Feel the light of th holiday season with elaborate outdoor illuminations.

See our complete NYC holiday guide for more decor & festive fun.


Holiday Under The Stars

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot ceiling of the glass atrium light up in an array of colors. See a rainbow-colored light show to festive holiday music every half hour from 4 to 7 pm.⁠

Select Wednesdays at 5 pm, catch Broadway Under The Stars featuring cast members of current Broadway shows on the second floor.

Also stop by Williams-Sonoma for peppermint bark samples or make slime & splatter paint at Art Camp.

Saks Fifth Ave Windows & Light Show

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Rocket Fund collaborated on new windows inspired by the theme of heartwarming holiday gifts,  with bright colors, rocket ships  rocket ships and kaleidoscopes ( and a $1 million donation to the charity).

A new light show on the facade, set to a holiday medley of Elton John songs, features over over 600,000 individual points of light plus new dynamic lighting displays that illuminate from within the windows. The show repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.




Dance on giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lantern in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. See cool choreographed light shows set to holiday songs at the top of every hour.

Illuminate your holiday wish by sending a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns above. For each wish made, Brookfield Place will donate $1 up to $25,000 to Outreach, which offers high quality, evidence-based behavioral health services for youth and adults in NYC and on Long Island struggling with substance and alcohol abuse.

Look for festive decor throughout the indoor gardens and feast on lots of food options including French market Le District. See our guide to Brookfield Place.



New York Botanical Garden

Brilliant color, thousands of dazzling LEDs, pretty installations like rainbow trees, illuminated snowflakes and a chameleon Haupt Conservatory and Mertz Library Building illuminate the already gorgeous gardens, newly expanded for its third year.

🎶 Also enjoy artistic ice sculpting and steel pan drum music and other pop-up performances around the Garden.

🌳 Experience is all outdoors and spread out with lots of walking so bundle up (strollers welcome).

🍽 Enjoy a drink, hot cocoa, and a bite to eat at an outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up. Stop by the Pine Tree Café and warm up with a hot cocoa or coffee available for purchase, plus pizzas, pastries and more.  On Saturday nights, enjoy a pre-show meal or light bite at the Hudson Garden Grill (last reservation at 5:30 p.m.). Or get great Italian before or after at nearby Arthur Avenue.

🎟 Add on admission to the Holiday Train Show for $14 more, or save $5-10 per ticket plus get free admission to the changing garden all year long with an annual membership ($90+).

See our complete guide to the New York Botanical Garden.

Nov 18-Jan 14
Days vary, 5 pm – 10 pm

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo plus more holiday fun.

🦋 More than 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species throughout the park showcase different wildlife regions from gorillas in Africa to sea turtles in the ocean. Look up to larger than life toads, frogs, snails, sunbirds, turtles, moths, butterflies, and more in the Forest of Color.

✨Watch a gorgeous musical light show with trees that change color in time to the festive tunes and dancing, glowing reindeer on stilts.

🚂 Also look for ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, wildlife theater puppet shows and stilt walkers. Take a ride on the Holiday Train ($4).

🍽 Get hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, ice cream, coffee and creative s’mores throughout the park or dine from the extensive menu at Dancing Crane Plaza Cafe featuring hot dogs & chicken fingers plus salads & grain bowls. Pick up savory and sweet Italian treats at nearby Arthur Avenue.

🐵 Animals are not out after 4:30 pm but you can use your lights tickets to come earlier to see bears, tigers and more. See our guide to the Bronx Zoo.

⭐️ Guests that thrive in a sensory-supportive environment are invited to Sensory-Friendly Night (Nov 29).

🚊 The BxM11 express bus makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance. $6.75 each direction, about a 40 minute trip from midtown (see the schedule).

🚙  Two of the zoos  parking lots will be open ($17)  – Southern Boulevard (S. Blvd & 183rd St, closer to most of the lights) and Bronx River (Exit 6 off Bronx River Parkway).

Nov 18-Jan 8
3 pm – 9 pm


Illuminate The Farm

Queens County Farm Museum

Explore an illuminated world of color on a historic farm. Walk through 6 acres of dazzling holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, favorite farm animals. Admire luminescent displays inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths and legends, along with illuminated tunnels, illuminated rideable swings, and more.

For $5, pick a wish lantern from a field of lights to decorate at an art table and then take home as a keepsake.

