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Things to Do with Kids in NYC this Weekend

Things to Do with Kids in NYC this Weekend

Plan your kids' best weekend yet in Manhattan!


Enjoy these fun things to do with your kids in New York City this weekend. Start planning your weekend now with our editorially curated list of happenings for kids and families.


Editor's Picks for This Weekend

Head in the Clouds Week

WHEN: Dec. 1 - 4, Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

Let the wintery weather and the water cycle inspire you! As part of the LET IT SLIME! Series, you’ll be mixing up and exploring slimy concoctions that use water as a main ingredient or feel light and fluffy like clouds.

WANT TO GO? $16; $13 visitor with disabilities and seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223.
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Click Clack Moo

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 11am
WHERE: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Tribeca, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT:

“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” The cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity.  No blankets? No milk! No eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. TheaterWorks USA. Ages 4+ 

WANT TO GO? $30; $15 for 10Club members. 212-220-1460.
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Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: West Harlem Piers Park, 125th Street and Marginal Street, West Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting, live music, decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last). 

WANT TO GO? 212-870-3089.
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Santa Rescue

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 12pm
WHERE: New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, Tribeca, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

In the best tradition of the fire service, an FDNY ladder truck will bravely rescue Santa from his perilous perch on top of the New York City Fire Museum. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos. It is free to watch the rescue outside of the Museum, and there is an admission to sit with Santa inside the Museum. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Children of all ages are invited to attend!

WANT TO GO? $15. 212-691-1303.
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Even More Weekend Fun

Wake up, Daisy!

WHEN: Feb. 18 - Dec. 23, Fridays-Sundays, 11am and 1pm
WHERE: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, W. 79th Street and West Drive, Enter Central Park at w 81st St. and Central Park West , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: This original take on "Sleeping Beauty" is set on New York City’s Upper West Side and is perfect for today’s modern age. WANT TO GO? $12; $8 child. 212-879-0794.
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BATMAN x SPYSCAPE

WHEN: Jun. 8 - 8, Wednesdays-Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm; Mondays, 11am-8pm
WHERE: SPYSCAPE, 928 8th Ave. , Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT:

BATMAN x SPYSCAPE is an all-new interactive experience that will drop fans into the heart of a Gotham City mystery. This experience will take fans on a top-secret mission to infiltrate an underworld organization, Leviathan, whose goal is to disrupt the Super Hero and Super-Villain communities.  Fans become recruits and the eyes and ears for the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman, and are enlisted by the mysterious Oracle, an alternate identity of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), to help solve some mysterious kidnappings. The adventure plays out in an immersive physical world of rich media and interactivity enhanced by a real time / real world mobile app. This approach allows fans to participate in the physical experience, while gathering intel and communicating with some of Gotham City’s most compelling characters through the app, for a unique and elevated experience.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $29 for adults and start at $22 for children 6-12 (recommended for ages 13 and older).
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Open Squash: Junior Open House FREE

WHEN: Aug. 19 - Dec. 16, Fridays, 4pm
WHERE: Open Squash, 25 West 39th St, 5th Floor, Clinton, NY
AGES: 5-17
WHAT:

Squash is for everyone ! Come and give this exhilarating, fitness-accelerating, strategy-sharpening racket game a try. Get on court with the super-friendly, talented coaches and discover what is often referred to "the chess of athletics". Financial aid available to support tuition costs.

