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Weekend Family Events - January 9 and January 10  
So tell us truthfully, how many times have you written or said 2015 this week? Well there's nothing like a fun weekend to help you forget your mistakes from the past week. The Big Apple Circus is ending its run at Lincoln Center with shows all weekend long. All aboard with the Thomas & Friends show at the New York Botanical Garden also taking place all weekend long. The Pop Ups will be performing at Symphony Space on Saturday. Galli Theater is performing Snow White on Saturday and Sunday and Puppetworks is performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears also on Saturday and Sunday. Circus fun, trains, puppets and performances - looks like 2016 is off to a great start. Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: January 4 through January 10  
The first full week of 2016 is officially underway. It’s time to wave goodbye to Christmas trees and Holiday windows. If you haven’t stopped by Macy’s on 34th street, Saks Fifth Avenue or Lord & Taylor yet, you may well have missed out on a few truly spectacular displays. But don’t fret! There are lots of events to take part in this week in NYC. El Museo del Bario will celebrate the Three Kings with a parade on Wednesday. Also, we’ve got an appearance by one of our favorite kids bands, The Pop Ups, at Symphony Space and a boat show at the Javitz Center. Here is the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - January 2 and January 3  
Last licks! Squeeze the last bits of the holidays out before eating cake and candy is no longer acceptable as a proper meal. The New York Botanical Garden train show will be leaving the station soon, be sure to pay a visit before it goes. Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science will be disassembled and given away next weekend. Go take a peek this weekend to see it in all its glory. The Nutcracker ends its run this weekend and Christmas Village in NYC ends next weekend. Happy New Year to all, welcome to a fun 2016 ahead. Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: December 28 through January 3  
Happy 2016! We hope everyone had a great 2015 and enjoyed the festivities of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. We’d like to give a big thank to all of our readers who have joined us throughout the year both on igokids.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This may be the last week of 2015, but there are still plenty of things to do, including celebrating the New Year! This week, we’re enjoying Pedal Punk at the New Victory Theater, celebrating the holidays with a few cheerful pirates, enjoying the First Noel at the Apollo Theater, seeing the Barber of Seville one last time at the Metropolitan Opera, learning to reuse everyday material to make art and much more. Here are our picks for the week ahead.

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Weekend Family Events - December 26 and December 27  
Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and merry Christmas! Continue the holiday fun and enjoy the weekend with shows galore. Some of these shows will be ending their holiday run so catch them before they go. The Nutcracker ballet is taking place at Symphony Space on Sunday. The high energy show Pedal Punk is happening at the New Victory Theater on Saturday and Sunday and Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas is also happening on Saturday and Sunday on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Brooklyn Children's Museum on Saturday and the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday. Puppets, opera, trains and clay creatures round out fun events this weekend! Here are this weekend's picks

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The Week Ahead: December 21 through December 27  
Merry Christmas! With temperatures heading back to the high 60s, it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is already here. It may not feel like winter, but you can still take your kids to see Santa as he enjoys the warm weather before heading back to the North Pole. This week, we’ve picked out a few post-holiday-art workshops to participate in as well as holiday movie screenings. There are also a few more opportunities to see Santa in the city. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 19 and December 20  
Get ready the big guy is coming! No not Darth Vader, Santa! He's making stops all around NYC this weekend. You can eat breakfast with Santa at Lehman College on Saturday in the Bronx, then you can catch him in the East Meets West Christmas Parade in Chinatown and Little Italy, then head uptown to the Apollo Theater to hear caroling and take pictures with the man himself. You can also watch him on screen at the classic movie screening of Miracle on 34th Street this Sunday at the United Palace Theater. Good thing he's got a sleigh to travel all over town this weekend. He's making a lot of stops! For those of you braving the theaters to see Star Wars - May the force be with you! Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: December 14 through December 20  
The force is strong in this holiday season. But Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only reason to venture outdoors this week. We’ve picked out several dance, musical, theater and puppet shows to enjoy around the city. And, why not go outside? Next week is the official start of winter and the weather still feels like fall in October. This week, we’re enjoying lollipops in the morning, listening to an orchestra celebrate Charlie Brown, celebrating Christmakwanzukah and heading out to the opera. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 12 and December 13  
To get you ready for the approaching Star Wars movie premiere, the Central Library in Brooklyn has two free separate Stars Wars events on Saturday. And Star Wars Power of Costume The Exhibition is happening all weekend long at Discovery Times Square. If you're looking for another classic bunch of famous characters you can hang with, you have the Peanuts gang! There will be performances of a Charlie Brown Christmas Live at Redwood Studios in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday. There are also plenty of holiday events all weekend long including gift making at Wave Hill, and the Annual Taste of Christmas Cookie Walk in the East Village. Unsilent Night happens on Saturday in Washington Square Park and a Merry Tuba Christmas happens on Sunday in Rockefeller Center.  Here are this weekend's picks.

