Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Hip Tot Music Fest, The KamiKaze Fireflies, Dino Day, and Much More!

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Rolie Polie Guacamole to perform at The Hip Tot Music Fest

Happy Friday, Brooklyn! There are so many cool events ’round these parts this weekend… I don’t even know how I will fit it all in to my schedule! Oy! First up: this is the last weekend to visit The New York Botanic Garden to relish in the amazingness that is the Holiday Train Show. You won’t be disappointed you traveled to the Bronx. From The KamiKaze Fireflies at Symphony Space to Gravity: A Vintage Affair at The 45th Street Theatre to Mario the Magician at Space on White, Manhattan will be rocking. But, Brooklyn has plenty of fun to keep you completely occupied. Visit The Brooklyn Children’s Museum for Dino Day or The Brooklyn Bowl for The Kidrockers Concert Series. Whatever you do, save some energy for the Hip Tot Music Fest at Littlefield because it promises to have you movin’ and groovin’. And remember, visit our events calendar and music listings for more things to do! Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY JANUARY 11TH

Friday, January 11th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena (DUMBO)
Join in the fun on Fridays as powerHouse Children’s Book Specialist Jordan Nielsen reads from some of our favorite kids books. It’s a perfect pre-nap activity, if you ask me. Please note: RSVP is highly recommended.
Details
: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for ages 2-6. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 or email kids@powerHouseArena.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 11th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA  (PARK SLOPE)
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 11th from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays at Klub4Kidz (WILLIAMSBURG)

It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 11th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program (LITTLE ITALY)
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 11th from 6:30pm — 8pm
Pajama Glow in the Dark Yoga at Karma Kids Yoga (CHELSEA)

How fun does this sound?! Kids are expected to wear their pajamas to class, where they will do yoga poses, hear a story, and then have foot rubs. Milk and cookies will be served after class. Please note: reservations are required.
Details: 104 West 14th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC. Ages 4–7. Cost: $25/child. Contact: 646.638.1444. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 11th from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710.

SATURDAY JANUARY 12TH

Saturday, January 12th at 10am
Little Swappies Clothing and Toy Swap at The Avenues School (CHELSEA)

What can you do to meet your children’s needs when they are growing and growing and growing like weeds? Swap their stuff! It’s smart and it’s green. You’ll take home new treasures and keep your closets clean! Join Little Swappies at The Avenues School for the ultimate swap-fest!
Details: 259 Tenth Avenue, NYC. All are welcomed. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
Brooklyn author Melissa Guion makes her picture book debut with Baby Penguins Everywhere!  One day a lonely penguin sees a magical hat, out of which pop not one, not two, but dozens of adorable baby penguins!  Their antics are irresistible… but can there be such a thing as too many baby penguins?  Guion’s charming book (which was selected by The Society of Illustrators for The Original Art 2012, an annual exhibition of the year’s best children’s illustration) explores the need for family, friends, and the occasional time to be alone.  Join in for reading about and drawing penguins with Melissa!
Details: 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn. Ages 3 to 8. FREE for all, but seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th at 11am and 2pm
The KamiKaze Fireflies at Symphony Space (UWS)

The KamiKaze Fireflies are all about PLAY! “Playing well with others, playing with words, playing with big toys.” Whether spinning gigantic metal cubes, juggling clubs, stilt-walking, breathing fire, breaking into contortionist back bends, or simply making a sandwich using only their feet, the KamiKaze FireFlies performances incite awe and laughter for kids ages of all ages. Needless to say, it’s well worth a trip to the Upper West Side!
Details: 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $13-$25. Contact: 212.864.5400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th from 1pm — 4pm
Greencycle Swap at New Beginnings (WILLIAMSBURG/GREENPOINT)

You know the old saying — one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! The folks over at Town Square has partnered up with neighbors throughout Greenpoint and Williamsburg so that you can reduce, reuse, & recycle gently used men’s, women’s children’s clothing, shoes, toys,  phones, bicycles, household items, and electronics. You do not need to drop off anything to take something, and you’ll receive a green bag to take your finds home. All remaining items are donated to local charities.
Details: 199 Fifth Street (near Driggs), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $5 entrance fee. For more information or to volunteer, contact Agnes at 917.392.8450 or agnes@townsquareinc.com.

