Weekend Family Events in New York City and Brooklyn

Weekend Events: Thomas and Friends Train Show, The Imaginary Museum, Three Kings Day Parade, and Much More!

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Three Kings Parade in Williamsburg

Happy New Year Brooklyn! As Winter Break comes to a close, we’ve rounded up some pretty cool events! This is the last weekend to check out the amazing Ann Hamilton art piece at Park Avenue Armory.  Also, this is the last weekend for The RAMMELLIZEE Galaxseum so plan your schedule accordingly. Don’t forget theAll Abroad with Thomas and Friends at the New York Botanical Garden Train Show. On Saturday, the entire family can enjoy the wonder that is The Imaginary Museum at the New Museum, and Sunday there’s the Three Kings Day Parade in Williamsburg! How fun!

Have a great weekend, folks! And be sure to check out our events calendar and music listings for more awesome events!

ONGOING

Through January 6, 2013
Ann Hamilton’s The Event of a Thread at Park Avenue Armory
This spectacular show is a worth a trip into the city with your kids- and it’s open this Monday- just for New Year’s Eve. It’s such an event that everyone I know is talking about it. You and your kids will love to swing on the old-fashioned large swings with fabric billowing around you. The New York Times, “…surprisingly visceral…the air filled with sounds of glee”
Details:
Tuesday through Sundays from 12-7 pm. Closed Mondays, except for New Year’s Eve.  643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets.  $12 General Admission $10 Students (with ID), Seniors (65+),  Groups (8 or more) FREE: Children 10 and under.

Through January 6, 2013
The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of Art
The Children’s Museum of the Arts presents the most comprehensive collection of works to-date by visionary artist and MC, RAMMELLZEE. Entitled “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum,” the exhibition will reveal the inner workings of RAMMELLZEE’s artistic vision and trace his career trajectory which began in the 1970s as a pioneering “wild style” graffiti writer and hip-hop MC and evolved in manifesto and medium to the far reaches of the imagination. “The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum” showcases a visual encyclopedia of RAMMELLZEE’s artworks including full-body life-sized costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, large scale paintings and video and audio recordings from some of his performances. Suspended from the gallery’s ceiling are RAMMELLZEE’s legendary letter racers, or car-like vehicles representing letters of the alphabet seeking to “break free.”
Details: 103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Streets), New York, NY. Cost: $10/person; FREE/seniors and members. Contact: (212) 274-0986. 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
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 January 13, 2013: various times
Big Apple Circus: Legendarium at Damrosch Park
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
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 February 12, 2013 (train show)
Grand Central Holiday Train Show and Market
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
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 Bleeker 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
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.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies Opening Weekend at The American Museum of Natural History

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.

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

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
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

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.

Saturdays and Sundays through January 13th : various times
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
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 March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image
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). All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

FRIDAY JANUARY 4TH

Friday, January 4th from 10:30am — 12pm
36TH Annual Three Kings Day Parade at El Museo Del Barrio

I know that this event is a bit out of the way for our borough, but it’s that good! There will be live camels, lots of dancing and singing, and colorful puppets! This is a lovely activity to do as a culmination of winter break. Did I mention that there will be camels?! Please note: Early registration is strongly suggested.
Details:
Parade begins at 106th Street and Madison Ave; and ends at 115th St. and Park Ave. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.831.7272. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 4th from 11:30am — 12:00pm
Story Time with Jordan at powerHouse Arena
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 4th from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA
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 4th from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays at Klub4Kidz

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 4th from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program
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 4th from 5pm — 8pm
Target Free First Friday Night at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious and want to head into the city with the kiddies, this may be the place for you to go. The First Friday night of each month is Target Free Friday Night at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. My son and I always have a blast when we go there as he is encouraged to play and explore freely.
Details: 212 West 83rd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-721-1223. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, January 4th from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot
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 5TH

Saturday, January 5th from 10am — 12pm
First Saturdays for Families: The Imaginary Museum at New Museum

Museums are wondrous places where exhibited objects can create new connections to the world. Explore “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos,” and discover a universe shaped by her ideas and interests. In her imaginary museum, Trockel places her own artworks on equal footing with other objects—creating new relationships with the world around her. After studying some of the connections between Trockel’s artworks and objects by artists that she considers kindred spirits, create your own “cabinet of wonders” with New Museum educators and share the things that have influenced you in your own life.
Details: 235 Bowery (at Prince Street), NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (212) 219-1222. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 5th beginning at 11am
Wild, Wild World: Wolves at The American Museum of Natural History