WANT TO GO? 914-315-4070.
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Bruno Munari: The Child Within

WHEN: Oct. 6 - Jan. 14, Friday and Saturday, by appointment
WHERE: Center for Italian Modern Art, 421 Broome Street, 4th floor, Lafayette & Crosby, Tribeca, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) presents Bruno Munari: The Child Within. The show will focus on Munari’s children’s books and will demonstrate how his experimental and commercially produced publications expressed his wide-ranging ideas about the possibilities art offered to communicate visually. Play is at the heart of even Munari’s most serious production, and his work across genres, formats, and disciplines is all of a piece. Bruno Munari was an artist, inventor, graphic designer, and a designer of objects. The totality of his work can perhaps be best understood through the lens of the children’s books he wrote, designed, and illustrated. These books bring together his ideas regarding art, design, and pedagogy in an accessible form. It was Munari’s goal to develop a purely visual language that fostered new modes of communication, often without needing words. In the 1940s he started to create his series of “unreadable books,” completely devoid of text, but full of tactile and visual expression. From these, he removed the elements readers traditionally identify with books: title, author name, copyright pages, table of contents, running text, etc. His goal was to emphasize the grammar of the book as object, through its form, color, proportions, and rhythm. The “unreadable books” featured a wide variety of colored pages, paper stocks, textures, formats, and shapes. They might be pierced by threads and marked with spots or lines or create a kinetic illusion through transparent or overlapping pages. These books were not designed just to be seen, but as objects with which to interact playfully and imaginatively. Between 1945 and 1968 Munari produced a remarkable array of books that exemplify the ideas and achievements of his broader career: an unerring graphic sensibility, elements of surprise and humor, and a fluency with the mechanics of book-flaps and holes within pages, which contribute to the narrative qualities of these publications as much as their words or images. Munari’s books for children weave together all the threads of his theoretical and creative practice, thus, the show at CIMA will underscore the artist’s various areas of activity through these works. For a contextual framework, the exhibition will also feature artist books from other cultures, including Russian revolutionary children’s books that played a role in Munari’s own formation and approach to the genre. Furthermore, the presentation will include artworks and design objects by Munari that share themes — as well as visual and formal connections — with his children’s books.

WANT TO GO? $15. 646-370-3596.
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The Climate Museum Pop-Up FREE

WHEN: Oct. 8 - Dec. 22, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-6pm; Sundays, 12-5pm
WHERE: The Climate Museum, 120 Wooster Street , Soho, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience an interactive exhibition that blends art, social science, and action, that will leave you inspired about what you can do on climate change. WANT TO GO?
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Ice Skating at The Rink

WHEN: Oct. 28 - Mar. 5, 8am-10pm, daily; 8am-midnight, select weekend and holiday hours
WHERE: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, Between W. 40th and 42nd Streets, Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, free skating shows, and events. WANT TO GO? Admission is free; $15-$50 skate rental. 212-768-4242.
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Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience

WHEN: Oct. 28 - Jan. 1, Sundays-Thursdays, 10am-8pm and Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm and November 24th, December 24th, 25th & 31st, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Pier 36, 299 South Street, Lower East Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The multi-gallery, multi-sensory exhibition takes guests on a time-traveling adventure to Ancient Egypt exploring the story of King Tut – from his rule as a child pharaoh, to the discovery of his tomb and beyond. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $38.50 per child and $54 per adult.
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MONET’S GARDEN The Immersive Experience

WHEN: Nov. 1 - Jan. 8, Mondays-Wednesdays, 10am-7:30pm; Thursdays and Sundays, 10am-9:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays
WHERE: Wall Street, 30 Wall Street, Downtown Manhattan, NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Go on a 360-degree journey through the history and work of one of the greatest and most influential painters of all time. WANT TO GO? $33-$35; $25-$26 children 6-16; free for children 5 and younger.
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The Rink

WHEN: Nov. 5 - Mar. 31, Open daily, see website for exact times
WHERE: Rockefeller Plaza, between 50th and 49th Streets, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Don't miss this chance to ice skate under the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree- one of New York’s quintessential winter activities. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $21 for ages 6 and older; tickets start at $11 for ages 5 and younger. 212-771-7200.
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Big Apple Circus

WHEN: Nov. 9 - Jan. 1, See website for schedule
WHERE: Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Avenue and West 62nd Street, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Experience the excitement of a dazzling new extravaganza: “DREAM BIG! featuring performances from King of the High Wire Nik Wallenda, comic daredevil Johnny Rockett, trapeze artist Elli Huber, and more! WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $29.95. 646-491-8941.
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Disney Encanto x CAMP

