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The World of Anna Sui

See approximately one-hundred looks from the Anna Sui’s archive, featuring the twelve quirky archetypes that are staples of the Sui aesthetic. Wide-ranging materials and inspirations include papier-mâché mannequin heads; army surplus jackets; Japanese hankies qipao dresses and Minnie Mouse.  Share what head-to-toe stories you find referencing the worlds of cowgirls, grunge girls, hippie chicks, hula…

Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker

New York Theatre Ballet performs a kid-friendly, one-hour version of the Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday ballet set in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by Keith Michael. Includes clockwork imps, an owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots, and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks. The intimate theatre providing excellent views from…

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…

Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Watch models of the MTA’s vintage and current trains and subway cars travel depart from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole in this small yet charming display full of delightful details. This year’s exhibition showcases Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train set against a mural…

Winter Village at Bryant Park

* Watch skaters – or skate yourself on the city’s only free rink ($18-33/skate rentals – varies by day, free lockers available, $10/lock or bing you own). Penguin and snowmen skate aids available for wee learners ($22/hour). New this season, reserve your skate time online. * Shop over 100 boutique-style booths offering a wide array…

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

With a brilliant blur of sequined stilts, feathered frocks and flashing circus stripes, the endlessly inventive Cirque Mechanics upends expectations in a dizzying, dazzling array of acts.

OFF THE WALL

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.

Cutting Edges: Nordic Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection

See bold, colorful paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Noridc “concrete” artists featuring pure form and color based on mathematical principles. Also check out the charming gift shop with Scandinavian toys, treats and decor. Warning, you may want to redesign all your living spaces after spending time in this amazing building.

Shine On at Hudson Yards

Go under five suspended large-scale stars comprised of 12,000 individually controllable LED lights, creating a visual spectacle synchronized to a classical soundtrack evoking the holiday season. Artist Christopher Schardt was inspired by the similarly named constellation, itself representative of the enchanting stringed instrument of Greek mythology Warm up in the Wells Fargo’s Lodge with a…

Saint Lucia Workshop

In a playful workshop for ages 3 and up, make St. Lucia and Star Boy costumes. Advance registration required to ensure appropriately sized costumes.

Milk Bar Flagship Store

Cult dessert chain Milk Bar newest location in the Ace Hotel spans 4,000-square-feet with all of Christina Tosi’s signature inventive treats plus some new menu items. Dine at cafeteria-style seating, grab and go from a “mini mart” for pre-packaged items and Milk Bar merchandise, design cookies, cakes, and pints of ice cream at stations or…

Ziggy

Lounge on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord in Flatiron’s annual holiday installation.

Toy Lab Camp

Past a secret magic door in a toy and clothing store find an an immersive retail experience where families can test (and shop) for the best toys of the season. Pick a job (FunFluencer, Awesomeness Agent, Play Pioneer) and then test and rate toys in colorful vignettes including a retro board game room, disco music…

Citycakes Bakery

Get some of city’s best cookies – signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available. ⁣

Yayoi Kusama: EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE

Enter  two-floor exhibition of entirely new work by 90-year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama—including paintings, sculptures, an immersive installation, and the debut of a new infinity room. Lots of polka dots, eyeballs and reflective surfaces make it fun for all ages. You can just walk in to most of the show, but the Infinity Room is…

December Family Sundays: Petalled Power Lanterns

Reflect on ideas of shared power, inspired by artist Kimsooja’s Lotus: Zone of Zero in the exhibition Clapping With Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance. Explore ollective power through collaborative lantern making. Also join family tours in the gallery.

Rachel Harrison Life Hack

See room-size installations, autonomous sculpture, photography, and drawing in Rachel Harrison’s first full-scale survey. Her complex works—in which readymades collude with invented forms—bring together the breadth of art history, the impurities of politics, and the artifacts of pop and celebrity culture.

Jason Moran

Boundary-bursting artist Jason Moran grounds his practice in the composition of jazz, bridging the visual and performing arts through spellbinding stagecraft. See the range of work Moran has explored, from his own sculptures and drawings to collaborations with visual artists to performances. Three mixed-media “set sculptures” pay homage to an iconic New York jazz venue.…

Jazz on a High Floor in the Afternoon

Curated by celebrated jazz pianist, composer, and visual artist Jason Moran and Whitney performance curator Adrienne Edwards, this series of live in-gallery performances presented over nine weekends features cross-generational artists performing within Moran’s three mixed-media “set sculptures” paying homage to an iconic New York jazz venue. Get tickets online in advance. Includes museum admission.

Chelsea/Meatpacking

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