Nov 11 – Jan 8
Friday–Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm
Daily December 23 – Jan 1

Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Dyker Heights

Blocks in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn (mostly 83rd thru 86th Streets between 11th through 13th avenues) go all in with insanely extravagant Christmas lights and decorations. Santa is there most nights. Expect crowds and traffic and try to go early in the evening and season. Avoid the car traffic but taking the R train (15 minute walk). Favorite houses inclyee 1152 84th Street and 1134 83rd Street. Get treats from hot-chocolate food trucks.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival: Journey To The East

Richmond County Bank Ballpark

Wander through 8 illuminated acres lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Shop a variety of holiday vendors. Also enjoy a live DJ, projection mapping, food vendors, and more.

For $5, pick out your own wish lantern to decorate and take home.

🎟 Save 40% on groups (4, 6 or 8 tickets) though Groupon.

🚙 Onsite parking available for $20 (reserve online) or take free shuttles from St. George’s Ferry Terminal.

October 21 – January 1
Friday-Sunday 5 pm – 9:30 pm
Daily December 23 – Jan 1

Art at Industry City

Industry City

Find sparkly disco-inspired holiday installations in the courtyards and buildings of this happening design hub.

Also take a photo in the arty elevators, go on a colorful hunt with a printable art map and see pretty decor (and tasty food) at Japan Village..

See our guides to eating, arcade games, ice skating and more in Industry City.

Lightscape at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Celebrate the beauty of nature in winter on an enchanting trail animated by over one million dazzling lights. Encounter monumental lighted sculptures, colorful effects on Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s trees, architecture, and water features, and site-specific music and sound. Discover dazzling international showstoppers like the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Fire Garden, and Sea of Light, as well as new site-specific light works by local artists.

🍽 Concessions selling hot drinks and light fare are available along the route (including roast-your-own s’mores). Most are cashless.

Near Brooklyn Museum and happening Prospect Park.

Nov 16 – Jan 8
Days vary, 5 pm – 9 pm

Amaze Light Festival

Citi Field

Be immersed in a million twinkling lights as you stroll inside larger-than-life themed worlds. Meet lovable characters, Zing and Sparky, who bring the stage dancers, singers, and light show to life with their magic powers.

Visit the holiday market and grab a treat at Sparky’s Sweet Spot. Enjoy savory and sweet culinary treats, as well as specialty drinks and cocktails.

Zip down Zing’s icy Thrill Hill in a tube (+$5), take in the wonder on a train ride (+$10) and write a letter to Santa.


Holidays at Cross County Center


Walk through the center of a lit 4o foot tall Christmas tree and look up to the top.  A professional photography team will be on site most nights and weekends to capture your photo, which you can print or have emailed directly to you.

Santa will be available for photos and visits in his new winter wonderland cabin (Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm, Monday-Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Christmas Eve 10 am – 4 pm, photos $39.99+). Online reservations strongly encouraged, but even with reservations the wait can be over an hour; this mall gets crowded.

Throughout the season there will be strolling entertainers from stilt walkers to musical performances at the tree.

Also, stop by the pop-up skating rink, and grab a bite at the Holiday Food Truck Market next to the tree. Cozy igloo seating available on a first come, first serve basis.


North Salem

Explore the biggest holiday light park in all of Westchester and Putnam counties in an apple orchard. Take a walking tour through a magical forest full of marvelous animal structures, tunnels and festive decorations, all brilliantly illuminated by over 750,000 LED lights.

All terrain strollers and warm outerwear & boots recommended. The walk-through experience takes about 45min -1hr.

🍽 Also shop for fresh-cut Christmas Trees, wreaths, trees and other holiday greens plus pick up hot cocoa, far-fresh hot cocoa and more treats at the farm store (open 9 am to 6 pm).

🎟 Prices vary by date & time

🚙 Approx. 1 hour drive or or 1 hour 20 minute train ride from mid-Manhattan. Free parking.

🚂 Two mile taxi ride from the Metro North Harlem Line Croton Falls stop. See train schedules.

Nov 18- Dec 30
Mondays–Sundays 4 pm – 9 pm

Holiday Lights Spectacular


Stroll through 60+ larger than life holiday displays in Mill River Park. See displays like Skating Polar Bears, 12 Days of Christmas, Reindeer in Training and more. Festive features include a state of the art 30′ Christmas Tree, a Christmas Village featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus (available for take-your-own photos,) carolers, a Winter Beer Garden & vendors serving up delicious bites, hot cocoa & more.

Prices vary by day.

New, unwrapped toy donations for ages 4 to 12 years old accepted.

🚙 Approx. 45 minute drive from mid-Manhattan.

Nov 18-Dec 24

5-10 pm

Holiday Bricktacular


Explore an indoor winter wonderland filled with all kinds of LEGO® holiday-themed creations made up of thousands of LEGO bricks.

