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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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.