Saturday, January 12th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)

This is a Canal Park Playhouse favorite! A trio of clowns arrives at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never shows up! This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out an antique trunk. Combining contemporary and classic European style clowning, The Piccolini Trio bring to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy.
Also… Matinee series audience members can enjoy a selection of items from our Café open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for ticket holders only. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles; either with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter or, the house specialty, The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream).
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY JANUARY 13TH

Sunday, January 13th beginning at 10am
Dino Day at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum (CROWN HEIGHTS)

Become a pint-sized paleontologist at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Examine real fossils, excavate treasures from sandy stone, and assemble a life size model of a young Camarasaurus. Try your luck at our Dino Trivia game show, take in an episode of Nick Jr.’s Dino Dan, or make a Mesozoic mini-monster puppet with teaching artists from The New Victory Theater. You can even introduce your new prehistoric pal to one of the baby dinosaurs starring in ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO at The New Victory Theater (January 18 – 27).
Schedule of Events:
Unearth a Dinosaur with The New Victory Theater from 12:00 – 2:30pm: Make your own Mesozoic mini-monster! Bring a dynamic dinosaur to life with The New Victory Theater. New Victory Teaching Artists and staff will teach you how make your very own dinosaur puppet (supplies provided–just bring your imagination)! Plus, you’ll have the chance to introduce your prehistoric pal to one of the baby dinosaurs starring in ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO at The New Victory Theater (January 18 – 27). All Ages welcomed.
Excavation Station! from 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Examine real fossils, then play paleontologist as you unearth real bones, shells, and other treasures from a plaster dig site. Learn how scientists unlock the mysteries of the past. Ages and up.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 718.735.4400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play. This Sunday, Greenlight welcomes Brooklyn local singer-songwriter Vered to Baby Story Time! Vered’s music is all about bonding with your little one. Her album Good Morning My Love was named a 2011 favorite by Laurie Berkner, kid-music superstar and fellow mom, in USA Today, and is also a 2012 winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award! Through songs that encourage joyful interaction, accompany daily routine, and give melody and words to the emotional experience of the baby and parent, Vered’s music lends a warm and upbeat soundtrack to the nuances of life with a baby or small child. The songs range from playful to emotive, gentle to silly, and sweet to upbeat, mirroring the experience of the new parent.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 11am
Hidden Spaces and (Kind Of) Creepy Places at Museum at Eldridge Street (LES)

Cobwebs on the ceiling, a hole in the wall, and what do you think is behind that door? Calling all Preservation Detectives for a fun filled scavenger hunt! Grab your binoculars, turn on your flashlights and get ready to find hidden spaces – and a couple of creepy places – up down, and all around the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue.
Details: 12 Eldridge Street (between Canal and Division Streets), NYC. Ages 4-10. Cost: $15/ticket. Contact: (212) 219-0888. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 11:30am
Kidrockers Concert Series at The Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)

Kidrockers founder Beth Lorge “wanted to create an opportunity for kids and parents to discover artists and get to see them play in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment.” Enter the Sunday Concert Series. Kidrockers is teaming up with The Brooklyn Bowl to feature some of NYC’s finest new bands that’ll perform original songs in a way that is both authentic and kid-friendly. Hosts Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Sweet) and Craig Baldo will bring hilarity and interactivity to the events and they hope you’re ready! Please note: This Sunday will feature bands DIV and Widowspeak.
Details: 61 Wythe Street (between North 11th and North 12th), Brooklyn. All ages welcomed. Cost: $8/person; $20/family four pack (advanced purchase only). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder (CHELSEA)

Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 12:30pm
Hip Tot Music Fest at Littlefield (GOWANUS)

I hope you’re prepared to move and groove! The Hip Tot Music Fest will be rockin’ out with Grammy nominee, The Okee Dokee Brothers and Brooklyn’s kindie sensation, Rolie Polie Guacamole! There will be live kindie music, a book reading by children’s author and illustrator Melanie Hope Greenberg, pre-concert performances by The Cool Beans and Jete Dance Center, glitter tattoos, face painting, a cardboard castle (ooh-la-la), giveaways, and much more! My son and I always have a great time whenever we go to this local show so I know that you’re in for a good time!
Details: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Advanced purchase — $8/children; $10/adults; At the door — $10/children; $12/adults. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)