* Create holiday builds like a LEGO present, gingerbread house, snowman, candy cane and more.

* Journey through Candy Cane Lane in MINILAND to spot all of the hidden LEGO candy canes placed throughout MINILAND New York, transformed into a winter wonderland.

* Snap a holiday photo with a six-foot tall LEGO Christmas Tree and larger-than-life LEGO snowman. Create LEGO ornaments to place in a giant LEGO tree mosaic.

* Also explore two rides, LEGO car racing, Star War lands, a NINAJO climbing area, a 4D cinema, karaoke and more. Be prepared to exit through the gift shop with lots of tempting sets and merch.

* In a nice outdoor mall with Santa photos and a whimsical Tom Otterness Playground in the shopping center.

🍽  Choose from a selection of toppings to create the ultimate winter beverage in a hot chocolate bar. Limited menu and beverages available at the Coffee Shop/Cafe, or head to nearby organic Elevation Burger or Whole Foods.

* For an all-day, much bigger LEGO adventure, visit the new LEGOLAND New York in Goshen.

Christmas in America

Mount Vernon

Explore a 10,000 square-foot holiday walk-through with over 50,000 twinkling lights. Stroll through Santa’s Village with Dickens interactive holiday vignettes, visit the elves, have a seat on Santa’s chair, or take a photo with one of our 50+ mesmerizing animatronics.

Then head over to the “real workshop” for a sneak peek behind the scenes to see some of New York’s most iconic Christmas displays being assembled. Shop for unique ornaments, large lawn displays, and fun vintage pieces used in displays all over the country.

Tickets not needed to visit the Pop-Up Outlet & Christmas in America Shop. 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Mt. Vernon nonprofit organizations including The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, North East STEM Academy, and The Youth Community Outreach Program of Mount Vernon.

Glenview Holiday Tour


Glenview, Hudson River Museum’s historic 1877 home on the National Register of Historic Places, is aglow for the holidays. Learn about Gilded Age holiday traditions on a 45-minute tour of the six fully restored period rooms, which will showcase beautiful Christmas trees, antique ornaments and toys, artwork featuring children through the ages, and a holiday-themed tablescape. New this year, admire a joyful Christmas tree fantasy dress, with a skirt crafted from firboughs and adorned with poinsettias, pine cones, berry ornaments, and garland, as well as an antique wooden sleigh bearing the date 1794. See Yonkers’ favorite 24-room dollhouse, Nybelwyck Hall, bedecked with seasonal miniatures by Darren Scala of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures.

Glenview appears in HBO’s The Gilded Age, the popular Emmy Award–winning series from Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey.

Capacity is limited to 15 visitors per tour. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged.  Strollers not permitted. See our guide to the Hudson River Museum.

Friday–Sunday at 1 & 3 pm

Drive-Thru Westchester’s Winter Wonderland


Drive 1.2 miles though a rainbow tunnel and dazzling light displays at already stunning Kensico Dam Plaza and see your favorite holiday characters (including sometimes Elmo or Batman – no confirmation if he smells). Listen to holiday music on your car radio, wave to Santa and enjoy other surprises.

New attractions this year include new North Pole and live Santa display; breathtaking Kaleidoscope Alley; expanded Peace on Earth LED display with animated trumpets and angels; and more electrifying lights surrounding the largest holiday Christmas tree in Westchester. Make a New Year’s wish upon a new thirty-foot glistening star found at the end of the interactive show and play in a (fake) snow storm.

Expect some waiting time in the car on weekends. The whole experience is less than an hour. Time slots are selling out fast, so book now.

🍽 Stop by nearby Valhalla Crossing in the historic Valhalla Train Station building for comfort food, salads, creative sandwiches, healthy wraps, and great burgers (currently open Tuesday-Sunday 12-9 pm for contactless drive-through & safe indoor dining). Get specialty hot cocoa plus ice cream, crepes, belgian waffles, coffee and candy by the pound from family run Village Creamery & Sweet Shop.

🚙 Approx. 45 minute drive from mid-Manhattan.

A Frosty Fest

Ulster Park

Drive through Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, then walk around an out door festival with professional stage shows, a Candy Cane Lane, Frosty’s Animated Musical Light Show, a 3D walk through Frosty Magical Adventure and more.

Visit Santa inside a Magical Mansion with a choreographed light show.

🚙 Approx 1 hour 45 minute drive from mid-Manhattan.

Fri 6 pm – 9 pm
Sat-Sun 4:30 pm – 8pm

Lasdon Park Holidays On The Hill


Stroll through over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor whimsical holiday exhibits at this spacious garden complex. Explore a holiday village where elves are busy working, reindeer nod to the melody of holiday music and happy snowmen wave a cheerful welcome to visitors.