WHEN: Nov. 14 - Jan. 29, See website for schedule
WHERE: CAMP 5th Avenue, 110 5th Ave., Chelsea, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Explore the world’s first immersive Disney Encanto experience complete with secret passages, interactive magic, live music, and surprises behind every magic door.  WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $44. 917-997-0439.
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Shine Bright Only at Hudson Yards Presented by Wells Fargo FREE

WHEN: Nov. 14 - Jan. 8, Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore over 2 million shimmering white lights illuminating the neighborhood featuring a 32-foot hot air balloon suspended inside The Shops.  WANT TO GO?
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'The Santa Clauses' Winter Wonderland

WHEN: Nov. 15 - Jan. 15, Open daily except Thanksgiving. See website for exact times.
WHERE: Watermark, 78 South St Pier 15, Downtown Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Take a trip to the North Pole inspired by Disney+ Original Series, “The Santa Clauses,” and warm up with hot chocolate, get cozy in Santa's living room, take a photo with a giant snow glober, and more! WANT TO GO? Starting at $25.
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PaleyLand

WHEN: Nov. 16 - Jan. 8, Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5:30pm
WHERE: The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52 Street, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore holiday exhibits, take photos with Santa, play the hottest video games, create holiday crafts, and more! WANT TO GO? $21.50; $17.50 Student/Teachers/Seniors/Veterans/First Responders; free for children younger than 12 and Paley members. 212-621-6600.
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Winter Colorland

WHEN: Nov. 17 - Jan. 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Color Factory New York, 251 Spring St., Soho, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Lift your spirits, grab your sleds, goggles and parkas and slide into some winter whimsy during this limited-time holiday experience. WANT TO GO? $38-$45. 347-378-4071.
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Pinkmas

WHEN: Nov. 17 - Jan. 9, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11am-7pm; Fridays, 11am-8:30pm; Saturdays, 10am-8:30pm; Sundays, 10am-7:30pm
WHERE: Museum of Ice Cream NYC, 558 Broadway, New York, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Embark on a magical journey across three immersive floors filled with delicious treats, festive crafts, a larger-than-life snow globe, and much more! WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $25. 855-258-0719.
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Christmas Spectacular

WHEN: Nov. 18 - Jan. 2, Performances daily, see website for exact schedule
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: See the new scene “Dance of the Frost Fairies” and watch as the Rockettes transform into fantastical, winged fairies, performing alongside fairy-drones which dance high above the audience. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $46. 212-465-6000.
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SPECTACULAR FACTORY NYC

WHEN: Nov. 19 - Jan. 8, Mondays-Fridays, 12-10pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-10pm
WHERE: ARTECHOUSE, 439 W 15th St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Immerse yourself in this interactive winter wonderland where you'll float among giant swinging bells, crash the party of a thousand nutcrackers, take a joyride through giant wreaths, and more. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $25 and $17 for children ages 4-15; free admission for children younger than 4..
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The Origami Holiday Tree

WHEN: Nov. 21 - Jan. 9, Open daily, 10am–5:30pm
WHERE: The American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Beautiful Bugs, featuring specially created models inspired by the upcoming Susan and Peter J. Solomon Family Insectarium opening in Winter 2023 as part of the Museum’s new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. Among the more than 1,000 origami pieces decorating the tree will be intricately designed models of long-legged grasshoppers, brilliantly colored butterflies, and iridescent beetles, as well as those depicting iconic Museum exhibits like the Blue Whale and Tyrannosaurus rex. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the Origami Holiday Tree is delightfully decorated with hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. 

