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by Daily Kids Events Editor December 7, 2014


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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 7, 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 7. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Blessing of the Animals - Christ Church of Manhattan
December 07, 2014 - Upper East Side

New York Post columnist Cindy Adams will be hosting this 6th annual Blessing of the Animals event. Families can bring their pets to be blessed by New York City Senior Minister Stephen Bauman of Christ Church and Central Synagogue Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein. The event is presented by the New York Post and co-sponsored by Best Friends Animals Society, Cornell University Veterinary Specialists and College of Veterinary Medicine, and The Baker Institute for Animal Health. Donations of new toys for animals are welcome and will be donated to New York City Animal Care and Control. Animals must be accompanied by an owner. Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Brian Vegh Fiddles Holiday Music - Hudson River Museum
December 07, 2014 - Yonkers

Enjoy holiday music and cheer from classical violist, Celtic fiddler, and composer, Brian Vegh.

Family Art Project: Season's Greetings - Wave Hill
December 07, 2014 - Bronx

See the inspiring signs of fall shifting to winter at Wave Hill. Draw your own cold-weather tales in a variety of surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with seasonal scenes.

Miniature Holiday Arrangements - Wave Hill
December 07, 2014 - Bronx

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill's wintry landscape. Fashion a trio of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers using fresh greens, pine cones, and other natural materials. Give your arrangements as gifts, or enjoy them on your own holiday table. Creative guidance offered by assistant director of public programs, Laurel Rimmer. Children ages 8 and older are welcome with an adult. Registration is not required for this drop-in workshop.

Natural Holiday Wreaths & Swags - Wave Hill
December 07, 2014 - Bronx

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill's wintry landscape. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill's gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath or swag accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Horticultural interpreter, Charles Day, demonstrates simple floral techniques and provides plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. Children ages 8 and older are welcome with an adult. Registration is not required for this drop-in workshop.

Holiday Linocut Cards - Wave Hill
December 07, 2014 - Bronx

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill's wintry landscape. Carve and print an edition of holiday cards with public programs manager, Shannon Murphy. Join in a card-making fiesta and learn about the materials and process of linoleum relief printing. Personalize cards with illustrations that show loved ones how much you care. Children ages 8 and older are welcome with an adult. Registration is not required for this drop-in workshop.

Dances Patrelle presents The Yorkville Nutcracker - The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
December 07, 2014 - New York

The Yorkville Nutcracker, set in 1895, includes lavish sets and costumes which takes the audience on a tour through Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. This production provides an opportunity for young dancers to dance alongside professional artists. This year Abi Stafford and Adrian Danchig-Waring, both Principal Dancers with New York City Ballet, will star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Other dancers include Matthew Dibble and Julie Voshell dancing the Arabian Divertissement and Grant Dettling and Katie Keith Dettling as the Snow King and Queen. Tickets will be available from Nov. 4th from the website, by phone or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office. Through Dec. 7th.

Winter Family Day - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 07, 2014 - Murray Hill

This year's annual Winter Family Day celebrates the Morgan's unique collection of medieval illuminated images and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Scrooge, Cratchit, and the Ghost of Christmas Present will sweep families into a whirlwind of exuberant fun. Join this merry bunch and enjoy a creative craft workshop, strolling characters, and an exclusive collection of literary costumes for children to model. Appropriate for ages 3–12.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - The Shops at Columbus Circle
December 07, 2014 - Midtown

Visit the sites where famous holiday movies were filmed while making stops at some of the season's most festive New York City locations. Guests on the tour can also enjoy exclusive offers from The Shops at Columbus Circle and The Restaurant and Bar Collection with a VIP Shopping Pass. Tour departs from The Shops at Columbus Circle

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Special Folding Fun Session with OrigamiUSA - American Museum of Natural History
December 07, 2014 - Upper West Side

Share the beauty and wonder of folding paper. This fall, highly skilled teachers from OrigamiUSA will lead ”Special Folding Fun Sessions“ at the Museum, with up to 10 classes throughout the day with offerings for all folding levels, including a family class. Call OrigamiUSA to register at 212-769-5635 or register online.

