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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, November 11, 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 November 11. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Manhattan, check out our complete calendar of events.

Sights & Sounds: Animals - The Met Cloisters
November 11, 2017 - Fort Tryon Park

Children ages 5–11 on the autism spectrum and those with developmental and learning disabilities are invited to join friends and family at The Met Cloisters for a special Sights & Sounds program. Participants will discover historic treasures from medieval castles and sacred spaces while also taking part in engaging musical activities.

11th Annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair - Brooklyn Museum
November 11, 2017 - Prospect Heights

Join the Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair featuring your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators. This free event includes storybooks, picture books, graphic novels, author readings, and original hands-on art activities for all ages. For the 11th anniversary, participants will have the chance to meet more than fifty Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators and engage in book readings, illustrator demonstrations, and hands-on art making activities with Lori Richmond, Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, Gabrielle Balkan, Brian Cronin, Isabel Roxas, Caron Levis, and Jon Burgerman, among others. Guests are also encouraged to visit the family-friendly special exhibition Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt and participate in an interactive scavenger hunt.  

ASD: Dino Hunt - New York Hall of Science
November 11, 2017 - Corona

Become a junior paleontologist and uncover the secrets left behind by dinosaurs! Hands-on science experiments and sensory-rich projects in workshops specially designed for children, ages 5–7, with autism spectrum disorder and their parents and siblings.

Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: Everybody Loves Pirates - Symphony Space
November 11, 2017 - Upper West Side

A trio of sibling puppeteers from Maine presents this zany tale set on the high seas. Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky search for buried treasure, only to find a gang of bumbling pirates in the way. Making use of more than a dozen hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and an 8-foot paper-mache pirate ship, this unique performance features new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick, Crabby, and an overgrown sea monkey.

Veterans Day Parade - Fifth Avenue
November 11, 2017 - Midtown East

Honor our country's loyal veterans and salute serving military at this annual parade past NYC icons including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  The Reviewing Stand is located in front of the New York Public Library on 41st Street. The parade is preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Light in Madison Square Park, and followed by a Veterans Street Fair open to participants and the general public. This year’s parade marks the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War, and the U.S. Air Force is the featured service. 

'Pinkalicious The Musical' - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through November 12, 2017 - Upper West Side

Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out how to get out of this predicament.

The Wizard of Oz - Theater at Blessed Sacrament
Through November 12, 2017 - Upper West Side

A classic tale that has been entertaining audiences for ages. Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.

'Treasure Island the Musical' - The Players Theatre
Through November 12, 2017 - Greenwich Village

A rollicking musical adventure through the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved novel "Treasure Island". Join Jim Hawkins as he takes the journey of a lifetime in search of buried pirate treasure. Colorful characters and costumes make this a swashbuckling production fit for families. In addition to the one-hour musical, the audience will participate in interactive arts workshops prior to the performance. Learn about the original book and how it was turned into a musical while discussing the themes of the show and how the arts bring literature to life. Then kids and their families make a pirate art project to take home as a souvenir. The whole program (pre-show workshop and actual show) is approximately 2 hours long.

Edna the Stomper - The Tank
Through November 12, 2017 - Chelsea

This musical for all ages is full of songs, a seven-year-old who can't stop stomping, and some little monster puppets. It's a heartfelt tale that tackles issues like self worth, creative expression, and finding one's place in the family. Each show will be followed by a workshop where kids will get on their feet and create their own "stomps" and dances! Book by Laura Toffenetti, and music by Janet Jungden Directed & Choreographed by Sarah Sutliff Presented by Rebel Playhouse in residency at The Tank.

My First Film Fest 2 - The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Through November 12, 2017 - Upper West Side

This second annual festival for kids features family-friendly selections from around the world, silent classics, and thoughtful documentaries, plus a special animation workshop and work-in-progress screening of footage from the upcoming feature Ferdinand.

Canstruction - Brookfield Place
Through November 15, 2017 - Battery Park City

Expose your kids to incredible art and important charity work through this annual design competition. Fascinating large-scale sculptures made with cans of food are on display and then donated to City Harvest. You can drop off non-perishable food items as part of the donation efforst as well. 

Open Studio For Teens - The Whitney Museum of American Art, Laurie M. Tisch Education Center
Through November 17, 2017 - Meatpacking District

Grab your friends and get creative! New York City teens are invited to a free drop-in art making program. Bring your works-in-progress or create something entirely new. All supplies are provided and no previous art experience is required.

'My Perfect Pet the Musical' - The Playroom Theater
Through November 18, 2017 - Midtown West

My Perfect Pet is the story of Cailin, a young girl who dreams of getting a puppy for her upcoming 10th birthday. But, is she responsible and mature enough? It's up to her parents to decide.

MOCACREATE: Made by… Me! - Museum of Chinese in America
Through November 18, 2017 - Chinatown

Paint, build, craft, or collage with familiar materials or experiment with new stuff. Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. The November theme is Made By… Me! Kids will make their very own zine, a handmade magazine about whatever they choose. Learn to fold and bind a basic saddle stitch zine with guest artist Jia Sung. Then, fill it with ideas and artwork, and share with friends and family.