WANT TO GO? Included with admission: NY, NJ, or CT Residents pay what you wish; all others $16-$28. 212-769-5100.
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ONEDERLAND

WHEN: Nov. 21 - Jan. 7, 9am-8pm, daily; 12/26-12/30, 9am-11pm
WHERE: One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., Financial District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: “ONEDERLAND” Brings a Celebratory Experience 1,250 Feet Above New York City, with Skyline Photo Moments, Family Friendly Activities, and Seasonal Food and Beverage Offerings. WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $32 for ages 6-12, $36 for seniors 65 and older, and $37 for ages 13 and older; free admission for children 5 and younger. 844-696-1776.
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Potlucks & Parades

WHEN: Nov. 22 - 30, Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm **CLOSED THANKGIVING**
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT:

For many, the fall season is a time of gathering, visiting family, sharing a meal, and even enjoying a parade. Join CMOM for a weekend-long festival of sharing dishes, pitching in to build a sculpture installation, and crafting handheld parade floats.

WANT TO GO? $16; $13 visitor with disabilities and seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223.
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Skate the Skyline at The Rink

WHEN: Nov. 22 - Feb. 26, Mondays-Thursdays, 3-10pm; Fridays, 12-11pm; Saturdays and Holidays, 10am-11pm; Sundays, 10am-10pm
WHERE: The Seaport, 89 South Street, Seaport Square, between Piers 16 & 17, Downtown Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The Ice Rink returns for a season of winter festivities and complimentary skating along the East River.  WANT TO GO? Admission is free; skate rentals start at $20. 212-732-8257.
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North Pole Express 2022

WHEN: Nov. 24 - Dec. 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Top View Sightseeing , 42nd St. btwn 5th and 6th Ave., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take a tour of Midtown Manhattan’s storied holiday lights as you listen to thrilling Christmas tales told by one of Santa’s Elves. End your journey at the North Pole to meet Santa Himself. Tell him your deepest Christmas wishes and get a sleigh bell as a good luck charm. It’s a Christmas NYC-style like no other!

WANT TO GO? $149; $139 ages 2-12.
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Luminaries FREE

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, See schedule below
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. , Financial District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: View a mesmerizing display of 640 twinkling custom lanterns that change in color and intensity. WANT TO GO? 212-978-1673.
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Wells Fargo Winterscape FREE

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Jan. 2, Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-8pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, Between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets, Level 1, Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Visitors are welcomed to a world of snow and ice as they go on a magical and immersive journey that celebrates the winter season. WANT TO GO?
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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 31, See website for schedule
WHERE: Lincoln Center: David H. Koch Theater, Broadway at 64th Street, Upper West Side , NY
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT:

Children of all ages from New York City and the around the world fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky's music, Balanchine's choreography, Karinska's sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian's magical sets. George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®, based on the Alexandre Dumas père version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production. The elaborate stage elements and intricate lighting unleash the viewers' imagination by providing visual effects that are extraordinarily grand. The most famous example is the one-ton Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 41 feet, evoking audible gasps of disbelief from the audience at each performance. Other notable feats include the comic figure of Mother Ginger — 85 pounds and nine feet wide, the costume requires handling by three people once it is lowered by pulley over the dancer's head — as well as the continuous flutter of the purest, crystal-shaped snowflakes. While these technical achievements are wonderful fun, it is Balanchine's choreography that sustains the ballet through two acts. Act I introduces the characters — the Stahlbaum children, Marie and Fritz, Herr Drosselmeier and his Nephew — and also begins the transition from reality into fantasy with the concluding Snowflake Waltz. Act II offers the complete transformation. We have entered the "Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy" and there is no turning back.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is recommended for ages 5+, and all patrons, including small children sitting in laps, must have a ticket to enter the theater.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $45. 212-870-5570.
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Santaland

WHEN: Nov. 25 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th Street, 8th Floor, Herald Square, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Take photos that will bring you memories for a lifetime when you visit Santa in Santaland! Guests will visit Santa in his office as he works behind his desk again this year. He’s excited to see you & take a photo with you as you sit on the opposite side of this desk. Young children who are not able to sit up on their own will require an adult or older child to sit with them to hold them up. Santa will not be able to hold children on his lap or desk.

