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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MANHATTAN ON DECEMBER 15

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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 15, 2013

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Manhattan today, December 15, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Manhattan's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening December 15. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Discoveries - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

Meet at the Met for this Sunday program for adults and children with disabilities, together with friends and family members. Each Discoveries workshop focuses on a theme and includes a gallery tour followed by a related art activity in the studio. This month's program is Paint Me a Story. Registration required.

Sunday Mystery Storytime in Mr. Morgan's Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 15, 2013 - Murray Hill

Mystery books are best read in mysterious places. Families are invited to Mr. Morgan's Library--with its hidden doors, secret passages, and mysterious staircases--for a one-hour drop-in story time program.

Keith Michael's 'The Nutcracker' - Florence Gould Hall
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

New York Theatre Ballet returns for a third year with it's production of Keith Michael's The Nutcracker, an enchanting holiday ballet. From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this re-imagined timeless classic is bursting with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, performed to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Nolan.

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' - The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
December 15, 2013 - Lower Manhattan

Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and dancers from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy bring this perennial holiday classic to life in Lower Manhattan. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic and emotional The Nutcracker is a richly symbolic story about a young girl, Marie, who's journey through fear and darkness leads her to the light of love. With help from her godfather, Drosselmeyer, Marie transforms from an ordinary child to a princess who finds her true love. Join Marie on her adventure as she is menaced by dark forces and ultimately recused by an unlikely hero--the Nutcracker.

Handel's Messiah - Carnegie Hall
December 15, 2013 - Midtown

Join Musica Sacra's chorus and orchestra for their 75th performance of the Handel's Messiah, an international holiday tradition. Single tickets range from $15 for students to $128 based on seat. Groups of 15 and more save 15 percent- for group sales email [email protected] or call 212-330-7684.

A Christmas Story, The Musical - Theater at Madison Square Garden
December 15, 2013 - Midtown

Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. A Christmas Story is directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. This new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette. Dan Lauria will once again lead the cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical. He will be joined by three other returning cast members from the Broadway production: John Bolton as The Old Man, Erin Dilly as Mother and Caroline O'Connor as Miss Shields. Ralphie will be played by Jake Lukas, who has appeared on Broadway in Newsies. The show made its debut last Christmas on Broadway. Returning to New York, A Christmas Story, The Musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike!

The Knickerbocker Suite - Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
December 15, 2013 - Upper West Side

"The Knickerbocker Suite" features New York City landmarks, such as The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and NY sports teams, weaved into the time-honored holiday tale of The Nutcracker. Classic Nutcracker scenes like "The Land of the Snow" are transformed into a snowy frenzy of shoppers dancing in and out of stores like Macy's and Bloomingdale's for last minute gifts. Perhaps one of the more well-known scenes, "Mother Ginger and her Polichinelles," will be played by the Statue of Liberty and dancing immigrants who just arrived from Ellis Island. With scenes of shoppers on Fifth Avenue, the angels at Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty, NY sports teams and the romance of Central Park in the winter, The Knickerbocker Suite is a celebration of New York City, its culture and the magic of the holiday season. The production with a story by artist, Elliott Arkin, features an opening scene with narration by Tony Award winner, Michael Cerveris; the choreography of Brian Reeder, Deborah Wingert, Daniel Ulbricht, Marina Stavitskaya, Nick Kepley & Natalia Boesch; illustrations by Katy DeHay and photography by Erin Baiano.

Le Carrousel Magique - Le Carrousel in Bryant Park
December 15, 2013 - Midtown

Voila! Bryant Park becomes even more magical when master magicians leave audiences spellbound with spectacular illusions. This week witness the wonders of Ben Nemzer. Produced in partnership with mondaynightmagic.com. In the event of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled.

'Snow White' - Galli Theater
December 15, 2013 - Garment District

Filled with music and song sure to delight young and old, this show remains true to the original Brother's Grimm fairytale. The show follows a young princess whose stepmother is jealous of her growing beauty. Sent out into the forest alone, she is befriended by Mr. Seven-Dwarf. One day the magic mirror reveals to the wicked queen that Snow White is still alive, and she plots to be rid of her once and for all. Her plan is foiled when a young prince happens along and discovers Snow White. With the help of Mr. Seven-Dwarf, Snow White and her prince, live happily ever after. As with all of Galli Theaters show, Snow White is interactive, giving the young audience a chance to help the characters and actively participate in the performance.