Story Pirates - Arthur Seleen Theatre at The Drama Book Shop
Through November 18, 2017 - Midtown

Using stories submitted by children, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals. Whether it's following the adventures of a superhero baby, or reminiscing about disposable rain ponchos at a baseball game, the songs and stories explode with the creative energy that only a child could possess.

Gallery Explorations - The Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 18, 2017 - Meatpacking District

Join this short, interactive, family-focused exploration of kid-friendly works on view. Learn about art through lively discussion and fun gallery activities.

Tours for Fours: Artmaking Materials - The Museum of Modern Art
Through November 19, 2017 - Midtown

Look, listen, and share ideas while you explore tools and techniques in modern and contemporary art during this kid-and-adult participation program. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up, so plan to arrive a little before 10am. All participants must be present. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

A Closer Look for Kids: The Artist's Toolbox - Museum of Modern Art
Through November 19, 2017 - Midtown

Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at the tools and techniques used to create modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. Tickets are distributed at the Education and Research Building reception desk starting at 10am. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs often fill up, so plan to arrive a little before 10am. All participants must be present. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

'The History Mystery' - TADA! Youth Theater
Through November 19, 2017 - Chelsea

Back by popular demand, this original musical follows three students who travel through American history and encounter the people who fought for freedom, women’s rights, and racial equality. Audiences will meet history greats such as the Wright Brothers, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt as kids and learn how they grew up to make the world a better place for us today.

November 3, 10, 17: 7pm

November 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 18, 19: 2 and 4 pm

November 15: 10am and 12pm

TADA! Youth Theater’s original production of “The History Mystery” is based on the book written by Janine Nina Trevens, with music by Eric Rockwell and lyrics by Margaret Rose. The production is directed by Janine Nina Trevens. “The History Mystery” is choreographed by Joanna Greer, with music direction by Matthew Gregory, set design by Joel Sherry, costume design by Megan Turek, and lighting design by Steve O’Shea.

Galli's 'Hansel & Gretel' - Galli Theater
Through November 19, 2017 - Chelsea

The classic children's fairytale takes the stage complete with wooded scenery, costumes, and that tasty treat-toting witch. The show runs 40-50 minutes without intermission and there's an aftershow workshop as well for additional cost.

 

'The Secret Life of Suitcases' - Lincoln Center
Through November 19, 2017 - Upper West Side

Larry is an office worker who likes everything in its place. But when a fantastical flying suitcase with a mission shows up at his door one day, Larry’s world is turned upside down and he embarks on a journey that takes him further than he ever thought possible. Discover the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again in this colorful, puppet-driven play.

TimesSquare_Portal - Times Square
Through November 21, 2017 - Times Square

Take the family to Times Square for a new reason: TimesSquare_Portal. This temporary public art installation allows visitors to interact with people in locations across twenty countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Germany, Mexico, and Rwanda. Walk inside the gold shipping container and you'll feel as if you're in the same room with someone across the world thanks to advanced audio-visual technology.

Brought to us by Times Square Arts and Shared_Studios. All are invited to book free timed reservations in the portal. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Afternoon Tea & Skating - The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Through November 21, 2017 - Rockefeller Center

A perfectly quaint winter afternoon full of warm tea from Harney & Sons, tea sandwiches, and sweets, plus time on the ice with friends and family. Reservations include tea time, general admission to the rink, and skate rentals.

Family Sundays - Rubin Museum of Art
Through November 26, 2017 - Chelsea

Sunday workshop for families. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. To coincide with the Museum’s exhibition The World Is Sound, July's workshop will see kids create their own musical instruments. In August create symbols of protection that represent your bond with friends and family in honor of the Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi). Kids will create amulets, adornments and friendship bracelets. In September make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi

Storytime in Nolen Library - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2017 - Upper East Side

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books before continuing your adventure with a self-guided gallery hunt in the museum. Storytimes available for both toddlers and young elementary school children. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Start with Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 30, 2017 - Upper East Side

Share ideas and enjoy stories, sketching, and other gallery activities that bring works of art to life around this month's theme, Journeys.

Winter Wishes - New York Cares
Through December 08, 2017 - Financial District

Take part in this year’s “Winter Wishes” program with New York Cares to provide holiday gifts to children, teens, and seniors in need. Winter Wishes is underway now and individuals and teams can register to participate at newyorkcares.org/winter-wishes. 

Each year, New York Cares partners with hundreds of Community Partners, including homeless shelters, schools, and other deserving nonprofit organizations, to provide holiday gifts for children, teens, and seniors, many of whom would not otherwise receive gifts during the holidays. To accomplish this, New York Cares collects and screens more than 35,000 gift requests and sends them to volunteers who purchase, wrap, and send the gifts to its partners.

