Christmas & Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 25th-28th
There are so many fun events going on over the holiday break so make sure to check out the Discovery Room at the NY Transit Museum, The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks, Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum, December School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Family Concert: Oran Etkin at The Jewish Museum, December 25 at the Museum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Christmas Day at the Shul at Museum at Eldridge Street, Kids Camp: Modern Times at Alamo Drafhouse, 9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Gingerbread Lane Workshops at New York Hall of Science, Holiday Open House at the Queen County Farm Museum, Peter and the Pied Piper, A New Musical for Young Audiences at The Gallery Players, Yule Ball at St Agnes NY Public Library and Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Also check out the long running events like Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, The Amazing Max! at Theater at Blessed Sacrament Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, Hip-Hop Holidays at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Bus Rides, the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History and The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Enjoy the break and have an awesome week!
~Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday December 25th
Kids Camp: Modern Times at Alamo Drafhouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday December 25th-28th 930a. Run time 87 min. Rated G. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to PAWS New York. MODERN TIMES, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard). With its barrage of unforgettable gags and sly commentary on class struggle during the Great Depression, MODERN TIMES—though made almost a decade into the talkie era and containing moments of sound (even song!)—is a timeless showcase of Chaplin’s untouchable genius as a director of silent comedy.
December 25 at the Museum at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Battery Park)
Monday December 25th 10a-6p. Free with Museum admission. Spend the day at the Museum. See the unique Core Exhibition and three special exhibitions. Adult and family-friendly tours are free with Museum admission. Enjoy National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of “The Sorceress” at 2 PM (separate ticket required and advance purchase strongly recommended at nytf.org). The Museum’s restaurant, LOX at Café Bergson, is open during Museum hours. See the website for the tour schedule.
Family Concert: Oran Etkin at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Monday December 25th 1130a-1230p. $16 General Public; $13 Jewish Museum Family Members. Includes Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under. For ages 2-7y. Renowned jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin founded Timbalooloo to immerse kids and their families in the beauty and excitement of a range of musical traditions through music classes, concerts, and albums. Etkin returns to the Jewish Museum with fresh stories and songs after a fall tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya! Families will embark on an interactive musical journey through the African landscape. Sing, dance, drum, and discover how Etkin’s friend Clara Net (his clarinet!) can talk musically with various traditional African instruments, creating exciting music that transcends borders.
Christmas Day at the Shul at Museum at Eldridge Street (Lower East Side)
Monday December 25th 12n-5p. Tickets: $14 and $10 for seniors & children. On a day when most places are closed, the Museum will swing open our doors for a special day of tours and activities! From noon to 2:00 p.m., kids and adults alike will be busy enjoying tours of the Museum’s landmark building, self-guided scavenger hunts, and special family art projects. The Museum’s new exhibition, Let There Be Light! featuring over 100 fun and unique menorahs, will delight visitors in the main historic sanctuary. At 3:00 p.m., enjoy a live concert with Lisa Mayer and her sons Zachary and Aaron perform music from the Hasidic, Klezmer and Yiddish traditions, as well as new Biblical Ballads and nigunim for the next generation. The Museum at Eldridge Street offers a joyful, alternative way to spend the holiday. Engage in a time-honored New York tradition by spending Christmas Day in Chinatown!
Tuesday December 26th
9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Tuesday-Saturday December 26th-30th various times. Free with Museum addmission. Join us for the 9th year of New York City’s largest family Kwanzaa celebration from December 26 to 30, 2017 at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Over five days of culture and fun, families will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles of unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity. See the website for the schedule of events.
Holiday Open House at the Queen County Farm Museum
Tuesday-Thursday December 26th-28th 12n-4p. Free. Warm up by the fireplaces of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at this celebrated annual event. Take a tour of this historic landmark building and enjoy seasonal kids’ crafts and hot mulled cider throughout the afternoon!
The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Tuesday-Friday December 26-29th 1230p, 230p & 430p & Saturday December 30th 1230p & 230p. 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). Tchaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Both shows at each performance.
Wednesday December 27th
Gingerbread Lane Workshops at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Wednesday-Saturday December 27th-30th 1p & 3p. *$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project). Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Make your own GingerBread Lane form of transportation. This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy. Also check out Remake the Holidays events Wednesday-Saturday at various times. See the website for all the details.
A Christmas Carol the Musical 2017 at The Players Theatre (Greenwich Village)
Wednesday-Thursday December 27th-28th 3p & 7p, Friday December 29th 7p and Saturday December 30th 3p & 7p. 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!
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Wednesday-Saturday December 27th-30th 2p & 7p. 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!
