New Years & Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: January 1st-4th
Hi everyone! Happy New Year!
Tomorrow is still a day off so head out and enjoy 2017 Coney Island Polar Bear New Years Day Plunge, New Year’s Day Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, Kids Camp: March of the Penguins at Alamo Drafthouse, Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum and Magic At Coney at The Coney Island Museum. Also regular weekly events are resuming again so don’t miss The Buttons Sing Along at Lark, Little Feet Yoga at Monkey Do! Yoga, Spanish Music Sing-a-Long at Busy Bodies Brooklyn, Happy 2018!!! New Years’ Celebration at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library, Lavender Blues at Dimensions on Stage, Children’s Film Screening: The Emoji Movie at the Hudson Park NY Public Library, Tinkergarten Trial Class in Prospect Park, Crazy Coloring Musical Chairs at the Battery Park City NY Public Library and Transit Tots at New York Transit Museum.
Also check out the long running events like Luminaries at Arts Brookfield, the 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 and the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History.
Stay warm and have a terrific week!
~Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday January 1st
Kids Camp: March of the Penguins at Alamo Drafthouse (Downtown Brooklyn)
Monday 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.
Kids’ ArtFest at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
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 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.
Tuesday January 2nd
The Buttons Sing Along at Lark (Flatbush/Prospect Park South)
Tuesdays 11a. Cost $10 per family. Join us for sweet, silly original kids music for kids of all ages!
Little Feet Yoga at Monkey Do! Yoga (Gowanus)
Tuesdays 3-345p. Drop in $20 (per caregiver/child pair). Great for crawlers to four years. Little bodies love to move and learn about the world around them! This class is a great introduction to the world of yoga geared for kids moving in the world. We’ll read books and integrate yoga poses, learn songs, play games, play with sound and quiet, develop the art of savasana or rest pose and plant the seeds of mindfulness in little bodies and minds! So much to learn and explore- join us!
Children’s Film Screening: The Emoji Movie at the Hudson Park NY Public Library
Tuesday January 2nd 330p. Free. Take an adventure into the secret world of your smartphone to see what the residents of Textopolis actually do! Follow Gene the emoji as he enlists the help of his best friend Hi5 as they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the farthest reaches of their smart phone universe! Join us every Tuesday for Children’s films!
Wednesday January 3rd
Lavender Blues at Dimensions on Stage (Bay Ridge)
Wednesdays 10a. $20/drop in. Lavender Blues is an intimate music & movement session for babies and toddlers. During our 40 minute classes kids develop an understanding of rhythm and music, build awareness and control of their body as well as develop social and coordination skills—all while singing, dancing and having fun! We sit in a circle, sing songs, play instruments, have movement with our fingers, arms and feet, as well as march, dance, and play with a ginormous parachute!! See website for additional sessions in Brooklyn.
Happy 2018!!! New Years’ Celebration at the Kings Highway Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday January 3rd 330-430p. Free. For ages 6 and up! Come to the Kings Highway library and start the New Year off right! Musical Arts & Crafts projects! Wii “Just Dance”, music & games. Fun for everyone!
Spanish Music Sing-a-Long at Busy Bodies Brooklyn (Clinton Hill)
Wednesdays 330-415p. $20/drop in. All ages welcome! Classes held weekly. Best sure to get here early and/or register in advance – we cap the class at 30! Join us for Anza’s Spanish Music Sing-a-long. Anza’s love of music and children is ever so present during this 45 minute group class. You and your child can sit back and enjoy Anza’s Spanish songs, guitar, flute, animal puppets and bubbles! This class will help to introduce your child to spanish in a fun, social and engaging way.
Thursday January 4th
Tinkergarten Trial Class in Prospect Park
Thursday December 4th 10-1115a. Free. Cabin fever? Get your kids outside and try out Tinkergarten. Winter classes keep kids moving exploring the outdoors. At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial class, Tinkergarten Leader, Melanie Smith, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. Meet us along the benches just inside the 3rd Street entrance to Prospect Park.
Transit Tots at New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Thursdays 1015-11a except February 22nd. Free with Museum admission. For ages 2-5y with adult companions. Stories, games and surprises for our youngest transportation fans.
Crazy Coloring Musical Chairs at the Battery Park City NY Public Library
Thursday January 4th 4p. Free. Ages 3+ with a caregiver. Sorry, no toddlers. Limited to first 12 children. First come, first served. A fun new game! Each person will go home with a special piece of art made by everyone!
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.
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.
Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until April 15th 2018. Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling. Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling. Visit Passes available for purchase. See website for more information. The tots drop-in center is place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in our social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required – please do drop in!
Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 1-330p. $10/day. After a nap and lunch, but before bath and dinner, come to hang out and play with other 0-3 year olds at Edamama. Explore various award winning books or bring your own toy and play in a warm, safe, and enriching environment. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adult participation.
Drop-in Playspace at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Friday 9a-5p & Saturday-Sundays 9-1130a. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships also available for purchase. See website for details. Hello! Welcome to Recess, where playtime is easy with our flexible drop-in model. Our custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Learning is fun at Recess too. Our talented staff and variety of programming will help your children learn what they like and have a great time doing it.
Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!
The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p. All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150. Recommended for ages 6m-3y. Open Play! Toys, music, fun & a really big space!
Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p (except 11/23, 11/25 & 11/26). Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
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.
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. 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.
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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