Birding For Families - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
December 07, 2014 - East Harlem

Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot. Join experts from NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides on this walk to learn how to spot your feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their trip across the globe. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Discovery Center. Suitable for children ages 5+. Space is limited so arrive early for check in. Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

New York City Children's Theater Presents 'The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess' - Theater 3
December 07, 2014 - Midtown

Harvey is an amazing kid who doesn’t need much to be happy – just his family and his imagination. When he accidentally gets shipped to Pink Mountain Island (in an imaginary box!), he meets a princess whose royal family needs a lesson in fun and togetherness. This upbeat, 50-minute musical directed by Marty Johnson ('James and the Giant Peach,' 'The Adventures of Flat Stanley'), with lyrics and music by kindie rocker Laurie Berkner, celebrates what happiness is really all about. Best for ages 3-8.

Holiday Art Party - Rutgers Community Programs
December 07, 2014 - Upper West Side

Families with children of all ages are invited to make holiday crafts, prepare special holiday gifts for children at home and abroad, and donate new and gently used children's books at this free holiday party. RSVP to Jennifer Moore via email at jmoore@rutgerschurch.org or call.

Cirque Zíva - The New Victory Theater
December 07, 2014 - Times Square Theater District

Captivating acts of ancient artistry, dazzling showmanship and spectacular costumes are on display in Cirque Zíva. Ensemble performances like acrobatic hoop diving and the whizzing diabolo are punctuated by awe-inspiring solo acts of unparalleled precision. An acrobat of incomparable strength winks at balcony patrons as his chair stack teeters over 30 feet high. A gifted contortionist balances over 60 wine glasses while her body bends impossibly backwards. Neon German wheels, an act enticingly called “A Thousand Hands” and a festive lion dance join the impressive lineup to compete for crowd favorite in this thrilling theatrical experience that is a highlight of the holiday season.

El Gato con Botas Family Fiesta - El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio
December 07, 2014 - Upper East Side

The cat in the spats is back when Gotham Chamber Opera revives El gato con botas (Puss in Boots), Xavier Montsalvatge's take on the classic story of a mangy feline with magical talents. Can Puss win the princess's hand for his master? Can he outwit the evil ogre? Don't miss the amazing Bunraku puppetry that turns a fairy tale into an evening of tuneful,magical, exquisite and eye-opening opera. Gotham’s production will be directed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, 33 Variations) and features puppetry from London’s Blind Summit Theater. Featuring Ginger Costa-Jackson/Karin Mushegain, Andrea Carroll, Craig Verm, Kevin Burdette, and Stefanos Koroneos. The Teatro’s interior contains scenes from children’s literature, including a mural of “Puss in Boots” designed in 1921 by the gifted illustrator and painter, Willy Pogany. This special performance will be followed at 3pm by a family fiesta which will include refreshments and a chance to meet the cast and puppets. There will be prizes for the best costumes so come dressed as the Princess, the Prince, the Ogre, or El gato himself!

Rubin Museum Family Sundays - Rubin Museum of Art
December 07, 2014 - Hell's Kitchen

Bring everyone to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy the 2pm family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Sundays in December, families are invited to drop by the art studio to use recycled and natural materials to make holiday cards for your loved ones. For children ages 3 and older.

A Closer Look for Kids: Let’s Go! Places - The Museum of Modern Art
December 07, 2014 - Midtown

For kids ages 5-10 and their adult companions. Kids and adults participate. Part of A Closer Look for Kids series. A program of events designed to help kids explore MOMA's galleries and exhibitions. Kids engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. December's theme is Let's Go! Places. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10:00am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Madison Square Garden
December 07, 2014 - Midtown

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage in this beloved family musical. Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas", The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday favorite. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small", decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Don't miss this limited holiday engagement as The Grinch finds there's more to Christmas than he expected as this record-breaking Broadway production returns to New York.

