depicting falling snowflakes…

Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

Metropolitan Museum Of Art ~ 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street ~ Upper East Side
2:00 pm–4:00 pm
$65, $1/ages 6–16, includes same-day museum admission
Period-instrument ensemble Apollo's Fire is joined by additional singers, dancers, and instrumentalists to celebrate the Celtic roots of an Appalachian…

Reading of  'Twas the Night Before Christmas' 

The Church of the Intercession ~ 550 West 155th Street ~ Hamilton/Washington Heights
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
FREE
For the 108th year, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' will be read followed by candle-lit wreath-laying on the author Clement…

Symphony Space: White Christmas

Symphony Space ~ 2537 Broadway at 95th Street ~ Upper West Side
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
$15
Count Your Blessings if we get a White Christmas instead of a Heat Wave. Sing along with Bing Crosby, Danny…


Monday, December 17


Solstice Reflections

Flatiron Plaza ~ West 23rd Street & Broadway ~ Flatiron
4:00 pm–8:00 pm
FREE
In celebration of the season of light, MoMath invites all to experience the joyful reflection of a life-sized kaleidoscope in…


Tuesday, December 18


Astor Place Holiday Music: Grace Church School

Astor Place ~ 1 Astor Place ~ West Village & East Village
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy holiday music and sing-along to festive favorites with Grace Church School's Jazz Ensemble, Grace Notes, MS Choir & MS Band.

Unsilent Night

Washington Square Park ~ 5th Avenue & Washington Square North ~ West Village & East Village
5:45 pm–6:45 pm
FREE
In this modern update to traditional caroling, composer Phil Kline leads a massive chorus of boomboxes from Washington Square Park…

Live Holiday Music

Bryant Park ~ 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue ~ Midtown West
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Southwest Porch hosts an eclectic mix of festive music during the holiday season alongside an ice skating rink and Winter…


Thursday, December 20


Astor Place Holiday Music: Choir of St John's In The Village

Astor Place ~ 1 Astor Place ~ West Village & East Village
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
FREE
Enjoy a capella carols with Choir of St John's In The Village.

December Thursday Movie Nights: The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Westchester ~ 125 Westchester Ave ~ Westchester
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
FREE
Grab dinner from one of the eateries in the SAVOR Westchester Food Hall and enjoy a free screening of family-friendly…


Friday, December 21


Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Saturday, December 22


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical…

Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Sunday, December 23


Breakfast With Santa & ELFPROV

Broadway Comedy Club ~ 318 West 53rd Street ~ Midtown West
9:30 am–11:00 am
$25, $12 at this link
Enjoy a continental breakfast, caroling and photo-ops with Santa and his elves. At 10 am see ELFPROV, an interactive musical…

Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

Deck the Stalls: Public Markets Medley

Seaport District ~ Fulton & Front Streets ~ Lower Manhattan
11:00 am–5:00 pm
FREE
Sample foods from all of NYC's public markets including La Marqueta, Moore Street Market, and the 13th Avenue Market. Enjoy…

FunikiJam's HOLIDAY BEAT!

Actor’s Temple Theatre ~ 339 West 47th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20 at this link
When Bahjat wants to throw a holiday party that includes everyone, Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam take him…

The Ho-Ho-Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

Midtown ~ West 4oth-60th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$21.50, $17.50/ages 7-17
On this seasonal scavenger hunt, kids and adults discover the delights of Midtown’s lavish holiday displays, including the windows along…

Cookies and Crafts at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum ~ 895 Shore Road ~ Bronx
1:00 pm–2:00 pm
$8, $6/seniors & students, free/ages 5 & under
Decorate some holiday cookies to take home after exploring the mansion decked out for the season. Recommended for ages 4…

Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Monday, December 24


Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Wednesday, December 26


Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Thursday, December 27


Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…

December Thursday Movie Nights: Space Jam

The Westchester ~ 125 Westchester Ave ~ Westchester
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
FREE
Grab dinner from one of the eateries in the SAVOR Westchester Food Hall and enjoy a free screening of family-friendly…


Friday, December 28


Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Saturday, December 29


Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

The Ho-Ho-Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt

Midtown ~ West 4oth-60th Street ~ Midtown West
10:30 am–11:30 am
$21.50, $17.50/ages 7-17
On this seasonal scavenger hunt, kids and adults discover the delights of Midtown’s lavish holiday displays, including the windows along…

Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Sunday, December 30


Holiday Bricktacular

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester ~ 39 Fitzgerald Street ~ Westchester
10:00 am–7:00 pm
$26.95 online, $29.95 at door
$14 annual pass at this link
Celebrate the holidays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester with seasonal build activities and holiday theming plus special giveaways & activities…

FunikiJam's HOLIDAY BEAT!

Actor’s Temple Theatre ~ 339 West 47th Street ~ Midtown West
11:00 am–12:00 pm
$30, $20 at this link
When Bahjat wants to throw a holiday party that includes everyone, Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam take him…

Holiday Tea with American Girl

American Girl ~ 75 Rockefeller Plaza ~ Midtown West
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
$25, gratuity not included
Dine on a  selection of delectable treats and drinks for kids, adults and dolls. Enjoy a festive “silly sweaters” craft,…


Saturday, January 5


Camels and Kings: A Gift Giving Workshop

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine ~ 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street ~ Upper West Side
10:00 am–12:00 pm
$10
Explore the story surrounding the famous journey of the three wise men with a story then make gift boxes, costumes…

My Dad Used To Be So Cool
In Keith Negley's playful and emotional My Dad Used To Be So Cool, a new father looks back wistfully on his crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Of course his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

Mighty Dads
In this engaging picture book from the creator of Pete the Cat James Dean and bestselling author Joan Holub, colorful construction vehicle characters teach their kids to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on. Trucks and dads – two of my son’s favorite things – come together with charm.