WANT TO GO? There is no fee to meet Santa. Optional photo packages start at $39.99.
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The Nutcracker

WHEN: Nov. 26 - Dec. 18, Saturday and Sundays, 7pm
WHERE: Rudolf Nureyev Studio in the Historic Landmark City Center, 130 W. 56th St., 6th floor, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The story of sweet little Clara, her toymaker uncle and a Nutcracker toy that transforms in a prince will captivate viewers of all ages. WANT TO GO? $53.92. 347-346-9951.
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A Christmas Carol

WHEN: Nov. 27 - Dec. 30, See website for schedule. Sundays at 11am are family show with preshow experience 1 hr before show
WHERE: The Player's Theatre, 115 MacDougal St, Soho, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale about the joy of community triumphing over selfishness, presented in this fresh musical adaptation by Sgouros & Bell. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on his emotional journey, as he is visited by four forewarning ghosts. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out at this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge! 

WANT TO GO? $42-$57. 212-475-1237.
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Wonderland Dreams by Alexa Meade

WHEN: Nov. 28 - Apr. 8, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 12-7:30pm; Fridays, 10am-8pm; Saturdays, 10am-8:pm; ‍Sundays, 10am-7:30pm
WHERE: Wonderland Dreams, 529 5th Avenue, Murray Hill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Wonderland Dreams by Alexa Meade brings to life the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Alexa's hand painted immersive exhibit. Every inch of Wonderland Dreams is hand-painted using Alexa Meade’s signature painting style which makes the world appear to be a 2D work of art. Fall down the rabbit hole into a world of secret rose gardens, mad tea parties, in a living gallery that puts you inside the artwork.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $27.
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The Rink At Manhattan West FREE

WHEN: Nov. 29 - Mar. 31, Mondays-Fridays, 2-9:15pm; ​Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays, 10am-9pm
WHERE: Manhattan West Plaza , 9th Avenue, Spanning 31st to 33rd Street, Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: The Rink at Manhattan West offers daily public skating and upscale ice skating programs for men, women, and children hosted by Olympians Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. WANT TO GO? Admission starts at $20; Skate rental starts at $5.
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Ailey's Saturday Family Matinee Series Welcomes All To Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Holiday Season at New York City Center

WHEN: Nov. 30 - 24, 2pm
WHERE: New York City Center , 131 West 55th St. , Midtown West, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Be uplifted this holiday season during this family matinee series' three performances.  WANT TO GO? start at $29. 212-581-1212.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s New York City Center Season

WHEN: Nov. 30 - Dec. 24, See website for schedule
WHERE: New York City Center , 131 West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, returns to New York City Center for a season that has become a joyous winter tradition. Led by Artistic Director Robert Battle, Ailey's extraordinary dancers will move audiences with world and company premieres by Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. In addition to repertory favorites, founder Alvin Ailey's choreography is spotlighted with a new production of Survivors and the staging of over a half dozen classic works, including the must-see American masterpiece Revelations. 

WANT TO GO? Tickets stat at $29. 212-581-1212 .
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Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour

WHEN: Dec. 1 - 23, 6pm and 7:30pm, nightly
WHERE: North Pole Express Departure Point, 42nd St & 5th Ave, Murray Hill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Join this Holiday Lights Sightseeing Tour and see all the major Christmas and Holiday Lights Locations in Manhattan. Sit on the top level of a double deck bus for the best viewing experience possible. You'll get to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Giant Christmas Ornaments, Bryant Park Winter Village and more. Topview's holiday lights tour allows you to enjoy all the major attractions for the holiday season plus all the usual sights, including Empire State Building, Grand Central and Chrysler Building. Come enjoy New York City at its finest.

WANT TO GO? From $59. 212-664-0300.
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World Cup Watch Parties

WHEN: Dec. 1 - 18, See website for schedule
WHERE: The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, 44 Charlton Street, Tribeca, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Watch the most exciting moments in the world's biggest sporting event LIVE in WNYC's broadcast studio! Enjoy guaranteed seating, a cash bar, live interviews, and participate in games in an all-ages-welcome, fully accessible venue.