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Holiday Window Displays 2015  
Viewing the department store holiday window displays is a fun way of getting into the holiday spirit in the city. For many, many years these vendors have set up displays that are more than just celebrations of the season. Many of them are theatrical art installations that tell stories in ornately crafted settings that are both fascinating and magical. As long as you are not tempted to go in and buy something, they are also free for all on-lookers.
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The Week Ahead: December 7 through December 13  
The holiday celebration continues this week with Sesame Street, dance shows and light festivals going on throughout the city. This week, Elmo and Abby of Sesame Street stop by the NYPL to celebrate Everyday Heroes. We’ll also enjoy a new rendition of A Christmas Carol and the return of Elf the Musical. We hope everyone is enjoying Chanukah celebrations around the city. Each night, you can also stop by Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn or Manhattan to enjoy holiday menorah lightings. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - December 5 and December 6  
It's official! Holiday season is in full swing. Get in the spirit with shows, festivals, tree lightings and kick off the first night of Hanukkah this Sunday as well. The New York Theatre Ballet is performing a free Nutcracker Ballet performance at Brookfield Place this Saturday. The 92nd Street Y and The Jewish Museum have Hanukkah festivals both taking place on Sunday. And also taking place on Sunday is St Nicholas Day at the VanderEnde-Onderdonk House in Queens and the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn. Don't forget to watch a Santa rescue at the New York Fire Museum on Sunday as well. Ho! Ho! Ho! and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. Here are this weekend's picks.

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2015 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies  
For a city made of so much concrete and steel, there is no shortage of trees decorated for the holiday season. The trees and their lighting ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes this year and all across the city.
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The Week Ahead: November 30 - December 6  
Happy Holidays. This week is filled with holiday festivities, including several tree lightings around the city. But that’s not all. This Sunday, December 6 is also the first evening of Hanukkah. This week, we’re learning about a Young Charles Dickens at Theater 3, listening to lots of live music at tree lighting parties and enjoying the classic story of Snow White. One show to look out for is Pedal Punk. This performance features steampunk acrobats that will surely delight kids of all ages. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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Weekend Family Events - Thanksgiving Weekend  
Good food to eat, photos to be taken, memories to be made. This weekend is all about friends, families, sharing old traditions, making new ones and of course, giving thanks. Thanks for elastic waistbands! Before the inevitable food coma sets in, you can start your Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with a family bike ride through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Then sit back and watch the one and only Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The Big Apple Circus also has a show on Thursday afternoon as well as shows all weekend long. Santa is in town for pictures and gift requests at Macy's and at Elfprov a musical interactive comedy show at the Broadway Comedy Club. There are tons of shows, shopping and special holiday programming this weekend. Enjoy the holiday! Here are this weekend's picks.

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2015 Holiday Performing Arts Round-Up: “Nut-Free Zone” Edition  
As always, this holiday season has a full line-up of theater and performing arts events and shows in the five boroughs. Here is a list of some happening through out the season that do not include any nutcrackers, armies of mice or sugar plum fairies.
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The Week Ahead: November 23 - November 29  
Happy Thanksgiving week! The temperature might be dropping in NYC, but families in the city are gearing up for the “warmest” family season of the year. This is a great chance to use the long weekend to take in one o the many holiday activities and theater shows in NYC. Take your kids to see Clifford the Big Red Dog celebrate his 50th Anniversary or stop by the American Museum of Natural History to watch the balloons get inflated before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You can also venture off to Narnia or take in Afro-Cuban sounds right in NYC. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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2015 Nutcracker Round-Up  
The enchanting score of “The Nutcracker” is such a holiday season soundtrack that sometimes we forget that it’s only one part of an iconic dance piece. The city offers plenty of opportunities to see the visual aspects of the legendary ballet and understand why it’s such a classic.
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Weekend Family Events - November 21 and 22  
This weekend you can sit back, relax and take in some great movies, shows and performances. Brookfield Place invites families Saturday morning to watch Mil's Trills and Mario the Magician wow everyone with their upbeat, friendly and super fun performances. 80's kids rejoice! The Museum of the Moving Image is screening the classic holiday tale Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas on Saturday. And BAM Rose Cinemas is screening The Wizard of Oz on Sunday. If you'd rather get up and get moving Bari Koral is hosting a yoga and music experience at YogaPalooza Live this Saturday. And on Sunday you can help "strike out" pediatric cancer at the annual PCF Bowlathon at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. Here are this weekend's picks.

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The Week Ahead: November 16 - November 22  
It is that time of year again. Tree lighting ceremonies and Nutcracker shows are popping up all over the city. And, of course, we’ve got more Holiday Train adventures to see. This week, we’re heading up to the Bronx for our first tree lighting of the season and heading to Washington Heights for a new twist on the Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. We’ll also explore Alice in Wonderland through the poems and spoken word of contemporary artists at the NY Public Library and listen to the sounds of Duke Ellington at Symphony Space. There are lots of activities to take part in this week. Here are our picks for the week ahead.
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