'A Christmas Carol Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa' - La MaMa E.T.C Theater
December 07, 2014 - NoHo

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's performance of "A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa" is an adaptation of the classic tale with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness. Adapted and directed by Vit Horejs, it features over 30 puppets by Milos Kasal and holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili. This toy-puppet theatre extravaganza is a new take on Charles Dickens' classic with a few twists and digressions. Into the familiar story is woven a surprising and delightful blend of English, Jewish, African, American and Czech winter rituals, customs and holiday songs, all performed by over three dozen marionettes ranging in size from four to twenty-four inches as well as found objects and toys. Mr. Horejs operates the whole cast of puppets, backed up by a live chorus: Czech, English, Hebrew & Swahili songs are performed by an "a capella monumentale" choir of Judith Barnes and Hayden DeWitt. The piece is still set in Old London, but with Czech accents. Imagine that the familiar tale was told not by an English serial novelist, but by your Czech grandmother and you get the idea! For children older than 4.

A Christmas Carol the musical - The Players Theatre
December 07, 2014 - Greenwich Village

This lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell is a seasonal favorite with New York families. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts. 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 at this fun production. So warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge in your family!

Holiday Little Swappies Kids Clothing, Book, and Toy Swap - Preschool of the Arts
December 07, 2014 - New York

Let this holiday season be about sustainable consumption, and make room in your closets for those holiday gifts. Simply bring at least eight tems that your kids no longer wear or use, and in return take home up to 15 new finds for your family. Bring kids’ clothing (size 0-4), books, toys, and/or maternity wear. All remaining items will be donated to a charity partner, Room to Grow Bring the whole family and enjoy free Stroller Cleaning, free Babysitting, fun upcycling holiday arts & crafts projects, raffle prizes, gift bags, food & drinks, and more. Sweden's leading clothing brand Polarn O. Pyret and American kidswear brand RUUM, will both be hosting pop-up sample sales at the event, with pricing up to 75% off retail. Perfect for holiday gift giving!

Peter and the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi - Guggenheim Museum
December 07, 2014 - Upper East Side

Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic as Eric Dudley conducts Ensemble Signal and a cast performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life. For children 5 and older.

PS 199 Holiday Boutique Fair - PS 199
December 07, 2014 - Upper West Side

Instead of going to the department stores this holiday season, come and shop at PS 199 for everyone on your list! You'll find kid's clothing, kid's toys, kid's accessories, adult clothing, adult accessories, jewelry, stationary and small gifts.

Macy's Santaland - Macy's Herald Square
December 07, 2014 - Midtown

Much more than a photo opportunity with Old St. Nick; Macy's Santaland is a NYC institution. Come and meet the man with the white beard and enter the North Pole recreated on 34th Street. There are real life elves, animatronic displays and the famous windows to excite little ones as you stand in line. Once it's your turn there are a variety of photo packages with Santa available. This is an event that's popular with tourists and New Yorkers alike so plan to come early in the season, and the day, for shorter wait times. Or book a Santaland Express Pass to skip the line.

Third Street Music School Settlement 120th Anniversary Holiday Concert - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU
December 07, 2014 - East Village

Celebrating 120 years of bringing music to life for New Yorkers, Third Street Music School Settlement will present a special anniversary holiday concert featuring students of all ages performing traditional carols, orchestral classics, and modern holiday hits. The concert will showcase the school's celebrated rock and jazz ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and jazz big band, as well as dancers performing selections from The Nutcracker. The concert is a winter highlight of the renowned East Village institution's year-long anniversary celebration. The nation's oldest community music school, Third Street was founded in 1894 as part of the settlement house movement, providing music instruction as well as social services to the Lower East Side's immigrant population. Over the years, such notable alumni as 1920s hit-maker Irving Caesar (Tea for Two), Broadway and film composer Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon, Frozen), pop star Ingrid Michaelson (Girls Chase Boys), and NPR host Robert Siegel have honed their skills in its classrooms.