This is a Canal Park Playhouse favorite! A trio of clowns arrives at Canal Park Playhouse ready to watch the circus that never shows up! This enterprising troupe decides to perform the show themselves, literally pulling an amazing and hilarious performance full of clever surprises out an antique trunk. Combining contemporary and classic European style clowning, The Piccolini Trio bring to life a repertoire of routines using music, acrobatics, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime, and poetic whimsy.
Also… Matinee series audience members can enjoy a selection of items from our Café open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for ticket holders only. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and of course Traditional Belgian Waffles; either with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter or, the house specialty, The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream).
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th at 2:30pm
Mario the Magician at Space on White (TriBeCa)

This is another favorite of my 5-year-old son! Join Mario the Magician for an uplifting, inventive, and highly interactive magical performance for the young and young-at-heart. Part retro, part rock and roll, Mario is an artist and inventor who creates his own props! Mario’s modern spin on his old world looks and physical style will have you begging for an encore!
Details: 81 White Street (between Broadway and Lafayette), NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $10/children; $20/adults. Contact: 212.227.8600. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, January 13th at 3pm
Stam-Pede: A Percussive Dance Showcase at Symphony Space (UWS)

If you’re in the mood for an afternoon of the very best in percussive dance by eight celebrated companies, then head to Symphony Space! From soulful flamenco to lively Irish dance to innovative body percussion to mesmerizing tap dance and delightful stepping, this impressive collection of companies offers something for everyone who loves the power and precision of percussive dance. Participating companies include: Dance Theatre of Ireland, Darrah Carr Dance, David Parker and The Bang Group, Ensemble Espanol, Roxanne Butterfly, SLURP by Adam Metzger, Soul Steps, and The Vanaver Caravan. Prepare to be amazed by the dancers’ virtuosic displays of lightning-fast footwork, intoxicating rhythms, and high-energy musical accompaniment. Expect a rollicking good time as the audience is treated to a sensory feast for sight and sound.
Details: 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $15/ticket. Contact: 212.864.5400. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 13th from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January, 13th from 8:30am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry — (PARK SLOPE/GOWANUS)

Saturday and Sunday mornings in January just got better! Brooklyn Robot Foundry is offering a drop-off program for kids! They will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 3rd Avenue (Between 1st Street and Carroll), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: 347.762.6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th from 10am — 2pm
MulchFest 2013 at Various Locations (BROOKLYN; MANHATTAN)

What can you do with your Christmas tree? Recycle it into mulch that will nourish plants around the city! Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreenNYC  to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. Bring your tree to your closest chipping location and receive your very own bag of mulch!
Details: Please visit the website in order to find the nearest chipping location.

Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th from 10am — 4pm
Eat, Sleep, Play Festival at The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)

CMOM will be hosting a series of workshops and activities designed to teach children and adults alike about healthy lifestyles. It’ll be fit; it’ll be fun; it’ll be interactive.
Saturday’s events: Obstacle Course (10am), Healthy Heart Workshop with PopFit Kids (1:30pm), Strong Bones Workshop with PopFit Kids (2:30pm), Design A Balanced Meal with Nutritionist Stephanie Middleburg for ages 5 and up (3pm and 4pm).
Sunday’s events: Veggie Garden Collage (10am and 1pm), Design A Balanced Meal with Nutritionist Stephanie Middleburg for ages 5 and up (2pm, 3pm, 4pm), Workshop and Performance with Ariel Rivka Dance (2pm and 3pm).
Details: 212 West 83rd Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE with museum admission. Contact: 212.721.1223. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th at 1:30pm
Junior Engineer: Terrific Transit Turbines at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)

The electricity needed to power our subway may one day come from the East River! Let’s talk about turbines, those extraordinary engines that draw energy from water, steam and air to make electric power. Featuring a demo to help you make your own!
Details: 130 Livingston Street (Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street), Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. Cost: FREE/member; $5/children and seniors; $7/adults. Contact: (718) 694-1600. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 12th at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, January 13th at 7pm
Gravity: A Vintage Affair at The 45th Street Theatre (MIDTOWN)

