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Fun Family Friendly Events in NYC

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At-Home Art Classes At Guggenheim Museum
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/25/2020 from 11:00 am to 4;45 pm
In 45-minute live online sessions, kids will engage with and get inspired by the artwork from the Guggenheim's collection and special exhibitions, as well as the museum?s own architecture. Focusing on a new theme each week, Guggenheim educators will share process-oriented art-making projects during each session to get kids started creating their own art. Ages 4&5: Wednesdays 11-11:45 am Ages 5-7: Tuesdays 4-4:45pm Ages 8-10: Wednesdays 4-4:45 pm Ages 11-14: Thursdays 4-4:45 pm
Pier 17 Pumpkin Arch
Location: 89 South St Apt 9B, New York
Date: 11/26/2020 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
It’s time to spice up your Insta feed, and we’ve got just the place to do it. Swing by Pier 17 and strike a pose—our #PumpkinArch is back by popular demand. Featuring more than 500 pumpkins, and other autumnal accoutrements, the Pumpkin Arch is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the harvest season and Halloween.
Macy's 94th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/26/2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration will be reimagined for a safe, national, television only presentation. The parade will air nationwide on NBC. Macy's Parade's signature giant helium balloons, floats, street performers, clowns, and, of course, the arrival of the holiday season will be presented on this nationwide broadcast.The parade will feature Broadway performances by Hamilton, Mean Girls, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.
Joy Around The World: The Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt For Kids
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/27/2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Wishing you could find a way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family? Join Watson Adventures on a virtual sleigh ride across the internet! This virtual scavenger hunt takes you to holiday markets and festivals, amazing museums and many scenic places around the world, in search of answers to fun, holiday-related questions. Whether it'?s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Boxing Day, it's a fun game to unite families and friends. Guaranteed to delight any Grinch!
The Fall Escape
Location: 73-50 Little Neck Parkwat, Floral Park
Date: 11/29/2020 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Take a stroll through "The Fall Escape" at Queens County Farm Museum where creativity has bloomed into a series of multi-sensory floral filled installations. Each of your fall favorites imagined with florals blossoming at every turn! Escape into a blissful, fall floral fantasy and take a selfie beside our LIFE size Pumpkin Spice latte cup topped with a floral swirl, Spread your wings in our GIANT floral butterfly or escape into our BLOOMING Enchanted Fall Forest.
Pumpkin Picking
Location: 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
Pick your own pumpkins and apples through November, 10am-5pm daily. Cash and check only. Bakery open daily with pies, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, muffins, scones, and other treats for sale. Corn maze open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. All visitors must wear face masks in parking lots and while on the grounds of the farm; hand sanitizing stations will be provided.
I.D.E.A Museum At Home
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
Tap into your imagination and have fun at home with these hands-on, creative activities from the i.d.e.a. Museum while we are on an intermission.
Go Under The Sea
Location: Virtual,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to Various
The OdySea aquarium be sharing all kinds of educational content for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning. Find out what the animals are up to with live cams and explore!
Virtual Tour Of The Met!
Location: Virtual Website, New York
Date: 11/30/2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tour the various exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from home!
Brooklyn Public Library Virtual Activities
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from Various to
The Brooklyn Public Library is now offering virtual programming for all ages including story time with local librarians, foreign language learning, SAT test prep, virtual Mario Kart and much more.
Laurie Berkner Live Facebook Concerts
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
During this time of social distancing, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep kids active while indoors. Legendary children's musician Laurie Berkner is giving families a reason to get up and move during this time indoors with live "Berkner Break" concerts, streamed most weekday mornings at 10am on Facebook. Berkner's songs, movement activities, and stories will lift spirits and get the kids dancing and singing along to well-loved favorites by Berkner!
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Online Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The museum has put together a one-stop-shop of all its digital resources, -- “Experience Intrepid Anywhere” – where the public, including educators, parents and students, can stay engaged with the museum digitally through teacher and home-school resources, virtual tours, oral histories, virtual talks, virtual veterans programs, and much more.
CuratedCare.com Virtual Lessons
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
CuratedCare.Com is offering one-on-one, interactive, virtual lessons with an epic community of babysitting teachers and artists (Juilliard grads, Rhodes Scholars, Alvin Ailey dancers, Broadway actors, and more).These our super accessible, cost effective and one-on-one which offers face to face interaction and a chance to go with the flow if your 4 year old decides half way through they want to switch to a different activity :) We are waiving the $45 membership to all fams during this wonky time.