"The Love Note" - Actor's Temple Theater
Through December 21, 2014 - Midtown

The Love Note musical follows young Jessie on a spirited journey at a new school, where she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. With a lively cast of characters and a rousing score, The Love Note explores the trials of being ‘the new kid’, learning the ropes of self-reliance and survival techniques that carry into adulthood.
Wacky bookworms, menacing bullies and up-and-coming ‘tween fashionistas drive a fast-paced narrative, all under the watchful eye of a soup-ladle wielding lunch lady. Jessie’s lonely school lunches are heartened by the tiny pink love note her mother packs into her brown paper bag each day, but once chief-bully Brittany bites into her snatched sandwich, Jessie knows she is in trouble. Working out challenges with her magical friend Airy, together they concoct a spicy strategy to help Jessie stand up for her lunch.

Mommy & Me Class - Prenatal Yoga Center
Through December 23, 2014 - Upper West Side

This program helps strengthen, the spiritual, emotional, and physical bond between parent and child. Using interactive, slow-moving postures the class is ideal for mommies and babies 4 weeks to crawling. Class also includes infant massage and various exercises that assist the development of your child's motor skills. Mommy and Me Yoga will help carry you smoothly through the busy early months of caring for a new baby. Please note that we are a 1 flight walk up, and someone is always at the studio to help you carry your stroller.

'The North Pole Adventure' a DreamWorks DreamPlace at Westchester's Ridge Hill - Westchester's Ridge Hill - Yonkers
Through December 24, 2014 - Yonkers

This interactive holiday experience is designed by Westchester's Ridge Hill and DreamWorks Animation to revolutionize a visit to Santa and eliminate long waiting lines. The walk-through starts with Shrek, ends with Santa, and seamlessly blends storytelling with cutting-edge technology. The unique, family adventure will culminate in a private, personalized meeting with Santa, complete with photos in the classic style. Bonus: no long lines! Families will be able to schedule visits through a dedicated smartphone app seven days a week, beginning Thursday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Dec. 24. About Westchester's Ridge Hill Westchester's Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining, and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children's play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley - the Westchester's Ridge Hill Express. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux - a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar, and children's playroom, REI, and Dick's Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular brands and retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, LL Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House/Black Market, Whole Foods Market, and Yard House. LegoLand Discovery Center, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-level UNIQLO are now open. Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, the shopping and dining haven is easily accessible to millions of Westchester, Putnam, and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester's Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space - approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at westchestersridgehill.com.

NEW Kids Baking Classes at Crave.it - Crave.it Italian Bakery & Cafe
Through December 27, 2014 - New York

Chef Alejandro Quinones hosts classes for young food enthusiasts, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at a working bakery kitchen, dessert decorating, and a story-time reading of an Italian children’s cooking-themed story translated into English. Together with Chef Quinones kids will create and design a smiley face gelato dessert and assemble a mignon.

Sunday Story Time in Mr. Morgan’s Library - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 28, 2014 - Murray Hill

Drop-in to the Morgan for a special story time featuring knights in armor, fearless horses, princesses, and kings. Appropriate for ages 2 and older.

The Three Bears Holiday Bash - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through December 30, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear's annual holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with a "12 days of Christmas" sing-a-long during the performance! 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!

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street - Children's Museum of Manhattan
Through December 31, 2014 - Upper West Side

Immerse yourself in the toe-tapping, original sound of American jazz as the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem present this all-new exhibit celebrating the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz during the famed Harlem Renaissance. Enter the intimate "jazz club" and listen to the warm sounds of Ella Fitzgerald; make your way to the "theater" and try out Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's famous stair dance; and meet Duke Ellington and his famous jazz orchestra in the "ballroom." Through special daily and weekly programs and demonstrations, families have the opportunity to construct Big Band-era style instruments, make wearable tap shoes, create record covers using vintage jazz albums, record their own rendition of an Ella tune and learn the Lindy Hop. A combination of daily live piano presentations by young musicians and weekly live performances by leading jazz artists and dance companies will allow families to experience how this genre continues to influence culture today.

IMPROV 4 KIDS - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 31, 2014 - Midtown

Enjoy hilarious interactive Musical Comedy based on audience participation and suggestions.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Science Playground - NY Hall of Science
Through December 31, 2014 - Corona

The nation's largest science playground features 60,000 square feet of exhibits for children of all ages. Slides, seesaws, climbing webs, a water play area, drums, mirrors, sand boxes and more allow kids to explore science by playing. Open weather permitting.

