Hi everyone! Saturday is Veterans Day so there are lots of fun events happening this weekend in NYC.
Take the kids and enjoy the NYC Veterans Day Parade, Living History: Veterans Weekend at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum, Show & Tale: Soldiers, Sailors & Civilians at the Old Stone House, Eleventh Annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum, Princess Backpack and Benjamin at the Jalopy Theatre, BAMkids Movie Matinees: Long Way North, Mini Maker Faire at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble, Sesame Street: The Parodies at the Museum of the Moving Image, Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival at Children’s Museum of the Arts, Lion King Ticket Raffle at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at Barclays Center, Drop in Sing-along with Lloyd H. Miller at LARK, Jancee Dunn: I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today at Books Are Magic, New Families New Traditions at The Museum of Jewish Heritage and the last weekend of Canstruction.
Also check out some long running events like The Migration at The New Victory Theater, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches, NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum and The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Stay warm and have fun!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday November 10th
Canstruction in Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Daily 10a-8p until Tuesday November 14th & Wednesday November 15th 10a-6p. Admission is free! If you’d like to contribute to Canstruction you can drop off non-perishable food items in the donation bin located at 230 Vesey, 2nd level. An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 27 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 27 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need.
Drop in Sing-along with Lloyd H. Miller at LARK (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Fridays at 10a & 11a. Suggested $10 per family. Join Lloyd H. Miller of The Deedle Deedle Dees for a wonderful, interactive sing along filled with original songs about the history of new york city and beyond! Lloyd is a LARK favorite and is loved by both the little ones and their grown-ups too!
Living History: The American Revolution at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Friday November 10th 10a-5p. Recommended for all ages. Free with Museum Admission. Veterans receive FREE Museum admission all weekend long. Visit the Museum to remember the service of veterans past and present! Meet soldiers from different wars portrayed by Living Historians—including members of a unique African American regiment each day. Listen to stories about life on and off the battlefield throughout American history, discover uniforms and equipment, or try out an army drill! Friday November 10th: The American Revolution Join the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the struggle for Independence! The 1st RI portrays the Continental Army’s historic “Black Regiment,” which was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves when they reinforced a dwindling Continental Army in 1778. You’ll also listen to marching tunes from the Orange County Militia Company, volunteer soldiers who fought throughout New York State in the War for Independence. See the website for details on the events all Veteran’s weekend.
Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream at Barclays Center (Prospect Heights)
Friday November 10th 7p, Saturday-Sunday 11a, 3p & 7p. See website for ticket prices. Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!
Saturday November 11th
Opening Day of the Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Saturday November 11th 10a-6p and will be on display until January 15, 2018. Free with Museum admission.
Visitors can 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. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.
Jancee Dunn: I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today at Books Are Magic (Cobble Hill)
Saturday November 11th 11a-12n. This event is free and family friendly! Have you ever wondered what stuffed animals do while their companion humans are at school? What if a teddy bear invited all his stuffed animal friends over? We are pleased to welcome Jancee Dunn, author of the smash hit How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids, in launching her new picture book I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today. As adorable as it is raucous, Dunn’s whimsical tale of freedom and fun comes to vibrant life in Scott Nash’s colorful illustrations.
NYC Veterans Day Parade (Flatiron)
Saturday November 11th 1115a-330p. Rain or shine. Free. Today, the NYC Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the nation. The Parade takes place every November 11, rain or shine. Over 300 units and tens of thousands of marchers assemble near Madison Square Park, including veterans of all eras, military units, civic & youth groups, businesses, and high school bands from across America. Floats, military/vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the spectacle. This year’s Parade marks the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War (1917 ~ 2017). The U.S. Air Force is this year’s featured service.
Eleventh Annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday November 11th 1130a-4p. Free and open to the pblic. Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor. Join your favorite authors and illustrators for our annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair! This year’s fair features a wide selection of storybooks, picture books, poetry, graphic novels, and fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages. Participants can also meet more than fifty Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators and engage in book readings, illustrator demonstrations, and hands-on art-making activities. Visit the website to see participating authors and illustrators.
Show & Tale: Soldiers, Sailors & Civilians at the Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday November 11th 4-6p. Your $5/10 donation benefits the Veteran’s Yoga Project. Join us at the Old Stone House – where many hundreds of our patriots once lost their lives defending these United States – to see, hear, and experience some of the history experienced by our many veterans and civilians. You’ll not only learn more about their service, but you’ll make some new friends, and share, if you like, some of your very own stories. Every Thing has a story. Show & Tale is like Antiques Roadshow meets The Moth, or your favorite Pinterest board come to life! Everyone is welcome – veteran & civilian alike – to share their stories with a 3 minute time limit. No judges, no prizes, no competition. And no need to practice! Just show your object and share its tale. Period. Just want to come and listen? Awesome! Observers are always welcome.