Remote Dance Learning
Location: Online ,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre presents Remote Dance Learning, an opportunity to keep students moving while they are out of school. These free sessions are led by Notes in Motion teaching artists and are available online. Classes are available for children by grade level: PreK-2nd Grade, 3rd-5thGrade, Middle School, and High School, and include Yoga, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, among others.
NYBG At Home
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration more than ever. While the Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, NYBG's virtual gates are wide open. Stay connected through the collections’ vast digital resources, creative educational programs, and many other online offerings. As spring unfolds, see the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings everyone joy.
Storyline Online Literacy Videos
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In light of the current pandemic and quarantine, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is reaching out to families all over the world offering educational and recreational tools to help children, parents and caregivers create meaningful moments and keep academic goals on track. Includes a digital library of 57 read aloud by top Hollywood talent who engage young viewers with their animated interpretations of historic, adventurous and fantastical tales that promote imagination and inclusion.
Harry Potter At Home Portal
Location: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
J.K. Rowling launched the Harry Potter at Home portal, giving kids access to a free collection of "child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, articles, and more," according to the Wizarding World Team, to help combat the boredom during this period of social distancing (with a little magic). The portal will give kids new to the Wizarding World and those who have been lifelong fans access to fun and engaging content to keep the magic alive during this time.
The Frick Collection Online
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Frick, yeah! This mansion-turned-museum (and research center) recently had renovations done, so they were already prepared for virtual museum viewing.
Staten Island Zoo Online
Location: Online Facebook,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a virtual field trip with your kiddos by checking out the Staten Island Zoo from your home!
Panda Cam Live
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pandas. Live. All day long. Need we say more?
Art And Culture In Quarantine
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
During the strange new normal presented by the challenges of COVID-19, the team at Historic Richmond Town remains dedicated to creating opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present. Arts & Culture in Quarantine is a free, online series our staff has put together to continue to provide diverse programming and digital content to our audience. New content posted every day for your kiddos to learn about history & art!
The Great Wall Of China Virtual Tour
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
As China's most famous attraction, the Great Wall of China is an essential stop on all China tours. Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet. Take a virtual tour to learn from home!
Virtual Tour Of The Vatican
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Check out a 360-degree virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel, the Niccoline Chapel, Chiaramonti Museum and more.
Google Arts And Culture Virtual Tours Of Hundreds Of Museums
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An all-inclusive, A-Z virtual tour collection of hundreds of museums all over the world. Tour museums across the globe from your computer.
Learn At Home With National Geographic
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Explorer Classroom’s live video events occur daily at 2pm and connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
NASA Glenn Virtual Tours
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Perfect for your little astronauts!
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Location: Online YouTube,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.
The Creative Kitchen Private Cooking Class
Contact: Katie at 718-406-7506, [email protected]
Location: Online ,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 12pm to 1pm
Looking for a fun at-home activity that will engage (and feed!) the whole family? Join Cricket Azima and The Creative Kitchen online for a private cooking class! Families select a recipe from The Creative Kitchen’s cookbook in advance of class. A list of ingredients and related equipment is provided prior to the customized session. Class instruction will be tailored to suit family-specific participant ages and abilities. Class is scheduled for a mutually agreed upon date and time.
Virtual Rollercoaster: Skyrush Hershey Park
Contact: 5084558030
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a wild rollercoaster ride - from your house!
Virtual Rollercoaster: Cyclone Coney Island
Location: Youtube - Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy this Coney Island classic from the comfort and safety of your house!
Cardio Dance Class
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please join Cynthia LaChina for a virtual Cardio Dance class every Tuesday from 5:00-6:00 est. No experience needed, just bring your energy and enthusiasm. You'll be moving to global rhythms and choreography guaranteeing you a FUN workout
Color & Sing Along With Lisa Loeb And Crayola
Location: Online,
Date: 11/30/2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Crayola and Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Lisa Loeb every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a nursery rhyme color & sing-along! Each session in this series will feature a music video from Lisa's album, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, along with a free, downloadable nursery rhyme coloring page from Crayola. Parents & kids are invited to enjoy this time together at home. Listen to the music and color along! Share your artwork and tag your pictures on social #Crayola.
Virtual Tour And Talk
Contact: Emily at 2126410260, [email protected]
Location: 4 East 90th Street, New York
Date: 12/02/2020 from 9:30am to 10:15am
Join us for a Virtual Tour and Talk to learn about our Preschool and Elementary school. We are fully open for in person learning this year and have limited spots available. Please sign up to register.
