If you’re looking for ways to break out of the winter slump, give one of these awesome family events a try. Ever think you’d see an iceberg in Manhattan? Well now you can! Or you can jam out at this winter bash in Central Park. Already tired of winter? (Spring is just about 7 weeks away! Not like we’re counting or anything.) You can break out the costumes for this uniquely spooky boogie that also benefits the museum. Scroll on for the rest of our top event picks!

Photo: Joshua Bright

Downtown

ArtSee: Papercutting
Calling all artsy kids! Join a super-fun exploration of Releasing Words, the museum’s exhibition of contemporary artist Deborah Ugoretz’s works in paper. Take a closer look at how the artist uses a centuries-old Jewish craft – papercutting – to turn ideas, stories and traditions into intricate and beautiful art. Then, inspired by what they see, kids will turn their own ideas, stories or poems into cut-paper art. Sun. Event Details. 

Dances by Very Young Choreographers
Spearheaded by Ellen Robbins, this program has be an opportunity to introduce and empower children to create their own work for nearly 30 years. Dances by Very Young Choreographers not only focuses on the technical elements of modern dance but fosters a space for imagination and choreographic support. Sat. Event Details.

Midtown

Broadway Iceberg
Iceberg is an immersive art installation on the Broadway pedestrian plazas that invites the public to create their own light show through an illuminating runway. As visitors walk through the metal arches of the installation – which represent the lifecycle of an iceberg – the installation will emit light and sound in rhythm with the pace of the pedestrian. Fri.-Sun. Event Details. 

Emily Brown: Autism Friendly
How will Emily Brown ever get to sleep with The Thing making such a racket?! A friendly but woeful creature, The Thing has lost his Cuddly in the Dark and Scary Wood and won’t stop crying. This performance has been adapted to ensure that the show is more comfortable for people with sensory sensitivities. ​ Sat. Event Details. 

Uptown

Winter Jam
Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Gore Mountain will blow lots of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban snow field for all to enjoy. Visitors can expect Learn to Ski lessons, a sledding hill, live ice carving, and more. Sat. Event Details

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Exploring Yayoi Kusama: Dot Installation
Work together to help create a larger than life dot installation in honor of Artist Yayoi Kusama and National Polka Dot Day. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Brooklyn

Family Party at the Brooklyn Museum
Go wild jumping on huge bouncy castles, let loose at a kid-run dance party, explore Egyptian collection, & more. And of course, yummy snacks and beverage for kids and adults! Capture the fun at the photo booth & take home a goody bag with Brooklyn-made gems. Sun. Event Details. 

Puppetsburg Saturday Series
Puppetsburg is edgy babytainment for the new generation of parents. You’ll love the integration of cultural, educational, and language elements into each show, as well as regular visits from celebrity puppet guests like Michael Jackson, Ai Wei Wei, and Ru Paul. Sat. Event Details. 

Queens

Spooktacular: Boneyard Boogie
The Museum’s second-floor galleries have been transformed into a super spooky space for the most fun-filled and distinct costume party of the year. Designed and produced by Queens Museum artist and educator Gregory Corbino, Spooktacular is always an afternoon of exciting performances, live music, face-painting, art-making, scavenger hunts, raffle prizes, and tasty treats for all ages! Sat. Event Details. 

Winter Family Programs: Winter Trees
Kids will learn about the various parts of trees, their functions, and will use parts of trees to make a craft for take home! Program concludes with a walk through the Pinetum. Sat. Event Details. 

Bronx

Painted Papers & Stories
Explore Eric Carle’s stories illustrating the wonders of nature. Hear some of these enchanting favorites as told by storytellers, then learn from Eric Carle’s techniques, as you cut and layer hand painted papers to form bright and colorful images. Sat.-Sun. Event Details. 

Worth the Drive

Laurie Berkner Greatest Hits Tour
Laurie Berkner is the uncrowned queen of children’s music and the power behind the progressive “kindie rock” movement. Don’t miss her greatest hits tour as it hits the NYC area to start the New Year! Sun. Event Details. 

–Jesseca Stenson