Sunday November 12th
Indigenous Peoples Cultural Festival at Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Sunday November 12th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Celebrate the culture of indigenous peoples with us on November 12. There will be arts and musical workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices within the Indigenous community. Enjoy an interactive workshop by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, a nonprofit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area. Since 1994, the Council has been dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. Join us for a traditional song and dance at 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. Let’s learn together! See website for workshop details.
New Families New Traditions at The Museum of Jewish Heritage (Battery Park City)
Sunday November 12th 1030a. Free! Drop in and join us! Playful programs for parents and children ages 0 to 4. Join the musical group Yellow Sneaker and their puppet pals for entertaining programs that nurture family bonds and bridge connections to Jewish life and traditions.
Princess Backpack and Benjamin at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday November 12th 11a. Tickets: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. The unlikeliest of duos, Princess Backpack and Benjamin, can’t wait to bring their music back to Jalopy Theatre! Their debut CD has been played on radio stations across the country, and for some reason a whole lot in Australia. Their shows are folksy, goofy, and fun for the whole family. This one will feature a toe-tapping band, prizes, and surprises, and 10% of all proceeds will go to children’s charities.
BAMkids Movie Matinees: Long Way North (Fort Greene)
Sunday November 12th 2p. Run time: 81 min. For ages 8+. General admission: $10, members & children under 12 $7. Set amid the colorful backdrop of 19th-century Russia, this rousing adventure follows a fearless young girl as she embarks on a courageous quest to reach the North Pole in search of her missing explorer grandfather. A treasure box of gorgeous, hand-drawn animation, Long Way North offers both spirited action and an empowering story of self-discovery.
Lion King Ticket Raffle at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Sunday November 12th 1-5p. Free. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Lion King on Broadway, and to thank the city of New York for being its home for the past 20 years, the show is giving away every ticket via a free lottery to the evening performance on Wednesday, November 15th at 8pm at the Minskoff Theatre. On Sunday, November 12th you can enter the raffle to win a pair of tickets by visiting the Central Library Info Commons Lab. Visit the Lion King website for the rules and information on the Times Square Celebration and other raffle locations.
The Migration at The New Victory Theater
Fridays 7p (and also 2p on 11/24), Saturdays 2p & 7p and Sundays 12n & 5p until November 26th. For ages 7+. Performance: 80 minutes including one intermission. Tickets start at $16. A beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story. Experience the journey of the millions of African Americans who moved from the rural South to the urban North to rebuild their lives in this powerful, polyrhythmic performance of THE MIGRATION.
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Starting November 11th Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a and Saturdays-Sundays 1p until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”
Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble (Tribeca)
Saturday-Sunday at 12n. Free. Join us for our 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire. Experience the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more! See the website for additional Mini Maker Faire locations in NYC.
Sesame Street: The Parodies at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday-Sunday Novmeber 11th-12th 11a. Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above. A rollicking compendium of some of the most memorable music, movie, and TV show parodies from Sesame Street. From classics like “Born to Add” to the more recent “Upside Downton Abbey” and Cookie Monster’s “Crumby Pictures,” the creative team at Sesame Workshop has poked fun at pop culture since 1969 and is still going strong. Approx. 90 minutes
Wildlife Weekends at the Queens County Farm Museum
Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 12th. Admission: $9/all ages (children & adults) FREE for Farm Members. Have fun learning about interesting critters at this pay-one-price event! Admission includes Frogs, Bugs, & Animals show, hayrides, animal feeding, and pony rides (80 lb. rider limit).
Pinkalicious, The Musical at Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a until November 12th. Tickets: $25, $49.50 & $59.50. For ages 2 to 7y. 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 a way to get out of this predicament.
Rebel Playhouse: Edna the Stomper at The Tank (Midtown West)
Saturdays at 10am and Sundays 2pm until November 12th. Child ticket: $25, Adult ticket: $35. (Recommended for ages 4 and up). In EDNA THE STOMPER, seven year old Edna stomps everywhere and stomps a lot. It is driving her very talented family crazy! EDNA THE STOMPER is a musical for all ages complete with songs, stomps, and some puny monster puppets! This heartfelt tale deals with the issues of self worth, creative expression, and finding ones 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!
Ready, Set, Kindergarten! at various Brooklyn Public Library branches
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until November 19th various times. Free. See the website for locations and times. In this special six-session series, families enjoy stories & activities designed to encourage the development of early learning practices. Exploring literacy, science, & math through music, stories, art, & play will help you & your child get ready for school! Families will receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 31st. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: email@example.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 26th. Free with Museum admission. Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.