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2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (and Lighting) - Rockefeller Center
Through January 07, 2018 - Midtown
Bundle up and squeeze through the crowded sidewalks to see this year's towering Christmas tree. As always, it will be a sight to behold whether you're shoping, dining, skating, or just passing through Rockefeller Center. If you're keen on seeing the tree lighting, join tens of thousands to see the performances and lighting live, or watch it on TV (tune in to NBC). The annual tree lighting ceremony is on a first-come, first-served basis and starts at 7pm so try to get there early.
Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 - South Street Seaport Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - South Street Seaport
Learn all about 20th-century ocean liners, like Titanic and Lusitania, and the differences between traveling aboard as a first- or third-class passenger. Featuring both original and reproduced artifacts, this thought-provoking exhibit highlights immigrant life at the turn of the century.
'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep
Through January 13, 2018 - Harlem
The classic musical "The Wizard of Oz" is being performed by a multi-racial cast with a jazzy underscore and authoritative dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation.
'Addy & Uno' - Theatre Row
Through January 14, 2018 - Midtown
Uno has plenty of mathematical ability, but he also has a disability: autism. In this new musical featuring a cast of puppets and people, Uno gains the courage to enter his school’s math competition with help from friends who face challenges of their own: Addy has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder; Melody is visually impaired; Seemore has hearing loss; and RJ uses a wheelchair. Addy & Uno is a heartfelt and hilarious journey celebrating hope, big dreams, and the beauty of differences.
'Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' - New World Stages
Through January 14, 2018 - Midtown West
Harry Potter fans who like to laugh will appreciate this lighthearted yet witty take on all that time spent learning spells and sorcery. "Puffs" is the story of some Hogwarts underdogs and how their experience at the magical wizarding school was a far cry from Harry's. As a special treat for parents and families, all matinee performances are appropriate for young children ages 8 and older.
16th Annual Holiday Train Show - Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
Through February 04, 2018 - Midtown
Kids can watch in awe as little Lionel trains roll along a 34-foot-long, two-level track that looks just like a mini NYC with a nearby countryside. The scenery even includes its very own North Pole. Plus, parents will love spying vintage trains from the Transit Museum’s collection.
'The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show' - DR2 Theatre
Through February 04, 2018 - Gramercy Park
A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative stories, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, features a menagerie enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Carle’s beloved books for the stage. This new edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar includes the world premiere of Brown Bear, Brown Bear celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Studio PSK: Polyphonic Playground - The Museum of Arts and Design
Through February 11, 2018 - Columbus Circle
Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound is a multi-component exhibition featuring interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. The Polyphonic Playground feature, a project by Studio PSK, is an abstract, monumental, climbing frame with swings, a slide, and monkey bars. Affixed with pads that emit electronic sounds and a warm blue glow at the lightest of touch, the piece will act as a giant 3D synthesizer for anyone who interacts with it. MAD has invited experimental choreographers to activate the piece, while engaging visitors to do the same.
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection - DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society
Through February 25, 2018 - Upper West Side
Discover the wonder of hundreds of toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection at this annual holiday exhibition. Immersive scenes and displays captivate children and adults as they hearken back to a bygone era in our shared transportation history. Holiday Express begins at the West 77th Street entrance, where trains appear to roar through the museum with the help of four large-scale multimedia screens, and extends through the first floor.
Gazillion Bubble Show - New World Stages / Stage 2
Through February 25, 2018 - Midtown West
Got bubbles? Families will get a kick out of watching bubbles expand, float, and take over the room at this Gazillion Bubble Show featuring so much more than soap spheres. Help celebrate the show in its tenth year of eye-catching, pop-able, reach-out-and-grab-them fun. Show runs more than 60 minutes without an intermission. Lasers and strobe lights are part of the performance.
Public Ice Skating - Wollman Rink
Through February 28, 2018 - Central Park
Ice skating out in the crisp city air with an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline is a classic NYC winter experience. And Central Park's famous rink is a tourist favorite, but completely worth doing even if you are a local. There is also a skating school, a hockey program, and birthday party offerings on the ice. Check out the nearby carousel for $3 a ride in between skates.