WANT TO GO? $10 Daily Pass; free admission for kids 12 and younger. 646-829-4000.
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New York Theatre Ballet presents The Nutcracker FREE

WHEN: Dec. 2 - 4, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. , Financial District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. The acclaimed dance company will present four ticketed performances in the Winter Garden. Advanced registration is required to attend the performances. Capacity permitting, walk-ins may be accommodated according to the check-in schedule on website. 

Pre-peformance Mini Ballet Classes: Take a spin with New York Theatre Ballet School! Bring your little ones to The Nutcracker and join us for a pre-performance mini class in the Winter Garden to inspire your child with the joy of dance. Learn basic movements and then try to spot them on stage! Classes are ten minutes each and begin two hours before the performance start. Open to ages 5-8 with no previous experience or special attire required. Classes will be located on the performance circle in the Winter Garden. Admission is first-come, first-served.

WANT TO GO? 212-978-1673.
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Holiday Concert: Messiah Sing-In with The Dessoff Choirs

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30pm
WHERE: Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street, Morningside Heights, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The holiday season kicks off with what has become an annual tradition for singers all across New York City: the annual sing-in of Handel's Messiah in Harlem's Union Theological Seminary. The 40+ member The Dessoff Choirs will be joined by audience members of all ages and singing capabilities.

WANT TO GO? $17.50. 212-662-7100.
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Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid

WHEN: Dec. 2 - 18, Fridays, 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm
WHERE: Axis Theatre, 1 Sheridan Square, Meatpacking District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This festive interactive winter play features a blend of advanced technology, live performance, and audience participation.  WANT TO GO? $5-$20. 212-807-9300.
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New York Theatre Ballet presents The Nutcracker FREE

WHEN: Dec. 2 - 4, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 1pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm
WHERE: Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. , Financial District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer, Keith Michael. The acclaimed dance company will present four ticketed performances in the Winter Garden. Advanced registration is required to attend the performances. Capacity permitting, walk-ins may be accommodated according to the check-in schedule on website. 

Pre-peformance Mini Ballet Classes: Take a spin with New York Theatre Ballet School! Bring your little ones to The Nutcracker and join us for a pre-performance mini class in the Winter Garden to inspire your child with the joy of dance. Learn basic movements and then try to spot them on stage! Classes are ten minutes each and begin two hours before the performance start. Open to ages 5-8 with no previous experience or special attire required. Classes will be located on the performance circle in the Winter Garden. Admission is first-come, first-served.

WANT TO GO? 212-978-1673.
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Family First Saturdays: Exhibition Tour and Storytime at the Morgan FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10am
WHERE: Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, Murray Hill, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

Leap off the page with this new family program geared towards younger readers. Enjoy a family tour of the exhibitions Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away and The Little Prince: Taking Flight followed by a live picture book storytime. Recommended for families and children ages 4-8.

WANT TO GO? 212-685-0008.
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Family Matinee: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2pm
WHERE: The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet returns to celebrate its 28th Anniversary Season. Under the direction of co-founding Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company is "forging a path for what ballet can be instead of what it has historically been" (The Guardian). Rhoden and Richardson have curated an eclectic offering featuring the world premiere of Rhoden's newest work, Endgame. Set to an original soundscape of manipulated rhythms, string patterns, and voices, the work conjures a world that we recognize today, juxtaposed against one that is not yet a reality. Program highlights also include Rhoden's critically acclaimed, Snatched Back from the Edges, a stirring and uplifting testament to the indelible human spirit set to a diverse soundtrack featuring spoken word and music ranging from Chopin to Shirley Cesar; and the company premiere of a pas de deux from William Forsythe's Slingerland.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $10. 212-691-9740.
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Drag Story Hour NYC FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 11am
WHERE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center , 61 W 62nd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