The Land of Nod Holiday Pop-Up Shop - Haven's Kitchen Café
Through December 31, 2014 - Flatiron

National children’s furniture and home décor retailer The Land of Nod will hold a month-long holiday pop up shop throughout December. The shop will feature an exclusive assortment of pieces from The Land of Nod’s holiday collection including children’s toys and holiday décor, from plush toys to garland and ornaments. The celebration of childhood spirit seen throughout the brand’s catalogs, website and the brand’s Honest to Nod blog will be reflected in the space with a whimsical holiday perspective.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Radio City Music Hall
Through December 31, 2014 - Midtown

Celebrate the holiday season in a way that only Radio City can deliver, with this iconic Christmas spectacle. Be wowed by favorite numbers such as "New York at Christmas," where the Rockettes board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Of course, beloved classics like "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Living Nativity" will also be back.

Through January 03, 2015 - 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.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.

AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: The Exhibition - Discovery Times Square
Through January 04, 2015 - Times Square

Marvel's AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The Exhibition (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Visitors of all ages are granted S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. headquarters and taken deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here visitors will have open access to a vast array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel's The Avengers. Visitors will also be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America's Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki's Scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York. NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard, learn to operate Iron Man's suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner's transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America. Entry by timed ticket only

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Lonesome George - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2015 - Upper West Side

A native of the Galapagos Islands and the last of his species, the Pinta Island tortoise known as Lonesome George became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions. When he died of natural causes in 2012, more than 40 years after being discovered on Pinta Island, the Museum worked with the Galapagos National Park Service, State University of New York College of Environmental Services and Forestry, the Galapagos Conservancy, and a team of master taxidermists to preserve Lonesome George for future generations. Before the tortoise is returned to Ecuador, he will be on exhibit here at the Museum for a limited time. Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy

Swamp Juice - Barrow Street Theatre
Through January 04, 2015 - The West Village

Jeff Achtem’s wildly inventive puppet show, which won an Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, crosses the pond and washes ashore at the Barrow Street Theatre for a limited six week run. Conceived and created by Achtem, who also stars, “Swamp Juice” introduces us to an enchanting cast of characters inhabiting a strange world that could be described as a mash-up of South Park, Dr. Seuss and Charles Dickens. A virtual whirligig of motion, crazed sound effects and otherworldly dialogue, Achtem stirs up his delicious brew right before our eyes, in front of a bare lightbulb. His puppets are created from bits of rubbish and standard household items. At the show’s remarkable finale, retro 3-D glasses allow audience members to virtually leap into the world of the shadow puppets. “Swamp Juice’s” original score is composed by David Henry, Nick Carver and Tristan Kelley. Achtem, whose Bunk Puppets is based out of Melbourne Australia, will also offer a number of hands-on workshops for parents (and their children) on how to turn the junk around the house into gorgeously filigreed shadow puppets. Please contact the theatre for more details.

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas - Vital Theatre
Through January 04, 2015 - 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 about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? 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!

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2015 - Upper East Side

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and daily lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display. Gallery 305.

This Leads to Fire: From Nonconfirmism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through January 07, 2015 - Purchase

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world. This Leads to Fire will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art, and will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow conceptualism and Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. The exhibition will familiarize viewers with an important and under-appreciated body of work, and demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assisant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. September 15, 2014 through January 7, 2015.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 21st. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2014 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Drawn to Language - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 11, 2015 - Soho

Bringing together emerging and mid-career artists whose work relates to the material qualities of language, Drawn to Language gives words visual form. Letters, words, or phrases are transcribed, visualized, verbalized, symbolized, morphed into patterns, scrambled, or even erased. While the works in the exhibition vary conceptually ? from amusing to political to philosophical ? each work is defined by its use of words to create an image, a deeper meaning, or both. Visual artists have long been interested in the intersection between art and language. From ancient calligraphy to illuminated manuscripts, some of our oldest surviving texts are an amalgamation of these two forms of communication. Visual artists can be ?drawn to language? in a variety of ways. Whether used for additional emphasis, to define pure meaning, to further a narrative, or simply to make a joke, language is an increasingly important element in visual art. The artists in this exhibition use new materials, processes and techniques to entice the viewer to examine language in new ways. Artists on view: Adam Ames, Erik Den Breejen, Anne Lise Coste, Jenny Holzer, Samual Jablon, Jack Pierson, Michael Scoggins, Gary Simmons, Leah Singer, and Hank Willis Thomas

