If you’re on the hunt for something to do this weekend, you’re in luck. Kids can learn moves from a Nutcracker ballerina, jam to jazz, attend a big book fair, make sparkly Hanukkah crafts and more at our top 6 event picks.
Family Hanukkah Dinner
Join friends and family for a delicious meal to celebrate Hanukkah and Shabbat. You’ll light the menorah and Shabbat candles and enjoy latkes, challah, jelly donuts and more. Fri., 6 p.m. Upper East Side. $30. All ages. Event details.
Learn Moves from the Nutcracker Ballet
Got a budding ballerina? She (or he) can learn a few moves from American Ballet Theater artists at this mini workshop. In each 20-minute session kids will learn dance techniques and moves inspired by the Nutcracker – think sparkling like a snowflake and fluttering like a bee – no dance experience needed. Sign up is required when you arrive at the museum. Sun., 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. West Village. Free with museum admission. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Mother Goose Tales Puppet Show
See classic tales and fables like The Three Bears come to life through puppets. This 45-minute show is made for younger puppet viewers (babies and toddlers are perfect!) and includes plenty of participation, games and fun. There will be stroller parking. Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. West Village. $5 cash at door. All ages. Event details.
Craft Hanukkah Sun Catchers & Sparkly Dreidels
Gear up for your Hanukkah celebration with a fun craft session at The Painted Cloud. Kids can make sun catchers inspired by the Festival of Lights and decorate a handmade dreidel with sequins, glitter and holographic sprinkles, oh my! If your crafter is 5 or older, you can drop him off for the session if requested during RSVP by calling 347-596-5596 or emailing email@example.com. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.. Williamsburg. $40/child, $30/siblings. Ages 3 and older. Event details.
WeBop Family Jazz Party – Fun with Drums
Produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center, this WeBop Family Jazz Party is all about having fun with drums. Get ready for an interactive concert that’s always a sellout at Lincoln Center. You’ll get to sing, dance and drum along. Sat., 2 p.m. Fort Greene. $10. Ages 2 and older. Event details.
Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair
The annual Children’s Book Fair is returning this Saturday! Meet your favorite Brooklyn authors and illustrators at this year’s fair, featuring storybooks, picture books, and graphic novels. Enjoy readings, games, and activities for all ages, including readings by Melissa Guion (Baby Penguins Everywhere), Oliver Jeffers (Stuck), and Adam Gidwitz (In a Glass Grimmly). Sat., 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Prospect Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?
— Julie Seguss
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