Hi everyone! The weekend is almost here and there might even be some snow coming. The year is flying and can’t believe winter is here in two weeks!
This weekend head out and enjoy BAMkids Awa Sangho, Gelsey Kirkland Academy’s Nutcracker Sweets at GK ArtsCenter Science Festival at the Park Slope Armory YMCA, Santa at The City Reliquary, New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Nostalgia Bus & Train Rides, Sixth Annual Gingerbread Ship Workshop at BLDG 92, Friends of the Lott House Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hendrick I. Lott House, Spellbound Theatre: Up & Down Again at The Old Stone House, Punch & Judy Puppet Show with the Modern Times Theater at the Jalopy Theatre, Hanukkah Family Day: Art, Music, and More at The Jewish Museum, The Grinch Visits CMOM for the Holidays, Dancewave Holiday Fiesta at PS 133, National Marionette Theatre: Pinocchio at Symphony Space and Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Secret of Kells at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Also check out long running events like the Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinocchio at Puppetworks, Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden and The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center.
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday December 8th
NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides (Midtown)
Fridays 9a-5p until December 22nd (and also Mondays-Thursdays). $2.75. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Selections from the Museum’s vintage fleet of buses in service on the M42 route (42nd Street).
Friends of the Lott House Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Hendrick I. Lott House (Marine Park)
Friday December 8th 6-8p. Free. Celebrate the holidays with the annual tree lighting at the historic Dutch farmhouse, the Hendrick I. Lott House! Hosted by Senator Marty Golden and Friends of the Lott House, the festivities will feature holiday music, cookies and cocoa, and, in true Dutch fashion, a visit from Sinterklaas.
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Fridays 7p, Saturdays 2p & 7p and Sundays 12n-5p until December 30th with additional performances closer to the holidays. See website for schedule. For ages 6+. Tickets start at $20. Performance facts: 1 hour and 45 minutes including one intermission. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but this show is so delightful! Back by popular demand after last season’s sold-out run, Jason Bishop returns with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve. With new acts designed especially for The New Victory—including a dumbfounding disappearance onstage and an amazing appearance in the audience—BELIEVE IN MAGIC will convert the most cynical of skeptics in this mind-blowing marvel. And when Jason magically makes it snow, you’ll leave thinking, what a show, what a show, what a show!
ONEOFUS: Jack & the Beanstalk at Abrons Arts Center (Lower East Side)
Fridays 730p, Saturdays 230p & 7p and Sundays 2p until December 23rd. Tickets: $25 general admission. This show is appropriate for ages 5 and up! This holiday season is the time to experience a radical, joyful, uproarious family extravaganza promoting equality in all forms, featuring a spectacular cast of 20 talented Lower East Siders. Written by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and directed by feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz, Jack & the Beanstalk brings tap-dancing animals, puppets, pie fights, pop music, cross-dressing characters and the most glittery of sets to the Lower East Side. This riotous all-ages morality tale brings together the whole family. Now more than ever, New York City needs family theater that is inherently irreverent and lightly political—with good eventually triumphing over evil. Get ready to cheer the heroes, boo the villains and look out behind you.
Saturday December 9th
Spellbound Theatre: Up & Down Again at The Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Saturday December 9th 10a & 1115a. Tickets: General Public: $15 each Season Pass holders: $12. See the website for season pass information. A construction site comes to life with interactive materials and machines used to construct a surprising project. This one-of-a-kind performance features digging, lifting, rolling, stacking, measuring, and bulldozing…all the things that 2-5 year olds love best!
Awa Sangho at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday December 9th 1030a & 2p. All tickets: $10. For ages 4-8y. Mali-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Awa Sangho is a rising presence on the world music scene, delivering blues- and rock-tinted songs infused with the rhythms and resonance of West Africa. Known for high-energy performances that showcase her drumming and dancing, she comes to BAM fresh off the release of her debut solo album, Ala Ta, a blend of Afro rhythms and acoustic instrumentation. From praise for communal child-rearing to calls for unity, Sangho’s message reverberates with compassion on a global scale and the artist’s own experience of leaving Africa but never leaving it behind. Sangho is also an activist in educating young girls and women in West Africa. Come early for pre-concert warm-up activities with a BAM teaching artist.
Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Secret of Kells at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday December 9th 11a. Tickets: $7 children / $15 adults / FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle members. Irish Arts Center teams up with Museum of the Moving Image for a special edition of our Saturday Morning Cartoons, when we revisit the mesmerizing Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon studio. With the Viking hordes approaching, the future of the Book of Kells is in jeopardy and it falls to Brendan, young nephew of the abbot Cellach, to save the day. This one-off screening on special edition 35mm print will also include a pre-show Irish dance lesson and post-show animation workshop with museum teaching artists.
National Marionette Theatre: Pinocchio at Symphony Space (UWS)
Sat December 9th 11a & 2p. Tickets: $17, members $14. Age range: 2-7y. A classic example of storytelling at its best, Carlo Collodi’s epic tale about a puppet that wants to become a real boy is brought to life with beautifully crafted marionettes, and stunning scenery. National Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest continually-running marionette theatre’s in the United States. Founded in 1967 by artistic director David A. Syrotiak, this award-winning company has been entertaining and amazing audiences around the world with their imaginative productions for over forty years.
Sixth Annual Gingerbread Ship Workshop at BLDG 92 (Navy Yard)
Saturday December 9th 12n-130p. Tickets: $15/child (adults free). It is a super fun and yummy afternoon; best suited for kids 4 – 10. You may have made a gingerbread house—but have you ever made a gingerbread ship? Join us at BLDG 92 for the Sixth Annual Gingerbread Ship Workshop. It is a beloved Brooklyn Navy Yard tradition. After a brief “apprenticeship”, kids will work together to decorate a large gingerbread ship model; baked by Brooklyn’s own Buttermilk Bakeshop. Each participating child will get their own gingerbread ship cookie, modeled after a ship built in the Yard, to bejewel with icing and candy.
Sunday December 10th
New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Nostalgia Train Rides
Sundays various times until December 24th. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing our vintage R1-9 train cars and a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Catch the Holiday Nostalgia Train on Sunday December 10th, 17th, and 24th! In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.
Science Festival at the Park Slope Armory YMCA
Sunday December 10th 10a-4p. Free. CITY OF SCIENCE is FREE and open to the public. RSVP not required, but encouraged. Register here. CITY OF SCIENCE returns to Brooklyn! Join the World Science Festival and Con Edison for this larger-than-life, touring event where the wondrous properties of science, technology, engineering, and math collide! Filled with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and enormous exhibitions, this FREE program unleashes everyone’s inner scientist.
Santa at The City Reliquary (Williamsburg)
Sunday December 10th 12n-3p. Admission is a suggested $5 per adult. Free for kids 12 & under. Santa is coming to The City Reliquary holiday party on December 10! Kids can meet the big red guy at our annual civic celebration for friends & neighbors. We’ll have cookies, milk, and juice boxes for the kids (included w/admission), and “holiday cheer” for grown-ups (a little extra). We’ll also serve brownies and blondies made with flour from RISE Products, one of the upcycling organizations featured in our NYC Trash! exhibition.
Punch & Judy Puppet Show with the Modern Times Theater at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday December 10th 11a. Tickets: $5 kids, $10 adults, $25 family of four. Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past, including novelty music, handmade puppetry, and classic comedy. Husband and wife performers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have been adapting and updating Punch and Judy shows, and performing original variety acts with Vermont Vaudeville for over a decade. They strive to present quality entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.
Hanukkah Family Day: Art, Music, and More at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday December 10th 12n-4p. For ages 3+. RSVP Recommended. RSVP here. Includes Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under. Celebrate the festival of lights as a family at the Jewish Museum! Build a sculptural Hanukkah lamp with funky found objects — a Jewish Museum tradition. Dance to the pop-rock tunes of Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, sketch Hanukkah lamps from around the globe on a gallery tour, watch a unique Hanukkah story come to life through a drawing performance by Jeff Hopkins, and collaborate on a giant light collage. See website for schedule of events.
