The insane rush of the holidays has passed, and we recommend everyone take a breather. But just because all the gifts have been opened, it’s chilly (and possibly snowing), doesn’t mean the fun has to end. NYC is the city that never sleeps, and that goes for family fun, too — even during winter. Below, some of the top reasons to be pumped for the season in city in 2018.

photo: via Frozen The Musical Facebook page/Deen Van Meer

Frozen Comes To Broadway
Ok, you may not be able to see it this winter (unless you already have tickets), but Frozen comes to Broadway! (Previews start February 22.)

Cowboys Kick it in Midtown
Real cowboys come to Madison Square Garden for the Professional Bull Rider Championship. (January 5)

Top Chefs Make Delicious Drinks
The Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival brings specially-created hot chocolate drinks to some of the best bakeries and chocolatiers in the city. (January 20-February 4.)


photo: Carolina B. via Yelp

Visit Japan — via the Subway
The popular, immersive Hello From Japan! exhibit, which helps kids explore the country’s culture through interactive exhibits, will return to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Geared for kids ages two to 10, the update includes new art and objects, a manga studio, and a hands-on origami workshop.  (Opening this February.)

photo: NYSCI

Free Gingerbread Houses
On January 15, The New York Hall of Science gives away its massive Gingerbread Lane installation house by house. Bring a box to take it away. Giveaway is first come, first served; giveaway from 2 – 5 p.m., line starts at 1 p.m. (January 15, free with museum admission.)

Squash Tournament — Amongst Commuters
The battle for the title of World’s Best Squash player goes downinside Grand Central Terminal! (January 18-25)

photo: via Nitehawk Cinema Facebook page

A New Kid-Friendly Theater Arrives
The new Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park opens its doors (exact date TBD.)

photo: David Frith 

Get Your LEGO on
U.S. LEGO Live experience comes to New York City
. Expect LEGO Master Builders, Minecraft, Star Wars, and millions of LEGO bricks to, uh, bathe in. (February 16 – 18, Pier 36.)

photo: LeFrak at Lakeside 

There’s Room on the Rinks
The rinks are still open — and less crowded now that that tourists have gone home!

What’s on your must-do list for the winter? Tell us in the comments! 

—Mimi O’Connor