St. Nicholas Celebration Concert by the Bronx Arts Ensemble - Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
December 15, 2013 - Bronx

The Bronx Arts Ensemble and Singers present a festive holiday program by the BAE Singers and Double Reed Band (oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn. and bassoon) telling the story of the Dutch Sinterklass in song and narrative - a colonial celebration of Old Nieuw Amsterdam, fun for the whole family! Concert is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Call Bronx Arts Ensemble at 718-601-7399 or Bartow-Pell at 718-885-1461 for tickets, or order online at bronxartsensemble.org.

Family Art Project: Boughs and Branches for Winter - Wave Hill
December 15, 2013 - Bronx

Ornament fragrant pine boughs with shiny foil, glittery beads, and natural objects like cones, dried herbs, and spices. Tie up a small sachet to create your own glowing, deliciously scented decoration. Free with admission to the grounds.

Joffery School Present's 'The Nutcracker' - Skirball Center
December 15, 2013 - Greenwich Village

Students from the Joffrey Ballet School's Children's and Young Dancer Program as well as Guest Artists from the Joffrey Concert Group will present the full two act holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.

Squonk: 'Mayhem and Majesty' - 59E59 Theaters
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

An epic spectacle of music, performance, and digital artistry, Mayhem and Majesty marks the NYC return of Squonk since their smash debut at PS122 in 2000. In this lush phantasmagoria, the sonic hooligans of Squonk explore the power of sound, turning music into a wild visceral experience.

Just Drop In! - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

Museum educators lead creative, interactive projects for visitors that explore highlights of the fall exhibitions Robert Motherwell: Early Collages and Christopher Wool.

Open Studios for Families - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

Families are able to stop by the Sackler Center's Studio Art Lab and create a work of art inspired by the Guggenheim fall exhibitions.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Shoe - The Jewish Museum
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a truly different multimedia experience that entrances children and adults alike.

Long, Long Ago: In A Land of Giants, Jewels, and Jolly Fools - Space 38|39
December 15, 2013 - Midtown

Firebone Theatre presents three new plays based on the forgotten fairy tales The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, Hans Dumm by The Brothers Grimm, and The Fairies by Charles Perrault. This event promises music, laughter, and homespun goodies including milk and cookies (wine, and beer for grown-ups). Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Seven In One Blow, Or The Brave Little Kid - Axis Theatre
December 15, 2013 - West Village

Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid tells the story of a child living in the city who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "Seven in One Blow" to commemorate the event. The kid travels through the snow and meets numerous colorful characters along the way, including the Scarlet Pimpernel, a pea, December, a witch, an ogre and a princess. Most people think this belt refers to seven people and assign the kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Over the course of the take, invaluable lessons are learned: an ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are to be strong; a girl realizes that when you tease someone, you may be hurting a person who is just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, after a surprise twist, the kid discovers that a parent's love and care has no limits. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive winter play is conceived by Axis and directed by Randy Sharp, who also wrote the adaptation and composed the music.

'Peter and the Wolf' - Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
December 15, 2013 - Upper East Side

In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents its version of Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, Peter & the Wolf, in a brand-new production combining the visual and the performing arts. For the seventh year, renowned fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will narrate the production. George Manahan will conduct the Juilliard Ensemble. For the first time, for this year's production Mizrahi will direct, design the set and costumes, and his special cast will perform new choreography by John Heginbotham, in which the familiar characters come to life in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. The story brings 30 minutes of suspense, including a happy ending, and allows the young and young-at-heart to hear and learn the various instruments in the orchestra.

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie - Sprout San Francisco
Through December 16, 2013 - Upper East Side

Playtime with Sammie & Tudie is a "mommy and me" style class for kids ages 1 to 3 years. Each week is a different theme and the fun starts there. Puppets, songs, creative play, colors, counting and even a little circus fun are all a part of the class. First class is only $10. Single classes are $25, 3 classes are $60, and 5 classes are $90.

