Fun and Educational Things to Do in NYC in January

Fun and Educational Things to Do in NYC in January

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Want your kids to learn something new while having fun? Visit one of these fun and educational activities that are family-friendly in Manhattan in January, including The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at Discovery Times Square, college essay writing in Midtown, and Family Fridays at MoMath.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914
WHEN: Aug. 24 - Jan. 7, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm
WHERE: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., South Street Seaport, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: 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.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 seniors and students; $6 children ages 2-17. 212-748-8600. southstreetseaportmuseum.org.

Sacred Spaces: The Road To … and the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room
WHEN: Nov. 17 - Oct. 15, Mondays, 11am-5pm; Wednesdays, 11am-9pm; Thursdays, 11am-5pm; Fridays, 11am-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This thought-provoking exhibition containing the works of two international arists challenges viewers to consider the sacred and think about their own experiences with meaningful journeys. Visitors can also take a pause inside the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room, an immersive installation inspired by traditional Tibetan household shrines.
WANT TO GO? $15; $10 seniors and students; free for children 12 and younger. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org.

Living History: Votes for Women!
WHEN: Jan. 6 - 7, Saturday-Sunday, 12-3pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Portrayed by living historians, the suffragists share stories about the battle for the ballot. Ask about their early 20th-century wardrobe and special accessories, learn how they marched in parades, and make a suffrage cockade.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.

People and Portraits FREE
WHEN: Jan. 6 - 28, Saturday-Sunday, 10:20-11:30am
WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art, 4 W. 54th St., Midtown, NY
AGES: 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while focusing on people in paintings, sculptures, and photographs during this month’s A Closer Look for Kids.
WANT TO GO? 212-708-9805. moma.org/family.

Unlimited
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 7, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St., Gramercy, NY
AGES: 9-17
WHAT: If you're excited by the idea of a fun-filled, math-focused night where you can hang out with old and new friends, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, and move to some great tunes, then don't miss this exciting program just kids in Grades 6-9.
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-542-0566. momath.org.

The Amazing Underground Scavenger Hunt
WHEN: Jan. 7 - 27, Saturday-Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St., Murray Hill, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Learn about what lurks beneath the surface of NYC while having a fun, interactive experience. A series of clues leads you around the city performing physical and mental challenges along the way.
WANT TO GO? $39. 718-344-8962. pogoevents.com.

Reading into History Family Book Club: Vietnam
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2pm
WHERE: DiMenna Children's Museum at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Discuss acclaimed author Russell Freedman’s comprehensive look at the war, Vietnam: A History of the War, which contextualizes for middle graders one of America’s most confusing and fraught wars. At the meeting, veterans Herbert Sweat and Barbara Chiminello join to discuss their experiences and answer questions.
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 teachers and seniors; $13 students; $6 children ages 5-13; free for children younger than 4. 212-873-3400. nyhistory.org/childrens-museum.

Mindfulness for Families
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 14, 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: The Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., Chelsea, NY
AGES: 3-5, 5-8, Adult
WHAT: Join Ayman Mukerji Househam, a mindfulness teacher and researcher, to equip yourself with the tools to cultivate a more mindful family. Each session will combine instruction with exercises that can be applied to everyday family life.
WANT TO GO? $50. 212-620-5000. rubinmuseum.org.

Dig Drop-In
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 14, 12-3pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Kids discover a passion for ancient artifacts in the museum’s simulated archaeological dig.
WANT TO GO? $15; $12 seniors; $7.50 students; free for children 18 and younger. 212-423-3200. thejewishmuseum.org.

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