Bank of America Winter Village - Bryant Park
Through March 04, 2018 - Midtown
The park becomes a winter wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink (free entry!), a European inspired open-air market for holiday shopping, rinkside dining, and even an observation deck full of games and art supplies.
Earthflight - The American Museum of Natural History
Through March 08, 2018 - Upper West Side
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, Earthflight is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds. Filmed across four continents and 11 countries, with revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras, viewers join a variety of different avian species on their seasonal journeys. The audience will discover the fascinating science of flight and how birds maneuver simultaneously in flocks a million strong, navigate across whole continents, and collaborate with other animals to find food.
R&R Shabbat Diversity Day! - JCC Manhattan
Through March 17, 2018 - Upper West Side
Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in the community with art, yoga, and meditation workshops, creative art projects, music, food, and spa experiences, plus indoor and outdoor play. Program offerings for both children and adults.
PAUSE/PLAY - The 14th Street Y
Through March 17, 2018 - East Village
All are welcome in the community for a day of relaxation and renewal. From family yoga and story time to whiskey tastings and open swim, PAUSE/PLAY events feature activities for the whole family. And each month, you can spend time with local rabbi's at 'Rabbi's on the Rocks.'
Ocean Odyssey - National Geographic Encounter
Through March 31, 2018 - Times Square
This newly opened, immersive entertainment experience takes families on a simulated underwater adventure to witness Pacific Ocean life firsthand. It's an interactive journey across a 60,000-square-foot marine attraction to meet sea lions, humpback whales, and great white sharks. Catch sight a stunning coral reef and other awe-inspiring sights and sounds thanks to an incredible visual effects team and award-winning designers and sound engineers. This walk-through experience lasts approximately 90 minutes. Buy tickets online for a reserved entry time. A portion of proceeds supports the National Geographic Society's nonprofit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.
Ice Skating Season - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through April 01, 2018 - Midtown
The new season opens with this ceremonial first skate hosted by the reigning Olympic Ice Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Youth skaters of Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlemwill join for this celebratory session.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center is always the first New York rink to open each year and is open to the public daily from 8:30am-12am, from Columbus Day to Easter. First designed as a temporary attraction, The Rink has evolved into one of the city’s most legendary landmarks and one of the most visited sites in Manhattan.
StoryDance Playgroup - Downtown Dance Factory
Through May 03, 2018 - Tribeca
Walking tots and preschoolers are invited to take part in story time, a craft, dance games and activities, plus free play time. It's a great way for grown-ups to introduce their children to the wonderful world of performing arts in a nurturing and creative environment.
RSVP required. Space is limited.
Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 27, 2018 - Kips Bay
The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) will get families grooving every Sunday throughout the school year at Jazz Standard's popular JAZZ FOR KIDS brunch. Talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18 dish out jazz classics such as "Cherokee," "How Insensitive," and "Billie's Bounce," as family audiences devour the goods off Blue Smoke's southern barbecue lunch menu. Babies welcome!
The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2018 - Upper West Side
The butterflies are back! For the 20th year, families can hang with as many as 500 fluttering butterflies at the museum's 80-degree warm vivarium full of tropical flowers too. The insects come from farms in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Kenya, Malaysia, and Thailand and species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, scarlet swallowtails, large owl butterflies, and green birdwings.
Sacred Spaces: The Road To … and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room - Rubin Museum of Art
Through October 15, 2018 - Chelsea
Featuring artist Ghiora Aharoni’s series “The Road to Sanchi” and two video works by artist Arthur Liou, the exhibition engages time as a medium and challenges viewers to consider the sacred and think about their own experiences with meaningful journeys. These installations continue the exhibition’s focus on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places.
Aharoni’s series of sculptures reimagines vintage taxi meters, now obsolete, from India. Video screens embedded in the meters capture the artist’s rickshaw rides in India to sacred sites for Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists. Each sculpture, whose form simultaneously references a time capsule and the silhouette of a stupa, becomes the oculus of a pilgrimage.
The videos “Kora” and “Saga Dawa,” created by Arthur Liou, explore aspects of Tibetan Buddhist ritual and celebration as they take place in the breathtaking environment around Tibet’s holiest mountain, Mount Kailash.
Visitors can take a pause inside the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, an immersive installation inspired by traditional Tibetan household shrines. They are also invited to write letters to future museumgoers in a dedicated area in the gallery.