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Weekend Family Events - December 26 and December 27

Friday, December 25, 2015 by Julie G
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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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School Vacation Week: Ride the Rails!
Come celebrate the special winter exhibition Holiday Express with classic train storybooks and hands-on craft activities! Families will travel through America’s past with vacation week programming that keeps everyone engaged. Go on a Museum-wide scavenger hunt for centuries-old objects, stay for story time, and create your very own train-themed souvenir from the day with hands-on activities. At 2:00PM come hear a classic train storybook being read aloud and stay to do a related craft activity! Books include: The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet, How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, and many more. Taking place on Saturday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and on Sunday from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. All events are free with museum admission.
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Celebrate Kwanzaa! with Special Guests Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Join The Brooklyn Children's Museum to learn about the holiday of Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of African Heritage, through the arts of music and dance in an exclusive presentation by Brooklyn’s own Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Taking place on Saturday at the Brooklyn Children's Museum from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. This event is free with museum admission.
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Ballerina Swan
Back by popular demand! Ballerina Swan blends dance, theater and puppetry to tell the story of Sophie, a Central Park swan who dreams of becoming a ballerina. Based on the children’s book by former NYC Ballet prima ballerina Allegra Kent, Ballerina Swan features a five-foot dancing swan puppet that wowed children and adults alike during the show’s 2013 run. Best for ages 3-8. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM and 1:00PM at Theater 3 in Manhattan. Tickets cost $25 for general seating, $95 for a family 4-pack and $45 for premium seating.
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LARD: Life's A Real Dream // All-Ages Musical Extravaganza
Affordable, engaging, as unique as a show can get. (Don't worry, kids, this show will babysit your parents!) Join in for an all-ages musical extravaganza that promises to entertain adults and kids alike. The Human Lard Dog is a cartoon character come-to-life who descends from planet Belopio on his Giant Pretzel to take you and your family on a musical journey of absurdism, frivolity, and unbridled joy. Lard Dog and his 6-piece Band of Shy invite you to their unique audio-visual universe complete with catchy songs, multi-media graphics—including art by star cartoonists Tony Millionaire and Sam Henderson— and a pretzel toss! Come play along and slurp the noodle of life! After all, Life's A Real Dream. Taking place on Saturday at the 13th Street Repertory Company at 11:00AM. Tickets cost $20.
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The Commedia Rapunzel: Holiday Extravaganza Pumpkin Spice Latte Edition
The Spaghetti and Meatball Players are back doing their hilarious zany re-telling of Rapunzel with a special campy holiday twist! Get ready to deck the halls, light the menorah, and grab your pumpkin spice latte, because you don't want to miss this wild night of participatory theatre that is wacky, crazy, fun for the entire family. Taking place at the Soho Playhouse on Saturday at 11:00AM. Adult tickets cost $39, children's tickets for kids ages under 12 cost $25.
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Holiday Open House
Enjoy tours of the decorated Adriance Farmhouse at the Queens County Farm Museum's annual holiday open house. Kids will enjoy craft activities and all visitors are invited to warm up with a cup of freshly mulled cider! Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at the Queens County Farm Museum from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. There is free admission to this event.
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Nutcracker Sweets & The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Marionettes of Brooklyn’s Puppetworks welcome the holiday with Nutcracker Sweets & The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The performance features Puppetworks’ standard fare of old-fashioned storytelling through excellent puppetry. Watch Tchaikovsky's Land of Sweets dances in Nutcracker Sweets. The Steadfast Tin Soldier showcases Andersen's Toy Story adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Shows are suggested for ages 3 and up. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30PM and 2:00PM at Puppetworks, Inc. Reservations are suggested. No credit cards are accepted, cash only. Admission is $10 for adults and $9 for children.
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Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Taking place at St Jeans Community Center on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM. Tickets cost between $49.50 - $59.50.