Mommy and Loaves of Love - Preschool of the Arts
Through December 19, 2013 - New York

You and your little one can bake your own Challah—the traditional Jewish bread—with wholesome, gourmet ingredients, to bring home and enjoy. Each week there will be a special surprise ingredient—just for fun. This recurring class run every other Thursday Nov. 7-Dec. 19 and is presented by NYC Preschool of the Arts, a premier preschool with locations in Chelsea, Flatiron, Cooper Square, and opening a new location in Gramercy Park this winter. For more information email [email protected], or call. To check out other Mommy and Me classes and extra curricular offerings or to register, visit nycpreschool.org/upcoming-events.

'Pippin' - Music Box Theatre
Through December 22, 2013 - Midtown

Everything has its season, and this season, Pippin returns to Broadway for the first time since it first thrilled audiences 40 years ago! With a beloved score by Tony Award nominee Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") that includes the favorites "Magic to Do," "Glory," and "Corner of the Sky," Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston's American Repertory Theater, Pippin is directed by Diane Paulus, director of the 2009 and 2012 Tony Award winners for Best Musical Revival ("Hair" and The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess"). This captivating production features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main, the creative force behind the nationwide sensation Traces.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bloomingdale's
Through December 23, 2013 - Upper East Side

Meet Kris Kringle and a few of his helpers, share your Christmas wishes, and get a photo with him too. Friday, November 29 - Monday, December 23 *Santa and his helpers take a one hour break to feed the reindeer each day! Break time subject to vary by day. Please see Santa Land shop for exact times.

THE CENTENNIAL HOLIDAY FAIR - Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
Through December 24, 2013 - MIdtown

Grand Central Terminal turned 100 this year! To celebrate New York City's only indoor holiday market is pulling out all the stops with 76 vendors offering a wide array of gifts for all of your loved ones.

THE UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET - Union Square
Through December 24, 2013 -

Designed in the tradition of Northern European holiday markets, UrbanSpace brings the lively mercantile environments of the public squares and piazzas of cities like Copenhagen and Munich to life in Union Square.

Estella Holiday Pop-Up Shop & Meet the Designers Event - Estella Studio
Through December 24, 2013 - Flatiron District

Shop for holiday gifts and outfits from niche NYC kids brands Atsuyo et Akiko, Winter Water Factory, Etiquette Kids Socks & Accessories, Lucky Fish, a Brooklyn based handprinted t-shirt designer, as well as Japanese wooden toymaker, Kiko. Find cushions and other kids room decor pieces, tutus, toys and other gems kids will forever treasure. Meet the Designer: On Dec. 12 from 1-3pm only. Local designers will be present for a reception. Visitors can find out what inspires these fantastic NYC creators and hear what they have planned for the Spring.

The Grand Central Centennial Holiday Light Show - Grand Central Terminal
Through December 26, 2013 - Midtown

Making its return to Grand Central Terminal for its Centennial year, The The Holiday Light Show will illuminate the famous windows on the west side of the Main Concourse. presented by Toshiba.

Tea Time with Babar - Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper East Side

Children, families, and Babar fans of all ages will enjoy this very special Babar Tea Time celebration at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Kids can exercise their creative side and partake in a coloring contest that awards the winner with a special Babar book autographed by author and illustrator Laurent de Brunhoff!! Participants also can have their photo taken with Babar on-site, and enjoy delicious tea time snacks and drinks! To help deck the halls – Babar style! – and continue the celebration of the beloved brand’s 80th anniversary throughout the holiday season, Hôtel Plaza Athénée will prominently display a one-of-a-kind Babar-themed Christmas tree featuring more than one hundred Babar plush toys!

Oliver - Paper Mill Playhouse
Through December 29, 2013 - Millburn

Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this beloved classic will enthrall you from the start with the miraculous tale of a young orphan's quest to find home and family in Victorian London. Dickens larger-than-life characters sing and dance their way into your heart with iconic songs including "Food, Glorious Food," "Who Will Buy?," and "Consider Yourself." Don't miss this extraordinary musical with a holiday TWIST for the entire family. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical!

'A Christmas Carol' - Players Theatre
Through December 30, 2013 - Greenwich Village

A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn't change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out during this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge!