This show is a contemporary circus showcase based on what we defy each and every time we perform: Gravity. The show begins with an apple falling from above a la Sir Isaac Newton, and continues with a lovely aerialist floating in the air on her draped silk. The company has layered the ideas and concepts surrounding gravity with the music styles of the 30′s and 40′s to create a classic vintage salute.  To create a contemporary vibe , the 2 Ring Circus have re-mixed those classic sounds to blend the contemporary with the past and arrive with “Gravity: A Vintage Affair”. The five cast members perform on a variety of circus apparatus from the spectacular silks to a spinning Rope and Hoop. The combination of graceful execution of acrobatic skills and a hip yet classic soundtrack brings a contemporary spin to the classic circus’ of the past.
Details: 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $20/ticket. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays through January 13th : various times
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show (BRONX)
The beloved Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 21st season where you can view this year’s display of model trains chugging by more than 140 New York landmarks such as Penn Station, Yankee Stadium, the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall – all of which are created from leaves, twigs, bark, berries, seeds, pine cones, nuts, and pods.  A new structure will be added this year to the already expansive display: a replica of Macy’s flagship location. Check out our review of the train show HERE.

Saturday and Sundays through January 27th: various times
All Abroad with Thomas and Friends at The New York Botanical Garden (BRONX)

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship, and discovery. Bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas and capture the special day! View our entire review of the New York Botanical Garden Train Shows HERE.
Details: 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx. All are welcomed. Contact: (718) 817-8700. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks: $3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)

Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image (ASTORIA, QUEENS)
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street) Queens. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING

Through January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park (LINCOLN CENTER)
For its 35th season the Big Apple Circus presents “Legendarium,” an all-new show, where international circus artists are presented under an intimate Big Top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. See the hijinks of hilarious clowns, magnificent horses and playful pooches, soaring aerialists, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats and a contortionist with a back as flexible as an archer’s bow. With an affable ringmaster as your guide, watch as an amazing inventor spins in a giant steel hoop and a fearless finambulist astonishes the onlooker.
Details: West 62nd Street (Lincoln Center) between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC. Cost: $25 — $175. Contact: (212) 875-5766. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 27th: various times
The Velveteen Rabbit at DR2 Kids Theatre (UNION SQUARE)
The Velveteen Rabbit is truly a favorite amongst kids and adults alike with it’s heartfelt plot and lovely theme! With a little bit of nursery magic, three actors and their simple props become a wise old rocking horse, a cavalcade of mechanical playthings, a kind-hearted fairy and, of course, a stuffed rabbit who is transformed by the love of a young boy.
Details: 103 East 15th Street (at 20 Union Square East), NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $39.00. Contact: 212.375.1110. Visit the website for more information.

Through January 2013 from 10:30am — 4:30pm (every hour on the half hour)
IMAX: Flying Monsters at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Let Sir David Attenborough be your guide as you fly alongside reptiles with 40-foot-wing spans and find out how pterosaurs took to the skies in the Age of Dinosaurs.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students, seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Visit the website for more information.

Through February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market (MIDTOWN EAST)
Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 is celebrating my creating a brand new layout built by Lionel. In this free show at New York City Transit Museum Annex, the model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North.  Vintage model trains from the Museum’s collection will also be on display joined by  New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central’s heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. This free train show is especially fun as it takes place in a real train station: Grand Central. View our entire review of the Train Show and Market HERE.

Ongoing — Saturday Mornings at 10:30am
The Adventures of Maya the Bee at Culture Project (SoHo)
This jazz puppet show is one that children and adults alike will enjoy! The revamped productions of The Adventures of Maya the Bee is back after its first successful run! It still features the same story of the rebellious little bee who flies from the hive in search of adventure and encounters her own heroism. Will a sparkling new set of props and great puppets, this is one glorious jazz-themed show!
Details: 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25. Visit the website for more information.

Ongoing
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater (MIDTOWN)
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.

Through July 7th from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)

This is a great way for children (and adults alike!) to learn about the 3,000-mile journey traveled every fall by half a billion Monarch butterflies… at one of NYC’s favorite museums! This migration, which begins in Canada and continues through the United States to Mexico, is the longest and most amazing insect migration on Earth.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students and seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Price includes admission to the museum. Contact: 212-769-5200. Visit the website for more information.

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