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The Barber of Seville
High spirits return for the holidays in the Met’s family-friendly, English-language, two-hour adaptation of one of opera’s most winning comedies. Bartlett Sher’s effervescent production of Rossini’s tuneful masterpiece stars the charming mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, revisiting her portrayal of Rosina, the girl who behaves perfectly—until anyone gets in her way.  Taking place at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday at 1:00PM. Tickets start at $25. There is also special holiday pricing, for each full-priced ticket purchased to any performance from now through December 30, an audience member 18 or younger may attend for half price. Please check their website for details.
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Pedal Punk
In the steampunk-styled Pedal Punk, featuring a 20-foot-high, pedal-powered mechanical masterpiece, the powerful performers amaze with a heart-pounding pole drop, awesome aerial acts and high-flying tricks (on a trampoline!). With every spin of a sprocket and rattle of a wrench, the quirky cast of characters transform a bevy of bikes into an astounding assortment of acrobatic apparatus in this adrenaline-fueled circus for the whole family. Taking place at the New Victory Theater on Saturday at 2:00PM and 7:00PM and on Sunday at 12:00PM and 5:00PM. Tickets start at $19.
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Winter Recess Family Workshop: Claymation Creatures
The loveable characters from Shaun the Sheep Movie become creative fodder for child-made critters in this workshop. Participants will create their own unique clay creature, then make a stop-motion animation with their character. This program is recommended for ages 5-12. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30PM. In addition to museum admission, there is a $5 materials fee per participating child (free for family level members and above). Order tickets online. *This workshop is preceded by Shaun the Sheep family matinee at 12:30PM on Saturday and Sunday. The hilarious stop-motion feature from Aardman Animations starring Shaun the Sheep anchors the Museum's holiday family programs. When Shaun and his flockmates become bored with the routine of farm life, their efforts to take a holiday end with the Farmer lost in the big city. Told with no dialogue, the humor and laughs come from brilliant physical comedy, sound effects, and music.
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Film Forum Jr. Sunday Matinee Series: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Taking place at Film Forum is a screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  When a murder is discovered in Toontown, the eponymous washed-up cartoon character is the #1 suspect. But then the studio brings in live-action private dick Bob Hoskins to investigate – questioning everyone from Mickey Mouse to Betty Boop… and Roger’s two-timing wife Jessica Rabbit. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Taking place on Sunday at 11:00AM at Film Forum. The cost is $7.50 per ticket.
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KWANZAA 2015: Energize, Recognize!
Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and “the human beat box” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh rings in the new year at the AMNH's 37th annual Kwanzaa spectacular. Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Linda Humes, following a special opening by the Harlem School of the Arts, guides us through a joyous holiday that celebrates the African roots of the African-American community, drawing on seven universal principles. Award-winning filmmaker MK Asante introduces his landmark movie The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, followed by a musical tribute to the film’s narrator, Dr. Maya Angelou. Q&A to follow with Asante and Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor of EBONY Magazine. The holiday event takes place at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday at 12:00PM. This event is free with museum admission or for members.
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Remake the Holidays 2015
Families bend, twist, light, sculpt and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and more. ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season and an attempt to give people inspiration and options to do things differently, while having fun. Activities are free with NYSCI admission, unless otherwise noted. There will be an ice sculpting of a extinct animal. Roque Making with Tenaya Hurst. You will make wearable, washable circuits in this one-hour workshop and learn about electrical engineering and how to add LEDs to clothing for safety, fashion and fun. Also, learn how to solder while creating beautiful wire sculptures in this one-hour workshop. And create Origami and Kirigami with Huy Voun Lee. Recommended for ages 6 and older. These events have limited capacity. Limit of two tickets per family or group. Free with NYSCI admission. Taking place on Sunday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM and the New York Hall of Science.
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The Nutcracker Ballet
Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. This production is suitable for children 5 years and over. Taking place at Symphony Space on Sunday at 3:00PM. Tickets cost $23 for adults, (members $21), and $15 for ages 30 and under (with ID).
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
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