Gelsey Kirkland Academy’s 2017 Nutcracker Sweets at GK ArtsCenter (DUMBO)
Thursday-Friday December 7th-8th 730p & Saturday-Sunday December 9th-10th 2p. General admission: $25, children 12 & under $10. Holiday Performance showcasing the Professional Training Program students of Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in Act 2 of The Nutcracker and other classical ballet excerpts including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris and many more! This is an exciting opportunity to see tomorrows principal dancers doing exciting roles in your favorite ballets. Performed by the students of Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet. Gelsey Kirkland Academy would like to offer a discount on adult tickets to our subscribers to our Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 performances. Adult tickets, originally $25 will be $15 with the discount and child tickets are $10. The link to purchase tickets here. Discount Code: GKAfriends2017
The Grinch Visits CMOM for the Holidays (UWS)
Friday December 8th 1130a, 2pm & 4pm, Saturday December 9th 1130a, 230p & 430p & Sunday December 10th 1130a, 230p & 4p. All ages Free with Museum admission. Drop-in. Take a picture with one of the most famous, or should we say infamous, characters in all of Dr. Seuss lore, The Grinch!
Dancewave Holiday Fiesta at PS 133 (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday December 9th-10th 3p & 5p. Advance sale tickets: $13. Purchase tickets here. Join us on December 9th & 10th for 4 spectacular shows featuring the amazing performers at Dancewave. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended! Tickets are non-refundable.
Macy’s Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square
Daily at various times until December 24th. Admission is free! Meet Santa now by reservation only. He’s a busy man this time of year, so a reservation is your one way in! Pick a time slot to join the line—you can book from 30 minutes to 5 days in advance. Make a reservation here. Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99. To see the website for all the information on your Santaland visit.
16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.
A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Thursdays & Fridays 7p, Saturdays 3p & 7p, Sundays 11a & 2p until December 30th. No performances on December 24th and additional weekday performances starting December 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Nineth Smash Year of this lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? Find out by joining us for this special holiday show with a story so warm it will melt the cold heart of even the grumpiest Scrooge! **There is a free family workshop 1 hour prior to the Sunday 11am performances only.
Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Ongoing Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd. Hours are Thursdays-Fridays 3-11p & Saturdays-Sundays 11a-11p. Single Day Admissions are available for purchase by day for $10.00 per guest. Children under 5 years old are FREE. Winter Wonderland Staten Island is a 70,000-square foot fully immersive holiday experience. Laid out on the field of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, this event will take guests on a trip to a winter alpine village, featuring all the wonderful holiday themes and feelings that we all know and love. Attractions include ice skating, a 34-vendor holiday market, a nightly light show, Santa’s Workshop, a life sized working Gingerbread House bakery, an Igloo bar featuring holiday cocktails and nightly live entertainment, rides, games, and experiences for guests of all All Rides, Games, & Attractions cost extra. See website for information. Winter Wonderland SI is a 3 minute walk along the promenade from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Monday November 20th 10a-545p and on display until January 7th (except 11/23 & 12/25). Free with Museum admission. Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.
The Hypocrites: Pirates of Penzance at NYU Skirball Center (Greenwich Village)
Fridays 730p, Saturdays 11a, 3p & 730p and Sundays 3p until December 10th. Tickets: $65. Performance time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Swimming pools, twinkly lights, a well-stocked Tiki Bar and beach balls welcome the audience to this raucous and utterly zany beach party adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. The entire audience joins the cast on the stage-beach, immersed in the action alongside sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy Major General. It is a spunky model of a (post)modern major musical.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p 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.
Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Daily 8a-10p until January 5th. Free to attend. Luminaries is a mesmerizing holiday light installation designed by the LAB at Rockwell Group, based on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, and community. Visitors are immersed in a canopy of glowing lanterns suspended within the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, each changing color and intensity. For every wish sent by the public during the holiday season, Brookfield will donate $1, up to $25,000, to the GRAMMY Museum and its music education programs.
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
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.”
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.