Whether you’re ready or not the holiday festivities have begun!!!! If you ARE ready, it’s opening weekend for two NYC faves. Take a stroll down Gingerbread Lane or get your first glimpse of Santa at the Rockette’s annual holiday show. But don’t worry, if you’re not quite ready to spread that seasonal cheer, there’s plenty of other fun to be had too. Test your family’s trivia knowledge at the Big Family Quiz Thing, rub elbows with some children’s authors at the Brooklyn Museum Book Fair or run off and join the circus for the day. Happy weekend!
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Photo: Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science

Uptown

Opening Weekend: Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
What could be fancier than Christmas? Find out when you take your little New Yorkers for an afternoon at the theatre to see the musical based on the New York Times bestselling book Fancy Nancy. Your little ones will be on the edge of their seats as they watch Fancy Nancy go on an adventure to make a splendiferous Christmas. And in honor of the title of the show, we suggest you make the day extra special and dress up in your fanciest holiday outfits. Sat. & Sun. Event details

The Big Family Quiz Thing
And the answer is… Does your family have what it takes to play the Big Quiz Thing? From pop culture to history to sports, your family will get to test their knowledge as they play this fast and funny multimedia team-trivia spectacular—from history to sports to pop culture to the indefinable—led. Plus, loads of great prizes for the winners and more! Sun. Event details

Midtown

Opening Weekend: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Tis the season… well almost. Sure Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but we’re willing to bet that Santa is already on the minds of your little elves. So take them to opening weekend where they’ll get to see live animals on stage, holiday-riffic musical numbers, high-kicking Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers, and yes — Santa! If you can’t get to the show this weekend, Santa is setting up camp until Jan. 2nd. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Whip Up Some Inside Out Cupcakes
Everything is better with a surprise inside! Who can guess the surprise? Bring your little chefs to the kitchen to whip up a batch of inside out cupcakes – a delicious cupcake complete with a surprise inside. And of course, no cupcake is complete without a little frosting. Sat. Event details

Downtown

The Space Pirate Puppy Musical
Blast off at The Kraine Theatre with The Space Pirate Puppy Musical. Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After “the incident” humans have gone underground and into space leaving dogs to run the planet. But the Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their arch enemies the Ninja Kittens, epic adventures and battles ensue. Sat. Event details

Brooklyn

Rub Elbows with Authors at Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair
It’s a kid lit kind of day at the Brooklyn Museum’s 10th Annual Children’s Book Fair. The event features more than thirty Brooklyn authors and illustrators as well as hands on art activities and fun photo opportunities for all ages. Other highlights include readings by award-winning authors and illustrators like Peter Brown, Laura Ljungkvist, Abby Hanlon, and more. Sat. Event details

Have Breakfast with Baboons
Bring the whole family to have breakfast at the Zoo alongside the zoo’s troop of baboons. Watch these playful critters get a special breakfast, too. Learn about what animals eat, take a tour of the animal kitchen, & meet a special animal up close. Sat. Event details

Queens

Opening Weekend: Run as Fast as You Can to Gingerbread Lane
Warning: this exhibit is going to make you hungry! It’s opening weekend for the 500 square foot delicious village made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The reigning champs for the Guinness Book of Records’ largest gingerbread village, consists of more than 1,050 houses and structures like Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, and Peppermint Central Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Become a Circus Performer for the Day
Yup this event is just as cool as it sounds! Head under the big top for a day of balancing and clowning around at the New York Youth Circus Festival. Your little ones will spend a full day at circus workshops perfecting their techniques. Workshops include trapeze, wire walking, clowning, juggling, stilt walking, and more. After all their hard work, your little circus acts will become the stars of the show as they perform for a live audience. All children 8 and under must have a chaperone with them the entire day. Sat. Event details

How will your family enjoy the weekend? Share with us in the comment section below.

—Caitlin Dowling