Big Apple Circus presents: 'Metamorphosis' - Lincoln Center
Through January 11, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Step right up and enter a magical world of Metamorphosis with this all-new show from NYC's hometown circus. Witness astonishing acts and startling transformations that transport you to a realm of enchantment under the Big Top! Appearing before your very eyes: The thrilling flyers of the trapeze, swooping and swirling through circus skies! The razzle-dazzle of the rolla-bolla, an act that teeters right on the edge of equilibrium! The dynamo of the diabolo, the whirling double?tops of the Big Top! An aerial space-age acrobatic adventure ? an ascent to amazement! The risky rhythms of the Risley team, twisting and turning, topsy-turvy! The cadenzas of camels and horses, and the exuberance of playful pooches, out to dazzle with delight! The cunning conjurors of the quick-change act, defying belief and inspiring awe! The incredible flexible limbs of the contortionist in an act that will literally bend your imagination! And Francesco the Clown, captivating the crowd with his musical merriment and gentle humor. Under the direction of maestro Rob Slowik, the renowned Big Apple Circus Band provides as always the live and glorious tunes of the sawdust spectacular. And finally, our irrepressible, magnificent Ringmaster, the illustrious and incomparable John Kennedy Kane will summon the spirits of the circus universe to immerse you in the wonder, the joy and the astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS!

GingerBread Lane - NY Hall of Science
Through January 11, 2015 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Last year’s GingerBread Lane at NYSCI was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Exhibit ends at 1pm on Jan 11, 2015.

Into the Third Dimension: 3D Printing for Young Artists - The Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 11, 2015 - Greenwich Village

For their inaugural collaboration, The Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) and 3DP4E (3D Printing for Everyone), a new company on a mission to empower through design, technology and entrepreneurism, are pleased to present Into the Third Dimension: 3D Printing for Young Artists. The exhibition activates CMA's permanent collection of children's artwork in a new unique way through the 3D printing process. It will feature drawings from CMA's permanent collection alongside a 3D-printed element or detail from each selection.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 11, 2015 - New York

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! The theme of this year's 13-foot-tree is "Night at the Museum," inspired by American Museum of Natural History sleepovers and tours featuring places, artifacts, characters, and real exhibits behind the popular movies of the same name. Expect to see a Tyrannosaurus rex, a capuchin monkey with keys, the Rapa Nui Moai statue, and Theodore Roosevelt. The museum is also running origami workshops during the holiday season if you feel inspired to try your hand at the delicate art. The tree is located in the Grand Gallery.

'Great White Shark' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 15, 2015 - Upper West Side

Known mostly for being an ocean predator, the great white shark is misrepresented, misunderstood, and on the verge of extinction. This film explores the great white's place in our imaginations and in our fears while focusing on the plight of sharks around the world and the fate of sharks at the hands of the planet's greatest predator of all: humans. As the demand for shark fin soup rises, every year tens of millions of sharks are killed primarily for their fins. Some shark populations have been reduced by 99 percent, and many oceanic sharks face extinction.

The New York Botanical Garden's 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 19, 2015 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is a New York tradition that will delight children and adults of all ages; now in its 23rd year. Over 20 large-scale model railway trains and trolleys, from American steam engines and streetcars from the late 1800s to modern freight and high-speed passenger trains, traverse nearly a quarter-mile of track. Across rustic bridges, along overhead trestles, through tunnels, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. The trains travel through a magical New York amid the glow of twinkling lights in NYBG's Victorian-style glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It's not just the trains that the crowds come to see. The show features beautiful replicas of New York landmarks, artistically crafted of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones by designer Paul Busse's team at Applied Imagination. The original Pennsylvania Station and Yankee Stadium, St.Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center are among the favorites in the Botanical Garden's collection of more than 150 replicas. This year only, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York's World Fair held in Queens, the Holiday Train Show features replicas of the World's Fair-famed Unisphere, observatory towers, and the Tent of Tomorrow at the New York State Pavilion, all from the Paul Busse Collection. There is also a plethora of accompanying programming, including children's activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more. Check the website for more details. Advanced booking recommended.

Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through January 31, 2015 - Lincoln Square

Come play and discover things you never knew about everyone’s favorite street – Sesame Street, the show that transformed television by proving it was possible to produce a show that was both educational and entertaining for children. A collaboration of Sesame Workshop and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this exhibition gives fans of all ages the opportunity to experience what it’s like to create an episode of the show and get close to their fuzzy and furry friends from the street. For more than four decades Sesame Street has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder with the help of beloved Muppets like Elmo and Grover and its signature blend of animation, music, and humor. Sesame Street teaches not just ABCs and 123s, but life lessons ranging from health and nutrition to cooperation, friendship, and diversity. The children’s program is celebrating 45 years on television with this interactive behind the scenes look at the show.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - St. Luke's Theatre
Through January 31, 2015 - Midtown

This Off-Broadway performance is an adventure-packed, imaginative, family-friendly hit. C.S. Lewis' beloved classic leaps off the page, complete with magical creatures, an evil witch and a majestic lion. Just two actors give tour-de-force performances to conjure the world of Narnia, with simple props and costumes. This inventive production invites the audience to travel through the mysterious wardrobe and take a journey of the imagination. No wonder then that it's received both award nominations and great reviews since it opened in 2011. For children ages 6 and older.

The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society - New-York Historical Society
Through February 08, 2015 - Upper West Side

Salon style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the 19th century salon style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - New-York Historical Society
Through February 22, 2015 - Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. The exhibition begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where movement and sound from four large-scale multimedia screens will make it seem as though trains are roaring through the space. A 360-degree mountainous landscape will be on view in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, featuring artifacts grouped into ten scenes.

Through March 01, 2015 - Lower Manhattan

Chen's body of work explores the intersections between American heritage, historical and personal narratives, and politically engaged themes such as feminism, race relations, and colonialism. In Memory Prints, relief etchings are part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. The exhibition unearths the emotional landscape of an inter-generational American family's multiple pasts, present and future.

Just Drop In! - Guggenheim Museum
Through May 15, 2015 - Upper East Side

Every Sunday families are invited to explore exhibition highlights through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators. For families with children ages 3–10.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 25, 2015 - Upper West Side

Featuring up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, this annual favorite returns. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

Preschool Place - NY Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2015 - Corona

The ideal space to explore, discover and build! Little ones can experience multi-sensory activities in a safe, protected area and is specially designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to 6 years old. Sing-alongs, story times and art activities are featured during weekends and holidays. This program is available thru June 30, 2015.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 09, 2015 - Upper West Side

From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural disasters, explores the consequences, and examines how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. The exhibition features compelling interactive displays and animations to help visitors understand how natural phenomena occur. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating a model earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and watching the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events. The exhibition is overseen by Edmond A. Mathez, curator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters was originally created by The Field Museum, Chicago, with additional content developed bythe American Museum of Natural History. Nature’s Fury is proudly sponsored by Travelers.

MoMA Art Lab: Places and Spaces - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 31, 2015 - Midtown

Transport yourself! Discover landscapes, cityscapes, real places and imagined spaces. In the lab visitors of all ages can design, draw, build and create as we explore places and space in modern and contemporary art.

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 10, 2016 - Battery Park

Jewelry making has long been an important part of the lives of Southwest Native peoples. During the last 50 years, Native jewelers in the Southwest—Navajos in particular—have created a contemporary aesthetic that draws on traditional materials and reflects the persistence of cultural values such as beauty, centering, and balance. Glittering World presents the story of Navajo jewelry through the lens of the gifted Yazzie family of Gallup, New Mexico—one of the most celebrated jewelry making families of our time.

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