TOP PICKS: PRESCHOOLERS

Fun vacation week museum family programs continue through the weekend - Kids Week featuring outer space on the Intrepid, polar bears at AMNH and so many more.  Visit must-see exhibits like interactive Super Powered Metropolis and Inside Art at CMOM and the gorgeous the Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham Kaleidoscope  at the Botanical Garden.

Lots of family= friendly music & shows for all ages (including two-for-one bubbles & blue men for Off Broadway Week) and fun pop-ups to explore, indoor playspaces, storytimes and more family fun.

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CMOM Superpowered Break Week – Meet the Author: John Sazaklis

Celebrate the opening of CMOM’s interactive exhibition Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City with all-ages fun including Power Pigeon Puppet Pals, superhero gear/gadgets and comic book workshops plus other activities designed to improve executive function in ages 6 & under. At 2 & 3 pm, meet John Sazaklis, a New York Times bestselling author with over…

2120: An Art Experience

Imagine the future in blockchain enabled immersive art exhibition featuring work by artist Jacob M Fisher in collaboration TG Agency and  Portion.i. The work imagines an art world 100 years into the future, a world that emphasizes fractional, shared ownership and blockchain transactions. Lots of rainbow colored fringe and cool digital projections.

Yeti, Set, Snow!

An original production from the historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre features a young girl who teaches a sweet, snow-hating yeti with a sparkly silver cat the value of snow and friendship. A fun musical with clever staging in a magical Central Park setting. Short and sweet and a good starter shows for toddlers (though…

New-York Historical Society Storytime: Richard Scarry

Discover Richard Scarry’s whimsical world during storytime in the charming library on the New-York Historical Society’s fabulously interactive children’s floor. Create Richard Scarry themed crafts puppets, play with some Busytown toys, then visit Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown.

Milstein Science Series: Polar Bears

Celebrate a phenomenal species on the eve of International Polar Bear Day. Learn about its behavior, diet, territory and how climate change has made it a vulnerable species. This family-friendly festival dives into all things polar bear with activities, show-and-tell with Museum collections, and an interactive theater performance. Scientists will be on hand to discuss…

St. Agnes Library Book Sale

Support the Library and shop a large selection of gently used books and multimedia. Materials for readers of all ages at great prices.

Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard: Winter Winds

In this interactive concert series for children, internationally acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham and her friends introduce musical concepts, instruments and the experience of concert-going to children ages 3-8.to teach Learn about (and try) woodwind instruments with musicians from Ensemble Connect. Hear pieces like Beata Moon’s “Curious Engine,” inspired by toy trains, and “Baby Got Burg,”…

MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Ages 4 to 16 can engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art in the newly reopened MoMA. One week we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper. Each month a new theme is introduced. Tickets available…

Gazillion Bubble Show

Bubble lovers can get their fix at this long-running show that combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. Great first show with only 60 minute running time and casual atmosphere. Warning, front rows might get wet. Get 50% off tickets during Off Broadway Week with code OBW20 (through Feb 23). Save on…

FunikiJam’s CITY OF HOPE Family Musical

Celebrate Black History Month at a kid-friendly live concert/stage show showcasing the colorful songs of FunikiJam World Music. Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam go undercover as a construction crew in order to help with disaster relief. They embark upon a mission to New Orleans, Paris, and Detroit where they learn how music developed…

How To Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being A Grown-Up

In this “kid’s guide to being a kid,” both children and adults alike will laugh along to comical numbers such as How to Torture Your Sister, How to Beg for a Dog, How to Understand Your Parents, How to Stay Home from School and many more. Additional performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 pm.

New York International Children’s Film Festival 2020

See new animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film for ages 3-18 from across the globe. Choose from over 150 films from 30 different countries at theaters around Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens. See website for schedule. Highlights include short films for ages 3-6, Disneynature’s documentaries Dolphin Reef and Elephant, the first-ever anime film released in…

Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse

See a dazzling array of high-fashion clothing and accessories inspired by classical ballet including tutu-inspired couture gowns, American ready-to-wear separates based on leotards and tights and leg warmers, and footwear ranging from “ballerina” flat slippers to fetishistic “pointe”-style high heels. A choice selection of ballet costumes worn by legendary ballerinas such as Anna Pavlova and…

Icebreakers – Skate School

Take weekly professional lessons on the Standard High Line’s street-side The Rink Wednesday 4 pm (kids only) & Saturdays 10 am (kids + adults), Cozy up rinkside with seasonal favorites including mulled wine, tomato soup + grilled cheese, and kid-friendly macaroni & cheese, burgers, hot cocoa, sweet treats and s’mores.

Color Factory

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. My daughter especially…

Sloomoo Institute

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime. Play with beautiful and seemingly endless vats full of slime, relax in an immersive tunnel, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove,  and create at a 150-foot long DIY bar Wear clothes that can get messy. Every ticket comes with an 8-oz. custom slime and other surprises.

Museum of Ice Cream

Celebrate all things ice cream at the return of the sweet pop up that started then trend. This new permanent location has 13 interactive installations across 3 floors, the biggest sprinkle pool ever, a three-story slide and lots of ice cream to try. The first few rooms are not that exciting, but kids love the…

Taste the Clouds

Can you touch the stars? See the music? Taste the clouds? Join an adventure as a young girl learns to harness her imagination and use her senses to better understand the world around her. Take a journey of the senses through shadow puppetry, live music, and immersive theater. Join pre-show activities and post-show photo-ops with…

The Little Mermaid

See an intimate, interactive musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale (not the Disney version) featuring mermaid sisters, the evil diva Fishwitch with a Gaga-style showstopper and a live percussion ensemble playing original songs. Join free family art workshops one hour prior to the shows with the cast and artistic team. Learn some of…

Black Cultural Festival

Celebrate the Black experience culture with workshops and performances inspired by the African Diaspora. Activities includes interactive dance workshops and performances by It’s Showtime NYC (12 & 2 pm), storytime (1 pm) and art workshops in a variety of media throughout the day.

WonderSpark Puppets Takeover

See family-friendly puppet shows about dinosaurs, big bad wolves, dragons, and princesses saving the day. Show changes each week. Saturday-Sunday 11 am & 1 pm Recommended for ages 3+

Missing Link Screening & Crafts

See a screening of a 2019 American stop-motion animated adventure film Missing Link accompanied by a hands-on craft activity (11:30 am),  make arts and crafts with Brooklyn-based teaching artists from BRIC (12-3 pm), and play in the Frying Pan Game Room. Lots of yummy, diverse food options and cool public art (in elevators!) throughout the…

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope

Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, and enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).

The Beauty of Ballet

How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? Those questions and more will be answered during the performance of favorite ballet moments such as The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Faculty member Katrina Killian and advanced students from the School of American Ballet will be featured in this enchanting introduction to the art…

NYSCI Engineering Week

Join engineering-themed activities throughout the museum – watch a 17-year-old robot arm try out for The Circus Lab’s troupe, design and build sculptures, structure and mini-cities out of intersting materials and more STEM fun.

Off Broadway Week

Get 2-for-1 tickets on Off-Broadway shows (including kid-friendly Gazillion Bubble Show, Blue Man Group, Sistas: The Musical, Little Mermaid and Stomp) a Feb 10 through Feb 23. Buy at box offices to save on ticketing fees.

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Metropolitan Opera Rush Tickets

Get $25 rush tickets online for Metropolitan Opera performances. Available online, first-come, first-served, same day at for Monday through Friday evening performances, four hours before curtain for matinees and at 2 pm for Saturday evenings. * Create an account and log on before the tickets go on sale, they go quickly. *  Specific seat locations…