Event attendees will be able to meet Atka, an Arctic gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York, on his visit to the Museum. Learn about wolves, highly endangered predators that play a vital role in sustaining a healthy ecosystem. WCC staff will discuss the organization’s participation in a program to reintroduce wolves into their traditional ranges in the western United States. Please note: the event will take place three different times — 11am (for children 5 and under), 1pm, and 2:30pm.
Details: Enter at 77th Street and Central Park West, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $12/person. Contact: 212-769-5100. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 5th at 11am
Storytime at Greenlight Bookstore
The Greenlight staff reading their favorites! Today’s story time will feature picture books from our Holiday Picks and our Staff Picks, including Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis, Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein, and This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers, as well as other favorites.
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 5th from 11am — 12:30pm
Alastair Moock and the Rowdy Roots at Symphony Space

Like Pete Seeger and others from an earlier generation of folk music, Alastair Moock makes little distinction between his own songs and cover material; it’s all part of a continuum – a collaboration between the old and the new that he loves to share with kids of all ages. Joined by his rowdy roots band, an Alastair Moock performance captures the spirit and sound of timeless music from yesterday and today.
Details: 2537 Broadway, NYC. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $13-$20. Contact: boxoffice@symphonyspace.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 5th from 12pm — 3pm
MASKerade brunchCRAFT at ISA

ISA is starting 2013 with a little MASKerade. That’s right-masks! Kids can create one for their favorite winter creatures or contrive their own new and magical beast!  Drop-in anytime and enjoy the cozy fire. Come for brunch and stay for CRAFT!
Details: 348 Wythe Street near S. 2nd Street (2nd Floor), Williamsburg. All are welcomed. FREE for all. No reservation required, but recommended for larger parties. Contact: rsvp@isa.gg.

Saturday, January 5th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse

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.

Saturday, January 5th from 1:30pm — 4:30pm
Create a Grand Central City at the New York Transit Museum

One hundred years ago, Grand Central Terminal was born. Today’s Terminal is a world unto itself: trains below, buildings above, set amidst the maze of midtown Manhattan! We’ll fashion a Terminal City of our own—trains, tunnels, skyscrapers, roadways and more!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all with admissions. Contact: 718-694-1600. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 5th at 2:30pm
Follow that Star at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Grab the kiddies and get ready to explore the traditions of Three Kings Day and the secret to the 12 days of Christmas. Also, participants will have the opportunity to design a star-filled craft to take home.
Details: 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 4 and up. FREE with museum admissions. Contact: (718) 735-4400. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, January 5th at 3pm
Hot Wheels for Cold Weather at The Scholastic Store

Steer your way over to The Scholastic Store for mini-motorized mayhem! Check out the new Hot Wheels: The Ultimate Handbook which includes an exclusive car right in the cover and learn all about the 100 newest cars in the Hot Wheels lineup.
Details: 557 Broadway, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: (212) 343-6166. Visit the website for more information.

SUNDAY JANUARY 6TH

Sunday, January 6th at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play. Today, Miss Nina brings her pink guitar and original songs to Story Time! Nina Stone is a recipient of a 2010 Parents’ Choice Award for her debut CD Singing & Dancing Together, and recently released her second CD Sha Doo Be Doop in a limited edition through Greenlight Bookstore. A Miss Nina musical experience is about adults singing along and movin’ & groovin’ as much as the children!
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.

Sundays through January 27th beginning at 11am
Arty Facts: Material and Embellishments at The Brooklyn Museum

Explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make your own art in this 90-minute class, each one a variation on a monthly theme.  “Material and Embellishments” is the January theme, in which kids consider what kinds of things art is made of. Go beyond canvas and paint in this month of fun, funky and unusual materials. Please note: Please do not bring siblings older than 7 or younger than 4.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 4 — 7. Cost: Materials fee (for up to four participants): $10; $5 for Gallery/Studio Families and for Museum Members at the Family level; FREE to Museum Members at the Contributor level and above. Contact: (718) 638-5000. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 6th at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder

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 6th at 1pm and 4pm
Circus In A Trunk at Canal Park Playhouse

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 6th at 2pm
Three Kings Day Parade in Williamsburg

Now here’s another way to partake in Three Kings Day celebration! The procession will kick off right under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and will continue along Graham Avenue to Broadway. The main attraction will be the Three Kings and their live camels. Floats, music and hundreds of local public school children accompany this spectacle.
Details: Meeker and Graham Avenues, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 3reyes@earthlink.net. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 6th at 2pm
How I Became A Pirate at Brooklyn College Center for the Performing Arts

In this new musical based on the best-selling children’s book, Jeremy’s talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him a place on the crew of Braid Beard’s ship. It’s a grand adventure, indeed, until Jeremy remembers all the things that he left behind. Surely, the pirates can be convinced to take him home!
Details: Campus Road & Hillel Place, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and up. Cost: $7. Contact: 718-951-4500 or email@BrooklynCenter.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, January 6th from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot
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.

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