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New Years Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 29th-January 1st

New Years Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: December 29th-January 1st

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying the break and looking forward to a busy, busy weekend.


This weekend take the kids and enjoy The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks, 9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Prospect Park, New Years Jazz Brunch for Kids with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats at Industry City, Kids Camp: March of the Penguins at Alamo Drafthouse, The Amazing Max! at Theater at Blessed Sacrament, Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater, Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie & Heroes Workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image, A Christmas Carol the Musical at The Players Theatre, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, December School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum, New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Kwanzaa 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History, New Years Eve Celebration at Children’s Museum of the Arts, Magic At Coney!!! at The Coney Island Museum and the 2017 Coney Island Polar Bear New Years Day Plunge.

Also check out long running events like the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, 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 and Luminaries at Arts Brookfield.

Check the calendar to see everything that is going on this weekend. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Happy New Year and have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

P.S. Remember to check with venues for weekly drop in sing-alongs since they might be cancelled this weekend.


Friday December 29th

9th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa! at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Friday-Saturday December 29th-30th various times. Free with Museum admission. 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 all the event details.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Friday December 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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Tchaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Both shows at each performance.

Gingerbread Lane Workshops at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Friday-Saturday December 29th-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!

Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic at The New Victory Theater
Friday-Saturday December 29th-30th 2p & 7p. 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!

See all the Friday events here.


Saturday December 30th

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Saturday-Sunday December 30th-31st at various times. Free with Museum admission. Ring in the New Year with CMOM! To prepare for New Year’s we’ll be creating party hats, glasses, and noisemakers. Don’t miss the very special afternoon ball drop on New Year’s Eve for all those kids (and parents!) who won’t be up at midnight. Create a special hat, noisemaker and funny glasses to wear as you ring in the New Year in style and enjoy a parade and ball drop. See website for all the details.

Kwanzaa 2017 at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Saturday December 30th 12n-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join us for the Museum’s 2017 Kwanzaa event, a celebration of African-American heritage that is rooted in seven principles known as Nguzo Saba, which promote unity, culture, and community development. Featuring gospel-infused tunes from the heavyweight champions of a cappella, The Persuasions, the flare and pageantry of the Brooklyn United Marching Band, and an electric performance by Vy Higginsen’s Sing Harlem Choir. Hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes, scholar and storyteller.

Children’s Kwanzaa Crawl at New Lots Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday December 30th 12n-3p. Free. Kwanzaa is a seven day family celebration which begins December 26th and continues throughout January 1st. Each day relates to a specific theme or principle, called the Nguzo Saba ( the seven principles). This event is an opportunity for us to promote unity in our community, educate our children about our rich history, strengthen our families and celebrate our greatness. The day will be filled with activities, games, music, culture, a drum circle and community. Please register here,

New Years Jazz Brunch for Kids with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats at Industry City (Sunset Park)
Saturday December 30th 1230p. Free admission. New Years Jazz Brunch for Kids with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats at Industry City! Location: Courtyard 1/2. Read an interview Lucy did with A Child Grows here.

See all the Saturday events here.


Sunday December 31st

Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday December 31st & Monday January 1st at various times. $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.

New Years Eve Celebration at Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Sunday December 31st 10a-3p. Free with Museum admission. Ring in the new year with CMA! Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring workshops inspired by reflections and resolutions. Can’t make it till midnight? We will be counting down to 2018 in the gallery at noon. See website for details on the Workshops.

Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks at Coney Island
Sunday December 31st 6p-1159p. Free. Ring in the New Year in the year with some fun! Coming into its fourth year, guests can dance to live music throughout the night and watch some of Coney Island’s most notable side show performances. A bit of a thrill-seeker? You will also be able to go on select rides* in Coney Island for free (weather permitting) and enjoy a fireworks display at the stroke of midnight at this free family-friendly celebration. Free live Entertainment begins at 9:00 p.m. *Rides open at 6:00 p.m.: The B&B Carousell, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Stop the Zombies 7D, and the Thunderbolt Roller Coaster.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Prospect Park
Sunday December 31st 10-1159p. Free. Please note: This event ends at 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day! Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Prospect Park Alliance for Brooklyn’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at Prospect Park’s iconic Grand Army Plaza. This free event includes live entertainment by Brooklyn’s own Quintessential Playlist starting at 10:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at the stroke of midnight! The event, now in its 38th year, attracts tens of thousands of revelers to Prospect Park, making it one of the city’s most popular celebrations.

See all the Sunday events here.


Monday January 1st

New Year’s Day Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Monday January 1st 11a-8p. No cover. All ages. Start the year off right with all ages Family Bowl for the whole crew! We will be featuring our brunch menu, brunch drink specials and kids menu!

Magic At Coney!!! at The Coney Island Museum
Monday January 1st 12n & 3p. Tickets: $10. Looking to welcome 2018 with a spark of excitement? Take your family to Coney Island to celebrate New Year’s Day! Award-winning magician Gary Dreifus has been dazzling the audience for over four decades. For this unique occasion, he will hit the spotlight with a cast of talented performers, including mentalists, escape artists, illusionists, and more. There will be two very special shows tailored to this unique day – at Noon and 3 PM, on January 1, 2018. Seating is limited, so grab your tickets in advance!

2017 Coney Island Polar Bear New Years Day Plunge
Monday January 1st. The plunge starts at 1pm and we recommend that participants arrive no later than 12 noon for registration! There is no fee for swimmers or observers but you must register in order to swim. We encourage all participants to make a voluntary donation to our partner Camp Sunshine. The 113th Annual Coney Island Polar Bear New Years Day Plunge. See the website for all the details of the event.

See all the Monday events here.


All Weekend

Kids Camp: March of the Penguins at Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Friday-Monday December 29th-January 1st 930a. All Kids Camp screenings are Pick Your Price – $1, $3, $5 – with 100% of ticket sales donated to PAWS New York. In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins for penguins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey—a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this Oscar-winning documentary was suprisingly a box-office hit, actually outgrossing that same year’s “Best Picture” nominees.

The Amazing Max! at Theater at Blessed Sacrament (UWS)
Friday-Saturday December 29th-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!

December School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Friday-Sunday December 29th-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.

Family Program: The LEGO Batman Movie at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday December 29th daily 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.

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)
Friday December 29th 7p & Saturday December 30th 3p & 7p. Tickets: $52 for Premium, $42 for Tier 2 & $32 for Tier 3. Ninth 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!

Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Daily 10a-545p until January 7th. 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.

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)
Friday December 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.”

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!

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