As pillars of the queer community since before the Stonewall rebellion, drag entertainers are no strangers to the revolutionary act of spreading hope and love to younger generations. Who better to lead young minds through the landscape of a magical fairy kingdom than real-life drag royalty? Programmed in collaboration with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Drag Story Hour NYC is an interactive storytelling event specifically developed for children ages 3 to 8 that features local costumed performers reading picture books, singing songs, and leading dance activities in a fun and age-appropriate introduction to gender spectrum diversity. This fabulous first exposure to drag as dress-up celebrates difference, builds empathy, and presents kids with the tools and confidence to better express themselves.

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Manhattan Skyline: Transformation Over Time (Family Program) FREE

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 10:30-11:45am
WHERE: Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl. , Downtown, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: After a tour of the new exhibition Residential Rising, kids will learn about the evolution of New York's tallest towers and design one of their very own. WANT TO GO? 212-945-6324.
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Cricket’s Candy Creations’ Dessert Before Dinner: Cookie Decorating

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 4, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Cricket's Candy Creations, 200 Hudson St. , Tribeca, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Whether enjoying cookies yourself or creating as a gift, families will be able to style tins and cookies to take home. WANT TO GO? $45 . 914-523-8511.
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Holiday Creative Breaks at Little Island FREE

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 17, Saturdays, 12-3pm
WHERE: Little Island NYC, Pier55 in Hudson River Park West 13th Street, Meatpacking District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Little Island invites all visitors to participate in our Holiday Creative Breaks with Teaching Artist Georgie Flores! Make your own Holiday themed postcard and spread some joy by mailing your postcard to family, friends, or neighbors. (Postage will be provided). 

WANT TO GO? 646-978-5333.
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Harlem Night Market

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 17, Saturdays, 4-8pm
WHERE: La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave., East Harlem, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Harlem Night Market is back this holiday season! So mark your calendar for three weekends of fun, food & winter shopping at the historic La Marqueta. Come through to support local entrepreneurs and go home with some of the best eats, drinks & gifts in the neighborhood. D.J.s S'tormin' Norman and Ted Smooth will be bringing you  back to the dance floor, with special guests to be announced. There'll be plenty of family fun -- including visits all three weekends with Santa, a bounce house and 360-degree photo booth. On December 10, take a trolley from the market to El Museo del Barrio for their new exhibits and Coqui Club kids parranda. On December 17, hop the trolley to the pop-up ice skating rink at 'Uptown Grand Central's community plaza at 125th Street. Vendors include: Savory Food Court: Black Rican Vegan, Cafe Ollin, Fauzia Sweets Food Court: Make My Cake, Anjali's Cup, Pure Confections Makers Plazas: Adinkra Republic, Body Vanity, Pop Pins, Hannahbandanah, Harlem Hoopz, Framiati, Angel Rays Designs, Carmen Community Artist "The Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta is brought to by Uptown Grand Central", TBo Harlem & the NYC Economic Development Corporation, with support from Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Department of Transportation, Ponce Bank, Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, Shop Harlem Made, Union Settlement & El Museo del Barrio.

WANT TO GO? Admission is free, prices vary for goods.
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My First Nutcracker

WHEN: Dec. 3 - 22, 11am and 2pm on weekends and select weekdays
WHERE: Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, Midtown, NY
AGES: 3-8
WHAT:

You've been invited to Clara-Marie's holiday party! Join Clara-Marie and the Prince as they travel to a magical kingdom filled with delicious treats, dancing flowers, and a pesky mouse king in this interactive holiday classic reimagined for your youngest theatergoers! Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger and choreographed by Melissa Riker, NYCCT's hit dance theater production returns to Theatre Row this holiday season! My First Nutcracker celebrates and explores imagination, family, tradition, and female empowerment.