* In the Conservatory, watch trains chug along on twelve multi-level tracks, over bridges, under tunnels and through quaint holiday scenes, tucked within colorful flowers and botanical displays.

* Meet Santa in his Holiday Cottage Thursday through Sunday, 10 am – 3:45 pm.  Leave drop letters to Santa at the Elf Post Office or give it to the man himself.

* Shop for poinsettias, other holiday plants, gifts, stocking stuffers, artwork by local artists and vintage ornaments at the Garden Shop. Also explore the 234-acre public park has extensive formal gardens, an arboretum with a number of tree collections and a number of walking trails including a stunning veteran’s memorial trail. Highlights include a Chinese Friendship Garden and a dinosaur garden with life-size statues.

🍦Stop by the Bona Bona ice cream truck for unique sweet treats.

Grand Holiday Illumination


Explore a free, outdoor holiday light display at the gorgeous Untermyer Gardens with striking architecture overlooking the Hudson River. Small in area (just in the ‘Temple of Love;’ the grand staircase and other parts of the garden are closed) but magical. Recorded music in the Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu traditions reflects the multicultural design elements.

Free admission; no tickets required. Free hot chocolate included. Come at sunset to see the garden transition from daylight to glowing evening.

Get more hot cocoa and treats at the charming Bougie Brews a short drive away (closes at 6 pm).

Candlelight Tree Tours


A lovely historic mansion will be aglow during candlelight tree tours. Explore decorated period rooms with a variety of themed trees.


Magic of Lights

Jones Beach

Drive through more than a mile dazzling holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. See a larger-than-life sparkling Christmas Barbie display, the supersized Bigfoot Monster Truck, and life-sized dinosaurs of Prehistoric Christmas.

🎟 $20/car tickets available Monday-Thursday at this link.

Check out our guide to holiday light shows.

🚙 Approx. 50 minute drive from mid-Manhattan.

Sun–Thur 5 – 10 pm
Fri–Sat 5 – 11 pm

Waterdrinker Winter Wonderland


Visit a holiday light display, vintage Airstream Christmas village, barnyard animals and tons of seasonal photo ops. Make s’mores in fire pits, play mini golf, bounce on a jump pad, climb an obstacle course and pick your own Christmas tree.

🎅🏼 Take photos with Santa Saturday & Sunday 12-5 pm.

⛸ Ice skating on a synthetic ice rink.

🍽 Visit the gift barn and greenhouse for fresh baked treats, holiday plants and souvenirs.

🚙 Approx. 1.5 hour drive from mid-Manhattan.

Wed-Thu 12 am – 6 pm
Fri 12 pm – 8 pm
Sat 10 am – 8 pm
Sun 10 am – 6 pm

Luminocity Festival

East Meadow

Wander through an outdoor spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. See brand new themes and never-before-seen illuminated art installations. Look for cute creatures including ladybugs, monkeys and a white mermaid.

* Wear comfortable shoes that work in mud. Strollers are allowed but it’s not the smoothest terrain.

🍽  Fuel up with local food and beverage trucks.

Nov 9 – Jan 8
Wed-Sun (+ some holidays) 4:30 – 9:30 pm

Shimmering Solstice

Old Westbury

Walk through magical light displays that are set along Old Westbury Gardens’ beautiful paths accompanied by seasonal music. Explore the world-famous Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée, now twinkling in lively rhythmic patterns, enormous dandelions lining the edge of the pond, a giant Christmas tree made of lit globes and an astonishing light and projection show on the south face of the historic Westbury House. New exhibits for his year include an illuminated water feature on the West Pond.

🍽 Festive food and drinks available for purchase.

🚙 Approx. 45 min drive from mid-Manhattan

Nov 25- Jan 1
Through Dec 18: Fri-Sun 5:30 pm – 9:30pm
After Dec 21: Wed-Sun 5:30 pm-9:30 pm

Santa at White Post Farms


Visit Santa in the Giraffe Experience and meet new baby giraffe Savanna. Feed the giraffe parents carrots and take photos with Santa.

Holiday magic show runs throughout the day. Both the Giraffe Encounter and the magic show are enclosed and heated. Also pet farm animals, become a perch for parakeets, watch primates play and ride ponies.

Great food options in the gourmet farm market. Stroller friendly with many paved and graveled walkways.

🚙 Approx. 45 minute drive from mid-Manhattan

New Jersey

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights Spectacular

West Orange

Take a winter stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo decorated with over 50 winter and animal characters in sparkling lights. Meet & greet with Santa in an outdoor gazebo. Personal photos are allowed with options to purchase professional photos on site. No appointments necessary.

