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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project

Ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds in danger of extinction roost on the UWS Broadway malls. Brookyln-based artist Nicolas Holiber painted but did not weatherproof reclaimed lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it, highlighting the environmental challenges faced by each species.

Big Apple Circus

Local troupe Big Apple Circus presents intimate family-friendly shows with clowns, horse-riding dogs, horizontal juggling, aerial duo, flying trapeze and more in a one-ring Big Top tent with comfortable arena style tiered seating. It’s a small venue so pretty much any seat location is great, and there are fun photo ops in the lobby. Schedule…

Holiday Under The Stars

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot tall ceiling light up in an array of colors in time to holiday tunes by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Peek into the festively decorated Williams-Sonoma for free samples of holiday candy and hot apple cider. See cast members of Broadway shows perform on Mondays 5-6 pm.

WeBop Family Jazz Party: Holiday Jazz Jam

Sing and swing into the season with a fun and interactive show overlooking Central Park with Mr. Tim and the WeBop Family Jazz Band. Appropriate for children 8-months to 8-years. Shows at 11am, 1 pm & 3 pm.    

The Knickerbocker Suite

A New York City themed 70-minute Nutcracker features famous landmarks woven into the time-honored tale. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, the first act opens with a satirical animated film narrated by Tony award winner Michael Cerveris with imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters inspired by the Nutcracker story. In the second…

Judy & the Maccabees: A Family Hanukkah Musical

In a delightful family musical that re-imagines the ancient Hanukkah story, Judy is a feisty young girl who leaves her father to help the Maccabees in their fight for religious freedom. Audience members can participate in an interactive Hanukkah musical piece featuring an ensemble from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music teen new music program. A…

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…

Holiday Express: All Aboard to Richard Scarry’s Busytown

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Busytown author and illustrator Richard Scarry with artwork and graphics of Scarry’s characters (like Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm) alongside historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Dynamic displays explore the workings of the railroad, the services it provides, and the jobs required to keep people and goods moving. Hop…

The Amazing Max

Enjoy a zany magic show with cool tricks and giant taco costumes. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air and defies the laws of physics inches from spectators’ faces. We’ve seen him perform a few times and he always leaves us laughing and marveling.

Orwashers UWS

Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.

Flavors of the Season: Cocoa

Join seasonal cooking workshops and food inspired programs. Discover creative ways to use cocoa and make Cocoa Avocado Chia Pudding, create a gigantic marshmallow-inspired sculpture using only packing peanuts and  paint a mug for sipping cocoa.

By the Way Bakery

A small cute bakery with muffins, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more tasty treats, all of which happen to be gluten free.

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New Leaf Restaurant

This upscale yet friendly sit-down restaurant features farm-to-table American food served inside and on the tented patio of a fieldstone cottage nestled in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park. Designed by the famous Olmsted Brothers, the classic structure has a cobblestone exterior, granite archways and a slate roof, with massive oak trusses supporting the dining room’s 18-foot…

The Met Cloisters

We love exploring this castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park. A branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe has secret passages, peaceful gardens, golden treasure, fabulous family programs on select weekends and lots of depictions of animals including intricate unicorn tapestries (warning,…