New York City Children's Theater's 'Please Bring Balloons' - University Settlement
Through December 10, 2017 - Lower East Side

The award-winning theater company and arts education organization New York City Children's Theater is presenting its 21st season featuring "Please Bring Balloons." Conceived by David Kilpatrick, directed by Sara Morgulis, and back by popular demand, this show is an interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for the youngest audience members. Based upon Lindsay Ward’s gorgeously illustrated children's book, the show is a fun and imaginative introduction to theater for toddlers.

Morgan Explorers - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 10, 2017 - Murray Hill

Families are welcome to a drop-in experience in Mr. Morgan’s 1906 library. Enjoy art activities, get up-close experience with touch objects, and have all your questions answered by a Morgan Educator. Participants will learn myths and stories about the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and even check out medieval bookmaking materials.

Shababa Fridays - 92Y
Through December 15, 2017 - Upper East Side

Children, parents, grandparents, and nannies can get playful at Shababa Fridays. Join in with singing, dancing, jumping, and celebrating as a community.

'The Wizard of Oz' - Harlem Rep
Through December 16, 2017 - 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.

Saturday Morning Show - Brookfield Place
Through December 16, 2017 - Battery Park City

Stop by Hudson Eats on Saturday mornings this fall for weekly family-friendly performances?. The fun includes interactive singalongs with Yellow Sneaker Puppets, magic demonstrations by Gary the Great, children's book readings and crafts, and more.

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'Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical' - PIT Striker Mainstage
Through December 17, 2017 - Flatiron

Blast off into this family-friendly outer space comedy that uses humor, fantasy, music, puppets, and more to tell the story of Pluto, the tiniest planet in our solar system that was demoted to dwarf planet. Meet super-cool satellites, fun-loving gas giants, and a whole galaxy of other celestial oddballs on Pluto's journey to become a planet again.

Puppetsburg Show: Baby Edition - Ibiza Kids
Through December 21, 2017 - Stuyvesant Town

Geared toward pre-walking infants, this weekly special edition of Puppetsburg is perfect for littlest ones. Babiers and their caregivers will enjoy dancing, instruments, interacting with handmade puppets, bubble time, and a dress-up photo-op each week. Parents can appreciate the integration of cultural, educational, and language elements into each show, as well as regular visits from celebrity puppet guests like Michael Jackson, Ai Wei Wei, and Ru Paul.

Community Cowpokes with Hopalong Andrew - Whole Foods Tribeca
Through December 29, 2017 - Tribeca

Catch a free drop-in music class with Hopalong Andrew every Friday this fall and early winter. He'll bring his guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit to get babies and tots rocking to his modern adaptations of classic cowboy tunes. Audience participation and interaction is encouraged to help the littles learn music, rhythm, and social skills.

Art Lab: Nature - The Museum of Modern Art
Through December 30, 2017 - Midtown

Discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multi-sensory installation. Create a nature-inspired design, draw and arrange natural materials, and explore nature discovery boxes. All ages welcome.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' - St. Luke's Theatre
Through December 30, 2017 - Midtown

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion, and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and older.

'The Three Bears Holiday Bash' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park
Through December 30, 2017 - Upper West Side

The Three Bears Holiday Bash, is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance, and puppetry. A fun show for little ones not big enough to go and see the big ticket holiday shows. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Gulliver's Gate - Times Square
Through December 31, 2017 - Times Square

Artists from eight countries took part in building this fantastic miniature world, featuring cities from across the globe, all built to scale. You can also step back in time to see famous historical scenes and interact with the exhibit using a special key.

Improv 4 Kids - Broadway Comedy Club
Through December 31, 2017 - Midtown

The cast of 'Eight is Never Enough' presents interactive musical comedy for the whole family. No two shows are the same as the players create original skits and songs based on audience suggestions and participation. The fun takes place every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, plus added shows for holidays.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes - Radio City
Through January 01, 2018 - Midtown

A New York City tradition, the Rockettes will dazzle Radio City audiences once again this holiday season! Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workship at the North Pole to the streets of Manhattan to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”

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.

AMPL!FY: Advancing the Front Lines of Social Justice - Museum of Arts and Design
Through January 07, 2018 - Columbus Circle

An exhibition of thought-provoking posters about current social justice issues. AMPL!FY represents a partnership between MAD, Make Art with Purpose (MAP), Worldstudio, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program, and Harlem Stage. Spearheaded by artist Janeil Engelstad of MAP and designer Mark Randall of Worldstudio, this public art initiative leverages the power of art and design to amplify the issues addressed by non-profit organizations. To do this, Engelstad and Randall paired artists and designers with non-profits and asked them to create thought-provoking posters on themes relevant to each organization.

'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.

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 14, 2018 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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. 

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Dream Big: Engineering Our World' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.

'Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all – that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, Cousteau invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey. Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra- HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini. Duration: 20 minutes.

'Journey To Space 3D' - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Journey to Space is a celebration of space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision towards our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit — a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station, uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart. Duration: 20 minutes.

Conquest of the Skies 3D - New York Hall of Science
Through June 30, 2018 - Corona

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.