Thursday December 28th
Yoga for Toddlers at Leonard Brooklyn Public Library
Thursdays 1030-11a until January 25th. Free. Toddlers have a chance to explore the exciting world of yoga under the supervision of an experienced and expert instructor.
Peter and the Pied Piper, A New Musical for Young Audiences at The Gallery Players (South Slope)
Thursday December 28th 2p. Tickets: $10. Running time: approximately 1 hour with no intermission. He’s hip and slick. He’s hot and cool. He’s a rockin’ rapper and nobody’s fool. The Pied Piper is back in town and all the kids want to follow him. Peter, however, thinks they should stop and listen more closely the Piper’s message. What exactly is he saying? Accompanied by Julius Cheeser, the last Rat in town, Peter goes on a dangerous quest to find the true meaning of this flashy trickster’s words. Through rap music, ukulele ballads, and upbeat city rhythms, this new musical for elementary age children will have them laughing and cheering, while they also question who should be followed and who should not.
Yule Ball at St Agnes NY Public Library (UWS)
Thursday December 28th 3p. Free. The St. Agnes Library cordially requests the pleasure of your company at our first annual Yule Ball, to celebrate winter and everything Hogwarts. Formal dress robes are strongly encouraged. For ages 7-13. Program is limited to 30 children, on a first come, first served basis. Program will close once capacity has been reached.
Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Tuesday December 26th at 11a until January 1st. 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). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Dir. Chris McKay. 2017, 104 mins. DCP. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes. Batman must face the villains of Gotham City again, but this time with his new sidekick Robin and fellow caped-crusader Batgirl, along with his ally Commissioner Barbara Gordon. This lively animated movie combines our favorite Gotham City characters with the LEGO toy universe, for hilarious superhero fun. Note: Drop in for our art making projects related to LEGO Batman during Winter Recess from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Discovery Room at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Friday December 26th-29th 1030a-12n. Free with Museum admission. For ages 2-5y. We’re opening up the Education Center to our youngest fans to explore our favorite puzzles, books, toys, and building materials!
The Amazing Max! at Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Tuesday-Saturday December 26th-30th at 330p. Tickets: $34.50-$59.50. Max Darwin earned the moniker “The Amazing Max” for his extraordinary skills as a magician and also for his ability to entertain audiences, keeping the little ones spellbound! He combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear, defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoer’s faces. Don’t miss this high-energy, interactive and all-around silly show! * Premium tickets include priority seating, entrance into the VIP Magic Lounge 25 minutes before curtain, mini magic lesson, and a magic trick for each child!
Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Thursday December 25th-28th & Sunday-Monday December 31st-January 1st. $14 per person & includes Museum admission. Calling all little artists to our annual Kids’ ArtFest! Featuring an incredible array of workshops and activities for children of all ages. See the website for details on the activities & times.
Build a Second Avenue Subway at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Sunday December 26th-31st 130-330p. Free with Museum admission. For ages 4+. Celebrate the city’s newest subway route as we build structures and infrastructure above and below the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, block by block!
Block Party at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing until June 10th Tuesday-Sunday 10a-5p (open until 6p on Thursdays). Free with Museum admission. BLOCK PARTY brings together the elements of the iconic Brooklyn block party all under one roof, including a series of dimensional stoops set against a backdrop of artistic facades of residential buildings, and different ”street” and green spaces to play games, meet friends, relax, and have fun. Large-scale photographs by Brooklyn-based artist Anderson Zaca, who has long documented block parties in Brooklyn, will be featured and invoke the joy, action, and diversity of block parties celebrated annually across neighborhoods in New York City. Families will be invited to add to the photographs, and record their own images and experiences in the city among those of their neighbors.
December School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Tuesday-Sunday December 26th-31st various times. Free with Museum admission. For all ages. Stop by the New-York Historical Society during our annual train-filled December School Vacation Week! Go on a special “I Spy” scavenger hunt through Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection, play at our train table, settle in to listen to a classic train story, and even make a train-themed craft to take home! See the website for all the event details.
Hip-Hop Holidays at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Tuesday-Friday December 26th-29th various times. Free with Museum admission. CMOM explores the holidays through the lens of Hip-Hop—not only in music and dance but how it has influenced design, art, and fashion. See the website for all the details.
Winter Weekdays: Free! at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesday-Friday 10a-430p December-February. Free! Admission charged all day Saturday & Sunday. Closed Mondays (but open Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day). Last admission into the Garden is 30 minutes before closing time.
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Daily 10a-545p until January 7th (except 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.
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.
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.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018 (except 12/25). 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 and daily 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.
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Friday December 26th-29th 11a & 1p and Saturday December 30th 1& 3p. 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.”
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily 8a-10p until March 4th. 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!
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