You’ll find no shortage of holiday-themed events in the city this weekend including more tubas than you can count playing holiday tunes in Rockefeller Center. But if you’ve already had your fill of Menurky or Santa Claus, we found other kids activities to keep your family busy like a rockin’ concert and a music recording workshop. Note: if you don’t want to end up explaining how an extra rowdy Santa got cloned 1,000 times, stay far, far away from the path of Santacon on Saturday!
New York Historical Society Trains Weekend
Visit the New York Historial Society for a special weekend of trains. You can decorate your own paper train car, look for special details in amazing model train scenes, hear fun train stories from Conductor Bob, learn about the history of trains and more. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with Museum admission. Ages 3-6. Event details.
Music Recording and Production Workshop
Join Kids Creative free Music Recording and Production Workshop. Kids will brainstorm and develop an original song, learn how to record, produce and perform the song. Plus, they’ll play games, make new friends and be part of the Kids Creative community. Sat., 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Upper West Side. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tuba Players Fill Rock Center Ice Rink
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Tuba Christmas. As always, hundreds of tuba and euphonium players with gather on the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink to play holiday classic songs for you. It’s a site to see and something special to hear, too. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Midtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bird Call Workshop at CMA
Visit the Children’s Museum of the Arts to see their latest exhibit Tweet, featuring all kinds of art focused on our feathered friends. Then, participate in a bird call workshop hosted by NYC Audubon. Don’t blame us if your kid tweets, caws or gobbles all the way home! Sun., 12 p.m. West Village. Free with Museum admission. Ages 3+. Event details.
Kidrockers at Brooklyn Bowl
Kidrockers and Brooklyn Bowl have teamed up to present a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring some of NYC’s finest all-ages bands. Today’s show features Small Black and Radical Dads. Kidrockers is an opportunity for kids and parents to discover artists and get to see them play live in a fun, safe and comfortable environment. Plus, there is bowling and food. Sun., 11:30 a.m. Williamsburg. $11-$13 $35 four pack in advance. All ages. Event details.
Interactive Holiday Puppet Show & Craft
The Itsy Bitsy Theater is putting on a magical interactive puppet show Once Upon a Christmas Tree about caring and sharing. Afterwards, kids will get to make a craft. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Park Slope. $10/family. Ages 2-6. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
Image courtesy of Children’s Museum of the Arts