On Saturdays, watch a block of ice transform into an ice sculpture during ice carving demonstrations. On select dates, join holiday sing-alongs with Princesses, Olaf or the Grinch

Celebrate the season of giving by bringing donations of non-perishable food items, new toys, and gently used coats.

🚙 Approx 30 minutes drive from mid-Manhattan. Free parking.
🚂 Short Uber ride from the New Jersey Transit South Orange train station.

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Friday, November 1


Nov 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2022
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Cards For Seniors

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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. Join the NYC-based Caring By Card Nursing Home Project, donate through DOROT and Meals on Wheels NYC or check with local nursing…

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Wow in the World

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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Circle Round

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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.

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Here Wee Read

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
18th Street & Tenth Avenue
West 18th Street & Tenth Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
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Café 2

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Thursday, January 2


Jan 2, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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…

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Saturday, February 1

Cook For Soup Kitchens

Feb 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

Contact your local soup kitchen to ask if they accept donations of home cooked meals or desserts. Find easy recipes that include stirring, scooping, and other kid-friendly steps. Here are tips for cooking for crowds (you may need to borrow extra pots etc. from friends); we’ve found baked ziti, roasted baby carrots and brownies all scale well.…

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Monday, February 10

Bleecker Street Pizza

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Wednesday, April 1

Art For Kids Hub

Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Children’s Museum of the Arts

Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Audible Kids

May 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

Listen to hundreds of audio books handpicked by Audible editors, including original exclusive content (we love The Mystwick School of Musicraft). Choose from a mix of stories to entertain, engage, and inform young people, ages 0–18. Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian selections also available. Free 30-day-trials available.  

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An educator and mom to 3 shares daily 'Breakfast Invitations,' easy-to-set-up sensory and art activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

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New-York Historical Society Online

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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MOMI Moving Image Studio

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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MoMA Families At Home

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Ailey All Access

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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.…

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Black Art Picture Books

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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…

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Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Learn about a range of subjects for grades K-12 though catchy, educational hip-hop songs. Watch videos about math, history, science and more, learn new words, take quizzes then (this is the coolest part) write short raps/songs using your new words and knowledge.

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Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Watch short videos taught by excellent instructors with an electronic whiteboard in just about any subject for preschool through college. The free Khan Academy Kids app (for ages 2-7) teaches reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, and more through open-ended activities and games like drawing, storytelling, and coloring guided by adorable animal characters. Also…

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The Davidson Institute At Home

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

The educational arm of Israel's  Weizmann Institute of Science offers online kids science courses, videos, games, puzzles, quizzes and science experiments in fun topics like the science of soccer and (safe) homemade explosives.

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Lincoln Center At Home

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices. Learn puppetry, dance, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center Pop-up…

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The Super Secret Hive

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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Dav Pilkey At Home

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

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Chamber Music Society

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

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Kennedy Center Education

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President's Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, popular American songs and more. Designed for grades K-12.

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Classical Kids

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Explore classical music with dramatic stories based around works by Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other great composers.  My kids especially love Mozart's Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through 'The Magic Flute' about a girl and a dragon's  journey through the Queen of the Night's realm to Sarastro's castle featuring dialogue mixed in…

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Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Play art-inspired games, take cheeky quizzes, find art activities, and share your art on a fun website from British museums Tate and Tate Modern. Find detailed instructions for activities such as "think like the artist Alberto Giacometti" and create interesting portraits and landscapes.

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Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022

Find tons of games, activities, experiments and projects from Queen's New York Hall of Science. At-Home STEM resources encourage open-ended exploration and imaginative learning. Learn about physics, engineering, design, biology, math, chemistry and more with videos, instructions for experiments and art projects, interactive graphic novels, engaging apps and more.

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The Past & The Curious

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

Learn that history can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone in a podcast featuring stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more. A professional music…

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Story Pirates Podcast

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

This absurdist sketch comedy show based on stories written by kids features original music and celebrity special guests. Young listeners are invited to submit their own stories that might be brought to live in the podcast or a future live show. Find comprehensive activity guides for each episode online with recipes, poetry lessons, and more.…

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Ear Snacks

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

Kindie musicians Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly podcast enjoyable for kids and grown-ups. Developmentally appropriate & absurdist but never untrue.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Jun 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023

Learn about extraordinary, inspiring women women in a podcast based on global best-selling book series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (a great purchase for all ages). Features famous leaders like Harriet Tubman and RBG as well as lesser known heroes from around the world.

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