While some favorite NYC traditions are cancelled this winter, the city is still sparkling with lights and trees and new festive outdoor experiences. See our map to plan your adventures and find festivities in Westchester & beyond.
Plus ways to volunteer with kids to truly celebrate the season.
* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink ($21-$26/skate rentals – varies by day). Online advance reservations required. Penguin skate aids available for younger kids ($22). Capacity is reduced and skate times are shorter. Groups 1 & 4 have the least crowded times on the ice during the 10…
This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Operating at a limited capacity with 50 minute skate times – but no tourist throngs this year. Mostly outdoors, but admission is through the indoor skate house.
Discounts for the first and last skate…
* Skate in the middle of magical Central Park at this spacious rink.
* Capacity is limited. Multi-use pass holders may reserve public session space in advance. All single-use attendees are first come, first served.
* Lockers not available for single-day use.
* Adult admission is $7 less on Monday-Thursday (non-holiday).
Skate in a usually uncrowded outdoor rink at North Meadow in the northern part of Central Park. The ice is divided into two sections, with one dedicated to fun-to-watch hockey.
Cash only. $5 fee for spectators. Lockers not available, personal items must be kept with you at all times. concessions include pretzels, pizza, etc.
See historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection. Look for fun details in a variety of toy train stations dating from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era. Giant screens display animations and fun facts about the toys. Pick up a train-themed I Spy scavenger hunt and…
Book a socially distanced, heated rooftop cabin for seasonal food and signature cocktails on a lit-up rooftop overlooking the East River.
Cabins fit 2 to 10 and have classic winter cabin décor, tables and cozy benches, virtual fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling NYC views (request a cabin facing the river for best views) . Menu ($15-$30) features…
Skate on a small rink overlooking New York Harbor with incredible views. Uncovered and windy so dress accordingly.
Skate aids and pushable sit-down sleighs for small beginners available for $15. Sign up for private and group learn to skate and hockey lessons.
Eat at an array of yummy food options including French market Le…
* Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).
* With capacity very limited for social distancing, this captivating display is only open to Members and Bronx Community Partners. Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible)…
Enjoy ice skating, figure skating, curling, hockey and broomball in a covered rink in Prospect Park. Rental skates are brand-new this year. Olympic figure-skating athletes Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov direct the Sports Programs for Lakeside’s growing Skate School. Learn-to-Skate and Learn-to-Play-Hockey classes availble for all ages.
Timed tickets are available to purchase up to…
Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a rinkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.
50-minute skate sessions include skate and locker rentals.
Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops in a Gingerbread Village, stop by smell a Candy Cane Rose Garden, frolic through pink trees are more. Hot cocoa and other treats available.
Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State with a pumpkin patch, historic…
The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout in addition to tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating. Housr vary by vendor, check the opening/closing schedules.
Ice skate in outside in courtyard 5/6 ($12, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available…
Watch favorite family movies including Toy Story, The Princess Bride, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Annie, Inside Outand The Wizard of Ozs/em> from your car in Greenpoint with killer views of the Manhattan Skyline.
Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis so come early. Bring chairs/blankets etc if you want to sit outside your car (outdoor seating for those without cars…
Take a spin on our outdoor ice skating rink, featuring more than 9,000 square feet of ice that can accommodate up to 150 recreational skaters.
A limited number of visitors will be admitted to the ice rink every 30-minutes. All visits must be reserved in advance by purchasing timed tickets online.
Skate to funky…
Skate on a large outdoor, uncovered rink framed by trees and rugged mountains. Lots of hiking nearby and spectacular views.
Refreshments available, lockers are not this year.
Also visit the Trailside Museums and Zoo (open 10L39 am – 4 pm). Small stone museums and fenced areas along a self-guided trail house bears, coyotes, turtles,…
This indoor mega-mall hosts a range of over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day.
* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).
* Swim, splash and slide with DreamWorks Animation’s memorable…
Cook sweet and savory treats at home with the wonderful teachers of Freshmade. Fun to do with families and loved ones far away. Private sessions also available.
Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with beloved kindie rocker Laurie Berkner and guests as they perform your favorite songs, interact with you through the computer, and bring in a few surprises. Laurie will be singing some greatest hits alongside songs about love, family, and friendship.
Join the hour before the…
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Friday, November 1
Get a classic NY slice to go at this Greenwich Village institution (established in 1975 ), still owned and operated by 75-year-old Neapolitan native Joe Pozzuoli.
Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.
See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40-foot high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.
Watch videos of celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creative footage of the illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Join hosts Guy Raz and the hilarious Mindy Thomas on a journey into the wonders of the world. Go inside brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology - with lots of wacky fun along the way. One of our family's faves.
Hear sound- and music-rich radio plays based on folktales from around the world. Explore important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity with guest stage and screen stars. Each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups. My daughter's favorite at bedtime.
The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore an 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and…
This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.
Sample some of the best eats in the city including Ample Hills Creamery ice cream, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop noodles, Jianbing Company's Chinese seasoned pancake/omelet, Corner Slice’s square pizza, Choza’s vegetarian tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall.
Climb on rope webs in a colorful structure surrounded by undulating soft surfaces. Communicate through underground pipes, relax on tables and chairs, splash int he fountain and admire the Hudson River view.
Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the…
This recently upgraded park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.
