Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: January 5th-7th
Hi! I hope everyone is surviving the snow day and looking forward to another fun weekend here in NYC.
This weekend head out & enjoy Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks, First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Camels and Kings: A Gift Giving Workshop at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Film Forum Jr: DUMBO at the Film Forum, Studio Art Sessions at The Jewish Museum, Playspace at BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Capoeira Class for Kids at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library, Target Free First Friday Nights at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Movies @ the Library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at Red Hook Brooklyn Public Library, Winter Story Time! at the Greenlight Bookstore, Access Mornings @ Museum of the Moving Image, Milo the Magnificent at Symphony Space, Teddy Bear Tea at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Family Sundays: Flourishing Futures at Rubin Museum Of Art, Little Bookworms: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Nitehawk and Camels and Kings: Día de Los Reyes at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
Also check out long running events like Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park, 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 NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum.
Stay warm and have a blast!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday January 5th
Luminaries at Arts Brookfield (Battery Park City)
Friday January 5th 8a-10p. 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.
Playspace At BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Park Slope)
Fridays 930-1130a until May 4th 2018 and Mondays 930-1130a until April 30th. Price: $10 drop-in per family. Explore tunnels, create funky rhythms, and dance with colorful scarves and sort soft vegetables. Children can bring special toys, books, or other childhood comfort items, but must bring their own diapers, wipes, snacks and drinks. Parents must remain on site. Playspace is a PEANUT FREE ENVIRONMENT. This is a wonderful activity to incorporate into your weekly routine and provides an opportunity to meet new friends, socialize and engage in a bright and open space.
Movies @ the Library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at Red Hook Brooklyn Public Library
Friday January 5th 3-445p. Free. A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.
Target Free First Friday Nights at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday January 5th 5-8p. Free. On the first Friday of every month admission is free from 5–8p, sponsored by Target.
Saturday January 6th
Access Mornings @ Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday January 6th 930-1030a. Tickets: $5 per person (Free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover level and above). Join us the first Saturday of each month for exclusive Museum access for families on the autism spectrum. This early access hour, before the Museum is open to the general public, will allow visitors of all ages to explore the exhibitions and participate in art making projects, facilitated by Museum educators. A different theme will be offered each month. Light breakfast refreshments will be served in the Moving Image Cafe. Reservations required. Order tickets here. January Theme: Stop-Motion Animation. Want more MoMI? If participating families are interested in staying on after 10:30 a.m. to further explore exhibitions or to attend the 11:00 a.m. family matinee, the Mornings @ MoMI ticket may be applied toward admission or membership.
Camels and Kings: A Gift Giving Workshop at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Morningside Heights)
Saturday January 6th 10a-12n. Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old. $10 per child, with accompanying adult. Check in at Visitor Center upon arrival. Children and their families gather to explore the story surrounding the famous journey of the three wise men, celebrated around the world. The two-hour workshop begins with a story and then children make gift boxes, costumes and sparkling crowns.
Milo the Magnificent at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday January 6th 11a & 2p. Tickets: Standard $17 & up and Members $14 and up. Age range: 2-7. Expected run time 60 minutes. Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo the Magnificent tells the tale of Milo, a hard-working and aspiring entertainer and magician always ready to put on his best show. As he unpacks his latest achievements in science and magic, he finds that the best of plans don’t always go as expected.
Winter Story Time! at the Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene)
Saturday January 6th 1130a. Free. For ages 3 to 8. The Greenlight staff kicks off our storytelling seasons with favorite stories of ice and snow, mittens and fur, and the adventurous and cozy ways we enjoy the winter. From classics like The Snowy Day to new favorites like Dear Yeti and Winter Dance, we’ll embrace the season with friends from the pages of great picture books. Our story time reading will be followed by a wintry craft to take home! Story Time is back so see the calendar for all the details.
Capoeira Class for Kids at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Public Library
Saturdays 230-330p until March 17th. Free. Capoeira (cap·o·ei·ra) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance. It was created in the 16th century by enslaved Africans in Brazil who used it to liberate themselves. Come join Ile de Palmares for this free children’s class.
Sunday January 7th
First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday January 7th 10a-3p and monthly until March 4th. Free with Garden admission. Experience the serenity and wonder of the Garden with programs for the entire family! 10a-12n Family Discovery Stations and Storytime, 11a-12n Winter Nature Walks with Brad Klein, 12n-1p Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour, 1-2p Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tour, 2-3p Winter Yoga. See website for all the event details. Mark your calendar! Join us at future First Sunday programs on February 4, and March 4, 2018.
Film Forum Jr: DUMBO at the Film Forum (South Village)
Sunday January 7th 11a. ALL TICKETS 9. Advance tickets on sale at the box office and online.
Classics For Kids and Their Families! A Weekly Sunday matinee series at 11a. Sunday January 7th: DUMBO (1941) Big-eared misfit Dumbo goes from outcast to sensation with the help of his loving mother and his friend Timothy Q. Mouse in this Disney animated classic. DCP. Approx. 64 min. See website for future movies.
Family Sundays: Flourishing Futures at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays drop-in anytime between 1p and 4p. Free for children and accompanying adults. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. January Sundays: Flourishing Futures ~ Tuck your worries away in an envelope and seal it with a blossoming, folded lotus to symbolize a fresh start—made by you during Family Sundays this January. Grow into your future self by making an artful reminder to overcome your fears and journey toward a better tomorrow!
Teddy Bear Tea at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (UES)
Sunday January 7th 1-3p. $10 Adults and Children. Bring teddy (or your doll), meet hotel proprietor, Mrs. Woodhull, and go back in time for a typical day in the 1830s. Enjoy fruit tea and cookies.
Studio Art Sessions at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday January 7th 1-4p. For ages 3 & up. RSVP recommended. Included with Museum Admission; admission is free for children 18 and under. Explore new themes each week in these drop-in art workshops. Paint, draw, sculpt, or craft a work of art inspired by exhibitions on view.
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday January 6th-7th 1230p & 230p. For 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Robert Southey’s 1837 English Folk-Tale adapted for Hand Puppets by Jack Kaplan.
Little Bookworms: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg)
Saturday-Sunday January 6th-7th 1130a. Tickets: $12 General Admission, $9 child/senior. For our kid friendly version of Booze & Books, Nitehawk presents enduring classic tales that have also become our favorite movies because the only thing on par with reading an amazing children’s book is seeing that story come alive in a truly incredible film. January 6th-7th: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory ~ A poor child tours the world famous factory of a reclusive candy man. See website for other future events.
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 30th 2018. 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!
Camels and Kings: Día de Los Reyes at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Saturday-Sunday January 6th-7th at various times. Free with Museum admission. Enjoy Camel Caravan Puppet Making, Bomba y Plena with Jose Ocasio y su Cultura and Kings’ Bread Sculptures. See website for full event details.
Tree Drop Off & MulchFest at 99 Plymouth (DUMBO)
Daily until Sunday January 7th 10a-2p. Free. When the holiday season is over, don’t let your tree go to waste. Bring it to MulchFest at 99 Plymouth. You can bring your tree to 99 Plymouth for chipping on January 6 & 7 from 10am to 2pm. Watch your tree get chipped in front of you, and get a free bag of mulch to take home. Or you can bring your tree to 99 Plymouth for drop off from December 31 through January 7 from 10am-2pm. Leave your tree with us, and we’ll recycle it for you later! Drop your tree off at the gate behind 99 Plymouth (corner of Plymouth and Adams Streets). Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, netting, etc. before bringing it to the drop off site. Trees with decorations will not be accepted.
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.
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.
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!