Feeling a bit cashed (and cashed out) by the holidays? You’re not alone. Thankfully, NYC families can still have fun together without spending a dime (give or take some subway fare). We’ve rounded up our favorite, 100% free, kid-friendly events happening in New York City this month to get the year started off right — and fiscally responsibly. Go have some free fun!
Three Kings Day Parade at the Museo del Barrio
Join the Museo del Barrio for their 41st annual Three Kings Day celebration parade. The colorful parade features music and dancing, engaging puppets, and perhaps best of all, camels! Celebrate and learn more about the holiday, and get in touch with the city's strong Latino roots. The parade begins on 106 Street on Lex, and ends on 115th St. and Park.
Fri., Jan. 5
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Upper East Side
Free Family Day at the Wyckoff Farmouse Museum
On the third Saturday or each month, the historic Wyckoff House Museum offers families a chance to explore NYC's oldest house. The free admission is accompanied by a scavenger hunt, gardening, exploration of the artifacts around the house, and other hands-on activities designed for kids aged 4 - 10. This January the free visit also includes a chance to snag a custom silhouette portrait. No reservation is necessary if you have less than 8 people in your group -- just show up.
Sat., Jan. 20, 2018
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Wyckoff Farmouse Museum
5816 Clarendon Road
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March
For the 30th year, the eighth graders of Manhattan Country School will remember MLK, Jr. with a march in his honor. The march and everything within it are entirely planned by the kids themselves, and will include speeches and imagery on the year's theme (also chosen by the kids!): "A New Revolution: Youth and Social Change." The march begins at Riverside Park's Eleanor Roosevelt Monument and ends at the Manhattan Country School, and all are welcome to watch or participate.
Mon., Jan. 15
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Upper West Side
Storytime for Kids at Books are Magic
The chilly January weather is the perfect excuse to curl up indoors with a good book. Many of NYC's bookstores and libraries hold regular children's storytime events, so remember to stop by for those! In addition to storytime, we love family-friendly readings and author Q&A sessions that encourage kids to chime in and learn about how their favorite book was put together. One awesome kid-centric author meet and greet coming up this January is Matt de la Peña and Loren Long's reading of their picture book "Love." Experience the joy of love and how it moves with us every day of our lives -- a treat for kids and adults of any age.
Tues., Jan. 9
Books are Magic
225 Smith St.
Winter Jam at Central Park
If you can't head out for some winter sports, the city will just bring the snow to us. For one day in January, an awesome snow field will be blown into the heart of Central Park for everyone to enjoy. Bring your snow boots and have a snowball fight, or take the opportunity to learn some winter sports for free. Events will include lessons on skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, and even arctic golf. Visitors will also be treated to live ice sculpting and a hut where you can grab a warm snack and warm up. Keep in mind that all sports lesson participants will need to sign a waiver, and kids must have an accompanying adult with ID. Get there early, because lines can get long!
Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Central Park Bandshell
Winter Coloring Event at Barnes and Noble
Artists of all ages are invited to sit at the Union Square Barnes and Noble cafe and work some magic on coloring books and pages. Enjoy some downtime with coffee for you and hot chocolate for the kids -- supplies are provided for free (for as long as they last), but any refreshments you decide to get are on you. Seats are limited so reserve a spot at this email: email@example.com
Every Sat. in Jan.
Barnes and Noble
33 E. 17th St.
Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal
Hosted by the NYC Museum of Transit, the 16th annual train show at Grand Central Terminal is a holiday favorite. The exhibit has been in place since November, but if you haven't had a chance to pay it a visit, January is your last chance to do so. Watch miniature trains depart from a tiny version of Grand Central Terminal as they make their way to the North Pole. This year's theme is all about the Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets. The entire exhibit is set against a city landscape designed by Brooklyn artist Josh Cochran. The result is magical, and a treat for kids and adults alike.
Through Feb. 4
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.
World Amigurumi Day at Resobox
Resobox provides a glimpse of the Japanese world of amigurumi -- adorable crocheted toys handmade by yarn artists from all over the world. This year's theme is "Dolls for Daily Life," so you'll be treated to cute creations that double as useful everyday items, like bags and pencil-cases in the shapes of cute critters like bears and lions.
Through Mar. 31
Fri. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. / 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 12-10 p.m.; Sun., 12-6 p.m.
41-26 27th St.
Long Island City
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