WANT TO GO? Tickets start at $52.50 | Select Pay What You Choose Tickets Available for Each Performance. 212-714-2442.
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Junior Keepers: Mammals

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, 9-10:30am
WHERE: Central Park Zoo, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park , NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Go behind the scenes to learn about the daily responsibilities of Central Park Zoo keepers. WANT TO GO? $60 . 800-433-4149.
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December Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along Hybrid at 12 Fulton Street and on Zoom

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street, Downtown Manhattan, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly Sea Chantey and Maritime Music, the original NYC chantey sing, continues on the first Sunday of every month. Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choruses, or just listen as we present traditional maritime work songs and ballads. Participants may join online or in-person. All will be participating in the same simultaneous event, able to see and hear all featured singers. Both remote and in-person participants are able to lead songs which will be heard by all. If you’re joining in-person, before or after the sing, participants are invited to tour the Seaport Museum galleries at 12 Fulton Street, and visit tall ship Wavertree and lightship Ambrose on Pier 16, all for free. The event is FREE, and advance registration encouraged but not required. 

WANT TO GO? FREE. 6467654773.
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Fifth Avenue for All FREE

WHEN: Dec. 4 - 18, Sundays, 12-6pm
WHERE: Fifth Avenue, 5th Avenue between 48th and 57th Streets, Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

The Fifth Avenue Association brings New Yorkers an open streets program that, for the first time ever, will close the iconic Fifth Avenue retail corridor to vehicular traffic to welcome visitors and provide a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for families, shoppers and sightseers of all ages. See the most iconic and spectacular part of Fifth Avenue transformed into a pedestrian-only promenade, allowing all who visit to enjoy the iconic holiday windows and celebrate the season with food kiosks, seating areas and live music. To kick-off Fifth Avenue For All, the Fifth Avenue Association will host an opening ceremony on December 4th at 12 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 50th Street (between Saks Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral) featuring special guests and a marching band performance by Brooklyn United, a community-based organization that serves New York City youth. Fifth Avenue For All joins an exciting lineup of programming to spread holiday cheer to the over 10 million guests from around the world who visit Fifth Avenue throughout the holiday season. Visitors can view the tree at Rockefeller Center, visit cultural institutions such as MOMA and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and shop the most spectacular retail corridor in the world featuring renowned window displays from Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. The popular oversized lit toys are also making a return to Fifth Avenue through January 7th, with a special community giveback this season. QR codes on each toy will offer the opportunity to donate directly to Food Bank For New York City, New York’s largest hunger-relief organization and Fifth Avenue’s charitable partner this season. The oversized red holiday mailbox stationed on Fifth Avenue and 51st Street will collect letters to Santa, which will be mailed to “The North Pole” and sent replies.

Performance Schedule (Beginning at W 51st Street)
December 4th: - 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line - 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Brooklyn High School of the Arts Chorus - 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba
December 11th: - 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line - 2:00pm - 2:30pm: Kaufman Music Center Chorus - 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba
December 18th: - 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Brooklyn United Drum Line - 2:00pm - 2:30pm: To be announced - 3:30pm - 4:30pm: Manhattan Samba

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Cadettes Badge Workshop: Animal Helpers

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: Central Park Zoo, 64th Street & Fifth Avenue, Central Park , NY
AGES:
WHAT: Girl Scouts can earn their Animal Helpers badge by exploring many examples of the powerful relationship between humans and animals. WANT TO GO? $20 . 800-433-4149.
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Selfies with Santa FREE

WHEN: Dec. 5 - 16, Mondays-Fridays, 5-8pm
WHERE: Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Level 4 by H&M and Zara, Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT:

Santa is flying his sleigh to The Shops & Restaurants to meet with children, friends and families from across the world. Santa’s helpers will take complimentary photos with guests’ cameras. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

WANT TO GO? 646-954-3155.
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Stay Frosty Week

WHEN: Dec. 6 - 11, Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Let the ice and frost of wintery weather inspire you as you conduct science experiments, create wintery paintings and even make sweet treats all using ice! WANT TO GO? $16; $13 visitor with disabilities and seniors 65 and older; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223.
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