Christmas and Hanukkah may be over, but that doesn’t mean all the festive fun is behind us. You still have a chance to revel in holiday cheer with Christmas movies, celebrate Kwanzaa, play on the ice and more. Read on to discover this weekend’s most marvelous kids activities to keep boredom at bay until school starts again.
See Wildlife Ice Carvings at the Bronx Zoo
Master ice carvers will be at the Bronx Zoo creating magical sculptures. Carvers will turn 50,000 pounds of ice into tropical-themed displays. Kids will also love the Tropical Ice Amazon River Playground, a ride down a 25-foot ice slide and a fab photo op atop an ice throne. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m. Bronx. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Make an Artsy Snow Globe
Capture the winter holiday scenery of NYC by making your very own snow globe at The City Museum. Using the large-scale panoramic photographs of all five boroughs, you’ll craft a snow globe cityscape. Sat. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Upper East Side. Free with admission. Ages 6-10. Event details.
Catch a Tap Dancing Kwanzaa Celebration
Superstar tapper Savion Glover will perform at this American Museum of Natural History Event. Along with the tap dancing show, the event includes an exciting film screening. Sat. 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Watch Giant Puppets Spin an Interactive Nature Tale
See the Catskill Puppet Theater’s production “Sister Rain and Brother Sun” featuring giant animated rod puppets. The huge talking sun face is seven feet in diameter and joined by Mother Nature, Farmer McGreedy, Little Bear and Sister Rain in this lively nature themed tale filled with original music. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. Upper West Side. $14/kids, $21/adults. All ages. Event details.
Play with Tegu Magnetic Blocks
Discover the creative joy of magnetic wooden building blocks from Tegu. Kids of all ages can create their own wooden masterpieces and participate in activities like a tower-building competition at the MoMA Design Store. Sun. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Soho. Free. Ages 4 and older. Event details.
See a Festive Puppet Show
Puppetworks is putting on a holiday-themed puppet show featuring The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Nutcracker Sweets. See this unique and captivating marionette show made for kids. Fri., Sat., Sun., various times. Park Slope. $8/kids, $9/adults. Ages 3 and older. Event details.
Go Ice Skating with Arthur
Join costumed character Arthur on the ice rink at Lakeside in Prospect Park. PBS Kids Club Thirteen is hosting this special day which includes lots of fun-filled activities for families beyond skating. Sun. 3 p.m. Prospect Park. $8 to skate, $6 for skate rentals. Ages 2 and odler. Event details.
Watch a Muppet Family Christmas Screening
Relive the magic of this Jim Henson holiday movie with your kids at this special screening. You’ll also get to see rare behind-the-scenes home movies from the production and other Henson holiday shows. Sat. & Sun. 1 p.m. Astoria. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.
— Julie Seguss