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 30, 2013 - New York

Celebrate the season with the warmth and magic of Christmas in a way that only Radio City can deliver! In this larger-than-life stage show, scenery extends beyond the stage transforming the Music Hall into a true winter wonderland. Longtime fans can look forward to classic numbers such as "New York at Christmas" and "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" as well as new numbers like the sensational "Snow."

Piggy Nation The Musical - Snapple Theater Center
Through December 31, 2013 - New York

"Piggy Nation" is a funny, fast moving 60 minute musical full of lessons in avoiding "piggy" behavior. With an original score richly layered in blues, rock, rap and gospel influences, "Piggy Nation" follows Sammy Hamhock, a little pig excited to be on summer vacation following his dad to work on Piggy Patrol, issuing tickets for piggy behavior. But Sammy learns that everyone is a little piggy sometimes, even his dad. Full of lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration, "Piggy Nation" battles the rude behavior found all around us, in a colorful and amusing update of the golden rule. Lessons in thoughtfulness and consideration shine in this family musical for kids ages 3+ and their parents and grandparents too.

Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour - Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge Neighborhood Streets
Through December 31, 2013 - Manhattan

Tour some Brooklyn nabes where the front lawn Christmas lights are truly completely over the top. Ride in a luxury coach bus and enjoy free cannoli and hot chocolate. Tour begins in Manhattan.

The Grinch's Holiday Workshop - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2013 - Upper West Side

To enter into The Grinch's Holiday Workshop is to be transported into the pages of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale, in which a grumpy Grinch, determined to ruin Christmas for the town of Who-ville, learns that generosity and the holiday spirit are not tied to gifts. With gallery walls draped in scenes from the book, including Cindy-Lou at the Who-ville holiday feast where the transformed Grinch carves the "roast beast," the interactive exhibit is a great and fun way to promote creativity, a love of reading and draw upon the lessons learned by the Grinch. New to The Grinch's Holiday Workshop this year is a special indoor "ice" skating rink where kids can take off their shoes and "skate" in their socks. The synthetic ice rink is safe, fun and provides thrills without any chills. The Grinch's Holiday Workshop features daily and weekly programming: Look for clues in The Workshop to answer scavenger hunt questions; follow the Grinch's green handprints throughout the Museum to learn about the importance of community and helping; dive into fun, creative play by creating Dr. Seuss "rhyming hats," two-sided Grinch masks and Max "the Rein-Dog" tree ornaments, and also create wacky Seussian words with Who-ville Mad-Libs. Children can also steer Max, the Grinch's unwitting "Rein-Dog," on an oversized, interactive sleigh all the way to Who-ville, as well as gather around the Grinch's whimsical, massive reading chair for storytelling with CMOM staff and special guests who will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and other classic Seuss books.

THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET PERFORMS G. BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 04, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - Columbus Circle
Through January 04, 2014 - Columbus Circle

Experience Christmas in New York while reliving your favorite holiday movie moments on New York City?s most unique guided holiday bus tour. With this 2-and-a-half hour bus tour, you'll the sites where your favorite holiday movies were filmed and makes stops at some of the season?s most festive locations along the way. You?ll see how a lit up NYC sparkles during the holidays as you enjoy clips from silver screen classics such as Home Alone 2, Scrooged, and Elf. Tour departs from Columbus Circle (across from the Trump building).

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - Midtown

Art of the Brick, an exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world's biggest display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

'Mother Africa' - New Victory Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Merry and bright, Mother Africa will shine in a powerful performance of stunning African artistry when Circus Der Sinne makes its U.S. Premiere from Dec. 6–Jan. 5 at The New Victory Theater. Featuring a diverse cast from different countries throughout the African continent, Mother Africa mixes modern circus arts with traditional African dance and music. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the show features a cast of more than two dozen acrobats, musicians, and dancers who will fill the New Victory stage with breathtaking feats, exuberant afro-beats, and a swirl of colorful bazin and kitenge fabrics. Rare acts like the thrilling Icarian Games from Ethiopia, in which foot jugglers toss fellow acrobats into the air, join crowd favorites like a chair stack from Tanzania, and a contortionist from Kenya described as "the most flexible man in the world." A live band keeps the party going with every strike of the congos and strum of the mbira, while stilt dancers, gumboot steppers and a marvel of traditional masks showcase Africa's expressive dance culture. Rich in rhythm and robust in song, Mother Africa has earned rave reviews around the globe and has performed for nearly 1 million people worldwide since the show's debut in 2006. Mother Africahas a running time of 90 minutes including one intermission and is recommended for everyone ages five and older.