Choose from sophisticated pastries, seasonal croissants, inventive sandwiches. soups and salads at this outpost of legendary cronut source Dominique Ansel Bakery. More than 70% of the selections made, finished or assembled to order. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Choose from than 100 kinds of delicious dumplings plus noodles & other Chinese dishes in a striking, modern interior with bold Chinese red across walls. Deep semiprivate booths have individual TV screen showing highlights of the extensive menu.
Explore Native scientific discoveries and inventions so ingenious many continue to affect the modern world in a family-friendly, interactive space. Solve puzzles, perform experiments, and play state-of-the-art computer simulations.
Interact with site-specific large-scale art within the new Hudson Yards. Comb yarn puppies, draw on sequined walls and activate pieces by 13 different artists that relate back to the site’s past, present or future.
Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game nd explore lots of other interactive exhibits on a entire floor devoted to kids. Pick up a printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table…
Lunch on brunch on seasonal dishes that reflect elements of the diverse cultures of Asia in the modern, glass-enclosed space filled with light, flowering vines, trees, and art. Gorgeous bento boxes. Tuesday—Sunday, 11:30 am—3 pm
Dine on reasonably priced tradtional Greek cuisine including tasty mezes, fried meatballs, slouvaki, house-made Greek yogurt and more among cheerful, rustic decor in chef Michael Psilakis' friendly cafe.
Try unique, small batch, handmade chocolates and pastries, made fresh every week in a small, quirky East Village shop with rotating art on the wall. The constantly evolving menu featuring unusual and delicious combinations of flavors and textures with fun names like bob’s dark passion, the pucker and looky cookie snookie was created by the…
Thursday, January 2
Watch short, well-written animated films on a variety of topics including antiracism & Black history, STEM, arts, math and much more starring a very funny robot. Take quizzes and play games to test what you learned. Two editions, for ages K-3 or 4th -12th Grade (which can thoughtfully address some weighty topics, so monitor…
Wednesday, February 26
Crafty kids can get inspiration form this survey of visual artists using the materials, methods, and strategies of craft. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums. Lots of striking, oversized work to ignite imaginations (and future projects).
Wednesday, April 1
This local family-friendly theater/dance company offers its charming shows online: Hatched (designed for babies through preschoolers) the story of a newborn chick who emerges from her shell to a strange, busy world told through movement, music, and puppets and Under the Tangle (ages 8+), the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious…
Follow along step by step as a professional artist and his kid draw animals, emojis, people, vehicles and more. Clear, simple steps turn anyone into an illustrator.
Tuesday, April 28
Explore the world of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton and America's founding era. Access free materials to create songs or scenes inspired by history. Follow in Lin-Manuel Miranda's footsteps, learning how he incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show. Includes video clips of the show; interviews with Miranda, Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron…
Friday, May 1
Make cheerful cards for isolated seniors. Use big print (not cursive) so the card is easy to read. Provide stickers and stencils to help the younger kids. Adults can make cards too. A great use for all the artwork kids bring home. Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through
Find a trove of educational, easy-to-set up creative and sensory activities from a K-1 teacher turned SAHM. So many great ideas, quick & easy to messy messy, babies to tweens plus links to useful art supplies. Follow their great instagram account for daily inspiration.
Lovely local kids theater company provides entertaining and enriching activities for little ones inspired by past productions including art projects, theater games, storytimes, downloadable activity books and video sing-alongs.
This fascinating historic museum (now partially open for visits) hosts engaging live educational programs for all ages, audio and video resources (including the inspirational We Rise) and interactive 360 degree tours drawing on its world-renowned collections. Excellent educator resources including videos, remote lesson plans, and media-rich curriculum website Women…
Find tutorials and interactive ways to collaborate and make media art with Astoria's Museum of Moving Image educators. Create Jim Henson-inspired puppets, learn about film editing and apply to have your media art shared on their YouTube channel.
Learn American history with a choose-your-adventure interactive, online game. Take the role of printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston deciding whether to join the revolutionary movement, a Cheyenne teen in 1866, an enslaved 14-year-old girl escaping to freedom in Ohio, teenage farmers in the Great Depression and more young people. Explore rich, historical settings, make choices…
MoMA provides resources and ideas—from art-making activities to books and films—to spark creativity and fun at home. Explore artworks in MoMA’s collection through activities (available in English and Spanish), watch favorite kid-friendly short films with prompts to spark discussion, dig deeper into Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, find favorite Children’s Books about Art, listen…
The acclaimed Alvin Ailey dance company shares full length videos of past performances. Also see videos of company members dancing the landmark Revelations and other pieces together from home, join free online dance classes and check out the great Resource Guide for Educators. Find free live and on-demand classes for all ages in a variety of dance…
Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world - African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more - with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore. Also Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure in Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures.
Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center's educational programs and learn about it's roots in African-American traditions and communities. WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets, and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…
Learn about African American art history with curated lists from Culture Type, a website exploring art by and about people of African descent. Find gorgeous books about Jean-Michel Basquiat, fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe, Jacob Lawrence and other great black artists on posts Black Art History: 10 Children’s Books Illuminate the…
Learn about parenting and education through a critical race lens. Feature great recommendations for diverse books and smart graphics with easy-to-understand explanations and action items. Join their patreon for comprehensive book lists and in-depth, research-based guidance on anti-racist parenting.
Learn letters, reading and math with untimed, sometimes silly interactive games for preschool through second grade. Includes letter recognition, games, stories, and animations that showcase letter sounds, short reading selections that emphasize vocabulary, and online books that provide fluency and comprehension practice. A favorite of our kids from an early age.