The options for finding fun family activities in New York City are limitless. Below we've compiled the best of today's events. Whether your family prefers music and museums or theater and libraries, check out today's family activities in Manhattan. Making plans for next weekend? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Event -
November 23, 2016 - Upper West Side
The Parade's big balloon inflation night has grown to become a grand event in itself, attracting more than one million visitors. Get an up close peek at the balloon giants as they are inflated in preparation for the big day. Wrap up warm and prepare to line up.
Sensational Science - New York Public Library, Hamilton Grange branch
Through November 23, 2016 - Hamilton Heights
Explore how scientists use their five senses to better understand the world around them. Best for ages 3-5 years. Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Character Visit and Diverging Elements Theatre Company - Strand Book Store
Through November 27, 2016 - Union Square
Each weekend, a book character visits the Strand for story time and crafts and once a month the Diverging Elements Theatre Company bring a story to life in 3D.
See website for listings.
Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum: Build a City - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 27, 2016 - Chelsea
Throughout the Rubin Museum’s collection you can find beautiful examples of landscape and architecture. Visit the new exhibition Monumental Lhasa to discover the style of Tibetan buildings, and then stop by the art studio to make your own architectural creation. For ages 3 and older.
Galli's 'Little Red Riding Hood' - Galli Theater
Through November 27, 2016 - Chelsea
Little Red Riding Hood sets out through the forest to bring food to her grandmother. But who is in grandmother's bed when she gets there? Can a little girl in a red cape outfox a big bad wolf? For ages 5 and older.
Animal Odyssey - New York Public Library, Mulberry Street branch
Through November 28, 2016 - Soho
Join the staff of the New Canaan Nature Center for an awesome animal adventure in this workshop series. Start with invertebrates and insects, then move through the wonders of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Each week will feature up close visits from one live animal ambassadors, plus investigations and experiments using real animal artifacts to discover more about a variety of amazing creatures. For ages 6 and older.
Crazy Chemistry - New York Public Library, Countee Cullen and Kips Bay branches
Through November 28, 2016 - Kips Bay
Crazy Chemistry is designed to introduce and excite kids ages 8-12 about the nature of the world around them. Make predictions, perform experiments and draw conclusions as they explore different types of solids, liquids and gases. Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan.
Music For Aardvarks: New York City Kids Series - New York Public Library, Seward Park branch
Through November 29, 2016 - Lower East Side
Interactive musical performance and fun from Music for Aardvarks. Ages 3 months - 4 years.
AMC Sensory Friendly Screenings - AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 and AMC Loews 84th Street
Through November 29, 2016 - Upper West Side
Every month this program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy films in a safe and accepting environment. It has now been extended to two films a month with the addition of a film for older teens/adults too. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing. In association with the Autism Society.
In November see Trolls (Nov. 12), Dr Strange (Nov. 15), and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (Nov. 26 and 29). Ratings vary.
Five Senses - New York Public Library
Through November 30, 2016 - Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx
This workshop is running in 30 different libraries during October and November. Check out the library website to find your closest.
A family program designed for preschool children and their caregivers, these sessions will be a hands-on exploration of the five senses hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight.
Recommended for ages 3-5. Space is capped at 12 children, so please register in advance.
Grand Central Terminal's Annual Holiday Fair - Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
Through December 24, 2016 - Midtown
Stop by the longest running indoor holiday market in New York City and pick up some gifts (including some treats for yourself!)
Highly selective about the artists chosen to participate the fair features unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model. About 40 vendors will take over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall for almost six weeks to sell artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothing/toys, and home goods.
Union Square Holiday Market - Union Square
Through December 24, 2016 - Union Square
One of the most popular holiday shopping destinations in NYC, don't finish your shopping without a visit to this fun market. There are unusual vendors, unique gifts, social conscious vendors, and not forgetting yummy food and drink to enjoy.
Film Forum Jr. Screenings - Film Forum
Through December 25, 2016 - Soho
Enjoy classic movies at this family screening event, every Sunday.
Nov. 6. The Great Dictator.
Nov. 13: Labyrinth.
Nov. 20: Hugo.
Nov. 27: Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy.
Dec. 4: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Dec. 11: Hot Water.
Dec. 18: An American Tail
Dec. 25: Singin' in the Rain
The Three Bears Holiday Bash - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through December 30, 2016 - Upper West Side
The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. A fun show for little ones not big enough to go and see the big ticket holiday shows.
Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
'Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament Church
Through December 31, 2016 - Upper West Side
Based on the book of the same name this production is a must-see for Fancy Nancy fans. What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? For ages 2-7.
In this merriest of stories from best-selling author and illustrator team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!
'Radio City Christmas Spectacular' featuring The Rockettes - Radio City Music Hall
Through January 02, 2017 - Midtown
Celebrate the holiday season in a way that only Radio City can deliver, with this celebrated Christmas spectacle in an iconic venue.
Be wowed by favorite numbers that only the Rockettes can perform, including The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Living Nativity.
Origami Holiday Tree - The American Museum of Natural History
Through January 08, 2017 - Upper West Side
For a Christmas tree with a difference, look no further than delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. Nimble fingered volunteers began folding in July to complete around 1,000 creations that will be displayed on the tree.
An annual Museum tradition, the tree and two merrily lit 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs welcome visitors to the Museum throughout the holiday season.
Each year the tree has a different theme related to current exhibitions.
During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of paper folding.
The tree is located in the Grand Gallery.
'Pip's Island' - Skylight Modern
Through January 08, 2017 - Chelsea
A unique theater experience where kids become part of the show as they take a 60 minute journey onto Pip's Island. Each show plays out differently, taking a lead from the young participants.
Pip’s Island features animation, live actors, multi-sensorial environments, and a compelling narrative.
For ages 4-10.
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - New-York Historical Society
Through February 26, 2017 - Upper West Side
If you don't want to travel all the way to the Bronx to see a holiday train show check out the The New-York Historical Society's own take on the holiday tradition, now in its third year. The first floor of the museum will be transformed into a choo-choo lovers delight with the installation of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing an amazing range of vintage toys from a bygone era.
Whilst it isn't the biggest holiday train show this exhibit will delight little ones and is all about the trains themselves. The antique trains and buildings are a joy to behold moving around the museum.
The exhibition uses movement, sound and audiovisual components to bring it to life.
New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show - Grand Central Terminal, NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store
Through February 28, 2017 - Midtown
Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34'-long layout. You can also pick up great gifts for train fans at the shop at the same time.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center - The Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2017 - Midtown
The most famous rink in NYC. Skate around this landmark and get in the seasonal mood.