'The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families today. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin defies the laws of physics and performs miracles inches from spectator's faces.

'Penguins' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - Upper West Side

"Penguins," a new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, opens at the American Museum of Natural History, on Monday, July 8. The film will screen at the museum through Jan. 9, 2014. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by nWave Pictures Distribution, the film is narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Penguin City, on the remote island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as 6 million penguins. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin?s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth?s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins will be shown daily in the Museum?s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly). To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.) nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment present Penguins, a film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with British media powerhouse SKY 3D (BSkyB) and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed and - new this year - features a showcase of unique and historic model trains. Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too...it's a whole day of fun!

LUMINOCITY - Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
Through January 12, 2014 - Lincoln Square

In Luminocity, Big Apple Circus' newest show, the Circus celebrates the city it calls home. In seats so close you feel like you're part of the action, see double trapeze artists, an equestrian who would fit right in with the NYPD, a clown, and an array of other circus performers. For the complete schedule of performances and tickets, visit bigapplecircus.org.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

Tweet - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - SoHo

Any adult of a certain age asked to define tweet in 2013 is likely to answer that it is a "short communication of 140 characters or less." Yet before 2006, tweet was primarily used to describe the chirp of a bird, a sound generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound. In New York City, you witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. People tweet, text, and email on the go. The simple act of looking around as you go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society. The exhibition Tweet asks everyone to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around, enjoy nature, and see the birds. All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - Manhattan

This popular annual model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal's 100-year history. This year's show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum's collection depicting notable train cars from railroading's past. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts. Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum's kid-sized scavenger hunts—just ask at the cash-wrap!

Building Connections 2013 - Center for Architecture
Through March 01, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Building Connections is an annual exhibition of K-12 student design work completed during the Center for Architecture Foundation's Learning By Design:NY and Programs@theCenter programs. The exhibition highlights the students' hard work and talent, while also showcasing the Center for Architecture Foundation's design education methodology through a dynamic display of models and drawings.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - Bryant Park Citi Pond
Through March 02, 2014 - MIdtown

Bring your own skates and go for a spin on the ice, grab a snack, and then do some shopping. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is a true winter wonderland.

The 2013/2014 Season of R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC – NOVEMBER 2nd – Sol Lewitt Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 22, 2014 - Upper West Side

An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a members of a community, R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and it's all free. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in community, workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, crafts, spa experiences, and indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults with guaranteed fun for the whole family.

The ABC Of It: Why Children's Books Matter - The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through March 23, 2014 - Midtown

The New York Public Library explores children's literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Curated by noted children's book expert Leonard S. Marcus, The ABC of It features nearly 250 items from across the library's vast collections. Original artwork, correspondence, and recordings accompany books from significant authors from the 1600s to the modern day. It provides a meaningful new context for many of the New York Public Library's treasures: the copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that belonged to Alice Liddell, the child for whom Lewis Carroll wrote it; a rare 1666 illustrated children's edition of Aesop's fables that survived the Great Fire of London; Nathaniel Hawthorne's family copy of "Mother Goose," with annotations stating some passages were too scary to read to their children; the manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden;" Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers's parrot-head umbrella; recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of "Charlotte's Web;" and the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals; among others.

A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling - Museum of Chinese in America
Through April 13, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: "81 Bowery," "Shut-Ins," and "Tenements."

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Power of Poison will explore poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Inviting visitors to explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases, the exhibition will include an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries, and a theater where live presenters will share dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection. A gallery of history's most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra's legendary snakebite to Napoleon's alleged death by arsenic, will lead visitors into the Understanding Poison theater. Here presenters will use props, animations, and audience volunteers to explore a real-world poisoning case that will highlight the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. Next, visitors will encounter a large-scale tableau of other puzzling cases and can solve the mysteries using an iPad game. For instance, visitors can discover what poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard Cook's ship in 1774.

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