The Rockettes are kicking up their heals for another fabulous season of ho, ho, ho. This holiday tradition begins when the curtain rises, the music swells, and the dancers kick their way onto the stage. Enjoyable for every age. various times.
New York City Ballet presents George Balanchine’s version of the classic. Tschaikovsky’s iconic score transports you to a world of wonder. For children 5 and older. various times.
To represent the abundant birdlife and environment of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hilary Lorenz has arranged the richly colored and textured prints along the hallway in groups of aquatic birds including Canada geese, mallard ducks, wood ducks, mergansers, seagulls, and more. 8 am–11 pm.
Following light breakfast fare, participants will chat with an Animal Manager and learn all about resident grizzlies Betty and Veronica. The group will then head over to the grizzly exhibit to watch the keepers the bears some delicious morning enrichment. 8:30 am to 10:30 am.
Participants will learn more about the zoo’s penguins, meet their keepers, and watch the penguins eat their seafood breakfast. This program is for children of all ages. Ticket price includes one adult and one child. 9 am to10:30 am.
The exhibit feature ancient, rarely seen fossils, and life-like models, including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur (Yutyrannus huali) and a small four-winged dromeosaur (Anchiornis huxleyi) with a 22-inch wingspan and vivid, patterned plumage. Visitors will encounter a tiny dinosaur whose sleeping posture precisely echoes that of a living bird, an extinct-dinosaur nest containing remains of the adult that guarded the hatchlings, and the fossil cast of a relative of Triceratops that had simple feathers on its body. 10 am to 4 pm.
Celebrate the spirit of the holidays! Explore a 19th century mansion decorated for the season, featuring festive sing-along of your favorite seasonal tunes led by folk singer Scott Test! Enjoy hot cocoa and crafts, shop for unique gifts, and meet Santa in a historic setting (professional photos with Santa available for an additional fee)! Space is limited. Registration requested. 10 am to 1 pm.
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 and 2015 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. 10 am to 4 pm.
Bronx Zoo. Come see giraffes, lions, birds, penguins and more. As a special treat, there are now five toddler gorillas at the Congo Gorilla Exhibit - watch their playful interactions with their parents and each other. Open daily. Check website for fall schedule. All ages. 10 am to 4 pm.
Back by popular demand, Ms. Carole Mulligan will be teaching an early childhood math program for children ages 3 to 6. 10 am to noon.
Based on the Izhak Scheiger-Dmi’el book, this is a magical and interactive musical for children, about the power of good deeds. Children will help create the world of the play by crafting paper masks, costumes, and set pieces with the actors. The show is 50 minutes with no intermission. 10 am and noon.
5th Annual Holiday Train Show is an iconic holiday image of a model train, whirring by as it circles the base of a brightly-lit tree, evoking feelings of warmth and wonder in children and adults alike. To the delight of all, Lionel trains will journey along a 34’ long, two-level, “O”gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. This year’s exhibit showcases Lionel’s Grand Central Express, Metro-North, Pennsylvania Flyer, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a backdrop designed for the Museum’s 40th anniversary. 10 am to 6 pm.
Catch preschool rock icon Laurie Berkner and her band as they play their annual holiday concert at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The set list includes traditional seasonal favorites like "Jingle Bells" and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus original tunes off the group’s album, A Laurie Berkner Christmas, like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight.” Hanukkah is also celebrated with “Candle Chase” and “The Dreidel Song,” and of course evergreen greatest hits like “We Are The Dinosaurs,” “Victor Vito,” and “Pig On Her Head” are also on tap. As always, this is an interactive affair, so make sure the tots come ready to dance and sing along. If you really want to splurge, $100 VIP seats include a post-performance Berkner meet and greet! 10 am.
More than 150 New York City landmarks are recreated in miniature out of bark, nuts, leaves and other plant parts. Large scale model trains zip around such familiar sites as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. A recent addition of 3,000-square-feet of exhibition has made room for new trains, bridges and tracks. See website for extended hour). Closed on Thanksgiving. Reservations strongly recommended. 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Get into the spirit of drawing winter in the garden by drafting flip-open frames and pop-out nature images reflecting early signs of winter. At 11:30AM, join us for special live-action drawing/storytelling by guest artist Jeff Hopkins, and participate in his interactive story-mural about the season! 10 am to 1 pm.
Film Examining the Vast Ice Wilderness of the Arctic Will Screen in 3D Digital and 2D. 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
This is a friendly group of parents interested in learning crochet to teach their child. and is intended for prents with special needs children. 10:30 am to 11:3 am.
Fusing poetic hip-hop lyrics and soulful vocals with funk and dub-influenced production, artists Baba Israel (emcee/production), Duv (vocalist), Sean Nowell (saxophone, flute) and Yako 440 (instrumentation/production) spin a dance party for the whole family. Soul Inscribed returns to BAM after previous performances as part of the annual Poetry program and Arts in the Gardens—the free summer arts partnership with NYRP. After participating in or judging dance competitions and events worldwide, hip-hop dancer Ken Fury will join to showcase his skills, while also giving volunteers from the audience the chance to explore theirs. For children 6 to 11 years old. 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Sing, dance and celebrate the joys of Shabbat with this intergenerational family experience! 10:30 am.
Lace up those skates and get sliding across the ice. 11am to 9pm.
New York’s Tea Party is explored - young americans will learn the history of our country from the Revolutionary War on. 11 am.
This chic curated indie market will showcase over 45 independent artists, designers and makers. Discover local handmade goods directly from the makers and one of a kind gifts for this holiday season. There will be jewelry, accessories, vintage finds, fashion, art and photography, home and kitchen items, bath and body essentials, and much more. Don’t miss out on this hip retail outpost. 11 am to 6 pm.
The exhibit showcases works of art and artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections related to the 19th Century history of the Port of New York. The exhibition examines the decisive role played by the 19th Century Seaport at South Street - long known as the "Street of Ships" - in securing New York’s place as America’s largest city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port by the start of the 20th Century. The centerpiece of the exhibition examines the life and current restoration of the Museum’s 1885 full-rigged sailing cargo ship, Wavertree; an archetype of the impressive sailing ships that once called at South Street and made New York a hub of global trade. 11 am to 5 pm.
The cast of the largest dinosaur that ever walked the earth is now on exhibit. The 122-foot long dino is residing on the fourth floor. This giant herbivor belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, and weighed about 70 tons. 11 am to 5 pm.
Best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner loves the holidays so much she is sharing the spirit of the season. 11 am.
Join with "Wildman" Steve Brill and discover the great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms in the park. Even in late fall the park is a great place to forage. 11:30 am.
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. Noon to 1 pm.
Move your body, make music & be a part of the story every Saturday with Dancer, Actor and in-house talent, Alexander Elisa. Noon to 5 pm.
This version based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale is adapted into a gentler version and tells the story of two beloved children lost in the wood after a bird eats their breadcrumb trail, and their adventure with Rosina Sweet-tooth, a silly witch who wants to turn them into Gingerbread, only to end up as a cookie herself. Folk songs from Humperdinck’s opera accompany the production. Suitable for children 3 years and older. Reservations suggested. 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.