Virtual Holiday Candlelight Tour
Location: Virtual,
Date: 12/03/2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Step into the holiday season of 1830 with a magical tour of the Museum in candlelight. Hear about the history of the season in early America as we peek inside the period rooms, decorated in their holiday finest, and learn about 19th-century traditions of food and drink, music, and gift giving. Enjoy holiday favorites sung by Gina Morgano and join in the caroling if you wish.
Virtual Tour And Talk
Contact: Emily at 212-641-0260, [email protected]
Location: 4 East 90th Street, New York
Date: 12/09/2020 from 9:30am to 10:15am
Join our virtual open house to learn more about our school and our options for in person learning this year, or entry next year. We look forward to meeting you! Register through our website: https://ianyc.org/admissions/visit-us
Holiday: Hot Cocoa Cookies
Location: Virtual,
Date: 12/10/2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
'Tis the season for baking! In this class, kids will work step-by-step with a chef instructor to measure, mix and bake up delicious hot cocoa inspired cookies.
Chanukah Family Fest
Contact: None at
Location: 792 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn
Date: 12/13/2020 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
It's Chanukah! Time for festive celebrations and family fun. Join us at the Jewish Children's Museum for the ultimate Chanukah family experience. Get into the holiday spirit by decorating a mouth-watering holiday donut. Discover the art of olive oil making in a fascinating and interactive workshop. Challenge yourself, your family, and your friends in a sounds-and-lights-filled entertaining game show. Timed tickets due to COVID.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Location: 89 E 42 St, New York
Date: 12/24/2020 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Explore one of the most beautiful architectural settings in the world featuring talented artisans. The 2020 Holiday Fair has been redesigned to comply with state and federal government-recommended social distancing guidelines. Although smaller, this year’s Fair retains all the festive charm that makes it such a popular experience for vendors and visitors alike!
Living Room Comedy Show
Location: Virtual,
Date: 12/25/2020 from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm
Living Room Comedy Show (on Zoom!) The longest running stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn is still going strong! Hosted by Turner Sparks and Aaron Kominos-Smith, it's still totally clean, it's still free, and they still have the most hilarious comedians on earth joining them. The only difference is this time it is on Zoom (so actually in your living room). Join them from wherever you are to see some of TV's funniest comedians. You may be quarantined but everyone is invited.
Transit Tots Online
Location: Online,
Date: 12/31/2020 from 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15am! Join Museum educators for songs, stories, and activities for our youngest transit fans. Recommended for ages 2-5. This online edition of Transit Tots is available on our website at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots and on Facebook at facebook.com/nytransitmuseum.
Shine Bright At Hudson Yards
Location: Hudson Yards, New York
Date: 12/31/2020 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Starting November 22, embrace a new tradition this holiday season. Experience one of a kind set pieces and over 2 million lights illuminating all of Hudson Yards along with contactless holiday shopping, seasonal flavors and don’t forget to bring the kids to the Santa Station for a virtual visit at the North Pole.
Winter Village At Bryant Park
Location: Bryant Park, New York
Date: 1/03/2021 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is Manhattan’s winter wonderland. Enjoy New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink, the Holiday Shops, and rinkside eats and drinks at The Lodge Deck by Urbanspace!
North Pole Express In NYC
Contact: 7189658951, [email protected]
Location: 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
Date: 1/03/2021 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
The one and only North Pole Express that departs right in the center of NYC - Midtown Manhattan! The North Pole Express is everything you need for a magical "North Pole" experience. Meet with Santa, one of his elves, and our Express Conductor; enjoy Christmas carols and storytelling; take in stunning sights of Christmas lights above the crowd...there's so much more for you to discover on the North Pole Express!
PINKMAS At Museum Of Ice Cream
Location: 558 Broadway, New York
Date: 1/10/2021 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Join us in celebrating Pinkmas, a special winter-scape where guests can gather, connect, and feel the magic of the season. Explore a wonderland of holiday- themed spaces and installations. Enjoy special treats, festive surprises, and visit our whimsical shop for exclusive holiday merchandise. You'll dance, discover, play, and make special memories with friends and family. We can't wait to celebrate with you at Museum of Ice Cream during the most wonderful time of the year!
Holiday Lights At The Bronx Zoo
Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Date: 1/10/2021 from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Join us for five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more!
The Rink At Brookfield Place
Location: 230 Vesey St, New York
Date: 4/04/2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Located on the Waterfront Terrace, The Rink at Brookfield Place opens in November for another memorable season. New York residents and tourists alike can skate on the 7,350 square-foot outdoor rink while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Hudson River and cityscape. Book your time slot in advance.