Join igokids Sign in

Weekend Family Events - January 2 and January 3

Friday, January 01, 2016 by Julie G
Previous post | Next post
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
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.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
14th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central
Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout.  Taking place at The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. Admission is free to visit the train show.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
GingerBread Lane
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 chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. This year's version of GingerBread Lane covers 500 square feet and has more than 1,050 houses and structures including a double-decker carousel and the S.C. Kringle & Co. Department Store. GingerBread Lane has new twists like The Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shoppe, The EveryDay’s Thanksgiving Cafe, a second train (for the first time), and a 10-square-foot candy factory you can see inside of as you climb the stairs to view GingerBread Lane. GingerBread Lane always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place and Toffee Boulevard. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM  Sunday admission is free from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. Admission is $15 for adults, children ages 2-17, students and seniors cost $12.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Head to the New York Botanical Garden to see enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show's behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Taking place from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. Garden admission costs $30 for adults, $28 for students and seniors, $18 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under 2.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Light in Winter: First Sundays
Head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for first Sundays, a series of festive events for children and adults of all ages that celebrates our connection to nature in the quietest months of the year. Among these special programs are opportunities to spend time outside, as well as indoor activities in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium. This Sunday's events are centered around origami. Join the paper-folding pros and learn how to craft tiny animals and flowers (ages 7 and up). Classes begin every half hour. Also, drop by their self-guided digital origami workshop (ages 5 and up). The origami events are taking place on Sunday from 10:00AM to 12:00PM. The garden is open to 10:00AM to 4:30PM. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors and students are $6, children under 12 are free.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Family Programs: Cosmic Colors
Special programs specifically designed for children and their parents or caregivers guarantee that your day at the Intrepid Museum will be fun and educational! All programs are one hour long and will meet at the information desk on the main museum level. This weekend is Cosmic Colors. Learn how astronomers give photos of outer space their vibrant colors by taking a tour of the HUBBLE@25 exhibition, and paint your own versions of deep space objects using real Hubble data in this scientific and artistic workshop. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00AM. Family programs are free with admission but require advance registration.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Sonia De Los Santos
Sonia De Los Santos was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and since 2007 has been touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar, mandolin, and jarana, and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. She is performing this year in celebration of her first solo family music album titled "Mi Viaje: De Nuevo Leon to the New York Island” a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage. This unique collection of old and new songs is a personal, and yet universal, musical story from this soulful and important new voice in family music, and the messages of joyful community music making and cultural bridge building will inspire and excite children and grown ups of all backgrounds. Taking place at Symphony Space on Saturday at 11:00AM. All tickets cost $15 and $13 for members.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
George Balanchine's The Nutracker
Tschaikovsky’s iconic score transports you to a world of wonder where mischievous mice are foiled by toy soldiers come to life, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals the enchanting Land of Sweets. This is “the mother of all Nutcrackers” (The New Yorker) — the version that originated a beloved American tradition. Taking place on Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM and on Sunday at 1:00PM and 5:00PM at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. Tickets cost $35 and up.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
MakeFest 1716-2016
MakeFest 1715-2015 at Historic Richmond Town is a new and different way to welcome in the new year. If you like working with your hands or enjoy watching craftspeople make stuff this is a night made for you. Your DIY adventure begins when you check in at the Courthouse - the center of their historic town - and grab a hot chocolate or some mulled wine (for those over 21) Then go straight upstairs to the old Courtroom and assemble your own LED Paper Lantern. Your flickering retro lantern will illuminate your nighttime journey through the historic town. Before you head out make a cornucopia, an 1815 ornament, and take a 2015 digital Polaroid in front of the Holiday tree. You continue on to several stops where you can enjoy hand-crafted fun. And the itinerary is all your own. You can save 3-D printing for last or do it right after you make your LED lantern. You can then stop off at the Tinsmith to see how the holidays were made bright centuries ago. Or stroll the village streets to the museum where you can make your own authentic 1715 tinsel! Continue through the historic town and enjoy more craftsmen and women and see how things were done centuries ago. Taking place Saturday from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Adults cost $15, children 12 and under cost $10. Reservations are required.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Christmas Village in NYC
The Christmas Village in NY is a walk-through exhibit of twenty-one fabulously decorated scenes, with audio-animatronic elves, animals, people, and machines operating throughout. There is nothing like it anywhere in The City. Visitors get a guided tour telling the whole story of how Santa wanted a Village here as a home away from home. Admission price comes with a colorful pass the guests keep as a souvenir. Various photo package options to purchase. Some of the scenes include Santa arriving on his reindeer-drawn sleigh to a NYC Yellow Cab, the North Pole Depot featuring a huge replica train, Santa’s Workshop with elves working away making toys, the Claus Home, Mrs., Claus’ Sweet Shoppe for baking his favorite cookies, the Pizza Christmico shop for his favorite snack, Rudolph’s Barn where all the reindeer play, an Arctic Scene with a family of Polar Bears, a NYC skyline complete with a mechanical vintage plane like the ones that King Kong fought on the Empire State Building, a revolving Christmas Tree Carousel, and a dozen more scenes, including a traditional Nativity. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00AM to 10:00PM. The cost is $29.99 for adults admission and $19.99 for children ages 4-12.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Little Laffs
Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Join in this Sunday to hear the Trummytones in concert, see Will Shaw juggle and watch Twistin' Todd and his balloon artistry. Taking place on Sunday from 11:00AM to 12:30AM. The cost is $10 for adults (which includes one Mimosa or Bloody Mary), $5 for kids or pay $25 for a family 4 pack.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
Family Sundays at the Rubin Museum of Art!
Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy their 2:00PM family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. This Sunday is all about metal embossing. Making sculptures out of various metals such as bronze, gold, and silver is a tradition in many Himalayan regions, especially Nepal. Explore how the sculptures in the exhibition Masterworks are made and emboss your own metal plaque to take home. Taking place at the Rubin Museum of Art from 1:00PM to 4:00PM. Free for all children and accompanying adults.
Click to edit section
Enter the section header (optional)
TEDDY BEAR TEA
Banish post-holiday boredom with an event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the proprietor’s wife, and role-play the daily activities at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. You’ll have an opportunity to try out William’s toys and help Sarah with the laundry. Afterwards, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended. Taking place on Sunday from 1:00PM to 2:30PM at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Check out lots more great family events this weekend in NYC!
Make map larger
comments powered by Disqus

Recent posts

Previous post:
The Week Ahead: January 4 through January 10
Next post:
The Week Ahead: December 28 through January 3